iPad Keyboard Troubles? How ‘Bout a Split Keyboard?


For many people I’ve spoken to, the iPad’s virtual keyboard is one of the hardest things to get comfortable with on the new device.  I know that I’m still most often typing with just one finger (index) – especially when in landscape view.

This iPad Split Keyboard concept – created by Scott Robin back in January – is quite an interesting one.  Here’s a portion of his description of the thinking behind it:

It seems like the iPad’s keyboard, in landscape mode, leaves you no choice but to hold the device in one hand and hunt-n-peck with the other. What if the keyboard was split into two, and placed in the lower-right and left corners? Then, you could hold it with both hands, and type a la the iPhone.

It’d be a sacrifice to the key size, for sure, but it might be more comfortable and functional.

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Recommended: The New Yorker’s List of Least Common iPad Complaints

Brilliant list.  Here are just a few favorite examples from it:

· When used as tanning bed, battery life is limited.
· Not rhino-proof.
· Strange odor coming from husband while using iPad.
· When used as murder weapon, oleophobic coating does not completely eliminate incriminating fingerprints.
· Insufficient media coverage.

Lots more great ones on the full list here:


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High School Buying iPads for Students & Teachers


A US High School is buying 320 iPads for its students and teachers.  Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) High School in Minnesota is said to be the first high school to have the iPad.

The school district allocated $267,748 to its technology fund to become what is believed to be the first school in the country to have the devices at a cost of $479 each.

The money will be used to buy 320 iPads with extended, two-year warranties for students and staff, create Wi-Fi (wireless) infrastructure including routers and access points plus professional development (staff training).

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Fun Things: Personal Shoebox Apple Store


If you’re a fan of Apple stores, this clever shoebox creation may be a project you’d like to take on, or you may just want to sit back and admire it via the video above.

It’s the work of a gent called Gary Katz – who’s also the creator of the Personal Theater Kit.

If I make on of these, I might be able to buy one of the big iMacs in it. :)


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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Model Available (and being delivered) on April 30


Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi + 3G models of its magical iPad™ will be delivered to US customers who’ve pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, and will be available in Apple retail stores the same day starting at 5:00 p.m.

Good news for those who have had the patience to wait on the 3G model.  Also kinda fun to see how Apple keeps working ‘magical’ into nearly all their references to the iPad.

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Vaja iPad Cases: Stunning (and pricy)

Vaja iPad cases

Vaja Cases have just recently announced their stunning new range of iPad cases.

The Argentina-based Vaja Cases has been making beautiful cases for PDAs, smartphones, and all sorts of mobile devices for as long as I’ve been following mobile tech.  All their cases are made with ultra high quality leather, and they’re always among the most striking available.

Their new line of iPad cases looks amazing, as good or even a couple notches better than I was expecting.

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Recommended: JAMM’s Advice on How to Convert a Flash Video to Play on the iPad


My friend Doug over at JAMM (Just Another Mobile Monday) has a good post up, running down how to quickly convert a Flash video and view it on the iPad.  He lists some apps used for the conversion as well as using the Box.net app for storage and viewing.

The method he describes is one that will work well if you are looking to convert a single video, or perhaps a small number.  It’s not going to help with plugging any holes in web sites requiring Flash to display elements on their pages, of course. :)

If you’re looking for some Flash conversion help, check the post out here:


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iPad Screen with Its Knickers in a Twist

jacked up iPad home screen

My iPad had a little moment of madness yesterday.  A moment where one home screen in landscape view only showed four columns of icons (as opposed to the five it normally displays) and decided to ‘hide’ the remaining app icons down below the dock, where they were unreachable of course.

It got back to normal after a quick flip to portrait orientation and back – but it was odd to see it get confused like that.  I wonder if it’s a lack of memory issue, as I’ve not rebooted it in quite a long while and have been pounding it with some high-powered games.  Then again, it did snap straight out of it and it has not re-occurred since.

Any of you seen it do this?  Or similar issues?

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iPad Camera Connection Kit Now Shipping

iPad Camera Connection Kit shipment notice

Looks like Apple is starting to ship iPad Camera Connection Kits.  I got my shipment notice this morning, saying it will be delivered by this Friday – April 23rd.

In many ways this is the most interesting iPad accessory from Apple, as nobody seems quite sure what it will and will not support importing to the iPad. 

If any of you have particular questions about the kit or things you’d like tested with it, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to give them a shot.

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Review: NetNewsWire for iPad

NetNewsWire icon

NetNewsWire for iPad is an RSS reader app for the iPad that provides sync with Google Reader and with a full-featured desktop app on Mac and Windows.  On a Mac it syncs with NetNewsWire for Mac.  On Windows the sync partner is FeedDemon.  Both desktop apps are free / ad-supported.

NetNewsWire (NNW) is among the best-known apps in the RSS reader category.  I’ve used it before on the Mac and the iPhone, and found it capable though at times frustrating.  It was one of the very first major RSS apps to bring out a full iPad version (at or near launch day) – and I was very keen to give it a try. I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and have some thoughts on the app in general and how it lives up to its premium reputation and price.

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Another Use Case – iPad as Sandwich Board?


I guess the iPad could make for an effective sandwich board type sign, or half a sandwich board in this case.  Paulo Tosolini – the man behind this idea and video – thinks so.  He says it can be used …

for guerilla marketing at events and other promotional opportunities.

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