Thursday, June 28, 2012

Apple's Podcasts App Takes Podcasts from the Music App into its Own App

Apple released its new Podcasts app, and so far the reviews are quite positive. It allows you to find, subscribe to, and play podcasts with one app. This is a much better option, in my mind, than using the Podcasts feature of the built-in Music app.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App
The app lets you access the Podcasts catalog in iTunes, using the same interface as iTunes so that you can view New & Noteworthy, the Podcast Starter Pack, Staff Favorites, and the Top Charts. The app switches between the Catalog view and Library view in just the same way as Apple's iBooks app.

The most innovative new feature may be Top Stations, which highlights podcast series in a range of categories, from Arts and Comedy to Music and Technology. The way you scroll through the categories and subcategories in Top Stations is fresh and attractive. A toggle lets you browse either audio or video podcasts. I like this app a lot. You can stream episodes, or down?oad the podcasts so they can be listened to offline.

While listening to a podcast, the screen simulates an old cassette player. There is a listening speed control knob that lets you slow down or speed up the speech of the podcast to your liking. A sleep timer lets you stop playing a podcast after a specified time if you're listening in bed.
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App
If you're new to podcasts, and are not sure which podcast stations to listen to; I suggest using the search field to search for certain keyword like parenting, iPad or fantasy football (whatever your interest include) to get a list of podcasts.
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App
Want to share podcasts with others, the arrow icon allows you to share via email, twitter and messaging.
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPad App
The new Podcasts app from Apple is a step in the right direction to bring podcasting to the masses. Us techie know all about podcasting and now the rest can too. This is a great tool, especially if you need to download podcasts for offline listening. I prefer streaming podcasts instead of downloading them. I have Sprint as my cellular provider and have their unlimited Internet deal, so I don't have to worry about incurring additional charges when streaming content.

I use the free Stitcher Radio app to stream them to my iPhone and iPad. While the Apple Podcasts app bring some of the same features Stitcher Radio offers and even adds downloading, it is missing some things that I enjoy from Stitcher.

Stitcher allows me subscribe to my podcasts and add them to my favorites. The favorite podcasts are then stitched together to create a personalized radio station for me. When one podcast in my list ends, the next in line immediately plays. Stitcher also provides live streaming of radio stations and even paid premium content.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Smarter Stand turns your iPad Smart Cover or Smart Case into afull-featured iPad stand.

You all know that I love I don't just back any project, I find items that work well with my iOS devices. I have backed yet another project. The project is called Smarter Stand.

If you are an owner of Apple's Smart Cover or their new Smart Case, you not only will appreciate this but will want to back this project as well. This project is proof that it doesn't take a lot of money or brilliance to turn an existing great product into a better and smarter solution.

Sometimes it just takes a simple need and applying some action towards a solution.

Why Smarter Stand?

The Smart Cover is one of the best accessories for iPad, but it's too limiting as an iPad stand: either its so reclined you can't see the screen or it's so upright that you have to back-up. What you really want is the iPad facing you directly, but the Smart Cover doesn't do that...until now!

Smarter Stand is composed of 2 clips that attach to either side of the Apple's Smart Cover or Apple's new Smart Case. For the Smart Cover, a polyurethane pad that sticks to the back side of the iPad is also provided to prevent the iPad from slipping. For the Smart Case, no pad is needed since the neoprene of the back cover provides the grip necessary.

You can achieve different stand positions by sliding the clips so they block the folds of the Smart Cover.

For example:

Slide one clip over the first fold and you get a 33-degree stand position.

The 33-degree stand position - great for watching movies. By moving the clips to different spots and combining them in different ways, you'll discover new stand positions including a private typing position that hides your screen from someone across from you (think job interviews, business meetings, ...).

Slide the other clip over the second fold as well and you get 45-degree stand position.

The 45-degree stand position achieved by sliding the 2 clips over 2 different folds

The clips are designed to slide perfectly on the Smart Cover (or Smart Case) yet they're tightly attached enough to stay on as you carry your iPad around.
Just like the Smart Cover and Smart Case products, the Smarter Stand is sleek, minimalist and easy to use. It doesn't add any weight or bulk to the iPad.

Wait... can't this be done with a couple of binder clips? Believe me I have already tried this after seeing this project. Yes, I was trying to save $11 (shipping included). It didn't work so well.

