Our featured sponsor this week is Toy Defense, a fresh look at the Tower Defense genre.

It’s a great game that brings back childhood memories of expansive battles with plastic soldiers, tanks, and airplanes! Prepare to become closely acquainted with flamethrowers, riflemen, ack-acks and cannons. It’s dynamic and challenging, but also a perfect time-filler.

A little graphical appetiser...

Toy Defense is already available for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and will be soon available for Mac, PC and Android.

Simple poll this week, to further gauge the organisational habits of AppStorm readers – after we learned that AppStorm readers love having 6 apps in their dock!

Some people are really keen on folders, while others like to have their apps out for all to see. Some people have to fill up each screen with icons, while others will happily go around with only 1 or 2 apps on a screen.

So there here it is; how many screens of apps do you have?

I’d love to know why you have the number of screens you have, simply head to the comments, are they designated for specific tasks or organised by colour of icon?

Reddit is the self-proclaimed front page of the internet. The site receives links of current events, pictures, videos, and commentary that users can vote up or down in order to move content to the front page. The site leaves much to be desired in the user interface category, but Alien Blue on the iPad provides a better Reddit browsing experience than you’ll experience on the web.

Alien Blue is a full featured Reddit client to stay up on the latest happenings on the internet. Using the app a user can browse Reddit and also get involved in the conversation. Commenting on items is easy and visually appealing thanks to the unique animation once tapping to create a comment. Alien Blue also makes it really easy and accessible to either up or down vote content. Read on to see why Alien Blue is the preferred Reddit experience.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Fingerlabs! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Luke Sherwin
Craig Hooghiem
Kris Coady

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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We reviewed DM1 Drum Machine a few weeks ago and found it to be a great-sounding vintage drum machine app! Have you ever dreamed of creating sweet loops and beats right from your iPad? Here is your chance.

The DM1 drum machine manages to strike the balance of simplistic elegance whilst packing a feature-rich punch.


When asked what the favorite image sharing service for mobile users is, the most obvious answer of course is Instagram. It’s amazing how a free service has accumulated millions of users in a relatively short period of time and continues to grow in popularity still.

For a long time, the only platform you could use Instagram on was the iPhone. Uploading pictures is still only possible from your phone, but many of us would like to enjoy the images on a bigger screen like the Mac’s or the iPad’s. For the latter, there’s a beautiful new app that lets you immerse yourself in a beautiful Instagram experience. Readers, meet Iris.


When iOS 5 was released, one of its more advertised new features was the Reminders app, meant to bridge the gap between a static todo note and a full-fledged GTD style task manager. I love Reminders for keeping track of all those little things that are so easily forgotten, but find myself frustrated at times by the interface and the amount of time it takes to add reminders. Listbook from No Identity seeks to remedy a lot of what’s wrong with Reminders, but is it up to the task of replacing Apple’s built-in app?


Following on from the success of the popular BBC television series of the same name, Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe sees the popular scientist, lecturer, and former pop star present an app which makes use of both his typical style of breaking down complex scientific matters into simple stories and beautiful, immersive graphics which really shine on the last two versions of iPad (the app is not compatible with first gen iPads, unfortunately).

Wonders of the Universe contains over two hundred interactive articles and some two and a half hours of video taken from Cox’s two popular BBC TV series, Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. With no further ado, let’s take a look at how this promising app stacks up! 


The iPad is a fantastic tool for freelancers.

It’s the perfect mobile computing device that, in combination with the ever-expanding App Store, has the power to transform the way you work. I’ve compiled a list of essential iPad apps for freelancers, read on to become more productive, efficient, and happy that you bought your iPad…


Sketchbook Pro. Brushes. Penultimate. Noteshelf. These are only a handful of some of the most popular apps available on the iPad today. Some may have even considered them your only worthy options for illustrating and note taking on a tablet. Chances are, if you own an iPad, you’ve heard of at least one of these names. If not, that’s fine, because today it isn’t about them.

While the aforementioned creativity apps are, in fact, excellent options for anyone looking to use the iPad as a digital note/sketchbook, a couple of apps have since crashed the party and are causing a lot of ruckus – they are Procreate and Paper by FiftyThree. What is it about these two that we love so much? Read on to find out…

I enjoy music a lot and I’m on a constant quest to discovery new music. Lucky for me there are a ton of resources and applications today that allow for a music nerd like myself to explore to almost endlessly. One of the places I always turn to is NPR.

National Public Radio produces a lot of amazing content. They seem to pay extra special attention to music with some solid regular programs such as All Songs Considered and World Cafe. There are others as well and when all combined they produce a substantial amount of high quality music related content. I say "content" because this ranges from live audio or video concerts, full radio programs, interviews, album previews and even things as basic as articles. Wouldn’t it be great to herd all of this stuff into one place? Thankfully NPR agrees and has created a specific iPad application aptly named NPR Music.


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