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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Top 300 apps: Reference

From Bunreacht na hEireann to dictionaries and space maps ...

Published 17/10/2013 | 04:00

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Pyramids 3D

iPad, €6

While all of the various dictionaries and encyclopedias are good to have, free resources such as Wikipedia have meant that few of them invest in attractively putting their apps together. For a high-quality app experience, you have to look at more specific referencing tools. In this context, anyone interested in getting an authoritative, detailed rundown on the pyramids, their history and their artifacts will love this superbly illustrated app.

Wikipanion

iOS; free

While it’s not always completely accurate or up-to-the-minute, Wikipedia is usually a very useful resource. This makes it accessible in phone and tablet form.

Dictionary.com

iOS, Android; free

While many of us just Google something to look it up, this app gives an immediate, accurate explanation. It also provides a thesaurus function.

World History

Android; free

For history buffs, this app does a lovely job at fashioning a timeline of major events in history. It draws largely from Wikipedia.

Scribd

iOS, Android; free

Scribd describes itself as “the world’s digital library” because it has millions of books, scripts and presentations. A premium in-app payment unlocks new books, but the free version is useful.

Irish Constitution

Android; free

One upside in not having abolished the Seanad is that this digital copy of Bunreacht na hEireann is still almost up to date. Easily accessible, but unfortunately not searchable.

NASA

iOS, Android; free

NASA’s official app is nicely illustrated with images and information on missions, equipment, the solar system, constellations and outer space.

Terratime

Android, €2.30

This gives a gorgeous real-time view of the world by daylight and night-time, with sunrises, moonrises and lots of seasonal details. Beautifully done.

Flightradar24 Pro

iOS, Android; €2.70

Plane-spotters of the world, rejoice: this app identifies all of the registered planes in the sky and tells you who they are, where they’re going and where they’re coming from.

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