The season for parties is here, it’s time to put the extra leaf in the kitchen table and warm up your entertaining skills. As the holidays approach you’ll be hosting dinner parties and open houses, brunches and cocktail soirees. Don’t distress over the thought of planning a party from A to Z, there are plenty of great apps to help you along the way. I’ve selected my favorite, most inspiring and most useful iPad apps for party planning, decor and menus.

From practical utilities for managing guests lists and scheduling kitchen tasks to fanciful apps for coming up with party themes and decor, you’ll find everything you need to make your next bash memorable. As they say, the devil is in the details: fun party invitations build anticipation, thoughtful place settings make guests feel welcome, even your hostess outfit is an opportunity to make a statement.

To learn more about how your iPad can help you be the hostess with the mostess, keeping reading.


With our series on the iPad and Professionals, we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on creative professions. With rare exception, like our article on the iPad in the medical industry, we haven’t spent much time discussing too many industries outside the realm of creative people.

Today, we’re taking a look at a broader industry — the financial industry of Wall Street. The iPad could have a profound effect on how your stock portfolio is managed. What makes it so unique is that there are a ton of apps available for both you and your broker that might give you a bit more control over your investments than you’re used to. This goes way deeper than Mint. Read on for our roundup on some of the best financial apps available for your iPad.


Task and project management apps such as OmniFocus and Things aren’t just popular, they’re a necessity for anyone wanting to keep track of tasks and projects all the way from start to finish. While I probably spend more time trying out new GTD apps than actually getting anything done, I’d be completely lost without any sort of task management app that lets me track individual tasks and projects.

My latest GTD distraction is Firetask, a project-orientated task management app that promises complete and simple control of your tasks so you can spend less time procrastinating and more time, well, getting things done.


I’ve been playing the Infinity Blade games since they were first released a couple years ago. Looking back, it’s stunning how far the iPhone has come since the first one was announced for the iPhone 4. At the time, I hadn’t purchased an iPhone yet and was playing the thing on my trusted third-generation iPod Touch. Then, Infinity Blade was a show-stopping demo. Friends and family were shocked at how incredibly good-looking the game I held in my hand was.

Of course, Infinity Blade has evolved a lot since then. Infinity Blade II tried to ratchet up the storytelling and added some non-linear “choose your own adventure” moments. Much of Infinity Blade III, the most recent instalment in the series, follows the same route, but it also brings some major enhancements to the table. And while we’ve always been talking about Infinity Blade like it was a console game, I’d argue this entry is the first real console game in the series. Except, like always, you can play it on your iOS device. Read on to find out whether or not Infinity Blade III is worth your hard-earned cash.


I may not speak for everyone–and judging by a bevy of social media comments I’ve see, I don’t–but I’ve really enjoyed iOS 7 thus far. From the moment the update install finished, I was captivated by an experience that was both new and familiar. Even now, I still find myself unlocking my iPad and iPhone just to play with the new OS. To say iOS 7 is a major change is an understatement, and I know it’s easy to feel lost or confused about how certain functions now work. Also, there’s quite a number of new features to tinker with.

That’s where I come in. I’ve perused iOS 7 in order to compile a list of useful tips and tricks, which I hope will be of great use to you. So, journey forth and discover! (more…)

Aren’t you tired your alarm waking you up abruptly in the morning and feeling exhausted as soon as you open your eyes, with no energy to get out of bed? In most cases this is due to the fact that your alarm actually woke you up during your deep sleep cycle. There are various ways of overcoming these situations, such as sleep cycle calculators, or soft alarms that you wouldn’t hear unless you’re in a light sleep cycle.

Nevertheless, the most effective solution is to use a system that monitors your sleep cycles and wakes you up at the right time, so you don’t feel as tired in the morning. Smart Alarm Clock is the perfect solution, as it keeps track of your sleep cycles and wakes you up at the right time, but also records all noise disturbances, so you’re fully aware of what affects your sleep.


I, like many adults, used to collect comics. I owned dozens of long boxes, filled to the brim with various copies of X-Men, Spider-Man and Detective. But I eventually traded comic books for cars, and shortly thereafter my collection went away, sold to a man for pennies on the dollar.

Three years ago, I started collecting again. But I didn’t end up in a dusty comic book shop that smelled of vanilla and shame, but instead from the comfort of my living room using the many popular iPad apps built by Comixology. And recently, the game changed again with Marvel Unlimited. But the shape of the online comic book landscape still isn’t that bright. How so? Let’s find out. (more…)

I’ve been an Instapaper devotee for a while. When people talk about their “workflows,” Instapaper is a vital part of mine. There’s a few things I really like about it (especially its business model, but I won’t get political). That being said, iOS 7 is bringing about a sea of change. Between that massive update and Betaworks’ acquisition of Instapaper, I was curious about the other offerings.

Although I know that there’s an update to Instapaper for iPhone that’s pretty nice and a bigger update for iPad coming, Pocket beat them to the market. With the newest updates to Pocket, the app is now built for iOS 7 and comes complete with all the new technologies that the update enables. Read on to find out what I think.


Autumn is my favorite time of year, especially in the kitchen. I’m happiest standing over a pot of soup, stirring gently with my favorite wooden spoon. Arriving home to the inviting aroma of a meaty stew simmering in the slow cooker makes the seasonal change to colder, darker days more bearable. Cooking a big pot of chili is reason enough to have friends over for an impromptu party. I’m always looking for new recipes to try and so I was delighted to find Relish Soups, Stews & Chilis Recipe Collection.

Relish Magazine is known for practical, flavorful recipes created with ingredients that are seasonal and accessible to the masses. The magazine’s colorful, mouth-watering food photos are eye-catching and inspiring. How does America’s largest food magazine taste on the iPad? Keep reading to find out.


One of the best text editors for iOS, the Markdown-powered Byword has been a firm favourite of ours with its simple iCloud and Dropbox integration and clean, distraction-free layout. With the release of iOS 7, the Portuguese-developed app has embraced this and has been updated with a more fitting UI and some other enhancements that make writing any quantity of text even more of a pleasure.

I put the latest release of Byword, now only available for iOS 7, through its paces to see what benefits it brings for those using Apple’s latest iOS release.

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