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Tablets: why Apple only scratched the surface

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iPad was revolutionnary … 2 years ago. We all marvelled about that piece of technology letting us consume digital media in a whole new different way. 2 generations later, I’m still in love with my iPad, love to read RSS on it or play chess… but I believe the iPad will never go beyond the media consumption paradigm. iOS which was one of its strength thanks to its ease-of-use is proving way too limiting to enable any actual work to be done on that device – which is a shame…read more

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The New Ipad : I expected more usages and less technology

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I’ve been an iPad user since day one, and I believe tablets are way superior to laptops when it comes to consuming media. Watching a movie, reading a magazine (and accessing all the foreign magazines in a few seconds thanks to the newsstand…), reading newsfeed (I’m a lover of the reeder app), browsing the web… Yet every time I tried using it as a creation tool it failed painfully. Creating keynote presentations, pages documents, writing code… all the usual stuff are still no good on that platform.  Every time I…read more

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iPad for militaries

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iPhones and Android smartphones are being field-tested as part of the U.S. military’s“Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications” program. The goal is to get secure, relatively cheap consumer devices that are easy to use into soldiers’ hands. An iPad app that may soon play a pivotal role connecting soldiers on the street with airplanes hovering high above will be shown for the first time next month at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. The app, created by Harris Corp., a tech vendor with $6 billion in annual revenue,…read more

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Flash comes to jailbroken iPads

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Grats to “comex” who is apparently getting somewhere in porting flash to iPad. He is basing his work on the libflashplayer.so made by Adbobe for Android, and indeed since both are ARM devices, with a lot of hacking around he got it right !

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What the iPad is good for

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I’ve been using the iPad home since its US release and while I was really puzzled at first about what it’s good for now I guess I have a clearer view of why an iPad really is good for. Let’s first start with Steve’s claims: The web : Really average experience imho, html5-optimized websites are rare while non-suported flas is overwhelming. All i all the experience is only partial and deceptive Productivity : pages/numbers/keynote are not really useful, this did not enable me to replace my laptop – FAIL Games…read more

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pCalc – the calculator business plan

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I installed yesterday pCalc on my iPad and was quite amazed by the way the developer invented a really innovative business model of freemium … for a simple calculator. As any freemium model, the basic calculator is free and high-quality and the developer identified a few typologies of users that need special functions such as HEX/Binary handling, RPN with multi-lines… and all those features can be purchased in-app in a super smooth way. It’s jus brilliant to see that something as simple as a calculator can be a field of…read more

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Hands-on iPad

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I’ll save you the usual unboxing video – it’s as usual a perfectly packaged product, you wouldn’t expect less from Apple anyhow. I’ve been quite unsettled on the iPad from the start. It’s heavy, and there is no clear use case or killer apps yet on it. Nevertheless, I can feel something in the air, and needed to give it a first shot. OK, web browsing is nice but this can’t be the killer app, especially since quite a lot of interactive site do not render properly on the iPad…read more

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