iPad Buzz For fans of iPad. All things related to iPad. http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans <![CDATA[Apple Inc. Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]> First of all, I'd like to say that I'm NOT a fanboy for Microsoft and PCs, I just hate Apple.

I don't like Apple for many reasons.  One of them is for the fact that for what you get in the products they sell, you get horribly price-gouged.  I'm not joking, I have an Alienware Aurora gaming desktop with an i7 Quad Core 2.66 gHz processor, dual 1 GB graphics cards, 9 GB DDR3 RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, a 21 inch 1080p monitor, and a keyboard and mouse specially made for gaming for a total of about $2500.  A friend of mine got a Mac Pro that has about 80% of the computing power my Aurora desktop does, yet that Mac Pro cost $3500 (this measurement took place in early 2011).  At least in this respect, you're paying $1000 on a name.

Also, I think from a business point of view, Apple makes a lot of stupid decisions.  This company maintains a totally empty "elite" status symbol with its niche customer base, and they'd sell a hell of a lot more computers if they'd drop the prices to the point of making them competitive with PCs.  They'd make even more money if they'd license their operating systems and exclusive software to people that don't own Apple electronics.

I should also point out that if you're into playing games on your computer, there aren't nearly as many games to choose from on a Mac as there is for computers with Windows on it.

Even if I ever start making over $100K a year, I won't give Apple a penny of my money because they'll still be the same hipsters price-gouging people getting a totally meaningless status symbol in return.

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<![CDATA[Steve Jobs Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua]]>
The people that compare Jobs to folks like Nikola Tesla don't know what they're talking about.  Tesla not only had great ideas, but he actually got his hands dirty to actually create machinery and other devices to bring alternating currents to practical use.  Similarly, Bjarne Stroustrup not only had the idea to make computer programming easy and logical, he actually worked from 1980-83, buidling off the computer language C to invent C++ (a computer language that's the backbone of so much computer software and video games today).  Tesla and Stroustrup were real geniuses.  Jobs, on the other hand, was just a guy who had wacky ideas but made his team of computer hardware and software engineers do all the work for him, while Jobs took all the credit.

Jobs, you might have fooled a lot of people into thinking that you were a genius, but you haven't fooled me.]]>
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<![CDATA[ I am falling in love AGAIN!]]>
Yes, indeed :-)

Steve Jobs will turn in his grave ;-)
A screen size of 7.9", a mere 0.9" more than most of its competitors, Apple is able to steal the limelights from Samsung, Microsoft, Google and whoever chooses to enter the arena.
No, it is not a mini iPad. It is the iPad mini, a new gadget in its own right!

Yes, it has the specs of the iPad 2, only better and more. To me, it embodies the best of both the iPhone 5 & the iPad 2. iPad mini is THE gadget of the future. It is an electronic paperback, a coffee table book, an MP4 player, a game console & even a mobile phone, all in one.
It is not an oversized Galaxy Note neither is it a downsized iPad. Instead, it is THE gadget of my dream. Yes, finally it is here!

So, in essence, what does iPad mini has that the iPad & iPhone don't? You asked.
  • The right screen size, lighter weight, thinner body, sleeker surface makes it a delight to hold for hours; be it on the train, plane or in the bed! 
  • A battery life that rivals those of the iPad 2, a less heated case and a much faster processor. 
  • Improved user interface (such as Reader in the browser Safari) & pleasant touch sensory. It is a delight to hold & to touch.
  • Last but not least, an affordable price (starts from US$329 for 16GB wifi version)!

Oh no, I am happy even if it is 50% more expensive than Nexus 7 & Galaxy Tab 2. It is value for money!
An ecosystem of user friendly Apps with iTunes University where anyone willing is able to get hours of courses from top notch universities and received first class education from anywhere in the world!

I am totally in love & I've good reasons to be!]]>
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<![CDATA[IPad mini Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Now that I have set up my iPad mini I must admit it has now become my most favorite gadget! For now I am more than 100% happy!]]>
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<![CDATA[Words With Friends Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Nothing about an age old game other than a great way to improve one's vocab. I only wish it has a dictionary within the app itself!!! Great that it's free of charge though!]]>
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<![CDATA[ A garden of sprouts]]> TED takes on a new light and life on the iPad 2. Its iPad app made it one of the most pleasurable to watch a video and to learn about others' thought processes and ideas.
In some ways, entering the world of TED is like being in the community of Lunch. You've no clear idea what you'll find. If you are open to collective intelligence, you'll find something of great importance and use to expand and align your consciousness. Often, I subscribed to the idea that when one is ready, one will be presented the tools and knowledge that one needs to acquire in life. And to my delight, TED hastens that process with "teachers" from all walks of life.

So, what is so great about TED on the iPad? I'm specifcially adressing about TED on the iPad as it is the mode that most captivates my interest and also where I made it a point to return for future visits. That is of utmost importance since it is the process of learning taking place in dynamic proportions. Naturally, before I had the iPad I had visited TED on its website. But, a week or two later, I'd have forgotten all about it (hence, no return visit). The iPad delivers the talks effectively wherever I'm. Yes, initially we need the internet connection but the wonder of this particular app makes it a breeze to save my favorite talks on the iPad.
The quallity of videos is something I must applaud. Thanks to the iPad excellent hardware, videos are as great as watching HDTV! Sure, I could save a lot of tv programs but it's not as easy for me to take them to the hair salon, bathroom or the long flight many of us are confined in and totally bored on it. Having said that, the real quality of the talks depend on the speakers. As a whole, TED has many superb speakers with a fanfare of creativity and persuasion. That's what made it such an attractive package! Essentially, what collective and corraborative intelligence on TED does is basically a shift in paradigm!!!

Here are some of my favorites and uplifting videos from TED. Enjoy...

On Creativity & Inspiration

On Travel

On Economy

(A Lunch Featured Review)
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<![CDATA[ A Visionary Who Leaves Behind Quite the iLegacy]]>
Steve Jobs literally changed the world.  He revolutionized technology and in turn, those products went on to affect many people's lives in positive and profound ways.  His genius-ness enriched our lives through innovations that changed the way that we consume and create music, movie, news, and other information and entertainment, and even changed the way that we communicate with each other, the way we learn, the way we think, and the way we live. 

Just to name a few. 

Not to mention that many influential and successful young entrepreneurs in the tech sphere of the past couple of decades cite Steve Jobs as a huge inspiration.


Looking back on Steve Jobs' life story and experiences, it's apparent that he's lived a colorful and unconventional life with a lot of bumps in the road.  No one could have predicted that someone who lived a life like Steve's to get to the point where he ended up.  He was an accident, born to unwed parents who gave him up for adoption.  His first chosen set of adoptive parents changed their minds about adopting him.  He dropped out of college.  He traveled to India in search of spiritual enlightenment.  He experimented with psychedelics.  He got fired from his own company.  He got diagnosed with cancer.

Et cetera, et cetera.  You know the story.

Yet, I'm sure that no one can imagine anyone else but Steve as the one who made Apple what it is today.  Like it says on his tribute on the Apple site, "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built".

