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Many notetaking and journaling app options exist in the iPad App Store, but few combine the best of both worlds and more, featuring a wonderful user interface and features galore like NoteLedge.
NoteLedge is a tremendous app for business and personal use, allowing one to capture anything worth remembering and organizing it in a simple, yet unique, way.
Notetaking is simple, offering keyboard and handwritten options with full-featured editing tools available should you need them.
Editing options include: a full set of a scribble pens, highlighters with vivid brush effects and an
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eraser, copy and pasting of content anywhere in a note and pinch-to-zoom capabilities.
Saving and backing up anything you create in NoteLedge is also very easy.  The app allows one to save work and, retrieve it at any time and edit it when you backup notes in DropBox, iCloud, Box.net, and GoogleDocs.
Sharing via Facebook or through email is also supported, as is simple conversion of notes into JPG or PDF formats.
In addition to the app’s notetaking functions, the “Navigator” feature really stood out in my use.  Navigator allows you to crop and copy your texts, pictures and drawings in your own way and paste them wherever you like within an active area.
NoteLedge is a tremendous notetaking app – quite possibly the best I’ve used – thanks to its bevy of features, handwritten note capabilites and slick interface. For those looking to take great notes and chronicle experiences on an iPad, NoteLedge is the one app you’ll want to have.
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I’m always on the lookout (or should that be listenout?) for great new music. This morning I’ve found some courtesy of a new album released as a free iPad app. It’s called Tracey Browne Everyone Is Ordinary, and it’s one of those very rare albums where there’s not a single track you want to skip past, just all good songs.
Here’s a little slice of the App Store intro for the app / album:
Well a cursory first listen to Tracey Browne’s debut album could easily invoke comparison to a host of singer-songwriters…
A British Joan Osborne perhaps, a 21st century Kirsty
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MacColl, a folkier Sarah McLachlan, a poppier Karine Polwart…they’ve all been mentioned, but who knows…and who cares; before that first listen is over you’ll more than likely have reached the conclusion that Tracey Browne transcends comparisons, and with those oft neglected virtues of a fine voice and a great melody, she’s already taking you some place else, some place all her own.

I’ve listened to the whole album twice over now and I agree. I’m no music critic but I think Browne has a great voice, and her songs are really nicely written.
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Have you ever wished that there was a speed dial for anything on your iPhone? Have you ever wished that with one tap of a button you could quickly launch right to a Tweet, or to post a Facebook status? Of course you have. We all have! Now, with Launch Center, you can do those things and more! I first stumbled upon this App when searching for ways to increase the functionality of the notification center in iOS5. What I found within this App will make your iPhone infinitely more efficient. Read on to see how.
 

What it does
Launch center lets you launch tasks, web
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sites, specific actions within Apps as well as the top level of the App. It also lets you launch new emails, text messages, or phone calls to specific people. You can also launch the flashlight, as well as Google the contents of your clipboard.
Post to Facebook and Tweet bypass the need to navigate through the respective Apps to find the "post" or "tweet" areas and launches directly into a new message or post. The same thing Applies to emails, and text messages. It truly is a "speed dial" for everything.
Do you launch a particular website on a regular basis (like BestAppSite)? There's a spot for that too! Yes, Safari has built in favorites, but to access them you have to first launch Safari, then select the favorites tab. With Launch Center These favorite websites will be right alongside of your other most commonly used tasks. The same thought process applies to placing speed dials of your most often used numbers in Launch Center. Having everything in one common place makes it fast and easy to use.

What About Apps
This is where Launch Center really shines. As you can see I have placed Launch Center in my dock so I can access it no matter what page I'm on in my iPhone. From within Launch Center I have set up my most frequently used Apps like Navigon, and Instagram. Yes, Instagram is on my front page but through Launch Center, I open directly to the camera and not my feed. As for Navigon, placing it in Launch Center lets me put the actual Navigon App within a folder and not have to worry about drilling down into folders and sub-folders to launch it. Currently not every (okay, not even close to every) App is available to Add to Launch Center but the major ones are and the list grows literally every single day.

The Bottom Line
Launch Center will make your iPhone a lot more streamlined and efficient. Think of it as a Speed Dial for everything! The App list is growing every day and as it does so will the ways to use this custom Launch Center for your iPhone.
 
Get Launch Center for your iPhone from the iTunes store for $1.99 here:
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NewsFlash is a relatively new breaking news and headlines RSS reader app for the iPad and iPhone. It uses quite a simple interface and offers breaking news and top stories from around the world and in a number of languages.
I have a clear favorite RSS reader app for the iPad, River of News, and use Twitter and notifications from a handful of news apps to attempt to keep up with breaking news – but I’m always on the lookout for more good news and RSS sources, so I’ve been giving NewsFlash a try over the last several days. The short story here is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by
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how much I like this app. Hit the break for the reasons why …
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Join adorable puppies and kittens on 5 different adventures as you solve fun and challenging sliding tile puzzles that tell their stories!
You’ll have trouble putting this family-friendly puzzle game down, as each level you solve reveals the next plot twist of the Tale. You’ll be reminded of solving jigsaw puzzles as you piece together these delightful photos!
If you love puppies and kittens, you’ll love Puzzle Tales – Play today!
FOLLOW THE TALES
Follow these fun-loving puppies and kittens on their latest capers! New Tales unfold as you complete puzzles and reac
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h new levels. That’s not all – these pets come to life when they voice what they’re really thinking at the conclusion of each puzzle!
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Battle through dangerous arenas and become the Tank Hero!
Fast paced 3D tank action on your iPhone. Take out your enemies with cannons, heat seekers, grenades, and howitzers. Battle against cunning enemies and become the Tank Hero!

