The free Karate Kid app includes five mini-games that test your Kung Fu virtues: courage, endurance, patience, perseverance, and will. You start out as a white belt and try to become a black belt and achieve martial arts mastery.
Dr. Harvey Castro, blogger and Medical Editor for iPhone Life magazine, has created an app to prevent inadvertent over dosing from health professionals. IV MEDS has information on 45 intravenous medications and helps doctors and nurses calculate the doses for various concentrations. The app emphasizes that it's not a substitute for manual calculations by the health care provider, but rather serves as a valuable cross check. My personal feeling is that more of this kind of cross checking is needed, because one sometimes reads about patients who died as a result of getting the wrong dosage.
Kim Komando, whose radio and TV broadcasts about computers are heard and seen nationally, has put together a video review of the iPad in two 5-minute segments.
Gizmodo has a very helpful article that gives detail on the new features in iPhone 4.0. There are items here that I didn't see in the first wave of coverage, such as local notifications, custom backgrounds (that is, persistent backgrounds, not just the lock screen), 5x zoom, iBooks, and more. Plus, the article has a number of links to even more detail. They've gleaned info from a variety of sources, including Apple's developer guidelines.
At a media event today Apple announced iPhone 4.0, which will be available this summer for the iPhone and iPod touch and in the fall for the iPad. The big news is that it will include multitasking (the ability to run more than one app at a time) and the ability to organize apps into folders. You can read more in InformationWeek and on Apple's website. One interesting new function will be Game Center, which will support Apple's forthcoming social gaming network.
This is pretty cool. Gizmodo has a short article and video showing you how you can use your iPhone 3GS as a camera for your iPad. You put the Camera-A app ($0.99) on your iPad and the Camera-B app (free) on your iPhone. Then, via a Bluetooth connection, anything that your iPhone camera points at appears on your iPad screen. There's a button on the bottom of the iPad screen that you can touch to take a photo.
Today was a big day in my life. I had my first hands-on experience with one (totally amazing) and I placed my order for the 3G model. I found that it exceeded all my expectations, one reason being that the apps tailored to the larger screen look fantastic. The Wall Street Journal reported today that there are now over 3,000 of these apps. The article and accompanying video review some of the best.
Close on the heels of the iPad release Apple has announced that there will be an event on Thursday to preview the new version of the iPhone software.
If you just read one article about the iPad, make it Adam Engst's article on why the iPad is magical. He argues that the iPad is different from a computer or the iPhone or iPod touch in a subtle and special way: it becomes the app in a way that these other technologies don't. That was what I noticed when I watched the Wired video review. The iPad, Engst says, is like a chameleon or tabla rasa or blank slate that transforms with each app you use.