No one says it better or tells his story better than Steve himself, nor is there a better way to showcase his charisma.  These two videos will give you the chills, and in light of his passing, especially his third story in the second video:


At only age 56, Steve left us far too soon.  He had so much more living to do and so much more to contribute to the world.  In spite of the multiple medical leave of absences that he took in recent years, he still made it a point to be a part of every major product and strategic decision at Apple.  Looking back on his last years, despite his failing health, it's obvious that he was still brimming with ideas, that he was highly, highly passionate about Apple, technology, and changing the world, and that he had so much more that he wanted to share.  He must have worked right up to the point until he really felt like he physically could not give anymore, only resigning less than a month and a half before his passing.

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose".  Let this be a lesson to us to live life to the fullest and to take risks into the unknown, no matter how scary.  Seriously, go out and live.  Boldly.  Do something.  Find ways to change the world.  Spend a little money if you need to.  You can't take it with you.


R.I.P. King of Silicon Valley. 

Thank you for all that you've shared with us and for being such a visionary and inspiration to so many.]]>
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<![CDATA[ RIP Steve Jobs! The Legacy? Follow Your Heart!]]>

Death knows no boundaries. It does not recognize nationalities, age, demographics, beauty, bank accounts nor fame. We can't really tell who will live to a ripe old age or who will pass on the next day. All we are left with is how much a person has effected in his lifetime, not how long he has lived.

Steve Jobs is the inspiration behind this review. You may/may not like him but you can't quite fault his ingenuity or his strategic marketing even if you're his main competitors. I'd choose to think that Jobs passed away at the height of his career. Whatever could be or would be in the future is up to anyone's speculation. For Steve Jobs, he has done more than most of his peers in the technology sector by simply catering to consumers' needs and a step beyond that. He had simplify life for many and facilitated the world's leap to a more connected world.

He is certainly an icon of our times. Just as Princess Diana was. These are 2 public people whom I woke up unexpectedly to news of their deaths. Shocking? Yes, to quite a degree. They are too young to die and had done a great deal for many in the world. Shocking enough to think about our own mortality and be reminded of our time left in life as well as our place in this life.

Yet, the death of Steve Jobs translates to an immortality - his spirit, his creativity and his belief about following one's own heart will be here to stay for decades if not centuries and beyond.

Most of us don't know the man but most of us personally and intimately know his works. We live our days alongside his many creations. We were transformed one way or another by them. So yes, we know the man, well, in a different dogma and dimension. 

Yes, Steve Jobs is gone for now, but his legacy is here to stay, forever and ever....................

(A Lunch Featured Review)]]>
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<![CDATA[Excelsior Mahjong Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

Incidentally, I found the music and sound irritating so I off them most of the time!]]>
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<![CDATA[Flipboard Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

With Flipboard, I'm able to keep in touch not only with the hobbies and activities I'm passionate about, it also gives me a new platform to share those contents, news and events with people whom I care to share with! 

Flipboard made everyone into his/her own curator of things or activities they fall in love with! It's certainly a new toy you'll fall in love with!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Bookmarks, Magazine styled]]>
What Flipboard does is to give its users a chance to create his/her own magazine. You can include some 21 sites as your personal favorites (somewhat like your bookmarks) within Flipboard's favorite section, essentially 2 pages. More favorites can be added but it's hidden from view. 

How does Flipboard work?
Well, essentially it's set up as a social news app and take advantage of the colorful and visually pleasing screen of the Ipad to display some of the contents that had been shared and tweeted around the net. Any content from any site that had been tweeted and shared through Facebook often enough will find its way into Flipboard, as long as you add the very site that host those content.

What's good about Flipboard?
Flipboard renders the popularity of content and news across the net into a readable platform. Of course, the fact that it's a social media app means only if the content or news are actively seek by readers and shared will they find their way into this app. It gives many sites a reading into how popular some or all of their contents are. It's hence a great marketing tool.

For its users, Flipboard is yet another dynamic way to find about what's out there and a way to congregate one's favorite contents within a field, sector or hobby. It's however a lot more visually pleasing and exciting than merely bookmarking links to one's browser. Flipboard gives the reader a chance to choose what to read and what not to in a simpler format than what we are accustomed on the net.

What's not so great about Flipboard?
Some contents may be great but won't find their way into this app simply because they are not popular! 

All in all though the advantages outweigh the imperfection. Try it and if you find a new way of using it, do share with all of us here on Lunch!

(A Lunch Featured Review)

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<![CDATA[Apple Wireless Keyboard Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
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<![CDATA[Incase Origami Workstation Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
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<![CDATA[ A Recessionary Proof Investment! Read to find out why!]]>
Just as the stock markets are being "reinvented", our online and computing experiences are also being transformed by the iPad (currently the iPad 2). I haven't believed our leaders' resolutions to revamp the financial institutions to a large extent for almost 3 years now. There are many reasons but greed is largely one of them. It's just like governments knowing smoking is bad and yet because of the lucrative intakes from cigarettes sales, we still see them selling in many countries and cities. Well, arguments can be made for and against that but that's not the crux of this review. We are not concerned with smokers.

So, the story of the week has to be the crashing of worldwide stock markets. AND, the establishing of new highs in the Gold prices. Have you invested in Gold? If you've, congratulations!

Now, THE next investment. The iPad!
No, I was not one of those who got onto the bandwagon simply because it's cool to own an iPhone or iPad. I still haven't got an iPhone to date considering I'm an early adopter of technology, I've lagged behind. So, you can't fault me for being on the bandwagon. It's not that I don't like Apple either. I had a Macintosh when people didn't and back in the early 90s I paid some US$10000 for those antiques! I also had a Mac Mini and a Macbook Air plus the iPod. 

Why the late adoption of the iPhone and the iPad?
Well, by the time I got all the Apple products, I found that I haven't used as much of them as I'd have had my PC! And, on top of them, for most part, Apple products are proprietary. That gets on my nerves, a great deal! That's also part of the reason why this is a +4 and not a +5. No Flash and a little heavy on the weight which I do think Apple can improve on are the other reasons.

However, after having test-drive it for 3 days or so last week, and considering the investment environment we are currently undergoing, I do believe the iPad 2 will make a worthy investment in the days to come. We are seeing a switch, albeit an unrecognized one and an accidental one, to the tablet world. I even thought to myself that I've bought my last laptop this year! It shall be tablets from now on. And who better than the iPad which had already capture a large and majority chunk of the tablets market share? 

The trend is set, as with the market's! While it's up for the iPad, it's down for the markets. If there is any connection between the two, it's to buy the Apple stocks when the markets hit bottom! When? That's a question you've to answer for yourself! ;-)

IF you're still not convinced, you'd take heart in that it'll be a boon for your eyes reading the updates on Reuters, WSJ, CNN and stock updates! And, if you've to leave your desk your eyes could still be glued to your investments! Should you be trading at this time of the year, watch your investments like a hawk! Do NOT blink!!!

