Category: App Reviews

History of Rock – Interactive iPad Book Looks Back at 60 Years of Rock

Rock ‘n’ Roll has a long, complex history that can’t possibly be collected into one, definitive book. However, writer Mark Paytress does a pretty good job of filling us in on the main stuff. The app is packed with information, images and even video clips of some of the most popular musicians of our time. Think of it as a fancy interactive coffee table book that fits on your iPad.

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Plan the Perfect Vacation with Oyster’s ‘Tell-All’ Hotel Review App

Travel site just announced the release of their new iPad app for finding the perfect hotel for your next vacation. Packed with more than 650,000 photos and 2,500 hotels, you’ll never have to worry about whether you booked the right spot again.

Unlike other hotel apps, such as TripAdvisor or Orbitz,  each hotel on Oyster’s list has been personally visited by one of their “investigators.” There are no user-based reviews, so you won’t be confused by a comment stating, “This is the worst hotel I’ve ever been to,” right next to one stating, “This is the best hotel I’ve ever been to.” Lots of photos are taken of each hotel, including the lobby, the rooms, the views from the windows and the amenities. It is almost voyeuristic, how many photos each location has.

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Let Meal Guru Decide What’s for Dinner — iPad App Review

Meal Guru is designed to simplify meal planning. This iPad-only app is a menu planner with a built-in cache of recipes. As my family well knows, there are plenty of nights that I have no idea what I want to cook, nor do I have the time or inclination to peruse endless recipe books and archives waiting for inspiration to strike. Sometimes I just want to be told what to cook. Meal Guru promises to do just that.

The user can specify which days of the week that she needs Meal Guru’s assistance, and then customize the ingredient list. One of my first acts was to eliminate mutton and offal from its list of acceptable proteins, yet seeing that the database might include recipes that feature sweetbread or kidney was indirect proof of the app’s potential for breadth.

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Discover that the Furniture is Alive in 3D – iPad App Review

The Furniture Is Alive in 3DHelp your children to discover that the Furniture is Alive in 3D with this interactive and imaginative app by Mobad Games. Another in a series of wonderful children’s books for your iPad, this story explores the land of make believe and imagination as the child in the book pretends that his home is full of life –and not just the humans and pets!

Though the story has a spooky undertone, this story is still a great one for smaller children who like to be a little silly. The text is lyrical and rhyming which gives the book an upbeat tone and a certain enjoyable momentum and flow.

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PadGadget Weekly App Series — Apps For Valentine’s Day

For today’s Weekly App Series we’ve found ten great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have included ten apps for Valentine’s Day in this week’s bundle. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best and most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis.

We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great apps and we’ll continue to look for the best apps on a weekly basis. Be sure to check them out because these apps might just be what you’re looking for.

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Woodworking Goes High-Tech with New Woodcraft iPad App

WoodcraftEqual parts skill and creativity, woodworking is one of those things that can be every bit as much a professional as a hobby. This means there is room for every skill level and all manners of style and customization.

This is where the new Woodcraft app comes in, allowing you to not only design your next woodworking project but also create a bill of materials, plan for the tools you will need to use and visualize your project as well as carry it through to the finished product.

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Tour the Smithsonian through their Magazine on your iPad

Smithsonian MagazineThe Smithsonian Magazine app offers you the chance to “explore history and archaeology from the Sphinx to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.”

Coming out of the Smithsonian Institution known as the world’s largest center of knowledge with 19 museums, its zoo, and its nine research centers facilities, the magazine promises to expand your knowledge and understanding of several core areas, including: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, World Cultures and the American Experience.

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TumbleOn Brings Tumblr to the iPad

TumbleOn for Tumblr is a streaming image viewer for Tumblr, the Internet’s favorite virtual watercooler. Though it’s arguable that it exists solely for sharing cat photos and perpetuating goofy Internet memes, Tumblr is all about sharing the stuff that the Web is made of: photos, videos, quotes, audio.

Unfortunately Tumblr has only a poorly-designed iOS app that still doesn’t run natively for the iPad. That is where TumbleOn comes in. TumbleOn displays a user’s Tumblr dashboard, favorites, blog, and more, taking full advantage of the iPad’s larger screen size and high resolution.

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Take Your Kids on a Winter Adventure With The Snow Ball

It’s been an unseasonably warm winter for most of us, so getting into a book about sledding and mittens and earmuffs and snow days might be a bit tough, but luckily, the cute polar bears in The Snow Ball are fun to read about at any time of the year.

The book features a group of adorable bears who have been given a snow day, which they use to have tons of fun making bear angels, using snow slides, having snowball fights, and sculpting snow bears.

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Noodle Words for iPad Gives Wordplay New Meaning – iPad App Review

Noodle Words – Active Word Game Set 1 for iPad creates a new way for kids to interact with words. Described as an “animated word toy,” Noodle Words encourages kids to engage with the words through sight, sound, and the help of Stretch and Squish, two adorable bugs, to improve a child’s comprehension.

The app includes a set of 18 words that are ready for action. All the child has to do is tap or drag a word and its animation helps reinforce its meaning. For example, the word stretch actually stretches like a rubber band when the user gives it a tap.

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