I can't believe I missed the release of Google Translate (free) last month. Or maybe I assumed it was just another app for text translation. But it is so much cooler than that. It can also do speech recognition, such that you canspeak the phrase or sentences that you want translated, and it will speak back to you the phrase or sentences in the target language. It's fun to play with. When you speak the text, it shows on-screen what it thought you said as well as a text translation. Then if you tap the speaker icon, it speaks the text.
If you're an art lover, what would be better than a tool that tells you what famous paintings are nearby when you're traveling? Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) is a popular app with over 50,000 paintings and sculptures from ancient times to today organized into 8 rooms. I love these sorts of resources that are coming to the iPad.
The Wikipanion app is one that I use often, and I'm always on the lookout for good reference apps. Hyper Facts ($0.99) is a new offering that gives you access to Wikipedia in a new way, in that it highlights the categories and infoboxes associated with each article as well as giving links to related information. It also integrates locational information and maps. You can do a search by person, location, event, or work (e.g., a song title), or you can search All. The Nearby feature is pretty cool.
You knew someone had to do it. So here it is, iLobster ($1.99) by Ben Greeley from up in the Waterville area here in Maine. There is also a free version, so what is the difference? Probably a 1/4 cup of melted butter and lobster juice down the front of your shirt.
The paradox of dictionaries has always been: how do you look up a word if you don't know how to spell it? My students with dyslexia had an especially difficult time with this. And now the solution is at hand — and free. The most powerful voice recognition technology, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, has now been added to the free Merriam-Webster Dictionary app. You can look up a word simply by saying it. Hurray!
The free Google Mobile App was already pretty amazing, with the ability to search the web just by speaking into your phone. And early this month they released a new version that includes Google Goggles: a search function that lets you take a photo and then searches the web based on what's in the photo. You can take a photo of a barcode, landmark, product, text, artwork, book, etc., and the app will return information. The help screens say that the app doesn't work very well for items like animals, apparel, or furniture.
These resources help you gain a better understanding of the Bible
Update: An updated version of this list was published on December 28, 2013.
The Bible has always been a best seller, but the popularity of Bible-related apps for iOS devices is growing. Bible apps have been popular ever since the App Store opened its doors, and according to an article in The Atlantic (http://bit.ly/aisznm), BibleReader (reviewed in this article) recently broke into the top 10 highest grossing book apps for the iPad.
Have you ever wondered where you could take to figure out what news is going on in the industrial world? Ever wanted to keep up with the latest industrials news to see how it was going to impact you? Look no further than the ThomasNet.com. Thomasnet.com as an application in the app store that is most worth checking out. The Thomasnet application is completely free from the apple store, and provides up to date news stories and information useful to anyone.
Here are the apps plus one accessory that I use most often during my down time. I can't guarantee they are best in their class, but I can strongly recommend each one.