Lastly but not least, the irony?
Creation of Jobs!
And since the iPad is created by Jobs, it will be recessionary proof!!!]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad 2 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/businessmatters/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_2-132-1716359-211359.html http://www.lunch.com/businessmatters/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_2-132-1716359-211359.html Thu, 11 Aug 2011 04:06:32 +0000 <![CDATA[ Like Netflix, HBO Go has the potential to completely disrupt conventional Satellite/Cable providers]]>
HBO Go is an online archive of every HBO series created, with a sprinkling of first run movies thrown into the mix. While flipping through the library, I'm constantly surprised at the number of quality shows produced by HBO, and having the entire back-catalog means you can start a series from the very beginning if you're late to the game on a particular show.

The service is currently tied to traditional cable/satellite providers, but it is a "free" add-on to accompany the normal HBO subscription. Unfortunately, there is not an "ala-carte" option yet for those who are trying to "cut the cable" and live entirely on an internet stream television diet only. This means, that the service is also currently tied to mobile devices like phones and iPads as well as laptops. However, there are plenty of rumors swirling around that HBO is in talks with the game console makers to develop an HBO Go application for them as well -- the question still remains whether or not it will still require a cable/satellite monthly service.

As it is, I'm currently making my way through Curb Your Enthusiasm on the iPad (starting from Season 1). I'd be more than happy to put my DirecTV account on hold and redirect my entertainment dollars directly to Netflix and HBO Go.]]>
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<![CDATA[Smart Cover for iPad Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>

The Smart Cover is not simply to protect the cover. It also acts as a stand as well as wakes the iPad up from sleep. 

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<![CDATA[iPad 2 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
The 4-letter word is AAPL!!! Certainly sounds like a-p-p-s to me!!! In just a year, it has gone up some 55% while after the 2008 market crash, it's has sprung from around $82 to $400!!!

Apps, baby, apps!!!

Microsoft will be wiped up in no time! Short the stock! It's a replay of Yahoo vs Google!]]>
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<![CDATA[Reuters News Pro for iPad Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
There is also a real time currency converter on this one!]]>
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<![CDATA[ A Portable Magazine; it's ALL about looks!]]> Warning: Once you held it you won't want to let it go!

For the last 3 days, I've spent a great deal of my time "readying" the iPad for my dad's usage. The old man wanted to buy one for stock trading. So, I got hold of an iPad in Hong Kong, which I was told has the cheapest iPad across the region, if not the world. Yes, indeed, it was at least around 10-12% cheaper than its competing city Singapore. Partly it was due to the weakness in the US$ (HK$ is pegged to the US$) and partly due to the lack of GST in Hong Kong.
When I got to the store, to my surprise, the 3G models are sold out in the first 2 shops I went to. 3G models are selling like hot cakes! My sister who was the early adopter where the iPad is concerned, had gotten it on the day of launch. She bought the wifi models instead.
Now, I know I had to get the 3G+wifi model for my dad. This is through my own personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. There lies the main observation about tablets, both for the Androids and the Apple's version.
This is something you'd like to remember when considering buying the tablet (be it iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc...). The iPad is a gadget that is only versatile when it's fully connected to the internet. Unlike the netbook and the laptop or even the Kindle, iPad draws resources from the internet connectivity and also its apps. It is more like a phone than a computer. 
Without continuous connectivity, iPad becomes just a Kindle or a simple game console. I do not suggest you to get the iPad if you are simply playing bejeweled or mahjong, which is what I came across the many times when transiting at the airports. My assumption is that these people don't have connectivity and hence are limited to only games that had been downloaded or books and magazines that had been purchased.
Without connectivity, now... imagine your phone where you can't dial out or received calls. You get the drift? (And, I just bought a dual-SIM card phone which is also wifi ready from Samsung for some $150 without a contract! I've many SIM cards, I can't live with no connectivity!)
Ok, enough about connectivity, now on with the hardware, the iPad!

What you need to have in consideration when buying an iPad:

1) Internet connection 
Before you get excited about using your mobile broadband, there is no usb port on this one (unlike the Galaxy Tab). Wifi is available. So, if you are lucky to have one of those mifi like I do, then no added cost is needed since you can just access it from there. You do have to carry it around with you and one big problem with the mifi is that the battery only lasts some 3 hours or so. As with the Galaxy Tab, you cannot draw power from it as compared with the laptop since there are the USB ports on them. The iPad? Well, I haven't figure a way around it. That translates to loss of connectivity after 3 hours or so if I'm hooking up through the mifi. 
That's BAD!!! 
Conclusion: If you intend to use iPad on the road, best to get the 3G model. If you use it only at home, then wifi model will suffice. You will save around $130 between these 2 models (with same capacity). With the 3G model, you also need to apply or change your current SIM card to a Micro SIM card. It was a simple enough process but I don't like it when Apple makes me work. Why is everything Apple proprietory and why can't it just conform to industry standard?! That irks me quite a bit about this brand. I don't believe in having to be different just for different sake! 

As an additional consideration, imagine having to apply for another micro SIM card when you are overseas! As far as I know, the daily or weekly SIM connections are quite readily available. But, micro SIM? I'm not so sure about that! Hence, iPad would prove to be a hassle when it comes to connecting while you're traveling on the road (out of the country). For the Galaxy Tab, at the least, the SIM card slot is one that's of a normal size.
Lesson learned: Connectivity rules in the tablet world! If you roam while traveling in different country, that won't be a cheap option!
2) Capacity
The iPad comes in 3 hard disk sizes: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
One difference between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad is iPad has no micro-SD card slot, that means the size is not expandable on iPad. That's one major misgiving I've with the iPad. Why can't I have as much space as I want? Instead, I've to do a lot of spring cleaning along the way.
Then again, considering the amount of junks I've piled up in my life, spring cleaning can be a blessing in disguise. So, what I need is a change in attitude! :-)
Conclusion: You don't need too much space. For one, cloud computing IS the future and will soon be in fashion. Everything is in the cloud. All you have to do is save as much as you can on the iPad and translates those savings into the cloud! I'd say for most people, 16GB is sufficient. This is also the best selling and most affordable model.
Lesson learned: Keep all your stuff in the cloud. 
3) Apps, Flash & the looks
Lots of apps to download. Without apps, it's like a swimmer without hands.
Many of the useful ones, especially for working adults, can be downloaded for free. I find one app particular useful. It's the app from Reuters. Reuters as we all know it, is a paid service. You need financial information, you go to Reuters. 

