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19) We Rule for iPad (Free): This sim game has never looked better than it does on the iPad. Build your own kingdom, then grow and expand it. Join up with friends and grow your realms together.

20) Yahoo! Entertainment (Free): Yahoo! has created a stunning interactive programming guide and they're giving it away for free. Remember TV Guide? Well, you'll never need anything like it again.

iPad Apps: Must-Have

Cool iPad apps, both free and paid, that are simply

The AP News iPad app keeps you up to date on all the day's headlines.

21) AP News (Free): People in the news industry were hoping that the iPad would prove a huge boon to their bottom lines, getting people used to paying for content again. We're not sure why anyone would pay, though, when AP News is giving away the day's news for free.

22) iBooks (Free): Sorry, Kindle, but the iPad is here now and it's just better. Hope you enjoyed your brief time in the spotlight. iBooks makes buying and reading books electronically a pleasure.

23) NPR for iPad (Free): If you like public radio but never catch your favorite shows, check out this free app. You can listen to a live NPR stream or call up hundreds of on-demand shows.

24) Pandora Radio (Free): Terrestrial radio, as it's called now, should be worried. Pandora lets you customize stations with your personal likes and dislikes, and it's now available on the iPad.

25) SoundHound ($4.99): What's that song? If you've got SoundHound you'll never need to wonder. This handy app can identify a song in seconds, then bookmark the results and even show you the lyrics. For frustration avoided, it's worth every penny.

26) The Weather Channel Max for iPad (Free): Start checking the Weather Channel's app and it'll soon become a daily addiction. The multi-day forecasts are always helpful, and the full-color weather maps look fantastic on the iPad's large screen.

27) World Atlas HD ($1.99): An atlas used to be a must-have in any home, but in the days of the Internet that's been forgotten. This National Geographic app offers the best of both, letting you and your kids pore over maps and learn things you never knew about our world.

28) White and Yellow Pages (Free): If you're green-minded, white and yellow page directories make you see red. Why should so many trees be chopped down when most of us now get our listings info online? Download this free app and ban the book.

29) Zagat to Go ($9.99): Yelp is a joke. There, we said it. People like it because it's free, but it simply doesn't have the filtering power of Zagat. This is the only app you should use to find a great new spot in some attractive part of town. New views in the iPad version make it just like reading the printed guide.

30) Zillow Real Estate Search (Free): Looking for a home? Then you've got to get Zillow, which lets you view home price data as you walk through a neighborhood. Of course, the rest of us like it too, just so we can see what our neighbors paid. Shhh!

iPad Apps: Functional

Cool iPad apps, both free and paid, to improve your iPad's overall functionality.

The Air Sharing iPad app provides wireless syncing.

31) Air Sharing HD ($9.99): Air Sharing HD provides the wireless synching that Apple forgot to include. (Seriously, Apple, can we get that wireless synching built in?) It's a seamless way to make sure you have your crucial docs whenever you need them.

32) Bento ($4.99): If you’ve been looking for a reason to like Bento, an organizer created by the people who make FileMaker Pro, the iPad provides it. You can organize anything you like using the customizable templates, and make sure your records are always on hand.

33) Brushes ($4.99): Get creative with your iPad and paint some works of art. Brushes was already popular on the iPhone, but the iPad’s larger screen makes it much easier to create your masterpiece.

34) Calculator XL (Free): You didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on an iPad just to turn it into a giant calculator…but as long as the app is free, why not? There will be plenty of times that you need to do a little math, so be sure to have this loaded.

35) Evernote (Free): Ever have a great idea for work or play or anything else, and struggle to remember it later? With Evernote, jotting that idea down is a snap. It synchs with your computer and even lets you make voice memos.

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