Apple recently announced a trial program that integrates the iPad into academics wherein educational institutions will now be able to buy apps in bulk through iTunes. It’s not surprising, then, that Stanford Medical School is poised to take the plunge. Stanford University is a staunch supporter of Apple’s education initiatives and last year began teaching iPhone app development courses for free to its students.
Last January when the announcement of the iPad was a few days away, I told my wife, “I really need to have one!” And, like most practical wives who love their husbands but find themselves in situations where it somehow becomes their responsibility to say “OK,” she replied, “Why?”. My reply was an incredulous, “Well… I don’t know yet, but don’t worry, Steve is going to tell me next week!”
While by no means exhaustive, the HTML5Test by Niels Leenheer, does a good job of showing off how well a browser tackles the web standard, HTML5. As you can see, the iPad has a ways to go, but among mobile devices, it – along with the entire iDevice family – is still on top, losing only marginally to the desktop version of Firefox. In many ways, this test mirrors the results of the Acid3 test, proving that Apple play better by web standards than their rivals. I could not test iOS 4’s Safari on my iPod touch because of a God-awful Wifi router, but I assume it to be equally as OKAY. Here are the results compared to various browsers run under OSX 10.6.4 with all the latest trimmings on a 2007 MacBook Pro.
|Web Broswer:||HTML5Test Score:|
|iPad Safari (iOS 3.2.1)||127|
|OSX Safari 5.01||208|
|OSX Chrome 5.0.375.125||197|
|OSX Firefox 3.6.8||139|
|OSX Opera 10.6.0||159|
At Jeffrey Zeldman’s blog, controversy is starting over the inclusion of certain features in the test.
3D imaging is more and more becoming commonplace – with the the onslaught of 3D movies in cinemas (though they still require the retro-style glasses), recent unveiling of Samsung 3D-enabled TVs and the Nintendo 3DS it seems obvious where the industry is heading. Well, it seems the iPad is already there, allowing for naked-eye 3D displaying using a simple prismatic converter. Next stop – iPad 3D? Full video after the gap!
Kudos to DaringFireball for finding this lovely example of how the iPad can be used for content creation. The portrait, which used Steve Sprang’s Brushes, took 3 hours, but this YouTube video has mercifully been sped up to a blinding 10 minutes. While not exactly DIY, the works of artists like David Kassan and Michael Koerbel are inspiring in other ways.
For reference, check out TouchMyApps’ review of Brushes for the iPhone.
Seller: Steve Sprang , Brushes – iPad Edition – $7.99
Steve Sprang, Brushes – iPhone Edition – $4.99
There’s nothing ridiculous about iClothing’s iTee or iDress. I mean, this is the iPad we are talking about, a magical item whose name has rightly been tarnished by feminine hygiene jokes. The Aussies are stuffing the iPad down under, so why not stuff the big ol’ iPod touch in an almost-cute one piece, or an almost-cool tee-shirt?
You can get your very own iPad-tailored tee-shirt for 44.95$, but be advised that only S and XS sizes are available. The iDress? It’s sold out, but can be revived with a kinky email to iClothing with the tag: “I WANT AN iDress!”
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A little while back, we did a tutorial on how to read your old (non-epub) ebooks using iBooks. It featured Calibre, a powerful (and free) software that can easily manage and convert all your ebooks to the epub format. At the time of writing, Stanza, my preferred ebook app, had yet to receive a dedicated iPad version and thus, iBooks was essentially the only e-reader on the device. Well now that Stanza has received a recent update to make it a universal app (along with some other new and much welcomed features), we’ll be taking a look at how to transfer your existing ebooks collection onto the popular e-reader app on your iPad.
I do wish I could lay claim to this post’s genius title. That would of course be unfair to the real genius, Engadget reader, RogueGenius, who may become the walking iPad’s marketing supervisor. I’m sure that roboticist/maker Kazu Terasaki, would be happy to have his iPad in Rogue’s capable hands.
YouTube user site hirac, has been up to a load of good: his latest project is this lovely Macintosh-to-iPad dock. The 30-pin cable (which enables the media-centric Camera Connection Kit) and speakers remain exposed, but as of yet, a classic keyboard misses out on the fun. For now, DIYers have won the game with the sturdiest iPad dock/stand.
Let me rant a bit. I’ve been using a horrible piece of software that cost me 200$ CAD. It’s called Microsoft Office 2008. Today, in the middle of a freelance job, it crashed. Badly. Three files I was using and saving religiously went back to square one. I consider it a mercy though as I was fed up with that job anyway. But Microsoft Office 2008 problems aside, I’ve come across another troubling bit. TMA have made mistakes publishing stuff before. Hell, we’re bite-sized hobbyists. Prankster site, Gawker, however, isn’t. And neither is TechCrunch.
The pair made silly assumptions – headline-making, attention-grabbing assumptions today about Apple.