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I don’t know about you, but one of my first jobs in the morning is to get an overview of the upcoming day’s events. That includes reminding myself of pre-scheduled calendar dates and to-dos, but it also includes matters arising from incoming news and data.

To gather all the information I mention above, though, requires at least three different apps, and that doesn’t include checking the latest weather forecast. The obvious response to this, it would seem to me, is to ask: why? This, perhaps, was roughly the pattern of thought which lead Jeff Dlouhy and Chris Masterson — who, together, are known as the app development company Tamper – to create a new app called Morning.

Within the walls of its minimalist interface, Morning is designed to provide users with “everything they need to start their day off right in one glance,” according to the company’s press release. But can this $2.99 hub of data really replace your traditional morning tour of apps in one fell swoop? Let’s find out.

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A well-designed, feature-rich sports app is something of a marvel on a mobile platform. While dozens of programs exist, the best are usually limited to specific sports or teams. Those that don’t have these limitations then run in to an even larger problem: how does one app show statistics and results from dozens of sports, each with dozens of teams?

The answer to that question might come from an unexpected source: Yahoo.

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I need to get up and get moving, but when I’m surrounded with so much technology, that can be hard. Everything I want is at my fingertips. Luckily, now even the exercise motivation I need is on my iPad.

FitStar is a slick app that tests your fitness and helps slot you into a fitness plan that’s right for your needs and fitness level. Can FitStar outpace all the discarded exercise DVDs at the back of my closet, or will it lose its place on my home screen? (more…)

I’m terrible at sending greeting cards, but I love receiving them. This makes me a horrible person, and I feel really bad about it. It’s just that scouring those racks and racks of cards during holidays, even the smaller, made up holidays, fills me with such anxiety. Once I’ve got all of my cards, I still have to fill them all out, address them, and ship them off. Let’s hope I have enough stamps!

Felt is taking a lot of the pressure off by taking on a lot of the work of sending greeting cards for you. You just choose the card, write the message, and tell Felt where to send it. I’ll see how Felt stands up to the supermarket aisle when it comes to letting your loved ones know just how loved they are. (more…)

Flipboard exemplifies the modern, successful application. Since its release, it has outwitted some of the most successful magazine and news organizations of the century. Many attribute its success to the innovative interface, which combines elements found in high-profile magazines with the fluidity of modern digital design, but others find the very idea behind the app to be the most intriguing aspect. The premise of Flipboard is obvious: in an age when opening a Twitter client also downloads a deluge of updates and information, Flipboard automatically sifts through the rubble and reveals only the truly great content hiding in the mundane updates that populate modern social networks. (more…)

こんにちは!お元気ですか? At least that’s what you’ll be saying a couple of weeks after using Japanese from MindSnacks – a really fun and easy way to learn basic Japanese on your iPad (the phrase means, “Hello! How are you?”). I’m a real sucker for language learning apps (seeing as I learn German) and any new ones instantly attract my attention. But, most of the offerings out there on the App Store seem to just be either just phrasebooks, offering you the kind of vocabulary that you would only need to get by a tourist, or just flashcard apps where you have to memorise a list of set phrases, without actually understanding the language properly.

Japanese is different, however. It uses a variety of different games and techniques to help you learn a language properly, instead of just repeating it parrot-fashion. MindSnacks, the developers, also offer similar apps for learning either French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Chinese, but what really interested me about Japanese is precisely how the app teaches you to read the language (i.e. how does the user actually learn the Japanese characters), as the Japanese language is not only extremely difficult to learn for native speakers of English, but the many different writing systems (romanji, katakana, kanji and hiragana).

Let’s dive right in and find out if Japanese by MindSnacks is the best way to learn this fantastic and diverse language on your iPad.

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Cards on the table, I don’t practice my math skills as much as I should. After years of expensive education, I’ve sort of given up and figure I’ve probably forgotten all of those classes. Can I do multiplication anymore? What is division even? Addtraction is a thing, right?

That’s why I decided to give Sakura Quick Math a go. It’s a great app for brushing up my basic math skills as an adult, and it can even help kids who are still trying to get things figured out. I’ll see if it can set me straight and whether I can get back on track. (more…)

I love reading the news on my iPad, especially because its big screen is very convenient to have a quick glance at the headlines and read them when seating comfortably. While there are a bunch of great news aggregators and RSS readers on the App Store, I wanted an app with a simple interface, great features and, most importantly, one that could sync with Google Reader — or a replacement service. Newsify was exactly what I was looking for: a clean interface, superloaded features and synchronization with Google Reader, which the developers will soon replace with Feedly.
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While there was nothing wrong with Tapbots apps, Tweetbot and Netbot, I had grown increasingly disenchanted with them and craved something new and fresh. When Twitterrific 5 made its debut, I quickly jumped ship and haven’t looked back. Unfortunately, at that time, Netbot remained the best option for App.net and thus I was resigned to using it.

This Monday, however, things changed drastically. Felix, previously only available on the iPhone, crashed the scene by making a big splash. Overnight it catapulted to the top spot in charts across the globe. The success is much deserved and needless to say… Netbot no longer resides on my iPad.

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Don’t you hate it when you walk in at work and your colleagues are talking about the latest Game of Thrones episode that aired last night, which you once again forgot to watch? If you’re tired of missing your favorite TV shows, have no fear, Episodes is the app you need. Not only will it remind you about your favorite show airing tonight, it’ll also provide you with additional information on a series or an episode in particular.
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