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If you got a new iPad over the gift-giving season, you're probably champing at the bit to check out some new apps. Check out our Starter Kit for some proven winners before you go nuts at the App Store.

Facebook

At long last, Facebook as a universal app is finally here and if you're an iPhone or iPad user looking to browse the popular social site, the app is better than ever. On the iPad specifically, it might be the best platform for browsing the site available.

Now a universal app for both iPhone and iPad, Facebook offers a fun and fast way to browse through friends' pages, statuses, photos, and more. The interface is fairly sparse, but makes it easy to get exactly where you want to go on the site quickly. Across the top you have a button to open the navigation sidebar, one to look at friend requests, a chat bubble for messages, and a globe for notifications. To get to the navigation sidebar, you can either hit the button or simply swipe your finger to the right. On the sidebar you have all the same functions that you would on the Web site, letting you touch to browse the News Feed, Messages, Nearby check-ins, events, groups, and any Facebook apps you might use. Read more...

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Atomic Web Browser

Atomic Web Browser is a full-featured replacement for Safari on the iPad with added features that make it worthy of checking out. These features include the capability to create an infinite number of tabs, use Adblock to get rid of ads while you surf, and turn on private mode to disable history tracking and clear cookies when you exit the browser. Customizable search lets you add or remove search engines so you can pick the ones you like to use most. You also can choose from several different colored themes, lock the iPhone screen rotation, and run in full-screen mode for unfettered browsing.

We wonder how many people will be interested in alternative Web browsers, because Safari does a fine job on its own. But Atomic Web Browser is plenty fast, and the tabbed browsing and Adblock make it a worthy download. Read more...

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Atomic Web Browser

HootSuite

HootSuite for iOS lets you sign in to your Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare accounts from a single application window. While the app may not be versatile enough for the most active social media personalities, it is a convenient option for frequent users of these three social networks.

HootSuite's beauty really lies in its powerful posting capabilities. It lets you post to multiple accounts, attach pictures, shorten links, and add geotags with ease, all from a single "Compose message" screen. It even lets you schedule posts and track statistics, which most other clients can't do. Read more...

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KAYAK HD - Flight Hotel Search Flight Status Tracker Vacation Explore Cheap Travel Deal Finder

Kayak HD is a free app associated with the popular travel Web site Kayak.com. The Kayak site (with the tagline "Search One and Done") is famous for letting you quickly and simultaneously search multiple other travel sites, such as Priceline, Expedia, and Travelocity, and the iPad app provides similar quick-search options but with some touch-screen innovations that make searching even speedier--and even kind of fun.

Fans of the Kayak site will feel right at home with the Kayak app's interface, which has options along the bottom for Flights, Hotels, Cars, and Explore--and, in fact, the Cars section is unfortunately indistinguishable from the same section on the Web site. The other three sections are much more interesting, letting you enter, view, filter, and alter itinerary information with simple taps and flick-powered scrolling. Read more...

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KAYAK HD - Flight Hotel Search Flight Status Tracker Vacation Explore Cheap Travel Deal Finder

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