Ever since the introduction of GarageBand for iPad back in February, many iPad users have really immersed themselves into music creation because of how easy it is with the app. Today I’m going to teach you an easy way to create a guitar song using the built-in Smart Guitar instrument. To add to this, you can even learn a little bit more about the app in general.

Please note that this will require a little knowledge of how to use the iPad, some music terminology, and common sense on the side. Keep reading for the full guide.


When the Smart Cover was announced during the iPad 2 event back in March, it made quite a stir. That Apple would integrate a cover so seamlessly with the iPad, highlighted just how vital Apple knew the cover to be, particularly in the wider uptake of their beloved tablet.

Any immediate review of the Smart Cover would have been unavoidably glowing, the simplicity and intuitive design would have made it difficult to make any observations past the obvious. With the first delightful click of the magnets ringing in your ears, each word would be another awed utterance about the ingenuity of the Smart Cover.

This is why I waited. The Smart Cover is a wholly practical addition to the iPad, you really need to live with it to truly evaluate its strengths and flaws. Read on to discover if the Smart Cover lives up to its tremendous fanfare.


Winners Announced

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

James Anderson
Mike johnston

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!

Old Competition Post

This week I’m extraordinarily exited to announce that we have three promo codes for the excellent LogMeIn Ignition up for grabs! It was reviewed earlier this week and I myself wrote that:

LogMeIn is a stunningly powerful, and effectively intuitive, way to control and gain access to your computers from anywhere in the world!

It’s also a pretty expensive app if you’re having to dig into your own pockets so don’t take this fantastic opportunity lightly! LogMeIn is a VNC client that allows you to take full remote control of your computer from anywhere you have a connection. It also features a file manager that means you’ll never be left without access to vital documents.

You can use it for a vast multitude of purposes; from using desktop applications to scaring anyone who happens to be sitting at your laptop…


The iPad has inspired a whole generation of focused writing apps. The included Notes app is a nice way to jot down quick notes, while Pages gives you most of the features of Word or Pages on a Mac, right on your iPad. Then, apps like iA Writer: An Astonishingly Simple Way to Write | iPad.AppStorm and Simplenote give you a focused, distraction free environment to write in plain text.

There’s still two things that aren’t very convenient in most writing apps: researching info and writing formatted text or HTML. Writing Kit is a new app that excels at both of these. With an included browser and research pane, you can lookup the definition of a word or copy text from a website without having to switch back to a browser. You can also quickly write Markdown formatted text, then save it in a variety of formats or export as HTML. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Best of AppStorm in July

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in July. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, or Android 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!


Student life can be daunting; assessments, deadlines, classes, exams and maybe even a social life. It doesn’t have to be this difficult though. The iPad is naturally a great productivity tool and, loaded with the right apps, it can be your best weapon for surviving education.

Most of these apps cost less than a pint of your favourite beer and will increase your productivity leaps and bounds, saving you countless hours of otherwise wasted time. Start reading now and learn how to ensure you never miss a deadline again!


The computer is, according to the traditional mindset, largely a proxy device. There is little to no direct input from the user; every action is interpreted through either the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Because of these proxy input methods, we’ve developed a sort of digital mindset; we think of a file as something to be clicked on, we interpret each click of the mouse as being our real, natural input.

What, then, happens when a device comes along without a physical keyboard or mouse? This question has become more pronounced throughout the introduction of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and (more recently) the iPad.

Much of Apple’s marketing around the iPad has been that ‘it just works’ or that being able to touch the application, or the application’s interface, is ‘magical’. I’m inclined to agree; the iPad is changing, and will continue to change, the way that we think about computers and how we interact with them. Through one simple, basic concept; touch.

The entire computing world has been flipped on its head and forced to answer some hard questions.


We recently reviewed Screens; a solid VNC client for iOS. Josiah Oakley found it to be a powerful and lightening quick application for accessing your computer remotely, even commenting that:

Screens is the ultimate VNC client for your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch!

In the interest of competition, and to provide robust coverage of the apps in this category, I’m going to take a look at LogMeIn Ignition; a flexible, formidable, and ultimately useful app for gaining remote access. Read on to get an overview of LogMeIn’s most powerful features and see whether it merits its price tag!


It’s funny to look at the Web of today, and think back to it being a purely textual experience at its inception. Inline images came soon after, but today we’re so used to the wizbang of AJAX not to mention the stunning array of beauty that CSS offers. And once video hit the Web, there was really no turning back. Today sites like YouTube and Vimeo are among the most heavily trafficked sites on the Net.

But there’s a conflict between the video of the Web at large, and access to it via the mobile devices we’re using more and more. The bottom line is, they’re hampered by the limited bandwidth caps imposed by carriers and the reliance on a connection to the Internet in general. The iPad is arguably one of the best mediums for watching video – mobile or otherwise – but it doesn’t have a consistent connection to the Internet.

Enter Roadshow from Fetch Softworks. At its core, Roadshow is an app to cache local copies of videos from the Web. Pretty simple premise, right? It is, and Roadshow does a great job not complicating that. It’s simple and intuitive to use. And while it does have some inherent limitations, it also offers the potential for a solution to a fairly common problem: creating an Instapaper-style queue for video content.


Imagine for a moment that you are downtown at the coffee shop enjoying a latte when all of a sudden it hits you. You forgot to do a task and you need to do it now. You only have your iPad with you, so now you must go home and do the task.

Rewind this scenario just a moment, back downtown at the coffee shop and realize that if you had Screens – VNC Client for iOS, you could stay downtown and complete your task. When it comes to VNC or virtual network computing applications for iPad, there are many, but none are as simple and elegant as Screens – VNC Client for iOS. It’s fast and slicker than many of the other popular VNC applications.

Screens is built with speed and functionality in mind. You can use the application to complete just about any task that you could complete sitting at your computer. This review will cover design, functionality and performance, how it compares with LogMeIn, and pricing.


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