BOOKS OF INTEREST: MY NEW IPAD

“My New iPad,” by Wallace Wang, is the third edition of a popular user guide on how to do just about anything and everything on the iPad. It’s $25 from nostarch.com.

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DRUMS FOR THE IPAD

Drums! is a 99-cent drum-playing app for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Unlike GarageBand, there’s no learning curve here, just pound away. A similar app called Drums HD is free for Android phones and tablets.

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NEW VERSION OF GARAGEBAND

GarageBand for the iPad is out in an updated version and is just $5 from the App store. It fixes a bug that previously caused people to lose songs they uploaded to the cloud, Apple’s online storage area. GarageBand comes with so many instruments and options, we wonder if anyone creates music, or do they get lost in fiddling with the dials. So we went to YouTube and looked them up. You can see and hear some pretty good performances. In any event, this is a lot fun for $5.

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GETTING WITH IT

Our 89-year-old aunt’s iPad arrived the other day and for several days it stayed in the box. (Imagine, for the sake of contrast, a 3 year-old’s reaction. He’d have it out of there in a minute and would probably have it figured out in 15.)

Still, our aunt is ve

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ONLINE SCRAPBOOK FOR PARENTS

Kidfolio is a social network scrapbook for parents. Track your child’s growth and look back over a timeline of memories. And of course don’t forget to send photo cards. Find it here for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad.

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LEARNING ON THE IPAD

Khan Academy’s 3,000 educational videos are now viewable in an iPad app. Khan Academy is a favorite of Bill Gates and was recently the subject of a feature on “60 Minutes.” It’s all free and has millions of viewers at YouTube.com.

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BIZ REPORT

Biz Report for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry brings in a thousand business articles a day from organizations such as The Associated Press and other sources, though most are from Business Wire. (Let’s see: You’ll want to devote no more than 30 seconds to each article or you’ll never get through them in one working day. No fair eating lunch or going to the bathroom.)

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PLAYTALES

PlayTales is an interactive children’s bookshelf for the iPad and Android tablets. The app is free but each book is $3. Some books include mini games. The artwork is charming and over a million people have downloaded it.

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THE POCKET DOORBELL

This is a cellphone app so silly we couldn’t resist it. It’s called the “Pocket Doorbell,” and is meant to work with an iPhone or iPad.

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BEST IPAD APPS

“Best iPad Apps; the Guide for Discriminating Downloaders,” is a new book by Peter Meyers; $22 from oreilly.com.

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