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Joel Bankhead

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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Two weeks ago we started a competition that gave AppStorm readers a chance to win a slick video to show off their app or site. This week we’re giving you all a chance to choose which apps get a Wyzowl promo video!

Click the links and have a look through the choices, then pick your favourite app in each category.

I’ll name the winners in a week!

Best of AppStorm in June

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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We’re proud to announce that the following people have won promo codes for AmpKit+:

  • Florian Taltavull
  • SXNC
  • Gershom Charig
All winners have been notified via Twitter. Thanks to everyone who entered, and be on the lookout for another competition soon!

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Some exciting changes are afoot at AppStorm!

I am sadly stepping down as editor of iPad.AppStorm, but I’m excited to announce Kevin Whipps (of illustrious iPhone.AppStorm fame) as the new editor of iPad.AppStorm!

Many of you will know Kevin from his previous writing and in his role as editor of iPhone.AppStorm, but be sure to give him a warm welcome to the site! Kevin’s a huge iPad fan and has done fantastic things as editor of iPhone.AppStorm, you can follow him on Twitter.

It’s privilege to work for such a fantastic readership and Kevin’s someone who’s passionate about growing iPad.AppStorm and making it simply the best place to come for everything iPad App related!

Look out for the iPad.AppStorm Twitter account livening up!

50 Free iPhone Apps to Get You Started

Do you also have an iPhone?

If you’re the proud owner of a new iPhone, right after your figure out how to add your contacts, make phone calls, set up your email and send text messages, you’re going to wonder, “Which apps should I download?”

That’s where I come in. I’m here to save you from embarrassment. That’s right, because all your already-have-an-iPhone friends are going to bombard you with “Haven’t you downloaded that app yet?” until you’re fully dialed in. So here are 50 common yet useful and well-known apps to get you started covering many of the bases you’ll likely use your iPhone for: social networking, entertainment, news, productivity and more. And the best part? They’re all free.

Head over to iPhone.AppStorm and check out the article!

You should also subscribe to iPhone.AppStorm’s RSS feed and follow the site on Twitter to stay up on recent content.

Things change. People change. Times change.

We used to wind clocks and listen to the wireless, now we share what we had for lunch with hundreds of strangers and listen to music on our phones. My question to you this week is: how do you follow your favourite sites?

Once upon a time people actually had to visit sites they liked, but over the last decade a myriad of other means have grown up. Are you still a huge fan of RSS (I am), or do you simply follow every site you like on Twitter and look out for things that interest you?

Are you someone who loves the styling of G+ and would prefer to simply have your favourite content pop up in your stream?

Let me know in the comments if there’s a big way I’ve missed here, I’d be fascinated to hear!

We have our winners for the promo codes! They are:

  • @applesandomnom
  • @uemeai
  • @dleegrooms
  • @crescenteyed
  • @1stime4mealso
  • @AuntieLella
  • @prudyleaf
  • @Tea6767
  • @tahewett
  • @Arilontong
Congratulations to all our winners! And to those that didn’t win, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more in the works!

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We all love getting something great for free! However, hunting down the good free apps from the terrible ones in the jungle out there can be a difficult job.

Fortunately for you, AppStorm is here to help. We’ve collected together some awesome roundups of fantastic free apps for every device you own – all while trying to keep a mix of old classics and new favourites, hit the links below and immerse yourself!

Today I thought I’d take a different approach to the trusty Roundup and share some awesome people to follow on Twitter for iOS, Apple, and technology insight! It can feel pretty daunting trying to find good people to to follow, like shopping for Oyster Sauce in the supermarket (I’m still recovering from that expedition), but have no fear, I’m here to help.

Twitter is an awesome place to find people who are really switched on and engage with them in a meaningful way, getting snippets of revelation, humour, and the daily trivia of people’s lives has never been so easy!

I enlisted the enthusiastic help of the AppStorm team to hone and refine this expansive list, we all hope you like it. My only word of advice: be ruthlessly selective, or prepare to be swallowed by a deluge of carefully chosen characters.

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This is a fascinating topic for me. I know plenty of people who own iPhones and iPads that rarely open the App Store, people who have 50+ updates just sitting there waiting for them. Equally, I know plenty of people, like me, who love to search for and try out new apps – perhaps opening the App Store several times a week and seeing what’s new (I also can’t stand the update badge…).

I’d love to know where the illustrious AppStorm readership stands on the scale, how often do you download new apps (be honest)?

I haven’t included an option for people who never check out new apps, mostly because I’d be confused as to why you’re here? Are you a very casual App Store visitor, or do the staff know your name?

What was the last app you grabbed? Let me know in the comments!

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