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We’ve all been waiting for it, haven’t we? Even before the iPad became a reality, it was heralded as the publishing industry’s saving grace.

A large, touchscreen device being made by one of the hottest tech companies in the world. It captured the imagination of businesses and consumers alike. Perhaps this could finally take one of the last mainstays of the analog world into the next century.

No, I’m not talking about eBooks. Even though those were hotly anticipated as well, the iPad gave hope to a segment of the dead-tree industry that hadn’t had such a hope before: magazines.

Fast forward two years, and one iPad later, we finally have a major publishing industry playing by Apple’s rules. And, while those rules alone could be the subject of an article, we’ll simply say that Apple isn’t quite on the publisher’s side here. That aside, consumers are being given a beautiful experience.

Today we’re going to look at The New Yorker app for the iPad, and see just how successfully they’ve translated this legendary magazine into a new digital form.

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With smartphones packing so much processing power, it’s only justified that we have the urge to carry all our data around with us. A lot in our lives has gone digital which means it can be saved, categorized, and retrieved from a personal digital database. Bento has been pioneering the concept of a personal database for years on the Mac.

Bento for iPad helps you manage contacts, track projects, plan events, and so much more – all the while syncing with its desktop counterpart. Follow me after the fold to learn how awesome the app really is.

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TED is the Technology, Entertainment and Design set of conferences that covers various topics and consists of many addresses by powerful, and interesting, persons including the likes of Bill Clinton, Larry Page, Will Wright and Jamie Oliver.

TED was founded as a one-off event in 1984 and then as an annual event from 1990 – but costly and invitation-only. Some sixteen years later, it became an online service with talks available for free via a dedicated website, iTunes and, in late 2009, an iOS application. In the talks themselves, speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in engaging ways.

TED‘s dedicated iPad application joined the iPhone app to deliver the same videos available through TED.com on a familiar media consumption platform, the iPad. Unlike a web application or something generic like the YouTube app, the official TED application offers an experience that’s tailored to its content and the conference itself.

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Many of you will have heard of the notorious Al Gore and his attempts to change the world for the better, and some of you will have seen ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ – one of his presentations/films educating us on how we are destroying our planet. Well ‘Our Choice’ is the sequel – sort of.

In Our Choice, Al Gore presents the causes of global warming along with many groundbreaking insights and solutions, while skilfully removing the boredom of being told for umpteenth time that humans are evil.

The app (well it’s really an interactive ebook) was wonderfully designed and developed by Push Pop Press, with a superb use of multitouch making it feel like it has been built by Apple – in fact the 2 people behind PPP are ex-Apple developers. This book is a joy to read, and even if you’re not an eco-friendly citizen, it appeals to the inner child inside everyone due to its great finish.

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Reading on the iPad is one of the key features that has been praised and advertised. Subsequently, there are a great number of apps out there to allow you to follow the news and stay up to date.

Only a few apps, however, will present the news to you in such a stylish way as The Early Edition. We take a deeper look at the news reader and how it holds up against the competition.

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It seems like there’s no shortage of social networks nowadays, with new ones popping up every minute. Maybe you have something important to say and you want to post it across multiple platforms, or maybe you’re a business owner who wants to manage and get statistics for their links. For those people, and those who just want to control their social lives a bit better, there’s HootSuite.

HootSuite takes all of your social networking sites and bundles them up in one simple location, then it allows you to manage your input and output to those sites, easily and quickly. It’s available for both the iPad and the iPhone, but the iPad is where the app really shines, with the larger screen and cleaner layout.

But you want to learn more, right? Of course you do. Just hit that little (more …) button down there and let’s discover what’s going on with HootSuite.

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In 2010 the MLB At Bat iPad application was demoed as part of the event unveiling the now infamous iPad. Not only did the iPad wow the world, but the MLB At Bat app drew quite a following as well.

Earlier this year there was talk that Major League Baseball did have to rush the development of their iPad application somewhat last year to make the iPad release event deadline. Though it was still very successful in 2010 they wanted to take some time and put it through a full development cycle.

MLB At Bat 2011 was released just in time for opening day. I’m a huge baseball fan so this was great news to me and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It has quickly become one of my most used applications. Let’s take a look at all that is available in this year’s offering.

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If you’re considering getting an iPad, or have been looking for amazing and unique apps for an iPad you already own, chances are you’ve heard of The Elements. This app has been featured in Apple’s demos in addition to earning constant reviews ever since the iPad was released. Most of us struggled to remember the periodic table when in high school chemistry, so why would you want to get a new version of it for your shiny new gadget?

The Elements is an interactive eBook written by Theodare Gray, an author you may know from the Popular Science column “Gray Matter.” He and his team have photographed samples of each element they could and produced a coffee table book filled with high quality imagery and descriptions of each one.

They then redesigned the book for the iPad, bringing the periodic table into the 21st century. Most eBooks are simply a digital copy of the same text you could have bought in dead tree format, so is The Elements any different?

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Macworld is one of, if not the, most popular Apple-based print magazine. For a long time, they’ve had a website that publishes regular content and, naturally, this has been accessible via Safari on your iPad.

However, a few months back the publication launched a native iPad app to distribute content. This was not at all what I expected. I anticipated its function to be similar to the likes of The Daily, or T3, but I was pleasantly surprised. Macworld Reader curates website and iPad-only content in an immersive and well designed application.

Macworld has built up an amazing browsing experience, its iPad optimisation making it one of the best ways to consume content. Could this be the future of iPad magazines?
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In the twelve months that the iPad has been available, Apple has not seen it fit to supply an alarm clock for the iPad. Nevertheless, many users (myself included) use their device as an alarm clock – it’s especially enjoyable to utilise that nice big speaker that the iPad has!

There’s many a clock App available for your devices, one of them being the recently-updated iHome+Sleep app from the self proclaimed ‘experts on alarm clocks’. This particular App provides a customizable alarm manager and clock, while also including the ability to wake to your iPod library. Let’s dive in…

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