However, if you've tried reading news or newspapers online, you know it can be tiring on the eyes. With the iPad apps though, that has made me want to read. That, I feel, is a major feat!
One thing you must do on the tablets (iPad especially) is to get apps like Zinio and PressDisplay where you can download and/or read magazines and newspapers. Reading magazine is one of life's pleasure when it comes to iPad. This is also iPad major advantage over the Galaxy Tab. The 10" screen size is ideal for magazine reading. Not to mention the high resolution "retina" display makes it unbeatable when it comes to sharpness and beauty of the screen display. I love checking out my pictures which I've uploaded onto my website for viewing! I had recently thought of revamping the site but after accessing it on the iPad I've decided against it. It's a real beauty when it appears on iPad! The slideshow function doesn't work though so I've to think of ways of getting around that. NO Flash on iPad, can you believe it?!?!
Conclusion: Crispier images on iPad means that if you do a lot of photo viewing or even YouTube videos which appear like on HD TV (a real pleasure to the senses, I can assure you) then be sure to get the iPad! In fact, don't go anywhere without it! 
I can imagine the amount of sales one can drum up when making a presentation on the iPad! So, yes, it's a must tool for your sales team!
Lesson learned: If you squint your eyes often when reading online materials, do me a favor. Go get an iPad. If you travel mostly by car, get the iPad. If you take subways and walk a lot, get the Galaxy Tab. 1/2 the weight can mean a great deal if you have to hold this thing in your hand and stand on your feet assessing the net! 
The biggest selling point for the iPad is how good it looks! Not just the casing but the display itself. I'm convinced of getting one for myself simply because it's a boon for my eyes! Trust me, I've made a side-by-side comparison when it comes to the LCD display. iPad rules!!!
If you visit YouTube a lot, this will be the turning point for you. It's almost as good as watching TV if not better!
4) Time
Be prepared to spend countless time with this toy. Yes, it is a toy where you will bring into your bed and anywhere that's not wet, I suppose! It's certainly a great one to have when you're doing your hair at the salon! Or waiting for that delayed take-off, etc...
iPad kills time for sure.
Conclusion: My belief is that if iPad and the Android tablets continue to improve on the infrastructure, in no time the desktop & laptop will be obsolete! 
Lesson learned: We are seeing a major shift in consumer behavior. iPad will lead a trend where one day we will no longer visit websites but will instead live in the world of apps! Everything would be simplified. Learning how to use an iPad doesn't take much time or instructions. Most thing are instinctive and that's the beauty of it all. Children, even toddlers, would find it easy to operate an iPad. It's in line with our sense of touch. Not much instructions are needed. All you need is to touch the screen! Be adventurous and be in touch!
That's the beauty of the iPad (not forgetting the other Android tablets and gadgets as well). I do believe we are at the tipping point!

Life will never be the same again!
Oh wait, we have not even gotten to jailbreaking the iPad yet! ;-)

5) iTunes & Apple Apps Store
I've mixed feeling about this one. While on the iPad 2 you don't have to do the sync during start up, one still need to set up an account on iTunes for even free downloading of the apps. For some reason, I feel being tied down by iTunes. Without agreeing to their terms, iPad won't work. So, be prepared to read the terms or if not, signing up blindly is what most people do anyhow! So, know that you're not alone, hehe....

Conclusion: Once you get through with the initial set-up, everything is a breeze. 

Lesson learned: Use a credit card which has the least limit if you're concerned about having it on the file. Otherwise, better still, just buy i-tunes cards which are available in many marts and malls! They can be bought in denomination of $10, $25, $50 and $100.

6) Price
For what it can do for me and the quality of presentation, I found it a steal. Hence, I won't be worried about the next upgrade and waiting for it. By the time the upgrade comes, you'd have used so much of it that an upgrade is worth the price (& the hassle). Not to mention the amount of savings one would have on e-books and magazines!

I recently bought a full year of National Geographic Traveler for some US$3.50 for the entire year. That's 8 issues of crisp looking magazine to be kept all in my Galaxy Tab, laptop and iPad. I can even share with friends if I wish as a subscription gives you some 6 downloads of each copy of the magazine! So, think how much savings (a hard copy of that magazine costs at least some US$8-10 in my part of the world) there are if you read a lot of magazines and also how green this is! Not to mention the reduction in carbon footprint since you don't have to drive to the mall to get them!

Conclusion: Get the lower price models as most people won't need so much disk space if everything is kept in the cloud. That will stop you from having to transfer things over in the next upgrades too! 3G model overrides disk space when it comes to price. 

Lesson learned: If want to be at the forefront of technology, get into the game as soon as possible. This is something that's going to stay and not going away in the future. In fact, you'd probably get rid of the TV too after having an iPad and save lots on cable tv subscription! In fact, the young kids are encouraging me to jail break!!!

Having an iPad or Galaxy Tab is not an outlay. Instead, it is a savings in the physical world where you save on price, space and time!

(A Lunch Featured Review)
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<![CDATA[iPad 2 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> 1) No flash, that means a lot of sites are not looking like what they should be, that including my personal site.
2) Proprietary software. I don't like the spirit of it.

As for the unexpected bonuses, may be I'll write a review of it when I can find the time!
In a nutshell, there are still room for improvements where the iPad is concerned but that won't stop me from going to the store to get one for myself though. I've found some great uses of it that's unbeatable ;-)]]>
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<![CDATA[Steve Job's Announcement of the iCloud Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Lion reigns!

Next, the iOS 5 for both the iPhone & iPad. For me, it's interesting but not revolutionary. A lot of the improvement and key features are already found on Android machines. However, for the Apple products, true, now they are finally on par. And more importantly, for the Apple fans, it's a dream come true!

Then comes the iCloud which Steve Jobs personally introduced to his audiences. Together with the iOS 5, iCloud will be launched to users in the Fall. And this is where the OS becomes truly powerful. I suspect that might also be the time the iPhone 5 would be launched! So, Fall is the time to look out for! There are some interesting surprises for the developers judging by their cheering. For Apple users, many frustrations have been addressed and that's truly good news! iCloud can be used both by Mac & PC users. For anything more than 5 GB, the price would be US$24.99 per year.

To watch to the entire presentation, click here.
To read the entire presentation, click here.]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad 2 Quick Tip by Sharrie]]>
Instead, the launch of the 1st Sony tablet in the Fall would be something I'm more keen on. I thought I'd support my favorite brand as well as the Japanese :-)]]>
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<![CDATA[ Glossy, lightweight and definitely good for keeps]]> iPad Buzz community) and/or other tablet (notably Androids) is its lightweight and glossy contents, specifically one that involves more pictures and easy reading. I admit, I did get the tablet more for entertainment than for serious work. Best if they are portable and ultralight.

In other words, this is a gadget for travel. And what do I do most when I travel? I read magazines (and sometimes books) in the airport and while waiting for plane to take off. However, I've often dreaded the weight associated with these materials and many a time I ended up leaving them in hotels during my many trips including "The Memoirs of Geisha" which I specifically remembered leaving it behind in the Sofitel Bora Bora Resort! So, when the iPad and tablets were introduced, I know I'd have a field day going back to reading. In fact, there are so many selections that I've yet had time to read everything I had bought!

Zinio is the apps for digital magazines while Kobo is the one for books which came preloaded with my Samsung Galaxy Tab (from hereon to be refered as Tab). It was easy to set up and before I knew it, I already had some magazines which I've never ever even seen before while browsing at the bookstores downloaded for free into my Tab. Now, that's what I could get used to, I thought!

Having said that, I prefer browsing for magazines on the Zinio website than on the PC. The clicking and typing are more habitually & easily done on the laptop than on my Tab since I don't have an iPhone to practice those texting skills (and for some reasons, 10 fingers are definitely more productive than 2!). In any case, it's just personal preference and I do browse for magazines on my Tab especially during my trips or journeys to and from another city.

