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Top 60 best free iPad apps 2012 On comparing iPad apps with iPhone equivalents, one thing rapidly becomes clear: apps for Apple's tablet are pricier. Many of the best free iPhone apps cost money in their iPad incarnations, and the quality level of what's still free is often ropey. But among the dross lie rare gems – iPad apps that are so good you can't believe they're still free.

The Human Algorithm When I became a reporter, almost 20 years ago, my job was to dig up scarce, precious facts and deliver them to a passive audience. Today, scarcity has been replaced by an unimaginable surplus and that audience is actively building its own newsroom. Journalists the world over are struggling to cope with a social and mobile tsunami of ‘user generated content’, to use an increasingly inadequate phrase. Twitter and YouTube will overwhelm news organisations who can’t master their potential. A common mistake for those seeking to cope with this profound disruption is to confuse technology with innovation.

Institute for Advanced Studies In Culture: Publications - The Hedgehog Review Fall 2013 (15.3) Parenting in America has become the subject of vigorous debate among scholars, policy advocates, and parents themselves. Do parents truly want to be their children's best friends? 50 best free iPad games So you've got an iPad and have come to the dawning realisation that you've got no cash left to buy any games for it. Have no fear, because the App Store offers plenty of iPad gaming goodness for the (unintentional or otherwise) skinflint. Our pick of the 70 best free iPad games is listed below. Note that apps marked "universal" will also work on an iPhone or iPod touch, scaling down controls and graphics accordingly. 1. Why Social Media Reinvigorates the Market for Quality Journalism Social media has created a human filter for quality content. The social web, like the old water cooler, favors conversations around news and even in-depth journalism that may not otherwise receive the exposure it deserves. Recent analysis of the most-tweeted stories from The Daily iPad app revealed that users shared more hard news stories over gossip and opinion pieces.

App Gems: Honorable mentions It isn’t that hard to come up with a list of App Gems winners. The difficult part is keeping that list down to a manageable length. When Macworld editors first meet to discuss our awards for great iOS apps, the number of nominees runs in the triple digits. From there, we whittle down the names to just a handful of winners. The following apps just barely missed the cut—but they still deserve your attention if you’re on the lookout for outstanding apps for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. AirPort Utility: Apple shrunk down its wireless network configuration tool to fit on iOS devices, offering a welcome mobile utility for setting up and troubleshooting your Wi-Fi network.

What Is a Curator in Chief? Neil Sanderson is the Chief Curator at Eqentia--a software platform service that enables professional users and organizations to easily aggregate, curate and republish the news that's important to them. Eqentia's sites are both public and private--with some of the more public ones including Visability Marketing (visabilitymarketing.com) and Slices of Boulder (slicesofboulder.com) which is a local news website for Boulder, Colorado. More than 50 of the portals can be found at portal.eqentia.com/channels. I asked Neil what a 'Chief Curator' does. "It's much like being an Editor, except that I do not commission original reporting or writing."

5 Free Sites to Help Journalists Build an Online Portfolio Whether you’re a soon-to-be J-school graduate or a journalist looking for a new gig, one thing you will most certainly need is a good portfolio. And not just any portfolio — it has to be online. When a potential employer Googles your name, you want your website — complete with all your best articles, social media profiles, videos and other work — to be the first thing that shows up. An online portfolio is the new first impression and you want yours to be a strong one. Apps for Professional Development Twitter App (free) Twitter is one of the most active and beneficial social networks on the web. All educators would be wise to join the conversation.

Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity How much does search engine optimization play into how effectively a story is picked up virally? If a story contains rhetoric that is more likely to get passed on, even if it's "important" — famous names, scandal — does that play a role? Take recaps, here and elsewhere: I'm slowly drifting away from them because they seem to be increasingly simple plot recounts that go over the sexy sexiness of sexy sex and the fabulous fabulousness of fabulous fabulousness. Based on reads and short, quipy comments, I'd assume those are more popular than deep-dives that try to answer "so what?" questions.

30 Examples of Stunning iPad App Interface Design The iPhone ushered in an era of beautiful interface design unlike anything we’d ever seen on a mobile device. This trend is now being revived and pushed further than ever on the iPad’s larger screen and the results are amazing. We’ve combed through the App Store to bring you 30 iPad apps with gorgeous interfaces. Amway Journalism Like uninsured New Agers afflicted by terminal illness, journalists facing the collapse of their industry are turning in desperation to faith healers, quacks, and hucksters of all sorts. The new media charlatans’ latest cure-all is a toxic concoction of marketing-seminar bluff and hypnotic technobabble. They call it “entrepreneurial journalism.” 10 iPad Apps for Web Curation Curation vs. Aggregation? Curation is such a necessity these days. The overwhelming wave of information we are exposed to is drowning us in facts and opinion. Not only do we need to be curating the information that we are consuming but we need to be insisting that our students have the skills and necessary tools in which to curate their own world.

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