The new Bing app for the iPad is actually better than Bing in the browser. No, I’m not joking. It is absolutely beautiful, and one of THE best overall iPad apps I’ve ever used. The first time I opened it up, I was drawn in for about fifteen minutes, just exploring everything it has to offer. If I were Apple, I’d be selling the device with this as a default app. It’s honestly THAT good.
The entire touch experience is right there. You can play around with everything on the screen. Anything you could possibly want – or need – is literally at your fingertips:
Find what’s important near you: tell Bing what you’re looking for using voice-activated search – even addresses. Find a restaurant or reserve a table. Use the Plans feature to explore nightlife options, Likes and comments on Facebook. Grab onto the social feature to see updates from Facebook and Twitter in your search results.
Find stores, photos, movie times and reviews, iPhone apps, travel deals, airline promotions, local weather forecasts and directions.
Use the real-time transit features to figure out if your bus will be on time or check the status of any flight.
Add information for a business or location on the map and Bing will let you know when you’re close to it.
Try using the Bing Vision to search using the device camera. Bring text into close view, and the app will recognize it. Select which words you want to search.
Scan a barcode and Bing will give you product results. It can also detect product information from QR code, Microsoft Tag, UPC codes and cover art from books, CD, DVDs, and video games.
Check into your favorite social sites without having to leave the app.
Always find the lowest rates and hottest deals on everything from dinner to movies to travel options using Bing.
I absolutely love that I can clear all of my history in about two seconds with one tap. The same can be said about turning Safe Search off and on. The setup and customization options are fantastic in this application.
Another awesome thing is that the app will keep a history of all of the places I have searched for. I can quickly scroll through and find something I’ve already looked up without having to type it out again or scrolling through results to find the correct one.
Want to see a movie tonight? Don’t just find a local theater and show times. Watch the movie trailers right within Bing. I can also get movie ratings and reviews and links to news articles written about each flick and their various actors and actresses.
This is what an app should be – something that draws you and and makes you want to explore the world around you. It’s not only functional, it’s fun. There are a lot of news and search apps out there, but this one just get it right.
Trying to organize and use all of the content on your iPad can be a nightmare. You may need to buy different apps to open, read or consume different types of media and files. This could potentially cost you quite a chunk of change – and give you one massive headache. Your iPad stores documents, PDF files, music, eBooks, images and – well – I’m not sure if I want to know what else you have on that thing. The point is, there are an ungodly number of different types of files to be organized and opened. This is where Zen Viewer HD will come in handy.
This app is a little powerhouse. It will unify your content into one place – read, watch, store, organize, protect and record your audio. View PDF files, documents, images. Listen to your music. Watch your videos and movies. The Zen Viewer HD allows you to do ALL of these things. Heck, you can even change the skin of the app itself if you don’t like the way it looks out of the box.
The Zen Viewer puts you in control of your files. Rename, compress, email and password protect your files and folders with a click of the button within the app. Why not download owner’s manuals or user guides for your favorite products and save them on your iPad? Forget searching for hard copies that you likely threw in the garbage at some point in time. Free up the space in your file cabinet – or get rid of the dang thing completely. Keep everything on your iPad – and then manage it with Zen Viewer.
Image Formats – jpeg, gif, bmp, png, tif, cr2, nef, ico, cur and xbm.
Audio Formats – m4a, mp3, wav, aiff, aac and caf
Video Formats – mov, mp4, m4v, m-jpg
That is one heck of a lot of variation and choices. There are also a few special features you’ll be interested in:
Enhanced file searching – Browse through your libraries and files using any of several different preset features. Choose your preset type by file extension or genre.
Easy File Transfers – Transfer through iTunes, certain web sites, WiFi and servers.
Resize your library – Need more room in your library? This is the app for that!
Compress or decompress your content – Zip or unzip your files and folders for easier storage or transferring.
Are you convinced yet? Great! If you would like to win a copy of Zen Viewer HD, you will need to enter today – Monday, March 14th, 2011, before 11:59pm PST. All you have to do is click that cute little Twitter button at the bottom of the post, and you’re automatically entered. Five people will be chosen at random to win a copy of their very own tomorrow, March 15th, 2011.
Lockergnome’s Kelly Clay gets a demonstration of the iHealth blood pressure monitoring system and iHealth blood pressure cuff for iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. iHealth works like a standard blood pressure cuff, measuring blood pressure from around your bicep, then charts the data on your iPad or iPhone with an integrated app so that you can track your blood pressure over time. Your iPhone or iPad sits on a mounting stand with a connected blood pressure cuff allowing you to easily sit next to any table top and take your blood pressure, which is recorded to the iPad blood pressure app.
The free app is fairly well-designed with a large central button you press to activate the cuff. After a few seconds, the results (date, time, pulse, and systolic and diastolic numbers) appear in large font on the screen, alongside a flashing graph that shows where you on on the blood pressure scale. Additional features track your history, delete a readout, open the FAQ, and share results via e-mail. The app also calculates your average and compares your risk of hypertension to World Health Organization figures.
The cost for the dock is around one hundred dollars, and well worth the price if you’re someone who suffers from high blood pressure.
The big iPad screen is perfect for playing Monopoly. EA has had great success with versions of the game for the iPhone and iPod touch, so it only makes sense to bring it to the iPad, as well. The Monopoly HD game allows iPad users to connect wirelessly to other iPad game players via a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. Another cool thing is that iPad users can play locally against people running the Monopoly HD on their iPhone or iPod devices, and not just the iPad.