For those interested, you can get the Zinio iPad apps from Zinio website or by clicking here if it is not already preloaded into your machine. It is free of charge.

To my pleasure, Zinio has a large selection of magazines covering some 11 broad categories:
  1. art
  2. automative
  3. entertainment
  4. home
  5. lifestyle
  6. men
  7. news
  8. science & tech
  9. sports
  10. travel
  11. women

In each category, there are at least 4 sub-categories. Sports has some 12 sub-categories! So, it takes you quite awhile to go through everyone of them if you simply want to browse and find some free magazines to download. For me, travel it is!

Magazines are mostly in English but other local languages can also be found. It is good to make sure you get the right one before you key in your payment information! Zinio makes it real easy to buy though as those payment info needed to be keyed in only once! I haven't actually try changing my credit card to another one so am not so sure what that entails! I do love to use just one specific credit card for my online payments (that makes it a little safer; best to use one with the lowest credit limit too!). Before you buy the magazine, you can actually browse through it online (not on the tablets but you can try your luck on iPad) and read a max of 3 pages for most magazines. Some, you can even read the entire magazine so it might not make sense for you to buy unless you want to keep a copy of it downloaded and read it offline. Downloading is fast on the PC but slow on my Tab. I do suspect this is because its the different carrier I used.

Now, for the quality of the magazine? Great, even better than the real magazines. Colors are outstanding and stunning. My only complaint is for some magazines, reading it on the Tab is a little straining for the eyes. Not most of them, just a few. That might be due to how the magazine was digitized, I'm not sure. I must say that despite the lightweight nature of the Tab, magazines might be best read on the iPad (with a larger screen) while books are better on the tablets or e-readers. Holding the Tab for hours (even though possibly about 1/2 the weight of the iPad) can be tiring, so let alone the iPad! The 7" screen does mean that you do need to scroll a bit when it comes to magazine though great for the books!

In any case, you don't have to worry about this as Zinio allows you to download one purchase about 6x, if I got it right. I had downloaded the same magazine twice to 2 different PCs and once to my Tab. Good news, isn't it? That possibly mean you can share the cost with friends if you trust your friends with the payment info and him/her that he/she won't splurge on other magazines when you're not around ;-) I think this works especially well for couples and also company accounts. Think news magazines like The Economist, Forbes, etc... Your cost goes down by 6x and the best about Zinio digital magazines? The Cost! 

Cost is a mere fraction of the real magazines. Some, the entire year subscription is the mere cost of a paper magazine!!! That translates to more magazines you can download with the same budget!!! For example, National Geographic Traveler is a mere US$10 for 8 digital issues and Outdoor Photographer is also US$10 for 11 issues! Hurry, go grab them!!! I'm getting all my magazines from different corners of the planet hot off the press!!!

Life is magnifique!]]>
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<![CDATA[Zinio Digital Magazines Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Kobo Apps, this one came with my Samsung Galaxy Tabs. The apps can be used on iPad too. Buying magazines from Zinio apps or its website is easy as a breeze. Prices for a few of the magazines I bought are a steep discount to its paper counterparts. No problem with downloads and it allows you to download to your PC, iPad, Android tablets, etc... If I'm not mistaken, all in all, 6 downloads are allowed in each magazine one buys. So far, I'm very satisfied with it. 

There is a wide varieties of magazines offered, including those in foreign languages! Now, I can get my magazines from all over the world as soon as they are off the press! Cool!

You can get your zinio iPad Apps here.]]>
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<![CDATA[ AT&T Threatening Users into Compliance]]>
In March of 2011, I saw two articles which convinced me to give AT&T's tethering plan a try:
  1. Users reported that iPad's connected via a tethered iPhone would receive GPS information as well
  2. AT&T was sending threatening letters that users of the MyWi app would automatically be enrolled in their Personal Hotspot tethering service.
I was really keen on seeing how the iPad could act as a large screen GPS app while driving while being fed location information from my iPhone and I was really NOT keen on AT&T "automatically" enrolling me in their Personal Hotspot service (yet, ironically, their scare tactic worked).

Anyway, for my first test, I enrolled in the AT&T personal hotspot service, set up a password I would use to let other devices connect to my iPhone, and then tethered my iPad to the phone.  I then loaded the Google Maps app on both devices and watched to see how well the GPS tracking worked on the Wifi only iPad during a drive home -- the answer was, not very well.  While the location information was being updated on the iPad, it wasn't nearly as real-time, nor as accurate as the iPhone tracking.  It appeared that the iPad was still using very basic triangulation to establish GPS, so more often than not, my location was mapped onto buildings rather than on the streets.  Also, the location only seemed to be updated about once per minute, so it was not getting real-time updates during the trip.  Although the large map display was VERY COOL to have in the car, it wasn't nearly accurate enough to use as a turn-by-turn GPS replacement.  Lesson learned, I'll probably spring for the 3G iPad on my next upgrade solely for the enhanced GPS functionality.

Other than that, everything else about the AT&T Personal Hotspot was very favorable.  Download speeds were better than I had expected and the iPhone battery life seemed to last longer than when I used the MyWi app for tethering.  Also, connecting to the iPhone from the iPad was very fast and easy, and if I was a regular business traveller, I could easily justify the extra expense.

For now, I can still add and remove the Personal Hotspot service on a month-by-month basis, so I'll cancel the service at the end of this month. But for any upcoming trips, I would quickly reactivate the service.]]>
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<![CDATA[Kobo App for iPad (and website) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Samsung Galaxy Tab since it came preloaded. Kobo is a Canadian based company (headquartered in Toronto) and offers a 35% discount for first e-book. Currently, it has on offer a 20% off selected books until Apr. 10 with the coupon code apr8ww20. So, it's a reasonably good deal. Do take note that some books are not on tablets yet which means you can only download them into your PC or iPad (if available). 

Kobo is relatively easy to use. However, the selection is still very much limited, especially some old books by my favorite authors are not available. I can only find one book by Thomas Friedman! It does have some great classics for free and that's worth looking into. 

All in all, there's still much rooms for improvement, esp. with regards to its searches!]]>
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<![CDATA[ I'm getting the band back together... one iPad at a time]]> distress.  Other than that, I have no music abilities.

Now with all that said, I love GarageBand for the iPad.  Apple developed an iPad version of their popular desktop application and have essentially created an ultra-portable recording studio.  The app comes with built-in "instruments" that you can use with the iPad's touchscreen to lay down multiple tracks.  The obvious ones are a touchscreen piano keyboard and drum kit which have great sound samples.  

The instrument that makes GarageBand a killer app is the "Smart Guitar" instrument.  The scre en shows several chords.  You can tap on the chord letter to play the entire chord, or you can pick at the individual strings within a chord to play individual notes.  Plucking the strings within the chords and hopping around between chords is really easy and it sounds great.  It's like I'm creating a little background music for an MTV StoryTellers -- my own "banter" music.  "A few years back, in a little town not too different from this one... I met a girl" -- That sentence is a whole lot more engaging with a little background strumming accompaniment.  If you don't feel like strumming and pecking, you can  just select one of the "AutoPlay" options which will play a background riff for you and all you have to do is manage the chord changes.  Even my two-year-old daughter can pull off a solo concert with this.

