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iPad gets productive with Bento, GoodReader, Readledocs

Don't let the plethora of iPad games fool you, productivity apps aren't sitting this launch out, with everyone from Bento, to GoodReader, to Readledocs getting in on the action.

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Gmail web app goes iPad optimized!

Google continues to lead the pack when it comes to web apps, so we're not surprised to see them announce an experimental Gmail site up and optimized in time for the iPad release.

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Tapulous brings Tap Tap Radiation to iPad

Tapulous and their Tap Tap Revenge franchise for iPhone and iPod touch need no introduction... so allow us to introduce their new big brother, Tap Tap Radiation for iPad! [Free - iTunes link]

Screen shots and video after the break!

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Apple removes Dashboard-style apps from iPad App Store

Here are the first (to our knowledge) class of apps to get removed from the brand new iPad App Store: Dashboards.

Desktop, for example, no longer shows up via its iTunes link.

These apps leveraged the large iPad display to offer multiple windows and mini-apps/widgets to get around some of iPhone 3.2's 3rd party multitasking constraints.

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Apple debuts "Commute" iPhone commercial

Apple's latest iPhone commercial, "Commute", emphasizes everyday use with the iPhone. Three applications are highlighted

  • MassTransit [iTunes Link - $3.99] for when the man misses his train,
  • Here, File File! [iTunes Link $9.99] when he receives a call from the office when they can't find his sales report, and
  • The Wall Street Journal [iTunes Link - Free] to enjoy a news video clip on the train.

Video after the break!

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Netflix, ABC Player, here come the iPad streaming video apps!

The streaming video apps for iPad are now in the US iTunes App Store so if you've been waiting to get your mobile TV and Movies on, go grab Netflix [Free - iTunes link] and ABC Player [Free - iTunes link].

Netflix makes use of your existing Netflix unlimited membership (yeah, you need one of those but you can grab a free trial to test it out). Once you're set up, you can pretty much watch the content you want, when and where you want. Browse and manage your queue from the iPad, watch on your TV, PC, or iPad and resume right where you left off.

ABC Player lets you watch full episodes of LOST, Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, and more. Search and schedule make it easy to find what you need and viewing history means even though it's streaming, if you need to stop watching now, you can resume where you left off later. The app is free but the content is "sponsored" and it only works over Wi-Fi.

And if you want more content on your iPad, like CBS, remember Apple's got a whole Safari/web friendly list up for you!

Screens shots after the break!

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Firemint brings Real Racing HD and Flight Control HD (with 3D Map!) to iPad

What with the leaks and every pre-review worth its salt using Real Racing to show off some iPad gaming, it's hardly a secret that Firemint is going all in on Apple's new platform, and they're bringing Flight Control along for the ride -- in 3D!

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Apple's iWork for iPad, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, now in US App Store

Apple's bravura attempt to bring productivity apps to multitouch, the iWork for iPad suite of Pages [$9.99 - iTunes link], Numbers [$9.99 - iTunes link], and Keynote [$9.99 - iTunes link] are now all available in the US iTunes App Store.

(We're guessing Apple is waiting to roll them out internationally until the iPad officially rolls out internationally in "late April", though they could conceivably hit any time).

These will be defining apps for Apple and the iPad, both in terms of the price point they're setting and in how far they can go in convincing people the iPad can be used to create and not just consume.

If/when you try them out let us know if they're good, good enough, or just not. Apple Guided Tour videos after the break!

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iBooks for iPad Now Available in US App Store

Apple's iBooks and integrated iBookstore is now available for pre-download from the iTunes App Store [Free - iTunes link]. Due to licensing and the other insanities that keep publishing in the dark ages, it's US only for the time being, and while its purported 60,000 ePub-format catalog isn't the biggest, the integration with Project Gutenberg and ability to pull in other free ePub content will certainly keep you busy while Apple keeps ramping it up.

iBooks requires the just-released iTunes 9.1 to manage and sync iBooks ePub and DRM-free ePub content, so make sure you're all up to date. Then get reading and let us know how the experience compares to Amazon's Kindle, Sony's eReader, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and -- why not! -- one of them paper and ink real book jobbies!

Apple Guided Tour after the break!

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iTunes 9.1 now separates universal binaries, iPhone + iPod touch, and iPad apps in Album View

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iTunes 9.1's Album View provides an easy way to sort your universal binaries (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad) apps from your iPhone and iPod touch only, and iPad only apps by separating them out in just that order.

If you're not sure how to get to Album View, it's the middle button of the three view icons immediately left of the search box, the one that looks like two rows of three squares. The icon to the left of it is List View, to the right of it is CoverFlow. See the picture above.

It's a small touch but a nice one for those of us who fret about just such organization minutia.

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