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.

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I know what you’re thinking: another freemium city-builder, and yes, while that may be true, Happy Street actually has a bit more depth than your average free-to-play title, and is probably as twice as bizarre.

Similar in style to Nintendo’s Animal Crossing, Happy Street revolves around a quaint village inhabited by anthropomorphic animals in which you must tend to the needs of your residents, create a thriving economy, and cover villagers with feces. Sound interesting? Hit the jump to find out more.

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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!

Are you in need of a little extra help to get you organised? Perhaps you have multiple lists of things to do but no sensible place to store them? If you’ve struggled with multiple different iPad apps to manage your calendar and to-do list, then Awecal may just be for you.

With an integrated calendar and task list, not only can you keep track of when a task needs completing but you can see at a glance any task steps still remaining. Featuring multiple calendar views, and the ability to track remaining free time, this innovative calendar app is worth a look. Check out more after the jump.

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I’m pretty tired of flinging birds across my iPad screen and becoming frustrated or annoyed at the results. I’m tired of playing those addictive little games that are only addictive because I’m trying to accomplish a meaningless goal. I really need less of that in my life.

What I could use more of is a game that’s about taking a few breaths and calming down just a little bit. Color Zen is just such a game — one that gives me space to relax while still engaging my mind. Can a meditative puzzler like that hold my attention for more than a few minutes? (more…)

I don’t know about you, but one of my first jobs in the morning is to get an overview of the upcoming day’s events. That includes reminding myself of pre-scheduled calendar dates and to-dos, but it also includes matters arising from incoming news and data.

To gather all the information I mention above, though, requires at least three different apps, and that doesn’t include checking the latest weather forecast. The obvious response to this, it would seem to me, is to ask: why? This, perhaps, was roughly the pattern of thought which lead Jeff Dlouhy and Chris Masterson — who, together, are known as the app development company Tamper – to create a new app called Morning.

Within the walls of its minimalist interface, Morning is designed to provide users with “everything they need to start their day off right in one glance,” according to the company’s press release. But can this $2.99 hub of data really replace your traditional morning tour of apps in one fell swoop? Let’s find out.

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