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Staying on top of your business requires great organization and utilization of powerful business tools. While often overlooked, business intelligence applications are fundamental to improvement, and are a necessary tool for success. These tools are necessary as they allow you, through integration with your preexisting business structures, to analyze data, spot issues and resolve problems efficiently.

Today on AppStorm we’ve picked out seven of the best iPad business intelligence apps. Each application is free to download but requires subscription to a SaaS service in order to use it. Most offer free trials, giving you the option to try before you buy. Read on to find out more!


Writer Pro is an Exercise in Disappointment

Writer Pro is a bit bipolar. On the Mac, the app takes writing to a different level; elevating Markdown and a clean workflow into a smooth running system that is a pleasure to use. But on iOS, it’s a mess with very little reason to appear on your homescreen. And both apps cost $19.95.

And so, I’m conflicted. I like using Writer Pro, but I don’t enjoy using it on both platforms. In addition, new additional information about the developers has appeared, making me feel even worse. So should you spend $20 or $40 on the Writer Pro app system, or is it best to just walk away? Let’s find out. (more…)

Netatmo: Monitor the Weather While You’re Not Home

Last month, I was loafing round the house with my phone wondering how cold it was outside. Being the ridiculously technology-glued person I am, I started searching for a weather station that integrates with the Web, tablets, and smartphones. (Obviously, stepping into the sun was out of the question, because I’m a vampire [they’re real]). After a few clicks, I found the Netatmo, a very slick looking solution to checking the weather when you’re not in a walking mood.

The very idea of this may sound ridiculous, I know. However, there is a purpose for everything and I decided to give Netatmo a try. After all, Wired and Time wouldn’t feature it unless there is something more than the basic weather station. Or so I thought. (more…)

Yahoo Weather: The Best iPad Weather App

Weather apps on the iPad have always been an interesting area. Apple has never shipped a stock weather app, so developers and designers haven’t had a starting point to build from as they have on iOS. Many developers have used this to creatively construct an interface that excels in showing information while still being attractive. Others have used this as an excuse to just blow up their iPhone version and call it good.

Yahoo! Weather — henceforth known as simply Yahoo Weather, without the exclamation point — is one of the more recent entrants to the weather category. Featuring a strong backend database and a unique interface that is loaded with data, is it enough to become the best weather app for the iPad? (more…)

iOS 8: Power to the iPad

iOS 7 was the largest upgrade to iOS ever. It brought along a completely new design language on both the iPhone and iPad, and unlocked various APIs that have made applications more useful and powerful. It also introduced new technologies and APIs, such as iBeacon, that should become only more useful as time goes on.

In terms of usability, however, it offered no major advances for the iPad. In a world where tablets are increasingly being used in lieu of laptops, iOS on the iPad needs to mature, and fast. (more…)

The Technology and Touchscreen Divide

It was a tuesday, and since I got home from the office early that day, I decided to pop into my son’s daycare to take him home. As I open the door, I see him (wearing a fireman’s hat) with two other boys, all crowded around a PC screen. They keep touching the CRT and my son says, “It’s broken.”

The touchscreen — and more specifically, the popularity of the iPhone and iPad — have changed the way we interact with technology. A few years ago, Steve Jobs was insistent that touchscreen computers just weren’t going to take off. But my three-year-old boy says different. And I think he might be right. (more…)

Clear+: Simple Task Management, Now for iPad

When it launched just over a year and a half ago, Clear received a lot of hype. For good reason: it was like no other task management app out there. However, it only graced the screens of iPhones and iPods. Until now.

With the debut of iOS 7, the world of Clear became available to all the sizes and shapes of Apple devices with Clear+, the new universal installment of the app. Today, I’ll be taking a look at the app’s performance on the iPad. Does it live up to its original ? Find out after the break.


Language Learning Made Easy with Duolingo

For those who have ever taken a Spanish or French class, you know that language learning can not only be a bore, but very challenging. But the rewards of speaking many languages exceed just that of being fluent in more than one tongue.

So, when I first stumbled upon Duolingo about two years ago, I was very interested. While I don’t remember how I exactly discovered the service, I do know that I am glad that I found it. And today, I’ll be reviewing its iPad app, which was released just this summer. Find out what makes Duolingo so great right after the jump.


11 Wonderful Games Inspired by Literature

As a self-proclaimed book nerd, I am always on the look out for mediums other than print and eBooks that carry cool literary-inspired products. iOS happens to be one of the mediums that naturally hosts tons of literary apps. And to my surprise, there are tons of developers who have developed iOS games inspired by great works of literature. Read on to find out which literature-inspired apps made the cut and are enjoyed by bookworms and non-book-lovers alike.


Doodle God HD – Create a Wonderful World of Gaming

The reality of the world we live in today is one of complexity. The world has progressed so much that the complexity of things like our everyday technology or infrastructure seems elementary to us. In fact, it is quite hard for anyone these days to fathom a world without these luxuries, let alone the world at its conception.

In Doodle God HD, that simple world is at your disposal. Creation is at your finger tips, and it is you who crafts the world as you know it. Read more about the crazy world of Doodle God HD right after the jump.


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