Collaborative Whiteboard Apps For The iPad

When you follow the link to the article – you will see that it says :

a search for the word “whiteboard” in the App Store returns a whopping 170 iPad apps.

Personally not used any of them – BUT – a rapid peruse of the screen shots – and the first I would try is SyncSpace. Why ? One thing I have observed is that though Apple is trying to guide their third part developers along good standards and practice – at the end of the day – it is up to the developer as to how they design. But it is up to me how I use – and I don’t like steep learning curves – at least if all I am doing is trying something out.

SyncSpace has a recognizable look to it – it feels like other apps I have – so I am feeling it is going to be prretty intuitive.

And at the other end of the spectrum is LucidChart – which looks plain SCARY !!

What do you think ?

Free Guide to Every iOS and Mac App

Now here is a handy dandy piece of information. Want to know more about all the apps that are out there and available ?

AppZapp 3.2 for iOS, is a free news app that provides encyclopedic listings, searches, filtering, activities, news, charts, and specials for all 93 global iOS and Mac App Stores. Based on a specially developed algorithm, AppZapp provides the top newcomer apps, most viewed, most liked, and the Top 400.

All Gadgets Have Superpowers

THis is NOT all about iPhones/Pads, Macs or even Apple.

The article was originally shared by Jared Spurbeck, published on Apr 19, 2011, by Becky Worley on Yahoo News and was in turn picked up by our very own Deborah Pozin. Enjoy.

Our gadgets these days have superpowers. But they also have secret powers: Things you didn’t know they could do.

Becky Worley shows us some hidden features, plus surprising tricks that you can use to get the most out of the gadgets you already own.

iPhone – An App that measures your heart rate with the iPhone’s camera and battery

The free Heart Fitness app from Senscare measures your heart rate, by using your iPhone’s camera and a light source to watch blood pulse through your finger. Just follow the directions, and it’s pretty accurate! It shows your beats per minute, plus the pulsing heart rate graph we all know and love from medical dramas. It even charts your resting heart rate over time, as a measure of overall fitness. Heart Fitness works best with the iPhone 4, since its camera flash lights your finger up nicely, but it can work with the iPod Touch or iPhone 3GS if you hold it up to a bright light. Got an Android device? Try Instant Heart Rate on the Android Market, instead! Both apps are free to download.


AirPrint Activator from Netputing

This is one of those rare cross over applications between iOS and your Apple. You are all iOS enabled – apps installed and ready – but you either need to buy one of those special ‘air printers’ to turn your iOS world into hard copy – or ‘fu-gged about it’.

Until now.

AirPrint Activator is a small application that will enable a Mac OSX 10.6.5 + iTunes 10.1 hidden feature to allow your shared printer to be visible on your iOS 4.2.1 devices.  AirPrint allow you to print from new generation of Apple iPhones, iPad and iPod Touch to a printer shared over your personal WiFi network.

You only need to run AirPrint Activator once.  Once AirPrint has been turned on it will remain on even after a reboot.

AirPrint Activator from Netputing is the application, check it out.

JBL introduces OnBeat speaker dock for iPad, iPhone and iPod

The musicians amongst you are already aware of the JBL brand name.

Now – according to this announcement – they are bringing out an iPad/Phone/Pod docking station with built in speakers – so that you can rock on down to the highest audio quality – for just $150!

OnBeat is JBL’s first foray into the iPad dock market. They’ve obviously put some thought into the design, building a swoopy design big enough to comfortably hold an iPad in portrait or landscape orientation and packing a pair of Phoenix full-range transducer speakers that can pump out your favorite tunes with great clarity and volume. The OnBeat produces 7.5 watts of computer-optimized, DSP-equalized audio per channel.

Full Article :: JBL introduces OnBeat speaker dock for iPad, iPhone, iPod

Passed on – with thanks to :: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Problems syncing after iOS 4.3?

… it just might be your photos

I recently upgraded my phone to 4.3 and had exactly the synching problem discussed in this article. I solved it – mainly through trial and error and really wish I had seen tis first – because now I look back – the solution describes exactly what I did – (amongst a tonne of other things.)

first unchecking syncing and then re-syncing everything (which took a while, as all of the photos were re-optimized and copied over) worked just fine. So, at least for me, there was a problem with syncing photos, and in both cases, deleting the photos and then having the computers and iDevices sync all photos, events and faces solved the problem.

Full Article :: Problems syncing after iOS 4.3?

Passed on – with thanks to :: TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

New iPad Appeals More to Emotion Than Reason

Another review on the iPad 2 – this from David Pogue at The New York Times. As John Gruber at Daring Fireball wrote – love the opening paragraph;

“An utter disappointment and abysmal failure” (Orange County Design Blog). “Consumers seem genuinely baffled by why they might need it” (Businessweek). “Insanely great it is not” (MarketWatch). “My god, am I underwhelmed” (Gizmodo).

But – getting more on down to the truth:

On paper, Apple didn’t do much. It just made the iPad one-third thinner, 15 percent lighter and twice as fast. There are no new features except two cameras and a gyroscope. I mean, yawn, right?

And then you start playing with it.

My friends, I’m telling you: just that much improvement in thinness, weight and speed transforms the experience. We’re not talking about a laptop or a TV, where you don’t notice its thickness while in use. This is a tablet. You are almost always holding it. Thin and light are unbelievably important for comfort and the overall delight. So are rounded edges, which the first iPad didn’t have.

Full Article ::  The NYT iPad2 Review

Passed on – with thanks to : The New York Times

iPad 2 Review

It’s out. At least it will be at midnight tonight. In the meantime – have a read of this review from the organization ‘Engadget’

To say Apple’s iPad 2 is an easy tablet to review is somewhat of an understatement. The device, a follow up to last year’s wildly successful (and currently market-defining) iPad, is nearly identical when it comes to software, and though improved, closely related on the hardware side as well. With a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display, the general size and shape of the device has remained the same, and though inside there’s a new dual core A5 CPU, more memory, and a pair of new cameras, most of the iPad 2’s changes are cosmetic. Still, the previous tablet soared far above most of its competitors when it came to the quality of both the hardware (if not its raw specs) and its software selection — something Apple still stands head and shoulders over its adversaries on. So this new model, a thinner, sleeker, faster variant of the original may not be breaking lots of new ground, but it’s already at the front of the pack. But is the iPad 2 worth an upgrade for those that took the plunge on the first generation? More importantly, does the device have what it takes to bring new owners into the fold? Those questions — and more — are all about to be answered in the full Engadget review, so read on!

Full Article :: The Engadget iPad 2 Review

Passed on – with thanks to : Engadget