App.net developers have produced a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple ports of Twitter apps to innovative apps that support App.net’s file storage API. Apps that support the service’s basic user timeline are plentiful, but the spotlight has shifted to the apps that ditch conventional design and support App.net’s new and innovative features. Chimp is one of the newest App.net clients that does just this. Today we’ll put the app under the microscope to see just how well it stands up to the competition.
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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!

To-do applications are literally a dime a dozen in today’s App Store. Most adequately cover the basics: task creation, setting some sort of deadline or other way to prioritize items, and finally task completion. They all tend to work in a similar way, and most simply use Apple’s stock theme for applications. Some are advertised towards hardcore users, while some are billed as simple running lists of tasks that need to be completed.

Task is more of the latter. From the design, to the feature set, everything about Task shouts “less is more.” (more…)

When asked why Apple didn’t license its Macintosh operating system, Steve Jobs always quoted Alan Kay: “People who are serious about software should build their own hardware.” In the same sense, his Newsstand app on the iPad is starting to fuel a similar revolution amongst writers. If fact, if I may approximate the quote for my own purposes, it’s become my belief that if you love writing, you should want to build the content platform yourself.

With Newsstand, this is exactly the sort of creative thinking Apple is fostering.

Welcome back to our discussion on the iPad and digital publications. In our first article, we took a look at the current state of affairs and analyzed the difficulties the platform has faced in its first few years. In part two, I’ll be walking you through the advancements many publications have made using Newsstand as their backend. Keep reading to find out more about how the iPad is changing the publication industry.

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What’s the difference between an e-book and a cookbook app? I would say it comes down to useful tools and immersive design features. In the beginning, it was OK to slap recipes and pretty food photos together and call it an app. Those are the dinosaurs — the one-dimensional cookbook apps falling by the wayside as other developers create three-dimensional cooking experiences by engaging users and providing helpful tools. It’s the difference between perusing a cookbook and actually taking it into the kitchen and using it to cook something. Gone are the days when anyone can create a cookbook app out of a collection of recipes. Today, users expect cookbook apps to deliver more, especially if they paid for it.

Are you abreast on the latest evolution of cookbook apps? Do you know what features to look for? Who’s ahead of the pack, providing better functionality to make cooking a more pleasurable, efficient and delicious experience? Keep reading to find out.

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This group of games has variety in spades. You’ll find a retro-inspired adventure game, a puzzler that’s reminiscent of a painter’s palette, a dark and otherworldly maze, and a MOBA (for the uninitiated, that stands for multiplayer online battle arena).

Oh, and there’s also an official tie-in with Monsters University — see if you can become the ultimate scarer by catching Archie the Scare Pig. Click “more” to catch that squealer! (more…)

I think it’s safe to say that my collection of iPad synthesizers is becoming ridiculous. It can’t be helped though, as more and more inspiring instruments are released for everyone’s favourite tablet.

Most recently, the venerable German audio gurus, Waldorf, have distilled their famous wavetable synthesis technology into a modern, elegant, and incredibly powerful iPad app called Nave. Hugely anticipated in the audio community, we’re excited to dig into Nave’s capabilities and see what we find!

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Almost two years have passed since the sad death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. At the time of his death, there was much debate on how Apple would move forward, whether they would lose their way or be able to continue pushing boundaries and creating their own areas in the industry. In this opinion piece, I’ll be looking at what Steve Jobs meant for Apple as well as how Apple have coped after losing their mentor and figurehead. Read on for more.

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It’s that time of year. When we say goodbye to four years of hard work and newfound friends and forge ahead to “make something of ourselves.” But how can you be expected to make it in the “real world” without a solid collection of apps for this new season of life?

That’s why I’ve put together a list of the top 10 iPad apps recent graduates need. This list covers everything from finding a job to getting a new apartment to dropping the freshman 15 (that hung on long past freshman year). So let’s get started!

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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!

One of the gems on the productivity app market is 30/30, and if you haven’t tried it out yet, now’s your shot. It’s got lots of great features and is quite a looker, too. A built in timer and plenty of customization options for all of your tasks are just the tip of the iceberg with this pick. I’ll run through all of the best features of 30/30 and what makes it such a task managing powerhouse. (more…)

A well-designed, feature-rich sports app is something of a marvel on a mobile platform. While dozens of programs exist, the best are usually limited to specific sports or teams. Those that don’t have these limitations then run in to an even larger problem: how does one app show statistics and results from dozens of sports, each with dozens of teams?

The answer to that question might come from an unexpected source: Yahoo.

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