I’ve always been a board game fan, so it makes sense that a large number of applications on my iPad are board games. I didn’t get to take many board games with me when I moved to California, so my iPad has really been serving as a replacement for a lot of those games. I enjoy playing the games on my own or with a friend or two. It’s a great device for these games and there are a lot of quality apps out there for playing board games.
I’ve put together a list of my 11 favorite board games. Some are just single games that stand on their own, others are collections of simpler but classic games. Stick with me after the jump to find out what my favorites are.
What’s the latest iPad rumor? Well there are a ton of them going around nowadays, what with a rumored event happening March 7th and all that, but one of the hot tickets is that Microsoft Office is coming to the iPad. Don’t believe it? Well there’s a picture, a story on The Daily and a journalist who’s fighting pretty hard to prove that he’s right. And, as they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
But what does this mean for the iPad? Do we really need Office or is it just a crutch for people who think they need it? Talk it out after the jump.
If you’re a lover of beautiful photography like I am, then you often visit the great photo sharing site 500px (If you’ve never visited the place, then by all means do!). I really love the community there, much preferring it to that of Flickr, and have been an avid user of the site for almost a month now. One day I thought to myself “I wish this community had a native iPad app” but I forgot to search the App Store until about two weeks ago.
When I did get a chance to discover the free iPad app, I instantly fell in love with the design and unique feel of it. So, today I’m going to give you a tour of the app and hopefully show you some features that you never knew existed…
Let’s not beat around the bush, we’re going to be getting an iPad 3 (of some sort) in March. The specifics are harder to determine, but that they’ll be sought after is pretty much a given – expect Apple fan queues to be featured on evening news broadcasts!
The question I’d like to ask today is, unsurprisingly, will you be getting an iPad 3? Have you already sold you iPad 2 in desperate anticipation, have you prepped your camping gear?
Or, alternatively, are you unfazed by the whole thing, perfectly happy with your current iPad and planning not to get involved in the expected frenzy?
There is, I suspect, actually a third camp in this situation. Those people who haven’t yet decided and are letting the impressive (or not?) new features make their minds for them, people who desire a retina display (likely) or LTE connectivity (less likely) before parting with their cash.
Let us know in the comments the factors influencing your decision!
Since the release of the iPad the biggest complaint has been that it is just a device to consume content. The complaint that real work cannot be done on the iPad is still present today, but it’s disappearing fast due to software updates and developers getting more creative with their apps. While the mindset that an iPad can be used to create content is changing, there is no argument that the device is great to consume content.
Content can be consumed in different ways. Some people rely on Twitter to keep them updated while others may be put all of their websites they follow into an app such as Flipboard. Although, RSS is still a great way to keep up to date with news and your favorite websites. Google Reader is a free service which syncs your RSS subscriptions and there are several apps that sync with Google Reader.
Mr. Reader is one of the apps that syncs with Google Reader and has become my RSS app of choice on my iPad. The app is a full featured RSS app with abilities to add subscriptions, manage subscriptions, and share content across several services. The app also brings in unique features such as creating themes and different ways to mark items as read to make it stand out from the crowd.
So, if you read last week’s instalment, you know how to get started with the iPad as a living room machine. Moving through the house our next stop is the kitchen, and how we might use Apple’s iconic tablet to help with cooking, planning, and other kitchenly activities.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Branchfire! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:
Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!
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iAnnotate is a great app for reading, annotating, and sharing PDFs. Use it to improve your productivity, reduce your clutter, and go paperless! If features an extensive set of tools for taking notes, annotating and more.
We’re soon to have a review of the app here on AppStorm, but in the meantime here’s a chance for three lucky readers to get their hands on it. Read on to find out how!
Three services dominate the read later category. They are Instapaper, Read It Later, and Readability. Instapaper and Read It Later have been around the longest but Readability has been gaining a lot of transaction ever since the service was released last year and re-branded with a free service this year. I have mostly been an Instapaper user over the last couple of years but have looked at Read It Later every so often, and I wanted to take a look at all three services to determine if I still am happy with Instapaper as my read it later app of choice!
Read later services take articles, content, and websites, and let you save items in a queue for you to read later. The services will strip out all of the ads and weird formatting to leave you with just text. Instapaper and Read It Later download these articles to your iPad so you can read them offline as well.
We all want to get the very best out of our devices! Who doesn’t love finding out a new trick or shortcut?
Over the last month every AppStorm site has published an extensive roundup of features and shortcuts aimed at helping you get the most out of your devices! Each post comprises more than 40 entries, I’m pretty confident you’ll find something you didn’t already know about…
What are you waiting for?
- Mac.AppStorm: 40+ Super Secret OS X Lion Features and Shortcuts
- Web.AppStorm: 40+ Tips to Get the Most Out of Web Apps
- iPhone.AppStorm: 40 Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts
- iPad.AppStorm: 40+ Super Secret iPad Features and Shortcuts
- Android.AppStorm: 40+ Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Android
- Windows.AppStorm: 40+ Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Windows
Since the introduction of the iPhone, iPad, and the App Store there have been a number of apps released that serve for quickly editing photos and applying fun and artistic effects. It seems you can now buy any collection of apps at low prices to edit images and apply filters similar to those offered in Photoshop. Of course, Photoshop is a one stop shop for doing just about anything with images, but the learning curve and the price are both quite steep.
For all those out there who don’t want to take the time to learn or just want to apply effects fast there are apps like Percolator. This unique image editor provides a number of options for turning photos into mosaic images in no time. So, let’s get brewing!