Most Square Enix games in the Apple App Store for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch are on sale including Final Fantasy I, II, and III, Secret of Mana, and others:
End of year holidays campaign now running! Square Enix games at 25-67% off for 2 weeks only! Limited Period FINAL FANTASY III 25% off!
Browse their iOS games here.
The one thing that I have not practiced much is using my iPad’s on-screen keyboard for typing. I don’t want to carry my laptop to the Poland SFRA conference. Already I have needed to correct a number of typos. However, it is already getting easier to type at a good pace without looking at the keyboard. If I practice this regularly, I should become proficient at using the onscreen keyboard on the iPad.
While I am typing, Miao is sleeping and I am watching Storm Chasers on Planet Green channel. Before the movie Twister came out in the 1990s, I thought that chasing tornados was a foolhardy but exciting endeavor. I have never seen a tornado in person, but I hope that if I do that I live to tell the tale.
As I wrote about previously here and here, Apple iOS on iPhone and iPad keeps a cache of crowd-sourced location data on your mobile device as well as on the computer that you sync your mobile device with. Today, Apple released an updated version of iOS that allows you to remove this data. Connect your device to your computer, fire up iTunes, and check for updates to download iOS 4.3.3.
Kelly Hodgkins reports on a story from MacDailyNews that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., who once thought iPads and ebook readers should be a guaranteed right of all American school children, is now attacking the iPad and lesser devices as the engines of American job destruction. He wrongly accuses the iPad and other easily portable computing devices as killing American publishing and bookselling jobs. This is an incredibly shortsighted way of seeing technological development and its effect on jobs and the economy. Furthermore, his way of thinking is anti-progress and anti-innovative. Instead of lamenting the shifts in the economy as a result of technological innovation, he should be part of the solution to figure out new economic models that supports jobs and economic growth rather than decrying the on-going shift to new economic models that support these new technologies. We cannot look backwards nostalgically if we intend to weather the current economic storms. However, we can look backwards for inspirations on how to handle shifts in jobs. We know from history that there have been massive displacements of workers as a result of new technology, and humanity by and large handled those shifts in innovative and creative ways. This is not to say that these shifts are always for the better, but the innovations that lead to their taking place were necessary and inevitable for various reasons. Demonizing technology is not going to solve our current job crisis. Doing away with the iPad (obviously, not something that will happen), will not magically resurrect the lethargic mega-bookseller Borders or the other nosediving brick and mortar booksellers. Looking into the past, there were not always book sellers as we knew them, and looking into the future, there will not always be book sellers as they were in the past. Businesses have to adapt to the market and the influence that new technologies have on the marketplace. Likewise, jobs will have to be changed and the education necessary for job holders will need to adapt to the new needs of the market. Rep. Jackson and other congressional leaders need to look to the future and employ their extrapolative imaginations rather than their nostalgic memories of a bygone era. Some businesses are already doing this while other businesses that refuse to adapt are going the way of dinosaurs. Some of these resistant businesses are taking longer than others to die out, but it is likely that new Tyrannosaurus and Brachiosaurus will arise on the marketplace savannas. Hopefully, political and business leaders will adopt a more inventive strategy to shape these future Goliaths.
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. calls out iPad as a job-killer.
At today’s media event, Steve Jobs took to the stage despite being on medical leave to announce Apple’s iPad 2. It sports a new look, thinner size, less weight, and a dual core processor. It also has two built-in cameras. Visit the official iPad site here, or jump to the iPad 2’s specs here.
According to the latest trailer from the Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP guys, we can expect what appears to be an game of epic 8-bit wonder for the iPad around March 20, 2011! Watch the trailer on their official website: s:s&s ep – hello, world:.
One more thing . . .
Y and I are very happy with our iPads, but we are curious to find out what new features the iPad 2 (or whatever Apple calls it) will have. According to Engadget’s invitation to a special media event with Apple, we only have one week to wait:
Apple’s holding an iPad 2 event on March 2nd… we’ll be there live! — Engadget.