Top 20 best free iPad apps | News | TechRadar UK

Top 20 best free iPad apps | News | TechRadar UK.

Looking for a new iPad app? Check out this list of top free apps for your new iPad.


MeeGo user interface coming to Acer, Asus, other Linux devices

MeeGo user interface coming to Acer, Asus, other Linux devices.

Looks like there is a new distro to try out for Netbooks. This is the nextgen of the Moblin project which I had tested earlier in the year. Moblin did not seem ready for primetime when I used it. The biggest issue for me was that interface departed so much from a traditional Gnome interface that it made it difficult to find my way around the OS. I’m curious to see if this has been refined in the new MeeGo interface.

iPad: helpful tool for faculty

iPad: helpful tool for faculty

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I’m grading this morning and the iPad continues to wow me in being a part of a mobile toolkit for working with my class. First off, I appreciate the ease with which I’m able to navigate 15 weeks of course material on the iPad. Scrolling with a wheel or magic mouse gets tedious with the number of screenfulls on my course homepage. The iPad, however, provides an efficient scrolling solution. Swiping through the pages is a much quicker process.

The iPad proves to be a portable and handy 2nd screen while I’m grading student work. I was able to view and bring up student work on the iPad while editing my feedback using my MacBook Pro. The iPad’s screen is excellent for reading and eliminates the need to switch between multiple windows or tabs on my laptop.

Quick, instant on browsing access is a serious strength for the iPad. The only wait time that I’ve experienced is when I first bring the iPad into a new wifi network as it takes a few moments for it to connect to the access point.

Finally, the iPad’s email application is incredible. The screen it completely utilized for email — no general operating system user interface bits and pieces are visible…just email. Furthermore, an iPad with an Exchange connection to Google Apps for GFU (including Gmail, which is coming this summer) means I have my email, my calendar, and the university address book available.

All in all, I have not missed Adobe Flash. The only site that I have encountered a problem with is Flickr’s Flash based slideshow.

That’s all for now. I will continue to share as I gain more experience.

Spotlight search on iPhone 3.0

So, the next killer tool in iPhone 3.0 is the ability to search globally on the entire device. I coincidentally needed to find an email from someone on my iPhone last night. Usually, when I need to any searching for an email, I’ll fire up my computer and pull up either Outlook or Gmail (depending on the account) and search there. This time, I entered their name in the global search tool from the home screen on the iPhone and was amazed by both the results that it gave and the incredible speed at which it found items on the device. Not only did it find all of my recent emails associate with this person, it found all calendar events, contacts, and notes that had their name. Very impressive!

Spotlight search results for "it"
Spotlight search results for "it"

iPhone 3.0 + Exchange + CalDAV + Google = Sweet solution

So I just upgraded my original iPhone to 3.0 and it’s working great so far. The thing that I was most waiting for with 3.0 was the ability to connect to both my Exchange calendar at work and my personal Google Calendar. It only took a few minutes to get it setup. After deleting my former Exchange connection from my phone to Google Calendar, I setup a new Exchange connection to our server, enabling Mail and Calendar. After that, I setup a new CalDAV account for Google Calendar. The settings that worked for me were:

CalDAV Setup for Google Calendar
CalDAV Setup for Google Calendar

Once you save the settings, tap on the Advanced Settings button and confirm that Use SSL is turned on to ensure that your account credentials are being passed to Google over an encrypted connection.

CalDAV Advanced Settings for Google Calendar
CalDAV Advanced Settings for Google Calendar

EeePC 1000HE Continued

I’ve installed UNR 9.04 several times on this fine netbook so far. In fact, I travelled very comfortably with just the netbook on a quick trip to Denver last month. Ubuntu worked quite well for notetaking and checking email. Performance was not so great watching videos on YouTube or Hulu though.

Over the past week or so though I have installed Windows XP Home using the recovery partition that’s built-in on machine. (I left the recovery partition in place when I installed Ubuntu, just in case.) Well, I’m pleased to say that this device runs just as well, if not better than with Linux. Why? Couple of reasons:

  • Drivers and software to control the performance settings on the processor. With Windows, I’m able to select from Super Perfomance Mode, High Performance Mode, or Power Saving Mode. Can’t do that (at least out of the box) with Ubuntu. I bet there are some kernel tweaks and some tools for managing this that I just need to find out on the net. However, it’s hard to beat it just working in XP.
  • Chrome — my new favorite browser runs on Windows but not really on Linux yet.
  • Outlook — I know, I know. Unfortunately at work, we’re still on Exchange server and Outlook is still the best email client (outside of Gmail) that’s available on the PC. Evolution’s performance in Ubuntu is unreliable. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
  • Audio/video drivers just work. We use the iVocalize web-conferencing system at work and 1) the pulse audio system causes problems and won’t work with iVocalize’s Java based system, and 2) you don’t have full functionality with the applet on Linux. Running iVocalize on Windows worked just fine–no driver issues for either video or audio.

So, would I prefer to be running on Ubuntu. Absolutely. Right now, though, the sheer practicality of things just working on Windows is out-weighing the benefits of Linux (course, I don’t know that I’ll be singing the same tune after getting a virus or spyware).