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Our weekly poll is back, and this week we’re asking the important question: how exactly do you use iCloud on your iPad?

Ever since it was released back with iOS 5 in October 2011, the service has attracted around 300 million users as of April 2013 and with its tight integration with OS X, Apple have made it so much easier to keep data across all your devices in constant sync with each other. So go ahead and vote in this week’s poll (multiple answers are possible, of course) — we’d love to be able to build a picture of our readers’ iCloud habits!

It’s Productivity Month on iPad.AppStorm! Throughout July, we plan to share with you all our tips, tricks, apps and resources to help you both improve your iPad experience and work better and more productively!

Emails can quickly become overwhelming and being able to go through them on your iPad is a great way of clearing part of your inbox in a cab or a plane, without suffering from a smaller device’s screen size. Nevertheless, not all apps display emails in pleasant ways, which makes reading them a pain. Thanks to Incredimail‘s new approach to email, you’re likely to like reading and writing email again!
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Some people want better file management on the iPad, which means that they’ll probably need Documents. The app comes as a total revamp of ReaddleDocs and is even more capable than the old version. Readdle claims that its 4.0 update makes it the must-have app for iPad and its actual rhetoric claims that Documents makes your iPad worth its high price are especially bold— especially for an app that’s completely free.

Documents aims to do a ton of things in an elegant way. According to the app’s description, it claims to be a “document viewer, PDF reader, download manager, music player and read it later” replacement, along with a whole host of other things. I’m always wary of apps that do this much, as there’s always the potential to be a jack of all trades and master of none, or worse: completely impossible and inelegant to use. The simple question is, though, can Documents be as powerful as its developer claims while still remaining easy to use? Let’s find out.

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Upon the thought of email, what thought just went through your head? Did a sick feeling enter into the pit of your stomach because the unread count has become too overbearing? While the usefulness and proper techniques to handle it are debatable, the fact is that email is still a necessary evil and it is definitely worth investigating in order to find the best way that email works for you. If you have been struggling to keep tabs on your inbox then using email similar to a task system might be beneficial.

Attempting to help fix email is no easy task but Mail Pilot wants to change how you think of it. Instead of seeing an inbox and folders, Mail Pilot sees email as either incomplete or complete. By utilizing review times and lists, Mail Pilot wants to remove the stress from email and help you process your inbox a lot quicker. If dominating email sounds attractive, then keep reading on to see if Mail Pilot is the answer to a new productivity workflow!
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Upon the iCloud API being introduced, it was no secret that developers were somewhat slow to take advantage of what it offered. The feature allowed game developers to do things like store users’ game saves in the cloud, but many developers already had systems in place that did exactly this. What benefits would they get from moving to Apple’s service? This of course wasn’t the only functionality that came with iCloud, but, regardless, developers weren’t exactly enthusiastic. There wasn’t much reason for them to do extra work and adopt a new system that came with little up front benefit. Especially when, in the case of game developers, they already had things like OpenFeint that managed many of the same things.

Slowly but surely, however, developers of all different kinds of apps started to adopt iCloud as an easy way to back up and sync various kinds of data across devices. Games use the service to back up your save states for future recovery, to-do list apps use it to keep your lists in harmony across all your devices, and word processing apps — including Apple’s own Pages — use the service to save all your work to the cloud, accessible from anywhere you may need it. I’ve compiled a list of ten apps that do these and more on your iPad, so hit the break to read about them–you might even find an app you’ve never heard of before!

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It’s 2013 and, if tradition reveals itself for another year, we can expect to hear some details of iOS 7 over the next few months. There’s a bunch of new stuff we’d love to see in the next generation of iOS alongside a number of improvements to what there already is.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at few of the areas we’d like Apple to take a look at with iOS 7, both to improve the current experience and better compete with the ever-growing rival options from Microsoft, Google and others. (more…)

Outlining is a fantastic way to organize ideas for everything from a detailed narrative to an app review. ThinkBook has always been my go-to outlining app, but the lack of robust syncing or export options makes it difficult to edit outlines on anything except the iPad. I would venture to say that no one likes to edit outlines in TextEdit, but I’m sure that there’s at least one text evangelist out there who’s crazy enough.

Cloud Outliner by Denys Yevenko is a basic outliner that trades complex features for easy export and sync. The app supports iCloud and Evernote syncing, and can export to OPML. Is the promise of robust outline syncing too good to be true, or does this little app pack a powerful punch? (more…)

Whether you’re a student, business person or have a job of any type, a calendar can be useful to schedule your time and plan out your day. Most iOS users probably rely on the Calendar app because it is built in, but are they missing out on the extra functionality that a third-party calendar can provide? There is also a good chance that they could be missing out on using a better looking calendar!

There are a lot of calendar apps in the App Store. To limit the list, it was decided to have some basic criteria: all major calendar sync services should be supported within the app, including Google, iCloud and Exchange. Let’s check out the contenders after the break. (more…)

If you are like me, then you love taking pictures. Pictures of your friends, pets, vacation spots and relatives are plastered all over your walls, lockers, desks, refrigerators and mirrors. And let’s not forget all of the pictures of you and your friends on FaceBook! Photos are a great way to capture memorable experiences in a flash. What’s more fun than taking pictures? Why sharing them, of course!

There are so many ways to share your visual experiences with the world. Some people prefer the physical route by making scrapbooks and decorating special paper with crazy designs and colors, while others prefer the digital route and posting directly to Facebook or Flickr. Apple has found a way to tie both of these directions together in their iPhoto for iOS app with a feature named Photo Journaling. (more…)

Technology has always gone hand-in-hand with education, and Apple has been a fervent supporter of the role of technology in the future of education. Apple has focused very hard to make it easy for educational staff to get Macs in the classroom.

Up until recently college students partook in a common practice known as the “get a laptop and a printer before going off to school” ritual. Students would then use their laptops to take notes, write papers, create presentations, and do research on the web. Now that the iPad has gone through its third revision and has become a popular device among all age groups, students are beginning to break from the common trend and buy iPads either along with a Mac, or as their main machine.

Is the iPad ready for this task? Can a student take notes sufficiently without being limited in any way? Let’s find out!

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