Review: Toodalu for iPhone


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This mobile app for the Toodalu location-based social networking service is decent enough, but Toodalu itself doesn't measure up to similar services like Foursquare and Gowalla.

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Skype for iPhone Update Supports Multitasking and Fee-Free 3G Calls [Downloads]


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iOS: VoIP application Skype updated its iOS application to support iOS 4 multitasking (which means you can receive calls while other apps are running and switch to another task while keeping the call alive). They've also dropped an extra fee for calls over 3G. Skype on your iPhone 3GS and 4 just got a lot more useful. [Skype for iOS; Skype Blog] More »

AirSketch Showcases Wireless Doodles. Review and Giveaway!


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So you’re giving a presentation on stage. iPad in hand, you swipe through your presentation images, conveying different ideas. At the end, a quick Q&A question presents you with a scenario you couldn’t predict. “How would your website do this?” Quickly, you bring up AirSketch, and in front of an audience of dozens, begin sketching your plans. But whether it’s for presentations or fun, AirSketch is a seriously cool sketchpad for the iPad that allows you to wirelessly share your masterpieces via your local network.

AirSketch doesn’t require wireless at all. In fact you never have to use it (it’s perfectly fine on its own as a sketchpad). But that’s where its use comes in: if you have an idea to share (especially on stage or during a presentation), AirSketch fits the bill really nicely.

All you really need to do is connect to AirSketch is a HTML5 compatible web browser. From your local network, you simply visit the address given and watch the magic happen. As someone draws on the iPad, it will appear almost instantly (as drawn) in the web browser. Everything works with minimal lag, though I wonder how many clients could connect to the iPad before you started to see a dramatic slowdown. I could only test a couple, and it worked great.

AirSketch MS3

Being the most amazing artist in the world, you can see a website sketch I’m working on. Is this the new MacStories 3.0? Who knows how it’ll turn out at this point, but when you’re sitting with the guy who plans on making your site the most beautiful thing ever, he better not take this too literally. Though honestly, this is the best thing we’ve come up with yet.

AirSketch Wireless

AirSketch is also really amazing for the kids. Play a game of hangman. Draw a dinosaur. Plan the next level of a top secret video game. I had a blast goofing around with friends and family. As you can tell, the dinosaur is pretty excited about it too. Imagine playing iSketch… but in real life! This thing is too cool.

AirSketch Saved ImagesAirSketch Strokes

Of your drawing options, you can see the various strokes above. A pencil like line, a couple pens, a marker, and highlighter style options complete your palette. Double tapping on a color brings up the ability to choose your presets (most likely you won’t need to in casual use), and for those super awesome drawings, you can save them for later. Undo and redo options are also available if you are really bent on pursuing the perfect doodle.

Listen up. AirSketch for the iPad is a great sketchpad that allows you to wirelessly share random drawings throughout the office, on your home TV, or any device that has a web browser built in. For $4.99 on the iTunes App Store, you can have something that works flawlessly with absolutely zero setup.

We’re guessing you’d really like to have a copy. Qrayon was kind enough to allot us one license to giveaway, and we have all the details below.

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Okay Van Gogh, we got your back. If you’re looking to have some fun this weekend, then you gotta leave a comment below telling us how or why you really want Air Sketch. We’re not looking for, “because it’s free” kind of answers, but a short thoughtful sentence or two describing why you really want it. Trust us when I say: we’re picky. The contest ends Saturday, July 24th. Good luck!



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Some iPad Numbers from Apple’s Latest Results Call


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iPad gets girls

Some notable iPad-related bits and pieces from Apple’s Q3 financial results call yesterday:

  • 3.27 million iPads sold
  • $2.17 billion sale of iPad and accessories.
  • Already have 50 percent of the Fortune 100 deploying or testing the iPad.
  • The product is not following a typical early adopter curve — it’s quickly broken into the mainstream.
  • Apple is working on increasing capacity, and feels like they can 

And it gets girls, as shown above. :)

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Flipboard turns social network content into a virtual magazine


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The latest hotness wandering around the blogs is this iPad app called Flipboard, which turns your favorite social network content into an easy-to-read magazine-styled layout. It does look good -- the idea is that pictures and text are all pulled in from various social feeds, and then assembled together by the app to make a full-color, full-featured magazine that you can flip through instead of pulling up various feeds and/or running a bunch of different clients. We saw a similar app at WWDC this year that pulled content from RSS and styled it in a magazine fashion.

Personally, I'm not entirely sold -- I have the same problem with this app as I did with RSS readers for a long time, which is that I like to see content in the format it's generated for. If someone likes something or posts a link on Facebook, I'd rather see what it looks like in the same space they created it for, not crammed into an app's magazine-style formatting. You may make the argument that information is increasingly growing context in-sensitive, and you'd be right -- I do use an RSS reader now, after many years of trying to read blog items on their own blogs, and social networks are growing more interchangeable as they fight to find their own spots in your attention.

Flipboard may work well (and at the low, low price of free, it's hard to argue against at least trying it out, though word is that the servers are hammered at launch), but I think there's still something to be said for seeing your tweets in your Twitter client and your friends' pictures on Flickr. I'm not quite ready to completely separate all of my social network content from its original form quite yet.

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Apple iPad Case ‘Bleeds’ onto iPad


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Bleeding iPad case 

Yikes.  One of our readers has found that his Apple iPad case is bleeding dye – in his case luckily onto his Invisibleshield cover, otherwise he’d have a very messed up iPad.

I haven’t seen anything like this reported round the web, and I’ve never liked the Apple case much at all, so it has only very rarely been on my iPad.

