Thursday, March 31, 2011

The iPad Tablet Makes a Fantastic Learning Tool for Students

On Mar 31, 2011, at 6:13 PM, Leslie wrote:

"And as a former kindergarten teacher, I know I can speak for most others - we are even most impressed when children come to school with more interaction with books than computers".




Good the thing the iPad is an ebook reader too, LOL. The tablet will male a fantastic tool for our current and future students. It is the first piece of technology that makes sense for students, teachers and administrators. We have to not just throw technology at the children, but really think about the technology and where we can properly apply it. We also have to realistic on what we hold on too.

Think about it, we still teach cursive in school, but I am not sure it is still relevant. When was the last time, we used it besides possibly for our signatures? Will the touch type be the new cursive? The though of it is extreme - let the flaming begin. Whether we like it or not, the tablet computer will no doubt be a tool for the new kids. A single tablet can store all the books they will need from k-12, though college. Backpacks are no longer require, nor the Chiropractors' bills.

It can provide lessons as both audio and video. Papers can be sent and returned via the Internet. Imagine being able to not only recall your lessons from grade four, but to be able to see the actual textbook, lesson plans, and graded papers. Sure in a perfect world, that would be the scenario - reality dictates that greed will only allow a more controlled and restricted version of this possibility.



Biology 101, there's an app for that! Imagine, not just books available, but entire classes as an app. Interactive instructional content delivered to the students' tablets as needed. Bonus material and even extra study material can be purchased as in-app purchases. These apps will make opportunities more accessible, but it will still require initiative, money and commitment to the goal by the students and their family to ensure the student excels and rises to the top of the heap. Do students get a iTunes card for the year to purchase the books or do school give Promo codes for books? These things will be discussed and decided.

The camera come in handy as well, teachers can have more impromptu and frequent parent and teacher FaceTime conference. Parents that can't easily make the meetings in person now have some FaceTime with the teacher. What about GPS? Parents could keep tabs on their children's whereabouts. I know privacy advocates will frown on this, but it is not their children. Proper protections will have to be in place. Privacy, ownership of the device and data access from school personnel are just a few of the issues that will need to be addressed first. People are already looking to make this technology work in schools. Reed College recently published a report about this subject, here is an exe rcpt:

After extensive student interviews throughout the Fall 2010 semester, “The bottom line feeling was that the Amazon Kindle DX was not adequate for use in a higher education curricular setting,” Chief Technology Officer Martin Ringle tells Fast Company. “The bottom line for the iPad was exactly the opposite.”

The most impressive iPad feature was also the simplest: a smooth scrolling touchscreen. “The quick response time of the touch screen was highly praised and seemed to be extremely beneficial in class discussions because it allowed students to navigate rapidly between texts to reach specific passages,” notes the report.


Add the smooth scrolling touch screen to the growing list of positives for the iPad:
  • battery life,
  • the apps,
  • the size,
  • the weight

    On the business school front, IMD (The International Institute for Management Development) broke ground by giving all 400 participants in its Orchestrating Winning Performance executive programme (spelling intentional as this ‘program’ is based in Europe) iPads back in April 2010 just after the iPad was released. The intent for using iPads in the Orchestrating Winning Performance program was to run a completely paperless program. No text books, no handouts, no printed reports or case studies.

    Many other programs are initially attracted to the iPad for its form factor and for the ability to reduce the need to carry around heavy text books. But now, these same programs are looking beyond just delivering course materials to see how the iPad might influence the learning environment in other ways – like team based learning, the culture, communications, etc.

    At Iese Business School in Barcelona, which is running an iPad pilot with 60 EMBA participants from April, assistant professor Evgeny Kaganer says the device will enable participants to remain in touch when they are back at work between modules. “For the full-time MBA students this is less important because they are on campus and they see each other all the time.” Prof Kaganer points out that the pilot has to be more than just a means of distributing course texts.

    “We want to run a research study, observing how people interact. How does this [tablet device] affect team-based learning, social culture, collaboration. The critical thing is that it should go beyond delivering course materials.”