Played by over 5 million users around the world, Tank Hero is now available for iOS devices with new and improved graphics and gameplay.

FEATURES:
* OpenGL 3D graphics with realtime shadows and dynamic lighting
* 120 levels spanning three unique worlds
* 3 game modes: Campaign, Survival, and Time Trial
* 6 weapons to c
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hoose from
* 6 types of AI tanks to fight against
* 3 control schemes to match your gaming style

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Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tank-Hero/222464784431571

NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE FOLLOWING IOS DEVICES:
- 1st or 2nd generation IPod Touch
- Original 1st generation iPhone
- iPhone 3G
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Recently we profiled a tremendous, free, app for using Microsoft Lync online on the go, but there’s a way to further enhance productivity when using the app and your iPad. Add InterCall Reservationless-Plus Conferencing.
Combining Microsoft Lync and Reservationless-Plus allows one to take a standard conference call and enhance the experience for hosts and participants alike.
To begin using this service, you need to download the “Microsoft Lync 2010” app for the iPad or iPhone and sign up for InterCall’s cloud-based audio conferencing.
Microsoft Lync Online, offered by Inte
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rCall, combines industry-leading audio conferencing platform with Lync enabling participants to join via for PSTN phone lines and providing enhanced in-call controls.
There are two ways to get started:

Work with an InterCall sales representative to provide all the necessary information to set up new owners and add InterCall Reservationless-Plus to an existing account. Your representative can then provide you with a spreadsheet detailing all of your company’s owners and their conference codes.
Work with your new InterCall owner ID and web PIN to create an account at https://www.intercallonline.com. Then call account management at 800.374.2441 to have your account enabled as an administrator.

By becoming an administrator on InterCall Online, you can create accounts for new owners, assign vanity conference codes and pull reports on accounts and usage.
Once you’re ready to go, there are only 4 simple steps to uploading your account details into the Microsoft Portal:

Log into your Microsot Online Portal and select “Manage” under Lync Online in the Admin Overview section.
From the Lync Online Control Panel, select “Manage” under dial-in conferencing.
Select the users you want to edit by clicking their name.
Select “InterCall” from the drop-down menu, enter the conferencing details and click “Save.” In the “Toll Number Field” use numerical format only.  Do not use special characters such as hyphens, periods or parenthesis.

Once you’ve completed those steps, you’re ready to roll! It’s really that simple, but should you have any issues InterCall is there to help you by phone or email.
If you use Microsoft Lync with your iPad and want to maximize both while staying connected regardless of where your travels may take you, add InterCall today.
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By now you've probably seen the movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol or at least the trailer. In one of the scenes Tom Cruise seeming barely escapes death by a flying car that crashes to the ground right behind him. We all know that these effects are often done with green screen and CGI, but what if you could do these kind of effects right on your iPhone with a few taps of your finger. That's exactly what Action Movie FX allows you to do. You fire up the App, choose your effect, record your scene in the App and then choose where in your clip's timeline you want the
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effect to happen. Tap a button to process the video and you're done! The saved movie will be 720p resolution even on an iPhone 4s that can record in 1080p.
Here's one that I did last night while setting up for my event

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE9vRFOVLOA

 
I was blown away by the quality of the overlay considering that I had to do absolutely no keying on my own. What's even more amazing is that the App is FREE! Once you have your processed video you can save it to your Camera Roll, Send it via email or post it on Facebook right from the App. Of course once it's on your Camera Roll you can upload it to just about any other service or App such as YouTube. The App comes with three scenes, "Missile Attack", "Car Smash" and "Demolition Rock". There is an option to do an in-app purchase to buy more effects. However, to date I've not been able to get the store to load in the App. Once it does I'll gladly buy some more effects at $0.99 each.
UPDATE: The FX store finally loaded in the App and there are 4 more "2 Packs" of effects to choose from (8 total effects) at $0.99 per 2 pack.

You can get Action Movie FX for FREE here from the 
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Alarm-Lock app helps you to recover your iPhone, iPad or iPod in the event that it is lost or stolen.
(Track your device in the background)
FEATURES
- Locate your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on a map.
- You can locate your device Anywhere ! without app ! [Just check your Twitter account !]
- You can locate your device without SIM chip.
- Automatically turn on your device camera and you can see now.
- Battery Life on Track your device Lasts 15 Hours on non-stop background running. [Case of iPhone 4 and Oh My Phone app running alone in background]
- You c
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an share your location with your friend, family or girlfriend ! [By Twitter]
- If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while on the go, Lock your device automatically.
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Ringier Studios Champions League: True Passion, Big Business is an iPad app to be avoided. It’s one of the very worst iPad apps I’ve seen in any category.
This will not be a comprehensive review because this app turned me off and pissed me off so much that I could not force myself to spend enough time with it to do one. Yes, it’s that bad, and worse.
Strike 1, 2, and 3 against it: when you first open this app (after it has been downloaded and installed from the App Store) you get to a splash screen and a download status bar starts. The app is not ready to go after being install
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ed; not anywhere near ready. The status bar shows that it needs to download 380MB of something, there’s no indication of what. That’s a bad enough start, but then you get the better news – you cannot do anything at all in the app while you wait on the download, and the download is slower than slow.
What’s slower than slow, you might ask. Right around TWENTY MINUTES. Yes, you read that right. You launch this app and there is nothing whatsoever to do in it until you wait 20 minutes to have content downloaded.
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