It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

Ever taken the dog for a walk, only to have to sprint back to the house five minutes later thanks to an unexpected deluge? Ever wanted to go running, but didn’t know when the temperature would be suitable?

Foresee endeavors to answer basic questions, like those posed above, in an elegant and swift fashion. Based around the idea that weather conditions inherently affect when tasks and activities should be performed, Foresee gives insight as to when you should do something. (more…)

It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

Emails can quickly become overwhelming and being able to go through them on your iPad is a great way of clearing part of your inbox in a cab or a plane, without suffering from a smaller device’s screen size. Nevertheless, not all apps display emails in pleasant ways, which makes reading them a pain. Thanks to Incredimail‘s new approach to email, you’re likely to like reading and writing email again!
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If you like collecting recipes like Ash Ketchum collected Pokemon, you’ve probably already turned to your iPad as your kitchen companion. It’s a great way to browse and view all of those recipes that only live on the internet while you’re doing the important business of cooking.

Sure, you could just open up a lot of bookmarked tabs or have some text files saved to Dropbox, but there’s surely a better way to organize all of those recipes. I’m taking a look at Pepperplate to see if it can be that better way and whether it has the features to make a great sous-chef. (more…)

iOS is among the greatest success stories in the technology world. The rate of growth, the number of users, the simplicity of the interface, and the sheer number of functional programs available for the platform boggles the mind.

But I did say among; iOS is not the number one mobile operating system in most metrics. Android, the mobile operating system designed and maintained by Google, reigns supreme in overall marketshare, in devices shipped, and in manufacturers who use the software. (more…)

Being a music producer, I love to see when some of the music technology giants, such as Novation, bring classic or even new synthesisers and other cool tech into an app form, such as the LaunchPad — a variety of Korg synthesisers — and this, the Novation LaunchKey.

LaunchKey is a fully-featured synthesiser that has been condensed into an app with some really awesome features and functionality. The app includes 80 preset adjustable sounds for you to play around with and modify to your hearts content. Can the app do justice to its hardware counterpart? Let’s take a look.

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In 2007, the world was a different place. The App Store didn’t exist yet, and the iPhone had just been announced. Steve Jobs wanted consumers to fill their iPhones with web apps. Before they debuted the App Store, Apple tried to prove that web apps could be as easy to use and as responsive as native apps. Although web apps didn’t succeed the way Jobs originally intended them to, that doesn’t mean they’re not worth exploring.

In the last two articles on digital publishing and the iPad, we took in-depth looks at a lot of apps that offer magazine services on iOS, including Zinio, apps on Apple’s Newsstand, and Flipboard. They’re just the beginning of the digital publishing movement. Magazine publishers all over the world are also investing in HTML-based web apps that come with a lot of benefits for both them and readers. But there are two big questions everybody always asks about web apps, even my own mother when I explained this article to her: “What is it; why bother?” and “Are they better than the apps I’ve already got installed on my iPad?” Read on to get my take on it.

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It’s high summer and there’s nothing better than an ice-cold cocktail to cool off on a sweltering hot day. Cocktails are perfect for backyard parties or hanging on the porch with the neighbors. We all have our old standbys (mine is the mojito), but sometimes it’s good to freshen things up with new flavors or techniques. If you’re looking for cocktail inspiration then check out Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails. The app is like an encyclopedia of drinks, with fresh takes on the classics and a huge collection of drink recipes. Break out the cocktail shaker and stock the bar, Martha Stewart Makes Cocktails is a must-have app for summer.

Shaken or stirred? Keep reading to find out.

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Ranging from the super-serious to the super-ridiculous, this week’s installment of games has you going from battle zones in World War II to a battle zone of a whole different kind — Hollywood.

Somewhere in between, you’ll also have to get into the groove while tearing around a race track, help Mickey Mouse collect as much water as possible, and run a call center. Oh believe it. Click “more” to check it all out. (more…)

Google Maps for iPad has been a long time coming. iOS 6 was introduced ten months ago, and the beta was out even sooner — we’ve been living with Apple Maps on our iPads for quite some time. And it’s not that Apple Maps is a terrible experience — visually, it’s extraordinary — but most of us don’t use our iPads as GPS devices.

Maps on tablets, in that sense, are a bit different than maps on phones. Although GPS is important on them, what I really want is a way to browse my local neighbourhoods as efficiently as possible. In fact, what I want is a fast and accurate way to find cool places I want to go. Let’s see if Google Maps finally fits the bill. (more…)

About a year ago I wrote an article for iPad AppStorm entitled, “What the new Microsoft Surface means for the iPad”. It got lots of comments, many of which called me biased towards Apple and the iPad. Maybe I was slightly biased, but as an iPad and iPhone owner writing on an iPad website that was to be expected. Today I revisit this old topic as news of Microsoft slashing the price of the Surface RT (the lower end model) is released upon the world. In this article I’ll again be looking at the Surface and the iPad, what they mean for each other and whether the Surface has proved a true contender to the iPad on a number of levels.

Read on for more.
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