When a Good Pad gets Better

ipad2 manual.gifSure enough O’Reilly have intro­duced a new ver­sion of their iPad: The Miss­ing Manual series, aptly named iPad2: The Miss­ing Manual. Like all Miss­ing Manual series, con­tent is at the over­view level attempt­ing to cover the com­plete range of ques­tions a new user might have of a par­tic­u­lar tech­no­logy. The book has all the good stuff when it comes to troubleshoot­ing though and this is a par­tic­u­larly good miss­ing manual.

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A Case for the iPad

jivoCase.jpgI haven’t spoken much of cool adds-on the my gad­gets, but with the raft of new cases announced for the iPad2, I wanted to men­tion what I think is one of the finest cases I have ever had for a piece of elec­tronic gear. In ser­ach for the best case for my iPad, I star­ted with the requis­ite Apple rub­ber­ised case. For the €29 it was actu­ally not a bad piece. It pro­tects the nice shiny object of affec­tion, has a light flip cover and also a bit of a stand. It wasn’t that bad, but to add a touch of class i picked up a Cygnett Lav­ish leather case. Again it is not a bad case. This one set me back €39 and is fine soft black leather. There is no stand func­tion and the clasp is a mag­netic one. Con­tinue read­ing

App Savvy by Ken Yarmosh

appSavvy.gifEverybody’s doing it. They are sit­ting on that great idea for a next amaz­ing applic­a­tion. The first les­son that Yar­mosh empah­s­ises in App Savvy is that your ‘app idea must be more than just an idea.’ The amaz­ing rate of adop­tion of iOS-based appli­ances and the con­flu­ence of the effect­ive mar­ket­ing tool that is the appStore have cre­ated a new busi­ness model. One that allows for amaz­ing expos­ure, huge first mover advant­age and extremely low bar­ri­ers to entry. One of the biggest chal­lenges bey­ond actu­ally cre­at­ing the applic­a­tion is under­stand­ing the labyrinth that is get­ting it added to the store. Thank­fully this book addresses this chal­lenge and provides much much more. This is *the* text­book for iApp devel­op­ment. How­ever, this book is not deal­ing with iOS cod­ing, but instead with the lar­ger pro­cess. It rises above the pro­cess of build­ing the applic­a­tion and addresses the entire devel­op­ment pro­cess through build­ing to deliv­ery — mov­ing from con­cep­tu­al­isa­tion to realisation.

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Best iPad Apps by Peter Myers

bestiPadApps.gifOk. First blush reac­tion to the latest O’Reilly Press title “Best iPad Apps” was that it although timely it would quickly grow dated and the premise seemed best suited to a peri­od­ical magazine or web­site than a book. But…I was pre­pared to be con­vinced that the edit­ors at O’Reilly had made a cor­rect and in fact bold move with this title. The premise of the book is to excite users about the amaz­ing things they can do with their new iPad by identi­fy­ing the best apps avail­able to take advant­age of the revolu­tion­ary device.

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