As you lay down your different instrument tracks (or live recordings), you can then edit them in the track view to add loops, effects, or adjust volumes, as well as edit the timings.  This is the part where I start to go blurry eyed on the whole audio recording skill set, but it's an incredibly easy interface to use and fun to play with.

My favorite feature, however, is one that is currently undocumented.  GarageBand for iPad seems to have some limited MIDI support built-in to it.  What this means is that with an iPad, and USB Camera Connection Kit, and a compatible MIDI keyboard, you can capture your keystrokes on a physical music keyboard and GarageBand will record the MIDI track which you can use to edit or play back with different instruments.  Since it's an undocumented feature, finding a list of supported devices is tricky, but it worked fine with my Yamaha S08 -- if that helps anyone.  It's just one more very cool way to get music into the GarageBand app which you can then continue to edit and tweak to your hearts content.

Once your tracks are in GarageBand, you can then export the song file for more advanced editing on the GarageBand desktop app (and presumably other music editing software), but that was beyond my scope -- for now, I'm just going to continue playing a little background music as I tell my family about my day at work.
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<![CDATA[ He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air... yes, birds too.]]> Flight Control HD while it was on sale for $0.99.

I had see Flight Control mentioned in several online "must have" apps list, but for some reason I never paid much attention to it.  I think the title turned me off -- why would I want to spend money to play a game based on one of the most stressful careers in the world??  Eventually, the cutesy icon (and temporary price drop) was too much for me to resist.  In Flight Control you have a top-down view of a few runways and helicopter pads.  As airplanes and helicopters enter the screen, you have to "draw" the planes a flight path the correct color-coded runway.  You also need to make sure none of your flight paths will cause planes to collide with one another or else the game is over.... and that's about it.  It's amazingly simple but equally addictive.  You start to recognize patterns that you can use to keep your different runway queues well organized and collision free -- for me, there's a huge rush watching an entire fleet of aircraft follow your paths to line up for tightly coupled landings.  I'm still pretty green in the overall strategy, and unfortunately for my digital passengers, it doesn't take very long before before my ego is writing checks my body can't cash.  Fortunately, the cartoony graphics and perky music take all the horror out of the reality of a mid-air collision.  Rather than searching through burning wreckage for the black box, I just hit the "Retry" button and my conscience is at peace.  The game comes with several maps with varying difficulties, as well as a "3D" map that works with the Red/Blue anaglyph glasses, but I didn't have a pair of glasses to test it.  There are also multiplayer modes, but I wasn't able to try those out as well yet either. 

The iPad (as well as iPod Touch and iPhone) make this game work where it could not before.  The touchscreen is the perfect interface for this game.  Standard Xbox and Playstation controllers wouldn't have the same level of control that you get from physically "drawing" the flight paths on the screen.  It looks like Firemint is trying Flight Control on the PS3 using the "Playstation Move" motion control device, which sounds like it would be fun spin on the game, but I think it would still lack the precision you get with the iPad version.

Flight Control HD is another great example of how the iOS is creating new gaming experiences.  It's probably even worth the standard price of $5 considering how much a movie rental costs now, but if your see it at $0.99, it's a must have.  I haven't even explored all the different multiplayer modes, and I'm perfectly content with the single player game.]]>
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<![CDATA[ The iPad 2 Leaves All Other Tablets in the Dust!]]> Lunch.com member asked me how you can upgrade something that is already so perfect?  I asked myself the same question and then on March 2nd, Steve Jobs shocked the world...again.  Since the release of the original iPad, other developers such as Motorola and Samsung have tried to release a tablet that could strongly compete with Apple's latest endeavor and it looked as if there would truly be some competition, but when Jobs and CO. presented the iPad 2 keynote, the competition sank back down to the depths.  For the same low price as the original, Apple has released an "evolutionary" new product in the iPad 2.


The iPad 2 isn't just a rehash of the original device, it is a brand new device and has been completely re-designed, both inside and out.  The iPad 1 closely resembled a mix of the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch where as the iPad 2 has been thinned out and now resembles more than anything, the 4th generation iPod touches.  Immediately noticeable is how much more user friendly this iPad is.  You can tell that you were meant to hold the device as it feels ten times more natural in your hands than the iPad 1 did.  This also has to do with the weight reduction thinness of the iPad 2.  The tablet has gone from 1.5 pounds down to 1.33 Pounds.  At first, the weight difference wasn't noticeable, but once compared to an original iPad, the difference was quite significant. The only drawback to the new device (which is hard to actually call a drawback) so far is that it is a little awkward to hold while the new Smartcovers are attached.  Most of the time that I use the iPad now, I generally take the cover off and snap it back on when I'm done (more on Smartcovers later).  The iPad 2 is now also equipped, much like the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, with a front and rear camera, however don't plan on taking high quality pictures with them (more below).


Normally, I don't go into much detail about the inner workings of a device, but an exception must be made for the iPad 2.  Apple debuted its new A5 Dual Core Processor chip along with the iPad 2 on March 2nd and boy is it fast!  If you thought that iPad 1 was fast, think again.  Pretty much anything you do on the iPad 2 is a seamless task.  Whether you're multitasking or playing a game, every process on the iPad 2 is lightning fast. For Example, in Mobile Safari, there is no more page reloading if you have multiple tabs open.  

FaceTime is now one of three new pre-installed apps along with Photobooth and Camera.  Facetime calling hasn't looked better now that it is on the  iPad 2.  The now numerous ways to use Apple's video calling feature really makes it the best option out there right now.  You can call iPad to iPad, iPad to iPhone, iPad to iMac...you get the point.  If you're a Mac user, then you are already familiar with Photobooth, but having the feature on the iPad is loads of fun (A picture of my dog using Photobooth is below).  The Camera app is one of the only downsides of the iPad 2.  The word going around is that the rear camera is less than one mega-pixel, yikes!  Don't even think about using the front camera for anything but Facetime.  The rear camera is redeemed (just a little) by the fact that it takes 720p HD video.  Though in all honesty, the only true advantage of the two cameras is FaceTime.

Not that it is new to the iPad, but on March 2nd, Apple also announced that it finally made a deal with Random House to distribute its entire book collection through the iBookstore, making it a true competitor to the Kindle Store.  For new iPad users, this is great news as you will immediately have access to thousands and thousands of books.  GarageBand and iMovie have also made their way to the iPad 2 and while I haven't been able to try these out first hand yet, I can tell you that GarageBand is awesome after watching an Apple Store employee demo the bass and guitar instruments in the app. 