Here's why:

Convenience: The beauty of the Smarter Stand is that it stays on your cover at all times so you always have it with you. It also provides the convenience of sliding the clips on the cover as opposed to having to detach and reattach them each time. Where would you carry the binder clips anyway? Plus your boss didn't authorize use of those clips for your cover, lol.

Safety: Binder clips will damage your cover over time and will ultimately scratch your iPad screen too. Plus without the non-slip pad that comes with the Smarter Case, your cover will stand with the binder clip, but your iPad will slide around and fall. You don't want to take that risk.

Elegance: Did I mention binder clips don't come in colors that match the Smart Cover and don't look nearly as sleek as the Smarter Stand?

So If you've already spent $500+ on an iPad and a Smart Cover, another $11 to make them more convenient to use, keep them safe and make them look better is kind of a no-brainer!

There's a zillion iPad stands out there. Why this one?
True. There are a lot of iPad stands out there. I know because with my iPad 1 I bought quite a few. When I passed it on to my wife, she bought even more. With my new iPad, I own yet more cases; one of which is Apple's Smart Cover.

Believe me... none of the cases I bought were as affordable as the Smarter Stand - even with the cost of the Smart Cover as well.

I find that I use the Smart Cover more because it is light and thin. My other iPad stands are all too heavy and bulky to carry around; this defeats the core purpose of the iPad: being an ultra portable device.

I am excited about the Smarter Stand because I will be able to have my iPad stand with me all the time without adding bulk or weight. And all that for $11. You can understand my excitement.

You can back this project for as little as $11 and you'll even get your own awesome Smarter Stand as a reward. So if this interests you, back this project now and spread the word!

Carl W. Brooks

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kickstarter Projects that work well with the Apple Smart Cover for the iPad 2 and New

If you are the owner of the Apple Smart Cover, you may be interested in the following two Kickstarter projects. 

Motive Stylus contains magnets that hold it firmly together while you use it. When you dock it, the magnets inside of the iPad Smart Cover unlock Motive Stylus and cause it to transform. As it opens the neodymium magnets inMotive Stylus attach to the magnets in the iPad Smart Cover. Once it is perfectly flat it is securely docked with your iPad Smart Cover. When you want to use Motive Stylus again you simply roll it up. 

Smarter Stand is composed of 2 clips that attach to either side of the Smart Cover or the Smart Case. For the Smart Cover, a polyurethane pad that sticks to the back side of the iPad is also provided to prevent the iPad from slipping. For the Smart Case, no pad is needed since the neoprene of the back cover provides the grip necessary.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

iOS 6 Feature and Enhancement List: Siri

At the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on June 11, Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system; iOS 6. The operating system comes with more than 200 improvements that Apple says will make it the best version of the platform yet. Judging by what was shown off at the keynote, it might be difficult to argue with that. Apple’s operating system finally comes with many of the features that today’s consumers and enterprise users not only have been expecting for years, but many have already been using on competing phones. From an improved Mail to an all-new Maps application, the operating system is finally getting close to making good on its promise of satisfying everyone who might want to use it.

As usual, Apple only announced a handful of new features that will be a part of the 200+ changes in the operating system. I will discuss some of the more obvious features that will be included in iOS 6, but I will also list some minor changes that you may or may not miss when you launch a device with the new iOS 6 device. Keep in mind that these features may not even make it to the final cut, but they most like will. Additionally, some features may not exist on older devices or may exist on the iPad, but not on an iPhone; or vise versa.


Siri on the iPad is one of the more talked about feature of Apple's iOS 6. When Siri debuted on the iPhone 4s, everyone was surprised that it was not available on the iPad when iOS 5 was released.  At that time, the iPad 1 and iPad 2 were excluded from the devices for which Siri would work on.c Apple's new iOS 6, available in the fall of 2012, will add the new iPad to the short list of supported devices for Siri. The iPad 1 and iPad 2 are still excluded; in fact the iPad 1 will not even be allowed to load iOS 6 at all.c The iPad 2 can update to iOS 6, but it will not include Siri. These two facts will bum out many older iPad owners. Siri for iOS 6 will sport (pun intended) some new features.

