Following on from the success of the popular BBC television series of the same name, Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe sees the popular scientist, lecturer, and former pop star present an app which makes use of both his typical style of breaking down complex scientific matters into simple stories and beautiful, immersive graphics which really shine on the last two versions of iPad (the app is not compatible with first gen iPads, unfortunately).

Wonders of the Universe contains over two hundred interactive articles and some two and a half hours of video taken from Cox’s two popular BBC TV series, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. With no further ado, let’s take a look at how this promising app stacks up! 

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The iPad is a fantastic tool for freelancers.

It’s the perfect mobile computing device that, in combination with the ever-expanding App Store, has the power to transform the way you work. I’ve compiled a list of essential iPad apps for freelancers, read on to become more productive, efficient, and happy that you bought your iPad…

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Sketchbook Pro. Brushes. Penultimate. Noteshelf. These are only a handful of some of the most popular apps available on the iPad today. Some may have even considered them your only worthy options for illustrating and note taking on a tablet. Chances are, if you own an iPad, you’ve heard of at least one of these names. If not, that’s fine, because today it isn’t about them.

While the aforementioned creativity apps are, in fact, excellent options for anyone looking to use the iPad as a digital note/sketchbook, a couple of apps have since crashed the party and are causing a lot of ruckus – they are Procreate and Paper by FiftyThree. What is it about these two that we love so much? Read on to find out…
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I enjoy music a lot and I’m on a constant quest to discovery new music. Lucky for me there are a ton of resources and applications today that allow for a music nerd like myself to explore to almost endlessly. One of the places I always turn to is NPR.

National Public Radio produces a lot of amazing content. They seem to pay extra special attention to music with some solid regular programs such as All Songs Considered and World Cafe. There are others as well and when all combined they produce a substantial amount of high quality music related content. I say "content" because this ranges from live audio or video concerts, full radio programs, interviews, album previews and even things as basic as articles. Wouldn’t it be great to herd all of this stuff into one place? Thankfully NPR agrees and has created a specific iPad application aptly named NPR Music.

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Our featured sponsor this week is MindNode, an easy and intuitive application for collecting, organizing and
outlining your thoughts and ideas as mind maps.

Mind maps can be used for many different tasks;

  • To-do lists
  • Brainstorming
  • Holiday planning
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Project management

MindNode is a great app for creating mind maps on the iPad, it’s intuitive and easy from the moment you open it. It has an automatically expanding work space and allows a wide array of customisation.

MindNode on the iPad.

MindNode is also available on the Mac and iPhone.

MindNode

This week’s poll is for those people who are lucky enough to own both a Laptop and an iPad. A recent survey by IDG had some fascinating things to report on iPad usage, particularly interesting are the statistics on how quickly the iPad is moving to partly, or completely, replace the laptop for many people.

54% of professionals said the iPad had ‘partly replaced’ their laptop, while 16% claimed the iPad had ‘completely replaced’ their laptop. I find that staggering.

That’s why today I’m interested in finding out how iPad.AppStorm readers feel about the place of the iPad in their lives; is the iPad replacing your laptop?

I’m going to mimic a very small element of the aforementioned survey in a bid to compare results – how many iPad.AppStorm readers, who are fully clued up when it comes to apps and using the iPad, feel that it has completely replaced their laptop?

Watching movies and video content on the iPad is a real pleasure and can be a great way to relax. The problem with it, however, comes when you sit back and make yourself comfortable, only to realize you forgot to sync your latest content across and have nothing new to watch. It may happen to you far too often or it may happen very little, but either way, with limited space on your device it will happen.

Granting access to all of the latest videos being shared by your friends, a constantly updating featured stream of their own, and your entire catalogue from your computer. Boxee is a great way to avoid finding yourself stuck with nothing new to watch. So let’s find out how to liberate you from those storage space restrictions with Boxee for iPad.

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Apple claims that the iPad boasts a 10-hour battery life. However, between the retina display, blazing 4G LTE speeds, and Infinity Blade, among other things, it can be hard to get the kind of battery life you’d really like!

Don’t worry! Increasing your battery life is easier than you might expect. Using the following tips, you will be able to max out your battery life in no time.

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Now with the retina display, gaming on the iPad is an amazing experience. Many developers have used the extra pixels to create some truly visually stunning games. A great example of one of these games is Paper Monsters. But does it live up to AppStorm expectations? Find out after the break.

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Many kids dream of becoming a fighter pilot when they are young: slicing through the clouds, perfectly executing barrel rolls and overtly defying death and gravity. When you’re just a kid, it’s easy to imagine being the next Top Gun (or Iceman for that matter).

Then of course, reality sets in, and you realize that not every average Joe gets the opportunity to fly multi-million dollar aircraft while an American flag flutters in the background and strings of Jimi Hendrix’ Star-Spangled Banner pump through your headset. You realize that the rare opportunity to do so went out the window with your high school growth spurt and hereditarily imperfect eyesight (still love you, Mom). Jetting across the blue in a bullet of taxpayer money now requires a lengthy tour in the military and that’s if you don’t get relegated to flying a svelte-deficient supply plane.

But at the end of the day, there are bigger disappointments in life. Sure, maybe no one recognizes your inborn abilities in the saddle, but you can still come home to Star Wars: X-Wing on your old x86 PC, Warhawk for your PS3, and Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy on your iPad. And the latter affords a certain portability that an F22 Raptor unfortunately lacks. Hit “More” for the rest of the review!

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