IPad Today 42

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Episode 42

iPad Today 42: State of the Pad!, a USB typewriter, and SIM transfer in a snap!


State of the Pad

  • Discussion of the first year of the iPad.
  • The shift of the iPad from a content consumption device to it's ability to create content.
  • Stand-out apps for the iPad after a year.
  • Discussion of iPad 2 cameras.
  • Moleskine Now available for iOS.
  • Sarah gripes about other audio/visual apps taking over and dropping Pandora without prompting. Wants to be able to give apps priority over other apps to avoid it.
  • Leo gripes about not being able to access the file system. Unable to get files from applications without emailing them or other workarounds.
  • Complaints about AirPrint only working with a few HP printers.


  • Sarah's tips
    • Cleaning the iPad with the Smart Cover!
    • iPad 1 to iPad 2 SIM card transfer with ATT. Turn off cellular data on both iPads, then turn off the iPads completely. Swap the cards and you're done.
  • Leo's Tips
    • Use Spotlight to launch apps instead of hunting for them.
    • Go into Spotlight Settings to reorder search results!
    • Enable multitasking gestures on your iPad! Need to have XCode installed on your Mac and be a registered developer. Leo's sound effects not included.

Viewer Tips

  • Video of iPad USB Typewriter! Visit to see how it works. (Sent by Rob)


"We sent you an email prior to launch (on April 11th) but we did not receive a response regarding covering our official launch which was yesterday. As a bootstrapped startup, we did not hire a PR firm to handle our press outreach, so we sincerely apologize if we did not handle these communications well or follow up with you more.

It is not always easy for the team to hear criticism, but we all appreciate open and honest feedback. We are listening to you and all of our users in the pursuit to make the best video curation and viewing experience possible.

We plan to launch a new release, in the coming weeks (it would be sooner but Apple tends to take at least 7 days to approve a new version) that addresses some of the issues you mentioned. In particular 1) the ability to edit your tweet or post to facebook and 2) some streamlining of the UI especially around the browsing and collecting of content.

We were happy to see how easily you were able to create a gallery and collection of content. People seem to be excited by the power of sharing organized dynamic collections of video that enable friends and followers to get automatic updates as they add new videos.

We would love you to cover the app again when we have addressed some of these issues and look forward to having the opportunity to discuss with you our future roadmap.


Mark Gray

Founder and CEO


  • Sarah notes that apps change all the time and sometimes the first effort isn't representative of that app a month later. Sometimes it's too easy to write an app off early


  • Voicemail discussing Wifi connectivity issue on iPad 2.
    • Leo has some speculation about the issue in general.
    • Sarah offers some tips about using the "Forget This Network" button in WiFi settings.
    • Leo suggests using a different channel on your base station.

App Cap Awards

Sarah's App

  • Frog Dissection "Frog Dissection from Punflay, is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom. This iPad app is suitable for middle-school students who are learning about organs and organ systems as part of their life science curriculum. Students can try dissecting a virtual specimen with all the trappings that come with the real procedure-minus the mess of course! Besides a virtual chloroformed specimen, the app comes with all the dissection tools and detailed instructions to complete the procedure. Once dissection is complete, the frog’s organs are exposed for further study. Vivid 3D images will help students visualize the internal organs very effectively. For enhanced learning experience, the app also has information on the different types of frogs, frogs’ life cycle, anatomical comparison of frogs with humans, an interactive quiz and detailed descriptions of the organs."
  • Sarah highly suggests this app as a substitute.
  • Sarah mentions their other dissection app, Rat Dissection.

Leo's Apps

  • Taptu "Taptu is a social news feed reader that puts all of the stuff you're into in one beautiful little app. Taptu lets you add your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the content from your favorite web sites and blogs (via RSS feeds or Twitter) and transforms them into gorgeous visual streams. Found a news article or stream you like? Share with friends via Facebook, Twitter or email."
  • A lot like Pulse.

Predictions and Wishes for Year 2 of the iPad

  • iPad 3
  • Better cameras
  • Higher resolution
  • More AirPlay support
  • SD Card slot
  • USB support



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Production Information

  • Edited by: Jeff
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