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Latest iPad News

Southeast Area Cooperative’s tech guru, Quint Pease, has added a handful of informative videos and posts to his blog to help answer any questions you may have regarding using your iPad. Please check out his blog – My Tech Life iPad 2 Edition.

In addition to information on the basic usage of your iPad, the blog also contains information on useful apps and has a link to the iPad user guide.


TouchTV A new app for iPad that lets viewers watch favorite TV program anytime, anywhere.  http://www.itunes.com/apps/touchtv This app is great for keeping up on current events. It might be helpful in the classroom for accessing new stories quickly. It can be customized for in the Channel Guide in the categories of Entertainment, Life, Politics and Sports.


CloudOn App just hit iTunes App Store. 

This app will allow you to connect it to your DropBox account and access Microsoft Office documents and actually edit or create them using Microsoft Office. Here’s what it can do:

-Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your iPad to create or edit documents.
-Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox account
-Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files
-Track changes while reviewing Word documents
-Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks
-Display and edit animation or transitions in PowerPoint presentations
-Present in full PowerPoint mode (not in PDF)
-Open files directly from your iPad email accounts or Dropbox account
-Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes

Best of all: FREE

Great News Reader just released from Google—Google Currents is available to install on iPad and Android devices. This slick and elegant news reader will help you keep up-to-date on the latest local, national and international news as well as  a variety of other topics. I just had a chance to check this app out last evening and found it to be very intuitive and useful for quick information. It is nice to have an app that displays the photos as well as the text and this app does it like a slideshow…very nice. Check it out in the App Store or here: http://www.google.com/producer/currents

Skype vs. FaceTime- a quick review

Have you tried Skype for iPad? If not, this is a great communication app that has been around for years on computers and other devices. Here’s a link to the app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype-for-ipad/id442012681?mt=8


Factime is another good video conferencing app. However, you will be limited to others who have Macintosh or iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices. In my testing to compare the video quality between the two apps I found that the person on the other side was not always audible and the video was a bit fuzzy at times with FaceTime. However, this problem may have been directly related to a slow internet speed. You can find the Facetime app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facetime/id414307850?mt=12


My verdict: Skype wins. Why? You can have Skype on mobile phones, desktop computers, most Android devices, on multiple operating systems and the video is phenomenal, not to mention the chat feature. Also, you can use this to make calls to landline and mobile phones world-wide (extra cost). Both apps let you talk free to any other FaceTime or Skype user and there are no limitations for talk time. Both apps have great potential for meeting with coworkers at a distance and would work great for giving presentations with screen sharing capabilities and webcam viewing.

-Review by Quint Pease