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Stanza for iPad: Could have been a contender?

Posted by | June 18, 2010

Stanza is a name familiar to a large part of the iPhone/iPod Touch owning population, having been one of the first to really drive eBook reading to the mainstream. The name inspires nostalgia for the single app that made your iPhone into a Kindle, when the only alternative was to actually buy a Kindle.
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Bloom HD for iPad: Good Trip, Man

Posted by | June 8, 2010

Bloom HD is part of the growing category of musical instrument apps on iPad, but with a difference. This application was developed by Peter Chilvers in partnership with Ambient/Electronic music wunderkind Brian Eno. So for anyone familiar with Eno’s music, playing into this app immediately brings about the same ethereal, introspective ambient atmosphere he is so well known for.

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Apple decorates for WWDC10

Posted by | June 6, 2010

The Moscone Center is fully decorated for Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference starting tomorrow, June 7. This year’s WWDC is a big departure from previous years, with the exclusive focus being on apps created for the iPad and iPhone. Specifically, there are no awards for Mac applications – a move which is sure to leave some developers scratching their heads. Sessions and labs are still being run on getting the most out of Snow Leopard technologies though.
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Wolfram Alpha for iPad: Clean, beautiful but is it still useful?

Posted by | June 3, 2010

Wolfram Alpha for iPad is a strikingly clean and familiar frontend to the “knowledge engine” of the internet, but is it still useful off the desktop?

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Another one bites the dust: The body count rises for poor iPad apps

Posted by | June 1, 2010

Another rushed iPad app bit the dust today – the St George banking application was pulled from the iPad app store. While parts of it were good, looking at the core banking part, it’s not hard to see why.

The main app screen has an attractive coverflow-based selection of the services they offer and a Google Maps integrated store finder. Initially it’s not a bad app at all.

But when you click the button to do your banking, there’s no attractive in-app banking but rather, your browser opens to reveal the same site you could have manually navigated to.

Purpose of the app? We’re not sure either. And it’s possible St George agrees, with the app having just disappeared off the App Store.

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Pulse: redefining the iPad RSS reader… again.

Posted by | May 31, 2010

Just when you thought the RSS reader space was well-and-truly saturated on the iPad, along comes another one! But where Pulse differs from Newsrack, as a good example of an incumbent RSS reader on the iPad, is with a new take on the news reader UI that might just catch on.
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Flight Control HD or: How I learned to stop worrying and love air traffic control

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Flight Control on the iPhone spread like a plague: a whirlwind of simple, addictive gameplay seamlessly mashed together with top notch production values.

Coming from the previously unknown developer Firemint, it had a very impressive reign at the top of the iPhone apps chart. And the new iPad incarnation is no slouch, continuing Firemint’s tradition of quality.

An unlikely concept for a AAA game, you take on the role of an air traffic controller. A god figure, sitting in the sky directing planes and helicopters from flying catastrophically into one another.

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