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While it may surprise some, it certainly surprised me, since acquiring an iPad I have actually found myself reading more. Not simply more articles and short newsflashes, although I tend to read a lot of both of these, but more long-form articles and essays; pieces of writing that engage with you on a deeper level and challenge your perceptions.

One of the iPad apps that has had a dramatic influence on this trend is the wonderful Instapaper, which is synonymous with reading longer articles offline. Another, more recent, influencer of my reading habits has been Palimpsest, which presents you with a personalized stream of interesting articles from renowned sources.

Read on to find out whether Palimpsest could be the perfect app to augment reading on your iPad, and a way to break free from the incessant brevity that’s prevalent on the web.


When the Smart Cover was announced during the iPad 2 event back in March, it made quite a stir. That Apple would integrate a cover so seamlessly with the iPad, highlighted just how vital Apple knew the cover to be, particularly in the wider uptake of their beloved tablet.

Any immediate review of the Smart Cover would have been unavoidably glowing, the simplicity and intuitive design would have made it difficult to make any observations past the obvious. With the first delightful click of the magnets ringing in your ears, each word would be another awed utterance about the ingenuity of the Smart Cover.

This is why I waited. The Smart Cover is a wholly practical addition to the iPad, you really need to live with it to truly evaluate its strengths and flaws. Read on to discover if the Smart Cover lives up to its tremendous fanfare.


Ever since the release of the App Store, a market has clearly existed for “what’s around me” applications. One of the very first was Where To?, an application that proved to be incredibly popular on the original iPhone. We’ve come a long way since then, and this category of apps has plenty to offer!

Today I’m going to be taking a look at a popular free choice at present – AroundMe. AroundMe quickly identifies your position and allows you to choose the nearest anything in your nearby vicinity. It’s a nifty app, and we’ll take a closer look after the break!


It’s consistently surprising how quickly young children take to the iPad, it’s further proof of just how intuitive it really is. We’re going to end up with a generation of kids who’ll get confused when pinching their fingers on an atlas doesn’t make it zoom out…

If you have young children and an iPad then this roundup is for you. If you don’t then most of these apps will probably be a little basic for you, probably. If you want to be the proud parent of the next computer whizz, then get your child started early with some of these bright and playful iPad apps!


Buying a car is a big decision — it’s probably the second most expensive thing that you own or rent (after your house!) — so it’s important to have the best tools at your disposal when making a decision about a new purchase. Although manufacturers have plenty of information on their website, what if you’re not looking for a new car?

The second-hand car market is huge, with thousands of people buying and selling old vehicles every day. In the UK, one of the largest online car marketplaces is Auto Trader. Their recently released iPad app provides an innovative way to search and find used cars, and today I’ll be taking it for a spin (if you’ll pardon the pun…)


The very form of the iPad seems to suggest it be used as a platform for image enhancement and editing, so it’s little wonder that there has been an explosion of photography-focused apps designed exclusively for Apple’s tablet.

Nik Software bring a pedigree to the table as the company best known for their popular Photoshop plugins such as Color Efex Pro, Viveza and Sharpener Pro aim to produce the ideal balance between ease of use, flexibility, and versatility with Snapseed.

Read on after the break to find out if they’ve succeeded!


Facebook has not yet seen fit to introduce a version of its official iPhone app optimised for the iPad, even though we are all waiting to hit the Install button and download. Mark Zuckerberg now famously said that the iPad isn’t mobile, suggesting that we may never get a native Facebook app.

Unless you want to use the pixel-doubled iPhone app, or browse in the somewhat-incompatible website in Safari, your only other option is one of the third-party applications available, such as Friendly.


Earlier this year Twitter got into some heated debate over their changing policy on third-party developers. Their clampdown on the Twitter API and the strong suggestion that developers should move away from replicating the experience of the official Twitter apps, was met with some frustration.

Trickle, however, is exactly the kind of app that Twitter is happy for third-party developers to push on with. A new take on the Twitter experience. Something that doesn’t compete with, or try to replace, fully featured Twitter clients, but merely complements them.

Read on to see if Trickle could transform the way you experience social media.


If you are hungry for knowledge, there has never been an era like this one to quench your thirst for information.

From the obvious to the obscure, the sheer volume of information available online is just mind blowing. Thanks to the concepts of longtail and cheap distribution, every topic under the sun is comprehensively covered.

But, is it easy to discover, read, and assimilate all of this information?

Yes and no. Social media has made discovery extremely simple, but the problem of reading news sources from a social media client can be cumbersome. That’s where apps like Pulse jump in to fill the void.


Zite calls itself a “personalized magazine” and we can safely say that this is true. It is essentially an RSS reader at its core, but the hardware that is the iPad has enabled that type of service to be wrapped up in such an attractive package that Zite is very much like a magazine – incredibly different from any RSS experience you’ve ever had.

It goes without saying that there is an abundance of great content freely available on the Web. The problem is that it can be difficult to organize it and to keep track of it. RSS readers have filled this void for a number of years, but we’re now stepping into a new era of reading content on the Web, and Zite is right in the middle of it.


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