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There are over 475,000 apps for the iPad. The vast majority of those apps are, generally, inwardly focused on the user: games, cooking, weather, entertainment, finance, health, medical, social networking and so on. What's often overlooked are productivity apps that are outwardly focused, those that make a difference and allow the user to make a contribution to others. John Martellaro takes a look at the second category, and you may be surprised.
Referring to Windows RT, Microsoft's executive for devices Julie Larson-Green recently said: "We should not have called it Windows." And so it goes with Microsoft's recent confusion about OSes and branding with its mobile devices. The good news is that some clarity appears to be emerging -- as soon as Windows RT dies.
Apple's new iPad Air arrived later than we thought an iPad 5 would. Last summer, the jackpot question was, what will make the next Apple 10-inch iPad special? John Martellaro has found out.
There are two notable camps amongst Apple's irritable critics. First, if Apple had more products, they'd have more sales. Second, if Apple spent more on R&D, they could buy their way into inovation and, again, exciting new products. Highly critical pressure to achieve that, on demand, is irrational.
The capability of content developers to produce material is increasing exponentially, and the Internet infrastructure grows furiously to keep up. How does one avoid paying for every little thing thrown at us in this mêlée?
So far, many futurists have looked at the smartwatch as an extension of the smartphone. It would, for example, receive important information from the powerful smartphone in the pocket. What if there's a better way? What if that's not the key to success at all?
Motrr has a new version of its Galileo robotic dock that supports Bluetooth and the iPhone 5/5c/5s/4s and iPod touch 5th generation. Mounted on a tripod or desktop, the iPhone can be remotely rotated and elevated with just a swipe on a distant smartphone. It's designed for activities such as video conferencing, time lapse photography of the ground or sky and remote monitoring of, say, a home. With a special app, AirBeam, users can watch the video stream on another smartphone, tablet or web browser. There is also an older version with a 30-pin connector for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 3GS & iPod Touch 4th generation. It's priced at US$149.95. The remote connection is via Wi-Fi or cellular.
A kerfuffle has been artificially created about how the iPad mini Retina doesn't have the full sRGB color gamut of the iPad Air. Think of it as a group nerdgasm, another chance to criticize Apple. The fact is, shoppers aren't even going to blink. The iPad mini Retina will fly off the shelves -- given what supply there is.
Inside Apple, the executives know they're in a manufacturing war with Samsung. Exotic materials, including sapphire, plus lasers and expensive robotic milling machines all contribute to modern electronic devices like our smartphones that make the difference between first-class consumer goods and second rate junk. That war has serious consequences, and so that's where Apple is spending the big bucks.
Protection is important for your iPad Air, but one doesn't want a case that defeats that airy feeling that it's known for. John Martellaro reviews three cases from iLuv, Newertech, and Speck that are in the 6 to 9 ounce range They're not the lightest possible cases, but the protection is good.