iPad Can Run Norway, But Still Can’t Multitask

Credit: Statsministerens kontor/FlickrCatch this photo of Norway’s Prime Minister working on his iPad while stranded in New York due to delays caused by the volcano in Iceland. (With tongue-in-cheek courtesy of PCWorld.)

The subhead of the CNN on-line article (which I believe was first with the photo) was “Running a country? There’s an app for that.


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Life Without a Netbook: A Work Week With Just my iPad

OK…here’s the deal. I have 2 desktops (and old HP & Compaq running Windows XP) that are gathering dust, 3 laptops (a MacBook, a Dell running windows 7 and an ASUS running Linux). I was in the Apple store last week tooling around with an iPad and can see why people love them so much.

Yesterday I was in an iChat video chat with my daughter Sarah and she asked me the same question…keeping in mind she is a freshman in college who tends to like the newest and coolest things…especially when she is prompted by her college friends…and she too was asking what is the deal with this thing if I already have a a laptop (a macbook we got her before she started school)

But why should I buy one? Why do I need one?

Interesting article from MediaBistro/Mobile Content Today (thanks to my friend Denise Oliver) that might help a bit.

By Todd Ogasawara on Apr 14, 2010

Believe it or not, I carried both a netbook and an iPad the first two weekdays after buying my iPad. By day 2 (Tuesday), it seemed clear that I could get a lot done with my iPad alone and ditched the netbook. Here’s what I’ve found after a full work week (5 days) of carrying just the iPad with no netbook to fall back on.

My most used iPad apps for work are:

– Safari (web browsing)

– Mail

– Pages (long form note taking)

– Adobe Ideas (mobile white board)

– Evernote (medium form note taking & organization)

– BugMe! (extremely short notes)


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Jovoto: A marketplace for empowering creative

I am always fascinated by the combination of technology, innovation and creativity…from the things I learned this past week at the BRITE conference at Columbia University, The TED conferences, PSFK and, most recently a unique website from Germany called Jovito.

jovoto links creative talent worldwide and evolves to become the largest creative department, in which the act of creation is free, collaborative and, above all, fair. jovoto was founded in 2006 at the University of the Arts, Berlin by Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer and Bastian Unterberg.

Two main impulses triggered the realization of jovoto:

* In the creative industries, young talents often have the weakest standpoints, while the entire sector profits from their ideas. It is our goal to connect those who need ideas with those who have them – in a fair way.

* The increasing interconnectivity within society challenges old models of corporate communication in many ways. Only those with access to the right insights and ideas are capable to generate relevant messages, which is crucial for successful communication in the future. Interacting with the enormous pool of diverse creative talent at jovoto helps corporations and organizations to harness those insights and ideas.


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Verizon gets Skyped?

Interesting update from gigaom.com

Skype Is Now Available on Verizon

By Om Malik Mar. 25, 2010

Skype is now available to Verizon Wireless customers who are owners of BlackBerry and Android-based smartphones, the New Jersey-based phone company said. The Skype Mobile service now works on nine phones and can be downloaded on these devices starting this morning. Kevin covered the news for us over on jkOnTheRun yesterday. We are going to do a review of the service and let you know how it works.

Verizon is milking this news for all it’s worth, sending out press releases, organizing press conferences and special events. Frankly, the company needs all the help it can get considering that its smartphone portfolio has no hot-selling devices, especially when compared to the iPhone


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POIA: The Public Online Information Act

I was so impressed when I received the following email from my congressman, Steve Israel regarding POIA: The Public Online Information Act. For those of you unfamiliar with POIA, in the age of the Internet, government is transparent only when public information is available online. The Public Online Information Act (POIA) is legislation, introduced by Rep. Israel, that embraces a new formula for transparency: public equals online. No longer will antiquated government disclosure practices bury public information in out-of-the-way offices and in outmoded formats.

POIA requires Executive Branch agencies to publish all publicly available information on the Internet in a timely fashion and in user-friendly formats. It also creates an advisory committee to help develop government-wide Internet publication policies.

After reading this email I contact Congressman Israel’s office and we are trying to arrange a time for him to speak to our group in NYC in the next few months…so stay tuned.

Dear Bill,

Do you know what happens to public government documents after the government is done using them? Even though this information is supposed to be public, most of the time it is locked away in a warehouse and never made easily accessible. To me, that’s about as transparent as a nuclear missile silo.

This week I introduced legislation that will redefine “public” – the Public Online Information Act. My bill will require that all executive branch agencies make their public documents easily available online in a timely fashion and in user-friendly formats. Additionally, each government agency will be required to create a searchable catalog of all disclosed public documents, and an advisory committee will be created to help develop government-wide Internet publication policies. People across the country – from scholars to schoolchildren – will be able to see any public executive branch documents from the convenience of their computer.

For more information on the Public Online Information Act, you can visit my website at http://israel.house.gov.

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