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Joel Bankhead is a freelance writer, editor, and musician based in Manchester, UK. He is currently the manager of the AppStorm Network, the editor of iPad.AppStorm, and a regular contributor to Phototuts+ and FreelanceSwitch.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Vito Technology! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

iPad Version
@CB_27
@dleegrooms

iPhone Version
@Joshwoos
@w0lfiesmith
@szmergiel

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

Earlier this week we published a roundup of 20+ Enlightening Education Apps which included the excellent Star Walk. I’m pleased to announce that we now have 5 codes to give away, 2 for the iPad and 3 for the iPhone!

Star Walk enables you to point your iPad at the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are looking at in real-time. Read on to find out how to enter…

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Apple’s recent moves towards making the iPad an even better educational tool have highlighted again the incredible scope there is for developers in the education category of the App Store. The introduction of iBooks 2 and iBooks Author has shown just how committed Apple is to getting iPads into schools, the market for education apps is only going to grow!

There is already a veritable ocean of excellent educational apps for the iPad, apps that make learning engaging, enjoyable, and exciting! Learning is something that should never be disregarded, many of these apps are perfectly suited for those who are now learning purely for enjoyment.

Get ready to be fascinated!

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We all want to get the very best out of our devices! Who doesn’t love finding out a new trick or shortcut?

This roundup aims to enlighten those new to the iPad, and guide old hands to a few new tricks – the heading might be laced with hyperbole, but you’re going to have a look anyway…

For those of you who are super-confident about your iPad knowledge, I’d like to propose a challenge. Go through and see how many features and shortcuts you didn’t know about, leave a comment with the number at the bottom of the post – and be honest!

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Best of AppStorm in January

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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A simple question this week, following on from my earlier musings on whether a 3G iPad is really necessary. I’d like to ask the question; is a 3G iPad worth it for you?

This isn’t a poll on what you currently have, but rather an enquiry into whether you think getting a 3G iPad is worth it for you personally – would get get enough use from the service to make the extra initial cost, and contract, pay its way?

If you’re a frustrated user of a Wi-Fi only iPad then feel free to lodge your irritation and wish for a 3G enabled iPad. Conversely, if you’re a 3G iPad owner who wishes they hadn’t spent the extra money then get involved! Leave a comment below if there’s something specific you’d like to mention.

Is 3G worth it for you simply die to the addition of GPS? Or are you perfectly happy with tethering as you have your iPhone on you all the time? Do you prefer the simplicity of a 3G iPad?

Whatever your answer, feel free to give reasons in the comments!

Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Readdle! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Mike
Delika
francesco
Mila

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

PDF Expert is a leading app in the PDF category, a brilliant offering from Readdle that has just undergone a rather excellent update! Matthew Guay reviewed it a while ago and noted how;

When you need serious PDF tools on the iPad, PDF Expert is the app you need.

This most recent update adds several new features, the biggest of them being full text search across all your PDF library! Read on to see more of the new features and how you can enter the competition…
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Whether you’re a freelance designer, or the head of a multi-national corporation, it’s possible to get a great deal of work done on your iPad! It may not be your first choice, but for those occasions when taking your iMac on the train seems like a pain, having your iPad prepared will seem like an inspired move.

Dive right in to get a rundown of some of the very best business apps available! You know you need this…

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Here’s one for you, what condition is your iPad in?

I know several people who own the glorious multifunctional slab, and there’s a distinct difference between those who have taken great care, and those who haven’t…

Interestingly it doesn’t necessarily make a difference whether you have a case or not; some of the most careless people I know manage to damage things even when they’re well protected, and some of the careful ones go for years without a case on their iPhone with it still looking shiny and box-fresh.

How’s your iPad looking?

To do a full survey we’d have to look at when people got their iPad’s and perhaps the specific events that led to any damage – a single drop can make all of the difference. What I’m really interested in is how you feel about the look of your iPad now it’s been used?

Hit the comment button to let me know whether you’re mortified that there are scratches on the back, or whether you rather like the effect! Apple’s products always look great out of the box, with the help of the packaging designers, but do they still look great a little bumped and bruised?

The explosion of the iPad is nothing short of amazing! If you compare the iPad’s growth to that of the iPhone over the first two years, you’d be hard pressed to find evidence that its success is slowing down any time soon.

While reading through the inevitable, yet somehow still intriguing, technology predictions for 2012 I found a point made by Shawn Blanc to be a rather interesting one. He predicted that;

I think Apple is going to sell more of the 3G models. Just a hunch, but as people start to realize that their iPad can serve as a primary computer then an extra $129 to get 3G becomes a valuable upgrade.

Will the 3G iPad become the dominant model in 2012? Are there good reasons for you not to upgrade to a 3G iPad?

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On the surface it sounds like the kind of question that a parent would ask a child, but I’m serious – do you share your iPad?

I’m intrigued to find out how many people have a ‘house’ or ‘family’ iPad – are there several regular users? Does it mainly reside in the living room, where anyone and everyone can pick it up have use it?

Does it have several people’s choices of apps on it, or is it meticulously organised and guarded – the slightest alteration noticed and frowned upon?

This week it’s a yes or no, do you share your iPad? If it helps you be honest, I’ll admit that I have to answer no…

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