    At Wharton, as in some of these other programs, administrators want to see if the use of the iPad is really the next stage in the evolution of teaching.

    On the other end of the spectrum we can see a marked impact on behavior when using the iPad with autistic and other learning disabled youth. The article referenced below tells an amazingly touching story about a young boy that has ended up using the iPad for vocalizing his thoughts during class – as the particular type of autism he has was impacting his vocal chords. Until using the iPad to articulate what he was learning and what he knew, no one in his environment had any idea what he was picking up and what he wasn’t. There are obvious benefits for the students and schools.




    The tablet will be used in schools, more sooner than later. Those who resist will fall behind. Those that embrace the concept will reap the benefits.

    Sources:

    Reed College Report

    Business Schools testing iPads

    iPads used for Autism

    By Carl W. Brooks
    Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Before you Buy AppleCare for your iPad - Read this!

    Before you buy that AppleCare for your iPad, you should know what it covers.

    Every iPad comes with complimentary telephone technical support for 90 days from your iPad purchase and a one-year limited warranty. With the AppleCare Protection Plan, you can extend your service coverage to two years from the iPad purchase date. You can call Apple's technical support experts as often as you like and get your questions answered. And if you need repair service, they offer some service options.




    So without AppleCare, you are covered against defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for a period of ONE (1) YEAR from the date of retail purchase. With AppleCare, you get TWO (2) YEARS from the date of retail purchase. So make sure you save your receipts and/or credit card statement that shows the purchase.

    So the warranty is for "defects in materials and workmanship under normal use". What if you dropped the iPad? This is not normal use of the device! How about you left it on top of the car and then pulled off? Not normal use. What if you fell the sleep with it on the bed and then woke up and found it on the floor with a cracked screen? You are out of luck!

    The Apple warranty does not apply:
    (a) to consumable parts, such as batteries*, or protective coatings designed to diminish over time unless failure has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship;
    (b) to cosmetic damage, including but not limited to scratches, dents, and broken plastic on ports;
    (c) to damage caused by use with non-Apple products;
    (d) to damage caused by accident, abuse, misuse, liquid contact, fire, earthquake or other external causes;
    (e) to damage caused by operating the product outside the permitted or intended uses described by Apple;
    (f) to damage caused by service (including upgrades and expansions) performed by anyone who is not a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (“AASP”));
    (g) to a product or part that has been modified to alter functionality or capability without the written permission of Apple; or
    (h) to defects caused by normal wear and tear or otherwise due to the normal aging of the product or
    (i) if any Apple serial number has been removed or defaced.

    * Service coverage is available for battery depletion of 50 percent or more from the original specification.

    So basically if your iPad's issue is not excluded above, you have the following options available.

  • Direct access to Apple experts
  • Mail-in repair: Mail in your iPad using a prepaid shipping box provided by Apple
  • Carry-in repair: Take your iPad to an Apple Retail Store or other Apple Authorized Service Provider if you have one in your region (not everyone does)
  • Help with using your iPad with a Mac or PC

    SquareTrade offers a different deal, plus everything you get with AppleCare. With the SquareTrade you care covered for normal usage issues and accidents: drops, spills and full submersion in liquid.

    What is covered with SquareTrade iPad Warranty?

  • 3 years of coverage The SquareTrade iPad warranty covers your item for 2 or 3 years, starting on the date of purchase.
  • Accidental Damage from Handling (ADH)Most tablet PC and Laptop failures reported to SquareTrade are caused by accidents. The SquareTrade iPad warranty protects against drops, spills, and other accidents!
  • Deductible: There is no deductible for any claim. Ordinarily, a $50 deductible would apply to ADH claims only, but SquareTrade has waived the deductible.

    Exclusions: If your warranty is bought on the same day as your iPad, then your coverage begins immediately, if you buy your warranty on a later date than your iPad, accidents occurring in the first 30 days are not covered. ADH does not include loss, willful damage or damage occurring through gross misuse of the item. The damage must have occurred unintentionally while the item was being used as intended.

