Podcasts, Articles, Air Display

updated 12:03 pm EDT, Fri August 23, 2013 | Posted in iPhone Apps

Podcasts 1.2.2. (free) - Podcasts is Apple's official tool for finding, subscribing to, and playing podcasts. Within the app users can create personal stations that update automatically with new episodes, or search through the Top Charts to find popular series in a variety of topics. The v1.2.2 update is a minor release that resolves a number of known issues. [Download - 9.4MB]

Articles 2.5 ($1) - Articles is a Wikipedia reader that presents articles in an easy-to-read format for the iPhone and iPad. Version 2.5 features an improved search that is now better at finding the correct articles even if the search text is misspelled. A new search result layout with pages summaries and preview images is also included. [Download - 16.2MB]

Air Display 1.8.10 ($10) - Air Display turns an iOS device into a wireless display that can be used with both Mac and Windows computers. In addition to acting as a wireless screen extender, Air Display also allows the device to be used as a tablet input device. Several bugs have been resolved in this release. [Download - 15MB]

Camera Awesome 1.1.5 (free) - Camera Awesome is an alternative camera app. The software includes direct sharing to a number of social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as a host of photo filters designed by a professional photographer. The latest release solves problems with sharing to both Tumblr and SmugMug. [Download - 48.2MB]

Pandora Radio 4.5 (free) - Pandora Radio is a music streaming app that can play music similar to an artist or song that a user likes. Version 4.5 adds a sleep timer with 15, 30, and 60 minute options to keep music playing while falling asleep. Numerous bugs have also been addressed. [Download - 13.4MB]

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