Ask Siri for game schedules, scores from the current season’s games, or up-to-the minute scores from live games. Tell Siri to show you player stats and compare them against other players’ stats. Siri tracks team records, too, so you’ll always know how well your team is doing (or not doing). Siri will now be able to take on questions related to sports trivia and events. Siri will be able to provide information about Sports scores, team rosters, player stats, game schedules for baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer.

Asking questions about current movies will be improved with the iOS 6 version of Siri. Today when I ask Siri about "Movies near me", Siri will give me a list of movie theaters near me. The new Siri will give me a list of movies with the start times for each title. If I click on a movie title, I will see details about the movie including movie art, trailer (if available), studio, director(s), Starring, rating, Rotten Tomatoes score, description and number of theaters near me that I may watch the movie at. If I click the movie times, I will be presented with a list of each theater and their movie start times. Clicking the theater will provide the movie title, theater location and times available. If I click the address, the map app will launch. Siri handles movies in a way that is much better for the user. User are interested in a movie theater unless it is playing the movie they want to see.

Siri will handle restaurant inquiries better as well. Instead of providing a simple list of places with their ratings, Siri can provide the list sorted by ratings, price or closest proximity to your location. In addition to address and map, Siri may provide information like phone number, website, store hours, price indicator and even the ability to make a reservation.vThis is all done without exiting the current app that you are in when you ask Siri the question.

The most excite change to Siri is that it can be used to launch apps.  I listen to Stitcher Radio daily and using Siri to launch it and starting playing automatically is fantastic. If you have a few or a lots of apps on your iOS device, this feature will be very handy. The app launched properly when I said "Open Stitcher", "Launch Stitcher" or "Show Stitcher".

Another great feature of Siri will be the ability to update both Twitter and Facebook with your voice. I hope they include the ability for Siri to toggle Bluetooth, WiFi and Airplane mode soon.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Legend of Korra Season 1 on the iPad

Avatar Korra, a headstrong, rebellious, feisty young woman who continually challenges and breaks with tradition, is on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar. In this story, the Avatar struggles to find balance between tradition and modernity, the bending and non-bending world, and within herself.

My younger children just love how the Avatar series had evolved from the series featuring Aang, the Last Airbender.

The new series continues several years after Katara and Sokka, a brother and sister from the Southern Water Tribe, discover the twelve-year-old Aang frozen in an iceberg.  This series features descendants from some of the characters from the original series.

Each week, my children eagerly await the next episode in the series to air.  This is a show that I will be downloading for use on my iPad, Apple TV and computer.

It started with the first episode

Republic City is everything that Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko fought for when they ended the Hundred Year War. With balance restored to the four nations, benders and non-benders can live together in peace, in this thriving metropolitan area. But even the steampunk paradise of Republic City has its problems, as the next Avatar discovers. When Avatar Korra arrives in Republic City to master her airbending, she comes face to face with criminal bending gangs as well as members of a vocal anti-bending revolution. Before long, Korra's Avatar skills are put to the test when she encounters a group of Chi-blockers led by the charismatic and mysterious Amon, who threatens the city and all the benders in it. Despite the immense danger, Korra vows to fight the growing anti-bending revolution. But will she be able to stop Amon before he rises to power and makes his vision of a bending-free world a reality?
A season pass is available for the series in both standard definition for $21.99 and in high definition for $29.99.  

Watch The Legend of Korra Saturdays at 11 a.m. / 10c on Nickelodeon

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Stolen iPad leads police to Redwood City burglary suspects

Police arrested two Redwood City teenagers Wednesday after an iPad they allegedly stole uploaded one suspect's picture to the owner's "cloud storage" and its tracking application led officers to her home.

A 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old old girl were taken into custody on two counts of residential burglary, according to a Redwood City Police Department press release that states they confessed to committing two burglaries in the city the last month.

They were apprehended at the girl's apartment on the 1600 block of Oxford Street at about 8:30 a.m. after a search warrant was served, according to police.

A victim who reported a burglary May 19 at 11:06 p.m. on the 100 block of Danbury Lane helped officers track down the stolen iPad through a GPS application called Find Me. The GPS traced the iPad to a large apartment complex at the Oxford Street address, but officers were unable to locate the suspects or the stolen property.

