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Welcome students.

Over the next three weeks you’ll go from being Python novices to Pythonistas. You’ll be learning how to use the app Pythonista to leverage the power of the Python programming language and expand what you previously thought possible using iOS.

Before we dive into what Pythonista is, why it’s interesting, and what we’ll cover in this series, let me explain a bit about Python, the programming language Pythonista uses.
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Dragon Dictation is an app for the iPad that allows you to speak into the iPad, and have the words automatically transcribed for you into text. It wouldn’t be correct to type this article then, would it?

So what you are reading has been completely and automatically transcribed by this application whilst I sat in cars, cafes, and coffee shops, chatting away to my iPad.

Embarrassing – yes. Enlightening – absolutely! Let me share with you what I found…

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With the upcoming iOS 5 launch expected sometime in early October, a few people may still be wondering how the long battle between Adobe and Apple will pan out, clinging onto the hope that Flash may appear.

I can tell you now that Flash will not appear in an official form on iOS 5 or any other iOS update. Despite Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO, it is clear that Apple find Flash to be buggy and unstable – they are pushing the modern HTML 5 technology. However, that doesn’t necessarily stop you from having access to flash yourself…

The simple fact is that unless you plan on Jailbreaking and using Frash you are limited to Flash enabled browsers. Read on to find out the best way to get Flash on your iPad!

To test Flash we used 3 methods; Video, Flash websites, and Flash Games in order to provide a solid view of general performance.

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Earlier this week we reviewed Air Display, a fantastic app that turns your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac or PC. The simple fact is that there’s not a great deal to the app itself, once you connect it with your computer (with a downloadable client that sits in your menubar), it doesn’t really function like an app at all.

What Air Display does do, though, is turn your workspace into a rather unique one. With Air Display you have a second screen that, while not really big enough for you to call your set up a “dual monitor” workspace, gives you extra space that’s not only versatile but touch sensitive as well.

I’ve been playing around with Air Display, developed by Avatron Software, and I’ve discovered that it helps create a workspace that, particularly if you’re a creative, can improve your workflow in ways a standard second monitor can’t. Read on to find out how.

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If you have worked with computers much at all, you’re probably well aware that one of the worst potential scenarios is when you have to work with a printer. There are few things in the computer world that can rival the printer as far as time wasting goes – the endless tinkering on, habitual issues created, and bewildering variety of selections available often make for a dire experience.

The drivers tend to be massive, and are only barely compatible with your computer. At least, that’s always been how it seems to me. If a printer is such a pain to get to work with a computer, can you imagine getting your iPad to work with one?

The mind boggles.

So I was somewhat surprised when I discovered that Printer Pro actually does an excellent job, and is easy to use. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get the most out of it.

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Sunshine on a Cloudy Day?

So, its been a few of months now since the Dropbox dev team released an iPad version of the hugely popular Dropbox app, but what does this mean for iPad users?

It’s a cloud backup service, isn’t it? Shouldn’t you just sit tight and wait for iOS 5’s iCloud service? Well, in a word, no. I’m going to show you how to make this little gem of an app sing, dance, and do other cool stuff. You will begin to think differently about Dropbox, how you use it, and what untapped potential it has. Would you like to:

  • Break out of the 1GB local favourite storage limit?
  • Keep persistent copies of books, photos and music, even when you empty your Dropbox?
  • Download music and films remotely, using only the iPad?
  • Work in a new way to break out of the 2GB total free space limitation?
  • Run scripts remotely?

Let’s take a closer look…

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When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in early 2010, many people thought it impossible that you’d be able to type accurately at any reasonable rate on a glass touch screen. After all, pundits still regularly mention the iPhone’s lack of buttons as a limitation, and that’s just a phone!

Surely no one would want a netbook-sized device without a physical keyboard! While you could always get a bluetooth keyboard or the keyboard dock, the hinderance to portability is a consequential downside.

So, is it actually possible to type fast and accurately on the iPad without an external keyboard? It turns out, you can definitely type fast and accurately on the iPad virtual keyboard. Keep reading to discover some tips to improve your typing, and find out more about TapTyping, an app that can help speed up your iPad typing. (more…)

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