I’ve reviewed a lot of calendar apps in the past six months. I like to think of them as one of the trends in design, particularly since Apple’s own app seems so disregarded at this point. Ever since Twitter started shutting the doors on third-party developers, it seems like weather and calendar apps have been the “it” things to build.

Most of the development is happening with iPhones, and there are some truly great apps to be had on that side of the iOS playing field. With the iPad though, I hadn’t tried anything that really did much for me. Most of them were boring visually and dry as far as features go. But that all changed recently with Calendars 5 for iPad, the new app from the visionaries over at Readdle.

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This month of Foodie Fridays is all about apps that make it easier to gather round the table as a family. I’ve issued a challenge: make a goal to cook supper at home five nights a week. Autumn is the perfect time to start fresh, creating a new routine. The key to success: keep it simple. This isn’t about fancy recipes with long lists of ingredients and complex steps. It’s about getting dinner on the table fast, everyone in the family pitching in and maybe even having fun.

Last Friday, I encouraged you to make a fresh start with The Photo Cookbook – Simple & Delicious. We’re taking baby steps in the right direction, beginning with a collection of basic recipes for busy people who don’t necessarily love to cook but want to avoid ordering takeout. This week I’ve selected BBC Good Food Quick Recipes, which offers more creative dishes featuring global cuisines. Keep reading to find out how this app can help you continue your new routine with quick, easy, flavorful meals.

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Professional and at-home DJs have been offering praise for djay throughout its evolution from freeware to an app. But it’s not one to rest on its laurels. Djay 2, its latest evolution, has just been released with enhancements that make it even easier to use on the fly at the club or in the privacy of your own home.

But is easier necessarily better? Are more gimmicks a boon or a bane to what is typically a simple-to-use app? Find out after the jump.
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In our last couple articles in our series on the iPad and Professionals, we’ve been looking at photographers/artists and filmmakers. This week, I’m going to take as in-depth a look as possible on the iPad and musicians.

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The original Reeder was widely regarded as the best feed reader on the iPad, something we wholeheartedly agreed with in our Reeder for iPad review. Unfortunately, Google Reader was shut down earlier this year which not only forced its users to find a replacement platform but also had developers scrambling to update their apps.

Silvio Rizzi, the developer of Reeder, wanted to ensure that any update to one of the most popular RSS apps wasn’t just a rushed job, taking the decision to pull the iPad version from the App Store until an all-new app was ready with support for multiple services. Whilst Reeder for iPhone gained some support for other services, Reeder for iPad required a complete rewrite, something that would wait until the next version.

Well, Reeder is back in the App Store with an all-new app for both iPad and iPhone. Does absence really make the heart grow fonder or has Reeder been gone too long?

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Back in the days where MySpace was the king of social networks, Digg was the news aggregator sites. But competition from sites such as Reddit began to draw users away from Digg and their disastrous re-launch in 2008, known as Digg v4, would be their undoing.

But since then, Digg has undergone somewhat of a renaissance under the watchful eye of Betaworks and has completely changed and, whilst its core values remain unchanged, this is not the same service we’ve used before. Add to that their brand-new RSS service that was released shortly after Google discontinued their Reader platform and you have the makings of a truly remarkable content aggregator.

As Digg now offers two services, content curation and RSS, we put Digg for iPad through its paces to see if it can truly be a one-stop source for all your news and content consumption.

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The iPad has been around since 2010. It ushered in a new wave of computing and user experience design, all of it centred around a highly-interactive glass pane. So it’s sort of surprising that some apps really don’t differ much from their desktop versions. Safari is a perfect example of this — while browsing the Internet on Safari is a lovely experience with iPad, the interface largely remains unchanged.

Some people would argue this is a good thing and creates a sense of consistency. Others, like the folks behind the Opera browser, would argue otherwise. Opera’s new browser, Coast, is an attempt to completely reinvent what browsing on an iPad should be like. Read on for my thoughts on the new app.

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I’ve followed the fitness tips on Fitsugar.com for a long time now, so when they released their own app, I was eager to give FIT FIX a spin. I tried out some of the workouts and other features, such as workout planning and scheduling, to see whether it would make a good addition to my fitness regime. I’ll let you know what I found out and tell you how FIT FIX stands up. (more…)

Now, is it just me, or are children’s television and literary characters a little bit, well, bland lately? Can you honestly see Bob the Builder being around another hundred years from now like Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit? No, me neither.

Move over Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, our childhood classics are now available on iOS and they are better than ever. Hit the jump for a trip down memory lane.

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Well, we’ve come to the conclusion of our Secondary Pythonista series. “Evaluating the End Product” is the title, but if you’ve been following along at home, you know our script is not complete. In the first part of this article we’ll finalize the script. In the second part we’ll review what we’ve done through this series, and where we could go with our little script.

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