The second burglary occurred May 30 on the 300 block of Newcastle Drive.
The victim reported seeing the two suspects and described them as a "chubby" Hispanic boy with slicked-back hair and wearing a blue track suit and a heavyset Hispanic girl with shoulder-length dark hair and wearing a red- or pink-hooded sweatshirt, according to a police incident report.
Three days later, on June 2, the Danbury Lane victim contacted police and said his stolen iPad had automatically uploaded a picture of a Hispanic female teenager to his online storage account, time-stamped at the approximate time of the burglary. Officers couldn't identify her at that time, according to the press release.

Then on Tuesday, a Redwood City police officer "contacted, identified and photographed a suspicious male and female juvenile," according to the press release. Police compared the iPad photograph of the female juvenile with the one taken by the officer, and the two matched. The girl was subsequently identified by the Newcastle Drive burglary victim, according to police.

By Bonnie Eslinger
Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 06/08/2012 06:08:12 AM PDT
Updated: 06/08/2012 06:08:35 AM PDT

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Favorite iOS Apps for the iPhone and\or the iPad

I love my iPad; I have over a hundred apps on my iPad, but I do have some favorites.  I have a folder on my dock called "Favs" that contains the apps that I enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.  Many of my favorites have both iPad and iPhone versions.  When I can I use these on both.  There are some that I tend to use more on one device, but I will use it on the other in a pinch.  Take for instance Logmein.  I perfer to use this on the ipad, but if it is not available or being used my children, I will use the iPhone version in a heartbeat.  While Pandora and Stitcher gets used more on the iPhone, I use them often on the iPad.  One the iPhone, I use them with the LG Tone - HBS-700 Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headset for handsfree operation. With the iPad, I prefer the Jawbone JAMBOX portable speaker because I can leave the iPad on the charger and carry the Jawbone JAMBOX around the house instead.

Without further delay, here are my best apps for my iOS devices.
Logmein Ignition - Gives me remote control of my personal and work computers.  Ignition is a one-time purchase that runs on both your iPad and iPhone and works with LogMeIn software on your computers. Install LogMeIn software on an unlimited number of remote computers, and you’ll be able to access them all from your iPad and iPhone. I bought this when it was $30 in 2010; in fact it was the very first app I bought.  It has since evolved to a much better app and the cost has risen as well.  None of the following features existed when I bought it back then.  As the iPad envolves, this app will include those available features.

Key Features Available as of this writing (June 2012):
  • Remote access to all your computers, files and applications
  • File manager for transferring files remotely and saving files to your device
  • Wake-On-Lan for waking a sleeping computer remotely
  • Print to AirPrint-compatible printers
  • Attach files to emails directly from Ignition
  • Photo management for transferring photos from/to photo library
  • HD video and sound streaming from your remote computer to your mobile device (available for Windows, Mac coming soon)
  • My Cloud Bank integration that links Ignition with popular cloud services
(Logmein Ignition - $129.99 - AppStore Links: iPadiPhone)

But there is also a free version available too, simply called Logmein. In fact this free app is what the $30 app was back in 2010, so this will be enough for most people.  It strips away the fancy upgrades and provides easy remote access to the same computers as the paid app.

(Logmein - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

TeamViewer HDI use this for remote control of other people's computers that want help from me.  It saves me from driving across town to help people.  TeamViewer provides easy, fast and secure remote access to Windows, Mac and Linux systems. 
(TeamViewer HD - FREE for personal use - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Amazon's Kindle app - Amazon's ereader app for ebooks is available on all platforms.  I like having my books available to be regardless of what device I am using. The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. You’ll have access to over 1,000,000* books in the Kindle Store plus hundreds* of newspapers and magazines.
(Kindle - FREE; Most books cost $ - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

BibleReader - My favorite Bible app from the Palm OS days. Quickest navigation between books, chapters and verses. Love my King James Bible and the Amplified Bible versions.  BibleReader is an amazing way to read & study the Bible. Write a note, highlight, and bookmark your favorite passages, and then back up or sync them to another device with Olive Tree’s FREE cloud backup service. With split-screen viewing and advanced search, BibleReader is a powerful Bible study aid. 
(BibleReader - Apps is FREE; Some Bibles cost $ - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Touch Retouch - Because we all have those pictures that would be perfect if not for the ______ in the picture. This app let's you get rid of the ______ for good. It works like magic.  TouchRetouch is a revolutionary application that lets you remove unwanted content or objects from your photos, using just your finger and iPhone or iPod Touch. Mark the items you want taken out of the snapshot and hit ‘Go’. That’s all there is to it. Retouching photographs has never been so quick, easy and convenient.
(Touch Retouch AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

ABCPlayer - Free viewer of ABC's TV shows, because who really watched TV on a TV anymore? Download the ABC Player app to watch your favorite ABC shows for free on iPad or iPhone wherever and whenever you want to watch. View full-length episodes of Modern Family, Grey's Anatomy, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Happy Endings and more. 

