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Comics Comics by comiXology is a free digital comic book reader and bookstore. Browse through thousands of comics from dozens of publishers, tap to buy or download for free. You can read a full page at a time or use “guided view” to zoom panel by panel. Note it does not support the cbr, cbz, and rar file formats that are often used to share comics on the internet illegally. (Free to install, in-app comic purchases vary, comixology.com/)

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Flipboard Flipboard is like a personal magazine, filled with things you care about, presented in an attractive, easy-to-use format. Browsing through news, photos, blogs, and videos by flipping pages feels like the future. Flipboard comes with some popular content pre-selected and organized by section. You can personalize Flipboard by creating your own sections, featuring your favourite news or other web sites, you can also link to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to get all your friend updates in one place. (www.flipboard.com)

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Garageband This is another showoff app that demonstrates what the iPad can do. GarageBand is a portable collection of musical instruments you play by touch, plus a full-featured recording studio. Play tunes, record them, mix them, and share them, all on the iPad. Beginners, especially kids, will enjoy the “Smart Instruments” that make you sound like a pro even if you can't play a note. Use the built-in microphone or a real guitar to record your own music, played through classic amps and stompbox effects. GarageBand is now a universal app, so you get a version that works for both iPad or iPhone / iPod touch for just $4.99. (apple.com/apps/garageband/)

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GoodReader for iPad GoodReader is a robust file importer and viewer that can handle large files in PDF and plain text as well as most popular file formats including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, plus iWork files, high resolution image files and even audio and video. GoodReader synchronizes with remote servers, so you can work with files in Google Docs, Dropbox folders, and on FTP sites. GoodReader is also a good solution for people who need to view and annotate large PDF files. Annotations that can be created and edited in GoodReader include text boxes, popup comments (“sticky notes”), freehand drawings, lines, arrows, and text insertion marks. ($4.99, www.goodreader.net/)

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Jamie’s Recipes Maybe the prettiest looking recipe app out there, this service from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver comes loaded with features. Find a recipe, get a step-by-step photo-illustrated guide to making it, select the number of servings so it can recalculate the ingredients and then create a shopping list for the meal. Also features videos of cooking essentials and how-tos. App is free, but in-app purchases of new recipes can add up. (itunes.apple.com/ca/app/jamies-recipes)

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Keynote Keynote began its life as presentation software used by Steve Jobs at Apple media events. It was then released as Mac software (part of iWork). Present using the iPad itself or via an external projector, video mirroring lets you control the show from the iPad while keeping your presenter notes off the big screen. Touch and hold the iPad screen to highlight your presentation with a virtual laser pointer. ($9.99, Keynote for Mac sold separately: www.apple.com/apps/keynote)

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iBooks and Kindle Apple and Amazon both offer book reading apps for iPad. Each app has its benefits and advantages. iBooks supports PDF files and (arguably) does a better job of presentation than Kindle. However, if you have already made purchases from Kindle, or you also have a Kindle device, you'll want the Kindle app as well. Fortunately, there's no need to choose. Kindle and iBooks apps are both available free from the App Store. (Free, apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/ibooks.html, kindle.com)

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MadPad HD For pure enjoyment you can’t beat MadPad HD, a spiffy looking and sounding app that makes a musical instrument out of sounds and clips you record with the iPad. Once you create your custom soundboard/drumkit, record music and video which you can share with other MadPad users, or export to YouTube. It’s a strange app, but it exploits the best features of the iPad in fun ways. ($2.99, www.smule.com/madpad)

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The Score iPad Edition You want sports news? This is the app for you. Get real time scores, breaking news and updates from all major leagues, college sports, and more. The Score iPad edition features content from ScoreMobile and theScore.com plus quick access to game videos and blogs. And you get all this for free. (www.scoremobile.com)

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