Παρασκευή, 20 Απριλίου 2012

Πέμπτη, 19 Απριλίου 2012

More than 30% of US doctors now own an iPad® - and the BYOD philosophy

More than 30% of US doctors now own an iPad® -- not just any touch-screen tablet, but the iconic Apple product specifically -- and some have speculated that the rate could be approaching 50%. Apple has said that more than 80% of the top hospitals in the United States are using iPads (although the company doesn't define "top hospitals").

A recent forecast from computer chip-maker Intel and research firm IDC Health Insights says the US market for mobile point-of-care technology would grow by an annual rate of 9.9%, from just shy of $2.8 billion in 2010 to more than $4.4 billion in 2015.
The report estimates that traditional PCs will remain the most popular form of portable computing for some time. "Healthcare providers will continue to invest in laptop and PC tablet devices and, to a certain extent, [workstations on wheels] over the next three years. However, increasingly, they are investing in smartphones and media-rich tablets to round out their mobile device portfolio," the Spyglass Consulting Group report says.
iPads fall into the category of "media-rich tablets," while "PC tablet devices" are generally larger, heavier "convertible" computers that are full-powered Windows PCs with touch screens and removable keyboards.
One form of sealed, heavy-duty tablet is the healthcare-specific computer, such as Intel's Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) platform. The MCA, available from several hardware manufacturers, often features a sealed, antibacterial case, a built-in barcode reader, and an integrated handle to make it easy to tote around a hospital or clinic. Models from Panasonic and from Motion Computing can run $2500 each.

How Are They With Electronic Health Records?

In 2011, Seattle Children's Hospital reported a failed experiment with iPads in clinical settings. A group of 5 physicians and 2 nurses tried to access the hospital's electronic health record (EHR) through the Web browser on iPads, but the setup proved unwieldy. Clinicians reported it was inadequate for day-to-day clinical work.
It turned out that certain elements of the EHR were designed for viewing on 21-inch desktop computer screens, not the 9.7-inch iPad, so users had to do a lot of scrolling to view pertinent data. "The software is not designed to run on a 10-inch screen size, and it's still a very mouse/keyboard-driven piece of software that isn't optimal for the finger pinching and other manipulation methods of the iPad," Seattle Children's Hospital Chief Technology Officer Wes Wright told Medscape. "That's pretty cumbersome to a provider who has to enter orders."
More recently, some nurses and nursing shift administrators have been using Dell netbooks with 10-inch screens, according to Wright. "They're not doing much entry into the EHR system; they're mostly using it for reference" and to manage workflow, Wright explained.

Quality of Screen and Images

Images are an entirely different story. The first 2 iterations of the iPad have had sharp, beautiful displays, and many modern laptops have the 1080p resolution (1920 by 1080 pixels) found in high-definition televisions, but they fall short when compared with radiology workstations.
Like a typical desktop monitor, the iPad 2 has a screen density of 130 dots per inch (dpi) -- far less than the 508 to 750 dpi found in primary radiology viewing stations. For this reason, in presenting research at SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering's medical imaging conference, in January, Australian radiologist Mark McEntee, MD, said that tablets should only be used as "secondary" displays when high-resolution screens are not immediately available.
That warning is similar to a caveat that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration imposed in granting 510(k) clearance to mobile medical image viewing apps from MIM Software, GE Healthcare, and Calgary Scientific. "This device is not intended to replace full workstations and should be used only when there is no access to a workstation," the agency said in its clearance notice to Mobile MIM, an iPad and iPhone® app developed by Cleveland-based MIM.

"Tablets really aren't that useful in primary care offices, "says Lyle Berkowitz, MD, medical director of clinical information systems for Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group in Chicago, and a practicing internist. With desktop computers available throughout the practice's offices, physicians already have convenient access to patient records, medical reference tools, and the general Internet.
However, hospital-based clinicians might like the convenience of a handheld computer when rounding, according to Berkowitz. The same goes for those who see patients at multiple offices or simply are on call.
Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver, Pennsylvania, has added radiofrequency identification tags to some of its iPads, so that mobile clinicians can touch the tag to a reader on a hospital PC and log into the main clinical information system at the same place they were on their tablets. Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) David Carleton reported that physicians save 20 -30 minutes per day when doing their rounds because they don't have to fight for devices or keep logging back in every time they go to a different room.
Carleton said it is "pretty unique" to be able to switch almost seamlessly between a mobile and a desktop environment, but a portable display still has shortcomings. "To think that a doctor could gather everything on one screen may be unrealistic," Carleton Radiologists, for example, are used to having 3 screens at a typical workstation. At Heritage Valley Health System, the iPad functions somewhat like a paper chart, in that a physician uses it for quick review of the patient's status, whereas data entry mostly takes place on a traditional PC, according to Carleton

With this philosophy in mind, Maimonides, a large safety-net provider that generates 80% of its patient revenue from Medicare, Medicaid, and other government sources, is one of the growing number of healthcare institutions that supports a phenomenon called "bring your own device," or "BYOD." The BYOD model may cause headaches for CIOs and compliance officers, who have to accommodate diverse mobile devices and secure all data being sent across increasingly busy wireless networks, but this may be the price hospitals must pay to gain technology acceptance from clinicians who have resisted other forms of technology.

