Author Archive for Emily

Emily is a freelance writer who loves discovering new apps whenever she can pry the iPad away from her children or husband. You can contact her via Twitter: @whatwentwrite

The Orchestra for iPad Redefines Music Appreciation — iPad App Review

orchapplTouchPress’ The Orchestra for iPad aims are encyclopedic. This new iPad-only app from the British developer covers the interments that comprise the orchestra as well as going in-depth to break down scores from well-known pieces.

Created in conjunction with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and its principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Orchestra directs the reader’s attention to both individual instruments as well as the symphony orchestra as a whole.

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Want a Stylus with a Pen? Try the InTuition Pen/Stylus – a Kickstarter Project


InTuition Pen/Stylus wants to be your forever stylus. Currently this attractive, sturdy iOS accessory seeks funding through Kickstarter. As the name suggests the InTuition is both stylus and pen, but since both ends of its carbon fiber and titanium barrel are refillable, the InTuition has the potential to to outlast many of its competitors — just don’t lose it!
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Trim Your Christmas Tree With the iPad, Using Pinterest, Etsy, and More

Use the iPad along with great lifestyle apps such as Pinterest, Etsy, and Newsstand to make your Christmas tree more festive this year. Whether you are looking for new ideas on how to trim your Christmas tree or specialty purveyors of distinctive Christmas tree ornaments, these iPad apps are sure to offer new ideas and a creative spin on the age-old tradition of tree decoration.

 

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Enjoy Sherlock Holmes and iPoe 2, Two Classic Tales Re-envisioned for iOS

Though slick, modern apps predominate on the App Store, there’s always room for a revamped classic to capture an iPad fan’s attention. Two recent releases, iPoe 2 — The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allen Poe Collection and Sherlock Holmes for the iPad will please literary devotees and iOS fans alike.

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Light My Fire: A Hanukkah App Recreates a Age-Old Tradition — iPad App Review

The Jewish Museum has released a new universal iOS app just in time for Hanukkah. Focusing on the Hanukkah lamp, or menorah, this stylish and informative application includes history and instruction on lamp lighting.

Light My Fire: A Hanukkah App will be of interest to celebrants of Hanukkah who want to learn more about Hanukkah lamps or wish to light a virtual menorah this holiday season, or to anyone who is curious to learn more about the Jewish festival of lights.

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Ready, Steti, Go with the Steti iPad Stand — A Kickstarter Project

Prop any iPad 2 or 3 up at practically any angle you need with Steti, a lightweight, yet sturdy iPad stand featuring a gooseneck arm and 360 degree rotation that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. In short, Steti holds the iPad, so you don’t have to, preventing neck and arm strain in the process.

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Holiday Entertaining is Fun Again Thanks to Food 52′s Holiday Recipes – iPad App Review

Don’t be fooled by its no-frills app icon, Holiday Recipes & Party Planning is a powerhouse of beautifully presented recipes and useful checklists. Based on their popular Food 52 blog, authors (and former NYT food writers) Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs joined with Open Air Publishing (creator of Better Books like Speakeasy Cocktails) and Inkling (The Professional Chef) to create this swoon-worthy cookbook that will excite even the most discriminating home cooks, while also tossing the rest of us a much-needed life raft this holiday season.

Even better, Food 52′s Holiday Recipes includes 127 top-notch recipes that aren’t just for Christmas. The app suggests menus for Hanukkah, as well as other celebrations from the Super Bowl to Thanksgiving. With its attention to vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten intolerant, there are offerings to suit nearly every taste. There are also hours of video tutorials and hundreds of stunning photographs to supplement the recipes.
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Bring LEGO and More to Life with ATOMS Express iOS-enabled Toys — a Kickstarter Project

Kids everywhere just took in a collective breath in anticipation of ATOMS Express Toys. These mini-robots work with the toys your child already has to bring their carefully constructed creations to life.

Imagine the scene: your kid has just spent hours building a super-complicated LEGO version of Diagon Alley. Add an ATOM to the mix and he can now open the doors to Gringott’s using his iPad as a remote control. Brilliant! ATOMs don’t just work with LEGO. Kids can pair a set of ATOMs with Lincoln Logs, Mega Blocks, K-NEX, wooden blocks, Barbies, or even stuffed animals. The only limit is, as they say, your imagination.

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Haven’t Got a Penny? Try These Fun, Free Christmas Apps for Kids

It’s no secret that holiday expenditures add up quickly. With that in mind, we offer this list of kid-friendly Christmas apps that won’t cost you a penny, or even a ha-penny. We hope they will delight children (and grown-ups) who are awaiting the arrival of Christmas.
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Countdown to Christmas Day with These iPad Advent Calendars


Whether they contain a new LEGO, a piece of chocolate, or a cute picture, advent calendars remain a popular way to count down the days until Christmas. The iPad is well-suited for use as an advent calendar, and several high quality Advent calendar apps that feature a variety of themes are available from the App Store.

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