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gMusic 2 Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Angela LaFollette on October 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: FEATURE PACKED
Designed with iOS7 in mind, gMusic 2 allows users to listen to their entire Google music collection without using any space on their iOS device.
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App Update: Stitcher Update Adds Offline Listening

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 10th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSIC TO OUR EARS :: Read Review »

One of the original radio and podcast apps, Stitcher, has finally added offline listening. With the Stitcher update that was just released you can mark any of your custom stations to allow you to listen to them offline. A great way to ensure you do not go over on your cellphone data plan.

City Guides, Offline Maps Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRAVEL WITH EASE
This travel app lets users collaborate with friends, download offline guides, book reservations and so much more.
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News.Me Adds Offline Reading Feature

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 26th, 2012

News.me, the news reader from betaworks, has released a new feature called Paperboy. Paperboy is basically News.me’s way of competing with offline reading services like Instapaper and Read It Later (now Pocket).

Paperboy is an automated service that detects when the user is leaving their home location (set within in the app) and downloads their news for the day so that it’s readable offline. This feature is especially going to be useful for people who spend periods during the day without access to their data networks (spending time on subways, no-reception rural areas, airplanes, etc).

News.me is popular for its “Reactions” feature where users can make a one-tap reaction to the story they’ve just read by tapping one of the apps pre-made responses (Ha!, Wow, Awesome, Sad, and Really?). People users follow will see these reactions in their news streams on News.me. News.me is a free app and is made for both the iPhone and the iPad.


Roadshow Brings Offline Web Video Viewing to iPad

Posted by Jordan Minor on August 26th, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad


Mac users may recognize Fetch Softworks for its long-running series of file transfer apps but now the studio has made its debut on the iPad with Roadshow, "the first all-in-one iPad app for offline Web Video.” Using Roadshow’s custom browser, users can search for videos on sites like Vimeo, MSNBC and Funny or Die and save said videos for later offline viewing.

Roadshow users can also stream their content to their TV wirelessly via AirPlay on AppleTV, or through a wired HDMI connection. Unfortunately, due to Apple's restrictions, Roadshow is unable to save YouTube videos. Still, response on the App Store seems mostly positive with users saying the app works as advertised. The biggest feature Fetch Softworks may want to look into adding in later versions is the ability to rename and better organize downloaded videos.

Users can download a free, ad-supported version of Roadshow that only stores up to 15 videos. For $4.99 users can then purchase the in-app Roadshow Unlimited Upgrade, removing the ads and lifting the video limit.




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Palimpsest Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Kevin Stout on May 18th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE
Palimpsest curates long reads from various magazines and presents them in a simple, text-only form.
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Favorite Four: Apps for Reading News

Posted by Kevin Stout on May 11th, 2011

I’m a news junkie. I read various news sites and blog posts for hours a day. And all of it is read on my iPad or iPhone. This week’s Favorite Four are apps for people who love to read news. Lined up are two RSS readers, a personalized magazine, and a must-have app for anyone who reads news online.

Reeder
I’ll start with the RSS readers. Reeder (available on both the iPad and iPhone) is one of the more popular RSS readers. The user simply enters their GoogleReader account (which is basically a requirement for anyone who uses RSS) and receives a simple interface that aggregates all desired news and blogs. Reeder is great for people who want a simple RSS interface.
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Pulse
My RSS reader of choice is Pulse (iPad only). Pulse presents RSS feeds in a five page format (organized in any way the user chooses). The feeds are arranged in a way that only shows a few feeds at a time with only a few posts for each of those feeds. Thumbnails of pictures on each post are shown if available. The Pulse interface is great and is second only to Flipboard (which is more geared toward Twitter and Facebook than news reading).
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Zite
Zite (iPad only) is the place to go when all of the RSS feeds have been read and more news is craved. Enter some topics upon downloading Zite and it creates an awesome mix of personalized “Top Stories” on the homepage. After finishing the top stories, more news can be read by specifying which chosen topic to read on. Zite’s interface is also great looking.
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Instapaper
The must-have app for anyone who reads news online is Instapaper (iPad and iPhone). Instapaper is a service, not just an app. A bookmarklet can be installed on any browser that allows any page to be saved for later. Instapaper downloads the text from that website (recognizing which text is the post) and saves it to be read offline at a later time. For someone with a WiFi only iPad, Instapaper is MANDATORY! Many news apps (like Pulse and Zite) have built-in Instapaper support that allows users to add posts to Instapaper without leaving the app. Boot up Instapaper, download some posts, and save them offline to read for later.
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Instapaper Pro

By Bonnie Eisenman on March 17th, 2010
Are you literate? Do you read long things online? If so, Instapaper Pro is a must-have. It allows you to download long articles and blog posts for on-the-go reading. Finesse, functionality, and overall awesomeness make it a true 5-star app.
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Read It Later

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on June 10th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BETTER THAN BOOKMARKS
Read It Later is a bookmarking alternative intended for articles that you just want to flag for later reading. This app, however, also stores pages for offline reading, and it's quite the useful utility!
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Dictionary.com

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on April 21st, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: GET IT NOW
It's a free dictionary that works well. This statement pretty much sums up this app. Want to know the exact definition of antidisestablishmentarianism? It's there... I promise.
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TechCrunch Offline Reader

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on April 6th, 2009
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: BELOW AVERAGE
TechCrunch is a tech-centric blog network, and their offline reader promises to deliver all of their content in a quick, convenient package. While it's pretty enough to look at, and has plenty of features, the reader is just too crash-prone to justify con
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Notespark

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Gary Lucero on March 2nd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
If you aren't satisfied with the iPhone's built-in note pad, and you are connected to the Internet most of the time, you can really benefit from Notespark's constant syncing. There are a myriad of apps to consider though, and many are far better than this
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Wikipedia Mobile

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on January 20th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RECOMMENDED
When connected to the Internet you can use Wikipedia Mobile to search Wikipedia for articles, which can then be saved to you're iPhone for offline viewing. Pages retain their original formatting and can be searched for words or phrases, but the app has no
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