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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

Send Handwritten Greeting Card From iPad to Loved Ones with Felt Cards

feltThere are a number of ways to choose and deliver snail mail greeting cards from the iPad, such as Apple’s Cards or Postale, but Felt Cards, a new iPad-only app adds a twist: the user writes out the card and addresses the envelope by hand. Felt Cards then delivers a printed version of the card to the addressee for $3.99, postage included.

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How to Cook (Almost) Anything — Bittman is Back with Cooking Basics for iPad

bittman2While NYT columnist and chef Mark Bittman probably never set out to intimidate readers with his classic How to Cook Everything (PadGadget = 5 stars), he may have inadvertently overwhelmed those who are new to cooking. Now Bittman is back with Cooking Basics for iPad, a new iPad app that banishes pretension without abandoning quality instruction. Cooking Basics for iPad blends recipes, photo tutorials, and short videos, all of which work together to teach the reader to cook smarter and more comfortably.

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Invisible Hieroglyphics: iPad Finger Swipes Become Fine Art

fingerswipeOne man’s digit grease is another man’s work of art. New York-based Artist Andre Woolery partnered with Texas-based designer Victor Abijaoudi created these abstract designs by using popular iPad apps and games including Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Temple Run, Paper Toss, and Angry Birds.

I have noticed that the pattern of fingerprints varies depending on who in my family uses the iPad, and which apps that person uses, but it never occurred to me as I dutifully scrubbed away at the screen that these smudges could be beautiful or that anyone would try to preserve them.

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Nosy Crow’s Little Red Riding Hood Brings New Twists to Classic Story — iPad App Review

nclrrhappWhen I interviewed Nosy Crow‘s Tom Bonnick last month, he piqued my curiosity about Little Red Riding Hood, the company’s newest interactive, digital book for 3 to 8-year-olds. After a chance to use the app, which was released last week, for myself, I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint.

Nosy Crow’s version of Little Red Riding Hood encompasses the well-turned out, cinematic feel of their previous fairy tale digi-books, Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs, with a choose-your-own-adventure-style twist. Not only does the reader dictate how Little Red’s story unfolds, he can also play games within the narrative, and enjoy surprising iOS integrative features.

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Turn a Favorite Fleece into an iPad Case with The Great ReFleece — A Kickstarter Project

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After covering ReFleece last February PadGadget was so excited by this innovative product that we co-sponsored a giveaway for our readers. Founded by husband and wife team Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller, ReFleece takes recycled bottles and old Patagonia jackets and turns them into stylish cases for the iPad, as well as a selections of other e-readers and tablets.

After founding ReFleece in 2012, Mr. Palmer and Ms. Feller have expanded, launching a Kickstarter project that lets a consumer send in an old, beat-up well-loved fleece. ReFleece works its magic, then sends the backer an iPad sleeve or other accessory made from his own item. Forget having your child’s baby shoes bronzed, why not turn that baby bunting you’ve saved for a decade into a case for an iPad or iPad mini?

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Beyond Nickels and Dimes, More Change at the Check-out Thanks to the iPad

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At PadGadget, we track how the iPad changes the ways people work and live. Thanks to the growth of point-of-sale apps including Square and GoPayment, the iPad has changed retailers ideas about what a cash register looks like. I witnessed this change first hand last summer in Shelburne, VT, at Folino’s, an up-start wood-fired pizza joint that didn’t have a traditional cash register, just an iPad and Square to take credit card payments. It was the first time I signed a receipt with my finger, and I doubt it will be my last.

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Apple Donates Money, Devices to Chinese Earthquake Victims

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After a devastating earthquake killed 186 and injured nearly 12,000 people in the Sichuan province of China on Saturday morning, Apple took a stand on the home page of its Chinese website offering a message of condolence and a promise to donate 50 million yuan (about $8 million) and devices and the services of its employees to those in need.

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How to Create a Paperless Kitchen with the iPad

ipadkitchIn many homes, including my own, the kitchen is the household control center. Even if you don’t want to mount an iPad permanently in a kitchen cabinet, which we covered yesterday, there are a number of ways to use an iPad in the kitchen to reduce paper clutter.
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Seriously Cool! Neo-Plug Charges iPad with Magnets — A Kickstarter Project

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Neo-Plug, an iOS-compatible charging accessory, harnesses the power of the chemical element neodymium. Neodymium isn’t a household name like say oxygen or carbon, but Neo-Plug creator Jake Brozek believes it’s just the thing to make to end fumbling when it’s time to charge your iPad, and he’s turned to Kickstarter to bring his idea to market.

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Rumor: Apple Will Announce Narrower, Thinner iPad on June 18

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Rumors continue to roll in about the design of the next gen iPad. Tactus.com published photos of a purported iPad 5-specific case mold and specs today.

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