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Doctors Using iPads Down Under? Diagnosis: Awesome!

Doctor using iPad
(Image courtesy of 9to5Mac)

If you live in the land down under, your next visit to a doctor may very well include some time with Apple’s iPad, as doctors in the Australian state of Victoria will now be packing everyone’s favorite mobile tablet.

9to5Mac is reporting that Australia’s medical community is a hotbed of iPad activity, thanks to Premier John Brumby, a Labor Party politician for the state of Victoria. The Premier “plans to provide iPads to all the doctors working in Australia’s public health system,” with 500 units heading to Victorian hospitals in January, 2011.

“As technology evolves, so do the tools that our doctors need,” Premier Brumby explained. “We will provide million to buy iPads for every doctor working in Victoria’s public hospital system, so they have easy access to time-critical clinical information at a patient’s bedside.”

This isn’t the first time that Premier Brumby has put iPads in the hands of his constituents — earlier this year the government bought over 500 iPads for Victorian schools, and the state of Victoria “has also created a Government 2.0 action plan and set up an interactive eGovernment website to allow participation and interaction with Victorian residents.”

With the iPad currently enjoying 95 percent of the tablet market, the device is finally enjoying widespread use in corporate, enterprise and medical industries — not to mention the millions of regular folks who can’t live without theirs.

So when will we start seeing iPads in widespread use here in the United States? Diagnosis: Uncertain, but we can still dream, can’t we…?

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MacBook Air Bugs Getting You Down? Apple Says Deal With It

MacBook Air internal tech memo
(Image courtesy of BGR)

After being reported both here and many other places online, it appears that Apple is well aware of the bugs currently plaguing new owners of 2010 MacBook Air models. A software fix appears to be on the way — in the meantime, you’ll just have to put up with it.

9to5Mac is reporting that BGR is taking advantage of a new Apple Genius “ninja” this week, following up our earlier report about Cupertino’s internal policy on dead pixels with another aimed at the new 2010 MacBook Air models. As you may have heard, a number of new owners are complaining about display problems with their diminutive new friends, and while Apple has remained silent on the subject, it appears internally they have a policy in place, as seen above.

The internal memo is titled “MacBook Air (Late 2010): Internal display fades dark to light colors after waking from sleep” and provides Apple Store Geniuses with guidance on how to address any customer concerns. The important thing is that Apple has isolated the issue, which “will be fixed in an upcoming software update” — possibly even Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is expected to arrive as early as this week.

For now, you’ll have to deal with the problem since Apple is not issuing fixes or replacements at this time. The issue appears to be at least temporarily addressed by closing the lid on your MacBook Air, waiting 10 seconds and then opening it, which recycles the power to the display.

If you’re affected, give it a try and let us know how it works out for you!

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