    No Coverage from Loss: There is no coverage against lost or stolen items. You can always cancel your warranty and receive a refund if that happens.
    Same coverage as Apple manufacturer warranty, but 2-3 times as long:

    The SquareTrade warranty also extends the same coverage as the Apple manufacturer warranty from 1 year to 2 or 3 years. This covers all mechanical and electrical problems that arise out of normal use.
    This includes most hardware failures and power/charging failures.
    No deductible: If your iPad fails because of a mechanical or electrical problem during normal use, there is NO deductible to claim.
    After Apple manufacturer warranty: During the period you are covered by the manufacturer, SquareTrade will refer you to the manufacturer for issues covered by the manufacturer warranty.

    The SquareTrade iPad Warranty is $95.99 (regularly $119) compared to AppleCare at $79.

    Learn more at the SquareTrade website.

    By Carl W. Brooks
    Editor, iamthereforeipad.com
  • Apple's 2011 WorldWide Developers Conference Sells Out in Hours

    CUPERTINO, California—March 28, 2011—Apple announced on March 28, 2011 that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. As usual, the event has sold out in record time. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference sold out in less than a day. Tickets went on sale Monday for $1599 each and were sold out by early Tuesday.

    In less than 10 hours, it has already been fully sold out. At 5000 tickets, for $1599 each, Apple has made close to $8 million on WWDC tickets alone. Compared to WWDC 2010, which was sold out in 8 days, this is very fast.

    No word on whether Steve Jobs will be on hand at the 2011 WWDC.



    At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS®, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.

    “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”

    Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.

    Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:

  • more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;

  • over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;

  • the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and

  • Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.


  • Go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website developer.apple.com/wwdc for updates and more information.

    Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

    Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    By Carl W. Brooks
    Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

    Compact Flash Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2

    Apple’s official Camera Connection Kit for iPad is pretty accommodating when it comes to transferring photos from your digital camera into your iPad. Using the one of the two dongles, you can plug in either the USB cable of your camera or the SD card.

    What about users that have a drawer full of old 2GB or 4GB Compact Flash cards?



    The CF Card Reader for iPad is $29.90 USD, which is the same price as Apple’s official Camera Connection Kit, and comes with a built-in USB reader that can also transfer video and photographs from any thumb drive. If you’re looking to supplement your iPad with another photography-minded dongle, this looks like a good buy.

    Exclusive CF Card Reader for iPad 2! It's a compulsory accessory for all DSLR users with iPAD. It comes 2-in-1: Compact Flash Card and USB, backward compatible with iPad, supports up to 400X speed.

    The CF Card reader supports photo and video import even Canon EOS 5D Mark II but it's a pity that the iPad built-in video player can't playback the video encode from 5D Mark II . You may have to download 3rd party apps to play them in your iPad.

    iPad Supported Video Format:

    * H.264 video (up to 720p, 30 frames per second; main profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats)
    * MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.
    * Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format.

    Other Features:
    * Supports transfer photos / videos from iPhone 4 to iPad
    via the USB interface on the card reader
    * Some keyboards may work by plugging into the USB interface
    on the card reader (depends on your keyboard voltage)

    Ships April 20~30, see more info for details.

    USD$29.90 tax incl.

    By Carl W. Brooks
    Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

    President Obama Confirms He Owns an iPad

    We’ve read about many government leaders both here and abroad who have iPads and according to MarketWatch, President Obama is now among them. During a town hall meeting in Washington, D.C. today, President Obama was questioned by news anchor Jorge Ramos.





    “Do you have an iPad?” asked Ramos next.

    “I do have an iPad,” Obama replied, joking later about also having his own computer.


    “I mean, Jorge, I’m the president of the United States,” Obama said. “You think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer?” said Obama to laughter. “Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? How about you? You’ve got one?”


    President Obama also reportedly admitted his iPad is tethered to his BlackBerry.

    The President is no stranger to the iPad and has even been spotted signing the popular device. Bystanders even asked the President to autograph their iPads during recent political events in Washington and Portugal. During the most recent signing, the President said, “Sign my iPad, I’ve done this once before.” In both cases the Secret Service seemed somewhat hesitant but that didn’t stop the President from putting his John Hancock on the high-tech device.

