iPad Apps Jan 21

DesignScene: Apps for consuming web content on the iPad have largely shaken down into two categories: dedicated apps for individual sites and RSS readers populated with a users' selected feeds. DesignScene is something else entirely: a prepackaged bundle of all-things design.

It bills itself as "a real-time inspiration app for graphic designers drawing from myriad relevant sources," but it'll appeal to anyone interested in design, whether that means reading through Design Observer blog posts or just flicking through assorted images on Ffffound. It's part photo browser and part RSS reader, but by virtue of being both those things it's something more than them, too: it's the rare app that focuses on a single genre of content rather than a single model of presentation. Which is cool!


Six panels containing images from some 50 sites comprise the "visual" part of the app. Each panel is vaguely related-infographics, packaging, graphic design, etc-and can be flicked through on the app's main screen or jumped into for full screen viewing. The right side of the main screen shows an RSS-like list of aggregated posts from a collection of over 30 sites. In both cases, with the images and the text, the full post can be accessed with an in-app browser. $4

TiVo Remote: A Giz App of the Day. TiVo's official remote app for the iPad. It has five "tabs", and lets you manage your recordings, find new shows to watch, look through the TV guide, and basically browse through your TiVo interface as if you're actually browsing through the interface. It's independent of what's going on on the TV, so you can be watching a show and be doing all this simultaneously. Free.

World of Goo: A Giz App of the Day. Truth be told, there aren't a lot of iPad games that grab me in the can't-work-can't-sleep-I've-just-gotta-play-it kinda way. But I'm amazed I've gotten anything done since World of Goo came into my life this week.


World of Goo was not born on the iPad. It started as an immensely successful WiiWare game-garnering more or less unanimous praise-and is available for PCs and Macs. But the game, a pure physics-based treat in which you build structures out of little living goo balls, is right at home on the tablet; using your finger to sling goos into place as you make your way through the various levels, discovering new and strangely behaving species of goo, is immensely satisfying.

AirView: Here's what our brothers from another mother at Lifehacker had to say:


AirView is an incredibly simple, free iOS app that lets you stream video from one iOS device to another using AirPlay. It requires zero setup and works natively on all iOS devices.

There's virtually nothing to AirView: you launch it and it waits for an AirPlay connection. From there you can start playing any media on another iOS device and stream it over to the one running AirView. That's it-there's nothing else to do-and it's 100% free, right now, on the iTunes App Store. Check out the video above for a demonstration.


Oh word? Free.

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