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OnLive brings Windows, Flash to iPad. People with iPads routinely browse the Web, watch video, play games, read books and otherwise keep themselves entertained on the go.

OnLive brings Windows, Flash to iPad

Far fewer rely on the iPad as their go-to work machine. It's not as though you can't use your iPad for work. Quickoffice Pro, Documents To Go and Apple's own Pages, Keynote and Numbers software are among the very fine Office-type productivity apps for the tablet. (Microsoft is rumored to be readying a version of Office for iPad, though it remains mum.) But when it comes down to the chores of your job, the iPad is generally no substitute for a laptop. In January, Palo Alto, Calif., cloud-computing company OnLive, best known for a streaming video game service, unveiled a free service to make the iPad more productive.

MORE: Baig columns These aren't stripped-down iterations, either, but fully functioning versions that live in a virtual Windows 7 desktop environment hosted on OnLive's powerful remote servers. But my experiences were uneven. The true fathers of computing. Once upon a time, a "computer" was a human being, usually female, who did calculations set for her by men in suits.

The true fathers of computing

Then, in the 1940s, something happened: computers became machines based on electronics. The switch had awesome implications; in the end, it spawned a technology that became inextricably woven into the fabric of late-20th- and early 21st-century life and is now indispensable. If the billions of (mostly unseen) computers that now run our industrialised support systems were suddenly to stop working, then our societies would very rapidly grind to a halt. So the question of where this Promethean force sprang from is an intriguing one, as interesting in its way as the origins of the industrial revolution. And, as with most such things, we have a creation myth – which starts with Alan Turing and his idea of "a single machine that can be used to compute any computable sequence" and then forks into two versions. Turing's Cathedral is a worthy successor to that earlier book.

Solar storm passes without incident so far. 8 March 2012Last updated at 12:55 ET Nasa image showing extreme ultraviolet wavelengths on Sun's surface A solar storm in the Earth's magnetic field has passed by the Earth with minimal effects, experts say.

Solar storm passes without incident so far

"The freight train has gone by, and is still going by, and now we're just watching for how this is all going to shake out," said Joseph Kunches, a scientist with US weather agency Noaa. The last of the charged particles from the Sun will pass Earth Friday morning. There had been fears that this "coronal mass ejection" could wreak havoc with satellites or power grids on Earth. However, up to this point, Dr Kunches said, "all told, it's not a terribly strong event". Some air traffic was re-routed away from polar regions on Wednesday and Thursday, but no large-scale effects of the storm have been reported. "Most technological systems appear to be behaving well so far. 'Wake-up call' Activity near the Sun's surface rises and falls through an 11-year cycle that is due to peak in 2013 or 2014.

The FT web app. The FT web app, which is optimised for use on iPad and iPhone, is available via your Safari browser at app.ft.com rather than from an app store.

The FT web app

The web app is our most complete app to date and we regularly add new features and sections to it. These are available instantly, without the need to download a new version. Recent additions include 'clippings', allowing you to save articles for later reading, and enhanced graphics. For users accessing the FT web app on iPhone, you'll notice a completely fresh design. A new look and feel, along with additional features and tools, means a cleaner and easier-to-read app. Go to app.ft.com on your iPad or iPhone The new FT web app Review the changes with FT.com's Managing Editor Robert Shrimsley. Discover how the new web app for iPad delivers the same FT content you trust, but in an improved, easier-to-read package. New look and feel New for iPhone Improved navigation makes it easier and faster to find the content that matters most to you.