Comparative reviews can be very helpful, and I wanted to be sure you saw two recent ones that I thought were particularly useful. First of all, one of the most important features of the new iPad is LTE — a fourth generation data protocol that gives you superfast Internet speeds. Both Verizon and AT&T are rolling out LTE networks, and if you're thinking of getting an LTE iPad, an important choice you face is which carrier to go with. In some cases, your choice will be clear, because one might not be available in your area. But if both are available, you'll want to know which is better.
Considering how many apps are available in the Apple app store, not to mention how many are actually on my iPhone (close to 300), it's a bit daunting of a task to come up with only 10 apps to recommend here and now! There are simply so many amazing and award-winning apps out there and each is suited to an individual uniquely.
One of my personal all-time favorite news reader apps has finally made it to iPad, and I am a little late in getting the word out (sorry, APPY Geek). It is, in my opinion, a great (and free) news reader sporting a dock-like interface, a slick tag browser, and decent library of news sources! I use it when I can on my wife's TouchPad, and now (finally) can use it on my iPad regularly. You looking to stay updated on the latest tech news, then this is a pretty darn good way to do it, in my opinion!
Flipboard is one of the most popular apps for the iPad. And it was so heavily downloaded when it was released earlier this week for the iPhone that the added traffic brought down Flipboard's servers. Now Google has jumped into this popular space — apps that aggregate your social media content, news, and other web content into a personally tailored, very attractive, magazine-like format. Google Currents (free) is available as a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad.
The Hot culture app is the app arm of the culture.pl website which offers the latest in news and information concerning the Polish culture and events. This app is beautifully designed and has an impressive amount of information which is updated every day. Whether you’re looking for information about the latest polish singer or just an update on what is going on in the news, this app has everything you could ever want to know about the Polish culture.
I have been impressed with Glasshouse Apps' Early Edition RSS reader since it was released well over a year ago. Since then, Glasshouse has been busy refining their flagship application to be as iOS fluid-friendly as possible. Their results have culminated in their next generation RSS reader, Early Edition 2. Is it worth the new purchase price? Read on to find out.
If you need a news fix, check out the new app released last week by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. WSJ Live (free) gives you access to live news and on-demand video from 2,000 reporters around the world. You get access to the entire video archive of The Wall Street Journal as well as news programming in a range of categories: U.S., World, Business, Markets, Opinion, Technology, Life & Culture, and Personal Finance.
The apps that Apple bundles on their iOS devices are slick, polished and almost perfect. But for those power users who need just a bit more tweaking to attain an even higher level of perfection, they have to turn to Apple's App Store to seek out programs that scratch that particular itch.
In the mold of the wildly popular Flipboard and Zite, Editions by AOL is a new free app that lets you create a personalized magazine on your iPad that's tailored to your interest. You can select from 16 different sections, ranging from Top News, Tech, and Business, to Entertainment, Music, and Sports. You can select the order, and you can add additional news sources. Editions also offers local news and weather, and it can sync with iCal and Facebook to create a personalized calendar for you.
I was lucky enough to get an iPad 2 at launch. One of the first apps I installed on my new iPad 2 was Zite. Zite is a news reader that helps you discover news that fits your interests. Having lived with this app for several months now, it seemed like a good choice for my first review.
The Singapore Army has announced plans yesterday to purchase 8,000 iPads for new recruits into the army.
I like Flipboard, but recently have started using Pulse, and in this review, compare it to the other great news and RSS aggregator/reader for iPad. Each is excellent in it's own way, though I must admit, the side-scrolling rows that Pulse collects your feeds into are perfect for quickly scanning through content. However, I like the large splashy news displays on Flipboard and the magazine-like page turning...ahhh, 2 awesome readers, so what's a geek to do..?! Use both...
Three things amaze me about Flipboard: 1) it's astonishingly high ratings in the App Store, 2) the fact that such a great app is free, and 3) that it made me want to start viewing my Facebook and Twitter accounts again. I kept hearing about Flipboard, and I kept ignoring it: yet another aggregator of social media and RSS content. But then I tried it, and was immediately hooked.
Last week I posted that Time, Inc had begun making its magazines available for free to subscribers via iPad apps. Now Conde Nast has made The New Yorker available for free to subscribers via its New Yorker iPad app. You can read more on Macworld.
Back on April 1st, fellow blogger Steve Overton posted about a free news app called Zite. His link is below as it has a great video demo and link to the app store.
I have been using it for a while also and I really like it. The app is easy to set up and use. After a bit, it will actually learn what you like. Steve hit the nail on the head when he said that much of it was "pleasing on the eye." I keep customizing the topics and adding more stuff.
Haven't done this in awhile, so maybe I should call this "What I played this quarter!". I had to post up on JetCar Stunts though, since it's the latest game I can't stop playing (it's not a new title--released in 2009). Crazy addictive time killer is what it should be called!. Featured in iTunes essential games, you can grab it here at $1.99. Expansion course packs also available. The concept is to race through 3D high-flying aerial stunt courses with your rocket powered jet car (who wouldn't want one of those)... More app news follows...
I enjoy using my iPad to read the latest news, and I'm excited about the free app Hitpad, which I just learned about. It has a gorgeous interface and, as the press release says, It distills the news about the most important topics of the day. Very similar to Google News, it presents trending topics and aggregates a wide assortment of content related to them: news, videos, tweets, web, and photos. It has trending topics in these categories: Top Stories, Entertainment, Business, Sports, Technology, and U.S. New.
The Week is a weekly print news magazine as well as a popular news destination online that offers a digest of news and commentary from magazines, newspapers, and websites. The publisher says that the magazine is the "fastest growing news and opinion magazine in America." Now there's a free iPhone app, The Week U.S., that gives you access to their content. I love news apps, especially when they're free.
I have downloaded and used multiple news readers in my journey for a perfect match. Many of them are very pleasing on the eye, and do consolidate news well, but they just didn't seem to complete me, if you know what I mean. Zite (free) is a new app that is very close in appearance to Flipboard, but the similarity stops there. Zite will let you customize your news AND learn what you like as you read, so that it delivers more stories that you are interested in, the longer you use it.
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