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Digits Calculator for iPad: Beautiful, Powerful, Simple


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The iPad lacks a built-in calculator but there’s no shortage of 3rd party ones in the App Store. I’ve already reviewed Calcbot for iPhone and iPad and I’m loving it, but this one’s good, too.

Digits Calculator by Shift looks like a simple calculator app for iPad, with very large numbers and a surprising attention to typographic details. There’s a tape on the left side to retrieve all your past calculations, numbers and some buttons are at the center of the screen. Don’t be fooled by the looks of it: Digits Calculator is powerful. It’s a scientific calculator, with a wide array of options to customize the way it works for you located in the settings.

You can change the colors of the app, enable the currency and scientific formats, show labels and color total values. The app rearranges items on screen with a nice animation when you change orientation.

I’m no math expert, but I can spot a good calculator when I see one. If you already own Calcbot, you may want to give this a try anyway, especially considering that it’s just $0.99 in the App Store and will be available soon as Universal for free to previous customers.

Go download it.

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Get the New York Times on iPad via BN… sort of


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Update: Barnes & Noble's PR team pinged us to point out two salient points. #1, the message above does in fact note that only the iPod touch and iPhone versions of the newspaper/magazine subscriptions are temporarily offline -- the iPad subs are still available, as I found. #2, via the "Go To" button at the top of the eReader app screen, you can access an abbreviated table of contents (a list of the paper's sections); that's a help, but still not a particularly well-adapted navigational approach for all the stories in the NYT. My apologies for the errors.

We got the heads-up from reader Jehuda S. that Barnes & Noble is now listing the New York Times as available for subscription or single-copy download into the company's B&N eReader app. A quick check of B&N's site does indeed show the paper available for $0.99 a day, or $19.99 for a monthly subscription -- the monthly price is the same as Amazon's Kindle version, but that edition isn't available for iPhone or iPad yet. Amazon's deal with the NYT is a possible explanation for the kneecapped Editor's Choice app, which doesn't offer the paper's full content.

Great, so the paper's ready for prime time on the iPad courtesy of Mr. Barnes and Mr. Noble? Well, not so much. First of all, even though I was able to go through with the $0.99 purchase of today's paper [for my iPad], the site is featuring a banner update as seen above -- newspaper delivery is being 'temporarily suspended' to the iDevices iPhone and iPod touch, with a 'better reading experience' around the corner.

That's good, because the current reading experience is downright cringeworthy. There's no navigation to speak of except for section front pages and 'next story' / 'previous story' -- in order to see the whole paper, you have to scroll via the page scroller at the bottom (today's edition shows as 525 screensful, not easy to manage). There's no master table of contents, no overall list of sections, no moxie whatsoever. It's a bit like someone faxing you the New York Times, story by story -- not at all a positive way to consume this premium content.

I can't recommend you get the Times in this fashion until B&N revamps the reader; good news is, it looks like there's consensus on that point over at B&N.

Thanks Jehuda!

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Contest – Win a Free Skinizi Skin for Your iPad


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Skinizi Skins for iPad

3 Skinizi Skins for the iPad To Be Won

Contest Deadline: Friday July 23rd, 2:00PM US Central

I really like quite a few of the Skinizi skins for the iPad.  They’re ultra-thin vinyl film skins for the iPad, with some very striking and artistic designs on them.  I also love the concept that each one comes with a free matching wallpaper download so you can really get a total look going on for your iPad.

Julien and the kind folks at Skinizi are offering up three free skins for our lucky winners of this contest, along with free shipping of course.

Read on for details on how easy it is to enter for a chance to win, and to see a couple examples of wallpapers (with matching skins) that caught my eye …

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Featured iPad Accessory: The Haversack


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Here’s a general purpose bag that works as an iPad transporter that caught my eye this week.  It’s called the Haversack and the folks at Duluth Pack were kind enough to email me about it this week.  Apparently they’re fans of the site (Yay!) and big fans of the iPad.  They’ve also been hand making bags in Minnesota for 128 years, and currently make custom bags for Barneys New York , Urban Outfitters, and Inventory Magazine.

Great history – and a pretty sharp looking sack I’d say.  You can check out a demo of its iPad housing capabilities below, and get more info and purchase one here: http://duluthpack.com/haversack.html

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Duke University to use iPads for field research


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This fall, the Duke University Global Health Institute in Durham, NC will embark on a pilot project using the iPad as a field research tool. Masters students enrolled in the Research Methods in Global Health Sciences II class will be broken up into groups of three, with each group being given a 3G-enabled iPad.

The course introduces students to a wide range of methodological techniques, including quantitative surveys research, interventions and evaluations along with qualitative techniques of ethnography, survey design and semi-structured interviews. Funding and assistance with the course will come from the Duke Center for Instructional Technology (CIT).

Educational tech consultant Mark Sperber, who will train students on the iPad and decide upon the selection of software, notes that the iPad will allow students to collect and analyze data while in the field, where it's most meaningful. The do-it-nowability of the iPad was written about by mobile research blogger Tim Macer.

Traditionally, field-collected research could not be analyzed until the researcher got to a computer off-site, but the use of iPads will allow data to be examined immediately. Having done my share of quantitative field research I feel that bringing immediacy to the field opens up possibilities that were never before imaginable. The primary goal, according to sociologist Jen'nan Ghazal Read who will be teaching the course, is to equip students with tools allowing them to make the most of their time in the field and master the complex methods on which they will base their research.

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Flipboard on the iPad– World’s First Social Magazine


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Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard is described as ‘the world’s first social magazine’ – and it’s an iPad only app (for the moment) with a very interesting concept …

Flipboard brings the timeless layout of print media to social media. No more scrolling through long lists of posts and links. No more jumping back and forth between websites. Your Flipboard is everything you care about in one place. It’s your magazine. It’s your Flipboard.

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