iPad

All of the apps that we have reviewed that have iPad support and are available to use natively on the iPad. If an app is in this index, you won’t have the 2x iPhone app interface.

1Password - Password Manager and Secure Wallet

10 Must Have Apps for the New iPad or iPhone User

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Did you get a new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for the holidays? Then chances are you’re wondering which Apps you should grab from the App Store first. There are literally over 1 Million Apps in the App Store and you could easily find dozens or hundreds of Apps to install every time you look. However, here are 10 to get you started right away.

 

YouTube

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When the iPhone first came out Apple had a built-in version of YouTube. However, those days are gone now. If you want to watch YouTube videos on your iDevice then the best thing to do is download the YouTube App. You can sign into your account and see your favorites, uploads, subscriptions, etc. It’s way better than the built-in App ever was.

Hey! Be sure to check out my YouTube channel here.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Google Maps

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Your new iDevice has Apple Maps built-in and while Apple Maps has improved since its initial launch, it still pales by comparison of Google Maps. Google Maps will give you turn-by-turn directions and many many many more points of interest.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Navigon USA

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Google Maps is great, but if you’re looking for a full featured gps turn-by-turn navigation App that doesn’t rely on a constant data connection, then you should check out the Navigon line of Apps. Navigon is full featured with downloadable maps so that you don’t have to be constantly connected to the internet while you’re driving, especially through spotty rural areas.

Get it here for iPad and iPhone
iTunes.

 

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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If you’re the least bit into social media then you’re going to want the top three social networking Apps right off the bat. There are many others, but these are the three people are going to want right away.

Get them here:

Facebook iTunes.

Twitter iTunes.

Instagram iTunes.

Although the Twitter App above is FREE, my favorite Twitter App is Tweetbot for iPhone . and here for iPad .

 

PicPlayPost and Flipagram

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Speaking of social, you’re probably going to be posting lots of pics online too from all your holiday activities. PicPlayPost allows you to combine multiple photos/video together and Flipagram allows you to combine multiple photos together in a slideshow.

PickPlayPost iTunes.

Flipagram iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Remote

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that if you got an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that you also have iTunes running on a computer somewhere or an Apple TV. If that’s the case you’re definitely going to want to get Apple Remote. This App allows you to remote control your Apple TV or iTunes on your computer wirelessly via WiFi. This latest update even controls iTunes Radio!

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

1Password

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In this world of hacking and identity theft, having and managing good passwords couldn’t be more important. My absolute favorite password manager is 1Password. It can not only manage all your passwords and logons for your various sites, but it can store other sensitive info such as credit card numbers, secure notes, serial numbers and more. It can also help you by generating random, long, secure passwords and then remember them. If you have a Mac or PC you can also get the Mac or PC version and sync the encrypted 1Password file so that your passwords are up to date on all your devices.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

Get the Mac version here:

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Open Table and OneTap Movies

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Dinner and a Movie tonight? This is a common date scenario. Well these two Apps will help you tremendously in this area. Open Table will show you restaurants in your area that have tables available and even let you book your reservation right on the spot. OneTap Movies is still my favorite for being the FASTEST app and simply answering the question what times are the movies playing that I want to see at my local theater?

Open Table iTunes.

OneTap Movies iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxi Magic and Uber

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If you’re traveling and you are in need of being picked up and dropped off, then you’ll definitely want to check out Taxi Magic and Uber. Taxi Magic actually ties into the taxi booking system in several major cities and allows you to schedule a taxi pickup right from the App. If you’re in a area that they’re not setup for direct booking, it will list the taxi companies in the area and let you call them. Uber takes it up a notch by letting you summon a “black car” or “suv” to pick you up and drop you off. Both apps allow you to pay right from the App.

Taxi Magic iTunes.

Uber iTunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Run 2

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OK, it’s fun time. There are more games on the App Store than probably any other category. So you’ll always have your source for entertainment. Temple Run 2 is an addictive game where you control the character running at top speed through a maze of obstacles.

Get it here for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
iTunes.

 

Hey Terry! That was more than 10 apps. Yes, you’re welcome. :-)

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Scanner Pro

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PDF Expert

My favorite PDF App for iPad

iTunes.

 

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Printer Pro

Print documents, photos, web pages, and email attachments on ANY wi-fi or USB printer.

iTunes.

 

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Calendars 5

Smart Calendar and Task Manager with Google Calendar Sync.

iTunes.

 

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PDF Converter

Save documents, web pages, photos to PDF

iTunes.

 

Black Friday 2013 Ads App - BlackFriday.fm

3 Black Friday Apps You Should Have

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Yes it’s that time of year again. That time of year that we give thanks on Thursday and some are willing to trample others to save a few bucks on Friday. Honestly I try to avoid going out on Black Friday as much as possible. However, I enjoy a good deal as much as the next person. So rather than try to comb through the newspaper on Thanksgiving over rely on emails from businesses I’ve done business with in the past, I love having all the best deals in the palm of my hand. You could probably get by with any of these Black Friday Apps, but I thought I’d share my pick for the 3 best ones based on the amount of deals they have, ease of use and feature set.

