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.
As exciting as Apple’s newest operating system is, it is still hasn’t reached the fervor that it’s predecessor did at this early stage. The latest news, approximately two weeks after iOS 8 passed the halfway mark, is that the adoption rate has remained fairly steady, increasing by four percent.
I’ve noted in the past that two major factors in this slower adoption are partly due to a lack of full jailbreak support combined with the size of the download being too big. Earlier this week, Pangu released an untethered jailbreak for iPhone models all the way back to the 4s, plus all iPad devices and the iPod touch 5. Additionally, Pangu 1.1.0 includes Cydia, which is what many in the jailbreak community have been waiting for.
Back in June, when Apple first demonstrated the power of OS X Yosemite, I was floored. Not only does the new desktop operating system look amazing, but it also has incredible connectivity with iOS. You can send and receive text messages (not just to iMessage contacts), make phone calls using your computer as a speakerphone, and “handoff” programs from one device to another with one simple tap (or click). Today, Apple announced that OS X Yosemite is available for free in the Mac App Store on all macs from 2009 and newer.
The security of Apple Pay is regularly questioned. The public is still reeling from the stolen celebrity iCloud-stored nude photos fiasco. Even as government officials are calling Apple’s mobile operating system “too secure,” it is an uphill battle for the tech giant to convince the world that their data is safe. Today, market research firm GfK released a report showing that the Apple Watch may not be a big hit in Europe mainly due to the fact that consumers aren’t interested in using a mobile device to pay for goods and services.
Apple TV has seen a lot of competition lately, especially with the recent launch of Amazon Fire TV. However, it still holds a high spot of top sellers in the market. Google supposedly has plans to join the list of set-top box competitors later this year as rumors swirl that the software company will unveil at least one Android-based streaming media devices at its I/O developer conference today.
The report, which comes from the Wall Street Journal, claims that Google is working with multiple partners to develop a line of set-top boxes running on Android. The devices are said to support streaming of video, music, and games.
At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple demonstrated new features that are coming this fall for both iOS and OS X. While both platforms are getting a serious overhaul, one thing that stands out is just how integrated the two operating systems are becoming. Not only is the new Mac OS X, Yosemite, looking more and more like the flatter design of the current iOS, but also the next generation of mobile and desktop operating systems will support features that will literally let you work between devices with just a click or tap.