(ABCPlayer - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Netflix - Netflix is the world’s leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and movies on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime.  I finally got rid of the DVD and Blu-ray delivery service portion and now only have the streaming video subscription. Now what will I do with that Blu-ray player now? Looks like Sony missed it again!
(Netflix - FREE; Requires a monthly subscription starting at $7.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Air Video - Air Video comes packed with features. It can share folders on your harddrive as well as iTunes playlists. It supports live conversion and offline conversion where the entire file is converted upfront. It lets you customize the conversion settings, zoom and crop the video.  Get more of your home video library on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Air Video is a great solution to watch your AVI, DivX, MKV and other videos.  My iMac has an external USB disk full of movies in various formats and I can view them on my iOS device. I can even queue them to be converted to the Apple friendly format on the computer from the iPad.  I quickly bought the paid version to give me total access to my videos. This app gets used weekly.
(Air Video - $2.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
There is a free version called Air Video Free that works the same, but limits the number of files seen in a directory.  It will allow you see that it works. 

(Air Video - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)


Stitcher Radio - Listen to your favorite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows ON DEMAND from your mobile device. Discover the best of NPR, CNN, Fox, BBC, WSJ, Adam Carolla, SModcast, Joe Rogan, Rachel Maddow, Rush Limbaugh, Fresh Air, Freakonomics, Radiolab and over 10,000+ shows and live stations. Change the way you listen to radio - on your schedule, not the schedule of traditional stations. 

Do you still download podcasts to your device? Not me. I stream them with Stitcher. Set them as favorites and get your fresh material daily simply by launching the app. My favorite stations are Mac OS Ken (Daily Mac News) and iPad Today (Weekly iPad show).
(Stitcher Radio - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Pandora - Best free music streaming service. Allows me to create 100 stations based on an artist, a song or a composer. I can set any mood at a click of a virtual button.  Coupled with Stitcher Radio, Pandora eliminates the need for traditional radio.  I have Bluetooth in my automobile, so I enjoy my own choice of content everywhere I go.
Pandora Radio is free personalized radio that only plays music you’ll love. Just start with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs or classical composers and Pandora will create a custom "station" that plays similar music. Already a Pandora listener? Even easier. Just log in. Pandora on iPhone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Enjoy all your existing stations - and create new ones right from youriPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You can also subscribe to Pandora One for $3.99 per month to eliminate the Ads everywhere you listen to Pandora, plus some web only upgrades.
(Pandora - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

BlogPress - Let's me update my free blog at  BlogPress is an easy blogging app for both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad and it is highly intergraded with your favorite social networks: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa!!

We know blogging. You may want to share your idea, your daily life or the important moment with people who are important to you. BlogPress is an app for that. Text, photos and videos, Facebook and Twitter sharing, comments and reply, location sharing, labels/tags and categories ... BlogPress has everything you need for blogging.

(BlogPress - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Zite - Zite Personalized Magazine keeps me informed of the news sites or subjects that matter to me.  Zite is a free personalized magazine for your iPad that automatically learns what you like and gets smarter every time you use it. Zite delivers all the great news, articles, blogs, and videos you want – and helps you discover new stuff that you'll love. 

(Zite - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

FlipBoard: Social News Magazne - Best way to view my Twitter and Facebook channels. Read these and other news in a magazine type style. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read, from niche blogs to publications like Rolling Stone and Lonely Planet, and use Instapaper or Readability to save articles to read later. Flipboard creates a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.
In addition to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you can flip through your newsfeeds and timelines from Google Reader, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren on Flipboard.

(FlipBoard - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

GoodReader - Best PDF viewer and retriever. It can open any PDF from a URL. It has some many features that I can't name them all. I can store videos, music, and many other types in the app. Can be password protected.