Finally, onto the Smartcovers.  I am still on the fence about these.  They are incredibly cool and incredibly annoying all at the same time.  What I loved about the iPad 1 case that Apple created was that it acted as sort of an extension of the iPad.  It was easy to hold and you also had the peace of mind to know that the device was safe while inside.  The Smartcovers on the other hand, while they do protect the most important part of your iPad, they don't protect the back.  They are also incredibly slippery and awkward to hold while surfing the web or reading an eBook.  However, the revolutionary magnet system is really cool.  I like knowing that when I put the cover over the screen, it puts the iPad to sleep and vice versa.  The Smartcover is also great to use when typing as well as while watching a movie.  it stands up on its own a lot better than the Apple Case did.  Lastly, taking it on and off is as easy as snapping the magnets on and off.


Some people will say that this isn't a necessary upgrade.  I agree with them...partially.  You don't need to upgrade to an iPad 2 if you already own the original, but the newer version is such a step up from the iPad 1 that it's truly hard not to want to upgrade.  This is especially true for people who truly utilize FaceTime as either a business tool or way to keep in contact with loved ones who live far away.  The speed difference is also such a drastic change that for those who are looking for better functionality, it is really hard to overlook.  I'm thrilled that I upgraded and getting to finally wait in line for an Apple product was a blast!  If you don't own an iPad yet, this is a no brainer.  If you were on the fence about the iPad first gen and love everything about the iPad 2, pick one up, you won't be sorry.  Good luck trying to get your hands on one though as online orders from Apple.com are backed up 4-5 weeks.  If you can't wait for one that long, check with your local Apple Store, they are getting new shipments in everyday.  The basic wifi only iPad 2 model starts at $499.99.  5/5!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Kobo App for iPad (and website) -- when one or two ereaders are just too few]]> This review covers only the Kobo app for the iPad and the Kobo website, not the physical ereader.
The thumbnail recommendation for this app+website is due to how well the ereader is integrated with the website.  The motto is eReading.anywhere.anytime and that is no exaggeration.  Buy a book, begin reading it on your ereader.  Log on to the website and go to your library; select the book you’re currently reading and the site will take you to the last page your read on the ereader (currently the reverse is not true).  We don’t buy ebooks to read on computer screens, but if your ereader is charging or you don’t currently have it with you (a nearly impossible thought for me), you still have access to books you paid for wherever you can access the Internet. 

The app.  It is a free app for the iPad and comes with 5 free books (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Dracula, andPride and Prejudice).  The choice is odd and Alice would be the only one “required” because it is illustrated, giving you a sense for illustration and text instead of text alone (iBook uses Winnie-the-Pooh to the same end).  It is easily customizable.  Currently there are 4 fonts and a slider bar for fine-tuning font size and brightness controls.  It allows for page sliding, fading, and animated page flip.  Since Kobo accepts publications that are not the standard left+right justified, it has the option of changing the justification.  I mention that because the default when I opened my first book was left justified, had I not found that option, I was going to delete the app.  As with the other ereaders, you can highlight and make notes.  It also has a solid dictionary and quick access to Google and Wikipedia. 

The major drawback in the current version (4.2) is that the ereader does not contain a search function.  I think this is because, rather than keep the whole book in memory, it loads one chapter at a time.  I’ve sent a recommendation to add a search feature in upcoming releases.  Also, for the iPad, the hyperlinks to endnotes do not work, the notes are obviously links but pressing them does not take you to that part of the book. 

Book and periodical selection. Kobo appears to have more books available than currently available in the iBook store but fewer than Amazon’s for the Kindle.  It also has about a dozen, strangely arcane magazines: American Scholar, Guideposts, China Business instead of Time, Rolling Stone etc.  And it has the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and all major Canadian newspapers (all come with 2 weeks free subscriptions).  The book prices are competitive and I typically get two email coupons weekly, so far.

The main review is over and what follows does not affect my rating, but I cannot leave it uncommented.  Version 4.2 introduced an optional feature called “Reading Life” (with an option to link with Facebook).  It’s a silly train wreck—it is impossible to turn away from train wrecks of any size, the silly ones just allow for guilt-free laughter.  “Achievements” in video games and “badges” on Lunch are now facets of our interactive lives and for adults, the idea seems to be fun and campy.  But being awarded the Knight Rider award for reading through the night is truly silly and something I would be far too embarrassed on Facebook—being awarded anything for insomnia is a very bad idea; that is not a condition anyone would want to encourage.  And given how much I read, if I posted even half of these odd milestones, my wall would bog down and all my friends would block my posts due to frequency as much as silliness.  But there is one handy feature that makes it impossible for me to turn it off.  It keeps a running list of all notes in all texts, so I don’t have to open the book then look for it, I can scroll down through all my notes and link back to the book.

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<![CDATA[ It's time to clear the iPad for take-off and landing]]>
All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom.  As I closed up the iPad to let the man go through, my daughter let out a scream the put the entire plane on notice that she was not happy to have her entertainment disrupted.  I quickly set her back up with the iPad once the man passed by, but at that point a chill ran through my spine.  I thought "what was going to happen when we needed to shut off all electronics for landing??"

Regardless of how you feel about my parenting techniques and using electronics to entertain a toddler, I didn't feel that cruising at 30,000 feet surrounded by strangers was the best time or place to try to instill a life lesson about hours of play time.  Most people would be reluctant to constructive criticism at the tail end of a cross-country flight, let alone a jet-lagged two year old who just finished off her last Goldfish crackers.

Fortunately, over the next 30 minutes, I was able to ween my daughter away from the iPad with some $10 crackers and raisins and I avoided the catastrophic melt-down during the landing which I had envisioned.

My experience caused me to consider the rules currently in place during take-off and landing that require all electronics to be completely shut off.  Sure, it may not seem like such a long time, but when you're trying to entertain a toddler, it feels like an eternity.  How old is this rule and do we still need to have it in place?  Are the communications electronics on the airplane so susceptible to electronic interference that a few games of Angry Birds could take down the aircraft?  And if so... should we even be flying at all??  Don't get me wrong, if using electronics does cause measurable interference with the avionics, then I'd much rather put up with some crying kids (and adults) than land in the middle of Lake Erie.  But let's at least collect some new data on this and see if we can rewrite some of the rules.  There's a very good chance that even today, a number of electronics stored in suitcases and purses are NOT shut off during take-off, yet no crashes have been attributed to "rogue electronics interference".  

Let's ask congress to take a break on investigating steroid use in the MLB and global warming, and put them to task on something that can have an immediate impact on millions of travelers!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Great alternative to the App Store]]> The AppShopper is a great alternative to using the App Store application.  You can use all kinds of filters to search specific apps.  For example, I like searching for new apps that are free or have a price change.  You can even filter what kind of apps you are looking for from games,  productivity or entertainment - with many more to choose from.

The AppShopper is a free download and a must have the the iPad user.]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by 1MZJohansen]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:20:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ Action packed Ninja jumping game]]> I just love FREE games for my iPad.  The NinJump HD is another great freebie (however, don't know how long it will be free).  This game is action packed and it is not as easy as it looks.  You are a super jumping ninja jumping from side to side while climbing up between two buildings.  You must avoid flying stars, birds, enemies and obstacles.  There are plenty of power-ups and and surprises to boost your score.

