Category Archives: Reference

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Italy Foods – Translate Italian Dishes, Meals & Cuisine

Total Score:  27.5

Italy Foods_Logo Is Italy on your bucket list?   Or do you look at Italian menus and wonder what kind of sauce is going to be on your pasta?  Watch a movie and wonder what they just ordered?  If so, Italy Foods, is a handy translation app for translating, and learning to pronounce foods in Italian.   And, of course, if you are Italian, and want to translate your favorite foods into English, then this is for you as well.  Then, add to that the functionality that makes it part diary— you can capture and share your favorite dishes.

 

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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  Timeline World War 1, through the use of audio, video, photography and historical documents leads you through the balance of power before the war, through the first shot and all the way to a video of Paris welcoming peace.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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High School Spanish – Best All-In-One App

Total Score:  29

HS Spanish iconWhether you are in high school or just trying to brush up on your language skills, you’ll find the High School Spanish app for iPhone and iPad just what you need.  It has flash cards, pronounces the words and has extensive information to help build your skills. Why wouldn’t you want it, it was developed by Spanish teachers for students and provides you with the information you need to study efficiently and with some work, get that A you were hoping for.

 

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Peterson Birds – A Field Guide to Birds of North America

Total Score:  29

Perhaps the best known name in Bird Watching is Roger Tory Peterson.  Peterson Birds—A Field Guide to Birds of North America for iPhone and iPad is easy to use and a great start for new birdwatchers. This app allows you to quickly identify birds you see through illustrations.  You can read about them, see a map of their habit and upload your photos.  And, of course, build a life list of bird sightings.   Over 50 million people enjoy this sport – give it a try.

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Learn Japanese Writing With the Mirai Kana Chart iPad App

Total Score:  29

Japanese handwriting is expressive and beautiful.  Each letter is a small work of art. With the Mirai Kana Chart – Learn the Japanese Hiragana & Katakana Writing System app, you can practice each letter and learn to write in two different language styles.  Hiragana is used when you need to spell out a word, rather than use a kanji or symbol.  Each symbol represents a sound (or mora).  Katakana is used to spell out foreign, technical or scientific words. It is frequently used to spell out the names of Japanese companies.  The app is easy to follow, and I found it quite relaxing to practice the letters.  You can add energy to the process by testing yourself with flashcards.  Continue reading

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Yahoo! Weather – Beautiful and Accurate

Total Score:   30

If you are interested in an app that offers you varied weather information that is easy to access, then Yahoo! Weather is the app for you.  I’ve reviewed a lot of weather apps, and tried them regularly and I’m finding this new Yahoo! app very appealing. All the information is available by swiping left/right or up/down.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

 

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izik – a New, Attractive Search Engine App For Your iPad

Total Score:  29

There isn’t a shortage of search engine apps, and you likely have a favorite. With that in mind,  I suggest you try izik to enjoy a magazine-like experience.  Your results are ordered in a way that is helpful and attractive and always graphic.  After trying it, you may change your search engine preference to izik.  It’s fun and provides results. What more could you ask for? Continue reading

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Get Maximum Weather Info with the Minimal Climate Clock

Total Score:   29.5

We talk about the weather because it impacts our lives.  It’s that simple and that’s why there are so many apps out there to help us find out the weather at any moment.  I’ve reviewed a number of them but have found one that provides me just what I need on a day-by-day, hour-by-hour basis.  That app, Climate Clock, displays the temperature on an analog clock.  It allows you to see the weather now – and for the next ten hours.  Continue reading

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Swackett for iPad – Weather That’s Different and Comprehensive

Total Score:   27.5

This isn’t your average weather app.   You can use this new cool weather app to get the information you need in a format that does not bore you silly.  Swackett for iPad does not skimp on information.  You get the full gamut from current conditions to in-depth radar.  All of this is wrapped up in a colorful, fun package.  I can easily see it as valuable for adults and a way to engage children in understanding how weather works. Continue reading

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Learn History One Day At a Time With Today’s Documents

Total Score:  29

History can be educational, it can be inspiring and it is always relevant.   Today’s Documents allows you to take a peak into history one day at a time.  The app serves you up a document – written or photography – each day.   It’s up to you how much time you devote to studying it.  Continue reading

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Flipboard for iPad – Flip Through Your Favorite Content

Total Score: 29.5

  It is hard to categorize Flipboard, but I’ll try.  Their marketing material calls it a “social magazine” and that is a pretty good description.  It takes your social media (Facebook and Twitter), displays it in a dazzling magazine format, and offers you articles from such notables as Fast Company and Wired Science, allows you venture over see who’s hot according to People Magazine or what is up at Etsy.   It was love at first sight for me.  I could spend hours exploring each option. Continue reading

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Worldictionary Is a Translation Powerhouse

Total Score:  28

Worldictionary is not just another language learning app.  It is packed with options and is the kind of app that you start telling your friends about. The coolest feature is the ability use your phone’s camera for word recognition. I’ll explain how that works below.  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