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Back in June, we ran a series of 4 tutorials designed to give you a really simple introduction to Pythonista, the wonderful programming tool available on iOS. We’re really pleased to announce that we’re running the second part of this course, which started yesterday, throughout August and September to give you a deeper knowledge of Pythonista and to help you solve problems within Python.

In the meantime, we’d really like to get your feedback on what you thought of the first part of our Pythonista tutorial! Go ahead and cast your votes in the poll box on the right, and please feel free to include any additional comments in the section below!

Our weekly poll is back, and this week we’re asking the important question: how exactly do you use iCloud on your iPad?

Ever since it was released back with iOS 5 in October 2011, the service has attracted around 300 million users as of April 2013 and with its tight integration with OS X, Apple have made it so much easier to keep data across all your devices in constant sync with each other. So go ahead and vote in this week’s poll (multiple answers are possible, of course) — we’d love to be able to build a picture of our readers’ iCloud habits!

This is really an idea that I’ve been floating around for a while now but I’d love to get the opinion from you, our readers, to see whether it’d be a good one or not. In short, the podcast would be focused on iPad-related news, opinions and apps. We’d rotate through our writers so you would get to hear a different voice and opinion each week and we’d have a weekly “hot theme” that we’d like to discuss, for example, the best way to read news on your iPad and so on.

If you could cast your vote in this week’s poll on the right then this would really help me judge how our readers will react to it and whether it will be a success or not. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask me on Twitter: @james_cull.

Many thanks!

This week, we’re asking which type of iPad model you currently own. It always amazes me that there are some dedicated users (including some who read iPad.AppStorm!) that still have an original iPad, running iOS 5 and since it’s celebrated its third birthday this week, I thought it fitting to poll our readers.

So go ahead and vote in this week’s poll on the right – which generation of iPad are you currently using?

This week we’re asking: what do you use your iPad’s side switch for? Of course, you’ve got the standard offering between locking the screen rotation or muting your iPad, but if you’ve jailbroken your iPad then you’ve got almost infinite possibilites with it! It seems like a pretty mundane question but one that will be sure to divide our readership community! So go ahead and let us know what you use your side switch for in this week’s poll on the right!

This week, we’re asking whether you prefer to use your iPad in either portrait or landscape mode. I personally love landscape mode as it allows me to type easier, it works better with my Smart Cover and it gives me a much better view of my screen, especially when I’m watching videos or editing articles, but sometimes working in portrait view is far easier.

So, it’s over to you! Do you use your iPad mostly in portrait or landscape mode, or a bit of both? Let us know in the poll box on the right!

Keyboard cases for the iPad are becoming increasingly more popular with plenty of models to choose from. Of course, Apple designed the iPad to make typing on it fairly seamless (especially with the optional Smart Cover) however some people feel that typing on an iPad still feels a little cramped and they prefer an external keyboard instead.

This week, we’ve got a debate coming up between two writers on precisely this topic – should you buy an external keyboard? – but before they lock horns it’s over to you as the reader: do you use an external keyboard with your iPad? This could be Apple’s standard default offering or one from a third-party manufacturer (Logitech, for example). There’s even a handy Mac app, 1Keyboard, which allows you to hook your Mac up to your iPad via Bluetooth and use your Mac’s keyboard as an external Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad.

Whatever option you use, please feel free to vote in this week’s poll on the right! And of course, stay tuned for this week’s debate on the subject of keyboard cases – it’ll be a good one!

There’s been a lot of press about the freemium business model recently, whereby the basic game is free but users have to pay for in-app purchases that give them extra game currency or allow them to complete levels quicker, and it seems that most game developers are progressing toward this model — EA being a notable example. The Verge recently made an interesting point about Real Racing 3, in that although it’s an enjoyable game it has been completely “ruined” by in-app purchases, as they are needed for everything and progress through the game is extremely slow.

Well, now it’s over to you. What exactly do you think of the freemium business model? Does it make gameplay more enjoyable (in that you can speed certain aspects up through purchases) or does it just rack up your iTunes bill massively? Let us know in this week’s poll on the right!

And stay tuned for iPad.AppStorm’s debate, which is coming up later this month, where we’ll look both sides of freemium games — both the good and bad (and perhaps, the ugly).

With alternative e-mail clients such as Sparrow and Mailbox that boast tonnes of extra features and a fancy interface coming out for the iPhone, I get the feeling that the iPad is always slightly neglected in this game, which is a real pity seeing as I prefer doing e-mail on my iPad.

OK sure: the default client does its job but are you looking for a little more flair in an e-mail client? Do you want a new way of working through your inbox so you can get it quicker down to that magical figure of zero? Then let us know in this week’s poll on the right!

A few days back I was up all night with a cold, so the following afternoon I felt like I just needed to take a nap. I wandered off to my bedroom and was about to pass out, but I felt like I needed to set an alarm. My iPhone was nowhere to be found, so I picked up what was handy — my iPad.

Now I’ve used my iPad for the clock before, but I couldn’t remember when. Setting the alarm seemed so foreign to me, but maybe that was just the cold talking.

What about you? Do you use the clock app on your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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