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Approach to Montessori – Numbers HD for iPad

Place an iPad in the hands of a small child and you’ll see how easily he or she quickly grasps the navigation of the device and understands how apps are to be used.

It seems like an ideal and fun way to learn – and many app developers are offering learning games that teach kids, banking on that very idea.

Now there’s an app that applies the Montessori approach to learning with the iPad, Approach to Montessori – Numbers HD. Continue reading

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My favourite app Tuesday – iAnnotate

iAnnotate* is a great pdf reader for the iPad. It’s one of the apps that I use regularly on my iPad and one that I find truly pleasurable to use. And it’s also one of those apps that get me excited when an update is announced because this means the good only gets better.

There’s already a lot to like about the app if you’re someone who uses pdfs on a regular basis for school, work or projects in general. The recent update to version 1.3 has added a few more niceties. There’s not enough space here to list all the features but here’s why I think it’s a killer app.

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Using Manage to Get Things Done on iPad

Since I aim to integrate the iPad into my workflow more and more, I recently shopped around for an app that would replace the 1000 post-its that accumulated on my desk during my work day. Surely there was an app for that, I thought to myself. Problem was there are many.

Apps to aid us in our productivity are a dime a dozen on the App Store. Hence, Get Stuff Done even has its own Quick Link featuring a comprehensive sub-section of apps ranging in price, possibility and power, all promising to promote our productive side.

Only a few have a try-me-and-you’ll-like-me lite version. And there was no way I was going to pay for a bunch of apps before knowing which one suited me best. After a bit a research, I decided on Manage for the iPad for my Getting Things Done solution. Here’s why…

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The “I“ in iPad

(Image: Mirror on the go HD iTunes link)

The first thing you see when you take the iPad out of its beautiful white box, is a reflection of your own visage. You see yourself, as reflected by the iPad’s display. Those with iPads can imagine why this amuses me to no end. It answers the question people often ask me: why do you need an iPad?

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Why I chose Switcheasy’s Trig Case for iPad

I began scouting for an iPad case even before I got mine on launch day in Austria on 23 July 2010. But it proved hard beforehand to decide on how and where I would actually use the iPad and its accompanying case: Would a sleeve suffice? Would I need to protect it if it falls? Would I need a dock or stand with charger? Decisions, decisions.

On launch day I bought a nice grey sleeve by Freiwild (made of felt) to keep my iPad safe till I made up my mind. Since many resellers in Austria currently have only a few basic cases and sleeves to choose from, I visited Podcenter in Vienna, known for their wide range of accessories for Apple products. I left the store a very happy camper – with a Switcheasy Trig case in Fuschia. Here’s why…

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NewsRack vs Pulse News Reader: 2 RSS apps for iPad

You won’t believe me, but I swear that I bought Pulse, an app that displays RSS feeds in a horizontal/vertical graphic navigation, completely by accident.

No, it’s never happened before. I was innocently browsing around the iPad RSS reader apps in the store when, before I knew it, my finger had already clicked and clicked and I saw the familiar “purchasing…” message in iTunes. Hmm. Now that I had it, I might as well check it out. I then proceeded to purchase NewsRack, because of good reviews I’d read about it. Now was my chance to see how which app would feed my feed addiction (get it?) in a better way. The result is quite surprising. Continue reading

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I got an iPad. Now what? First thoughts.

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“Beautiful!” I thought to myself as I started slowly and deliberately opening the iPad box when I finally got home from work. Twasn’t easy distracting myself all day knowing that my shiny new toy was waiting for me at home. But finally! Here we are. Seems smaller in real life. Smooth. Solid.

OK let’s get this party started. Not much inside the box. Sigh! It used to be such an experience just opening the box to a new Apple product. Much less wow now. No real goodies. Thank God for the charger – I do keep on losing those. I’d love one of those black microfaser slip cases they used to ship with the iPod. If I touch it will it smudge? I’ll take that as a yes. But you make me want to touch you, dontcha. Can’t-re-sist-touch-ing-you.

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iPad selling fast in Austria on launch weekend

The iPad was launched in 9 additional countries on Friday 23 July. In Austria, the iPad is available at certified resellers as well as electronic stores carrying Apple products, including Media Markt, Saturn, McShark, to name just a few. As to be expected, there were crowds and lines on the first 2 days. Continue reading

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Groovemaker for iPad released

GrooveMaker® -the mobile loop remixing app by IK Multimedia- has just been released for the iPad, following up on the version for iPhone and iPod touch available since last year. Continue reading

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Still waiting for the iPad

Today the iPad went on sale in the United States of America. Nowhere else. Is that a bad thing? Course not! Not for the lucky ones who wanted and got one. But there’s certainly lots to pout about if you’re like me, observing events from the Old World, feeling left out of the party. Continue reading

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