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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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Ideas. They make the world go round. The famous American architect and author, Frank Lloyd Wright, called ideas “salvation by imagination”, and a good idea can take you far by helping you get that promotion, make more money, or inspire others. The new app Gini is about raising the quality of ideas. According to the description it provides a methodology that provokes deeper thinking and creative engagement using a unique interface that maps the strengths and weaknesses of an idea.

As someone who is always interested in coming up with new ideas I decided to give Gini a try to see if it could really live up to that promise. Would it really help me discover new and better ideas? I was intrigued by the concept of an interface that maps ideas. Read on to see what I thought after using Gini.

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Apple’s death-grip like control of the App Store has became quite legendary since it was launched in 2008. Some of you may remember in 2009 when Apple rejected the official Google Voice app, which was eventually admitted, but not without a probe first being launched by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Or perhaps you remember in 2010, when Apple took its sweet time (25 days) to finally approve the Opera Mini browser app, which, at the time, seemed as if it would never happen.

Well, 25 days is nothing in comparison to what SkyDrive — Microsoft’s cloud based storage service — users have had to endure. Having not received an update since June 1st last year, version 3.0 of SkyDrive for iOS was finally given the okay from Apple on April 3rd (the delay was caused by a disagreement regarding the 30 percent cut from revenue Apple would receive from in-app purchases). Now that the bickering has stopped, it’s time to take a look at what the newest version of SkyDrive has to offer. (more…)

If you have a local library, you may well be used to visiting and borrowing books from it. But, did you know that there are many titles available to borrow as digital works? All you need is your library card, and a little app called Overdrive Media Console.

As well as borrowing written works, you can also borrow audiobooks, just as you would in person. The main difference is that with digital borrowing the digital title will check itself back in automatically and there are never any late fees.

So, grab your library card and follow us through a little walk-through of Overdrive Media Console.

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Upon the thought of email, what thought just went through your head? Did a sick feeling enter into the pit of your stomach because the unread count has become too overbearing? While the usefulness and proper techniques to handle it are debatable, the fact is that email is still a necessary evil and it is definitely worth investigating in order to find the best way that email works for you. If you have been struggling to keep tabs on your inbox then using email similar to a task system might be beneficial.

Attempting to help fix email is no easy task but Mail Pilot wants to change how you think of it. Instead of seeing an inbox and folders, Mail Pilot sees email as either incomplete or complete. By utilizing review times and lists, Mail Pilot wants to remove the stress from email and help you process your inbox a lot quicker. If dominating email sounds attractive, then keep reading on to see if Mail Pilot is the answer to a new productivity workflow!
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Let’s face it, you could waste a lot of time looking for the best task manager out there. They all promise that with a quick download or by signing up you’ll become much more productive. However, with so many on the market now it can take hours to sort through them all.

While this review isn’t going to give you a comparison of them all, I do want to highlight the latest task manager I’ve tested out. If you’re looking for a powerful, personal task manager that’s cross platform then Doit.im might be just the thing for you. Read on to see all that it offers.

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There’s not a lot you can do with your notes in iOS for the most part. Most notes apps let you type and that’s about it. If you need to call out specific sections of text or give emphasis to certain phrases, there’s only so much you can do.

Rich Notes is an app that allows you to not only create notes with bold, underlined, and italicised text, but you can also add color and even highlight passages. If you’ve been looking for a notes app that will let you create rich text in iOS, this may be the one. We’ll take a look at it and see how it holds up against the rest. (more…)

Every once in a while I’m fortunate enough to come across an app that has the potential to significantly improve the way I work. Such was the case when I stumbled upon Actions. I say “stumble” because in all honesty, I can’t recall how or where I discovered the app, but I’m thankful that I did.

Since then I’ve been scheming different ways in which I can harness the power and versatility that this seemingly simple app has to offer and although I’ve been privy to the beta for the last couple of weeks, it still feels as though I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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For many people, the iPad has become their everyday computer. Browsing the web, checking email and watching videos are all tasks that the iPad is incredibly suited for. However, one of the features missing from iOS that is readily available on Android is a file management system. Though, with the introduction of iCloud and Versions in OS X, it’s obvious that Apple doesn’t think too highly of deep folder systems, and doesn’t wish to include any form of file system in iOS.

However, there are times when it would be nice to access all of your files in one convenient place, and developers Sonico Mobile felt strongly enough about this concept that they created Files App. Hit to jump to see if Files App can make file management work in iOS. (more…)

ElectricSlide is a really simple concept executed brilliantly. Anyone who has ever had to give a presentation will know how frustrating it is to move files around or to try out connections just to get your hard-crafted work displayed on a screen somewhere. How awesome would it be to simply turn up at a conference or a meeting and just press play on your iPad, and have it all presented perfectly and seamlessly over the resident Internet connection?

This is the promise of ElectricSlide, and it was with great enjoyment that I took this slick app out for a test-run to see what it could do, and if it lived up to the promise. Read on to see what I found.

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