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I love Tumblr. I didn’t think I would, after I saw some of the stuff that my younger sister was always checking out on it, but sometimes I surprise even myself. At this point, I keep two blogs up on the site: a rarely-updated personal blog that’s not even worth linking to and a music recommendations blog called Unsung Sundays, and I couldn’t be happier with the service. It’s one of the few CMS systems that doesn’t feel totally broken.

That being said, I didn’t think I’d ever start making posts on my iOS devices and keeping them. While the Tumblr app for iPhone and iPad has been capable of doing that sort of thing for a while, it hasn’t always been as smooth of an experience as it’s been on the desktop. But recently, that changed with the iOS 7 update for Tumblr, which makes it the best blogging app on iOS bar none. Read on to find out why you might consider taking up blogging again, but from your phone.

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Squarespace is a great website builder for those of us who don’t have the time to either code our own websites or simply don’t know how. I’ve used it for both my personal blog and my professional site, and I’m largely happy with it. (Once I find time, I’ll be hand coding my own professional site, but that’s not because Squarespace isn’t adequate. It’s because I want to code it when I can find the time, simply for the joy of coding.)

That being said, anybody who uses Squarespace knows that it was a giant pain to post anything to your site from your iPhone or iPad. Unlike CMS like Tumblr or WordPress, Squarespace’s older apps were massively inconvenient. They didn’t allow you to edit any posts that had images, and you couldn’t write in Markdown or do any layout work. With Squarespace Blog, that all changes. Read on to find out more about the conveniences of a Squarespace blog on your iOS device. (more…)

Audiophiles have plenty to complain about when it comes to music players. Algorithm-based systems, such as those popularized by the likes of Pandora, lack the human element when picking selections to play. Similarly, streaming apps ⎯ including Live365 and Songza ⎯ are pre-programmed to someone else’s taste, with little chance for outside influence of the playlist. Spotify is hit or miss depending on list creators, who may or may not have the most expansive (or even good) tastes in music!

When it comes to music discovery, can a balance be struck between being controllable and being out of the box? Shuffler.fm seems to thinks so. The app uses blogs, the top curation tool of music experts, to guide listeners to new music.

Is Shuffler.fm’s method of mixing up in-the-know pros’ playlists the key to keeping listeners tuned in? Find out after the jump. (more…)

When I first purchased my new iPad, I hoped that it would finally drop the bane of having to carry my laptop around with me on long trips just so I could do a bit of writing, and although there is a great choice of writing apps available for the iPad, I found it difficult to find one that would allow me to post directly to my blog. Then Posts came along, and how I blogged on my iPad was changed forever. (more…)

I’ve mentioned before how there is an abundance of reader apps available on the App Store and here at iPad.AppStorm we just can’t get enough of them. So, this month I decided to take a look at the latest version of FLUD.

With the popularity of apps increasing on Facebook we now are able to easily share with others what we’re listening to, reading, and watching in realtime. FLUD is a reader that looks to add a social experience to your everyday reading by giving each user the ability to create their own “news personality” based on what they read and share with others.

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Winners Announced

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

Gary LaPointe
mor4ee
Christian de la Serna

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!

Old Competition Post

I’m pleased to announce that this week we have an excellent competition for every aspiring blogger – 3 promo codes for Blogsy!

We reviewed Blogsy back in May and found it to be an excellent solution for any and every blogger, Conner Turnbull noting that;

Blogsy is a useful application and one of the best for blogging on Apple’s tablet. It’s a great step forward for the iPad platform as a content creation device.

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Squarespace is a fully integrated website creator that gives you anything that you may need to run a site–analytics, design control, and the capability to actually post content–in a beautiful package at a low price. I run my site through Squarespace, and one thing that has proven to really sweeten the experience has been the native iPad app.

Today we’ll look at what can (and can’t) be done through Squarespace’s iPad app in our in-depth review. Read on to learn more.

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Let’s face it. The app store is overflowing with RSS readers.

On the iPad it began with the highly publicized Flipboard and developers took off from there. While I’m quite an avid blog reader, all the reader apps can begin to blend together after awhile – to a point where I find myself not paying much attention anymore. However, there are a few, like Reeder, that find ways to stand out.

Typically what causes them to stand out is a wealth of features, a beautiful design that has visual appeal, and a twist on the basic concept of reader apps. I quickly found that The Early Edition 2 fits that mold and has quite a bit to offer.

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Venting your frustration or publicising your praise on the internet has become a popular pastime for many people around the world. According to Nielsen’s BlogPulse, at the time of this writing, there are over 161 million public blogs on the internet – with over 62,000 created in just the past twenty-four hours.

That’s a huge number and I would guess that the quantity of iPad owners who are included in those figures are not a minority.

Since its original launch last year, the iPad, through its wide catalogue of applications, has moved from being seen as a purely consumption-based device to one that can be used to create original content. However, the lack of great blogging applications disappointed me, especially since the iPad is the primary tablet and is used as a mobile workstation by many.

The official WordPress application is okay, but it’s not amazing. And the alternatives aren’t that great either, even if they do come with a price tag. I don’t think it’s the iPad’s fault, I rather like the touch keyboard and have become used to it in my year of use. It’s just difficult to understand why I can’t create real, rich blog posts from my tablet…

Enter Blogsy!

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