I don’t exactly consider myself a green freak. Sure, I do my part: recycling when I can, buying CFLs to replace burned-out incandescent bulbs, and driving a subcompact, but I draw the line at washing and reusing a plastic sandwich bag (no offense to those who do).

When Earth Day sprung up on the calendar this past Sunday, though, I took a few moments to reflect on how I could be a little greener.

That’s when I found Verde, an iPad app geared not only at reducing your carbon footprint, but also at saving you money. And the latter is a green I’m pretty sure anyone can get behind.

So did Verde help assuage my inner naturalist? Read on to find out…

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That’s right, AppStorm is now on Pinterest!

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web, and we’ve already got a few pinboards up for you to check out! Browsing pinboards is a fun and visual way to discover new things, head over to Pinterest now to see our collections;

Follow AppStorm for app-related goodness!

We will be adding more as time goes on, and the editorial team gets inspired, but feel free to suggest any great ideas you have for pinboards in the comments!

Winners Announced

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

xbeta
Stephanie
Douse
Allan
dora
Mike
Nicolas
Jerod Taylor
Eric
Guy Einy

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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This week’s giveaway is a little different, but I hope you’ll enjoy checking out the app! Math Monsters is more than just a drag & drop math game with cute, interactive characters – it’s a fun and challenging way for kids, grades 1 – 4, to learn and play.

If you have young children, what better way to get them into numbers than by introducing them to the Math Monsters!

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There are plenty of apps available on the iPad for doodling, sketching, and drawing. Ever since the App Store was introduced people have been looking for the best apps that incorporate drawing on the iPhone and iPad without a stylus. While those apps have been reviewed over and over, there are not nearly as many great apps available for vector based drawing on the iPad.

Enter iDraw. Now in version 1.3, this reasonably priced app ($8.99) seeks to replicate the features of the well-known Adobe Illustrator software and bring those tools to the iPad. Although I have little experience with Illustrator, from what I can tell those who have used it will be able to quickly pick up iDraw and begin creating masterpieces. You can use iDraw to do a variety of things, from projects that involve graphing and blueprints to creating works of art.

Before we continue I should forewarn you – I was not an art major and the drawings you’ll see in these pictures probably wouldn’t even make it onto my mother’s fridge. If you can appreciate “abstract” art or you’re simply just intrigued, by all means read on!

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You love scouring the web for reading material, but you just can’t find the time to read everything on the spot. Perhaps you’ve already run into popular “read later” apps such as Instapaper, Readability, and Safari’s own “Reader” feature.

One could certainly be perfectly satisfied with what those apps have to offer, but just how much would you be missing out on if you pass on Pocket (formerly Read It Later)?

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It’s Spring! The perfect time to get back on track with your health and fitness. Personally, I’m pretty bad at keeping up any kind of regime and regularly tell myself that the health drive will start tomorrow, but that’s no reason to give up!

We’ve collected together some of the best iPad apps designed to help you get healthy, stay in shape, and monitor your progress. Spend a few minutes picking out the ones that suit you, and begin to transform your life!

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Yes, the World Wide Web has unleashed a flurry of information on us all and we now have the World’s knowledge at our fingertips. I think we can all agree, that is awesome. There is, however, one problem.

The amount of information available on any topic imaginable is daunting, and we gravitate to sources that have some resemblance of organization and credibility to locate what we’re looking for. Wikipedia has become this source for a lot of people and we turn to it as the place for reference material or just to wander and learn. Wikibot is an iPad application that takes the core Wikipedia experience and attempts to add some functionality to make the resource even more useful. Let’s take a look at Wikibot and see just how successful it is.

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This week’s poll is a little different. For one, it’s going to be massive.

Over the past week or so a fascinating chart by Brett Terpstra has become extraordinarily popular. Essentially it’s a huge comparison of every available iOS text editor.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, there are a lot of them…

This weeks poll simply asks the question; which one do you use? Which iPad text editor is your favourite, your go-to app, your current muse.

I have no idea what the result is going to be, but I’m pretty excited! Let me know in the comments if this chart has made you rethink your current favourite, and why you particularly like the one you’ve settled on.

From time to time, software can surprise us. Once meant only as a tool, software can take us places we never dreamed, and help us do things in ways we never thought possible. But in some cases, software does even more than accomplish; sometimes software is simply beautiful.

Paper is beautiful software, created to give us something we lost when we moved from notebooks to tablets. The design and function of Paper is unlike any iPad app experience I’ve yet had, giving back so much of what I remember from years of filling up Moleskine journals. To see what beautiful software like Paper can do, read on past the break!

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to Kyle Baxter the developer of Basil! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Guy Einy
Hillary
Dorothy
Michael S
Ben Wilkoff

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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A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Basil, a fresh take on recipe apps for the iPad. A fortnight later, I’m still no less enamoured with it!

Basil is a superb recipe app that’s designed with you in mind. The inclusion of smart timers and easy addition of recipes from the web make this a true contender.

If you’re a food lover who likes to try new things, Basil could be the perfect companion!

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