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Best Must Have iPad Applications

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Although most people think that the new Apple iPad is simply an Apple iPhone on steroids, its wide screen size, bigger hard drive and a larger keyboard easily make the iPad a better device when it comes to entertainment and usability. Because of this, a lot of the cool applications that people have enjoyed in their iPhones have been tweaked to make full use of the many different features of the Apple iPad. So what exactly are the best iPad applications to date? Read on to find out which ones should have a place in your new Apple iPad.

1. Collect and read books with iBook. Move over, Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPad allows users to purchase, collect and read books. Besides, of course, being a portable multimedia center, which the Kindle definitely can’t lay claim to. The iBook converts your iPad into an electronic book reader and opens up a library of as many as 60,000 (and counting) books to choose from. This may not be as large a library as the Kindle, but it’s enough to start your e-book library. There’s a nifty search and dictionary feature that can help you hone your vocabulary, while books can be read either horizontally or vertically. Of course, turning pages is as easy as a flick of the finger–just like reading a real book. The application and some titles are free, although other books may range from $9.99 to $14.99.

2. Check and update your Twitter from Tweetdeck. Let your friends and followers know where you are, what you’re doing or how you’re feeling through the Tweetdeck application for the Apple iPad. Check Twitter and Facebook streams, and upload photos with a swipe of your hand. Very similar to the desktop stream client, Tweetdeck for the Apple iPad can even show you a map showing all the geo-tagged tweets of the people you follow.

3. Star Walk. This is a gem among the iPad applications you may find online. Star Walk allows you to bring the beauty of the night sky, from its planets to its stars, straight to your Apple iPad. It’s your own personal planetarium that you can access anywhere you are. All you have to do is point your iPad up and tilt the device until the “Star Spotter” function is activated, which will then convert exactly what you see in the sky into a graphical representation on the screen of your iPad. You can even check the different moon phases, search for planets and stars and even save or bookmark what you see so you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky even during the daytime. The demo version of this app is available for both the Apple iPad and the Apple iPhone, while the full version is a steal at $4.99.

4. Share files with friends by using Air Sharing Pro. Ah, if only Apple could include features we actually need in their devices. The Apple iPad’s (and even the Apple iPhone’s) lack of USB ports and Bluetooth has inadvertently left out the most obvious use of both devices, and that is, as a portable, hi-tech hard drive. Avatron’s Air Sharing Pro allows you to send and receive files wirelessly to and from laptops, computers and other Apple iPads or iPhones. Air Sharing Pro also allows you to compress and uncompress files, as well as view, email and print documents on the go. At $9.99, this application is definitely worth it.

5. Satisfy your culinary cravings with Epicurious. Want to learn how to make Panna Cotta or do you want help creating a menu for a dinner party? With Epicurious, voted as one of the best Apple iPad and Apple iPhone applications of 2009, finding recipes has never been easier. Search for recipes by ingredients, style or cuisine. You can also create shopping lists and tick off items while in the supermarket. Have hundreds of tried and tested recipes, you’ve got the world’s best cuisines literally on your fingertips for only free.

Now that you’ve got your new Apple iPad, it’s time to make the most out of it by downloading all the cool applications available in the app store. With the list above, you don’t have to think twice about what application to get first.

How to Print from an Apple iPhone to a Wireless Printer

Friday, May 21st, 2010

With the all the advancements in technology, more and more devices are becoming multitasking machines. The introduction of the Apple iPhone, for instance, revolutionized the world of mobile phones by giving everyone a small, multimedia wonder that allowed you to make calls, text, play games, watch movies, update social media sites and even connect to a wireless printer.

Printing from an Apple iPhone is simple, quick and easy, thanks to a lot of third party applications out there that let you connect wirelessly to a printer of your choice. Below are some practical steps and the best applications that you can use to help you print from your iPhone to a wireless printer.

1. Try PrintMagic for the Apple iPhone. This affordable third party application lets you print photos and documents on any wireless printer that supports Page Description Language (PDL)” data stream.” To make sure that your PrintMagic supports your printer, it’s best to download the free trial version first. This handy app allows your iPhone to connect to a supported printer via WiFi. To print text and web pages, all you have to do is copy and paste the text or the URL (for web pages) on the clipboard, start the application, then print. Photos, meanwhile, can be printed directly from your media library. You can’t print email attachments or documents, but at least creating printouts of your snapshots is quick and painless.

2. Use HP’s iPrint Photo. Released by HP in 2008, this free application is a handy tool that allows you to print 4 x 6-inch photos from your iPhone to any compatible HP printer connected to a WiFi network. Since HP’s Print Photo is free, don’t expect much in the way of features. It only allows you to print 4 x 6-inch photos, so if you want to print web pages, documents, text or larger photos, you would have to go the old route of transferring files to a computer before printing it on your HP printer.

3. Download and install Print from EuroSmartz on your Apple iPhone. The most versatile printing application to date, EuroSmartz’s Print lets you print photos, web pages, documents and contacts over both cellular and WiFi networks. The company’s latest product, aptly named Print & Share, can even allow you to print emails, which you should access directly from the application itself. It also comes cheap, at only $2.33.

4. Try using Air Photo on your iPhone. Air Photo is one of the latest applications that allow you to print wirelessly from your iPhone. For only $1.99, this app lets you send photos directly to a printer via a WiFi network. The Bonjour application is launched when you connect to the server from your iPhone. You can then edit or crop your pictures here before printing them out. How’s that for ease and usability?

5. Go for Avatron’s Air Sharing Pro if you want to do more than just print wirelessly. This slightly costly application ($9.99) is a multi-tasking program of sorts, letting you transfer and share files, view documents (including PDF files) and even email and access remote volumes. It also allows you, as an additional feature, to print photos, text and PDF files stored in your iDisk. It doesn’t allow for direct printing from Safari, Notes or your camera roll, though.

Now you have it–five handy and practical Apple iPhone applications that can help you print wirelessly over a network. Go for iPrint Photo if you use an HP Printer (since it’s free), but if you want more versatility, then chose Avatron’s Air Sharing Pro. With the next generation iPhone in the horizon, though, maybe we’ll finally see a built-in printing feature that will make it easier for all iPhone users to print photos, text, web pages and documents.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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