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In today’s world of light notebook toting individuals and mobile society, many of us forget the large displays of our desktop computers and look forward to the small displays of our Macbook Air and ultraportable devices.

Sometimes, however, the small displays on our notebooks just don’t cut it in terms of screen real estate for some projects or applications. Sometimes we need a little extension. External monitors are a great solution to this problem, but what if your iPad could fill that need?

Air Display solves the problem of normal external displays and lets you use your iPad as a wireless external display for your notebook or desktop Mac. Let’s check it out!

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The more I use it as a serious writing tool, the more impressed and more enamoured I am with my iPad. I’ve mostly used a few of the distraction-free writing apps that are around – iA Writer, Plaintext, Elements, and (my current favourite) Notesy. The truth is, though, that I am actually quite dedicated to writing by hand: there are not many things I prefer to sitting down with a notebook and a Palomino Blackwing pencil, and simply moving my hand from left to right across the page.

So this is not an article about writing on an iPad. It’s actually about writing with an iPad: about the iPad as a writer’s companion, and two apps I’ve found to be essential reference tools whilst writing.

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We recently reviewed Screens; a solid VNC client for iOS. Josiah Oakley found it to be a powerful and lightening quick application for accessing your computer remotely, even commenting that:

Screens is the ultimate VNC client for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch!

In the interest of competition, and to provide robust coverage of the apps in this category, I’m going to take a look at LogMeIn Ignition; a flexible, formidable, and ultimately useful app for gaining remote access. Read on to get an overview of LogMeIn’s most powerful features and see whether it merits its price tag!

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When the iPad was first introduced, it didn’t come with a weather app. Most people thought it was simply an oversight in the keynote presentation. Steve Jobs didn’t want to sacrifice precious time on what was certainly an auxiliary to the headlining features of the iPad.

Then the iPad shipped, and the official iOS Weather app was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, iPad owners didn’t have much to worry about. By the time the iPad went on sale, Apple’s legion of iOS developers were just itching to fill the void.

But eagerness alone doesn’t translate into quality. For the last 14 months, there haven’t been any real standout weather applications – except apps like Weather HD, a beautiful but less than practical source of information. A lot of the traditional standbys are there, ones from the big names in the weather industry. The apps they had were adequate, but far from compelling. Remember though, the App Store ecosystem is special because it puts independent developers on a level playing field with these bigger, more established companies.

Today I’m proud to present an app from an indie development team that takes a different, more aesthetic approach to presenting the weather on the iPad. Aelios, from Jilion. If you’re a fan of beautiful, useful apps, you’re really going to love this one.

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