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OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Office apps to your iPad

by on Jan.09, 2012, under iPad

TAUW posted an article talking about the new Onlive iPad application.  This is a summary of the article posted.

If you haven’t heard of OnLive before, get ready to hear a lot more about them in 2012. The streaming company has been around for a few years, but is just now making some major inroads into streaming all sorts of services to your iPad.

We’ve already covered the OnLive offering for Mac, console and iPad gaming, and it’s pretty impressive (I saw a AAA console title streaming with almost no lag using hotel WiFi) — so I was anxious to see what OnLive Desktop had to offer. Basically, it’s like having a full computer experience on your iPad. Specifically, OnLive Desktop will drop you straight into Windows 7, and from there you can tap to launch the ubiquitous Office products. Similar to the existing CloudOn or Desktone systems but supercharged with OnLive’s streaming tech, the intention is to give you a remote computing ‘thin client’ with the full power of the desktop productivity apps.

We’ll have more to say about OnLive when we meet up with them here at CES, but you can check out a video of OnLive over at Engadget. For now, know that OnLive will be offering this service in tiers, starting with a free service that comes with 2 GB of cloud storage and access to a limited suite of office apps. Later there will be a Pro version, starting at $9.99 a month, with 50 GB of cloud storage, priority server access, more apps and accelerated browsing. And then there’s an Enterprise offering that’ll allow the kind of control and customization you’d expect if deploying this to dozens or hundreds of client iPads.

OnLive is one of the tech companies I have been watching for a while, and I’m terribly excited by what they are doing. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t done a great job of explaing and marketing their product, which means (for now) it’s something you have to try it before you believe. Still, at free, and launching on January 12, pretty soon you’ll be able to try out OnLive Desktop for yourself. Check out the press release below if you dare.

OnLive Desktop Pro and Enterprise support exclusive OnLive collaborative services. Building on the same proven technology as the massive spectating Arena of the OnLive Game Service, OnLive securely enables as many as thousands of simultaneous users to view one or many OnLive Desktops from any device, with live spectating and group chat, and multi-user control. Whether using OnLive collaborative services as a shared document reader or virtual whiteboard in a small workgroups, for chatting over home videos among far-flung family members, or for lecturing with Q&A to an audience of thousands of students around the world, OnLive provides instant, media-rich collaboration.

The OnLive Desktop iPad app will be available Thursday to U.S. customers for free in the iTunes App Store, and will be released soon in the UK. Customers are encouraged to sign up early for their free OnLive account, available today at www.desktop.onlive.com. For more information, visit www.desktop.onlive.com.

OnLive Desktop brings Windows 7, Office apps to your iPad originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Jan 2012 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

 

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Evernote – The Killer Information App!

by on Dec.04, 2011, under Apple, Featured, iPad, iPhone, Top Apps, Windows

There are many productivity programs on the market today that work for Apple, PC, Linux, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices but only a handful work on just about everything out there.  You can even access your information online in an “app” like interface.

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So, what is the killer app that syncs between all the devices listed above andmore…. Evernote

Evernote is more than just a note taking app.  You can take or attach images, create isight notes, (Apple) or capture voice recordings which comes in handy for recording those meetings where everyone just talks too fast.  Take advantage of rich text editing for your notes in addition to the use of bullet points and checkboxes to help your text to flow in your note.

 

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The company has developed browser add-ins for Safari, Firefox, and local memory resident programs that can be installed on your computers enable thou to clip text, images, music, and files that can be attached to notes.  The clipping feature for the browser is handy when you run across information while surfing the net if you choose to just clip some data or take the complete page of information into a note.  Use “Tags” to help search and locate information quickly as your database begins to grow with information.

All of your notes are stored and can be placed in categories or referred to as “Notebooks” in Evernote.  You can create sub-notebooks to group like categories easily. Most mobile devices offer a PIN lock to add an extra level of protection.  Evernote can be configured to parse through PDFs for searchable text so you can find it anytime.

