Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vision impaired girl's use of iPad impresses Steve Jobs


A 9-year-old girl with sight problems has swapped out magnifying glasses and other clunky equipment for  an iPad.
Holly Bligh, 9, has albinism, a genetic condition that affects not only the pigment in her skin, hair and eyes, but also her vision.. To read, teachers had to make photocopies with enlarged text for her or she had to use a magnifying glass or other devices to read.

Thanks to an iPad she now can zoom in and enlarge the text with the touch of a finger. Bligh can also read about twice as long as she could with regular printed material.
Holly's attention span has increased and her mother, Fiona, estimates "visual fatigue" now takes twice as long to set in.
"Holly's very adaptable and she's got a fantastic attitude," Ms Bligh said.
And now she is cool with her schoolmates.
Bligh’s mother wrote Steve Jobs a letter thanking him for “completely changing” her daughter’s life.
“All the other kids think it’s awesome that she gets an iPad!” Fiona Bligh wrote to Jobs. “Sometimes in the past Holly has found her extra equipment embarrassing … But the iPad has a coolness factor!”
Jobs reportedly wrote back:
“Thanks for sharing your experience with me. Do you mind if I read your email to a group of our top 100 leaders at Apple?” Jobs signed off with “Thanks, Steve” and asked for a photo of Holly with her iPad.
Hailed as a “magical device,” the iPad has proved to be a valid learning tool and assistive technology for people with disabilities. The preliminary results of one small study at a school students with a range of physical and mental challenges, including autism and deaf-blindness, show an average of 20 percent improvement in communication abilities from using the devices, according to researchers.
A good round-up of how people are using iPads as learning tools or for assistive technology is available here.
Via Herald Sun 
Via Cult of Mac

Friday, April 15, 2011

Apple Store vs. Microsoft Store

Same area of town, same time of day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creepiest iPhone bug ever.

Some users are reporting that the iPhone randomly takes pictures of them when they make FaceTime calls:

"...minutes ago when i called my GF and i saw a "picture" of myself from today when i was at the office..."

See the thread here

Monday, April 4, 2011

Untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 released.

The iPhone Dev Team has announced that they've officially released their fresh jailbreak tools. Their package, redsn0w and PwnageTool, have been upgraded to jailbreak Apples latest iOS 4.3.1 update.

The Dev Team states :.

The 4.3.1 untether exploit comes up thanks to Stefan Esser (@ i0n1c on twitter), a security research worker based in Germany. Stefan has a long history of vulnerability research, and ironically his first contribution to the iPhone jailbreak community was improved protection last year he beat Apple to the poke and implemented ASLR for jailbroken iPhones with his antid0te framework. Were happy to see that Stefan then turned his iPhone attention over to an untethered jailbreak exploit! .

The jailbreak currently supports the following devices :.

iPhone 3GS.
iPhone 4 (GSM).
iPod Touch 3G and 4G.
iPad 1 .
Apple TV 2G (PwntageTool only).

The clearly seen hardware missing is the iPad 2 but the Team explains that the untether bootrom exploits used in the past do.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wireless Mirroring With An iPad 2

Basically, we were tasked with the coming up with ideas that could help a client with their presentations. Sometimes they run Keynote Presentations on a Mac, and sometimes they run Keynote Presentations on an iPad using a VGA adapter. While I liked how mobile you could get doing it off an iPad, you're still literally tethered by the cable running to the the A/V equipment. I knew there had to be some sort of solution, but sadly there wasn't, at least not all in one place. So I started looking at combining different solutions, and luckily, not many were needed. The core components are the wireless HDMI transmitter, and a USB battery pack

Oh, and of course the iPad 2

Via [MacRumors]

Monday, March 21, 2011

iPad 2: Wife Says No. Apple Says Yes

Apple is paying close attention to all iPad 2 returns during the first few weeks to make sure there are no major production defects. This policy has led to an amusing story that we thought was entertaining enough to share.

The story comes by way of an individual close to Apple:
[Apple's] focus this week has been to troubleshoot all the iPad 2s that customers are returning to the stores. One iPad came back with a post it note on it that said "Wife said no." It was escalated as something funny, and two of the VPs got wind of it. They sent the guy an iPad 2 with a note on it that said "Apple said yes."
We're guessing a free iPad satisfied any objection the customer's wife might have had.

Via [ ]

Download Firefox 4 for Mac OS X NOW

Although the official announcement is not expected until tomorrow, the final version of Firefox 4 is available on Mozilla servers. Here you can download the English version for Mac OS X.

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With this launch Mozilla puts an end to development of many months and many delays. But the wait has been worthwhile and that the quality
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