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While enthusiasts and gadget junkies scratch their heads wondering what they are going to do with their newly purchased iPad, remote access provider LogMeIn already claims to have the killer app for business users.

Whatever the virtues of Apple's new wonder device, it seems fairly clear that the iPad is not really meant to be a replacement for a notebook or even a netbook computer. It has neither the storage or the processing capacity to run the sorts of applications that notebook wielding business road warriors need.

Three things the iPad does have, however, are a beautiful thin and light form factor, a sharp, nicely sized, readable screen, and the ability to connect wirelessly to the net - either via wireless hotspot or 3G mobile. LogMeIn Ignition for the iPad aims to capitalize on these features to enable iPad business users on the road to access the power of their full strength computers at home base.

LogMeIn Ignition in effect is a screen scraping application that can turn an iPad into a wireless remote terminal over the Internet. Previously available for the iPhone, the iPad version costs $36.99 as a download from the iPhone App Store or free for users who already have the iPhone version and wish to upgrade to the iPad.

According to Matt Fleming, senior marketing manager at LogMeIn Asia Pacific, using Ignition is easier on the iPad than on the iPhone because of the larger form factor.

"On the iPad, Ignition enables you to drag the cursor around the screen rather the screen around the cursor as is the case with the iPhone and it has streamlined connectivity with an optimised connection over 3G," Fleming told iTWire at a recent demonstration.

A demonstration of a PC desktop being emulated in real time on Fleming's iPad over a 3G connection showed that the iPad can render a pretty good version of the desktop, although the mobile broadband did cause a noticeable time lag.

The so-called optimisation for 3G provides features such as the ability to switch the screen to greyscale and lower resolution to speed up the connection.

Matt Fleming outlined three core uses for Ignition on iPad - to provide a work machine while traveling, to give IT managers access to management machines and, for the consumer, to play games that reside on home PCs.

While Ignition on the iPad is the focus right now, Fleming says we can expect Ignition for Android to be available soon.

"Ignition for Android is in closed beta right now," he said. However, he would not say if it will be released to manufacturing this year.


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Stan Beer


Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.


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