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August 25th, 2011 at 2:31 PM EST | by

9/11 Memorial App Coming Exclusively to iPad

We all know that the iPad can be used for all sorts of fun and entertainment, but the best part about the device is that it can also be used as a tool for education as well as remembrance in some occasions. One of those remembrance situations comes in the form the of soon to be released 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present and Future app that is due to be released on September 1st.

The interactive app offer hundreds of different pictures, stories and even some videos that will document that dark day in America’s history. The best part about the 9/11 Memorial app is that it’s only going to be available on the iPad, so those of us who own the device will have access to something that other tablet owners will not. The app’s developer, Steve Rosenbaum recently told the New York Observer that he just felt that the iPad was the best platform for this particular app.

The nature of the photographs are so powerful, so to render them in anything but full color seemed wrong to me. And I didn’t want it to be viewed on a phone. I wanted it to be big and glossy.” Rosenbaum said.

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August 25th, 2011 at 9:16 AM EST | by

Hurricane HD for the iPad Blows Away the Competition

As the calendar turns to early fall those iPad users who live on either coast know that we are heading into a dangerous time of the year as far as hurricanes go, especially with Hurricane Irene expected to make landfall this weekend. While some may be content to keep abreast of any hurricane updates through the local news or weather channel the astute Apple user knows there is a pretty good app that will give them all the information they need.

Hurricane HD literally might actually provide more information than most iPad users actually need as the app tends to look an awful lot like something every professional meteorologist might use. There is a map layout that will show where the user is compared to the projected path of an incoming hurricane as well as just how close the storm is to their location.

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August 24th, 2011 at 7:31 PM EST | by

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, the man at the forefront of Apple since its inception resigned from his post as company CEO today. Tim Cook will take over as the new CEO, while Jobs will serve in a lesser role as Chairman of the Board.

In a letter to Apple’s Board of Director’s and the Apple community, Jobs writes:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve

Jobs has suffered from health problems since 2004 after being diagnosed and treated for pancreatic cancer. Since then he has taken a few more leave of absences, most notably in 2009 for a liver transplant, and most recently since January 2011.

Apple stock is currently down about 5% at $356 dollars per share.

 

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August 24th, 2011 at 1:53 PM EST | by

Retail Businesses Using iPads For Everyday Tasks

In hindsight, it appears that people really should have been able to see this coming from a mile away. The release of the iPad as well as the ever increasing ability to make an app for almost every conceivable situation means that stores and restaurants starting to replace menus and cash registers and all sorts of other devices with Apple’s portable device should have been foreseen.

Originally it was only the smaller boutique type stores that found a way to use the iPad instead of a regular cash register simply because it didn’t make a whole lot of sense for the bigger retailers to make a commitment to the technology before they saw how popular it was going to be. Now there are reports that retail giants such as Lowes, Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters are looking at getting rid of the register and finding other ways to begin moving to the iPad.

Lowes has actually made the biggest move to the iPad with the announcement last week that they will be bringing as many as 42,000 iPads into select stores. By using the iPad, customers and employees alike can access different features such as checking the inventory of a store at the push of a couple of buttons as well as get a full color picture of a specific part. How-to videos will also be made available on the devices, helping the customers know how to use the products they just purchased correctly before they leave the store. Lowe’s move was a direct reaction to competitor Home Depot announcing that it would be bringing in 30,000 devices known as First Phone devices which are described as “souped up Blackberries.”


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August 24th, 2011 at 9:58 AM EST | by

With the lockout finally over, the National Football league is once again gearing up for a great season. But, you might ask how will you best be able to enjoy the upcoming season using your iPad? We here at iPadNewsUpdates have kindly put together the top five apps that will allow you to get full enjoyment out of your iPad this NFL season.

1. NFL ‘11 for iPad (Free)

NFL '11 for iPadNFL ‘11 for iPad is a pretty simple app that you really can’t do without. Completely free this app will give you a rundown of all the scores and highlights from every NFL game. The app will also give you a brief synopsis of the latest NFL news and you can select your favorite team to get updates specifically tailored to you.

2. Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit 2011 ($4.99)

Rotowire Fantasy Football Draft Kit for 2011The NFL season is always a little more fun if you are playing fantasy football right along with the real games. We recently did a review of this app as the best Fantasy Football Draft preparation app out there and you won’t want to go into your draft without the aid of this handy dandy little iPad app. Read a more in-depth review from us on this app here.

3. Decision Maker – Football 2011 ($4.99)

Decision Maker - Football 2011 for iPadNow that you have drafted your fantasy team thanks to the Rotowire Draft Kit and you’re getting for week 1 of the season, you need to figure out who should start and who should sit. The Decision Maker iPad app will allow you to plug in your entire fantasy football team and then will help you decide who should get the start that week depending on a specialized rating system the developers have come up with. Perhaps the best part of this app is that it does allow you to change the data around a bit and suggest who you should start based on “best start” and “best upside”. This means you can either go by the book or take a gamble.

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August 23rd, 2011 at 3:58 PM EST | by

Considering the biggest earthquake in recent memory was felt along most of the east coast of the United States today, we’d like to highlight some useful earthquake related apps. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia was felt as far north as Massachusetts, as far south as Georgia, and as far west as Chicago. Light damage was reported in some places close to the epicenter and some airline and cell service was interrupted. Maybe now is the time to get a useful earthquake reporting app for your iPad.

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Earthquake (Free and $1.99)
Appropriately named, Earthquake is a simple and useful app for the iPad that gives you updated information on recent earthquakes around the world. From Fiji, Turkey, Japan, to California, you can learn the location and strength of just about every noticeable earthquake on the planet. This app uses real-time information from various sources including USGS, EMSC, GeoNet, Natural Resources Canada, British Geological Survey, and GeoScience Australia. Google map integration lets you see exactly where that last “big one” struck. There’s a paid version and a free one(Earthquake Lite – isn’t that an oxymoron of sorts?). The free version gives you basic information which should be useful to just about everybody. The paid version goes more in-depth with sorting and filtering capabilities, along with more information and social media links.


QuakeWatch for iPad

QuakeWatch ($0.99)
One of the more popular earthquake reporting apps, this one is full of features. Along with the usual information, QuakeWatch highlights any earthquake with a magnitude of 1.0 or greater from anywhere in the world. It uses updated information from 7 different sources including the US Geological Survey and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. Use the filter to only see larger earthquakes or sort by the 100 most recent earthquakes, largest earthquakes over the past week, closest earthquakes to your location, or nearest to a place anywhere on the earth that you specify. If you’re looking for the best iPad earthquake reporting app for a great price, this is probably it.

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