iPads already popular with physicians: 20% plan to purchase, 60% considering

We’re sensing that Apple might just have a hit on its hands with the iPad, at least in the medical field.  Epocrates, the medical software company did a survey of more than 350 clinicians to gauge their interest in the new tablet.  They found that:

  • Nine percent of survey respondents plan to buy the iPad when it was immediately available,
  • Another 13 percent plan to buy it within the year,
  • Thirty-eight percent of respondents expressed interest in the iPad with the request of more information to solidify their purchase decision

That means that almost 60% of doctors are considering the iPad for their work, with a third of those ready to buy.   Not too bad for a product that hits the streets in seven weeks.

Developers, developers, developers: Now the iPad has its very own 'iFund'

As colleague, Seth Weintraub points out – the iPad is an important Apple product – so much so it has just acquired its very own iFund.

CNET and E! Online co-founder Kevin Wendle has teamed with MusicNation co-founder Daniel Klaus to form AppFund, a company designed to help entrepreneurs create and launch iPad and other Tablet based applications, reports TechCrunch.

AppFund will offer funds and advice to help developers build the apps the iPad needs in order to become what it can be – those individualised yet essential apps which will help the product become tool of choice across multiple industries and consumer groups.

From its NYC HQ, the fund will offer between $5,000 and $500,000 to start-ups getting into developing for the Apple product, with fundage granted dependent on just how complex the mooted App may be.

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Apple released a second software update designed to fix display problems experienced by some customers using its uber-sexy 27-inch iMacs this week, but it seems problems remain with the product.

Gregg Keizer at Computerworld confirms most users are happier now, as the update has repaired he flickering display problem for most customers who had experienced it. However, a minority of customers continue to be affected by the problem which has afflicted the first-gen 27-inch all-in-one iMac.  That’s something Apple wants to address if they want to restore consumer confidence before their iPad rollout in less than two months.

On release, Apple described its most recent update as being designed to address these

Sling coming to iPhone over 3G

AT&T today announced that it would soon let Sling Player ($29 App Store) work on the iPhone (AND iPAD?!?!) over its 3G network.  AT&T had originally said that Sling would cause too much traffic to flow over its network, which might cause service disruptions.  

“Slingbox, which would use large amounts of wireless network capacity, could create congestion and potentially prevent other customers from using the network. The application does not run on our 3G wireless network. Applications like this, which redirect a TV signal to a personal computer, are specifically prohibited under our [brand new]terms of service. We consider smartphones like the iPhone to be personal computers in that they have the same hardware and software attributes as PCs.

UPDATE: We’ve got the official press release from AT&T and pasted it below.  An exerpt: 

AT&T been been working collaboratively with Sling Media since December to test its revised SlingPlayer Mobile app, which has been recently optimized to more efficiently use 3G network bandwidth and conserve wireless spectrum. Optimization reduces the risk of the app causing congestion that could disrupt the experience of other wireless customers so, with that improvement, we will support it on our 3G mobile broadband network.

Sling, however, was always allowed to run on Blackberries, WinMob phones and Symbian phones over AT&T’s network – because they weren’t “computers” like the iPhone.  Additionally, Apple/AT&T let other streaming video services like MLB.com flow over 3G on the iPhone, so it isn’t clear exactly why Sling was being singled out. AT&T even changed its service agreement in order to justify banning Sling.

So Sling took its case to the FCC and (surprise, surprise) AT&T is now doing what they should have done in the first place

iTunes web integration improved again – now in-browser Apps previews

Apple continues to roll-out web browser integration inside iTunes – now you can preview Apps inside your browser.

In November 2009, Apple introduced iTunes Preview, which allowed users to take a peek inside iTunes using a browser without requiring launch of iTunes itself. The company later added the ability to preview songs within the browser.

This morning, Apple activated the iTunes Preview feature for iPhone / iPod Touch applications in addition.

See it in action by opening this link inside your browser right now – LINK.

Instead of launching a dialogue box which asks if you wish to launch iTunes, you