    The MarketWatch report doesn’t state whether the president has the original iPad or iPad 2. Regardless, we’re sure he didn’t have to stand in line to get either one. Who knows, maybe Steve Jobs gave President Obama an iPad as a gift during the recent tech leader dinner.

    [Image Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza]

    By Carl W. Brooks
    Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

    Monday, March 28, 2011

    Third-Party Cases for the iPad 2 Start to Surface

    Easily the most impressive iPad accessory to be announced with the second-generation device is the Smart Cover – a clever cover with built-in magnets that clings to the side of the device to protect its screen while not in use. The Smart Cover doubles as a stand when it’s opened up. It’s available in both leather and polyurethane, and its most impressive feature is that is puts your iPad 2 to sleep when you close it, and wakes it up again when you open it.

    Naturally since its announcement third-party manufacturers have been designing and building their own iPad 2 covers and cases, all of which aim to be just as innovative and magnificent as Apple’s Smart Cover. Here is our roundup of the best third-party cases available right now for the iPad 2 – all of the cases below feature the same auto-wake magnetic feature included in the official Smart Cover.

    STM Skinny – $39.99


    The biggest complaint about the Smart Cover is that it does not protect the back of the iPad from scratches. The biggest Compliment is that it doesn't add too much bulk or weight to the device. The STM Skinny from Radtech gives you both; it protects your iPad 2 all round, but its beautifully thin and lightweight material means it won’t add too much bulk. It’s firm hard shell back means you won’t have to worry about bumps and scratches to the aluminum casing of your iPad 2. It’s available in three colors and is made from water resistant micro ripstop polyester with a micro suede lining.

    The Octavo – $59.99


    The Octavo from Pad and Quill is a beautiful case that disguises your iPad 2 as a fancy leather book. It comes in three different interior colors, and hold the iPad 2 firmly in place with a soft bumper. A ribbon bookmark holds the case shut tight when not in use. There are port holes all around the case for access to the dock connector, wake button, switch, and volume controls.


    The Folio 360 II – $59.95


    The Folio 360 II from The Joy Factory is a sleek, sophisticated and subtle leather case for someone who wants their iPad to look nothing more than professional. Open the case up into a stand with a range of viewing angles from 90-165 degrees with a non-slip design that’s comfortable for typing, reading, and even gaming. The Folio’s most unique feature is the ability to rotate your device within the case to use in both portrait and landscape mode – a feature I haven’t seen in an iPad case before.

    Miniot Cover – $70


    For me, the Miniot Cover is the most impressive third-party cover to hit the shelves so far. It’s made from a single piece of cherrywood and works in exactly the same way as Apple’s Smart Cover. The only difference is that it rolls up into a loop when you open it up, as opposed to a triangle. Despite this, it still functions perfectly well as a stand. You can get your Miniot Cover engraved with a personal message.

    So that’s our roundup of the most impressive iPad 2 cases available so far. This is in no way a complete list of available cases. Many case makers are either in the design shops or in the manufaction stage and very close to releasing thier new iPad 2 cases, so stay tuned. What’s your favorite out of the four cases above? Which cases did we miss? Leave us a comment and let us know! Check out more IPad 2 Cases

    Thanks,

    Carl W. Brooks
    iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

    iPad News, Reviews and How-To-Dos.
    We help make your iPad experience Magical through information!
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    Sunday, March 27, 2011

    iAmThereforeiPad Podcast #3 - iPad 2 Lines Again - Around the Globe

    iAmThereforeiPad Podcast #3 Sunday, March 27th, 2011 (03/27/2011)

    iAmThereforeiPad.com is an online community that offers valuable information that allows you to make intelligent decisions towards the purchase of or use of your iPad device. They offer daily news, reviews, software downloads, polls, iPad hardware and iPad accessories. It is a valuable resource for any iPad or iOS device owner.

