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Gabrielle Giffords's recovery noted in terms of iPad use

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US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, recovering from a serious bullet wound to the head, was reported to be able stand without assistance and "is using an iPad" her doctors said today.

The report, published by Reuters and described by John Gruber as "sounds like an Onion headline, but it's true," highlights just how deeply Apple's less than a year old iPad has infected the media, now serving as a common measure of cognitive function.

Giffords was shot in the head January 8 while speaking with constituents at a gathering held next to a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. A gunman wounded 13 others and killed six, including a federal judge and a 9 year old girl who had attended to learn more about politics.

While unable to speak because of a tracheostomy and the breathing tube inserted though her neck, the 40 year old representative has made remarkable progress, given the severity of her injury, which required the removal a portion of her skull.

Dr. Michael Lemole told reporters, "she is beginning to stand with assistance, she is scrolling through an iPad -- these are all fantastic advances for her. They do show higher cognitive function. But I do want to caution that she has a long road ahead of her."
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In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.
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You go, Gabby. We r rooting for you!
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/cheers and best wishes.
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In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

Do you know what website you're on right now? Are you new here? Everything Apple is reported here. Even feel good stories that involves any Apple product.
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It's good to hear that she is recovering quickly!

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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Is there an assisted communications app for the Ipad yet? I looked for one and it was very expensive without much depth. I really think their would be a market for one in hospitals and such. You know, a yes/no/it hurts here/I am thirsty? etc etc...
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Is there an assisted communications app for the Ipad yet? I looked for one and it was very expensive without much depth. I really think their would be a market for one in hospitals and such. You know, a yes/no/it hurts here/I am thirsty? etc etc...

You're probably thinking of Proloquo2go. You might think that $190 is expensive but in the land of assisted communications, the cost of it and an iOS device is dirt cheap. It's currently the best program out there on any platform and is easily customizable for the person's needs.
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One of the really grat things about apple products is their accessibility, and i see this as a great example of that.
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Praise Apple!
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Originally Posted by HahaHaha321 View Post

In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

I don't think it's distasteful. It says much to the simplicity of using iOS in knowing that folks suffering such severe brain trauma can use it.

I can certainly understand your position, however I think it's misplaced.
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If anything would help me with my recovery it would be an Apple iPad, especially an iPad 2G!
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That sounds like an Apple Ad.
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I'm pleased this lady is getting better but God, putting this as an article here is plumbing new depths of fanboyism.
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I'm pleased this lady is getting better but God, putting this as an article here is plumbing new depths of fanboyism.

It would have been ordinary if she put on a LA Laker's jersey instead?

Fanboy?
Is there anything evil in yelling that you Love yr wife, yr car, yr football team, or yeah yr apple product?


It is far weird to love a thing you cannot hold or screw!
Like a football team.
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I heard this on NPR while driving to work this morning and wondered if the news would circulate. This is definitely a testament to the ease of use of the iOS.

I wish the congresswoman a speedy recovery and my heart goes out to all the other victims' families.
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I'm pleased this lady is getting better but God, putting this as an article here is plumbing new depths of fanboyism.

I suspect God didn't put it in actually.
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I suspect God didn't put it in actually.

Touche!

I like your long on Apple so biased comment by the way - I'd love to see CNBC doing the same!
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Originally Posted by HahaHaha321 View Post

In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

Wow.

I (sort of) feel badly for the people around you, what with that cynicism seeping from every pore.
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Originally Posted by HahaHaha321 View Post

In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

Your new here huh........Mr. HAHA man.
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Daniel, my knee-jerk reaction:

All things considered, this seems to me like a poor time to make your point. The post in context reads more like a product placement ad in the lone ray of light emanating from the tragedy than what otherwise is a good point and deserved article detailing iPad's newfound lexicon in everyday speech -- examples of which would include Dr. Lemole's iPad reference.
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Wow.

I (sort of) feel bad bad for the people around you, what with that cynicism seeping from every pore.

Surprisingly, it's only the arrogant nature of this website and the fanboys who contribute to it that gets under my skin this much. I can't help but [attempt] to knock some common sense into the mix. Kind of like my position of not taking a simple remark about an iPad to turn it into a tasteless Apple plug. Especially in a tragedy like this. Apparently some people can't help it.
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I'm pleased this lady is getting better but God, putting this as an article here is plumbing new depths of fanboyism.

