Countdown to iPad – An Apple a Day (Use Case 15)

Doctor, doctor
Doctor, doctor

Doctor’s offices are becoming more modern and more impersonal all the time. Instead of a face-to-face interview with your healthcare professional, they are sitting on the other side of the room, staring at a computer screen. Continue reading

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Latest on 1Password for iPad – New Screenshots

1Password for iPad mockups

I posted a few weeks back on 1Password for the iPad – when we got a first look at some mockups of it via Switcher’s Blog.  1Password is an essential app for me on both the iPhone and the MacBook – so it’s one I’m definitely looking forward to seeing on iPad.

Today, there is more news on 1Password for iPad, and some new screencaps of design mockups – including the ones shown above.

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Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music II (Use Case 14)

Sheet music Rockband style
Sheet music Rockband style

In Countdown to iPad – Sheet Music (Use Case 2) we introduced iPad as an effective way to manage sheet music. Continue reading

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Those ‘Missing’ Built-in Apps for iPad – Will You Miss Them?

iPhone Weather app

According to John Gruber, at Daring Fireball, those ‘missing’ built-in apps for the iPad – the ones that are on the iPhone but not the iPad; Stocks, Calculator, Clock, Weather and Voice Memos – are going to remain missing when the iPad is released.  They won’t be showing up as Dashboard-style widgets or in any other form when the device launches, though he does think they might be ‘re-imagined’ by Apple when OS 4.0 comes out this summer.

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Countdown to iPad – Google Wave (Use Case 13)

iPad: catch the Wave and you'll be sittin' on top of the world
iPad: catch the Wave and you

According to the Google Wave site, “Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.” Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – Teammate (Use Case 12)

iPad shown with Pogo Sketch
iPad shown with Pogo Sketch

Another day… another meeting. Reach for your smart phone to take notes and get the evil eye. Go for your laptop and you’re likely to get the same. What’s a paper liberated/tech devotee to do? Well, pad-based note taking, the long accepted darling of meetings, is about to get a make-over. Meet iPad, your newest teammate. iPad is the politically correct meeting tech. iPad is just the right size, it’s always ready, easy to carry, and your notes are always with you. iPad, we’ve got to START meeting like this.

iPad: more stares of admiration / less stares of contempt.

Pogo Sketch – Ten One Design (www.tenonedesign.com)


We have many iPad use case scenarios queued up, but could always use more. Please comment and share your iPad ideas below.

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USA Today iPad Version Ready to Go on Launch Day?

USA Today iPhone app

It’s been reported today that USA Today has announced plans to have an iPad version ready for iPad launch day:

USA Today said it plans to have software ready to support Apple Computer Inc.’s iPad e-reader when the device hits the streets April 3. … USA Today showed participants attending the 2010 E-reader Symposium at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute at the University of Missouri in Columbia a demonstration of what the paper will look like on the iPad.

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Countdown to iPad – Board Games (Use Case 11)

Board vs. Bored
Board vs. Bored

It’s family game time some night in 2009. The kids have turned off the TV and are gathered around the table in eager anticipation. That is, until the lid is removed and pieces are missing. Disappointment sets in. Continue reading

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Countdown to iPad – The Messenger (Use Case 10)

Your Faithful iPad
Your Faithful iPad

The fridge and it’s minion of magnets has become the undisputed champion of family messaging. Magnets and paper scraps prepare to leave the ring lying down, iPad is the new contender. Continue reading

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What Did You Think of the First iPad TV Ad?

iPad ad during Oscars

So Mike Cane was right about the first iPad TV ad airing during the Academy Awards show last night.

I saw it at least a couple times during the show, and I think I may have missed one. I thought it was good.  Good song, nice, fast run through of some of the things it does, slick, about what you expect from Apple ads.  If you haven’t seen it yet, click HERE or on the image above to give it a look.

What did you all think?  Good / bad / mediocre / Oscar worthy?

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Countdown to iPad – Back to School (Use Case 9)

iPad goes to school
iPad goes to school

Pic 1. Kianna’s books
Pic 2. Kianna’s books on iPad
Pic 3. Kianna carrying her book bag (note how she leans forward)
Pic 2. Kianna carrying her purse carrying her iPad

The first phase of a digital textbook initiative backed by Governor Schwarzenegger provided some California High School classes access to digital textbooks in the fall of 2009. “This first-in-the-nation initiative will reduce education costs … and help ensure every California student has access to a world-class education,” stated Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The long term cost savings could be huge. According to a fact sheet published by the office of the governor, “The average textbook costs about $75 to $100 per student. For a school district with about 10,000 high school students, the use of free digital textbooks in just science and math classes could save up to $2 million dollars.” Continue reading

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