When I came across Giada De Laurentis’s latest app, Giada: A Digital Weekly, I was intrigued. A weekly magazine for the iPad—how come no one else in the food scene is doing this? It seems like a fantastic idea, because we all want information in smaller and smaller bites these days. I hold onto digital issues of my favorite magazines, waiting until I have the time to sit down and savor all the stories, recipes and tips (this can take an hour or more). The idea of receiving smaller magazine issues more often sounded appealing. I envisioned reading through a brief foodie zine during those moments sitting on a bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or eating my lunch. It would be nice to have a quick look and come away with a couple of good ideas to inspire that night’s supper or my next weekend getaway destination.

Does the innovative Giada: A Digital Weekly offer subscribers enough to stay interested? Keep reading to find out.

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I’ve been writing this series on the iPad and Professionals for a long time, and even I’ve learned a lot in the process (having to write about job categories you’re not involved in forces you to do that). That being said, there is one huge category we’ve largely been ignoring: The average person.

In this week’s article, we’re going to be taking a look at the iPad and business management. The apps I want to take a look at cover the gamut from time management to invoicing, and hopefully get you off to a good start.

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Although still one of the most universal and reliable forms of communication, email is quickly becoming stagnant and in need of a change. Despite it being an undertaking of epic proportions, many have taken up the challenge and new services and apps have started populating our devices and permeating our workflows.

One such app for which I had high hopes was Evomail. It promised exquisite design, innovative features and a streamlined experience. Sadly though, it fell short of the mark.

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I think everybody needs a dictionary and a thesaurus, regardless of profession. With the advent of our smartphones and tablets, they’re a lot easier to cart around. Much like cameras, the most important dictionary or thesaurus you have isn’t the oversized monster of a medical dictionary you have on your shelf, but the one you have on your person. So apps are important.

Much like camera apps, though, a good app can make a huge difference. Up until recently, I’ve been using the Merriam Webster app, which was sufficient but certainly not impressive. That’s why I’m glad that Greg Pierce, the developer behind the widely acclaimed Drafts, got in touch with me about Terminology 3, the iOS 7 update to his popular — and much-loved — dictionary app. After only a couple days of use, Terminology 3 has earned a permanent place on all my iOS devices. Read on to find out why a dictionary app is worth every bit of your hard-earned cash.

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It was a tuesday, and since I got home from the office early that day, I decided to pop into my son’s daycare to take him home. As I open the door, I see him (wearing a fireman’s hat) with two other boys, all crowded around a PC screen. They keep touching the CRT and my son says, “It’s broken.”

The touchscreen — and more specifically, the popularity of the iPhone and iPad — have changed the way we interact with technology. A few years ago, Steve Jobs was insistent that touchscreen computers just weren’t going to take off. But my three-year-old boy says different. And I think he might be right. (more…)

When it launched just over a year and a half ago, Clear received a lot of hype. For good reason: it was like no other task management app out there. However, it only graced the screens of iPhones and iPods. Until now.

With the debut of iOS 7, the world of Clear became available to all the sizes and shapes of Apple devices with Clear+, the new universal installment of the app. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the app’s performance on the iPad. Does it live up to its original ? Find out after the break.

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I love Pinboard. Until not long ago, I was doubting whether or not I thought it would be a valuable purchase, but holy cow, do I love Pinboard. My problem is finding an iOS app that I really like using Pinboard with — one that meets high standards in design and functionality. It has to work and do most of what I need it to, but it also has to look stunning. Whether or not that makes me shallow is trivial — nobody wants to use ugly apps.

Until recently, none of the apps I’d seen or tried — and even some of the heavily-endorsed apps like Pushpin — are aesthetically pleasing to me. On iOS 7, all of them seem too textured or too heavy for my liking. That’s why I was insanely excited about Pincase — a Pinboard app exclusively for the new iOS. Read on to find out if Pincase can be your new Pinboard home.

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The season for parties is here, it’s time to put the extra leaf in the kitchen table and warm up your entertaining skills. As the holidays approach you’ll be hosting dinner parties and open houses, brunches and cocktail soirees. Don’t distress over the thought of planning a party from A to Z, there are plenty of great apps to help you along the way. I’ve selected my favorite, most inspiring and most useful iPad apps for party planning, decor and menus.

From practical utilities for managing guests lists and scheduling kitchen tasks to fanciful apps for coming up with party themes and decor, you’ll find everything you need to make your next bash memorable. As they say, the devil is in the details: fun party invitations build anticipation, thoughtful place settings make guests feel welcome, even your hostess outfit is an opportunity to make a statement.

To learn more about how your iPad can help you be the hostess with the mostess, keeping reading.

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With our series on the iPad and Professionals, we’ve spent a lot of time focusing on creative professions. With rare exception, like our article on the iPad in the medical industry, we haven’t spent much time discussing too many industries outside the realm of creative people.

Today, we’re taking a look at a broader industry — the financial industry of Wall Street. The iPad could have a profound effect on how your stock portfolio is managed. What makes it so unique is that there are a ton of apps available for both you and your broker that might give you a bit more control over your investments than you’re used to. This goes way deeper than Mint. Read on for our roundup on some of the best financial apps available for your iPad.

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Task and project management apps such as OmniFocus and Things aren’t just popular, they’re a necessity for anyone wanting to keep track of tasks and projects all the way from start to finish. While I probably spend more time trying out new GTD apps than actually getting anything done, I’d be completely lost without any sort of task management app that lets me track individual tasks and projects.

My latest GTD distraction is Firetask, a project-orientated task management app that promises complete and simple control of your tasks so you can spend less time procrastinating and more time, well, getting things done.

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