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iTunes Match is an offering from Apple where you pay a fixed fee per year($24.99), and using iTunes, it matches the music you have in your library with its own central store. Once matched, these tracks are then available to listen to on all of your Apple devices, or through iTunes on up to five PCs.

Let me say up front that I love iTunes match now, but it hasn’t been an easy start. Like any worthwhile relationship, there has been some learning to do, adjustments to be made here and there and even some compromises made. And there has certainly been a lot of patience needed. Let me explain: (more…)

It’s only been out since 24th October 2012, but Letterpress (the new iOS app from Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame) has taken iOS gaming by storm. The crashing of Game Centre — the weekend following the launch of Letterpress app — has been attributed to its huge success. So what is the appeal of Letterpress, is it really the perfect word game? Following it’s update to version 1.1, on 17th November, is there really any room for improvement? (more…)

The iPad is a pretty great device, as we all know. Now, we’ve got two basic sizes to choose from: the iPad mini, and the iPad, umm, regular? Well whatever you call it, there are still two basic devices out there you can get.

Whether you’re in the market for a new iPad today, or you’re going to wait until another one comes out, here’s the question: will you buy an iPad mini or a regular sized model? Is the size your main preference or is it the available horsepower? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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The iPad mini has been out for a week now, and if you were one of the lucky few who got one on launch day or shortly thereafter, it’s been in your hands for about a week, give or take.

In my case, I’m finding the iPad mini more useful than my regular iPad in many different situations. It’s not perfect, and it could be improved, but I find myself using it more and more every day.

What about you? Do you like it? Does it suck? Are you going to utilize Apple’s 14-day return policy? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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We’re excited to let you know about the latest addition to the Tuts+ family — Crafttuts+!

Crafttuts+ is focused on teaching everything crafty — fundamental craft skills, decorations, ceramics, crochet, jewellery-making, embroidery, candles, paper-craft, knitting, woodwork, printmaking, as well as how to market, sell, and promote your craft work.

Whether you’ve never even wondered about your crafty side, or consider yourself an expert, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading to learn a little bit more about what we’ll be offering on the site…

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in October. 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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The iPad mini is an interesting concept. It’s something that consumers everywhere have been talking about for a long time, but now that it’s finally here, there’s been a lot of talk from the tech media about how the product really doesn’t measure up to expectations. How it’s not good enough because it doesn’t have a Retina display, or that it doesn’t have enough RAM. Yes, a lot of the tech press says that the iPad mini is a disappointment all the way around, but there are still a lot of people who bought them this past weekend, including me.

The iPad mini has now been in my hands for the past few days. So what’s the verdict? Is it worth it as a purchase or should the general public hold off? Is the tech press correct in their judgement? Let’s get into it after the jump.  (more…)

The iPad mini is officially for sale and in stores (assuming they have stock, anyway). So did you buy one? Do you want one? Sure, that’s all great, but what do you think about it?

See, lots of people are saying some negative things about the iPad mini, particularly in regards to the lack of a Retina display. But is that a deal breaker for you? Are there other reasons that you don’t want or like the iPad mini? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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Did you get any sleep on Thursday night? If you were preordering the new iPad mini, chances are you didn’t. That’s because preorders went live at midnight Pacific time in the U.S., which kept a lot of east coasters up pretty late into the night (or early in the morning, depending on your perspective).

So did you preorder one? Were you able to get the order placed at all? Are you going to wait in line instead? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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After what seemed like months of rumors and waiting, it’s here: the iPad mini exists, and you can hold it in your hot little hands. Well, you can come November 2 anyways, and preorders start this friday, October 26. What else do you need to know?

The iPad mini

The iPad mini

Specs

  • Available in Black & Slate and White & Silver (just like the iPhone 5)
  • Comes in both Wi-Fi and cellular options
  • 7.2mm thick, 7.87 inches high, 5.3 inches wide
  • 0.68lbs for Wi-Fi, 0.69 lbs for cellular
  • 16, 32 and 64GB capacities
  • 7.9-inch display, 1024X768 resolution
  • A5 processor
  • 720P HD FaceTime camera
  • 5MP Photo camera
  • 1080P HD video recording
  • Lightning port

So what does this all mean for you? Well we’re going to have our hands on one when they come out, so we’ll be sure to report all of the details to you as we have them, plus present a review of the mini itself.

The iPad mini in white.

The iPad mini in white.

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