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CEO of salesforce.com with a great article about the “Cloud 2” and the iPad

Marc Benioff (ceo of salesforce.com) has contributed a very intriguing article to TechCrunch about the future of computing and the iPad.

This is one of the most intriguing portions to me:

“Last week I gave presentations to more than 60 CIOs in various meetings throughout America’s heartland. My message to them: We are moving from Cloud 1 to Cloud 2, and the iPad is the accelerator. Many of them haven’t even made it to Cloud 1—some are still on mainframes. They are working on MVS/CICS, or Lotus Notes, and they have never heard of Cocoa, or even that there is now HTML 5. This is unacceptable. The next generation is here. The iPad that shows us what now is really possible—and that we all need to go faster. Unfortunately, some CIOs would rather retire than go faster.”

Many application developers have been talking about “Web 2.0” for the past 4-5 years – with rich Internet applications (RIA) and apps written in AJAX and Flash/Flex – but this new ‘touch’ user interface will extend that a great deal. I can’t wait!

While I hope he really doesn’t think the UI for Facebook is the way to go, he and I agree that the iPad will “inspire a new generation of wildly innovative new apps” and you must go read his article now!


(Photo credit: snap from the story)

Will the iPad work for a student?

Mark Crump has written a very interesting post on his thoughts on the “Pros and Cons of the iPad in Education

“I’m not a full-time college student, but I’ve been pursing a degree at night for the last four years (Technical Communications, so my focus on educational tools tends to revolve around writing). I’ve used Macs and iPhones as tools for the entirety of my collegiate career. When I started thinking of the possibility of using my iPad as a single-source solution — mostly to reduce weight by leaving my MacBook at home — I came up with a series of pluses and minuses I’ll personally face with the iPad. My focus here is taking notes in class first, and doing coursework second.

Although, I’m a night student, I don’t think how I use technology is different from a full-time student. I use my laptop to take notes in class, research and study in the library, and work on my homework at home. I am hoping the iPad will let me start leaving my MacBook at home for everything but the most-intensive tasks. I’m going to take a look at how I think the iPad could help me in school, or be problematic.”

Jump over to his blog at theAppleBlog.com to see his list of pros and cons – it is worth the read!


(Photo credit: snap from the Apple site – funny how I show a movie displayed on an iPad for an article about education?)

Newsweek: Why the iPad Will Change Everything

This really is a must read article if you’re an iPad fan – and even if you aren’t maybe you will be – “Why the iPad Will Change Everything“.

And there are rumblings that lots of people agree – I’ve seen numbers as high as 1 million being sold in the first few weeks of pre-ordering. We don’t have any idea if the numbers really are that high, but you can bet this will be a blockbuster release – even higher than the iPhone. And the poll on the right hand sidebar seems to indicate that a lot of you are buying (but let’s not think it is anything scientific, after all, you’re probably reading this because you’re very interested in the iPad in the first place).

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Anyway, the article really has some great points like this:

“But the very simplicity of the iPad masks its transformational power. Some say the iPad heralds a new era of computing, and I’m inclined to believe them. The interface is so intuitive—navigating with your fingers rather than a keyboard and mouse—that it will change what we expect from our computers. ”

I tried to say similar things in my post “The rise of the tablet (is the iPad the beginning of a new era?) ” a few days ago, but Daniel Lyons says it much better!

I really can’t wait to see what the future holds for the iPad and I imagine Steve Jobs can’t either.


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The rise of the tablet (is the iPad the beginning of a new era?)

There’s been a LOT of discussion about what the future holds for computing. PCs have been around for the last 20+ years and tho there have been a lot of advances, the form factor hasn’t really changed much. There’s a keyboard and a mouse and a monitor/cpu box (I lump them together because I write this on an iMac).

I’ve been in “IT” (information technology) for well over 30 years and I cut my teeth on the big mainframes of the time. Heck, my first programming job was done in COBOL and we put the code into the computer on keypunch cards!

I won’t try to detail every change that’s happened between now and then, but most of us realize there haven’t been that many changes in the type of computing device since the PC came into play. Well, there have been several attempts at changing things with ‘netbooks’ and the ill fated Newton from Apple (which I still actually have 2 of… anyone want to buy them?). But I think you could see the winds of change coming when Apple released the iPhone. It (at least for me) became a great little tool to be able to connect with the outside world even while outside.

