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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at FileMaker! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@toastedtoast
@straderade
@mjperljam
@klausv
@jdmiller82

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Last week we reviewed the fantastic Bento – your personal digital database. We are happy to announce that this week we have 5 promo codes to give away to our readers!

Justin Stravarius describes how:

Bento is an all in one, easy to use personal database for your iPad, that excels both as a standalone app and as a companion to the desktop version.

It’s a powerful application by the good people at FileMaker that allows you to organize contacts, track projects, plan events, and manage things – all in one easy to use iPad app!

How To Enter

To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your username. We’ll choose the five winners at random one week from today. Good luck!

In the brilliant, and certainly emotional, ‘Year One’ video at the launch of the iPad 2, Apple would say that the arrival of the iPad in 2010 was the arrival of a new category of product – something significantly different to what has come before.

Something different should make a difference.

Apple highlighted the dramatic effect that the iPad has had in a huge variety of industries; from the medical profession, right through to education. Is this change for the better, or is money simply being wasted on gadgets that would be better spent on textbooks (50 textbooks to 1 iPad).

Can the iPad be a profoundly positive influence within the education system?

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Following some discussion over whether the iPad is beneficial in education, it would be very interesting indeed to see whether you think the iPad should be used en masse by schools around the world.

A fascinating article in TUAW reported recently that the school board in Auburn, Maine decided to launch a pilot program which would place an iPad 2 in the hands of the district’s 300 kindergarten students.

School officials hail this program as “a revolution in education,” but some parents are questioning this decision. Is it a waste of money outright? Does it sound hopeless to give iPad 2’s to five-year olds, would it be far more beneficial to older children and teenagers?

Perhaps it’s too early in the existence of the iPad to begin rolling it out across educational institutions, it might be a revolution in computing but we should wait for it to develop (and prices to come down) before launching into an expensive buying program.

For the poll I’m more interested in whether you think the iPad should be brought into institutional education now, rather than whether the iPad can be a useful educational tool. Will placing an iPad 2 in the hands of every school-age child dramatically improve their education? Is it worth the cost?

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Fomola! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Joni Chandra
Dave Gerhart
Fares
William Tillis
Japh

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Blogsy is a brilliant app that’s been designed specifically to take full advantage of the iPad’s unique touch functionality. We reviewed it earlier this week and are excited to be able to offer 5 readers the opportunity to get their hands on Blogsy for free! Connor Turnbull describes how:

Blogsy is a useful application and one of the best for blogging on Apple’s tablet.

Designed for all you writers out there Blogsy makes writing blog posts as easy as it should be, saving you from the hassle of manually copy/pasting embed codes or links. It also sports a simply gorgeous icon!

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Does it fascinate you to know that your humble iPad 2 would have beaten (and been) the most powerful supercomputer in 1985?

A recent article in the New York Times reports on the tests run by Dr. Dongarra and his research group, keepers of the TOP500 list of the worlds fastest supercomputers.

Besides sheer awe at the pace of technological development, in my mind it raises several interesting questions. At what point does increasing computing power cease to make a difference, is there a limit to the usefulness of sheer processing power?

In light of the exponential pace of development, what does the future look like for the computer in the palm of our hands?

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Following on from the roundup last week of beautifully designed iPad app icons I’m going to have an opinionated look at what can make, or break, an app icon.

Why are you writing about icons, you say, surely it hardly matters what an app’s icon looks like? If these were questions that sprung to mind when you read the heading, then think again!

Icons are very very important.

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While I absolutely love the reading experience of the iPad, I have yet to truly branch out from reading shorter form articles and the like. I have read bespoke ePUB apps, such as Our Choice, but as for text based novels and the great classics I have forsaken them.

What I’d really like to know is how you read books on you iPad?

Did you already have a selection of Kindle books before the launch of iBooks and so have stuck with it? What style of page turning do you prefer?

Do you use a variety of different apps for reading?

Maybe a single solution hasn’t quite grabbed you yet, and for now you’re happy to switch between a few contenders. Do you wish that iBooks came with a rich mahogany theme…

Is there an app that I have neglected to mention – do feel free to leave a comment below!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to Dave Findlay at Notesy! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@timhoff
@knikkim
@bradhaysjr.
@andrewmeyers
@giddybd
@bobbyshirley
@eliorivero
@kwickell
@klausv
@mbjones

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Last week we reviewed the excellent Notesy for the iPad, and now we’re glad to announce that we can give 10 readers the chance to grab a free promo for the app!

Notesy is a beautifully simple note-taking app that’s backed up by the power of Dropbox. It’s an over-the-air syncing note-taking app that you can keep on using even when you don’t have a signal! Zach LeBar suggests that;

If you’re looking for a functional, no-frills note taking app for your iPad, one that lets you focus on writing, then Notesy is the app for you.

It’s minimal yet functional interface belies the true power of Notesy as a companion to any conscientious Dropbox user! If you’re frustrated with the built-in notes app, and want a highly rated replacement, then get involved below.

How To Enter

To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your username. We’ll choose the five winners at random one week from today. Good luck!

Last week I wrote an article that looked at how good the iPad is as a gaming platform, and examined some its strengths and weaknesses in the process.

Simply taking a look at some of the beautiful titles already out there for the iPad gives us a glimpse of the future potential of the iPad as a gaming giant – but how far can it go?

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Over the last year or so it’s become patently obvious that the iPad is a fantastic platform for gaming! From excellent iPad versions of iPhone games, such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, to more serious console contenders, I’m thinking Infinity Blade and Real Racing, there has been an explosion of games available for the iPad.

The size of the iPad’s screen and it’s powerful processor lend it perfectly to running really quite advanced games, the iPad 2 makes a bold move even further in this direction with the serious increase in graphics power.

But, the real question is, what type of iPad gamer are you?

Just because the iPad can handle complex games doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suited to them, do you prefer to use iPad games to pass the time?

Or, are you someone who simply loves to get fully involved in your games – does the racing experience of Real Racing, and using the iPad’s gyro, take your love of games to the next level?

As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What is your favourite iPad game?

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