Well, it finally happened. By the end of 2013, according to Gartner, Android captured the market share of tablets, surpassing iOS significantly with 61.9 percent versus Apple’s 36 percent. Analysts were claiming that the iPad would loose its crown sometime soon and they were right. Apple still maintains the lead in tablet sales by vendor, although Samsung is nipping at the heels of the iPad’s popularity.
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In January, Bossa Studios leaked a very vague trailer for a version of their hit game Surgeon Simulator to launch on the iPad. At the time, we thought it was some kind of dentist spinoff. We were sort of right. Last week, Surgeon Simulator Touch launched on the iPad. The original game that spawned a million gameplay videos now includes dental and optical surgery. Don’t forget your scalpel (and coffee mug, and transistor radio, and… beer bottle?).
Is your doctor using an iPad to brush up on his surgery techniques before he rolls you into the operating room for that appendectomy? Is your radiologist secretly practicing bone geography on his lunch breaks?
They just might be, thanks to a crop of new medical gaming apps that have popped up in the App Store. Medical gaming apps are a an innovative and interesting way for medical students and doctors to learn medical information in an all new interactive way.
We know keeping your iPad protected is a top priority but those in the medical profession have more to worry about than just the everyday scratch or dent. The iPad has become quite popular in the medical community and we’re seeing them pop-up more and more often in clinics, hospital and even in the operating room. All these places have one thing in common, they’re no place for germs.
To help make sure your doctor’s and nurse’s iPad is kept germ free, medical technology company Seal Shield has released the industries first medical grade iPad keyboard case. The case may look like a typical iPad keyboard case, but it’s what’s under the cover that makes the Silver Blue iPad case unique.
Doctors in Japan recently used the iPad and an imaging software app from OsiriX to help visualize a patient’s internal anatomy and cancerous lesions during an operation. In the video you can see the doctors swiping, pinching and zooming a series of images and animations to get a better look at the patient.
The iPad has been well received in the medical community and several medical apps have been released for the iPad from companies such as the Blausen Group and OsiriX. However, this is the first time we have seen the iPad actually used in the operating room by doctors during surgery.
Baseball season is right around the corner and MLB At Bat has been updated to accommodate the new rules and procedures which are premiering this season. The biggest change to the app is the expansion of the instant replay into all regular and post season games. Honestly I sometimes wonder why we don’t put all of the refs in a room filled with screens and let them officiate with perfect viewing angles, but that of course would be absolute heresy… and way too fair.
iOS 7.1 Will Roll Out Apple’s New Mass Deployment Initiative for Enterprise and Education Management Tools
Last week, Apple made big changes to its mobile device management (MDM) to make it easier for large-scale deployment of iPads across companies and schools. Unnamed sources are now saying that iOS 7.1 will incorporate full functionality of Apple’s mass deployment initiative.
On Sunday, The New York Times published an article regarding Apple’s attempt to create a better battery. Not only does the iPad maker want a power source that will last longer, but plugging in is no longer an option. This morning, Gigaom published an article that suggests that Apple’s new iWatch will be solar powered. Plus, the wearable computer will come stock with a new “Healthbook” app that the company plans to launch in its next big mobile operating system update. Both bits of future technology would be a great addition to the iPad, but will Apple spend the research and development effort to integrated those features in future tablets?
Apple’s big update to its mobile operating system has finally hit the floor running. Some may have experienced issues trying to get the download to start, but other than a few hiccups, most users probably already have the update installed, or are working on it now.
The new iPhone 5s and 5c are practically all anyone is talking about right now. Comedians are making fun of them. Tech writers are trying to make sense of new technologies. We are all wondering whether we should upgrade our old phones. But what about iOS 7? The new iPhone may be the biggest news since last year, but iOS 7 is the biggest news since 2007. We are about to get blown away by so much new software that we won’t even know what hit us.