Fun game and did I mention it's FREE!!!!  I don't think it will be free for long since it is a really nice HD quality game.]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by Shopaholic]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-536-1436308-159262.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-536-1436308-159262.html Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:06:55 +0000 <![CDATA[ iPad is the perfect laptop]]>  

I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better
kkkI bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better

I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November. I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!

For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as a laptop and is often better.

Consider the things that are important in a laptop:


My MacBook Pro weighs almost 6 lbs and my Windows laptops are even heavier.  The iPad 3G  is 1.6 lbs - that's a big difference in luggability.


The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably.

If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly.

I can work  with this in my lap or standing up because it is small enough and light enough to hold with one hand. The MacBook Pro  too hot for my lap and while I might be able to balance it on one hand briefly, that obviously is not safe or comfortable.

Battery Life

The iPad is beyond incredible.   I am often up at 6:00 AM and I'll use the iPad off and on all day to do my normal work (email, web browsing, writing) and when I quit at 10:00 PM, it usually still has 10% or more of its charge!

This means that when I go out to a customer, I don't even bother to bring the charger - I won't need it.  If I do have to bring a real laptop, I'll probably have to bring either the charger or a spare battery.

It's not a Toy

I've found that many people don't realize how much real work you can do on an iPad.  I am a tech guy and often need remote access to my customers machines.  I can do that with the iPad: I have VPN capability, SSH, RDP, Webex, VNC and even Citrix.   On a recent mini-vacation, I did remote work for a client all the way down the New Jersey Turnpike while my wife drove!

No Entanglements

My MacBook Pro is a great machine, but I usually have it hooked up to its Time Machine drives, an external monitor and a bigger keyboard.   If I want to go enjoy nice weather on the back porch, I have to unhook all that, and of course we have that battery life issue again.  With the iPad, I just wander wherever I want.  It's using my wireless when it can and the 3G the rest of the time.

By the way, I can get away with the $15.00 a month, 250 MB 3G plan and don't even need that all the time.   I only turn it on if I have to be out somewhere there will not be wireless access, so so far I have only spent $45.00 with them - most months I have not subscribed.  That "turn it on, turn it off" capability cuts down expenses for me.


No, it isn't perfect.  There are some things I need a real computer for and some things that are just easier on a real computer.  The new operating system due out soon will make the iPad even more useful, but I suspect it will be a long time before I could use this for everything I need to do.

That's OK.   It does more than enough to make this my favorite companion.  I like to say it is the perfect second computer, but actually it has become my primary computer - the MacBook is really my second computer now.

ˇ˛The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
ˇ˛The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
The iPad is small enough to carry easily, but the screen is large enough for me to work comfortably. If I cannot make out the tiny print on some particular webpage, a quick flick of two fingers blows it up for me instantly. I can work quite easily with this in my lap or even standing up. The MacBook Pro gets far too hot for my lap and is impossible to use standing up for more than a few seconds.
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better.
I bought my iPad because I have an app that I'll start working on after the new operating system comes out in November.  I really had no idea that it would turn out to be my favorite computer!
I have: a few old Windows laptops and my four year old MacBookPro. For almost all of the things I need a laptop for, the iPad is as good as having the laptop and is often better
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<![CDATA[ Speak and instantly see your text.]]> Dragon Dictation is a free app for the iPad.  It allows you to speak and instantly and see your text on the display.  You can send the text as an email message, text message or even a word processor.  It is quite amazing and very  simple it is to use.  Messages are sent much faster since using Dragon Dictation is faster than typing.  AND IT'S FREE!!!!]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-Dragon_Dictation-191-1615619-157298-Speak_and_instantly_see_your_text_.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-Dragon_Dictation-191-1615619-157298-Speak_and_instantly_see_your_text_.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:17:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ Fruit Ninja HD game for the iPad]]> So as iPad owners we just love the iPad commercials.  We study them and say to ourselves "hey what is that app they are using".  Well I was determine to find the game that is featured in the IPad is Delicious commercial and I found it.  You know the one that shows two people playing a game with wild colors and fast action.  It is called Fruit Ninja HD and sells for $4.99 in the apps store.

It is addicting and non-stop action.  You can play in single player or multi-player modes.  As you progress in getting higher scores, you can unlock new swords and backgrounds.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Perfect for the iPad]]>
I really like how it is short in length (low profile)and does not stick out or bend up like most other car adapters on the market.

Now when I have long driving trips I can listen to my music on my iPad and not worry about draining the battery. It will charge even when your Apple product is in use.

If you are like me and own an iPad - this is a must have!]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad Grip Protective Cover Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> iPhone 4 slider case. Looks cool, don't they?]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_Grip_Protective_Cover-191-1562517-113281.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_Grip_Protective_Cover-191-1562517-113281.html Tue, 17 Aug 2010 06:47:12 +0000 <![CDATA[ Very versatile]]> I'm saving my money up for this one.  I have a friend who has one and I fell in love with it.  Read books, have it read to you, and a GPS all in one.  It doesn't get any better than this.  More expensive than a Kindle, but with all its versatility it is the e-gadget to have!

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<![CDATA[ It's an application for iPhone but works with iPad]]> Scrabble app. for the iPhone works great with the iPad.  I play against the computer or against my active games with friends on Facebook.  If you have internet on your iPad, it will even inform you when it's your turn when playing against your friends. 

If you love word games then this is a game for you! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Perfect Companion Gift For iPad Owners]]>
The iPad is a "game changer" piece of hardware and this book is the perfect companion for anyone that finds this under their Christmas tree from Santa Claus. You will be happy you did!!

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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by igazaar]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-63227.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-63227.html Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:37:22 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by nat_hill]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62690.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62690.html Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:34:48 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by akaspan]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62670.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62670.html Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:55:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Magical Product]]> Apple's iPad is truly a magical device. Since this community is focused on reading and books this review will focus mostly on that use of the iPad but the device is great for a number of things, reading just being one use.

Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble all have eReaders designed for the iPad, each with its respective store. Each of the three software pieces has its own strong points but all are great for reading. Browsing for a new book is especially fun in iBooks as a store is built right into the application. Apple uses many animAtions and color images to make the experience as good as possible.

Reading is great on the device. The backlight allows you to read in the dark, not disturbing anyone else. The color display also allows you to look at color images embedded in your literature, a weak point of the other ereaders on the market. Battery life is great- not as great as the kindle, but amazing for a backlit LCD.

If you have the extra money I definitely suggest buying this device over anoer ereaders as you are getting a lot for your money. You can read websites, check your email, itch movies and run applications. I am loving mine!

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<![CDATA[Words With Friends Quick Tip by RyanWeiss]]> http://www.lunch.com/iApps/reviews/game/UserReview-Words_With_Friends-5-1436247-57924.html http://www.lunch.com/iApps/reviews/game/UserReview-Words_With_Friends-5-1436247-57924.html Fri, 4 Jun 2010 23:03:27 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by fischbein]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57212.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57212.html Mon, 24 May 2010 19:13:15 +0000