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To sync notebooks for offline use to your mobile device, you need to purchase a premium subscription.  The premium subscription for a mere $45 (year) adds some of the functionality described above in addition to the ability to sync 1 GB a month, faster image recognition, larger files (attachments) and the ability to share folders with others.

The Evernote team is very responsive and just about every month there is a new feature or enhancement that has been added to the program.

To download Evernote for your computer: www.evernote.com or click the link below to download the i version from the Apple store.  Apple users can also download the app from the App store and Android users – Well you know where to get it, the Google App store!

Enjoy!


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Updated: Nov 23, 2011

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How Do You Like Your iPad?

by on Jul.20, 2010, under Featured, iPad

The 6 words every iPad owner hears when using his or her iPad.  The next question is what can you do with it?  C’mon, if you own an iPad you have heard these questions, right?  Yes.

So let’s start with the first question, how do you like your iPad.  I love it!  Do I wish it could do more things? Yes!  But think about it…. You have just asked me this question in the middle of the airport as we both head toward our gates to board a plane.  There is not enough time to cover all the points about the unit that I like or what I would change.

One could say it is a simple yes or no question, but it isn’t.  It also does not stop there.  They want to know more and as an iPad user you are required to tell them more. I thought I would take the time and post key points about the iPad that I like.

Item 1:

I am a fan of the iPhone and now iPhone 4 and one point I like about the iPad is the screen real estate.  The larger screen affords more content, design, and style for the applications that are designed for it.  It is not just the need to have an application fill a need, the application needs to be designed with the end user in mind and simple enough to use.  What I dislike about the screen size is that it adds weight.  The iPad is just a little too heavy to be held in your hand for any length of time.

Item 2:

The ability to begin to do more “laptop like” functions.  I can now email and open files, use iTunes to sync files, or use other programs like PadSync to move over documents that I need to review is a huge leap forward.  I realize that you could again do this to some degree with the iPhone, but with the extended real estate it makes it a more desirable.

I scour the App Store searching for the next great app.  the next great game, utility, or productivity enhancement program that will make my like much easier.

Item 3:

The user interface.  Apple just seems to think about the easiest way for someone to figure out on their own how to use an application and they build to that.  While other companies provide 3 inch thick manuals, Apple has a thin pamphlet that provides details about specific keys.  Everything else can be figured out logically.  At least I think so.

I have several other key points I like about the iPad but I will let you invest in it and find out for yourself.  Keep in mind the real question…. It may not be if I like the iPad and if it does everything I want it to do, but do you like it and can it do what you want it to?

–Rod

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iPad App – Reeder, Google RSS Reader

by on Jul.03, 2010, under iPad, iPhone

One might expect to find a number of RSS feed readers for the iPhone and iPad at the app store and you would be right.  Over the last two years I have purchased a number of readers looking for the one that has everything I am looking for in a reader.  As of today the est one I have found so far to meet all my needs is Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder app.

Previous to making the move over to Reeder, I was using and happy with Early Edition by Glasshouse Apps. Early Edition offered me just about everything but one key item which is, caching the images and articles.  I travel and when I do, I can’t always rely on being in a connected state to retrieve and view my feeds. While I prefer the Early Edition’s user interface (UI), the feature set that Reeder offers convinced me to make the move.

Reeder provides

– Syncs with Google Reader
– Browse by feed or folders
– Manage starred items, notes
– Support for shared items and friends’ shared items
– Mark as unread
– Image caching
– State saving
– Slider control for list entries:
> slide to right to toggle read/unread
< slide to left to toggle starred/unstarred

Including

Services/sharing:
– Send to Instapaper or ReadItLater
– Save to Delicious* or Pinbard
– Post to Twitter
– In-app email for sharing articles
– Instapaper and Google Mobilizer
– Open with Safari
– Copy Link

An additional feature that I like is the ability to email the article to friends or store it to Instapaper.  Once feature I would like to see added is the ability to save to my Evernote notebook.  I save the information today via the email process to Evernote.

The Reeder app is well worth the $4.99 and as I wait for my iPhone 4, I will purchase the iPhone version.

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