“Sequences shortened.”

It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.

The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.

Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.


From grade school to today a notebook is always a valuable resource. With the digital revolution occurring and the iPad creating an entirely new market, the power of a digital notebook has never been more apparent. Since the idea of a digital notebook is not new, the App Store is filled with numerous apps claiming to be the best notebook for the iPad. Some users prefer plain text with Simplenote, while others might prefer a cloud based anything bucket such as Evernote, but the need for a digital notebook is evident.

What makes a good digital notebook? I think this notebook needs to be highly customizable and easy to use. The notebook needs to have powerful features which make it easy to use in a variety of scenarios. Having these features will help an app mold to fit anyone’s workflow. In fact, the workflow of two individuals could be completely different but they might use the same app just because the app is able to mold to anyone’s workflow. ThinkBook is an app that could be perfect for just about anyone, let’s take a look!


The act of listening to music on the iPad has long felt like a case of function-over-form, like using an appliance that you don’t really notice, much less care how it looks. Since the iPad’s release, the default Music app has only undergone one major design change, from humble iTunes re-skin to its current wood-paneled state. Track 8 from Ender Labs has higher aims, “borrowing” a few UI elements to make your music look every bit as good as it sounds. Read on past the break for the review of this unique and beautiful music player.


Do you obliterate the competition when it comes to word games? Think you’ve conquered every lexicon challenge out there? Do you stay up late at night picturing Words with Friends letter combinations in your mind? Oh, maybe that last one is just me.

If word games are your thing you’ll want to check out Word Off. Read on and I’ll help you determine if you’re up for the challenge of going head-to-head with friends or complete strangers in this vocabulary throw down.


As you may very well know, Apple Monday unveiled their next big revision of iOS, bringing it to version 6.0. This is a sizable update with a plethora of wonderful features that amount to over 200 in all. However, interestingly enough, Apple put more emphasis on the iPhone side of things during the WWDC keynote and left out some of the major things that could be beneficial to iPad users – well yes, of course they mentioned Siri.

I’ve gathered a list of the most important features that are in iOS 6 and of significance to those who utilize their iPad on a daily basis. In addition, I’ve taken a deep look at the OS itself, seeking out interesting features and jotting down my thoughts on them. Keep reading for the full scoop.


More than games or entertainment apps, apps focused on productivity are my bread and butter. I initially shied away from the iPad due to wondering if it “had what it takes” in an environment that moved beyond simple entertainment needs. My initial perception was that an iPad was a consumption device and not one to produce anything of worth. Thankfully, within hours of owning the iPad 2, its potential as a workhorse shone right through my initial perceptions. Not everything was perfect, and I still haven’t found all of my dream apps, but with the appearance of apps like MagicalPad I have become more confident that the iPad is a serious contender for use in the workplace on a day to day basis. There are even glimpses of its potential to replace laptops, and I think we’ll see elements of that in this review.


Getting in shape is something a lot of people have trouble with. Not only that, but summer’s just around the corner, so it’s time to put down your TV remotes and pick up your iPads! Sometimes we want to exercise, but we just walk in the gym aimlessly, expecting to instantly lose weight and shape up with minimal effort. This is mainly due to lack of organisation.

In this roundup, I’m going to show you 10 great apps to help you achieve your ideal body and add some organisation into your workouts. Don’t just think you can use one app and get away with it; a combination of diet, exercise and rest is the only way to get those washboard abs (or at least a lack of stomach!)


If you’re a Mac OS X user and involved in the web design/development scene, you’ve probably heard of the indie developers Panic and, more specifically, their product Coda. Coda is an all-in-one web development enviroment that pulls together multiple tools such as visual CSS generation, file transfer and reference together with a text editor supporting a range of languages. Last month, Panic released Coda 2, a signifcantly updated version of the software.

Alongside the release of Coda 2, Panic also released Diet Coda, an accompanying $19.99 app for iPad that’s already disrupting the long-term stereotype of an iPad being useless for productivity. Diet Coda combines a text editor with a powerful FTP-based file manager making editing your files stored online a pleasant and productive experience. Let’s take a look…


Earlier this week 9to5Mac broke the news that it looks like Siri is coming to the iPad in iOS 6! I’ll let you read their report for details, and a few mockups, but would like to ask a very simple question; are you excited about getting Siri on the iPad?

Since Siri first launched we knew that it would eventually come to the iPad, Apple wasn’t going to keep it exclusive to the 4S. The real question is, after all the hype has died down, do you actually care if Siri’s on the iPad?

I have to admit that I’m using Siri on the iPhone less now than I did in the past, but I’d definitely like to have it available on the iPad – if only to schedule calendar events and to show off to my friends…

Let me know you you think, and perhaps tell me in the comments what you think you’d use Siri on the iPad for most!

Beginning with the well received Shogun: Total War, the Total War games franchise has grown over the past twelve years to become one of the most popular turn-based strategy games on the scene, spawning such classics as Rome Total War and breathing new life into the genre due to its combination of typical turn-based game elements with real-time battle scenes and a gripping, often historically accurate narrative.

Little wonder then that Total War fans have been salivating to get their hands on Total War Battles: Shogun, a version of Total War designed specifically for iPad. As with all such complex titles however, concerns remain as to whether the game is well suited to the iPad’s unique form. Let’s see if SEGA have nailed it.


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