Tablet Apps of the Week: Ongo’s aggregated news, Paper, and Major League Baseball

April 6, 2012

Ongo

Ongo is an interesting new tablet news/magazine experience for media junkies; not only does it look nice, but the content that appears in this iPad app is manually curated.

The app (iTunes, free with Ongo subscription) is an extension of Ongo’s subscription-based multi-platform service. Each day, the service’s editors curate hundreds of stories across hundreds of different media outlets. Some big names are here, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Financial Times, and more.

The app is also interesting because it posits a different business model than the Flipbooks of the world. You won’t find any advertising, and publishers are actually paid for their participation.

Ongo currently has a special deal going that allows readers to sign up for its service, which is also available via a desktop/laptop browser for $1.99 a month. If you can’t live without reading multiple sites and/or newspapers a day, it’s a must-read.

Paper by FiftyThree

This app has raised a lot of eyebrows because of its simplicity and its pay-as-you-go flexibility.

The core of Paper (iTunes, free) is that it allows you to quickly and easily create detailed, surprisingly sophisticated cocktail napkin-type sketches and prototypes.

The nice thing about Paper is that you only have to pay for what you need. Instead of dropping $15.00 on a handful of tools, you make in-app micropayments to buy the specific tools you desire.

FileMaker Go 12 for iPad

The big news about the new version of FileMaker is that it’s free. The old version (which is still available if you’re using an older version of the Filemaker desktop version and server) costs $19.95.

Beyond the ability to utilize the new design-rich templates and features enabled by the desktop version of the application, FileMaker Go 12 (itunes, free) also enables multi-tasking support, the ability to insert audio/video files into a field in the database, and enhanced export capabilities.

The only downside of FileMaker Go 12 is that you have to upgrade to the new version of the desktop application to work with it.

MLB At Bat 12

Technically speaking, there is nothing productive about watching baseball on your iPad or Android tablet. Nonetheless, the most recent release of the MLB At Bat app (iTunes, Android, price varies) is now available, and as usual, it's an essential app for fans of the game.

You can still watch or listen to most ongoing matchups in real-time, and an improved GameDay mode allows you to watch a simulated and digitally animated version of the game as well.

The best part of this newest release is that if you’re an existing subscriber to MLB.TV (the league’s subscription service for video and audio telecasts), you can download the app for free. That’s much better than last year, when you had to pay for your subscription as well as the app.

If you don’t have an MLB.TV subscription, you’ll have to pay $14.99 plus a $2.99 subscription.

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