    iPad 2 - Long Lines across the globe for iPad 2 sales. Plus: Photo Booth on the iPad 2, 20 Essential iPad Apps, Internet Options for the Wi-Fi IPad and 3G + Wi-Fi iPad, Samsung refines its Tablets to Rival Apple in Specs and Choices, Smart Cover for iPad 1 Hack, Time Warner Cable's iPad approach is to ask forgiveness rather than permission, AT&T to Buy T-Mobile

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    Show Notes
  • Photo Booth on the iPad 2
  • 20 Essential iPad Apps (The Best iPad Apps?)
  • iPad 2 Goes on Sale March 25 to 25 Countries outside the U.S. -
    The Lines are starting all over for iPad 2
  • Internet Options for the Wi-Fi IPad and 3G + Wi-Fi iPad
  • Samsung refines its Tablets to Rival Apple in Specs and Choices
  • Smart Cover for iPad 1 Hack
  • Time Warner Cable's iPad approach is to ask forgiveness rather than permission
  • AT&T to Buy T-Mobile

  • Photo Booth on the iPad 2

    Photo Booth on the iPad 2 is a fun application that applies silly effects to your camera when taking photos. It is similar to Photo Booth on the Mac and is entertaining for kids and adults alike.

    Photo Booth is equipped with 8 different effects: Thermal Camera, Mirror, X-Ray, Kaleidoscope, Light Tunnel, Squeeze, Twirl, and Stretch. You can edit the effect before snapping the picture by pinching and dragging on the screen. As you take photos (from either front or rear camera) with Photo Booth, they are saved to your Camera Roll and you can see thumbnails of the images at the bottom of the screen. From here, you can easily email, copy, and delete multiple photos. Be careful though, deleting a photo from Photo Booth also deletes it from your Camera Roll.

    The quality of the photos taken with the VGA front-facing camera are not by any means outstanding, but given the nature of these shots – fun, quirky, and silly – it isn’t too big of a deal.

    Check out the images taken with Photo Booth on the iPad 2 (images with cycle in the single frame below).


    Photobooth on iPad 2

    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Essential iPad Apps (The Best iPad Apps?)

    If you pick up any two iPads, the outside may look the same (unless they have different covers or cases), but once you turn them on - this is where the magic and difference shine. Most people have about 20 iPad apps that are essential for them. I will give you a list from which you can choose apps that you will hopefully find interesting enough to include some of them amongst your essential apps.

    Stitcher Radio is one of my favorite apps. Not just for the iPad, but for my Android and WebOS smartphone. It let's me listen to podcasts separately or stitched together to make a single "radio-like" broadcast of the content that I am interested in.

    Writepad for iPad - Englishicon is one of my favorite app now for the iPad. It allows my to write on the screen in my own handwriting or print and the app converts it automatically into text. While you can use your finger to write, it is much easier and natural if you use a stylus designed for the iPad.

    ABC Playericon (free)




    Even if you don't normally watch the ABC channel on TV, chances are you will find yourself enjoying a show or two on the ABC player app for the iPad. I personally enjoy watching "No Ordinary Family" and "WipeOut" on the player. I don't watch either show on the television at all. There are many shows to choose from, but here are a few: All My Children, Bachelor, Boston Med, Brothers and Sisters, Castle, Cougar Town, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Detroit 187, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, General Hospital, Grey's Anatony, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Modern Family, Mr. Sunshine, Off the Map, Secret Millionaire, Supper Nanny, The View, ABC 20/20 and more.

    Amazon Kindleicon (free)




    In only a few months since its debut last year, the iPad quickly became the second most popular e-reader behind the Amazon Kindle. If reading is your passion, getting the Kindle iPad app is a no-brainer. Sure, Apple (AAPL) has its own iBook Store app, but the Amazon book selection is unbeatable and you can read your purchases on the desktop, laptop, phone, Kindle reader or iPad. The books do cost money, but there are free books available too.



    Big Calculatoricon (free)




    Yes, I too was surprised that Apple didn't include a calculator app on the iPad. Big Calculator was designed to take full advantage of the iPad screen offering a large display and a paper tape to keep track of your calculations. Need even larger buttons? Rotate to Portrait mode to fill the entire screen with just the calculator.

