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September 14th, 2011 at 8:25 AM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

How To Photograph An Atomic Bomb for iPad

While the iPad is mostly viewed as a mobile device that will let you play all kinds of fun little games, Apple’s tablet is capable of so much more.  One app that truly shows what the iPad can do is How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb.  The app combines some animation with sparkling black and white and color photos and plenty of back story to really show the user what it was like to be at the birth of the world’s deadliest weapon.  

History buffs will love this app because it documents a period and a place that has seemingly been glossed over by other historians.  The app isn’t skimpy either.  How to Photograph an Atomic Bomb for iPad brings you 136 pages of stunningly clear photos all taken with the best photographic technology of the time.  This particular app shows just how photographers back in the 1940’s recorded not only what the bomb going off looked like but – in one stunning representation – how the power of the weapon literally changed the landscape.  Going through over 200 photos that are included in the app, you get a real feel for what these people were trying to do and that should be something everyone gets themselves familiar with.

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September 2nd, 2011 at 12:59 PM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

Comixology Comics App for iPad Gets Much Needed Face Lift

One of the coolest features to me about the iPad is the ability to read a plethora of great full color digital comics on the device. One of the drawbacks for me is that while the Comics iPad app by Comixology has long been my first choice simply because of the massive library it’s rarely been the best actual app. The first problem was stability. The app generally crashed 5 to 10 times a night when I’d sit down to read a string of digital comics. The second was an interface that was never all that intuitive to me.

Comixology seems to realize that while they owned the market as far as content, their presentation was falling behind other digital comics apps. Because of this, the developers did a complete revamp of the look and feel of the app and their reboot does indeed improve it immensely. The first big change is of course the stability, and coming from someone who uses the app daily it has crashed just once in the week since the reboot.

Where the app really wins points is how it now organizes the comics. The old version of the app had sort of a hodge podge of those comics you already owned and finding a specific series in your library could be a drag. Now every series has its own icon and when you download a new comic in a specific series a badge will appear telling you it’s ready to be read.

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August 23rd, 2011 at 9:44 AM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

Kno's Textbooks App for iPad Adds New Features

Earlier we told you about how Kno’s Textbooks app for the iPad is one of the best apps that someone getting ready to go back to school could have. Now it appears the maker of that particular app is making it even better with the newest features being offered. While the textbooks that are available to purchase through the Kno app are generally 30-50% lower than they if you buy the hard copy, there are now some more reasons to go get the app and see what it can do.

When dealing with chemistry texts there is a new beta function of the app that allows students to view 3D pictures of the material they are studying. Of course because this new feature is incredibly new there are going to be some shortfalls here and there but so far it appears that being able to look at a 3D representation of the lungs or the heart on the iPad will only bring more students to Apple’s tablet.

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July 15th, 2011 at 7:37 AM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

App Store Offers Up More Than 100,000 iPad Apps

Since its release, there has been very little doubt that the iPad is one of the best and most popular consumer electronic gadgets in the world.  With the release of the iPad 2 the buzz surrounding Apple’s crown jewel has become even louder.  Of course one of the reasons the iPad and the iPad 2 are so popular is because the devices have so many apps available that can do so many different things.  This week, the latest count had topped a very prestigious level in that there are now more than 100,000 apps that is available for the iPad and the iPad 2 specifically.

Whether you are looking for a game that you can play when you are around and with your kids or you are looking for something that is a bit darker and is only right for the older generation the iPad will have the games you are looking for.  There are also literally hundreds of different downloadable eBooks that you can read as though the iPad is the Kindle or the Nook except that you can actually read graphic novels and comics as well.  There are even some books that are great for the younger set that will read the books to them and have great interactive pictures for them to play with as well.

Of course the best part of the iPad and the iPad 2 apps is that there are plenty that can help you do a lot more than play or relax.  While competitors like the Blackberry Playbook have tried to tap the market by claiming that they are better suited for business use, the iPad has shown that it is perfectly capable of being used as a business tool.  In fact the iPad has even become so popular that the FAA recently approved the use of the device in exchange for their usual paper flight manual.  Of course, even if you aren’t working as a pilot for one of the major airlines there are plenty of ways to use several of the 100,000 apps to help run your business or organize your life.  We’ve previously written about apps such as Informant HD and Home Budget Sync which can go a long way in helping you to keep track of your daily, weekly and monthly tasks as well as noting where both your income and your expenditures are coming from and going to.

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June 2nd, 2011 at 3:20 PM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

Day and Date Release of Digital DC Comics on the iPad Coming Soon

One of the cooler uses for the iPad since its release has been as a full color eBook reader before there really were all that many full color eBook readers on the market. Some of the first batches of iPad apps that were available way back in April of 2010 were digital comic book apps from some of the top comic book producers in the market. Marvel and DC Comics, as well as indie comic book producers like Dark Horse, have been combining for well over a year now to bring comic book addicts their drug of choice in digital form.

Of course one of the neatest features of these iPad apps is that they allowed the comics aficionado the ability to read long ago printed copies of their favorite heroes including such long ago issues as Marvel’s first ever Captain America books as well as the first Batman and Superman issues. One drawback to this digital delivery system was that it became a bit harder to keep up with current storylines because the digital copies were so far behind the paper copies. Over the last year some of these digital comic apps have started to realize they are missing out on revenue by not offering the newer issues at a faster pace and Comixology specifically has worked hard at getting some of their more popular indie comics – such as “The Walking Dead” – out the exact same time as the paper copies hit the shelves. Earlier this week, DC Comics joined the fray as they announced that they will begin release all of their comics – not just a select few as the other companies have done – on the same day and date as the hard copies.

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Unfortunately we do have to tell you that before you start popping champagne corks, there is one caveat. The actual releasing of the day and date digital copies is still a ways down the pike. DC Comics has announced that in August, they will be releasing the culmination issue of their superhero universe changing “Flashpoint” on the 31st. While this was originally going to be the only digital issue they released that day, the company has announced that the latest issue of the new “Justice League” will be released on the same day and from September on the company will be launching every digital issue alongside those that land in stores.

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May 10th, 2011 at 11:43 AM EST | by inu846W

Purchase New Yorker Subscription Inside iPad App

Publisher Conde Nast has worked out a deal with Apple to sell subscriptions for The New Yorker within its app.

An updated version of that magazine’s iPad app gives lets users subscribe to the weekly magazine for $5.99 a month, or the equivalent of a $1.50 an issue. That’s a steep discount from the app’s old model, which only sold individual issues for $4.99 a pop.

Conde Nast is selling an annual subscription to the iPad app for $59.99; a yearly subscription to the print version of the magazine costs $69.95. Very important: Conde says print subscribers will get iPad access for free.

Several other Conde Nast magazines should have their own apps soon, providing in-app subscription purchases. These will include Wired, Golf Digest, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Self, Allure and GQ. Magazines offered on a monthly basis will cost $19.99 for an annual subscription rate and $1.99 per-issue.

iPad News Via: allthingsd.com

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