Summer is fast approaching, and although for some of us the weather may not have caught up with the season – that’s no reason to not celebrate the impending sun and fun that will be upon us shortly. In this post, I have compiled a great collection of wallpapers perfect for getting you in the summer mood every time you look at your iPad!
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I’m sure I speak for quite a number of people here when I say that the default video player on the iPad really sucks. I’ve squirrelled it away in an Apple folder somewhere on the third or fourth home screen of my iPad because I don’t want its ugly logo and crappy features clogging up my home screen. Why is this, you are probably wondering? Apple designed the iPad as a multimedia device, yet they make it incredibly difficult to watch your own videos on your device, without having to buy them off the iTunes Store first. On my old Android tablet, I used to whack everything onto a mini SD card, stick it in and press Play on my media player. Sorry to put my loyalties elsewhere, but that experience was a whole lot smoother.

Although there are hundreds of video apps out there on the App Store, a large number of them have horrible, blocky interfaces that look like they’ve been thrown together in a couple of minutes over a cigarette break. What I love in apps is a great design — a clean, crisp interface — as this shows the developers pride themselves both on the looks and functionality of their app. And I think that Infuse ticks both of these boxes. Let’s find out, shall we?

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The story of science fiction television adventurers SG-1 was recently expanded with the release of Stargate SG-1: Unleashed. After ten years on the air, Stargate SG-1 had a large and loyal following, but fans haven’t heard much of their favorite Earth-saving team in more than a few years. I’ll find out if this new chapter in the Stargate SG-1 saga lives up to fans’ expectations and whether it has anything to offer newcomers to the franchise, too. (more…)

A real asset to Pythonista is the enthusiastic developer community that’s sprung up around the app. The Pythonista Forums are a rich source of support when struggling to debug a script of your own, or when looking to release a script for use by the rest of the Pythonista community.

As it has become a common place to post Pythonista scripts, we’ll be showing off a few select examples found in the Pythonista forums to help give you an idea of the sort of thing Pythonista is capable of. We’ll also explain how to integrate a script from the web into your copy of Pythonista.

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While no app could be fairly expected to replace the hands-on intuitiveness and sense of satisfaction that comes from traditional crafting, its digital counterpart can nonetheless prove a useful companion in the quest to knit the perfect sweater.

Here are ten apps that will not only give analog crafting a run for its money, but can also assist you with non-digital endeavors such as knitting and beading. Click “more” to read on.

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Ask any system administrator and they’ll tell you that remote access is crucial to their work. Whether it’s to install an update on a computer for their boss at their home office or perform maintenance on a web server in Shanghai, remote access via SSH or Telnet is the foundation of maintaining any IT infrastructure and in times when remote access is required, many sysadmins would instinctively reach for their laptop.

Prompt, by Panic, is an SSH and Telnet client for the iPad that lets users remotely connect to computers. Is it good enough to serve as an alternative to the sysadmin’s trusty laptop? Let’s find out.
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This is really an idea that I’ve been floating around for a while now but I’d love to get the opinion from you, our readers, to see whether it’d be a good one or not. In short, the podcast would be focused on iPad-related news, opinions and apps. We’d rotate through our writers so you would get to hear a different voice and opinion each week and we’d have a weekly “hot theme” that we’d like to discuss, for example, the best way to read news on your iPad and so on.

If you could cast your vote in this week’s poll on the right then this would really help me judge how our readers will react to it and whether it will be a success or not. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me on Twitter: @james_cull.

Many thanks!

The premise sounds simple enough. We’re here to play golf. Get the little ball that starts on one side of the course into the little hole on the other side. And yet, with Super Stickman Golf, we see how deliciously complicated that process can become. Noodlecake Studios did a fantastic job imagining this classic game. And now they’re back again with Super Stickman Golf 2. Is it the same old story? Is it a different take on the same game? Is it worth trying? Let me try and give you a taste of this great app.
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Wouldn’t it be great if the father of modern cuisine, Auguste Escoffier, were at your side offering his knowledge as you cook in the kitchen? The Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, with the help of the Futura app developers, want to provide you with all the tools you need to be a confident cook with Escoffier Cook’s Companion. This app aims to be a handy kitchen reference guide, timer, measurement converter and more, plus it’s free. Sound too good to be true? Keep reading to find out.

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A week ago, Nathan Snelgrove looked at Zephyr, a slick and feature-packed ADN client for both the iPad and iPhone. The app got a solid 8 out of 10 rating and he concluded by stating, “…it holds a lot of potential, and if the developer is working on it, we’re looking at an ADN client that could be the go-to in six months’ time. As it stands, the most feature-packed options are Netbot (which is still too similar to Tweetbot for my own liking) or Felix (which is only for iPhone)”.

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