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.
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.
This year’s Worldwide Developer Conference is just around the corner. At the conference, Apple is rumored to show off the next version of iOS and OS X. There is also hope that the rumored iWatch and the next generation of Apple TV will be unveiled. Now that Apple has finally updated the WWDC app to reflect 2014, the one thing we know for sure is that the conference keynote will take place at the Presidio on opening day, June 2, at 10:00 a.m. PT.
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.