If you love audiobooks then you’ll have probably come across Audible. Today, we’re looking at the recent addition of an iPad client to their range of listening possibilities. Since Audible is owned by such a large enterprise (it’s an Amazon company) then we should expect a well-presented app of the highest quality that caters for audiobook-loving people everywhere.

In many respects, this is what we get with Audible for the iPad. It includes bookmark synchronisation across e-books and audio streams and also contains a huge back-catalogue of audiobook titles. The app looks the part and for this review, we’ll take it on the road with some in-depth testing to see if it has substance beneath all that gloss, or if it’s simply all for show (after all, you shouldn’t judge an audiobook by its cover!). Read on to find out what we encountered.
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Last week, Jonathan made a very compelling argument as to why we would need an external keyboard on the iPad. Now while I concede that on some occasions this would be a boon — typing on the mini for instance — I have to disagree that an external keyboard is needed. Let me share a few of my thoughts on why I feel that it could even be a hindrance and maybe sway you to agree with me.

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Are you a Giada de Laurentiis fan? I remember watching her in the early days of Food Network on her Emmy award winning show, Everyday Italian. She’s just as likable today as she was then. Giada isn’t just a Food Network celebrity; she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, owned her own catering company and has proven to be an entrepreneur with seemingly endless amounts of enthusiasm and energy. Several years and one child later she’s still going strong, making regular appearances on the Today Show, writing cookbooks and starring in another popular series, Giada at Home.

If you’re a Giada fan then you’ve got to check out the free Giada app featuring recipes from her latest cookbook, “Weeknights with Giada.” The theme is “Quick and simple recipes to revamp dinner.” Many moms out there may find it a comfort that even a famous chef meets challenges when it comes to getting dinner on the table every weeknight after work. Giada is here for you, with plenty of useful tips and encouragement in video “bites” throughout the app. Looking to revitalize your weeknight suppers? Keep reading to learn how Giada can help.

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I’ve been solving hidden object puzzles since I was maybe two. They’re old news. There are a lot of games in the App Store trying to reinvent the wheel on this one, turning them into adventure games or tying them to trivia, but at the end of the day I’m still finding a lasso at the base of the Eiffel Tower. That’s played out.

What’s not played out is cool graffiti monsters and robots bouncing through the air to peppy, electronic pop music. The creatures in Hidden Doodles are surprising, set in intricately drawn environments, and everything’s just a bit brighter than real life. We’re going to see if the gameplay can match all the rad art in Hidden Doodles.

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Are you worried about the impending zombie apocalypse? Do you suffer from kinemortophobia? Then you have come to the right place! We have compiled a list of eight apps and two accessories that are sure to be of great help when that fateful day finally arrives.

What are you waiting for? Hit the jump to read on!

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There was a time when Twitter was a breeding ground for gorgeous user interfaces and great developers. Since Twitter introduced its new API last year, this has changed. A lot of developers are moving. That being said, some developers continue to embrace and improve the platform. The Iconfactory is one of those developers that, despite Twitter’s apocalyptic approach with token limits, continues to update their app and improve it.

With Twitterrific, the entire app gets a whole new (and vastly improved) look. It’s a Twitter app that’s better than the standard Twitter app by leaps and bounds, but also completely different from the rest of the competition. Less mechanical than Tweetbot and more fun than any of the others, Twitterrific is its own beast and well worth exploring. (more…)

This week, we’re asking whether you prefer to use your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode. I personally love landscape mode as it allows me to type easier, it works better with my Smart Cover and it gives me a much better view of my screen, especially when I’m watching videos or editing articles, but sometimes working in portrait view is far easier.

So, it’s over to you! Do you use your iPad mostly in portrait or landscape mode, or a bit of both? Let us know in the poll box on the right!

Apple’s mobile empire is wide-ranging, both in terms of products, and in terms of units sold. It’s worth remembering, though, that devices such as the iPad and the iPhone wouldn’t exist without Apple’s long-standing commitment to music. The iPad, however, has been somewhat neglected when it comes to audio.

Presumably, this state of affairs is something that developer, Clever and Son, wants to address with the release of their hot-off-the-press app, Couch Music Player. Described as “the music playback app your iPad has been crying out for,” Couch Player aims to improve on the somewhat clunky usability of the inbuilt iOS Music app. But is Couch Player anything more than a shiny new wrapper?

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Upon the iCloud API being introduced, it was no secret that developers were somewhat slow to take advantage of what it offered. The feature allowed game developers to do things like store users’ game saves in the cloud, but many developers already had systems in place that did exactly this. What benefits would they get from moving to Apple’s service? This of course wasn’t the only functionality that came with iCloud, but, regardless, developers weren’t exactly enthusiastic. There wasn’t much reason for them to do extra work and adopt a new system that came with little up front benefit. Especially when, in the case of game developers, they already had things like OpenFeint that managed many of the same things.

Slowly but surely, however, developers of all different kinds of apps started to adopt iCloud as an easy way to back up and sync various kinds of data across devices. Games use the service to back up your save states for future recovery, to-do list apps use it to keep your lists in harmony across all your devices, and word processing apps — including Apple’s own Pages — use the service to save all your work to the cloud, accessible from anywhere you may need it. I’ve compiled a list of ten apps that do these and more on your iPad, so hit the break to read about them–you might even find an app you’ve never heard of before!

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It’s time to suit up, people! There’s work to be done — rivals to crush, moles to help escape, zombie-fearing citizens to infect, cute and cuddly space monsters to transport from galaxy to galaxy, and a melodic Tuniverse to explore.

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