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Whether you travel frequently or trade multiple currencies on a daily basis, a currency converter will always come handy. There’s a handful of them on the App Store, but I’ve realized many aren’t intuitive enough when you need them the most. Indeed, when you’re trying to bargain a price in a local flea market and have to fight with your handheld device to get the conversion rate, you’re not at an advantage. The same applies when converting large amounts you’re trading, especially when you need to do it fast. Thankfully, Smart Coin solves the problem as it’s a gorgeous and intuitive app that takes a one-screen approach, so you get all the information you need at a glance.

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As any photographer will know, regardless of what equipment they possess, or the quality of their technique, camera-derived art is as much based on post-capture processing, as it is on the pressing of a shutter button and all that leads up to it. The iPhone was one of the first devices truly to combine these two halves of image-making into one package, and as a result, iOS is blessed with both good variety and good quality in the image editing department.

Sadly, many of these fine apps don’t make it onto the iPad, or at least not in a format optimized for the larger screen. This is, of course, because few iPad owners use their tablets for anything other than posterity snaps. But as a keen photographer myself, I’m often left wishing that I could utilize that large ten-inch expanse for some editing; let us not forget that Apple, themselves, manufacture a Camera Connection Kit to facilitate the uploading of externally-taken images.

So imagine my joy when I discovered recently that Afterlight (formerly Afterglow), the iPhone editor of the discerning applier of filters, had been updated to version 1.9, and optimized for iPad in the process. How well has it made the transition, and can it set a new benchmark for photo fiddling on the biggest brother of the iOS family? I set about finding out…

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Sometimes, I play video games. And sometimes, when I play video games, I play RPGs. I wasted more hours on Skyrim than I care to admit (not-so-curiously, the money I spent on ordering in pizza skyrocketed after that game’s release). I went to a university where our idea of fun on a Friday was playing Borderlands together. People on my floor still loved the old Pokemon games on Game Boy. And yes, we spent many a night re-watching Star Wars.

Despite that, though, I’d never played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (which I’m hereon shortening as KOTOR). It wasn’t because I had something against RPGs or Star Wars, clearly. I had simply never had the opportunity. When KOTOR celebrated its tenth anniversary with an iPad version of the now-classic game, I took note and picked up a copy. Read on to find out if it translates well to the iPad and if it’s worth laying down hard-earned cash for.

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So often, it’s the flashy graphics and prime soundtrack that pull me into games, but at the end of the day, it takes more than that to really connect with any app, game or not. If it’s all flash and no substance, it won’t sit long on my home screen. There’s little flash in Ending, but what it’s missing in the looks department, it more than makes up for in solid gameplay. I’ll take a look at why Ending is such a great game and why you should give it a shot. (more…)

Whether you run a small business or are self-employed, being able to take credit card as a form of payment is usually a necessity as any of us rarely carry cash anymore and prefer the level of security that using plastic brings.

iZettle is a mobile payment service that combines an iOS app and credit card reader into a complete Point of Sale system. Using iZettle, anyone can set up an iPad to take payments for any goods and services quickly and easily. Whilst this sounds like an almost perfect solution, can you really replace your checkout counter with an iPad?

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I hate packing, don’t you? I usually end up putting it off until literally an hour or two before I’m due to leave, run around the house frantically dumping items into a suitcase, and spend the first part of my trip worrying that I have forgotten something.

This year, I am determined to be more organized, and have enlisted the help of Packing Pro to ensure that I do not forget my passport, toothbrush, or anything else for that matter. Hit the jump to read more.

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One of the most exciting aspects with iOS are the possibilities which exist that make our lives easier. I previously said how much I enjoy finding new ways for iOS to make my home life easier. Whether it is cooking or monitoring home temperature, iOS is leading the way in home automation.

One category of items that is becoming increasingly popular is iOS web cameras. One of the companies taking the pain out of monitoring and setting up a wireless camera is Dropcam. Their model of a Cloud Video Recording (CVR) service intrigued me and I have been really happy with it — since having the camera it has made me feel safer and has even caught an attempted break-in on camera! Keep reading on to see why Dropcam is one of the best wireless cameras on the market.

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I love options. With access to the App Store with over 375,000 apps available, you’ll have plenty of them — and the category of news readers is no exception. The fairly new on the scene app, Thirst, claims to be “a personalized newspaper that really matters to you.” But I’ve heard similar promises from other apps and been disappointed.

My biggest question going into this review was, “Is this news reader really going to be that different in order to make it stand out?” So, in a cluttered category how does Thirst stack up? Read on to find out.

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I’m a fan of getting things done apps, and I have more than one on my iPad. That’s not just because I like them so much, though. One app never seems to have all of the features I want, and I want to create the best task management solution, piecemeal. I’m trying out Todoist, because it seems to have some features I’ve been looking for but haven’t been able to pin down. Will it be all I need in a single app? We’ll see after the jump. (more…)

Writer’s block is a common condition and one that’s really hard to shake off when it hits. Sometimes you’re stuck on how to develop your writing beyond what you have, or sometimes it’s just that you can’t seem to get started. Running out of inspiration is never good, but at least when you’re typing on an iPad, there’s some tools to support your issue.

Prompts is the answer to your creative problem — a simple, minimalist writing app at its core with a bank of more than 1,000 starting lines for your next big hit. Load up the app, start a new piece and use the randomly generated line as your inspiration. Let’s take a look! (more…)

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