Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.
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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.
Skyfire ($2.99) is one of the more popular alternatives to Safari. Unlike Safari, you can use it to view Flash videos. (Note that it doesn't support Flash games and apps, and it only supports selected Flash video sites.) Version 3.0 was released this week and adds deep Facebook Connect integration, social media feeds, and popular content recommendations, among other features. The video accompanying this post walks you through the new features.
Using an iPad to access a desktop computer remotely is a great boon to travelers. LogMeIn Ignition has been available for some time for the iPad and iPhone. And earlier this week GoToMyPC was released for the iPad. Both have positive reviews in the App Store. The GoToMyPC is free and has a 30-day free trial. After that it costs $10 per month for a single user, or $100 per year. The LogMeIn app costs $29.99.