Must-have apps for the iPad (Spring 2012 edition)

Must-have apps for the iPad (Spring 2012 edition)

Summary: The new iPad with the Retina Display is great, but only if you have the right apps. These apps are as good as they get.

TOPICS: iPad, Apps, Mobility

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  • Sometimes an extra monitor would come in handy when using Windows PCs or Macs, and this app turns the iPad onto an extra monitor for just ten bucks. It does it wirelessly over Wi-Fi, the best way. 

    Air Display takes full advantage of both OS X and Windows, so the iPad works just like expensive monitors. The iPad can be rotated between portrait and landscape orientations as needed, for whatever works best in any given situation.


  • There are games and then there are games that totally engage the player in a simulated environment. This one is firmly in the latter camp, taking full advantage of the Retina Display. Simple touch controls are employed to help your hero get through some nasty situations.


  • If you've ever wished you could run Windows or OS X on your iPad, Splashtop makes it so. This remote desktop program gives full control over a remote PC or Mac, using a nice touch interface on the iPad.

    Splashtop allows full video/audio streaming from the remote system, providing a great experience on the iPad with no lag. It is easy to set up and use, and an app that most everyone can find a good use for in the toolkit.


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Topics: iPad, Apps, Mobility

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  • A great selection, James.

    May I suggest one more educational app that showcases the iPad's potential for truly innovative learning. The name of this app is "Nova Elements".

    It is a fun, interactive way for a student to learn basic chemistry and the Periodic Table of Elements. David Pogue narrates the various sections of this free app from the PBS show "Nova".

    There is one section where a student can graphically build an element from protons, neutrons and electrons. Of course, choosing the correct numbers of each sub atomic particle is required. (For those that forgot their high school chemistry, there is a cheat button that will build your chosen element correctly).

    Needless to say, I highly recommend this app.
    • Question: Would the app be just as effective if on other devices?

      Just wondering why it "showcases the iPad's potential for truly innovative learning". Does it use some exclusive property of the iPad? Or is it just because it is only available on the iPad?

      I am just trying to differentiate whether the kudos are correctly placed. If the app does not use anything specific about the iPad, then the "potential for truly innovative learning" is really attributable totally to the application rather than the hardware.

      I just seems that the hardware is getting too much credit for other people's work.
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  • Great Selection, Don't forget iTunes U

    One of My favorites is iTunes U. This app is a whole world unto itself with experts from thousands of institutions giving brief personal lectures to hour long symposiums and panel discussions. Oxford and Cambridge Universities from the UK, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cinematheque Francais, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, NASA . The variety is mind boggling and grows every day. Kahn Academy, TEDTalks are included as well. Makes Wikipedia as great as it may be, look like Cliff Notes. Almost every conceivable facet of knowledge is covered in a personal often idiosyncratic way. As the speakers are brilliant and often eccentric, what they have to say is rarely dull. This app deserves it own review. So far everything in iTunes U is free !
  • my apps

    My apps makes ipad into something like netbook. I use Pocket Cloud to access my PC running ThinServer XP