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App.net (ADN) is probably the most talked-about social network of recent times — and it’s extremely easy to see why. OK, so microblogging is nothing new in the virtual world (yes, I’m looking at you, Twitter) but ADN really is the model that I’d love to see Twitter emulate.
For starters, you can post messages of up to 256 characters (sometimes, 140 just isn’t enough) and it feels a lot cleaner than Twitter — there’s no spam bots, sponsored links or pretentious retweets — just pure, unadulterated bliss. And with developers cottoning on to ADN, it’s now supported by a growing number of programs — including a number of iPad clients which Nathan Snelgrove rounded up for you recently.
Last week, Phillip Johns looked at Mail Pilot, an alternative e-mail client for your iPad. Judging by the results of our weekly poll, out of a total of 340 votes, 249 of you (nearly three-quarters) thought that the iPad deserved something different to Mail.app, and Mail Pilot for some may be the answer.
Instead of focusing on working through your e-mails as and when you receive them, Mail Pilot lets you put off e-mails and will remind you later on to take a look at them. This approach has also been taken by Mailbox — for the time being it only supports the iPhone and Gmail accounts — but Mail Pilot features a few nifty features up its sleeve that can help you reach that beautiful feeling of “inbox zero” in no time at all.
The revolutionary teamLabBody-3D Motion Human Anatomy- shows in incredible detail the inside of a human body. Starting in 1998, the researchers based in the Osaka University Orthopaedic Biomaterial Science Laboratory have imaged 827 individual body elements in full 3D using state of the art CT and MRI imaging. With help from Professor Kazuomi Sugamoto, they have developed a new approach to image living human bodies, and record their muscular skeletal movement and range. This movement differs from that of previously living examples, and this pioneering field of research is brought to life through this iPad app.
Capturing the internal motion of a living human — and visualising this in glorious 3D — has resulted in a beautiful and insightful application. Useful for education, analysis, diagnosis and after-care for patients, it is well worth a look if you are a practising medical professional, and is a wonderful curiosity even if you’re not.
This Monday, Pedro Lobo looked at Actions, an absolutely fantastic automation app for your iPad. You can control virtually everything about your Mac or Windows computer (separate versions are available) right from your tablet and you can also create some pretty nifty shortcuts that will not only save you time but also make you a lot more productive in whatever you do.
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I personally am not a fan of the default PDF reader on the iPad, Preview, as it’s simply a very watered down version of the Mac version, with almost every single useful feature stripped out. There’s no support for annotations and all you can do is read PDFs in it – there’s no iCloud sync (like in iWork on iOS) with your Mac and, unless you succumb to iBooks, you can’t store PDFs natively on your iPad. Hence, most iPad users turn to third-party PDF readers which provide far more features, often at a tiny price.
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This week, we’re asking which type of iPad model you currently own. It always amazes me that there are some dedicated users (including some who read iPad.AppStorm!) that still have an original iPad, running iOS 5 and since it’s celebrated its third birthday this week, I thought it fitting to poll our readers.
So go ahead and vote in this week’s poll on the right – which generation of iPad are you currently using?
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Facebook’s announcement yesterday at their headquarters in Menlo Park, California, didn’t get me stoked up one bit. I didn’t even realise it had started until I checked my Twitter during a break from revision in my university’s library and discovered that the event had temporarily hijacked my feed. So, to procrastinate a bit, I started watching the live feed and reading a bit more about it on various technology blogs. The results, unfortunately, didn’t impress.
Smaller is always better, correct? Smaller is more portable, easier to hold, and is more likely to be used in most situations, correct? That’s typically correct, especially in the technology world.
But that isn’t taking into account the loss of potential productivity, or the advantages of the larger size. At some point, a smaller size begins to impact the capabilities of the device, even if the two devices run identical software. While the iPad mini really is an excellent device that is designed to please most users, there is at least one group of users that likely will not find the iPad mini’s smaller form factor an improvement over the more traditional, 9.7″ iPad.
That segment of users are the true iPad power users, the people who consistently use the iPad not just to consume, but also to create.
Reports of kids racking up huge bills through in-app purchases (IAP) is certainly en vogue in the mainstream media at the moment. The tech media, too. When the story ingredients include young children, the (on occasion) largest company on the planet and mammoth credit card bills for normal, hardworking parents then you’re guaranteed eyes on the page. The conclusion being that Apple is, after all, evil.
This week we’re asking: what do you use your iPad’s side switch for? Of course, you’ve got the standard offering between locking the screen rotation or muting your iPad, but if you’ve jailbroken your iPad then you’ve got almost infinite possibilites with it! It seems like a pretty mundane question but one that will be sure to divide our readership community! So go ahead and let us know what you use your side switch for in this week’s poll on the right!