Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but there is still time to start planning if you haven’t already. This week I’ve selected another free app that promises to help you plan your menu, schedule the cooking and cope with kitchen disasters. Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking boasts 75 recipes, plus how-to videos, Turkey tips and wine pairing ideas. They aim to provide the whole package, from planning to shopping to cooking the meal.

Does the app deliver on functionality? Can the classic Fine Cooking put out an app that’s modern and inspiring for home cooks? Keep reading to find out.


With the convergence of technologies in the living room, it was only a matter of time before games consoles and mobile devices, such as the iPad, collided. This Second screen experience has been around for a while with apps of varying degrees of quality and functionality. Wether it’s Sony’s BEYOND Touch, an app that lets you use your iOS device as a control device for Beyond: Two Souls, or Microsoft’s Halo Waypoint, that provided a real-time map of the matchmaking game you were currently playing in Halo: Reach, the purpose was always to add a new level of interaction and replay value to games, providing an enhanced experience for gamers.

With the launch of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the latest in the long-running franchise, Ubisoft has also released Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Companion on the iPad that offers a great experience and genuinely adds to the game, not detract from it.


Apple worked very hard on developing iOS 7, the most recent release of its mobile operating system, which effectively transformed the stale user interface to something more colorful. As usual, it received mixed reviews. Some people called it “flat”, while others believed its colors rendered it “childish”.

It’s a fact that people don’t like change, so negative reactions to iOS 7 are not surprising. Apple’s recent update to the Remote app, on the other hand, is quite unexpected. It includes a full redesign to fit snugly with iOS 7. But strangely, it goes beyond the call of duty here, introducing new and foreign UI elements. Usually I would praise experimentation, but in this case, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing. (more…)

When Apple announced the release of iPhoto for iPad last year, many people, including myself, ditched their current image editing app in favor of the newcomer, simply because of the prestigious reputation of the software itself. But, the question is, how does iPhoto for iPad compare to the likes of Photogene, an application that has been an App Store favorite for over half a decade? Read on to find out!


Gneo is an interesting task management app that tries to do things very differently. On first glance, the app appears to be a cross between Trello and any other GTD app, but what sets it apart is its advanced feature set and rather unique take on overseeing your entire task list.

The app isn’t without fault and, in some instances, the app can be frustrating but it sets itself apart with a fresh perspective on task and project management that stops this from being just another todo app.


Web design and development is a complex process — one that often necessitates either a great deal of skill or a great deal of money. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible and, for websites with a much smaller audience, not always needed. However, with a massive market of WYSIWYG-esque web creation tools out there, it’s not too difficult of an issue to overcome.

Jimdo is one such service that allows you to produce, manage and maintain a basic website through a complimentary iPad app. In this article, we’re going to take a look at Jimdo for iPad, take a tour to get you started and see whether it’s the solution you should be choosing for website creation and management on your iPad. (more…)

Asking fans of Propellerhead’s Reason software what keeps them coming back, you’ll hear a lot of answers about how modular it is, how creatively inspiring…but you’ll also hear about Thor.

The flagship synth has been the heart and soul of Reason since its introduction in version 4 of the desktop software, and now we can harness that power wherever we go with Thor for iPad. But does the mobile music world have room for another synth? We put Thor through its paces to find out!


I’ve written a couple times about how much I rely on my RSS feed. After the demise of Google Reader, I switched to Feed Wrangler and didn’t look back. The service is fast and consistently reliable, and I love that its open API integrates with a ton of other apps for iOS.

I’m always on the look for new RSS experiences. Turbine Reader offers exactly that: it’s designed from the ground up for iOS 7, tries to put a focus on content, and integrates with Feed Wrangler and NewsBlur (with the developer promising to work with more services soon). But is it worth displacing your favourite RSS app from your home screen? Read on to find out.


The countdown to Turkey Day has begun! Whether it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family or you’re an old pro, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools in your belt. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mobile app that actually planned your preparation schedule and synced with your calendar? Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual boasts a good selection of inspiring recipes, technique demo videos, clever tips and menu planning functionality to help you execute your menu like a pro.

Is this free app worth checking out? Read on for the full breakdown.


I’ve made no qualms about the fact that one of my most-used iPad apps is Instapaper. It’s been on my iPad since the first day I got one, making a meaningful difference in my day-to-day life that helps me be more efficient. Thanks to Instapaper, I’m saving anything and everything I find on the Web that I want to “read later.”

That being said, before today’s update for Instapaper to reflect some of the changes made to the iPhone design, the app has been lacking next to some of its colleagues. Today’s update changes a lot of that. Does it make the app better for longtime users on iOS 7? Read on to find out.


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