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Friday, December 10, 2010

Five Ubercool iPad Apps to Download Today

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: A young woman waits to purchase Apple iPads in Regent Street's Apple store on May 28, 2010 in London, England. Apple iPads went on sale today in countries including Japan, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as part of Apple's global roll-out of the hugely successful new device. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
SoundHound - If you think Shazam is cool, hum or sing a phrase of your favorite current song into SoundHound and watch it identify song title, artist, videos and more. Yes, your jaw will drop like mine when my son pulled up Simple Plan's Perfect World that way. A real pleasure to browse and the interface is much cooler than that of its more popular rival.

CBC Radio - Gorgeous app, a delight to use, and under the slick design, a truly Canadian heart. All your favorites are here - everything from Ideas to As it Happens, to Q and The Current - plus live streaming from any of 31 Canadian cities. Whacks of great programming. And the best part? You can actually get past episodes of Terry O'Reilly's brilliant series The Age of Persuasion. Be still my heart.

iA Writer - Awesome, no-frills writing application. Don't be fooled by the plain vanilla simplicity. This is a highly functional app that's a joy to write with. Puts useful punctuation up where you want it. Tells you the time it will take to read your prose (copywriters take note). Unlike Pages, iA Writer gives you - wait for it - the ability to scrub back and forth through text without lifting your finger. Oh, and did I mention the Dropbox sync? Find your muse again.

SpeedText HD - Your handwritten words magically snap into sentences - in notes which become searchable when you forward them to Evernote (is there anything Evernote can't do?). Press the info button for a whack of controls. With a bit of practice you'll find lots of uses for this one.

Flixster (with Rotten Tomatoes) - Download this visually slick app and never search for newspaper movie listings again. Showtimes, reviews, trailers, ticket purchases, and a lot more.


  1. Nice list, Ray. I have used SoundHound, CBC Radio and Flixster and agree with your assessment. I will have to check out the other two, although I use PlainText, which also syncs with dropbox and is a simple writing app.

  2. The CBC app's a dream and SpeedText HD is really unusual in that it's handwriting not typing that automatically snaps into sentences. Bit of a learning curve, but worth it. Always appreciate your comments, Mike. I suppose you'll be presenting at BYTE in February?

  3. No I won't. We (Brandon University) are hosting WestCAST - an annual conference for education faculty & student teachers in the west. Alec Couros is one of the Keynotes! Check it out at - (I am also taking 2 PhD course - so I might be a littel overwhelmed!)