The Best iOS Apps To Watch On Apple TV

Brad Spirrison in http://techcrunch.com wrote on Sunday, April 15th 2012 an excelent review for the top Apple-tv interresting applicaitons.

Atm i have installed the TED and the Squrl (must!).

The full article here

Σάββατο, 14 Απριλίου 2012

Apple wants to make it easy for non-programmers to build iOS apps

Apple wants to make it easy for non-programmers to build iOS apps

 By Neil Hughes Published: 09:00 AM EST (06:00 AM PST) A new digital content authoring tool from Apple could make it simple for people without a background in programming to build their own iOS applications for the iPhone and iPad. Apple's interest in making iOS development simpler than ever was revealed in a new patent application published this week and discovered by AppleInsider.

 Entitled "Content Configuration for Device Platforms," it describes a new authoring tool that would allow users to create content without needing to understand or access computer code. The application notes that computer programming languages are a "hinderance to content creation," as many content creators and designers simply lack the skill and knowledge to work on the technical side of computer programming. This problem can be addressed with "WYSIWYG" software using a graphical user interface to build software, such as a webpage development tool. But Apple notes that while these tools can assist in the creation of content, they have limited capabilities and often require users to make hands-on edits to code like CSS. Further, Apple states in the application that current tools can make it difficult for an inexperienced user to ensure that their content can be viewed optimally on multiple screens.

Currently, iOS applications can be written for either the iPhone or iPad, or both, but Apple's filing also mentions the possibility of displaying such content on multiple screens with various resolutions, including televisions and computers. "Due to such diverse devices having such diverse capabilities, content must now be created not only once, but often several times so that it can be configured for multiple device types," the filing reads. "This development has introduced a new barrier to content creation and delivery." Current solutions to this problem, Apple says, utilize a "lowest-common denominator approach," in which the content is converted so it can be displayed on any mobile device. In doing this, devices that can display greatly enhanced content are not utilized to their full potential. Apple proposes to resolve this myriad of issues with a new graphical software creation tool. With this tool, non-technical users would be able to do things like animate assets without the need for writing code. "Each animation can be controlled by an action, and the actions can be tied to a time axis for execution," the filing states. "By relating actions to a time axis, animations based on the actions can be more easily viewed and reviewed." Apple's described digital content authoring tool would cater to both amateur and professional content developers alike.

Those with less experience could completely bypass the need to understand or access computer code, while skilled programmers would still have the option available. The authoring tool would also be designed specifically for a number of Apple's electronic devices with diverse hardware capabilities, allowing simple support for different screen sizes and form factors. The authoring software would use "an additional layer of abstraction between the graphical elements represented in the graphical user interface and the code that represents them." By doing this, variables could be modified using a widget like a graphical user interface inspector, rather than requiring the user to modify variables in the code itself. Apple's solution would also rely on a JavaScript library to implement additional code. This would allow the authoring tool to include alternate implementations of an object, event handling behaviors, and error handling.

 "The authoring tool also leverages a JavaScript library running in the background to enhance the code elements, by writing additional code that facilitates the smooth functioning of the objects defined by the code elements, even when those objects are implemented on diverse devices," the filing reads. "The JavaScript library instantiates the objects specified by the user using the authoring tool and generates additional code (HTML/CSS/JavaScript) as needed to display the content. This allows the authoring tool to substitute alternate implementations for various situations, such as diverse devices, as needed." The JavaScript library could, for example, determine which features of an application are not supported on a specific device. The filing gives the example of the system disabling graphics processor dependent functionality, such as shadows, gradients and reflections, on an unsupported device.

Much of the application deals with advertising content, and illustrations found in the filing also include pictures of iAd. In this way, Apple's content creation tool could be leveraged to allow those without coding experience to create advertisements for the company's own mobile advertising platform. In addition, the design of the program appears similar to Apple's own iAd production tool for Mac. However, the application applies to any type of digital content authoring, and not just advertisements. In other accompanying art, the filing shows a number of examples of software that could be created with an amateur-friendly content creation tool. One simple example is a game of tic tac toe, another shows a menu from a coffee shop, and a more complex example features the ability to purchase video of live performances from the show "American Idol." Creating these applications would be a simplified process in which the user could select a template for their software. From there, they would begin to fill in the pieces and build their own iOS application, webpage, or advertisement. The filing suggests that Apple sees this new, simplified iOS software creation tool as a way that small businesses, in particular, could get involved in application creation. In another example, a restaurant called "The Legends of Rib" has an interactive menu on the iPhone. The detailed 72-page application was first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in December of 2011. It is credited to Genevieve Garand, Steve Edward Marmon, Ralph Zazula, and Michael Paul Stern.

