Stats of the Union: Community Health Status data for the iPad

From an unlikely place (GE Viz), a new iPad app has caught my attention today.  Using data from the Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) report, Stats of the Union presents an interactive exercise in exploring the demographic and health data.  The visualizations are pleasing though a bit hard to read at times.  Excellent example of how [...]

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How much does “GPSing” drain the battery?

You all have probably seen the warning “continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life” for mobile device apps. This is certainly true, but how much does it drain the battery and are there differences between different devices? To get at least a sense, I took iPhone4, first generation iPad, [...]

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Can iPad replace ArcPAD? A review of the iCMTGIS survey software app

Corvallis Microtechnology Inc, an Oregon based company that specializes in survey and mapping soft- and hardware for forestry and related fields, released a free iPad app iCMTGIS last summer, which appears to be a port of their Windows-based and Windows CE-based survey software. This app turns the iPad into a mobile field mapping and data [...]

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Bluetooth GPS receiver from Dual Electronics

For the geospatial folks, here’s a new Bluetooth based GPS receiver specifically made for iOS devices which allows your wi-fi only device to now be able to geolocate itself.  Rechargeable through USB or a car lighter adapter, it’s an interesting for adding functionality to iPad (1 and 2) and iPod touches and seems could be [...]

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iPhone Tethering – An iPass Alternative

Stanford’s IT Services announced earlier this month that Stanford will no longer subsidize iPass. For iPass users, this is potentially a deal-breaker since the cost has increased from $10 per month to $54 per month. If you have an iPhone with a tethering plan, do not despair. Wherever you can find a 3G connection, you [...]

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EthnoCorder app demo Nov 11

EthnoCorder is a mobile system for conducting rich multimedia surveys on an iPhone. It is ideal for field work and field surveys as forms can be designed on any operating system and no network connection is needed to conduct surveys or administer forms. Over 20 different types of multimedia elements are supported in both questions [...]

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Making the iPhone talk to Coursework

[Reposted from Claudia Engel's Hive Talkin' Post] I recently was asked about ‘scanning’ capabilities of the iPhone, which brought me to this – currently $0.99 – application, calledJotNot Pro. I was very impressed with this one. It launches the camera to take pictures of documents, steps the user through some adjustments, then processes the picture [...]

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Language and Learning on an iPhone: Part 1 – Language

Living in Japan throughout the 90s, I was able to witness a large part of the telecommunications revolution that happened there.  It started with the pokeberu (pager) and quickly moved into keitai (cell phones) – NTTdocomo had a monopoly on the market and was able to introduce a system of extended texting that basically put [...]

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Multiscale Apps

This article is cross-posted at the Digital Humanities Specialist site. With Apple’s retreat from their position disallowing the development of iDevice apps using Adobe AIR–fundamentally the same technology used in Flash on the Web–and the growth in Flash-supported mobile devices, the much -heralded and by many much-desired death of Flash has been postponed (or, to [...]

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The Swiss Army Knife of Silicon and Glass

We’re about 4 years into the smartphone revolution, depending on your point of reference.  That’s a millennium in technology time, but not much in terms of a human lifetime– yet look at how these devices have become a part of our daily lives.  Many of us have written about the uses of smartphones and tablets [...]

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