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Kindle for Mac Out Now

Amazon has released a Mac version of their Kindle software. The file is 22MB in size and does exactly what it is supposed to do. If you do not own a kindle, you could read books purchased from the Amazon Store on your Mac. But if you happen to be an owner, you could sync your last left page with your Kindle using WhisperSync.

You could even browse the Amazon Store and purchase new books directly from your Mac. The application is for Intel-based machines only, OS X 10.5 and above. This would only survive for a few days as iBooks would appear, and would be the default book reading app for Mac.

Get it Now.

App of the Week- Awesome Note

Awesome Note or anote is an elegant, feature rich, dynamic , secure and highly customizable note taking application with todo.Awesome note allows you to create categories, delete them, edit them, password protect them and even customize them. You could have different backgrounds for different notes, different colors for your categories which makes it so customizable. It is a note cum to-do manager and does it’s job perfectly.

There are many other note taking applications which I tested including Evernote, Todo etc. But this one seemed to dazzle me. You could export and import notes from Google docs which is very unique. In other note apps you upload it to their servers but out here you do that to the Google server which makes it more unified. In case of damage or data loss you could backup from Google docs.

Password protection makes anote very secure. You could set a password for a category and lock it. Set up alarms for different notes, view notes in list or grid view, add quick memos, view notes from all categories, choose different fonts for your notes , put down the keyboard by a single tap of a button, apply different themes , choose icons for categories, reorganize your categories are some of it’s eye catchy features.

With the latest version you could further add diary view and calendar view in every folder, attach map locations, delete completed todo’s at once and even manage multiple notes at a time.

“With no flaws, Awesome Note is the best note taking app ever”

Performance – 10/10
Features – 10/10
Design – 10/10
Overall – 10/10
Platforms – iPod touch/iPhone
Price – $3.99 ( Lite version available too)

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Pre-order an iPad

iPad is going to be released and shipped on April 3 but if you can’t wait that long or wanna reserve an iPad ( in-case they run out of stock) then you could pre order it.

The pre orders for the iPad start at 8:30am EST Friday.( 5.30 am , Pacific).

UPDATE – Apple now accepts pre-orders. You could go to apple.com/ipad and pre-order one right away. The WiFi only version will be delivered at your doorstep on April 3, but the WiFi + 3G versions would be available late April. Or you could reserve an iPad – select a store near you and Apple will reserve one for you. Then you could visit that store on April 3 and get your hands on it.

Top 10 iPhone apps

Apps for iPhone have really changed the way we interact with the device. Without Apps, the iPhone is like a Lemonade without Lemon.

So here are 10 of our favorite apps which we highly recommend.

#10 – Flixster – Crazy about movies, want to get showtimes, watch trailers then this app is for you. Flixster is a great way to catch up with all your favorite movies. You could sign in via your Facebook account and rate movies and leave comments. You could post a review of a movie on your Facebook wall, check out the upcoming movies, browse movie by genre, get latest showtimes and movies playing near you. This app is totally unique.

Features – 9/10
Performance – 8/10 (lags a bit)
Price – Free

#9 – Mini piano – Though this app isn’t loaded with features but it does what its best at – you guessed it ,playing the piano. You get a mini piano for the iPhone and you could play it. As the iPhone supports Multi-Touch , you could even play chords and press multiple keys at a time. A lacking feature is that it doesn’t provide learning lessons.

Features – 7/10
Performance – 9/10
Price – Free

#8 – BackGrounds – Personalize your iPhone with this app to your hearts content. Actually not that much because Apple ,as we all know does not allow themes and stuff. But still you could at-least change the wallpaper of your Slide to Unlock screen. So this app does exactly that. With loads and loads of wallpapers available you could personalize your iPhone. You got 36 categories to choose from.

