Siri Remote

CarPlay by Apple is exciting but what if you are not in the market for a new car? There is now an alternative, Siri Remote. It is a Bluetooth device that contains a single button that you tap once and it patches you though your car’s hands-free function to iOS on your iPhone and activates Siri. It can be clipped onto the sun visor or dashboard. It is relatively inexpensive at $79. Sync once and no need to sync again, there is no on/off. With Siri, you can listen to and send texts, emails, social network updates, control music playback, make phone calls, schedule calendar events, input navigation queries. The only catch is that you need an internet connection to operate Siri. For some this could be a problem when on the move. Check it out at www.drivewithsiri.com Source: MacLife – August...

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New App to Disinfect iPads in Clinical Settings

iPads and other tablets are becoming an integral part of daily clinical functioning. If you use your iPad in a hospital setting, it is important to consider that your technology can spread nosocomial infections. Well, there is an app for that. deBac is a free iOS app that can can be used as an effective intervention to reduce microbial load.  A recent study published in JMIR evaluated the application versus no disinfection process and demonstrated 2.7-fold (P=.000670) lower bacterial load on the devices used in the clinical environment that underwent a standardized daily disinfection routine. The app is simple, it is a step-by-step interactive program that walks you through the decontamination process using isopropanol wipes. While that authors warn that this process may void your iPad warranty, they researched Apple’s recommendations for cleaning iOS devices. Apple warns against using cleaners or detergents but not specifically against alcohol wipes, so this remains an unresolved issue. Some of the steps in the process: Turn the device off before starting the cleaning process Unplug all connectors from the device and remove all visible sating from the surface of the iPad Put on chemical resistant gloves that are in accordance with the in-house policy Using a slightly damp cleansing tissue, wipe the front of the deivce until the screen background has turned completely blue. Start at the top left corner. The cleaning processs has to take at least 10 seconds. etc The authors hope to inform clinicians and hospitals that the “normal use of tablet PCs leads to a remarkable amount of microbial surface contamination. Standardized surface disinfection with isopropanol wipes as guided by the application significantly reduces this microbial load when performed regularly.” Source: J Med Internet Res...

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Review: Endnote for iPad

Review: Endnote for iPad

Probably the best reference manager for handling citations in a manuscript in the last few years is EndNote. Well, they just released an iPad version of EndNote. At first look, the app is powerful and has plenty of features. Setting up EndNote is simple and accomplished by logging in to your free EndNote Online account and optionally linking EndNote to Dropbox. The Dropbox integration is a great feature as it allows you to import PDFs directly into the app. The syncing works effectively and references collected on the iPad were easily synced with the web and to a computer. EndNote Videos EndNoteSync, PDFs, and Groups The Browser and Downloads...

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