I can't believe I missed the release of Google Translate (free) last month. Or maybe I assumed it was just another app for text translation. But it is so much cooler than that. It can also do speech recognition, such that you canspeak the phrase or sentences that you want translated, and it will speak back to you the phrase or sentences in the target language. It's fun to play with. When you speak the text, it shows on-screen what it thought you said as well as a text translation. Then if you tap the speaker icon, it speaks the text.
I want one, of course. I called the Apple Store in Des Moines yesterday to see if they had any iPad 2s in stock. They said that they had a small number come in that morning — but that there were 100 people waiting in line when they opened the store. Those new iPads sold out fast. If, like me, you're in the market for one, it's a challenge to decide between AT&T and Verizon data plans, other things being equal. And also to decide whether the cheapest route, if you have both an iPhone and and iPad, is to pay the additional $20 /month for the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone rather than signing up for an iPad data plan. Two great articles help you sort this out.
If you're interested in an attractive skin for your iOS device, you can get 30% off at MusicSkins by using the code GREATDEAL when you make your purchase. If you're into dressing up the back of your device with an attractive cover, check out their selection. They have a wide range of skins: music, fashion, movies/TV, art, models, and more. What's a skin? From their website: "Made from Patented 3M material, they apply easily and leave no residue behind when peeled away.
According to a report on Yahoo News, quite a number of users reported Sunday morning that instead of the time on their iOS device springing forward 1 hour, with the switch to Daylight Savings Time, it actually fell back an hour, putting their clock two hours off. If you have this problem, the simple fix is to either restart your phone or switch it to airplane mode and then back.
The lines for yesterday's initial sales of the iPad 2 were widely predicted to be shorter than at launch last April. In fact, they were longer. Over 1,110 people were lined up at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, compared to 730 at launch. It's now expected that Apple could sell as many as 500,000 iPad 2s the first day, compared to 300,000 the first day last April.
One of the neat things about the Internet and social networking is the opportunity to get real-time responses to requests via services such as Twitter and Facebook. Opinionaided (free) has jumped into this arena and has become quite popular, in part because it's easy to use and addicting. In a recent weekend they had 4 million responses to 65,000 questions or requests. Opinionaided will return around 12 answers to your question in a few minutes.
If you're an art lover, what would be better than a tool that tells you what famous paintings are nearby when you're traveling? Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) is a popular app with over 50,000 paintings and sculptures from ancient times to today organized into 8 rooms. I love these sorts of resources that are coming to the iPad.