Features – 9/10 ( ads do appear)
Performance – 9/10
Price – Free

#7 – Wolfram Alpha – A web-app with a neat interface. The technology is completely unique and is optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It includes a special notation keyboard, customized iPhone output, editable history, and integration with maps and other iPhone services. The additional keyboard is full of mathematical inputs and symbols which makes it better for the iPhone/iPod Touch. The app is necessary for Wolfram Alpha users because if you go to the site from Safari on your iPod Touch/iPhone you get the normal desktop view which is not suitable for the iPhone. The price is terrific and the only thing which lets it down.

Features – 9/10
Performance – 9/10
Price – $ 50 ( ha ha)

#6- Aardvark – Google recently brought Aardvark, a technology which they said they were impressed with. Aardvark is a place where you could ask questions and get answers within minutes from other users. A great way to interact and get your questions answered in less time. It even has an iPhone app with a slick interface and easy to use design. You could ask questions, answer them, log in via Facebook and much more. With Google with them it is bound to improve, so get to the App Store now and get it. It is better than Yahoo Answers. As soon as you receive answers for your questions, Aardvark sends you a push notification which makes it even fun to use.

Features – 10/10
Performance -9/10 ( lags a bit)
Price- FREE

#5 – iBeer – iBeer is a virtual beer drinking application by Hottrix. For kids you even have iMilk. You could tilt your iPhone screen and make it act as a beer glass. With 5 beers to choose from , this app is a bit of fun.

Performance – 10/10
Features – 10/10
Price – $2.99

#4 – Dictionary.com – The best offline Dictionary ever. You could view the contents of the dictionary without even logging to the internet. It has features such as Word of the Day, Thesaurus and a complete dictionary.

Features- 10/10
Performance – 8/10
Price – FREE

#3 – WordPress- I must say, this is a must have app for site owner , blog designers and every one who owns a blog. You could post your posts from your iPhone, edit them , reply to comments, post new comments , approve comments and even add new pages. There are so many features. Why not go ahead and try it for yourself. It even works for wordpress.com blogs.

Features – 8/10 ( you cannot exclude pages from navigation)
Performance – 9/10
Price – FREE

#2 Tweetie – This is a Twitter client for iPhone users. I tested a lot of Twitter clients including Twitterific, TweetDeck but this one caught me. The interface is so very plain, simple and unique. You could slide your finger to reply to a tweet, mark it as favorite or check out the users profile. It has a new offline mode by which you could save tweets or add them to Instapaper and read them later. Shorten URLs, Translate tweets, link twitter contacts to iPhone contacts are some of its unique features.

Performance – 10/10
Features – 10/10
Price – $2.99

#1 – Plants vs Zombies – Oh, Truly the most addictive game on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Earlier the game was for the Mac and now it has been ported to the iPhone/iPod Touch. It is challenging, engrossing and awesome.It feels better on a touch screen. I really can’t describe it, it is so very good. A very great game and for $2.99, definitely a steal. It has been developed by PopCap and it is truly a revolutionary game.

PopCap has once again brought in the iPhone fever.

Features – 10/10
Performance – 10/10
Price – $2.99 ( Worth it)

If you feel that there was an app that should have been included in the list, please do leave behind a comment.

Apple iPad available April 3

Apple on Friday rolled out the following schedule :

1.The iPad Wi-Fi model will be available April 3.

2.Wi-Fi and 3G models available late April.

3.All iPad models will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. in late April.

4.Preorders for all versions start March 12 for pickup April 3.

Are you going to get one? Do leave behind your comments.

Visual Tabs brings cover flow to Chrome

If you are dazzled by the cover flow of websites feature that Safari 4 has to offer, but love the rest of the experience of Google Chrome, then take a look at Visual Tabs . Visual Tabs is a Chrome extension, which tries to bring cover flow to Chrome.

It is not a start page replacement. It pops up from the top just like other extensions do. It does not provide a 3D wall. After installing it you could look at all your opened tabs in cover flow style. You have a scroll bar down below for easier navigation.

You have different colors to choose from so that you could change the background. The size of the pop up box is also good. You could download it from here.