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Got a new iPad/Nexus 7/Kindle Fire HD? Here are the 30 apps to download first!

By Stefano on January 2nd, 2013

Infinity Blade (iPad) £3.99

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Picture 30 of 30

The epic game is awesome on the iPad which brilliantly highlights its superb graphics. It works especially well on the iPad 3 and 4 as it makes the most of their retina display and super fast chipsets.

Got yourself a new tablet this Christmas. Chances are that you, or some in your home has taken delivery of a new iPad, iPad mini, Galaxy Tab, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD or one of those cheapo models that we like so much.

The big question is then what apps should you download first? We have put together a list of 30s apps that we think are absolutely essential. Some are games, some books, some enable you to watch TV, all are very useful and entertaining.

The app falls into several categories. There are genuine tablet apps- eg those created especially for say the iPad. Then there are those which are made for smartphones which will work on tablets in a slightly different way.

The only problem with the Android tablets is that not every app works on every tablet, so for example while Sky Go happily plays with the Google Nexus 7 it won’t work on the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Anyhow most of these apps will work on most of the tablets. And a good percentage are free too – so what are you waiting for?


Bombsight – which shows where the bombs fell on London during the Blitz – goes live

By Stefano on December 7th, 2012

If you live in London you have probably wondered at some point whether the street you live in was damaged by bombs during the war. Well now you can find out. Bombsight is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and The National Archives which lists all the bombs dropped on the capital during the Blitz – basically between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941.

It is an easy to use map system which lets you focus in on you area and then look at all the incidents. For some bombs there are more information and even the odd picture.

The group has also been working on an Android apo which use Augmented Reality so that when you point your phone at a bombsite you can see the details live.

Dr Kate Jones, the University of Portsmouth geographer who devised the project, told the BBC: “When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital it does illustrate the meaning of the word Blitz, which comes from the German meaning lightning war.

Apparently more than 20,000 people were killed and and 1.4m people made homeless during the boming.

My only quibble is that they ought to add the bombs from later raids to the list. Here is the data for the V1 and V2 rocket attacks.

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