Dictionary! That likely isn’t the first type of app you rush to the App Store to install when you open up your new iPad. However, a handy, powerful dictionary can come in handy in almost all professions, and the iPad is the thinnest dictionary you’re likely to find.

The problem is, most dictionary apps are complete garage. They either rely on a constant internet connection (deal breaker for many), or have a poor layout that makes finding words and other information about each word cumbersome. WordBook tries to buck this trend by being optimized for iOS 7, and placing an emphasis on your information, instead of advertisements to pay for the service. (more…)

Last month, I was loafing round the house with my phone wondering how cold it was outside. Being the ridiculously technology-glued person I am, I started searching for a weather station that integrates with the Web, tablets, and smartphones. (Obviously, stepping into the sun was out of the question, because I’m a vampire [they’re real]). After a few clicks, I found the Netatmo, a very slick looking solution to checking the weather when you’re not in a walking mood.

The very idea of this may sound ridiculous, I know. However, there is a purpose for everything and I decided to give Netatmo a try. After all, Wired and Time wouldn’t feature it unless there is something more than the basic weather station. Or so I thought. (more…)

It’s been a long time since I owned a Nintendo system that I actually used (that old Gamecube still works though), but I have really fond memories of some of the games I used to play. I get cravings for a few of them on iOS: namely, Mario Kart, Super Mario 64 (if Nintendo made that happen I’d die), and a Legend of Zelda game.

Well, with Oceanhorn, my request for the latter has been answered with a fantastic adventure RPG that pulls out all the stops in an effort to amaze me. And amaze me it has, to the point where Oceanhorn has absolutely become my game of the year. Read on to find out what makes Oceanhorn a must-play experience.

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Selling a home is hard. I mean, maybe that should go without saying, but there’s a reason that we use realtors to do the dirty work most of the time. But if you’re a realtor, print design work might not be your strong suit. And if you choose to skip the realtor and try and sell it on your own, I hope I’m not insulting you when I say you’re probably not prepared.

My parents skipped a realtor when they sold their last home two years ago, and I know it was an arduous time for the entire family — not to mention the poor dog, who met more strangers on house tours than he probably ever had in his entire life (I kid; I’m sure the dog was fine). I know my parents would have appreciated a tool like Breeze Real Estate Flyer Maker, which makes the whole process inexpensive and easy.

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Christmas is almost upon us and to celebrate, I have rounded up ten of the App Store’s most entertaining Christmas-themed apps for you to download and enjoy during the run-up to everyone’s favorite holiday.

Crack open the mulled wine, polish off a mince pie or several and hit the jump to get in the festive spirit!

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For the past several nights, I haven’t been able to sleep. Between tossing and turning in my bed and dreaming of something other than sugar lumps and Christmas elves and Santa Clause, this was not how I wanted to spend the Christmas season this year. But I can’t help it: for whatever reason — most probably too personal to share with anybody outside of my closest friends and family members (sorry, AppStorm readers) — I’ve been struggling with nightmares on a daily basis.

So when I picked up Device 6 on my iPad, I knew right away I was in for a treat the likes of which I hadn’t had in a video game in years. This is exactly the sort of nightmare-like game that Stanley Kubrick would have made if he used an iPad. Eerily enough, one of my dreams was filled with mannequins, which I didn’t know I had a fear of until I had the nightmare just last night.

Within the first chapter of Device 6, there were mentions of voiceless mannequins having a tea party in the dining room of an abandoned house. Read on to find out what makes this bone-chilling little horror masterpiece so good, and I promise not to spoil anything beyond the first ten minutes of gameplay. (more…)

The fear of losing simple arithmetic capabilities over time is something that I’ve experienced. Many of us begin to lose the ability to quickly and correctly process relatively simple math problems after we graduate from school and get into the groove of regular jobs, some of which don’t actually require much math — or if they do, there’s always a calculator at the ready.

Quick Math+ is a game, yes, but it also tries to sharpen those skills to a fine point with time tracking functionality and various modes that focus on memory retention as well as the ability to process multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition problems. (more…)

One of the reasons I own a full-sized iPad is because it’s closer to the size of an 8.5“x11” sheet of paper. That has a lot of advantages: photos blown up to that size won’t look as clear as they will on an iPad mini with Retina display (not just because of the pixel density, although that does play a role, but largely thanks to the physical size of the screen), but they will appear closer to how they’d look if they were printed. That’s one huge improvement for me, particularly with clients.

But the other big reason for me to go for a full-sized iPad was so I could view PDFs. I use my iPad to keep my business as paper-free as possible. Although clients are often passing me paper to work on and I work with print layouts all the time, there are other times when the iPad has revolutionized the way I handle PDFs. This is largely thanks to apps liked PDF Expert 5, the successor to my most-used PDF app that came out recently. Read on to find out why it’s a must-have for both new users and upgrades.

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Weather apps on the iPad have always been an interesting area. Apple has never shipped a stock weather app, so developers and designers haven’t had a starting point to build from as they have on iOS. Many developers have used this to creatively construct an interface that excels in showing information while still being attractive. Others have used this as an excuse to just blow up their iPhone version and call it good.

Yahoo! Weather — henceforth known as simply Yahoo Weather, without the exclamation point — is one of the more recent entrants to the weather category. Featuring a strong backend database and a unique interface that is loaded with data, is it enough to become the best weather app for the iPad? (more…)

There’s no shortage of conversion utilities available for iOS, but very few of them have a keen eye for design. Even fewer are beautifully designed while offering professionals the things they need to get their work done. So many conversion calculators are happy to be only glorified calculators, still relying too much on human measurement and inaccuracies. Vert is one of the rare few that excels at everything it does, and looks beautiful to boot.

I reviewed Vert for iPhone when it was initially released, and was thrilled when they got in touch with me to announce an iPad version. The iPad edition is everything the iPhone version was, and then a little more. Read on to find out why this might become your favourite conversion tool while you’re on the job.

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