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Wikipedia is one of those services that’s incredibly valuable to me. I’ve been using it for so long that it feels seminal to my experiences on the Internet — although I know I’ve been online longer than Wikipedia has, I don’t remember a time when Wikipedia wasn’t around. (Maybe that just means I’m too young.)

I’m always on the hunt for new Wikipedia apps. The service has an interface that, while it works on mobile displays, it could certainly benefit from the native UI and experience that an app could bring. This is why I was so interested in checking out Wikipanion Plus. It’s the first Wikipedia app to get an iOS 7 design, and I wanted to see what I was missing out on. Read on to find out what I think about the popular Wikipedia app.

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At $4.99, Articles is by far the most expensive Wikipedia option in the App Store. I approached it with a little bit of trepidation and a lot of doubt, wondering why on earth I would want to spend that kind of money on what’s basically a Wikipedia app. Up until this point, like many people I’m sure, I was using Wikipanion for my Wikipedia needs, which is great but I think that Articles is way better.

Articles is more or less a special interface for Wikipedia articles. The interface espouses a different philosophy than its competition. Articles is meant for long-form reading and learning, and it feels to me like the Instapaper or Pocket of Wikipedia. I’ve been looking for an app like this – one that treats Wikipedia like a real encyclopedia that should be read and enjoyed. And this app more than does the trick.

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This won’t be the first time I geek out over Wikipedia or a related app. I’m a huge advocate for the repository of all human knowledge (I will go toe-to-toe with any high school teacher over the veracity of Wikipedia as a source), as both an academic utility and a great way for those of us who learn for fun to expand our knowledge. Wikipedia is a vast and powerful outlet of information, and lately it has been really exciting to see how app developers come up with new ways to navigate and grasp that information.

Today we’re going to take a look at Wikiweb, an iOS application from Friends of The Web whose unique approach to Wikipedia aims to help you visualize the relationships between various topics and pages. Grab some coffee, sit back with your iPad and get ready to learn something new after the jump. (more…)

Yes, the World Wide Web has unleashed a flurry of information on us all and we now have the World’s knowledge at our fingertips. I think we can all agree, that is awesome. There is, however, one problem.

The amount of information available on any topic imaginable is daunting, and we gravitate to sources that have some resemblance of organization and credibility to locate what we’re looking for. Wikipedia has become this source for a lot of people and we turn to it as the place for reference material or just to wander and learn. Wikibot is an iPad application that takes the core Wikipedia experience and attempts to add some functionality to make the resource even more useful. Let’s take a look at Wikibot and see just how successful it is.

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The ubiquity of the internet and availability of a high speed connection wherever you are has undoubtedly been an awesome boost for tourism! A huge number of apps have surfaced that try to bring all relevant local information to your fingertips.

One smart way of doing this is to basically tie up Google Maps – a standard compendium of geographical data – and Wikipedia – a standard compendium of knowledge about places. This is exactly what Wikihood has done, let’s see if it’s any good.

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In the earlier days Wikipedia used to be my trusted and perennial source of information. As I got more familiar with the Internet, the importance of Wikipedia as a trusted source of information has waned. It’s not that Wikipedia isn’t accurate, but rather the lack of fully interactive content.

Google tried to fix this by launching Knol, which was eventually shut down. Now, a startup by the name Qwiki is trying to tackle the lack of interactivity by spicing up publicly available information with videos and images. Curious? Follow me after the fold for an in-depth look.

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One of our writers here at iPad.AppStorm is currently writing a travel-based series of articles that go through the process of turning your iPad into the perfect travelling companion. His inspiration is taken straight from the creative imagination of Douglas Adams, the iPad is as close as we’ve yet come to having in our hands the long dreamed about Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

How does the iPad compare with the guide on the functionality front? What are the services and apps that make the iPad indispensable?

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