Splashtop for iPad [Application Review]

Splashtop for iPad is a great remote access solution. Well, sort of. Right now, you have to be on the same wi-fi network as your computer. This application allows you to view every aspect of your computer screen right on your iPad. It’s basically translating your computer’s screen onto your iPad, giving you full control.

I especially love this application becuase it really does give you full control. I have multiple monitors, and this is the only app that I have used that has support for both of them.

Hopefully an upcoming version of the app will allow me to access my computer from school, or something just a little more useful.

This application is iPad only, and is available in the iTunes App Store for $5. There is also a free version.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

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LCARS Wikipedia for iPad [Application Review]

LCARS Wiki is a great application for viewing Wikipedia pages, if you’re a Star Trek fan. It takes the LCARS interface from the ever popular sci-fi tv show, and makes it a Wikipedia viewer.

When you first open the app (which only works in portrait mode), you are greeted with a welcome message, and instructions telling you to search in the box above and blah-de-dah.

When you tap the search button at the top of the screen, an awesome keyboard appears at the bottom. It goes really well with the theme of the whole application. Probably my favorite part of the app.

So, type something in! For example, if you type in James T. Kirk and hit go, James’ wiki fills itself in below with a fun typing noise. A disadvantage of this application is the lack of ability to view pictures. Oh well. It’s a novelty application, and I don’t think you’ll be doing a lot of searching in this application.

This app is great for trekkies, but if you’ve never seen the show, don’t download this app. It’s for the iPad only, and available in the iTunes App Store for $1.99

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Fahrenheit For iPhone And iPad

As of last week, this app didn’t exist, but it has taken the app store by storm. Its an app called Fahrenheit. It’s a great new weather application that uses the push notification service to show you the current temperature right on your home screen using the badges.

Fahrenheit is $0.99, and universal. It’s a great value, and a fantastic replacement for the horrible built-in weather app.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

White iPhone 4 is Finally On Its Way.

The illustrious white iPhone 4 has been desired by iPhone users all around the world since the launch of the product. 9 months after the launch of the black iPhone 4, Apple has confirmed that they are creating the white model, says many news sources. What does this mean? Well, it means two things:

1) You no longer have to buy a mod kit to get a white iPhone

2) Will there be an iPhone 5? I think not. If Apple’s rolling out a new iPhone model soon, there’s a very low likelihood that there will be a new model late June.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Sirius XM [App Review]

Here’s a perfect example of an app that I use every day, and I should have started talking about this earlier. The Sirius XM iPhone app provides Sirius XM subscribers to listen to a majority of channels on their iPhone or iPad. The app is universal, so there’s a good iPad version of this app.

The app is free, but you have to be a subscriber to Sirius or XM satellite radio, plus have the Internet streaming plan which is ~$10 more per month, and I think it’s worth it. You can listen to nearly every channel in your favorite desktop browser, iOS, Android, or Blackberry [I think].

I listen to Laugh USA on Sirius 105 / XM 151 quite a bit. I like to tell fresh jokes.

I definitely recommend checking this app out if you’re already a subscriber, but if you’re not, I would recommend checking out other streaming services such as Slacker. They have a great app and service as well that I use occasionally.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

Adobe Creates More iPad Apps

Adobe has created a few iPad apps to complement their desktop apps. No, this isn’t the much anticipated version of Adobe’s Photoshop on the iPad, although that seems to be in the works, these 3 applications go hand-in-hand with the desktop version of the app.

Adobe created three applications called Nav, Eazel, and Lava for the iPad. [They’re not out quite yet.] Can you imagine using Photoshop through a touch interface? Now you can!

Nav shows you all of the different tools that you can select, see open documents, open documents, share work, and customize your toolbar. Nothing really for editing here, but a nice app for viewing your documents.

Lava is a color mixer. Get the right color every time. It’s just like a paint palette.

Eazel is close to a full client for Photoshop. Use most of the features through the touch screen. It has a 5 finger interface to make your photo editing most efficient.

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters

An App Just For Ads. How Very Apple-esk

Yesterday, Apple published their iAd application on the app store. It’s a showcase of what advertisers have made on the iAd program, and an opportunity to view them all. This app is truly for the fanboys and girls. This is the first time I have seen most of these advertisements. Writer at TechCrunch MG Siegler wrote an article yesterday titled: “Apple Finally Figures Out A Way To Get an iAd in my Face. An iAd App.” It’s a great article if you get the chance to read it at TechCrunch.com.

When you open the app, you’re greeted with a carousel of the latest iAds that have been published. You can star cool ones, like the “like” button on Facebook.

Something that has bugged me for a while about Apple’s apps in the store is that they’re not all universal. This app is a great example. Why is there no iPad version of this app? Why is there no native iPad version of the Apple Store App? Slackers.

It’s free for iOS devices, so check it out in the iTunes App Store

Taylor Ness, Editor, App Masters