The School of Medicine at Stanford University has adopted Apple’s iPad, providing the device to all incoming first year medical students and Master of Medicine students.
The school cited four reasons behind the new program, including student readiness, noting that iPad “creates opportunities for efficient, mobile, and innovative learning.”
Stanford also noted “the flexibility of iPad technology,” noting that “iPad allows students to view and annotate course content electronically, facilitating advance preparation as well as in-class note-taking in a highly portable, sharable and searchable format.”
Access to information and “information literacy” was also a consideration, with the school pointing out that “students will be able to easily access high-quality information at any place, at any time (for example, images from textbooks on digital course reserve, image databases, journal articles, Lane Library’s various search tools, etc.)”
A fourth rationale was Stanford’s intent to go green, “replacing printed syllabi with PDFs is in line with the Sustainable Stanford initiative, which aims to build sustainable practices into every aspect of campus life.”
CNET’s Crave blog compiled a great list last week of twenty great, free comic books to read on your iPad. For me, more than anything else, the iPad seems perfect for a visual, interactive medium like comics. Movies are better on my big screen, and books can be read on a Kindle (or just on paper — weird, I know), but for the iPad, having the ability to zoom in on a great piece of comic art or download new comics straight to the device to be read on that big, colorful screen seems perfect.
Enter this list, which has some great free samples from both the DC and Marvel comics apps, or a few other free Comics reader apps available on the store. There’s some really good stuff out there for the low price of absolutely nothing, from some classic books that are hard to find in print to some newer promo books for current series or comics that have been made into movies.
Man cannot live on free alone — if you’re really into comics, you’ll probably want to buy a few from their official apps (though it’s a shame that pricing and selection isn’t quite there yet, but hopefully Marvel and DC will eventually figure that out). And this article doesn’t even mention the tons of great single-app books you can find on the App Store, for both the iPhone and the iPad. The iPad was designed for consuming media, and comic books are one of my favorite media around.
The hurricane tracking app iHurricane has just been updated, and is now compatible with the iPad. Re-badged iHurricane HD, the app includes all the features of the iPhone version, and takes advantage of the added real estate offered by the iPad.
iHurricane HD offers typical hurricane tracking features, such as wind speeds, eye of the hurricane location, and forecasts, but also features nice add-ons, such as the ability to track multiple hurricanes at the same time, and the support for push notifications and email alerts in order to warn you when a hurricane is expected to get close to your location.
The app also gives you real time updates about how far/close the hurricane is from you, in order to help you monitor any potential risk, and keep track of any unexpected change of direction of a hurricane.
Best of all, the iPad app is free for a limited time, so get your copy quickly while it lasts.
The full version of Tesla Wars HD, a fast-paced tower defense game, is now free. The goal of the game is simple, prevent your numerous enemies from destroying your military post, as long as as you can.
Tesla Wars HD is one of the most challenging tower defense game out there, but features various special attacks and upgrades in order to help you survive more than 3 minutes.
The game is free for only 1 day, so get it quickly while it lasts.
I’ve been falling inexorably in awe of my iPad. In essence, it is everything I actually enjoy doing on my computer inside a much lighter, more portable and — somehow — more intimate device. As I use the iPad more I find myself less and less surprised that Apple is selling so many millions of the things. It can do anything, but some things are missing — here’s three missing features, with solutions.
Rather than launch off into some lengthy review in which I would probably reel off the spec sheet, give some glowing description of the product and its build quality (it just "oozes style", you "feel like you’ve never been without it" etc., etc.,), and then rant on knowledgeably about something I just read about on Wikipedia, I thought I’d focus on just three missing iPad features …
… and because criticism is just insanely easy and actually having ideas is pretty hard, I thought I’d do my average-intelligenced-at-best best to think of how to bring these missing features to the iPad.
First and fast: I love my iPad, but it doesn’t print…
I understand print drivers take up drive space and you don’t want to have drivers for every printer hogging that space on your iPad. But why not introduce a simple print app that speaks to your home Mac or PC over the Wi-Fi network or via the ‘Net and uses your home printer to print, running drivers on the remote machine?
You could also use this print app to print using whatever computer and printer set-up you were near and arranged access too.
This need exposes one secret to the iPad’s success. If your iPad doesn’t do something, someone somewhere is making an app which does it for you. In this case let me introduce PrintBureau, which prints email, contacts, web pages, copied "clips", email attachments, photos, text messages, shipping labels and much much more. And includes remote print.
Problem solved. A solution needs a problem first. Good lesson.
Number Two: Triple whammy
Here’s something I do. I read and research things online using my browser, email and RSS feeds. I have apps for all three on my iPad, and I also have copy and paste.
What I don’t have is the ability to run two or more apps at the same time side-by-side, for example a Web browser at the same time as a word processing utility.
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