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How Green Is the iPad?

By on April 21, 2012

It can be difficult to put in perspective the environmental impact of our electronics. Many factors contribute to a device’s greenery (or lack thereof). Let’s see how the iPad measures up.

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The infographic below, created by Sortable.com, breaks down the environmental footprint of the new iPad. The data is based on research compiled by the company.

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As depressing as those statistics may be, there are bright (green) spots on the horizon for Apple. The Cupertino giant is in the process of building a 100-acre solar facility to house its energy-hungry data center. The company anticipates that the plant will offset a significant portion of energy expenditure currently needed to run Apple servers.

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Apple has also implemented recycling programs in 95% of the countries where Apple products are sold. Do you participate in device recycling? Have you accounted for your devices’ carbon footprints? Why or why not?

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How Your iPad Gets Made

By on April 21, 2012



There’s been considerable press lately about the disconnect between Apple‘s uplifting brand image and the soul-crushing way in which iOS devices are actually assembled by Chinese workers.

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Nevertheless, this video, shot by Rob Schmitz, Shanghai bureau chief for American Public Media’s Marketplace offers a fascinating glimpse of the process by which an iPad is created.

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Among the points of interest: Foxconn, which manufacturers the devices for Apple in China, attaches a tiny buckle to each iPad’s motherboard so if anything goes wrong with that particular iPad, Apple can trace it back to that point in the assembly. The devices are also tested on a machine that spins the iPad round and round to ensure that their internal gyroscope works properly.

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For outsiders, such details are of interest, but for those who toil on the factory floors, it’s “tedious and boring” as Schmitz notes. Yet Foxconn has no shortage of prospective workers, who are willing to ply their trade for $14 a day. (The amount doubles after a few years.)

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Good news for those who looking for Apple products, please mark your calendars on this Friday 6th January 2012. Apple Online Store is doing a special one-day event where you can find amazing iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts with special rate.

 

Apple iOS 5.0 or later supports “Over-The-Air” (OTA) software update that you no longer need to download few hundreds MB installation file using iTunes.

 

In this article, you will learn how to install iOS software update directly from your iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) with small download size.

  1. Make sure your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch has iOS 5.0 or later installed.
  2. On your iDevice, goto Settings > General > Software Update
  3. If iOS update available, you will see the new iOS version and the download size and what’s new about the update.
  4. Tap on “Download and Install” to install new iOS over-the-air onto your iDevice.
  5. Download will start and install and restart your iDevice.
  6. Done! Now you have latest iOS version!

Note: Apple iOS OTA software update only works when your iDevice is connected to WiFi, it won’t download software update if you are using mobile connection like 3G network.

A new survey, reported on recently at Apple Insider,  offers new evidence of the iPad’s growing momentum in education, and in particular in schools.

A new survey of technology directors in U.S. school districts found that all of them are testing or deploying the iPad in schools, and they expect tablets to outnumber computers in the next five years.

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray revealed the results of the small survey of 25 educational technology directors at a conference on the integration of technology in the classroom. The poll found that all of them were utilizing Apple’s iPad in schools, while none were testing or deploying Android-based tablets.

More interesting points from the survey:

– The directors who took part in the survey expect to have more tablets per student than computers in the next five years – and in this case the word tablet might as well be iPad.

– They also expressed the view that the iPad allows for individualized learning better than a traditional computer.

– iPads are being used to supplement computers – not replace them.

My 8 year old daughter’s class is using netbooks this year. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that I think iPads would be much better for them.

What do you all think? Will we be seeing more iPads and fewer computers in classrooms over the next five years? If so, is that a good thing?

The official native Gmail app is back in the App Store today. The long awaited app had initially been released and then quickly yanked back on November 2nd, due to problems with notifications and possibly other bugs.

Today Version 1.0.2 of Gmail is available in the App Store – with this bit of guidance for those who have the original version installed:

If you already have the Gmail app 1.0.1 released on 2 Nov, you will need to uninstall or log out of the old app prior to installing the new app.

