Beginning with the well received Shogun: Total War, the Total War games franchise has grown over the past twelve years to become one of the most popular turn-based strategy games on the scene, spawning such classics as Rome Total War and breathing new life into the genre due to its combination of typical turn-based game elements with real-time battle scenes and a gripping, often historically accurate narrative.

Little wonder then that Total War fans have been salivating to get their hands on Total War Battles: Shogun, a version of Total War designed specifically for iPad. As with all such complex titles however, concerns remain as to whether the game is well suited to the iPad’s unique form. Let’s see if SEGA have nailed it.

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GarageBand for iPad is an amazing app for anyone with a stake in music at all. If you’ve never tried any sort of composition tool, GarageBand is the way to go. With its set of ‘smart’ instruments, it’s unparalleled in terms of ease of use. It has a drum kit/pads, a piano, guitar and an option to amplify your guitar when plugged in with something like iRig.

In this tutorial, I’m going to run through all the steps you’ll need to start using GarageBand as an extra instrument for your musical piece or as a way to compose music solely by itself.

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We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in May. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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The range of Twitter clients out there on the App Store is pretty extensive (for a comparison between some of the most common ones, check out my roundup from last October) and picking between them is quite difficult seeing as each one offers a different range of features, interfaces and customisation possibilities.

My favourite one (and the one I’m using at the moment) is Tweetbot as it offers such great variety in terms of features (including iCloud sync with my iPhone, which is an absolute lifesaver) and its generally simplistic yet powerful functionality. But now, in such a saturated market, there’s a new kid on the block.

Quip, which was released on May 31st by developers Glasshouse Apps (who are also the creators of The Early Edition, one of my favourite iPad news readers) is a new kind of Twitter client which focuses on your conversations and condenses your timeline down into a more manageable format.

I was lucky enough to snag a promotional code for Quip so let’s dive straight in and see whether it can knock Tweetbot off that top spot.

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The music player built into the iPad is perfectly fine. It does everything you need it to do, and it’s easy to use. However, it could be argued that what is missing is an element of fun. And that is where the Beat Blaster app steps in. It’s designed to have that retro Hi-Fi look and feel, and pulls it off rather nicely.

It isn’t just about looks though. Beat Blaster has a nice array of features that allow for music playback in the style of a Hi-Fi from the late Eighties. But it does let you get on with choosing some songs from your library and playing them just like you would from the Apple music player. The main difference being, Beat Blaster does it with style. Does it work for the long term though? Could it really be used as a replacement for the default music player? Lets take a look.

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The developers over at Pagico gave us an early look at their long awaited update for their task planning app, Pagico Plus. With a desktop client already available for Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu, they ventured into mobile apps with the introduction of Pagico Plus last year.

While Pagico Plus syncs with and can be used in conjunction with the desktop version, it can also function as a standalone app. As you know, there are already plenty of task management apps out there, so let’s see how Pagico Plus stacks up!

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Ask anyone in the office what the best database software for the Mac or PC is and you will hear FileMaker Pro. FileMaker inc’s top of the line database app has been winning awards and praises for years and now the power of your entire company’s database can be on your iPad.

FileMaker Go 12 for the iPad does exactly what you think it does – takes exactly what you see on your desktop’s screen, and makes it available on your iPad. Your company is about to get extremely mobile. Read more to find out how.

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Perhaps it’s a little early to put this question to the fine readers of iPad.AppStorm, but the sun is shining in England and it certainly feels like summer is upon us.

I’d like to know whether you’re intending to take your trusty iPad on holiday with you?

In my opinion the iPad is a superb travelling companion and I certainly wouldn’t leave home without it stocked full of movies and interesting articles to read, but perhaps you’re of a different persuasion. I can certainly see how certain holidays might make the iPad less useful – it’s powers are lessened if you’re on the beach a lot and it might be a bit risky to take it back-packing…

Nonetheless, I can see the merits of taking the iPad along for travelling time alone – some airlines have started giving fully-stocked iPads out to first-class passengers to use instead of the built-in multimedia system!

What kind of holiday will you be taking this year, and where will the iPad fit in? Let me know in the comments!

The most popular RSS feed aggregator has become Google Reader. With the release of the App Store, Google Reader clients have started to become a common sight. There are a few popular ones that stick out including Reeder, NetNewsWire, and Mr. Reader.
While all of these are very good clients, they have a lot similarities. Most clients, such as Mr. Reader and NetNewsWire, take the approach of putting your feeds in a vertical scrolling list. Most also feature a feed column that allows the user to group items by feeds. But where is the innovation?

Reader X is the first (in a while) RSS client that takes a new approach to consuming RSS feeds. Instead of seeing feeds vertically they are placed in a horizontal list. Items are color coded based upon age and scrolling is fluid. Read on if a new take on RSS consumption seems interesting to you.

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The internet provides an amazing way to communicate with people all over the world, for any purpose that you’d like. Sometimes that’s easy to forget when you spend so much time doing other stuff like watching cat videos. Take traveling as an example, doing a quick search on the web about a foreign strange place that you’d like to visit will give you a ton of useful information that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

The iPad is a particularly amazing device to travel with, because of its portability and all the things it can do, like have worldwide internet connectivity with 3G and give you access to updated maps all over the world. That’s why today we’re bringing you an app that can help you connect with locals from all over the world and get questions answered regarding their area, right on your iPad. It’s called Ask A Nomad. Are you interested?

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