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I’m all for nostalgia, but it gets harder to appreciate the old surrounded by my two Macs, iPhone, iPad, and all the rest of the technology I need to get through the day. Eventually, though, there’s even an app for remembering things gone by.

I wasn’t around for the days of pecking away at a typewriter keyboard, but shows like Mad Men have given us an appreciation for the trappings of that era. While we can’t all start doing our daily work on a typewriter, evocative typewriting app Electratype may be able to scratch that wistful itch. (more…)

Side scrollers are a dime a dozen these days on iOS, so it takes a really polished — but extremely inventive — game to stand out. That’s no short order. But this genre has been done so well so many times (Rayman: Jungle Run comes to mind) that it’s hard to meet that goal.

That’s why I’m more than a little excited about the latest offering from Frogmind: Badland is sophisticated and artistic with a level of polish that most games would only dream of, but also simple and easy to pick up. It’s gorgeous, but understated. Read on to find out what makes this game so great. (more…)

Mailbox made a big splash on the email news scene back in February when version 1.0 was released. I reviewed version 1.01 on iPhone.AppStorm and was really pleased by how the app worked. Probably the most famous item Mailbox is known for was the infamous queue line, which slowly allowed users access to the app. Some people threw negativity toward the app for this style of release, but I felt it was uncharted territory for a developer to release an app along these lines. No matter what your opinion was, it did show the developer cared about the release experience and kept their servers up and running during the initial launch.

Mailbox was not finished making headlines. Just after being on the iPhone for a month, the Mailbox team announced they were joining Dropbox. Soon after joining Dropbox, Mailbox was able to remove the queue and allow anyone to bask in an empty inbox. One common complaint that has been with the app for the past few months is the lack of an iPad app. Well, Mailbox has finally delivered. Let’s look into why the app made headlines and see if the iPad version lives up to the hype.
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You’ve been working or studying all day and suddenly realize you’re starving but there’s no food in the house. Actually, that’s not true, there is food in the house, but it’s just a random collection of ingredients: a knob of cheddar, a can of chickpeas, a bottle of hot sauce and an avocado. What to do? New to the app store, Munchies, is here to help you make do with what’s on hand using a recipe search based on ingredients. Stock your Munchies pantry and then ask, “What can I make?” for recipes using strictly what you’ve got. Can Munchies really do what it claims? Creating a tool with such lofty goals is a tough job, right up there with world peace.

Does this app deliver on its promise? Keep reading to find out.

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Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts comic strip and cartoons deal with some depressing stuff, such as loneliness, a lack of adult presence and a failure to kick footballs. But the gang sure has some fun in Snoopy Coaster. The endless runner is molded after Mad Coaster, another favorite produced by Chillingo, but naturally, Snoopy Coaster adds that Peanuts flair by putting Snoopy in the driver’s seat of the runaway train, with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty filling the rows behind him. But is this adaptation enough to define its place among the many endless runners and coaster games? Find out after the jump.

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Like many people, I grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on television in all its technicolor glory. Who would have thought that almost 75 years after it was first released it would now be available to play in 3D on this high tech gadget we call an iPad, huh?

Developed by newcomer Spooky Cool Labs and licenced by Warner Bros.,The Wizard of Oz takes you on a magical adventure through Oz, following the original storyline that we all know and love, but with a slight modern-day twist. Hit the jump for a nostalgic walk down memory lane, but beware of those pesky Flying Monkeys!

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iOS isn’t the most convenient operating system when it comes to sending files. You could rely on online solutions, such as Dropbox and Skydrive, or a good old cable to share files with your iPad, but these methods are restrictive and inconvenient.

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably heard of AirDrop, a useful feature built into OS X that lets you wirelessly share files between Macs without any set up. Instashare does just that on several platforms: it’s the easiest way to transfer files from a device to another, no matter what operating system you’re using.
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I want to get a good deal, but it’s a hard job checking prices on that one thing you want at every store. Or maybe you don’t have a single product in mind, just a good idea of the kind of thing you want, and you need to narrow it down. Comparing from one site to another can be a big pain.

It sure would be nice to get all of that into one place, right? Gush has done that with a simple shopping app that gathers all of your favorite online stores and the stuff they sell into a single app. We’ll try it out and see if it’s really any easier than keeping fifty tabs of smart TV potential buys open in your browser. (more…)

Believe it or not, we are all prolific content creators. Well most of us are, anyway. It’s likely that if you are reading this, you’ve posted images to Flickr or Instagram, uploaded videos with YouTube or Vimeo, or shared your pearls of wisdom on Twitter or Facebook, quite apart from any blog posts you might have written.

These traditional types of shareable content are cornered markets, though, and as a result, developers and startups are looking for new ways to engage our creative side. Flipboard, for example, has recently launched a network of curated-content digital magazines, and Vine‘s six-second videos are already popular with Twitter users. Meanwhile, audio sharing apps like Dubbler are seen as the rising stars of content-based social networking.

Stampsy is hoping that the next medium to go viral is a digital, magazine-book hybrid, filled with text and images. The description may sound unlikely, but Stampsy already has a solid user base, and the opportunity to share Stampsy-made publications online is proving popular. But is this new form of media just a gimmick, or the next major revolution in social creativity?

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I’ve written my fair share of articles for AppStorm about App.net and the clients I test out, but there’s always new ones out there that I want to try. I have yet to find the ADN client that fits every one of my needs.

I’m aware, of course, that most people are using Netbot these days: it’s free and it’s admittedly awesome. But it’s wearing Tweetbot‘s clothes, and I want my ADN experience to feel visually unique from Twitter without losing the power of Tapbot’s app. In the past, I’ve tried Rivr (for iPhone), which was full of features and pleasant to look at, but after several weeks of use, it didn’t capture my attention anymore and I was back to Netbot (which also has an iPad app).

Zephyr is the closest I’ve come to the Netbot experience. In colloquial terms, I’m really stoked about this app. Read on to find out why.

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