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Explore Timeline World War 1 with Robert MacNeil

Total Score:  28

History can teach and inspire us.  Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace.   This app allows you to walk through the whole experience from Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination to the Treaty of Versailles.   You explore both military and personal documents.  It is quite an experience.

 

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Timeline Civil War – Explore and Learn

Total Score:  29

History is a part of American culture and no event is more central to the early history of our country than the Civil War.  States were called upon to take sides - even at times, families.  This iPad app, Timeline American Civil War helps tell that story in a compelling way through audio, video, images and maps.

 

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Well, Swell Radio App is Well… Swell!

Total Score: 30

I am a huge NPR fan and didn’t think anything could woo me away from my local station.  But then, I found the Swell Radio app.  I get the best of NPR, TED talks and intelligent stories from comedy, sports and news channels.  This app provides unlimited streaming audio.  It learns what you like and, over time, delivers radio-like content that matches your interests.  But, in addition to that you can decide to focus on business, comedy, sports, etc.  Continue reading

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Ultimate Trivia App: The Quiz – Challenge Yourself

Total Score:  30

The Ultimate Trivia: The Quiz App challenges your knowledge of current events, music, science and the arts.  It has a similar format to the popular game show, "So You Want to Be a Millionaire."  You earn (digital) money for correct answers and have a few options to get some help.  It's a bit addictive and plenty of fun.

 

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Wake Up WIth Disney – A Can’t Miss Alarm App

Total Score:  28.5

I'm not one of those people who searches for new and different alarm clock apps.  The standard one was fine with me until I discovered Wake Up With Disney for iPhone and iPad.   This app has all the standard functionality of an alarm clock app, but with a Disney twist.  What would be better than to have Donald Duck screaming at you to wake up.  It made me laugh as I was testing it and I really do believe it would make me laugh every morning.  This could be appealing to children, but it's equally appealing to us grownups.  Why shouldn't it be, we've known Donald for a long time.  Continue reading

Using the Newsstand App to Support Your Fitness Program

Total Score:  30

Your Newsstand app comes with your iDevice and is one of the handiest around.   It is actually more of a folder, than an app.  You can find magazines to support  any interest, but, for me, it’s a perfect fit for fitness. You can read success stories, see videos of exercises and discover great recipes.   I’ll share a couple of my favorite subscriptions and talk about why I’ve switched from print to digital. Continue reading

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You Have the Perfect Seat With the Orchestra App

Total Score: 29.5

Orchestra by Touch Press is an impressive view of what is possible on an iPad.  On the other hand, maybe it is even beyond what I could have imagined as possible.  It is part theatrical performance, part text, part commentary with music, part musical score and part visual aid showing how musicians combine their talents to play classics.  Most of all it is impressive.  Continue reading