What is WolframAlpha? Think of it as a cross between a search engine and Wikipedia, though more intelligent and to the point than the former, while significantly more authoritative than the latter (though currently less robust than both).
The Guardian Eyewitness is a very simple app, delivering one photograph a day from the popular UK newspaper, but the powerful images depicted in the app make it a showcase for the richness and clarity of the iPad's 9.7-inch display.
For better or worse, personal email is dying. Two decades ago, email was the future--and now it’s beginning to feel like the past. Between Twitter, Facebook, and other sharing tools, my email inbox has become a repository for sales pitches, a few residual mailing lists I can’t seem to get off, Facebook alerts, and spam. Almost all of the personal emails I used to exchange with friends and family have moved onto social networks.
Stock market professionals and living room traders alike know and trust the Bloomberg brand for the latest market news and analysis, and the Bloomberg for iPad app luckily doesn't disappoint, offering a large amount of information out of the gate.
Facebook is a treasure trove of casual, social gaming. Hundreds of games let you grow virtual crops, raise fake pets, pretend to be a mobster, play a little poker, and otherwise entertain yourself between bouts of actual productivity. This month we check out two entries in the virtual-work category, which involves setting tasks in motion and then coming back later to reap the rewards.
With its reputation as a killer casual web-browsing device, the iPad is the perfect platform for spending hours skimming eBay listings. As on the iPhone, the online auction juggernaut has an iPad app ready at launch, but while it excels at the core acts of browsing and purchasing goods from millions of worldwide sellers, the app lacks too many core features to replace the web version.
Sure, the iPad can perform a lot of versatile and impressive tasks, but replacing a $300 drum machine? Believe it -- KORG's iElectribe app mimics the beloved 1999 Electribe-R, offering a stylish digital replication of the iconic machine with a solid touch interface.
Let’s face reality: Adobe could have slapped a CS5 label on an untouched version of Illustrator CS4, and all the digital artists of the world would still be using Illustrator as their go-to app for vector art. It’s not like there’s any serious competition in the arcane world of control points and bezier curves. As such, when a new Creative Suite version is released, the question isn’t “Should I buy Illustrator or the package from those other guys?” but rather “Does this latest CS version include enough new magic to warrant an upgrade?”