No. Fanboyism would be saying "8 out of 10 recovering trauma patients prefer Apple brand tablets". Simply reporting that she able to use an iPad is not "fanboyism". It's positive news about her condition. Am I right?

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In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

Oh, please. You are the opposite of the girl shoveling through a room full of crap to find a pony. You'd crawl down head first in a room full of marshmallows to find a tiny turd at the bottom.

Don't go away mad, just go away. Spare us any more of your insipid and self-important graffiti.
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No. Fanboyism would be saying "8 out of 10 recovering trauma patients prefer Apple brand tablets". Simply reporting that she able to use an iPad is not "fanboyism". It's positive news about her condition. Am I right?

Apparently her doctor thought so.
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Touche!

I like your long on Apple so biased comment by the way - I'd love to see CNBC doing the same!


Really, is CNBC long on Apple? More like ABC I would think.
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Surprisingly, it's only the arrogant nature of this website and the fanboys who contribute to it that gets under my skin this much. I can't help but [attempt] to knock some common sense into the mix. Kind of like my position of not taking a simple remark about an iPad to turn it into a tasteless Apple plug. Especially in a tragedy like this. Apparently some people can't help it.

Another riposte of the "I know you are, but what am I" level of sophistication.
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In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

What's your problem? She can't walk, she can't talk, she can't use a phone. The doctors didn't know if she would survive, much less have use of her limbs or brain function.

Many many people are interested in her recovery, and are pulling for her. I'm glad to hear of any updates her doctors think are appropriate for public consumption.
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This is a site for Apple news, good, bad, and indifferent. When something is widely reported in the media that pertains to Apple and its products, it is appropriate. Dilger just reported what the doctor said, he didn't make it up or embellish it. Trying to make something more of it than that says more about the critic than the subject.
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In other news, Al Roker used an iPad on the Today Show this morning! That definitely needs its own article, Daniel.

I'm happy for her recovery like everybody else, but does this need an AppleInsider article? It's a bit distasteful to turn it into an Apple plug.

Exactly- this has to be the most ridiculous AI thread ever posted. BY FAR.
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Exactly- this has to be the most ridiculous AI thread ever posted. BY FAR.

One notorious troll chimes in in support of another. And you, having been here for all of four months would know about the "ever" of this place.
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Seriously though, I think that everyone is glad she is doing better.
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Just proves you don't need half-a-brain to use an iPad.

you're right - it's totally inappropriate, and should be deleted.
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This is a site for Apple news, good, bad, and indifferent. When something is widely reported in the media that pertains to Apple and its products, it is appropriate. Dilger just reported what the doctor said, he didn't make it up or embellish it. Trying to make something more of it than that says more about the critic than the subject.

And one might add, he didn't embellish what CBS News and NPR said (the ones that I randomly happened to listen to today).

I guess they must be incorrigible fanbois too!
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you're right - it's totally inappropriate, and should be deleted.

There's a great mathematician turning in his grave right about now.

What an embarrassment the euler guy is.

The mods should kick hs a** out of here.
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When I read the article, my first thought was "How cool, she has the cognitive ability to keep up with current events". The fact that the iPad was easy enough to use was an interesting (but secondary) consideration.

My next thought was "When will she be able to type so she can communicate with her staff?"

I am just happy that her recovery is going well so far.
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Surprisingly, it's only the arrogant nature of this website and the fanboys who contribute to it that gets under my skin this much. I can't help but [attempt] to knock some common sense into the mix. Kind of like my position of not taking a simple remark about an iPad to turn it into a tasteless Apple plug. Especially in a tragedy like this. Apparently some people can't help it.

I am so glad you are here to ensure that I act appropriately.

... on second thought... are you always this moronic or is this a special project for you.
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Originally Posted by iLiver View Post

Exactly- this has to be the most ridiculous AI thread ever posted. BY FAR.

Once again... the trolls come to infest.

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One notorious troll chimes in in support of another. And you, having been here for all of four months would know about the "ever" of this place.

iLiver's style is very reminiscent of other banned aliases. I'm sure his trollish self could not resist coming back to piss in the pool again.
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Oh, please. You are the opposite of the girl shoveling through a room full of crap to find a pony. You'd crawl down head first in a room full of marshmallows to find a tiny turd at the bottom.


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