Best new iPad apps of the week: Sharable notebooks, location messaging, and iPads for POS

April 12, 2012

Springpad

Springpad has updated its productivity notebook app with version 3.0, which promises greater collaboration, new color themes, and a new way of finding notebooks by category and tag. There’s also the ability to follow new and old notebooks.

If you're unfamiliar with the app, Springbad allows you to create a number of notebooks on a range of different subjects, allows friends to collaborate on these notes, which can be synced across your desktop, iPad and iPhone. You can also access all of this data online or offline.

The updated Springpad app is now available for free for both iPad (iTunes) and Android tablets (Google Play).

ICQ Messenger

ICQ has updated its app for Android and iOS, and announced a new native version for iPad (free, iTunes). The apps have always integrated with other platforms like Facebook, AIM and GTalk, but now also bring about photo and location sharing too, and offline functionality so that you can read or compose messages without an internet connection. Users can also send photos to contacts, including friends on ICQ, Facebook and Google Talk.

The iOS version also supports the ability to navigate to location, see a street view display of the sent address, or share locations from nearby Google places.

The new version of the ICQ Messenger is available as a free download on Google Play (previously Android Market) and Apple App Store.

Ask The Police

Ask The Police is at the moment a UK-only app (free, iTunes) which is primarily aimed at channelling civilians into finding out information themselves, rather than wasting police time on the telephone.

The app asks you to select your nearest police force, offers the latest news in that area, and has a whole host of frequently asked questions for you to peruse and find the answers to. You can even ask your own question if you feel this section has not been useful.

iKentoo POS 

Swiss start-up iKentoo offers this client application app (free, iTunes) which essentially enables retailers or restaurateurs to take advantage of the portability of the iPhone or iPad for product ordering, without needing any additional hardware.

The app does rely on these retailers having an iKentoo account, as this will synchronize data to and from the iPad via the back-end web application, which allows retail managers to manage products and menus.

Samples show a pretty easy to use (if basic) layout with modes for the manager and for sales staff. The manager mode allows the user to add items to a bill, include a guest name and table number, push through discounts and submit a receipt, which can be printed by a Bluetooth-connected printer.

There’s even a nice function to check what’s being ordered in recent times – including total items and net overall fee, and the ability for staff to check-in and check-out.

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