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Remember that Story Last Week?

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The one where Nick Bolton said that you can’t create stuff on the iPad?

I started drawing on an iPhone at the beginning of 2009, and, at the time, I liked being able to work so small. I got so used to the size that the first time I used the iPad, it felt like I had a pinball machine in front of me. In time, however, I became more proficient on the tablet and started using more lines and more detail. To the point that now, it feels primitive indeed to draw on the iPhone.

Mmmhmm… Wait, what? He was creating content on an iPhone too?

Jorge Colombo’s iPad Finger Paintings | via NewYorker.com

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February 5th, 2013 at 11:03 am

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Microsoft Surface Allows People to Create

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I saw this earlier today in a post on The Loop by Peter Cohen, whose one word response is probably all that was necessary on the subject. But I can’t help but wonder where the heck the New York Times picks up clowns like Nick Bilton.

The iPad, for all its glory, suffers from one very distinct flaw: It’s very difficult to use for creation. The keyboard on the screen, although pretty to look at, is abysmal for typing anything over 140 characters. There isn’t a built-in pen for note-taking, either. Of course all of this is intentional by Apple. Although there are hundreds of third party products available, Apple doesn’t seem to want the iPad to be a creator, but more of a consumer.

No content creation? Seriously? On what planet?

“Paper of record”? Not anymore…

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 30th, 2013 at 9:37 am

Note Taker HD for iPad

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My review of Software Garden’s Note Taker HD for iPad is up at Macworld.com.

This app, which allows you to capture the kind of information you’d typically write down in a notebook, is a pretty amazing tool. In short, pretty much anything you can write in a standard notebook can be scratched out in Note Taker HD and then printed or emailed as necessary.

A really great app that’s going to stay on my iPad.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 18th, 2012 at 6:55 am

Apple’s iPad Costs You $1.36 Per Year to Charge

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Pretty interesting finding. If this is really the case then I’m using well less than half this amount as I only charge my iPad on the order of about once a week. iPhone? Different story. Wonder how much that uses.

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted a study recently to see how much the iPad costs in electricity if users fully charge it every other day. The research agency, which is funded by electric power companies, found that the iPad will cost owners $1.36 a year, thanks to its consumption of just 12 kWh of electricity each year.

Apple’s iPad costs you $1.36 per year to charge

Written by Jeffery Battersby

June 22nd, 2012 at 10:25 am

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True That @justinw

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Reading magazines on the iPad is an exercise in frustration. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. As great a device and, more importantly, a platform as Apple has made, magazine publishers have done nothing short of fumble the snap.

Justin Williams on how the magazine experience on the iPad fails to live up to what it could be. I agree with Justin wholeheartedly. Not a magazine on the iPad that I can say I really enjoy reading. Meanwhile, Flipboard handles the same job—often offering the same content as many of these magazines—in nearly perfect fashion.

I love the idea of magazines on the iPad, I’m just waiting for them to be implemented in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’m fighting with my iPad.

Justin Williams – Google+ – Reading magazines on the iPad is an exercise in… | via @justinw

Come on dudes, think different.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 26th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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Blogsy Just Got Better

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I just updated the Blogsy App and was pleased to find that, like Mars Edit on the Mac, Blogsy now offers a Java scriptlet that lets you take something you’re viewing on the web and create a new blog post with it.

Pretty slick stuff and another reason why Blogsy is my favorite blogging app for the iPad.

By the way… this post was created using Blogsy.

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September 20th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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Deep Green

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Deep Green, the best most gorgeous chess application for your iPhone or iPod touch, just got updated.

Bigger is indeed better!

Deep Green

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April 19th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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