    Flipboardicon (free)









    Magazines play well on the iPad because of the casual reading experience. Flipboard is an app for creating a customized magazine that pulls content and pictures from Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds, Flickr, favorite blogs and Web sites. Best of all, Flipboard lets you flip through the neatly organized, wonderfully laid-out pages. I tell you this is the best Facebook and Twitter reader for me.

    Instapapericon ($4.99)

    Instapaper lets you save articles, blogs and news for offline reading. The app turns Web pages into a great reading experience. Few people can stand to read feature stories on a browser because of all the distracting ads. The iPad and Instapaper creates a Kindle-like reading experience for your Web articles.

    Dropboxicon (free up to 2GB)

    Dropbox gives you storage space in the cloud (on the Internet). You can stored important documents securely. It's like having a USB flash drive online ready for access from any of your connected devices, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone or iPad.

    ArtRageicon ($6.99)



    Art on the iPhone made headlines nearly two years ago when Jorge Colombo drew a painting that made The New Yorker cover. Really, though, doesn't the larger iPad screen make a better canvas? ArtRage is a painting simulation app that keeps track of the amount of paint on the canvas, watercolors reacting to the wetness of the brush, blending colors, and much more.

    Epicuriousicon Recipes & Shopping List (free)



    My family spend more time grocery shopping, cooking, eating and watching cooking shows than any other personal activity. Epicurious serves up more than 30,000 recipes from magazines, chefs and cookbooks. Best part of the iPad app version: The big screen makes it easy to follow recipes step-by-step in the kitchen.

    Netflixicon (App: Free, Service: $7.99 a month)




    Sure, there's a time and place for watching HD movies on a big screen. More often than not, though, you'll catch a flick while on the go or quietly in bed. At times like these, you'll want Netflix on the iPad. The iPad's screen is big enough to watch personally. Sometimes I hang out with the wife while she is watching Lifetime on cable, I discover a new flick or enjoy and old favorite on the iPad. This service is well worth it for me and my family. We gave up one of those cable channels that never show anything we want to see, when we want to it. With the Netflix service, we watch movies and TV shows on our Wii, PC, Panasonic Home Theater system and our iPad. You can even get a free trial at their site.

    Star Walkicon ($4.99)



    With Star Walk, the iPad becomes a map to the stars. Just point your iPad at the sky, and you'll learn the identities of the stars, constellations and satellites. Whether you are at the campfire with the scouts, relaxing on the beach with your significant other or simply like to be in the know; the Star Walk app is a fun resource.

    TouchReTouch HDicon ($0.99)



    We all have those pictures that would be perfect if it wasn't for that object or person that got in the shot (whether intentional or by accident). There was a time when you just had to live with the imperfect picture or seek the help of the most techie person you know, or hire the help of a professional photographer to fix it. With TouchRetouch HD, you are the expert and all you need to know is how to smear your finger on the screen to do so. It works so good and fast that you will swear it is magic. Now let's see your techie or photographer friends try to do it so fast and accurate on their desktop. You finally are the expert and finally have that perfect photo(s) you always wanted.

    Flickpad Proicon ($2.99; limited time at $0.99)




    If you use Facebook, then I bet you may use it to keep up with friends and family. If you only read their status updates, you might only know about their sleeping, eating or flirting habits. With Flickpad, you can skip all the bantering and focus on what really matter to you: "What's really going in with them?". Pictures speaks a thousand words and reveals what most important in your family and friend's lives. If they take a picture and share it, it must be important to them. You can flick through the photos by date or by a particular person. Without this app, it would be hard to see your friend's picture all in one setting - plus it wouldn't be this fun. Use it with your Flickr account too.



    PhotoPad by ZAGGicon (free)




    Premium photo editing tools for the iPad and all for free. Rotate, chop, resize, polarize and more. Save your modified photos for viewing, sharing and even to make a skin for your devices. Once you get the photo the way you want it, you can even use the photo to make and order a ZAGG skins for your devices through the app and the iPad.