The game mimics the real thing beautifully on the iPad — thanks to iPad’s awesome display. Shake your device to “roll” the 3D dice. Tap the screen to manage your properties. Building a house on Baltic Avenue, taking a “Chance,” or opening the “Community Chest” are easy with intelligent design and intuitive controls. Play through three levels of difficulty and save games in progress. Also customize the number of players, the “house rules,” and even the game environment.
I had a little TOO much fun playing with the new I Am T-Pain app for my iPad. Created by our friends at Smule (the Glee app creators!), this little nugget is going to amuse you for many hours. Hey, singing the things my chat room said back to them kept THEM entertained.
The App bundles several of T-Pain’s top songs including Bartender and I’m N Luv (Wit a Stripper), complete with lyrics, integrated Auto-Tune settings, and timings.
The App includes many previously unreleased T-Pain original beats.
Get five brand spankin’ new beats from the hottest producers every Thursday at 3pm. The first 100 to download them get them for free!
Use Auto-Tune with your existing iTunes library.
You can select the Freestyle option and use Auto-Tune for singing without companion tracks. Use this option if you simply want to send someone an Auto-Tuned greeting over email .
This app is seriously a LOT of fun, and you can spend hours creating some seriously cool tracks. Upload them to the app maker’s site and share them with the world.
If you’re a LEGO fan who owns an iDevice of any type, you’re going to want this app. Creationary is the first official LEGO branded game for the iPad. It’s quite true to the original board game version of the same name. The game tests you to see how fast you can guess what is being built from LEGO bricks. The free game works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Players “roll” the LEGO dice to find out which of the 4 randomly selected categories they are guessing: nature, vehicles, buildings or things. The game starts building an object from that category out of LEGO bricks, and players must guess which of the four possible answers is correct by tapping the illustration that they think matches what is being built. The faster players guess correctly, the more points they earn. As the game is played over time, the more difficult it becomes. If players guess incorrectly, the game ends. Scores can be shared with friends via email or on Facebook.
While this may not be the same as building something with actual LEGO bricks, it sure is a good way to keep yourself in the game. What other cool apps have you played around with recently?
The brand-new Magic Fiddle iPad app from Smule is going to make your fingers want to fly. You’ll be able to quickly pick up and play songs simply by following colored lights in the Songbook. You don’t need to have any previous musical training to learn how to pick like a pro.
You’ll learn all of the best string skills, such as how to bow, pluck, trill, vibrato and glissandi right on your iPad. Your fiddle takes you on a fun learning adventure with your Storybook. The book is an 8-chapter journey which teaches you different tricks and techniques. You’ll find full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions to guide you along the way.
Once you feel you’ve mastered a skill or song, you can show off your talents by competing for the high score on the global leaderboards. Play to your heart’s content to earn scores and medals for each song. Your best performances combine to give you your global high score.
You can easily share your favorite performances, listen to what others have come up with and even “like” their creations on the Smule social board. Meet people from all over the world who are interested in music as much as you are.
Whiteboard HD makes it simple for you to SEE your ideas by giving you the best environment to write notes, sketch charts and record your brainstorming sessions. Draw freeform with the drag of your finger and add pre-made shapes and lines by pinching or tapping. Choose between grid and lined backgrounds or import any image or diagram from your photo library. Heck, you can even add labels and text boxes anywhere!
The app makers have included several very cool features in order to help make this THE collaboration tool of choice. Use it for preliminary sketches, group brainstorming and student projects. Share your ideas through external monitors or projectors in many different aspect ratios when using the iPad VGA adapter. It’s pretty simple to save and bookmark your notes, images and diagrams when you are finished – right within the app’s project manager.
Some key features include:
Full DropBox support
Add images as objects on the board
Laser-pointer mode for external displays.
Export boards choosing white or transparent background
If you have a project to work through by yourself – OR with others – the Whiteboard HD app may be exactly the app you’re looking for.
CineXPlayer is the simplest way to watch all of your Xvid movies on the iPad. The app allows you to transfer your Xvid content to the device without needing to convert. Play them even when you have no Internet connection, such as while traveling. Enjoy a cinematic experience and then swipe to delete when you’re ready to get rid of a specific title. It really IS that easy!
For the most part, the app works very well. The majority of reviewers on the App Store have rated it four stars or more. However, Engadget reports that there are some issues when trying to play certain file formats. That is to be expected, and the app developers ask for feedback. “You may occasionally come across an Xvid movie you will not be able to play. Please use our support contact if you encounter such a problem.”
Keeping track of your Calendar, Contacts and Task List can be a nightmare. Too often, there is entirely too much information to plow through and keep up with. The new Agendus app brings it all under control right on your iPad.
All of your Contracts are automagically populated in the app. It accesses the native contacts database and then enhances the built-in iPhone Contacts app. You can even add contacts to certain events within the app to make it easy for you to know at a glance who will be attending what.
Along with this you will find a very full-featured task management solution. This allows you get things done quickly when you’re on the go. There are advanced features built in to the task function, including the ability to set icons for tasks and events, view upcoming birthdays, retrieve your weather forecast and more.
Agendus also has full calendar support. It makes use of over-the-air synchronization with your Google Calendar. Forget having to minimize one thing and open another just to figure out what day it is and where you’re supposed to be. Agendus does it all for you.
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