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Cool Apps for the HP TouchPad

There aren't many apps in the HP TouchPad App Catalog, but there are some gems for productivity and entertainment.
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I like to create lists on the TouchPad, and TapNote is a simple app that takes advantage of the TouchPad screen. The multi-pane editor is designed to make note creation effortless. The app can sync notes with the user's Dropbox account, so all of the notes can be accessible from anywhere. Notes are saved as simple TXT files for maximum usability. There is a free version that doesn't include all of the features. The paid version is $5.00 in the App Catalog and includes Just Type support, Quick Text date insertion, multiple themes and fonts, and no nag screens.

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If you use the online to-do list manager Toodleoo then don't miss this app on the TouchPad. It offers full Toodleoo syncing and support, and is customizable to present your task list in any way you desire. The multi-pane views present a great look into your task list no matter how complicated, and like Toodleoo can be used with the Getting Things Done philosophy including tags and contexts. The focus view is great to concentrate on the immediate tasks at hand by shutting out the big picture. $4.99

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The TouchPad is a good mobile blogging device, and the Wordpress app really takes advantage of the format. It offers a full WYSIWYG editor that handles formatting, hyperlinks and images. It is a good app for completely administering your blog, from posts to comment moderation. You can even keep up with your blog's web traffic in the app. This app combined with the TouchPad makes blogging fun. Free

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The Feeder app for the Pre is a favorite method for many to works with Google Reader RSS feeds. The developer is working on a port to the TouchPad, and this beta app is the work-in-progress. It is currently called TouchFeeds, but that name may change when the app is released in the App Catalog. It works with the user's Google Reader account to present RSS feed articles in a concise display that makes it possible to keep up with lots of RSS feeds. It should be available in the App Catalog soon, price to be determined.

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The homebrew community has always been active on webOS, and the TouchPad is no exception. The Preware app is an easy method to experiment with homebrew (unofficial) apps, OS patches and themes. It makes sideloading apps as easy as tapping an icon on the screen, and removing changes is just as simple. It is essential for those wishing to explore the homebrew scene on the TouchPad. Free

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Those who like Twitter should immediately install Spaz HD. This beta app makes it fun to work with Twitter timelines and keep up with friends. The multiple column display is configurable and works just as well in portrait as it does in landscape orientation. It is very full-featured for a free app.

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The TouchPad is a wonderful device for watching video with the large screen and smooth streaming. I admit I am a fan of watching video podcasts and network reruns when I have free time, and now that I use Video Flood HD that is so easy to do. The app aggregates online video from a lot of sources and presents them in an easy to use interface that has you watching the latest episode of your favorite show in no time. It plays the video from all sources right in the app which makes it very convenient to use. $1.99

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I listen to audio on the TouchPad a lot, and I especially like finding new radio stations from around the world that capture my fancy. TuneIn is a free app that makes it simple to find radio stations by type or genre of music played, and fully supports user station presets for future use. TuneIn is my favorite way to listen to live talk radio on the TouchPad. Free

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Sometimes you want to listen to music to set a particular mood, and Moodagent is a great app that scans your music library on the TouchPad and then builds a playlist to match your current mood. It is does this by using some preset criteria to match each song in the library, and then building a playlist based on a seed song that you give it by tapping on the screen. The diferent criteria can be manually adjusted to further refine the playlist to match your desires. Free.

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I am a big sports fan, and always craving the latest news about my favorite teams. CBS Sports has produced this app for the TouchPad that covers virtually every major sport, and makes it simple to get the latest news, standings and schedules for them all. It presents all of this information in a beautiful interface that is optimized for the TouchPad screen. Free

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The Facebook app is preinstalled on the TouchPad and is one of the best apps for using the social network. It is worth including here due to the special grid view that presents your friends' news stream in a wonderful grid layout that makes it fun to see what your connections are up to. The grid view shows a lot of updates on the screen at once, and is so useful I find myself using the app a lot which is a first for me on any device.

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