Recommendation for iPad Owners: AppStart for iPad (2012 Edition) for iPad

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A very nice recommendation from Robin Good: I feel that curated selections of „apps“ by a trusted source is definitely an area where people will be willing to pay to get good advice while saving time and money to choose what tools to use on their new iPad. The new interesting aspect is that the availability of different apps and software has increased so much that the ability for someone to provide reliable advice and selection of what is really useful and effective becomes by itself a valuable and monetizable service.

„AppStart is the first app to download on your iPad: An app starter kit with all the essential apps you’ll ever need. AppStart takes a fresh and fun approach to teach the average Joe (or insert your name here) how to become more familiar with his/her iPad and apps. NO THIS IS NOT A BORING MANUAL. We’ll fill you on the basic things that everyone should know, and then get you started with the best apps for you.  Throughout the app you’ll find special sections that tell you apps you’ll need to turn your iPad into a specific kind of tool. You’ll also be given a list of the essentials apps for certain types of user (lawyers, teachers, musicians, moms, dads, etc). If you see something that sounds interesting to you, click it! We’ll give you the exact set of apps to download and you’ll be on your way, no need to scour the top charts in the App Store.“ …and yes, it´s free!

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Comparing news apps Flipboard, Pulse, Zite, and Google Currents — The Digital Shift

Among my favorite tools on the iPad? News apps. Recently, things got even better when some of the most popular news applications—Flipboard, Pulse, and Zite—released iPhone versions, and Google debuted its entry into the field: Google Currents. All attempt to replicate the look and feel of a magazine; swiping through screens to advance content does recall the satisfying turn of an actual page. You can also Tweet, email, or post a story to social sites using these free apps.
With the latest versions, an article marked as a favorite on an iPhone will appear as such on your iPad. While there are a few differences in look and feel between tablet and phone versions, most of the features of these stellar tools remain the same. And all have potential in the classroom and library:Google
Final verdictEach of these news aggregation apps has pluses and minuses; individual needs play a role in determining which is best for you. Ask yourself:
Are you looking for a straightforward, visual RSS reader experience? If so, Google Currents and Pulse are the best options, with Pulse having more flexibility than Currents.
What level of learning curve can you stand? If you’re ready to spend a bit of time on learning how to use the app, Zite and Flipboard are good options.
How important are social features? Along with being able to share a story via Twitter or Facebook, do you want to be able to comment on a story from within the app? If so, Flipboard is a good choice.
Is your interest mostly in keeping up with news followed by those you connect with on social sites? Then Flipboard or Pulse make the most sense.
Will recommendations of stories that you might not find on your own be useful? The app for that is Zite.
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Linda W. Braun ( is project management and consulting coordinator for LEO, a library consulting firm

Speak it!, the highest quality text to speech App available for iPad

Just discovered today: Future Apps presents Speak it!, the highest quality text to speech App available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and now iPad! Speak it! utilizes the same voice synthesis engine that has made our iSpeak translator apps such a great hit.

Welcome in the new Age of Curation. Copy emails, documents, web pages, PDF files, and more; paste them into Speak it!, and have the text spoken back to you with the highest quality text to speech engine available anywhere. You can even create the same quality audio files of the text to speech which can then be emailed to anyone you like! Need an elegant way to make announcements over your PA system? Speak it! can do that too. You can easily set up a list of pre-made announcements, and play them with a press of a button. You can even use Speak it! as a fun way to prank your friends! Speak it! is your own custom soundboard, with endless phrases and possible uses. We have also realized in the past year there has been a growing disability community using Speak it! We would like to thank those users for supporting Speak it!, and for all the incredible feedback we have received. Speak it! 2.0 has new features just for these users including landscape more, ability to change font size, and much more coming in future updates! FEATURES:

  • Easy to use interface: simply enter the text you want to say, and press the “Speak it! button
  • Four high quality voices are included: American Male, American Female, British Male, British Female
  • NEW! Highlights words as they are spoken
  • Ability to create audio files and email them
  • Save as many phrases as you would like, and easily repeat them later
  • Pause and resume speech playback
  • Change the volume, as well as the speed of spoken text
  • Change the font size of the text field
  • Speak it! Store, where you can download 20 new voices
  • Designed to be used while on a phone call
  • Localized for French, Italian, German, and Spanis