Thank you to everyone who entered — the competition is now closed! Congratulations to @3dprinting, @marcblog, @kostasgeorgioy, @JJITPro and @Hidduh, the winners this time!

A few weeks back, Paula DuPont took a good look at Codex — a new approach to notetaking on the iPad. The app, according to the developers, is designed to replace your trusty Moleskine (it costs about the same as a standard notebook) and there’s plenty of flexibility and notetaking tools within, allowing you to add colour, diagrams and text to your notes.


This week, Google made a ton of announcements about new software products, but the one that we spent the most time talking about here at iPad.AppStorm is Google Hangouts. This is the product that makes Google Plus worth having for many of us. We see it as kind of a big deal.

When the opportunity came to review the new Hangouts app for iPad, I jumped at it. I don’t need another way to communicate — in fact, I think we all communicate with each other way too much — but I wanted to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla was about. I’m always looking for a better way to communicate. Let’s find out if Google Hangouts is, in fact, a better way to chat with friends.


“Healthy desserts” seems like an oxymoron, right? What if desserts could be healthy and rich, gooey, sweet, comforting, chocolaty, creamy and decadent? The folks from Green Kitchen are back with another recipe app that proves you can have your cake and eat it too — Healthy Desserts. The 58 recipes rely heavily on fresh fruits, natural sweeteners, healthy fats and whole grains. Many of the desserts are vegan and/or gluten free.

Think it sounds too good to be true? These guys have street cred, recognized by Saveur magazine this year as a “Best Food Blog” in the special diets category and having just released their first cookbook this past April, Vegetarian Everyday. If you’re looking for dessert recipes worthy of entertaining or something special for the weekend breakfast table, Healthy Desserts offers a wide array of cakes, cookies, muffins, bars, buns, smoothies and frozen treats.

Keep reading to learn more about making more wholesome desserts at home.


This week’s games have you becoming a total master: of matching games, of stunt bike riding, of a choo-choo train of rogues, of animales de la muerte (animals of death) and of an interstellar civilization.

That’s a lot to master! Hop to it by clicking “more.” (more…)

Usagi Yojimbo, a solo ninja warrior who stars in his own comic book and is a sometimes-ally to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, makes his app game debut in Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin. The long-eared rabbit, who carries a katana blade, is on an epic quest that fuses beat-’em-up button taps with a role-playing plot. It’s packed with action, flashy moves and crispy clear graphics that will gain the approval of kids and adults. Find out why you should grab a sword and join Usagi on his noble journey after the jump.


Ideas. They make the world go round. The famous American architect and author, Frank Lloyd Wright, called ideas “salvation by imagination”, and a good idea can take you far by helping you get that promotion, make more money, or inspire others. The new app Gini is about raising the quality of ideas. According to the description it provides a methodology that provokes deeper thinking and creative engagement using a unique interface that maps the strengths and weaknesses of an idea.

As someone who is always interested in coming up with new ideas I decided to give Gini a try to see if it could really live up to that promise. Would it really help me discover new and better ideas? I was intrigued by the concept of an interface that maps ideas. Read on to see what I thought after using Gini.


I have owned an iPad for quite some time now, and found it to be an excellent tool for both amateur photographers like myself and professionals alike. Sure, an iPad will never be able to replace a computer for serious photo editing (well, for me, anyway,) but I feel that it has definitely earned a place in the discerning photographers kit bag.

Hit the jump to discover ten iPad essentials that every photographer should own.


When was the last time you opened your fridge and contemplated its emptiness, not knowing what to cook for dinner? Did you know the few vegetables you have at home taste great with some rice and sauce? Thanks to Epicurious and its thousands of recipes, you won’t have to worry about what to cook for your next meal again! Find the right dish based on the app’s suggestions or what you like — or have at home — and cook delightful dishes you didn’t even know about! Epicurious makes it all easy and enjoyable, so go get your apron on and let’s get cooking!


With so many games available on the iPad, for one to stand out apart from the rest, it has to be pretty stellar. Wonderputt is a great physics-based golf game that’s trying to do just that. While the gameplay may seem pretty simple to begin with, the graphics in the game are kind of amazing and throw you into a fantasy environment unlike anything else.

Will the game mechanics of Wonderputt stand up to its awesome ambience, or will Wonderputt turn out to be all flash and no substance? (more…)

Are there any areas of your life which are not being changed due to technology? For me, the most mundane areas of my life have suddenly become easier to manage. For example, getting up to turn on a lamp used to be annoying, but now I can just use the Wemo app and turn the lamp on.

With technology moving away from the office and into all parts of our homes, areas previously unaltered with technology are becoming increasingly exciting as technology can aid in mundane task. Checking the temperature of meat can become mundane when cooking for an extended period of time. A good grill or smoker can and should be able to maintain its temperature without much fuss from the cooker, but I am not comfortable yet to leave my grill temperature unchecked for hours. In recent years there has been an improvement and innovation with wireless thermometers but these require the griller to carry around an extra item to check the temperature.

To aid in improving grilling enjoyment the iGrill wants to make grilling or smoking meat easier. By using the iGrill device you can connect your iOS device through Bluetooth and remotely monitor the temperature of your meat or grill. While time is a helpful gauge on whether a piece of meat is ready, I am never as confident with that first cut unless I have stuck a temperature probe into the meat. The iGrill is a unique idea but what about the execution? Is it reliable enough to forgo all visual temperature checks during those long cooks? Let’s dive in and see if this device really makes grilling an easier experience.


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