USA Today Gets a Fantastic Face Lift

I’m going to level with you here: I get most of my news from Facebook and Twitter. That’s not to say I don’t use legitiment news sources; I follow CNN, Breaking News, NY Post and USA Today, and will visit BBC News when I’m fed up with all of those. What I’m saying is I don’t use apps or regularly visit websites to read the news. However, when I’m using my iPad, my news source of choice is the beautifully redesigned USA Today for iPad app.

Let’s find out more after the break. (more…)

IMDb: Now Showing, a Sleek Redesign

If you’ve ever used the Internet and like movies, I’m sure you’ve heard of IMDb. Since it’s launch in 1990, IMDb has been the de facto place to go when you’re trying to figure out where you’ve seen that one actor before (tip, it’s always Spaceballs). When smartphones became a thing, IMDb was a must have bookmark so you could also settle debates with your friends on the go. In short, IMDb is simply part of the small percentage of websites that’s ingrained into society.

One of the few shortcomings of IMDb’s iPad app in the past is a lack of user friendliness. When you launch the app, there’s simply a lot of noise to overcome and it takes more than a few seconds to figure out the navigation setup. But the developers behind IMDb’s iPad app looked to rectify this issue with the release of version 3.0, which offers up a complete redesign. So, does this mean that IMDb now offers up a great service in an easy-to-use package? Hit to jump to find this answer and more! (more…)

I work from home, and that requires a lot of discipline. Without a boss looking over my shoulder, it’s easy to check the clock and realize I’ve spent the day watching reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I need to stick to a schedule, and I’m the first to admit I need some help with that.

Enter Daily Routine, a time management app that’s all about customization, and I can create as many different routines as I need for all my different activities. Will all that customization, not to mention the very distinct Daily Routine interface, just end up getting in my way, or is this the thing to get me on track? (more…)

Dunno: A Research It Later App

Maybe you’ve been reading an article and a term popped out at you, but you didn’t want to stop reading for long to research it. Or you were sitting at a dinner party, and someone mentioned a movie you hadn’t heard of, but you didn’t have time to hit up IMDB or Wikipedia and read about it. I get moments like this all the time. The team behind Dunno calls them brainslaps, and they don’t want you to miss another one ever again.

Dunno is a free cloud-based app that does research for you while you wait. It’s a universal iOS app and also available on OS X. Think of it like Wunderlist or Evernote, but instead of adding things to a to-do list or jotting down some quick notes, you’re getting research done while you’re away from the Web. (more…)

Re-Home The Homeless With PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue

When I’m not busy writing for AppStorm, I work at an animal rescue in the next town over, re-homing unwanted dogs and cats. It’s a difficult but rewarding job, and I was curious to see just how well an app such as PetWorld 3D: My Animal Rescue compared to the reality of dealing with homeless animals.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get stuck in … (more…)

Come this Tuesday (my birthday, incidentally), a new iPad will be on the shelves. Well, kind of new. It’s a fourth-gen iPad with 128GB of storage, which is the biggest iPad yet.

Is this a must-buy for you? Are you a power iPad user who needs all that storage or are you satisfied with what you have? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Hungry? Try Nigellissima

Rich, sensual, mouth-watering — I’m talking about the latest mobile app from Nigella Lawson. The domestic goddess who taught us to take pleasure in cooking has released a free taster app to get us hot and bothered for her cookbook, Nigellissima, and it’s working. The app and cookbook (to be released in the U.S. February 12, 2013) share Nigella’s lifetime love affair with Italy. Named the No. 1 Food and Drink Free App for iPhone and iPad, Nigellissima is the Sophia Lauren of Food and Drink apps. Stunning photography, sumptuous recipes, innovative design features and behind-the-scenes video interviews with Nigella make for a rich app experience that’s fresh and new. If you’re a Nigella fan, a foodie or an Italophile, read on to learn more about this must-have app. (more…)

iPad Game Thursday: New Releases

How would you rather spend your weekend — saving New York City with the Ghostbusters; outrunning a banana avalanche with Banana Kong; tending a flock of Tiny Sheep; discovering whether you or a certain celebrity has a  higher Braindex; or going on a Wave Trip in a world in which every object had musical properties?

Well who says you have to decide on just one, right? Click through to learn more and see what you want to try first! (more…)

The Best iOS Apps, Reviews and Roundups of 2012

We’re right on the cusp of February, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve spent our 2013 sitting down. No, we’ve been sifting, combing and hunting through our archives to find you the very best posts from 2012 throughout the iOS ecosystem. Like games? We’ve got ’em. Roundups? Yup. Opinion pieces and editorials? Check and check. It’s all here, right now.

So what are you waiting for? See what the best iOS apps of 2012 are all about! (more…)

A notepad test: take a pen and a piece of paper or notepad and write a few words or your name. Easy, isn’t it? Now what about doing that on your iPad, but add the ability to carry with you many pens and paper types, preprepared perfect shapes, highlighter pens and a virtually unlimited reference book that you could cut and paste from (the Internet). Sound a little bit better than the pad and pencil? You’d like to think so.

Here’s the ultimate question: can you replace a notebook in college or your workplace with an iPad and some good software? Well, lets take a look at some of the best offerings out there and see how well they match or exceed your notepad test. (more…)

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