Best New iPad Apps: Social web browsing, instant messaging, Quickoffice and blogging with Tumblr

December 21, 2012
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Safari rival Skyfire makes mobile browsing more social

Mobile video and cloud solutions company Skyfire recently rolled out an update to its iPad app ($4.99, iTunes), which aims to make mobile browsing a much more social experience.

The Flash-driven Skyfire Web Browser for iPad does this by plugging into mobile browser extensions like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Amazon.

These all appear in the toolbar at the bottom of the browser page and can be pulled into view and used at any time. For example, you can post updates to Facebook or Twitter and personalize your toolbar by adding optional plug-ins like CNN, Google Reader, Wikipedia and Groupon.

You can bring up multiple browsing windows, add bookmarks, expand windows and turn on private browsing, while one of the neater features (on paper, it was slow when we tested it) sees Skyfire find related apps within articles.

Furthermore, the app can compare prices on Amazon when looking at shopping websites and solve and play any broken Flash video links. brings instant messaging and VoIP to the iPad

Instant messaging service has enjoyed some success with its iPhone and Android apps and launched a revamped iPad app this week.

Now on version 2.0 (free, iTunes), the iPad app lets users make voice calls to imo messengers users on Android or iOS, providing both callers are connected to WiFi, 3G or 4G.

iPad users can also embark on group photo sharing and upload photos to their friends in real-time, a feature which came to the iPhone last month.

Quickoffice now free to Google Apps for Business users

Google’s Quickoffice this week released a version of its mobile productivity app for Google Apps for Business users.

The key here is that the app is free (iTunes) to these users. Once signed in to your Google Business account, you can add new folders, or quickly create a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document.

Documents can be deleted at any time from the home screen, emailed out, or saved to your Google Drive cloud storage.

Editing is identical to Quickoffice’s Pro HD iPad app, with users able to change text, paragraphs, backgrounds or cell arrangements, as well as jump to any page in any document with a single-touch.

Tumblr blogging app finally comes to the iPad

Tumblr has become quite a sensation in the world of microblogging and surprised many by first releasing an Android tablet app this week.

But if iPad app users were wondering when the service was coming to them, they didn’t have to wait long – a few days later and iPad support was added to the iOS app (free, iTunes).

Put simply, Tumblr fans can use the iPad app to manage their blogs, view and reply to messages, and to share photos, videos, links and texts.

The app mimics the website in some ways; users are greeted with a dashboard serving up the latest feeds, while they can dive into their account to follow or find new blogs.

Where the app is different however is that there is a simple ‘create blog’ button to the bottom left of the dashboard (this then presents a circular menu on if you want to create a written, photo or video blog), as well as an option for searching trending ‘tags’.


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