App'late Review

Brought to you by the Ruth Lilly Law Library

In the last issue of App'late Review, we covered apps that do everything for your travel plans except pack your bag (and there's even an app for that, too). The apps reviewed in this issue will help you stay in touch and keep up-to-date on current events while you are away.

If you’ve missed earlier issues of App'late Review, you can find them on the Law Library's Website. For technical support with these apps, please contact Ed Finn, Educational Technologist.


Skype is so popular that it has its own verb. Now you can skype (call, video chat, or instant message) with this free app built especially for the iPad. If you already have a Skype account, your contacts will automatically be available when you log into your account. If you're not already a Skype user, it's easy to set up an account and add contacts.

Calls are free to any other Skype account on a computer, iPad, or iPod touch, and "reasonably" priced to landlines and other mobile devices. For an additional fee, you can obtain an online number from Skype so others can call you on your iPad. Skype has optional payment plans that allow you to pay as you go or purchase a monthly subscription. More information about the pricing plans is available here.

Pulse News Reader

What do The Atlantic, Popular Mechanics, Harvard Business Review, Bon Appétit, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg News, The Daily Beast, The Best of Technology and thousands of websites all have in common? They can be brought to you by Pulse, a free app takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic with a simple tap of your fingertip. You can search for your preferred sites and add up to sixty sources to your mosaic.

When you want to read an article on Pulse, you can switch between a clean summary of the article and the source website. Pulse also allows you to directly import all your RSS feeds from Google Reader. The stories you read on Pulse will be marked as read on Google Reader, and stories you star in Pulse will be starred in Google Reader. No internet? No problem. Pulse loads the news stories you read and makes them available wherever you are.

Sharing a Pulse news story via Facebook, Twitter, Read it Later, Evernote, or email is simple. For users who want to bookmark their favorite stories, offers a simple archive. For users that don't have time to finish reading a story, tapping the star button will save the story for later. Saved stories will be synced across your account on any device and the web.

You can also subscribe to premium content starting from $0.99 per month. Your subscription will automatically renew each month, and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings.

News Apps

Most news outlets now have their own iPad apps. For example, if you subscribe to Wall Street Journal or The New York Times, you likely have online access to content on your computer or mobile device as part of your paid print or online subscription. In most instances, your existing user name and password will enable the app. We've highlighted the CNN, BBC News, and NPR apps because of their universally high marks and their rock-bottom prices (free!).


With CNN's app, you can stay abreast of breaking news and commentary and watch your favorite CNN shows live. You can also save stories and videos to view later offline. Comment on and share your favorite stories on Facebook and Twitter or via e-mail. The CNN app also lets you specify navigation and layout options to suit your own style. Check out this demo for more details.


The BBC News app provides up-to-date news across genres: top stories, politics, technology, entertainment, and business. You can view news by country or region (including the Americas, United Kingdom, and Europe) and read stories in nine different languages. The "Latest News" ticker just below the top navigation bar reports breaking news, and stories are easily shared on Facebook and Twitter and via e-mail. The app also provides access to the BBC Radio news coverage with a tap of the "Live Radio Coverage" button, and you can stream the radio content while using other apps.


Can’t start your day without Morning Edition? Need your weekly fix of Car Talk, Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! or Only a Game? This app provides direct access to almost everything produced by National Public Radio. Select your content by topic or program, then listen immediately or drop it into a playlist for later listening. If you cannot finish the program, the app will maintain your playlist and ask you whether you want to resume where you left off when you return.

The NPR app also features the ability to stream local stations. You can search for a particular show at any station or a particular station regardless of the show. Also, for a quick news fix, the Hourly News button lets you listen to the current top-of-the hour news. If you’re a social media junkie, you can easily share your favorite stories via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

Written and created by Susan deMaine and Catherine Lemmer with technical support from Hannah Alcasid and Ed Finn.

July 2012, Number 7