The iPhone started becoming such a useful tool. The maps, the applications, the email, the ability to surf the net while waiting for my daughter’s dance class to end. While the iPad won’t initially have a camera, the lightbulb went off in my head one day with at the doctor’s office with my mother. The doctor said we needed to go buy xxxx product at the drug store. In the past, I’d write it down and then go hunting… but this time, I simply took a photo with my iPhone and walked into Walgreen’s and held up the picture and asked where I could find it. Such a great little device – saved me so much time.

Redrock Micro

Heck, I’ve even read stories about how the iPhone is being used in so many different ways by the American military – including flying drones via remote control! And just today, here’s another story of the military asking Apple to help them with new stuff in the future with the iPad.

The app store has been such a great tool too – so easy for developers to distribute their applications. What a great setup for the iPad!

And now, we’re going to have this iPad and it will indeed change people’s lives. Granted, it won’t do everything, but it is so simple it will even revolutionize the ‘parent’ industry. My mother (who is in her 80s) constantly complains about her windows PC (yes, I tried to get her onto macs, but she wouldn’t budge from what my dad had). And oh how she complains about her cell phone. She’s been tempted several times to buy a phone that is “just a phone” – “I don’t need a camera or the Internet” etc she says.

Now… let’s talk about that… what is it that she’s asking for? Something simple and easy to use! Is her PC simple and easy? Nope. Even her phone is too complicated for what she needs.

So here’s where Apple is genius… making things simple! While many people complain about the iPad not doing ‘multitasking’, I was watching the video about Paul using his iPad to run his business for 30 days – and one thing he said hit home. The iPad will actually help him focus on one thing at a time (and boy do I have this problem too!). Today, on our multitasking iMacs etc., we are so easily distracted by the email alerts, the IMs, the Internet and everything else, won’t it be great to simply focus on one thing at a time?

Now, imagine some of the uses of this new focussed device. The medical profession can sure use something like the iPad with a set of software designed for them. We already mentioned the photographers using it as a portfolio. There are thousands of people out there just now exploring what the large screen of the iPad could do for their business or application.

One thing I will say that is missing (someone did ask my opinion right?), and Steve sure wouldn’t agree with me, is handwriting input. The big thing that could hold back the iPad is the virtual keyboard – and Apple knows it because otherwise it wouldn’t have released a physical keyboard as an option. The newton had some pretty good technology to convert handwriting to text and I would think that something similar could be done with the iPad. The finger isn’t the best writing device, but maybe it would work? Why not also try the voice to text option? I’m guessing tho that the voice processing takes a huge amount of processing power.

I’m not the only one who’s excited about the possibilities of the iPad. Just read a very interesting article over at Wired about the future of tablets (make sure you read the extra quotes). There are lots of great points over there. Granted it has yet to be shown that the iPad is going to come out a winner here, and Apple has indeed had some failures (the Newton – but I’d argue that Steve just didn’t give it a chance), but to me, the iPad has all the markings of a device that is going to rock the world.

And when Quicken comes to the iPad, my mother is getting one!


(Photo credit: snap from the image from the Wired story)

Amazing new iPad digital moving magazine shot on the Red

Good friends of planet5D (sister site of planetiPad), Alexx Henry and Andrew Gant (of Alexx Henry Photography) sent us the information on their latest Apple iPad project, an incredible Digital Magazine concept that they shot on the RED camera. Viv magazine asked them to produce the digital cover and feature spread for the iPad.

“Together with co-directors Cory Strassburger and Ming Hsiung, we produced a motion magazine cover and feature spread for Viv Mag – an all digital magazine, which would allow us to create content that will be able to live on the iPad and other tablet devices where digital magazines can live.”

VIV Mag Interactive Feature Spread – iPad Demo from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

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They also produced this really cool behind the scenes video of the shoot.

VIV Mag Featurette: A Digital Magazine Motion Cover and Feature for the iPad from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

Now, wouldn’t you love to view a magazine like that?

By the way, Alexx and his crew have been doing this kind of stuff for a while. We first met Alexx at the Collision Conference last fall out in LA and his work is just stunning. They showed this demo on the large movie screen.

And my first exposure to Alexx was with this living poster that they also produced on the RED.

Living Movie Poster – Start to Finish from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

Wow is just about all I can say about what Alexx and his team are producing! I wish I was working with them!