Without a doubt one of my favourite ways to use my iPad is as my personal small-screen cinema. Unfortunately, the stock Videos app is incredibly lacklustre in almost every department. This is where CineXPlayer comes in, as it is without a doubt the most powerful video player available for iOS.

Truth be told, up until recently I was fairly impartial about CineXPlayer as my video player, but when it received a new update a few weeks bringing with it a slew of new features and a stunning revamped interface, it cemented itself as my video player of choice. But why bother replacing the stock Videos app with a third-party one, you ask? Eell, along with the extra features that these apps have, the main advantage is being able to directly copy your video over to your iPad — regardless of its format — eliminating basically the need for converting your video files.

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You likely know what a chameleon is. But have you ever heard of a CandyMeleon? And did you know that narwhals are crazy about deli sandwiches?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to command your own starship? Or considered how incredible life would be if you were Tony Stark? You’ll find the answers to these questions and others inside this week’s roundup of games. Click “more” to take a closer look.

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Growing attached to apps and services is something we have all done as iOS users — with Sparrow being a particular sore point. Difficulties can arise when developers attempt to improve upon their previous efforts in the name of innovation and improvement; however, as with Skitch, such plans aren’t so easily fulfilled. Therefore, upon hearing my favourite app of 2012 was being redeveloped, I listened with more than a little trepidation. As it turns out the team have released a brand new app filled with mind blowing audio and visuals, once again blowing my mind.

Again based upon Nick Risinger’s stunning cosmological photography, Sky Guide is the new iteration of Sky Survey — the most beautiful app in the App Store, until now. Like Apple, Risinger knows even the best products can be improved and with Sky Guide his team have brought a wealth of new material to give any astronomy enthusiast goosebumps. The idea may remain the same but there’s plenty of features to get excited about whilst scanning the Milky Way. Let’s take a look.

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Don’t you sometimes wish you had some additional screen space when working on your computer? The easy solution to this would be getting an extra monitor, but these are bulky and costly. Mini Display can easily solve your problem by transforming your iPad into an external display. This way, you can use your iPad as a second screen to display additional content.
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Hey bedroom musicians out there, do you ever feel limited whilst you’re writing songs because you don’t have anybody to work out ideas with? I know I do, and I recently took an interest in creating a bigger sound through looping. But every piece of gear that I found out there for doing so was out of my hobby budget.

That’s how I found Loopy – an iOS app for recording and looping multiple tracks in real time. It’s a pretty cool tool for any musician out there interested in easily creating a number of layers to play around with. Want to check it out? Then read on after the break.
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I want to read more, especially more literature that’s really worthwhile. But, if I’m being honest, when I’ve tried to tackle poetry in the past, I’ve felt overwhelmed and have never known where to start. Without the proper tools to understand what’s going on in a poem, I felt like really great literature was just being wasted on me.

Helping me and other novice poetry aficionados is Poems By Heart. By breaking poems down into manageable chunks, it becomes a lot easier for those intimidated by what may seem like an opaque world of black turtlenecks and smoky coffeehouses to get a foothold. (more…)

I spent many a college day whiling away the hours on Sporcle.com, a trivia quiz website jam-packed full of games. One of these games was Famous Faces (Badly Drawn), a surprisingly difficult quiz in which you had to name as many of the 48 on-screen characters as you can within an eight minute time frame.

Much to my delight, Famous Faces (Badly Drawn) is now available to play on iOS under the name of Badly Drawn Faces, albeit in a slightly different format. Can you guess which celebrity is being (badly) drawn? Find out after the jump!

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App.net (ADN) is probably the most talked-about social network of recent times — and it’s extremely easy to see why. OK, so microblogging is nothing new in the virtual world (yes, I’m looking at you, Twitter) but ADN really is the model that I’d love to see Twitter emulate.

For starters, you can post messages of up to 256 characters (sometimes, 140 just isn’t enough) and it feels a lot cleaner than Twitter — there’s no spam bots, sponsored links or pretentious retweets — just pure, unadulterated bliss. And with developers cottoning on to ADN, it’s now supported by a growing number of programs — including a number of iPad clients which Nathan Snelgrove rounded up for you recently.

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I became a vastly better student once I started using my iOS products to better my studies instead of allowing them to simply distract me. We are in an unprecedented digital age: the phones in our pockets and tablets in our hands are ten times more powerful than the computers that could barely fit on planes fifty years ago. And we have the power of the Internet.

A bit less than a year ago, I took a Spanish course at the university level. In Canada, our second language is French, and I haven’t had a lot of experience with Spanish. I quite explosively failed the course. You might be wondering why that makes me a good candidate to teach you about how to learn a language with your iPad. In all honesty, I’m going to tell you what I didn’t do, because what I did do certainly didn’t work. So let’s get started. (more…)

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a fan of App.net (ADN). I’ve reviewed ADN clients at iPad.AppStorm’s iPhone and Android sister sites, and I think the future of the platform is brighter than any of us might know right now. As it is though, this is a social network still in its infancy and it’s hard to find an app you’ll love using with it.

With that in mind, I thought it’d be worth taking a look at your options on the iPad platform. There’s a huge variety of interfaces available, even within the apps currently available, and you’re likely to find something you’ll fall in love with here.

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