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By KIM KOMANDO • Gannett • February 14, 2011


When Apple released the iPad, many wondered how they would use the tablet. We’ve since discovered that it’s great for reading, playing games and watching videos. Uses for the iPad are nearly limitless.


Restaurants are using the iPad in place of menus. Hyundai replaces the owner’s manual with an iPad for some car models. Here are some of the more specialized uses for the iPad. Find links to apps mentioned at www.komando.com/news.


Communication


The iPad is a valuable tool for parents of children with autism spectrum conditions. In fact, it can help anyone with a condition that affects language. At $190, the Proloquo2Go app isn’t cheap, but compared with similar solutions, it’s a bargain — even considering the cost of the iPad.


Proloquo2Go is designed to assist with communication. Users build sentences by tapping images on the screen. The app can conjugate verbs automatically. Then, the user simply taps to have the sentence read out loud. It has a built-in vocabulary of more than 7,000 items. Sentences can be stored for later use.


Credit card processing


The iPad can also be used as a point-of-sale system. Some stores and restaurants have developed their own apps. The apps allow them to replace cash registers with iPads. Now anyone can use the iPad to process credit card payments.


The Square app works with a dongle that reads credit cards. Both the app and the dongle are free. Square charges about 3 percent of sales. You can customize the app by adding products. Then, tap a product to add it to a sale. Or, simply enter the information manually.


Read in Full: http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20110214/BUSINESS/102140324/What-can-t-the-iPad-do-Very-little-it-seems



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