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Adam is a tech and music writer based in North Wales. When not working, you’ll usually find Adam tinkering with old Macintosh computers, reading history books, or exploring the countryside with his dog Finley. You can follow him on twitter here

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Beginning with the well received Shogun: Total War, the Total War games franchise has grown over the past twelve years to become one of the most popular turn-based strategy games on the scene, spawning such classics as Rome Total War and breathing new life into the genre due to its combination of typical turn-based game elements with real-time battle scenes and a gripping, often historically accurate narrative.

Little wonder then that Total War fans have been salivating to get their hands on Total War Battles: Shogun, a version of Total War designed specifically for iPad. As with all such complex titles however, concerns remain as to whether the game is well suited to the iPad’s unique form. Let’s see if SEGA have nailed it.

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Following on from the success of the popular BBC television series of the same name, Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe sees the popular scientist, lecturer, and former pop star present an app which makes use of both his typical style of breaking down complex scientific matters into simple stories and beautiful, immersive graphics which really shine on the last two versions of iPad (the app is not compatible with first gen iPads, unfortunately).

Wonders of the Universe contains over two hundred interactive articles and some two and a half hours of video taken from Cox’s two popular BBC TV series, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. With no further ado, let’s take a look at how this promising app stacks up! 

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There are a whole host of image editing applications open to iPad owners. These range from the rudimentary to some comparatively advanced and surprisingly capable apps which can offer much of the basic functionality of their larger desktop siblings. Subsplash’s Luminance definitely falls into the latter category, and successfully provides iPad users with an intuitive platform from which one can edit images, with easy cropping and rotation, in addition to filters and more.

However, strong though it appears on paper, Luminance certainly has some stiff competition in the iOS App Store in the shape of great apps like Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express. So, how does Luminance stack up against these competitors? Read on to find out more.

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It’s difficult to believe that the seminal Grand Theft Auto III was released a decade ago. In the intervening years, the franchise has grown to become a huge and often controversial hit for developers Rockstar Games. Long conspicuously absent from Apple’s computers and devices, Rockstar have recently warmed to the Cupertino company and made all but the most recent of the third-person GTA games available for purchase on the Mac App Store, in addition to making GTA: Chinatown Wars available on iOS.

Even considering Rockstar Games’ recent interest in Apple gaming, an iOS port which offers the full experience of the open world, third-person Grand Theft Auto is something of a welcome surprise and will be hotly anticipated by fans and newcomers both. However, while the iPad is surely powerful enough to handle a ten year old game’s graphics and audio, there remains a big question mark as to whether Grand Theft Auto III can truly be translated to touchscreen controls. Have Rockstar Games pulled it off? Read on to find out.

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HowStuffWorks was originally established as a website in 1998 by former college professor Marshall Brain. Beginning with a focus on technical topics such as science and engineering, the website eventually expanded and broadened its horizons to encompass other areas such as health, history, and politics, becoming a powerhouse of ‘edutainment’ in the process.

Here the HowStuffWorks team follow up on their popular iPhone app to venture once again into iOS and offer a version optimised for the iPad. Read on after the break to see how well the HowStuffWorks experience translates to Apple’s tablet.

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Another World, also known as Out Of This World in the US, was a massively influential game originally developed for the Commodore Amiga which eventually found its way on to many other platforms like SNES, Megadrive, and even Mac.

Having been a huge fan of the original version on the Amiga 500 and not experiencing the game in at least a decade, I jumped at the chance to revisit this retro classic. Twenty years is practically ancient in the world of gaming, so how well does Another World hold up in the 21st Century? Let’s take a look…

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As time passes and iOS software matures, the iPad has increasingly crept into each aspect of our digital lives, taking over light word processing duties, casual gaming, and media. But if there’s one thing I’ve always felt the iPad excels at, it’s task management.

There’s a lot of software in the App Store which promises to be the perfect companion for getting things done, yet no matter each individual app’s approach and strengths, I find myself returning to Things. So why continue trying other options?

Well, while Things is excellent, I feel that I could really make use of an app which has some more options and features – it’s with this in mind that I decided to check out 2Do: Tasks Done in Style.

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X-Plane’s origins reach all the way back to 1993 as a Macintosh-only flight simulator. In that time it has built a loyal fan base with a winning mix of beautiful graphics, accessible controls, and deep, immersive gameplay. On the surface at least, it seems like a tricky task to distill complex controls onto the iOS platform while retaining the core features which made X-Plane a success.

So, have developers Laminar Research pulled off this difficult feat? Read on after the break to find out.

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With GarageBand installed, an iPad is a powerful and portable tool for musicians. However, just like its desktop version, GarageBand for iPad can also be employed by non-musicians too, as I’ll highlight with a step by step guide to making a podcast on your iPad, complete with accompanying music.

This How-To will be aimed towards those who have a basic understanding of GarageBand, or at least the principles behind music software in general, but I will endeavour to keep each step as beginner friendly as possible. If you have any questions or problems, please let us know in the comments and I’ll attempt to help you through it.

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The very form of the iPad seems to suggest it be used as a platform for image enhancement and editing, so it’s little wonder that there has been an explosion of photography-focused apps designed exclusively for Apple’s tablet.

Nik Software bring a pedigree to the table as the company best known for their popular Photoshop plugins such as Color Efex Pro, Viveza and Sharpener Pro aim to produce the ideal balance between ease of use, flexibility, and versatility with Snapseed.


Read on after the break to find out if they’ve succeeded!

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