Jan 06

iPad = Game Changer

By David Scifres Featured, iPad, Life Comments Off on iPad = Game Changer

I recently received an iPad as a graduation present after finishing my MBA. It was a total surprise and I could not have asked for anything more useful and entertaining. It is a total game changer. This is how the Internet and digital media was meant to be consumed. The device itself and most of the applications are delightfully intuitive – they don’t make me think! In the short amount of time I have had it it has become indispensable to my life. Below are the Apps that I have found most useful.

Top iPad Apps

  • DropBox – a Web-based file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. Keeps files on your desktop in sync on multiple computers, your iPad and the Dropbox website in your account.
  • Zite – is an intelligent personalized magazine that uses your previous actions or viewing habits, as well as social network activity, as indicator of what you will most likely want to see in the future. And then it brings you that content. You can give a thumbs up or down on specific content to help further refine the content you are delivered. In a world of information overload this could be a huge time saver.
  • Flipboard – Finally something that is bringing it all together in a more easily consumable format. Flipboard is your very own personalized magazine written by your friends. Flipboard integrates all your facebook, twitter, flickr and other social websites together in an entertaining personalized magazine.
  • Jump Desktop – Run your PC’s and Mac’s remotely with your iPad. Jump Desktop is a remote desktop application that let you control your computer from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Jump Desktop is secure, reliable and very easy to setup. Jump Desktop features a streamlined user interface that gives you full access to your PCs on all Apple mobile devices. One app that works seamlessly across all your devices.
  • iThoughtsHD – is very nicely done a mind mapping tool for the iPad and well worth the $9.99 price. Mindmapping enables you to visually organize your thoughts, ideas and information for things like task lists, brainstorming, project planning, goal setting, concept mapping and meeting notes. It integrates with all the standard mind map formats like Freemind (which I use on my desktop) and integrates with could services like MobileMe and DropBox
  • Wikihood – What are the most important sights to see around me? What do others find interesting here? Is there a museum, a castle, a park or church nearby? What persons are connected with this place? Did a historic battle happen at this place? Wikihood knows the answers to questions like these and more. It intelligently organizes Wikipedia information for any place in the world using advanced semantic data mining. Within a few clicks you not only get access to all the locations around you, but also the vast information related to these locations categorized by “persons” and “culture/buildings”.
  • Netflix – Hook up directly to your Netflix account and view anything from your on demand video queue.
  • Hulu Plus – You can stream thousands of episodes from hundreds of current and classic TV shows to your iPad, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, 3rd generation iPod Touch, computer, TV, and other devices with a Hulu Plus subscription.
  • IMDB – The Amazon.com subsidiary released this native iPad app optimized for the bigger screen. The App lets customers access more than 1.5 million movie and TV titles with information on 3.2 million celebrities, actors, actresses, directors and crew members.
  • Flixster – View the top box office leaders, upcoming movies and new DVD releases. Look up local show times and buy tickets from movie tickets.com (for participating theaters that sell movie tickets online).
  • Pandora – Create your own personalized radio stations for FREE and stream them to your iPad. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a “station” that plays their music and more music like it.
  • Sound Hound -Say the name, sing, hum or play any song and sound hound will find in a split second.
  • Google eBooks – Access to over 10 millions books in google digital repository. Many are free.
  • Kindle – One app optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving you the ability to read Kindle books your large format iPad screen. App has access to 775,000 books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device.
  • iBooks -download and buy books via your iPad. You can also organize your PDF files and sync them for reading on iBooks via iTunes.
  • Flickr Studio -brings all the goodness from photo community site Flickr.com to your Apple iPad. It makes optimal use of the hi-res iPad screen for displaying Flickr photos and videos in all their glory! The only drawback is that it you can’t point it at a specific photoset while in screen saver mode.
  • New York Times –
  • Wall Street Journal –
  • Engadget –
  • BBC News –
  • NPR –
  • Wikipanion – reformats the wikipedia pages for the iPad, and saves you from having to zoom in and out to be able to get the information you need. The app lets you search entries and keeps track of your searches. It also allows you to bookmark specific pages for later use.
  • The Weather Channel MAX+ –
  • Trip Adviser –
  • Yelp –
  • Urbanspoon –
  • Amazon –
  • Live Strong – As Drucker said, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” and that includes your weight. Tracking stuff really works!! This Calorie Tracker can help you reach your diet, weight loss and fitness goals by tracking your daily calories and exercise. I REALLY NEED TO START USING THIS on Jan 1 again. Their database contains over 625,000 food and fitness items. This app is totally worth the expense if you really want to diet.
  • Dragon Dictation – This app is an easy to use voice recognition powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. Saves time if you need to do a lot of typing.
  • Adobe Ideas – is a digital sketchbook and an ideal companion for the professional design applications like Illustrator and Photoshop. You design concepts while sitting in a cafe, capture and store color themes while browsing through the photos on your phone, or jot down notes on a photo. It’s just really handy to have with you all the time
  • World Atlas by National Geographic – This app is worth every penny. Now you can have the world’s best maps in high resolution to browse, search, and zoom details of the entire globe. Contains 7 different levels of National Geographic cartography, plus when you zoom in to details you are seamlessly transferred to mapping via Bing (should have been Google Maps but I digress) so you view all the way down to your house.
  • All Recipes Pro – Search the entire All Recipes database. This is one of my favorite apps. It integrates your online recipe box with your ipad but you have to purchase the pro version to do it. The PRO version is well worth the $4.99 price. It allows you to synch with your Allrecipes.com account for full access to your online recipe box and shopping lists. It provides easy recipe management for your Recipe Box with drag and drop organization and editing and access to cuisine and occasion based browsing, and no advertising! This is a great example of how to use a free app to get downloads and convert people to the pro version for a decent price/value compbination.
  • Epicurious – This is Conde Naste Digital’s cooking website with more than 30,000 delicious, professionally created recipes from Bon Appét*t, Gourmet, Self, and renowned chefs and cookbooks.
  • Marvel –
  • TED – Ideas Worth Spreading –
  • The Economist –
  • Star Walk –
  • NASA App HD –
  • Angry Birds –
  • Scrabble –
  • Yahtzee –
  • Clue S&S –
  • Risk –
  • SimCity DLX –
  • Rage HD –
  • Cut the Rope HD –
  • Fruit Ninja –
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