 

Black Friday 2013 Ads App

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This App is for iPhone and iPod touch only and doesn’t have an iPad version. It’s also not the prettiest of the bunch. It’s mostly text based, but that keeps the app running fast and lets you easily see exactly what you want with out too many graphics. The 1st screen is a news screen that is constantly updated with any late breaking deals. Once you go to the Stores tab you can drill down on a particular store and see the actual ads for given products or deals. You can also search deals by category instead of going store by store which is nice. Once you find the deals you want you can add them to a shopping list right in the app. You can also enter an email address if you like to be alerted for late breaking deals.

You can get it here iTunes.

 

Black Friday Shopping

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This app is much more visual. You’ll see the actual store ads right off the bat as well as store logos. You can browse by ads, by stores or by deals. There’s a news section and a search feature. Also this is a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Not really any other bells and whistles. Just a clean UI and fast loading.

You can get it here iTunes.

 

TGI Black Friday

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This is also a Universal App for iPhone, iPod touch and IPad. Like the 1st App TGI Black Friday allows you to browse by featured deals, stores or categories and you can add deals to a list. However, it’s more visually appealing than the 1st one. It has a few nice touches such as store open times (even the ones that will be open Thanksgiving – sheesh). Of the 3 I kinda like this one best. Again you can’t go wrong with any of them as they operate as advertised, but I really like the feel of this one.

You can get it here iTunes

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

 

Apple Store for iPad

Apple Store App for iPad is Finally Here

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One of the mysteries of the tech world was why Apple, the inventor of the iPad had not saw fit to make their own Apple Store App a native iPad app. Of course one could argue that the Apple Store website works just fine on the iPad in Safari, but it just always seemed weird that a company that touted how many native iPad apps that were available in the App Store wouldn’t take it upon themselves to make native iPad Apps of all their own apps right out of the gate. Whatever the reason behind this oversight, there is finally an Apple Store App for iPad. Just in time for the holiday shopping season you can now shop the Apple Store from the comforts of your iPad with a nicely designed native iPad App.

What you would expect

There are not huge surprises here. The App is clean with lots of white space. You can shop by category or do a search. I highly recommend that you do use the search feature as I’ve found not all products show up in their respective categories. For example, I was interested in the Mophie Juicepack battery for iPhone 5. Going to the iPhone accessories and the general power accessories didn’t show this item. Had I not known that Apple carried it, i would have moved on and bought it from somewhere else. However, I did a search and it came right up in the app. The check out process was easy. After I added the item to my cart I was able to checkout by simply inputting my Apple ID password and all my information, saved credit card was already there. I got a conformation email that the order had been placed and was being processed.

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There are a few subtle things that are easy to over look. For example, there’s a picture of the item you’re interested in as you would expect. However, if you swipe changes are you can see additional pictures. There’s no indication that there are additional pictures, just swipe. Once you tap on a product you’re probably going to want to know how to go back. You swipe down to reveal the back button and nav bar at the top. You can use the app to find nearby stores and add your favorite store just like with the iPhone version. Of course you can also use it to schedule your Genius Bar appointments and workshops.

Not sure why Apple took so long to make a native iPad version of this App, but I’m glad it’s finally here.

iTunes.

XFINITY TV Go

XFINITY TV Player App for iOS

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Now that Breaking Bad has ended I was looking for other shows to fill the void. A couple of friends of mine suggested Dexter on Showtime. Just like with Breaking Bad, I haven’t seen any of the previous seasons. However, with Breaking Bad I was able to catch up to the current season with Netflix. Unfortunately Dexter isn’t on Netflix. I subscribed to Showtime via my Comcast Cable provider at home and then started watching season one of Dexter via the Showtime Anytime App. While the App worked as advertised, It doesn’t allow for AirPlay to play the shows on Apple TV. A friend suggested that I try the XFINITY TV Player App and unfortunately it has the same AirPlay restriction with Showtime content. I really wish the studios would get over their paranoia and allow this since I am paying for subscription to watch it anyway. Why not allow me to watch it on the device that I want to (an HDTV!). While the XFINITY TV Player app was no better in this regard, I never went back to the Showtime Anytime App. I liked the XFINITY App better. One of the major advantages it has is the ability to either stream the content OR download it to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so that you can watch offline! This is huge since I travel a lot. I downloaded a few episodes of Dexter to watch on the plane it and it worked great! Also the XFINITY TV Player App isn’t just limited to Showtime content. There are tons of shows/series and movies to watch.

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There are limits. While I could stream or download episodes of Dexter, I can only stream movies and other shows. It appears that the ability to download is on a show by show basis and likely controlled by the Networks that own the show. Some of the more recent shows will also have ads that play at the beginning. However, even with these restrictions the XFINITY TV Player App provides a ton of “on demand” content to watch when you’re on the go.

If you are a Comcast XFINITY subscriber then you’ll definitely want to download this FREE Universal App.

iTunes.

 

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