Best New iPad Apps: Blog on Tumblr, send quick-fire emails with Boxer and read with your kids

November 22, 2013

Tumblr upgrades to iOS 7

Micro-blogging service Tumblr first come to the iPad party almost a year ago but the company, which is now under the ownership of Yahoo no less, has now updated its universal iOS app with a series of changes.

You should notice the redesigned Dashboard and the new user interface for composing, choosing a post style and re-blogging. There’s also a handy autocomplete feature for tags.

The app, which is on version 3.5 and which is optimized for iOS 7, is now available for free from the App Store.

Boxer wants to take away your email pain

Whether you’re on desktop, mobile or tablet, email is a pain; you’re continually sifting through messages and – if you’re like me – missing the important emails you should be focusing on.

And although there are numerous email apps already available for iPad, the latest useful addition is from email service start-up Boxer.

The iOS app – which once by the name of Taskbox – has added native iPad support in version 4.0 and is now optimized for iOS 7, but maintains the ability for users to swipe through folders, prioritize email and to send emails into certain folders. And also as before, it works with Gmail, Outlook, Exchange and IMAP accounts. 

As an added bonus, the app has tight integration with Evernote so that users can send emails to the note-taking service. Alternatively, users can send to SaneBox to “keep your email organized” or tie Boxer to their Box, Dropbox, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

Boxer is a free upgrade for existing users but costs $0.99 to new users (down from its previous price of $5.99).

Endless Reader is fun for the kids

There are plenty of fun educational apps for children on the iPad, but Endless Reader is one of the finest I’ve come across for teaching your child how to read.

My son is at that age now where he is learning letters and, in that regard, Endless Reader is perfect. 

The app, which is free to download but with in-app purchases if you want to unlock more words, puzzles and narrations, is brimming with lively video animations and shows the alphabet where you can scroll through the six first free words.

Your child can tap on the word to spell it by dropping the letters into their right slots. Having spelt the word, the app will then ask the child to add some missing words into a sentence.

But perhaps best of all is the fact that there is no test, like there are on others apps, so no pressure for your children to succeed or rattle through different levels.

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