    Web Albumsicon ($2.99)




    The iPad is the perfect device for sharing pictures. While you can store many on the device itself, it is not necessary to do so for all of your pictures. Pictures are for sharing and many times we will use an online service to do so. I recommend a Google Gmail account because it offers a lot of free service; one of which is Picasa. Store your picture into your Picasa account to share with friends and family online. With the Web Albums app for the iPad, you have access to all of your Picasa albums. You can email, download to the iPad or share links. Add albums and even upload pictures from the iPad to all albums.

    Teamviewer HDicon (free for personal use or $139.99 for the Teamviewer Pro HDicon for business use)








    You can't do everything on an iPad that you can do on a desktop or laptop, right? Well no and yes. The iPad can't do everything, but you if you have a laptop, desktop or server - you can control it from your iPad. It doesn't matter if you are on the couch, in line at the Secretary of State office or watching your child's baseball game in the bleachers; you can control the remote computer. Although I personally use Logmein Ignitionicon ($30) on the iPad, I know that people can't resist the lure of the word "free", so I wouldn't feel right unless I recommended Teamviewer HD. Teamviewer HD lets you control the computers you have access to or even to your friends and family's computers so you don't have to drive all the way over to your parents house for the second time this week.

    Soundnoteicon ($4.99)



    SoundNote is a unique way to take notes in meetings, lectures, and interviews. It tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you'll never worry about missing an important detail. During playback, just tap a word or drawing and SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio. You can export the notes as a PDF file to your PC (Even export the audio file too).

    Fruit Ninja HDicon ($2.99)




    Face it, who doesn't like to get their ninja on? Your finger(s) become lethal weapons (at least for the fruit) with this fun single or two player game. Slice fruit to your heart's content. Battle with a friend or family member to see who can serve the other. You can almost taste the fruit juices as it splatters on the back wall. Play for a few minutes or for as long as it takes for the doctor to call you in.

    Plants vs. Zombies HDicon ($6.99)




    Protecting your brains from hungry Zombies has never been so fun and engaging. Rounds and rounds of fun for the whole family, personal achievements and mini-games makes this a repeat favorite. With all this game has to offer, it's biggest asset is that it allows each family member to have their own profile, so you don't have a problem sharing the iPad and the game with everyone.

    Pandora Radioicon(free)



    I don't have a device that doesn't play Pandora (even my TV plays Pandora). I love this free Internet Radio. It works this way, create up to 100 free radio stations by either typing in a Artist, Composer or Song name and instantly you are listening to so serious music. While you can't just type in a particular song and have it play immediately, it eventually will. Once you have a few stations set up, you will see quickly why me and the whole family loves Pandora. We don't even listen to regular radio anymore.

    Color Splash for iPadicon ($1.99)


    Ever see those pictures of the bride or flower girl in black and white, but the flowers in their hands are in full color? Ever wonder how they did it? Even more importantly, "Ever want to do it yourself?" Well you can and it is real easy to do with Color Splash for the iPad.

    Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite for iPadicon ($14.99) or Documents to Go Premiumicon ($16.99)

    Apple promotes its own products: Pagesicon, Numbersicon and Keynotesicon, but many of us are Microsoft Office users. We need to be able to handle Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint files on the iPad. While the iPad can read these formats without any of these apps, you must have one of these apps to modify or create Office files. I have both because they both have features that I like.

    GoodReadericon ($4.99)

    What can I say about this app? It is one awesome app. I reads and annotates PDF files. You can pull them from the web right from the app or from Safari. You can sync to your desktop or to Dropbox and other file servers. It reads office files and so much more. I won't even look at a PDF on my iPad without doing so in this app.

    BlogPressicon ($2.99)


    If you run a bloger or blogspot site and own an iPad, you have to get this app now. It makes life so much easier and blogging so much faster. Create, edit and post blogs stories right from the iPad. Even add pictures, links and formatting with this great tool. It can tell your Twitter followers and Facebook friends about the post when you create the posts too.

    Now that you have some new app ideas, check out some commonly missed tips and tricks you can do on your iPad.