Run Windows 8 on your iPad

Want to see how Windows 8 looks and feels on a tablet?

Now you can tap into the experience on your iPad via an app called Win8 Metro Testbed. Designed by the folks at Splashtop, the new app lets iPad users drive the current Windows 8 beta in all its touch-screen glory by remotely controlling the OS from a desktop. All of the Windows 8 tablet features and gestures are fully accessible on the iPad.

The app will set you back $24.99 in the App Store. And that's a special introductory price; it will normally cost $49.99. So it's not geared toward casual users as much as toward developers and other professionals who need to test Windows 8 on a tablet. How does it work?

Τετάρτη, 11 Απριλίου 2012

a PC standards game on iOS devices. The water flows:)

A very nice trailer. Read the project and support it if you want. I love them:)


  • Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices
  • Create an intense action game without a focus on killing
  • Feature a believable, non-sexualized female lead
  • Explore heavy topics, say something meaningful
  • Push cutting-edge graphics on mobile

Παρασκευή, 6 Απριλίου 2012

Load Up Your iPad with a Massive Library of Over 38,000 Free eBooks

From  OSXdaily

Free eBooks for iPad

The iPad is a great device to read on, and if your digital library is feeling a little bare then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found some of the best places to get free ebooks, ready to be downloaded and opened with iBooks on your shiny new iPad (or iPhone, iPod, Kindle, Nook, or Android, for that matter).
  • Project Gutenberg Top 100 – Full of classics, if you’re only going to visit one source for free ebooks, Gutenberg should be it. They have over 38,000 free ebooks available, and their top 100 list is basically a mirror of the Western Canon of literature. Grab titles from the popular lists, and then search category or by your favorite author to load up on a nearly infinite amount of reading. Audiobooks are offered in some cases too.
  • Gutenberg Bookshelf by Category – Looking for books on a specific topic? This is the place to go. Sorted by alphabetical category.
  • Gutenberg Harvard Classics – A 51 volume anthology of world literature classics, this collection was created in 1909 to provide the core elements of a liberal arts education by reading just 15 minutes a day. Free is slightly cheaper than a Harvard education.
Gutenberg is probably the best source online, but other sites offer free ebooks too:
  • ManyBooks – Plenty of classics and a wide variety of formats
  • FreeKindleBooks – All in .mobi format, intended for Kindle
  • ePUbBooks – Free .epub ebooks, plenty of classics though most are also on Gutenberg
  • FeedBooks – Free books from the public domain, varying quality
  • SneeKidsBooks – A handful of childrens picture books like the Three Bears and Little Bo-peep
If you download the books onto a Mac or PC, emailing them to an iPad or iPhone is generally theeasiest way to transfer them over quickly without syncing. From there they can be directly imported into iBooks or the Kindle app.

Turn your iPad into a netbook sized MacBook Pro with this awesome case

Chinese gum:) pointless or useful who know!

From: 9to5MAc
Japanese blog Macotakara pointed us to the “NoteBook Case” for iPad, but by “notebook” the website really means a MacBook Pro clone. 

The case packs a built-in Lithium-polymer battery that allows you to charge the iPad while in use. It also features a USB port, mini USB port, and Bluetooth for the keyboard. T

he case is available through Japanese retailer Rakuten for 5,980 yen (or roughly $75), so it could land in Rakuten’s United States-based Buy.com in the near future. 

It is made specifically for iPad 2, but most cases should work with the third-gen iPad due to the tablets’ small difference in thickness. Go past the break for a full gallery.

ios Text Editors Comparison

An excelent comparison~! on  text editors in iOS devices

Australian government approves Apple's iOS for handling classified info

Published: 08:18 AM EST (05:18 AM PST)

Apple's iPhone and iPad have been approved by the Australian government to be used for storing and sharing classified government data.

Apple's iOS 5 software passed the government's stringent security assessment to gain the approval, the Herald Sun reported on Friday. Mike Burgess, acting director of Australia's Defence Signals Directorate, approved iOS 5 devices to handle secret information classified at the "Protected" level.

The security evaluation for iOS 5 is said to be the first of its kind for Apple's mobile operating system. The approval means government agencies in Australia that have implemented DSD security advice will be able to use iPhones and iPads.

"Embracing new technologies, such as smartphones and tablet PCs, provides government with a genuine opportunity to conduct its business more efficiently," Burgess said. "However, the threat of government information being stolen or compromised is also very real."

Last June, the security experts at Symantec declared that iOS offers more protection than Google's competing mobile operating system, Android. Specifically, iOS was found to have "full protection" against malware attacks, while Android was deemed to have "little protection."


Symantec also found that iOS has greater protection than Android against abuse and service attacks, data loss, and data integrity attacks. iOS was also found to have greater security feature implementation for access control, application provenance, and encryption.

Apple's iOS-based devices have found a growing presence in government as the operating system's security has been vetted by agencies. In one recent, prominent example, the U.S. Air Force expressed interest in purchasing 18,000 iPads for use on cargo aircraft like the C-5 Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster.