News: MacWorld released a free reader app that's been near the top of the Free apps for most of the past week. Featuring a decent layout and content similar to the monthly magazine, the app represents a promising start for all things Mac, though recent App Store reviews reveal a dislike for the amount of popup ads that seem to populate the free reader.
Social Networking: Although Friendly Plus for Facebook made it on my Top 10 list of 2010, the app gained a competitor in 2011 as a native app from Facebook itself eludes the App Store. Thiss allows more third-party developers to come up with the best solution to view the most popular social networking website. Facepad+ boasts swipe-based navigation, chat and push notifications, and themes.
Sports: Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, the official game program is now available as an app. What's even better is that videos are included, so learn all about the big game and the teams that will be fighting for the Lombardi trophy. Super Bowl XLV Game Program offers a magazine viewing experience straight out of a Harry Potter scene. Just be prepared to sit through a lengthy download and install time.
Utilities: Craigslist fans will rejoice as the first really useful and full featured app seems to have hit the App Store. CraigsPro+ allows you to post, bookmark, and browse through photos thus catering to the strengths of the iPad. I'll be testing this one out over the next few weeks, but for $1.99, it seems like a solid bet.