Whether you like it or not, the familiar ring of the cash register may be going the way of the dodo. Today, people use debit cards more than ever, and having cash on hand is definitely more of a rarity.

On top of that, buying a cash register for your business can be pricey, and integrating a register into your system with a separate credit card machine gets expensive – don’t forget about the high price per swipe charges the credit card processing companies charge. It’s quite the racket, and it puts significant strain on any small business owner.

But what if we told you there was a way to accept credit cards for your business, pay low fees, and replace your cash register, without even having to sign a contract? You’d tell me I was a crazy man with a funny hat, and you’d only be half right.

There’s an easy way to turn your iPad into a point of sale (POS) terminal, and we’re going to show you how to do it right now!

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Continuing with our series about handwriting apps, we’re now going to take a look at an app that takes the functionality of the previously reviewed Penultimate even further.

Meet Noteshelf, your digital collection of notebooks of all kinds. Noteshelf has full support for image placement, icon usage, and even zoom, which allows for even greater control of your handwriting.

Read on to transform the way you take notes!
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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have been chosen, and congratulations are in order to:

@alnst
@cocoamedia
@isaakkwok
@dcolanduno
@guye
@BakkerBox
@QuinnAIT
@dangolden1
@florianlionel
@mbjones
@rgreen
@mmudassir
@rlh
@sergeyalmone
@terkup
@paletta
@kwickell
@krizsa
@andymcclung
@liyster
@stephmaveric
@t87
@robertobuonora
@LaptopHeaven
@meydjer

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon with your promo code – get ready for some extreme curling!

Old Competition Post

This week we have an amazing competition opportunity for you, we’re offering the opportunity to win one of a generous twenty-five promotional codes for Curlington HD for the iPad!

Have you every wondered what extreme curling might look like? Well wonder no longer! Curlington HD allows you to join the Secret Agent Curling Academy and use gadgets, special stones and the interior itself to your advantage. This fascinating game from late medieval Scotland has been given a new twist and brought to the iPad, here is your chance to get involved.

It’s a fun and challenging game that makes great use of the iPad as a gaming device. If you find that the extreme curling all gets too much for you, then the guys from Operatio have kindly included a game of normal curling for you to relax with!

How To Enter

To enter, simply follow us on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your username. We’ll choose the twenty-five winners at random one week from today. Good luck!

When the iPad was announced for the first time on January 27, 2010, Steve Jobs explained, live on-stage, that there was a niche to be filled.

In Apple’s mind, a charming little void was left unexplored between the laptop and smartphone. Apple had already entered both of those markets, and had put out beautiful products.

It wasn’t the first, but in its mind (and in the minds of many consumers) its products were the best. That was Apple’s M.O. – not to pioneer, but to perfect. To take a concept, polish it, and then market it to the people who can (and will) buy it, use it, and love it.

But, Apple was looking to break into far newer turf this time around.
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One of the most compelling and immersive things about the iPad is, without a doubt, the gorgeous screen. If you’re like me then when you’re holding it you become completely enthralled and oblivious to the outside world.

What better for refreshing your enjoyment of your iPad than giving your lock screen and home screen an overhaul?

Today we’ll be looking at 60 examples of beautiful wallpaper design, from landscapes to abstract art, each tussling for the chance to make their debut on your iPad!

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The concept of a minimalist writing app is nothing new. These programs abound on the Mac, and it seems like everyone has a different take on why or why not these programs do or do not work, including myself. So what makes iA Writer so different?

Instead of just rambling on about it, I decided that for this review I would write the entire document in iA Writer and see how it works in the real world. Is this the best writing app for the iPad, can it possibly eclipse Pages? Let’s take this show on the road and find out.
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Personal computer. A term coined over three decades ago.

In its broadest sense, it can be used to describe nearly every computer in use today. But, when you hear the words “personal computer”, what comes to your mind? What machine do you envision?
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In the twelve months that the iPad has been available, Apple has not seen it fit to supply an alarm clock for the iPad. Nevertheless, many users (myself included) use their device as an alarm clock – it’s especially enjoyable to utilise that nice big speaker that the iPad has!

There’s many a clock App available for your devices, one of them being the recently-updated iHome+Sleep app from the self proclaimed ‘experts on alarm clocks’. This particular App provides a customizable alarm manager and clock, while also including the ability to wake to your iPod library. Let’s dive in…

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Best of AppStorm in March

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in March. 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.

Don’t forget that we also launched a brand new site last week – iPad.AppStorm. As part of the launch, we’re giving away a free iPad 2 – you only have until tomorrow to get your entry in!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month.

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When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in early 2010, many people thought it impossible that you’d be able to type accurately at any reasonable rate on a glass touch screen. After all, pundits still regularly mention the iPhone’s lack of buttons as a limitation, and that’s just a phone!

Surely no one would want a netbook-sized device without a physical keyboard! While you could always get a bluetooth keyboard or the keyboard dock, the hinderance to portability is a consequential downside.

So, is it actually possible to type fast and accurately on the iPad without an external keyboard? It turns out, you can definitely type fast and accurately on the iPad virtual keyboard. Keep reading to discover some tips to improve your typing, and find out more about TapTyping, an app that can help speed up your iPad typing. (more…)

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