GoodReader has earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file.
Besides reading, you can also sync your files with remote servers:
• sync with iDisk, Dropbox, SugarSync and any WebDAV, AFP, FTP or SFTP server
• sync entire folders or individual files separately
(Goodreader - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Dropbox - This is what iCloud hopes to be when it grows up. I store what I want and can easily see the content on all platforms. It is like having a flash drive (thumb drive) in the cloud. Many apps work with it.  Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you're out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your iPhone in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.
(AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

PAC-Man - Because all work and no play makes Carl a dull man.  PAC-MAN, the world famous arcade classic, returns in this faithful rendition for your iPad! Play Original, Normal or Easy Mode and guide PAC-MAN with two different control modes. Navigate through the mazes by touching the onscreen controller in Joystick Mode or chomp on dots with the swipe of a finger in Swipe Mode. Munch fruits and other items for big points! Chomp all of the dots to advance to the next stage. Go for high scores and high levels! Gain an extra life at 10,000 points! Gobble blinking Power Pellets to weaken ghosts temporarily and eat them up before they change back. Avoid Blinky, the leader of the ghosts, and his fellow ghosts Pinky, Inky and Clyde, or you will lose a life. Lose all your lives and it’s game over!

(PAC-Man - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
There is a PAC-Man Lite version too!  It includes on the first stage of the game; enough to see if you still have skills!
(PAC-Man Lite - FREE - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

iMovie - I love this app on the iPhone and iPad way better than the one on the iMac.  Make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create spectacular trailers and thrilling home movies in minutes.* And share your finished projects with the world — right from iMovie. 
(iMovie - $4.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Osmos HD - A relaxing game when I want to zone out.  Some describe Osmos as "Asteroids meets a lava-lamp," others as "Katamari meets Lunar Lander," but all have said it's a game you must experience to appreciate. Your goal is to grow by absorbing smaller motes, but to propel yourself you must eject matter behind you, causing you to shrink. From this fundamental balance, Osmos leads the player through ambient playgrounds, deep solar systems, competitive petri dishes, dense mote-fields, and more.

(Osmos - - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Air Display -  Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! Air Display turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a wireless display, to extend or mirror your computer screen.  At work, I have 4 monitors on my PC. My iMac has one. air Display lets me use my iPad as a second screen so I can work without minimizing the programs on my main screen.  I love this when programming with xCode (Mac only - Mac Store Link), I can program on the big screen and view my ebook or other support material on the iPad. 

Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen's surface. Try it with a calculator, painting tool, or music control surface! Simple gestures allow you to operate the right mouse button and scroll wheel.

Air Display's performance is extremely responsive, employing a unique dynamic compression algorithm. On a typical Wi-Fi network, mouse cursor refreshes are indistinguishable from a wired mouse.

On Mac OS X (and soon for Windows), if you have a Retina display, you can choose to operate at normal or double resolution. On Lion, you can even enable “HiDPI mode.” HiDPI, a built-in Mac OS X feature that renders UI elements at double resolution, is absolutely stunning on a Retina display.

Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. When you rotate the screen, or disconnect and reconnect, your windows are automatically repositioned appropriately so you don't have to drag them back onto the Air Display screen.

(Air Display - $9.99 - AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Paper by FiftyThree - Sometimes I like to just draw. This is a simple app that allows me to do so. Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place. Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web. 
(Paper - FREE with one pen; additional tools available via in-App purchases - $7.99 for all tools - AppStore Links: iPad, No iPhone version)

Sent from my iPad

On Jun 5, 2012, at 9:26 PM, Tonya  wrote:      
I know we all use our iPads for different things and we are from all different walks of life and after reading this group for a few weeks I also realize that you all have  more technical skills and knowledge than I do not to mention intelligence.
In spite of all that, I'd still like to know what apps/ games, etc you recommend.
I have:
iBooks  (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
iPad secrets (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
2 hidden object mystery games
Flipboard (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Skype (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
3D pool (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Air Hockey (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Draw some (love this childish game.. wish other ppl I knew did too) (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Color Splash (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Google (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
File Browser (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Bravo now (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Top Chef U (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
ABC Player (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
TBS (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone) (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Air Playit HD (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Epicurious (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
AP Mobile (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Ghostwriter (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)
Snapseed (AppStore Links: iPad, iPhone)

Is Your Mac protected? Orbicule's Undercover for Mac

Hey gang, many of you have Macs so I'll share this with you. I know Kris recently had his iPad stolen and most of you already kno...