Best New iPad Apps: Organize calendars, read news on Zite, take business payments & edit homemade videos

by Doug Drinkwater

March 15 2013

Readdle rebrands Calendars app & adds a free version

Ukraine-based mobile app developer Readdle has got a lot of traction from its collection of productivity apps and that trend doesn’t show any signs of abating with its latest news.

The company has announced that it has rebranded its premium Calendars app to Calendars+ and with that brought about a new free version of the app.

The free iPhone and iPad app, which replaces the previous paid-version of Calendars, sports a very smart and usable user interface, and allows you to add and edit calendar entries, and sync these with your Google and iOS calendars. It also syncs updates when offline and can send out SMS notifications.

Of course, the free app doesn’t quite match the paid version (Calendars+) when it comes to features. This version also offers the ability to track and sync tasks, set appointments with multiple reminders and create recurring events. Furthermore, users can invite people to join events if they so wish.

Both the free version of Calendars (free, iTunes) and Calendars+ ($6.99, iTunes) are now available to download. The premium version is free to update for those who had the previous Calendars by Readdle app.

Zite improves with new update

News aggregation platform Zite undertook a big overhaul of its iPad app back in December, and this week announced its latest update.

Now on version 2.2, Zite for iPad (free, iTunes) now enables readers to view image galleries and access topic tags directly in articles (previously you could only “like” certain topic).

Further tweaks see the ability to turn off the ‘Popular on Zite’ and ‘Headline News’ sections, share articles quicker and easier on Facebook and explore your 'Quicklist' tags faster than before.

PayPal takes battle with Square; launches payment app for SMBs

Square, Revel Systems and ShopKeep have all transformed Apple’s iPad into a point-of-sale (POS) device, and the now PayPal is trying to do the same with a new iPad app for small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Having launched for iPhone and Android last year, PayPal Here combines a dongle and mobile app for merchants to take card payments.

The app has been optimized for the iPad’s screen and allows multiple employee logins via one account. As soon as merchants log in, they are taken to the register, where they can scan the barcode of items, total bills and take payment (through swiping the credit card, entering the card number manually, scanning the card using Card.io technology or accepting check or cash).

Once the transaction has been approved, receipts can be emailed, text or print out for customers, and there’s some useful tools for merchants too. For instance, merchants can use the app to see which customers have checked-in, while analytics is provided in the form of checking the “Daily Summary” of sales activity.

The app, which is now available for free from iTunes, may be viewed as a direct competitor for Square’s Cash Register, but it can be integrated with other POS solutions including NCR, Vend, Kounta, Erply, Leapset and ShopKeep.

YouTube Capture brings the fun back to video editing

Creating homemade movies was once confined to PC software, your digital camera and a VGA cable. Not so today – amateur filmmakers have started using iPhones in a big way, and YouTube is hoping that this will stretch to Apple’s iPad and iPad mini tablets soon enough.

The company released the YouTube Capture video editing app for iPhone in December but has now updated the app for the iPad and iPad mini (free, iTunes).

YouTube Capture lets you record videos edit them by adding music clips or improving the video color and image quality.

Completed videos can be uploaded to YouTube as a private or public video, and the public videos can also be shared to Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

The good news about the app is that it’s just confined to newly recorded videos from your iPad, as you can also input existing videos from your device’s Camera Roll.

YouTube Capture won’t be enough to satisfy serious video editors but for folk looking for a quick and easy way to spruce up their videos, the app will more than fit the bill.

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