It’s interesting that they use the term ‘new app’ rather than update. That first launch was a pretty spectacular fail, so here’s hoping this one goes better for all those iOS device owning Gmail fans out there.

I removed the original version and installed the update just a short while ago. This time there’s no error on launching the app, and it shows up properly under Settings > Notifications – so hopefully Google’s got that part figured out.

Here’s an App Store link for Gmail – which is even more useful than usual as so far the updated app does not show up well if you search for it.

Every Apple product that just launch will need to go through a series of official stress test, but are always unofficial stress testing on Apple product such as drop test, shoting test, also blend test.

There is a TV program which call “Will It Blend”, they will show you how your Apple iPhone4S, iPhone 4, iPad will look like after blend it with a blender machine.

Enjoy it:

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Apple iPhone 4 blender

Apple iPad blender

The world’s largest retail electronic payments network Visa Inc. today announced that the company will provide for the iPhone, mobile payment applications, so that all their consumers can enjoy more easy and convenient shopping experience.


Now, just by gently touching fingers, Visa cardholders can get 50 kinds of businesses exclusive offers, involving clothing, food and entertainment daily consumption. Visa mobile payment applications from the iTunes App Store is currently available for free download.


Visa will work with selective most popular group of merchant to provide the exclusive benefits to their cardholder in order to help them to save money in their daily consumption expenses.

iPad iOS 4.2 has release to public

By on November 23, 2010


Finally, iOS 4.2 for iPad has come to a live with the features of Multitasking, Folder, a unified inbox and wireless printing. With the new release of iOS 4.2 to iPad, more than 100 new features has added and make your iPad become a total fresh and new device.
Many of the features in iOS 4.2 were already available for the latest versions of the iPhone and the iPod Touch but not for the iPad.
Apple said iPad users can now switch between applications instantly and run more than one at a time, playing a music program like Pandora, for example, while running another application.
Applications can now be organized into folders with a drag-and-drop feature.
Email features a unified inbox for users with more than one account while “Game Center” lets users of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch play against friends or other opponents and discover games that others are playing.
A new feature called “AirPlay” streams music, video and photos wirelessly from the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to a television set equipped with Apple TV, Apple’s TV set-top box.
“AirPrint” allows an iPad owner to wirelessly print documents or photos to AirPrint-enabled printers from US computer maker Hewlett-Packard.
Apple said Monday that 40,000 applications have been created for the iPad and 300,000 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.


iPed

By on August 10, 2010


I believe that most of the people hear about Apple iPad but how many of you all hear about iPed. It’s from the sames origine country with most of the Apple product – China.
The iPed is available to buy over in Shenzhen, China and also on a few Chinese websites. The device is quite different in terms of specs to Apple’s iPad, but the design is exactly the same style as you’d expect with the iPad.
Basically iPed is a tablet computer that was design to look almost a same as original Apple iPad but the big difference are Apple is power with Apple iOS but iPed is power by Google Android OS 1.6 as well as the price is significantly cheaper then the Apple iPad.
The following are the Specification for iPed:

Specification:

– Operating System: Google Android OS v1.6
– RAM: 128MB DDR2 800Mhz
– CPU: VIA MW8505 600MHz
– Display: 8″ 4:3 widescreen 800×480 high-brightness TFT LCD
– Touch Control: Full size touch operation, Sliding menu, Functional icon dragging
– Storage: 2GB
– Orientation Sensor: automatic steering display screen
– LAN:802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED network
– Sound Effect: Stereo speakers device, Built-in microphone
– Supports High-speed SD card (maximum: 32GB)

Multimedia Codes:

– MP3/Audio Format
– AVI (Motion JPEG) / Video Format
– Word, Excel, Mail & PDF READER
– Online Video
– Netbook support: Ethernet 10/100M, WIFI:802.11B/G

Slot list:

– SD x 1 (supports up to 32G SDHC)
– 30 pin interface
– Stereo Audio out x 1
– Microphone in x 1
– 2 x USB2.0 Interface
– ATF card interface