Worl Wide Express Is Going Big-time

I have decided to take the leap and become an official blogger. World Wide Express will be moving to ustechexpress.com. Thats right, my own domain! The blog will go through a complete transformation including name change and appearance.

I would love to hear any ideas you guys may have. I plan to be totaly user oriented, so your opinions really matter to me.
Email me at donovan@ustechexpress.com

And spread the word!

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iPads are making their way into public schools.

     iPad’s are everywhere theses days, and I do mean everywhere. I see people using theme in grocery stores, retail outlets, standing in line at Starbuck’s, and I have even seen a guy using his iPad while he was driving. It’s no doubt they are one of the most useful devices of the century. They have changed the way we do things in our daily life, and the way we react with the world around us. It was foreseen by most that they would become a vital learning tool for modern education. And iPad’s are now making their way into the public schools.

     Many schools now are using iPad’s as a cost-effective way of replacing text books and paper assignments. Text books are not cheap and the cost quickly adds up when each student needs one for each class. Thanks to the iPad, the school only needs to buy one iPad for each student and outfit each one with an app that can download an electronic version of each text-book. Dramatically cutting cost. And unlike paper text books, ebooks can be updated frequently without the need of purchasing an entire new physical hard copy. This allows for schools to make available to students, the most current and relevant learning materials in the classroom.

     The devices also allow the school to dramatically cut down on paper and waste by implementing class assignments and homework into a digital version on the iPad. Students are able to email their work directly to the teacher, and also receive grades and feedback. No need for the teacher to stand at the copy machine printing off a hundred copies of a test. This makes a significant cut into the schools spending on paper and toner.

     But like all electronics, they will need to be repaired or serviced at some point. And they will most likely become outdated in the years to come. But according to one schools budget analysis, the overall cost of using the iPad’s compared to traditional text-book and paper, is significantly less. Even if the school needed to replace the devices every other year. For example, a school with a freshman class of 300 students, could save at least $4,000 on text books alone.

     As great as this all sounds, there are some things that an electronic device will not be able to replace. Such as the interaction between students and the teacher, and hands on learning. Even with the most modern device in hand, students still need the basics of a solid curriculum and skilled teachers. The iPad is just a more modern approach to the existing education system.

     I don’t want to oversell the idea of iPad’s in the classroom, but there is no doubt that it has its benefits. I think it’s something that will take a couple of years to iron out the wrinkles, and find what works and what does not. From junior high to college, I think the iPad will forever change the way we learn.

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Is There A Descent Car Mount For The iPad?

     The iPad has taken the world by storm. Quickly becoming the must have gadget of the decade. I use my iPad for everything. Entertainment, News, web surfing, and countless other ways. Other company’s take advantage of the popularity of the iPad by selling accessories like cases, docks, and skins that are almost as popular as the device itself. But with all the after-market accessories you can buy, why has no one come out with a descent car mount for the iPad? Yes, there are a few out there. Ones that use a suction cup to mount to the windshield similar to a GPS, but the size of the iPad blocks the drivers view of the road and isn’t an ideal location for such a useful device. There are ones that clip to you cars air vents, but these require sticking velcro to the back of your iPad, and I am just not comfortable doing that. And finally, you can spend the money to have a company do a custom car install. Although this can be the best looking way to dock your iPad into your automobile, it can be pricey.

So, what is the best way to dock your iPad into your car without spending a lot of money? The Answer: a little contraption called “InVent Clips”! This option requires the use of velcro. Which isn’t my prefered method. But to avoid sticking velcro to the back of your device, I suggest you buy a rubber-like skin such as the ones from “XtremeMac” and apply the velcro to it. The velcro holds the iPad securely in place, and it can be docked in almost any car that has dual air vents in the front dash. The only downside to this method is the fact that it blocks the air-flow from these two vents and you need to turn them off to avoid possible damage to your device. But overall, it is an inexpensive way to securely mount your iPad in your car. I’m sure there may be other options out there, so you may have to do a little research and find the best option for you.

Have you already successfully mounted your iPad in your car? Have You tried and failed? I would love to hear your comments, stories, and feedback.

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Many Unsure Of Apple’s Future, As Steve Jobs Resigns As CEO.

After 14 years as Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) CEO, Steve Jobs announced his resignation today, and relinquished the reigns to right hand man Tim Cook.

 “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come,”

This marks the end of an era, not only for Apple, but for technology as a whole.  So what does this mean for Apple’s future? Many are worried that Apple will fall as the leader in computers and electronics, despite analyst’s claim’s that there is no reason to panic. Yet shares still dropped as much as 7% in after hours trades. Even if Apple is doomed to fail with anyone but Jobs as its leader, it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon with Apple’s anticipated release of the iPhone 5 in September, and an iPad 3 in 2012. In fact, Apple has a line-up of releases streched into 2015. This will certainly buy the company some time to adjust to the changes. And even though Jobs is stepping down as acting CEO, he will still be the company’s chairman and will most surely offer his advice and expertise to new head-hancho Tim Cook. After all, they have been working closely with each other for years, and I for one, trust Jobs decision-making skills to appoint a competent replacement.

Many of you already know, Jobs has been on medical leave since January 17, one and a half years after returning from his liver transplant. Only to emerge briefly in March to reveal the newest rendition of the iPad, and later attending a dinner hosted by president Barack Obama for technology leaders in Silicon Valley. Jobs appearance has raised questions about his health and how long his career at Apple will continue. But I think it’s safe to say, he has laid a solid foundation for the company to continue to build upon and be a model for all other tech. companies. Anyone who claims this to be the beginning of the end for Apple, is surely speaking too soon. I believe Apple is, and will continue to be on top for many more years to come!

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