Among the (many) announcements at Apple’s October 2013 event was the updating of iWork for iOS, now free for any existing users and those who purchase a new iOS device. One of the last bastilles of leather and wood effects, iWork was completely revamped and brought in line with iOS 7.

For PowerPoint refugees and anyone wanting to easily create slick presentations that are gorgeous to watch, as well as build, Keynote is a great example of how Apple can really push the boundaries of what is possible with iOS and just cements the idea that the iPad is just as good at content creation as it is consumption.

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Terraria for PC has long been a favorite of mine, but the kick in the pants is that I don’t actually own a PC. You can imagine my excitement, then, when Terraria for iOS was finally launched and I got a chance to play it. I’ll let you know how well Terraria transfers from PC to mobile and whether it stands up against the original. (more…)

I’m pretty tied to my current recipe app, but it isn’t much to look at and doesn’t allow for a lot in the way of customization. I put a ton of effort into finding tasty and healthy options for my family, and I’d like my cookbook app to reflect all of that work. Cook is an enticing little app that let’s me create a cookbook just for me, with my own colors, images, and even a title all my own, just like a real cookbook. I wanted to give Cook a try and see if it could replace the other apps I’m using in the kitchen. (more…)

Personal history is something most of us hold dear. The heart-warming nostalgia of looking at old family photos, or reading the written-out thoughts of our younger selves, is a special feeling.

In most respects, technology has enhanced the recording, storage and accessibility of these memories. We will have more photos of ourselves than any previous generation — video likewise — and every single image is in a format that can be converted again and again to suit future media standards. But what of written records? Not the social type — that is just airbrushed fakery. The writing down of our innermost feelings and everyday happenings is something few of us find the time for in the always-on world of today — a world which technology has shaped.

At last, though, technology is reversing this trend. Digital journals are gaining popularity, in part, because apps make it easy for us to record our thoughts anywhere, at any time. One such diary app is Narrato Journal, which has just hit version 2.0, complete with a brand new design and several notable extra features. But can it provide a compelling personal archive whilst making life easy to record?

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I have always wanted to learn how to make sushi at home, but the sleek knife work and carful rolling associated with this Japanese art form is a bit intimidating. It’s great to get my sushi fix at a Japanese restaurant, but I moved out into the country and there is no sushi to be found. I’ve been looking for a sushi app for a while and finally came across Teach Me Sushi. This app isn’t new and the design looks fairly basic, but I was struck by its four star rating and all the rave reviews. The app boasts tutorial videos for making 15 different types of sushi, and detailed step-by-step photo guides for all but the simples sliced sashimi. Did I learn how to make sushi or was the hype a big fish tale? Keep reading to find out.

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Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.

Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.

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Did you watch today’s Apple Event live? Well we did, and just in case you missed something, here’s EVERYTHING that happened today in one convenient place. Ready? We bet you are. Then let’s go! (more…)

Music is often seen as the art-form that most frequently utilizes the cutting edge of modern technology in its performance. Most popular modern-day musicians are as reliant on Logic Studio as they are on a recording studio, and as skilled at operating arpeggiators as they are at playing arpeggios.

But if you are a musician of the more traditional type, the outlook is somewhat different. Instrument design has been adapted only marginally in three hundred years, and most dedicated musicians still go to music shops to buy manuscript in print. Why? Because, as yet, technology simply hasn’t been able to compete with the usability of paper. The opportunity to scribble notes on the music, the ease of page turning, and, of course, the lack of concern over battery life, remain as factors that trump any conveniences technology has to offer.

What if an app could solve some of these issues? That’s what Tonara is aiming to do. Along with a large library of purchasable music, Tonara offers performance recording, automatic page turning and manuscript annotation. But is this enough to outweigh the benefits of the traditional, tried and tested medium?

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Microsoft has been a little more forthcoming with developing iOS apps and, although Office for iOS is still but a pipe dream, the folks at Redmond have been busy working on apps such as OneNote, Xbox SmartGlass and SkyDrive.

Their latest release is Microsoft Remote Desktop, providing access to your Windows PC remotely from the comfort of your iOS device. It certainly isn’t the first remote access or screen sharing app for iOS and, up to now, there’s been a rather busy market for apps such as this. Things are about to change as Microsoft’s offering is not only free, it’s very easy to use and provides a great way to access your Windows PC remotely.

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Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate, we here at iPad.AppStorm have rounded up ten of best Halloween-themed apps that are bound to get your evening off to a great start. Dust off your costume, stock up on candy, and hit the jump to make this Halloween the best yet!

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