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This week I’ve thought a lot about the value there is in buying AppleCare for new Apple products. I bought it for my first ever MacBook, but never actually used it, and have never really bothered with it since.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been fortunate not to have any massive problems, or perhaps it’s because any issues I have had have been dealt with without it (often for free), but AppleCare has never seemed worth it. With no moving parts and the generally robust nature of the iPad’s hardware, it certainly didn’t cross my mind as an option for my iPad.

Any serious issues would surely crop up in your first year of use, and be covered by the 1 year limited warranty. In most cases further issues would most likely be caused by mistreatment (giving your iPad an accidental bath etc.) and not be covered anyway.

Do you have AppleCare for your iPad? How do you feel about the value you are getting for your money? Is the peace of mind worth the additional up-front cost?

On first glance this title might seem to have little to do with the iPad, but that’s simply not the case. Since owning an iPad I have become more and more enamored by RSS; it’s almost invariably the first thing I do once sat down with my breakfast, open up Reeder and peruse the latest articles and posts from my favourite sources.

There seems to be a current trend of people moving away from using RSS towards different solutions, one of the most popular being Twitter. I guess it’s a matter of personal taste but, with the iPad by my side, I’m prepared to staunchly defend and promote RSS as the best way to keep yourself in the loop.

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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 MacPhun! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Gershom Charig
Yaron
Rik de Vos
Ben

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!

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Only this morning we reviewed FX Photo Studio HD, a fantastic way to get creative with your shots! I’m delighted to announce that following a big update to the app we have 4 promo codes to give away.

From our review:

FX Photo Studio HD is an utterly enjoyable way to go about editing and adding interesting effects to your photos.

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One of the joys of using an iPad is in how much choice you have when it comes to using it. The fact that you can choose your preferred orientation is a huge progression from almost all computing options across the last few decades, most of which have forced users to work in a landscape orientation.

There have been quite a few studies done into iPad orientation, most of which show portrait beating out landscape as the preference. While some activities are clearly more suited to certain activities, watching a film in portrait wastes an awful lot of space, many are simply down your own personal discretion. Which orientation do you prefer?

If you have the choice, such as when browsing or reading, which way do you naturally turn the iPad? It’d be interesting to know what the preference of the illustrious AppStorm readership is?

Winners Announced

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

mariola
Luke
Jelleke
Andy

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!

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Earlier this week we reviewed Halftone for the iPad. It’s a fantastic way to easily replicate the historical printing technique that reproduces a photograph using variously sized, and coloured, dots.

Rather than aim to be everything to everyone, Halftone is a simple but powerful app for creating vintage photographic effects. The time and effort it would normally take to achieve the equivalent results has been removed, leaving you with the most enjoyable aspects of the editing process.

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In theory, Genius should be a great way to find new apps that you’ll like with very little effort on your own part. By looking at the apps you already own, and combining this information with the ratings and categories in the App Store, Genius should be able to come up with suggestions that are spot-on.

The great shame is that this doesn’t seem to be the case, at least to my mind. In reality Genius often offers suggestions that are pointless; I rarely find myself downloading an app that has been recommended to me in this way.

Could, and should, Genius be better? What improvements would make all the difference?

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Earlier this week I wrote an article on the iPad case dilemma, discussing the various types of cases available and how they affect the way in which the iPad is used. I was fascinated to realise that many people use multiple cases as a solution for their usage situations, I use two myself.

What I’d really like to know is how many cases, or case-type accessories, you use? Are they for various different situations, or can you just not help yourself when you come across a delicious new leather folio case?

A huge industry has grown up to provide us with a wide array of options for the protection, and carrying, of our iPads, how many purchases are we making?

Feel free to leave a comment below if you so wish, I’d particularly love to hear from those who own more that 4 case solutions!

Winners Announced

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

Stef
Hector Lee
Nate
ffeld

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!

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Earlier this week Scott Danielson took a look at some of the great things it’s possible to do with Air Display, you can read his article here. Now I’m happy to announce that we have 4 promo codes available for some fortunate readers to get their hands on!

Air Display is a great app that gives you the ability to turn your iPad into a secondary display, by using your local Wi-Fi network. The possibilities are virtually endless, with Air Display giving you a whole new way to use and appreciate your iPad.

At $9.99 it’s a great buy, but here is a fantastic chance to get all of that functionality for absolutely nothing!

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Last month we ran an intriguing poll that simply asked what type of iPad case you used, and the results got me thinking. The success of the iPad has allowed an almost laughably vast industry to grow up simply providing cases and covers of all shapes and sizes, covering every possible need while allowing you to spend up to $4,900 (for an iPad case made from the finest alligator skin) in the process.

No other item I can think of has caused such a strong bout of case-fever. Even the Nokia 3310 only had one actual type of case, albeit in an almost unwaveringly disgusting smorgasbord of colours and designs. The clearest thing that was highlighted by the poll is the surprisingly even spread of cases people owned and used, there seemed to be no clear consensus on the ‘best’ way to protect, carry, and augment the iPad.

I decided to give it some thought…

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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 the Hot Apps Factory! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Jelleke
Cue
Choudhury
András
Rick
Lukas Schmidt
David
Kim Wickell
Florian Taltavull
John Hughes

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!

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Earlier this week we reviewed the excellent App Cooker, an extremely comprehensive app for planning, designing, and mocking up any iOS app. I’m hugely pleased to announce that we now have 10 promo codes to give away!

From my review of App Cooker:

I think the comprehensive set of tools provided by App Cooker could be invaluable to any level of app developer, from amateur to seasoned app emperor. Each section is carefully crafted to encourage great app development, something which I’m fanatical about!

The extra bonus here is that the developers of App Cooker are soon to be releasing some major new updates that should cement App Cooker as the premier app for iOS planning and development.

Get your app idea off the ground now!

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