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Coast

With the wealth of competing apps available for iOS, it only makes sense that you should be able to choose which web browser you'd like to use — but until recently, Safari was the only option on your iPad. With Coast by Opera ($Free), you get a web browser that was built from the ground up with tablet usage in mind, meaning it works using intuitive swipe- and gesture-based controls, eliminating all the chrome clutter you're used to. You can customize how the re-imagined browser's home screen appears, letting you keep your favorite sites just a tap away at all times (like our own Devour, which comes already bookmarked in the app), and sites stay open in the background, automatically updating and letting you swipe back and forth at will. It's our new default browser.

  • Blackbar

    Somewhere between a crossword puzzle and a choose your own adventure novel, you'll find Blackbar ($3) — a word game of censorship and storytelling. This game tells the story of a science fiction dystopian future through a series of redacted documents, where the story (and the game) gets more complex as you make your way through. As you fill in the blacked out words, the conspiracy behind the story becomes less opaque. And, while it doesn't bash you over the head with its views on the suppression of free speech, its message against censorship is certainly present.

  • Morning

    There isn't much out there that could make mornings more bearable — but Morning ($3) will at least make getting up to speed a little more efficient. This iPad app lets you view all of your important information in one place, including weather, traffic, to-do lists, news, calendars, stocks, and the date and time. It makes all of this information available on one customizable screen, so you don't have to open up eight different apps just to figure out what the day has in store for you. Rearrange the tiles as needed, and choose from five beautiful themes, depending on what you like to wake up to.