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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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For a long time on AppStorm now, I seem to be the resident App.net (ADN) geek. I like trying out and reviewing the apps. I’m really interested in where the platform is going in the future. For those of you who aren’t aware, ADN is a sort-of Twitter alternative that’s totally private (there’s no tracking or advertising). It’s also a backend for a lot of really cool apps.

One of those super-cool apps is Felix, which started out as a feature behemoth and has slowly been coming into its own. It has a beautiful design and, with the update to iOS 7, has really come into its own. For many people, Felix might make ADN worth signing up for. Read on for my thoughts on the new Felix update for iPad.

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2012 was all about Draw Something. It frequented the top of the App Store’s charts for the best part of the year, and cluttered up Facebook feeds the world over, much to the annoyance of some. Come 2013, however, the hype around the app has slowly fizzled away, and Draw Something has now been replaced by the likes of Hay Day and Candy Crush Saga in popularity.

Well, now Draw Something is back under the title of Draw Something 2, and is supposedly better than ever since being bought by games giant Zynga, but has Zynga got what it takes to get the Draw Something series back to number one? Find out after the jump!

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App.net developers have produced a wide variety of applications, ranging from simple ports of Twitter apps to innovative apps that support App.net’s file storage API. Apps that support the service’s basic user timeline are plentiful, but the spotlight has shifted to the apps that ditch conventional design and support App.net’s new and innovative features. Chimp is one of the newest App.net clients that does just this. Today we’ll put the app under the microscope to see just how well it stands up to the competition.
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I’ve written my fair share of articles for AppStorm about App.net and the clients I test out, but there’s always new ones out there that I want to try. I have yet to find the ADN client that fits every one of my needs.

I’m aware, of course, that most people are using Netbot these days: it’s free and it’s admittedly awesome. But it’s wearing Tweetbot‘s clothes, and I want my ADN experience to feel visually unique from Twitter without losing the power of Tapbot’s app. In the past, I’ve tried Rivr (for iPhone), which was full of features and pleasant to look at, but after several weeks of use, it didn’t capture my attention anymore and I was back to Netbot (which also has an iPad app).

Zephyr is the closest I’ve come to the Netbot experience. In colloquial terms, I’m really stoked about this app. Read on to find out why.

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Twitter applications aren’t the most difficult ones to find on the App Store, but most people either stick to the official application or popular ones, such as Tweetbot or Twitterrific. There are, however, a certain number of alternative apps that can suit some people better. Examples include clients like Osfoora HD and Echofon, but also TweetCaster, a full-featured iOS Twitter application few people know about.

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There was a time when Twitter was a breeding ground for gorgeous user interfaces and great developers. Since Twitter introduced its new API last year, this has changed. A lot of developers are moving. That being said, some developers continue to embrace and improve the platform. The Iconfactory is one of those developers that, despite Twitter’s apocalyptic approach with token limits, continues to update their app and improve it.

With Twitterrific, the entire app gets a whole new (and vastly improved) look. It’s a Twitter app that’s better than the standard Twitter app by leaps and bounds, but also completely different from the rest of the competition. Less mechanical than Tweetbot and more fun than any of the others, Twitterrific is its own beast and well worth exploring. (more…)

Some people hoard animals, others hoard junk. Me? I hoard recipes. Seriously, they’re everywhere — in the obscenely large number of cookery books that adorn my bookcase, quickly jotted down on my phone, hidden in various text files on my computer and scribbled on scrap pieces of paper all over the house.

Of course, as soon as I go to make a recipe, it’s practically guaranteed that I can’t find the exact one I’m looking for, and after a few minutes of searching, my home roughly resembles the aftermath of a tornado.

Enter My Recipe Jar, an app developed by Zapp Factory Pty Ltd that will help organize even the most hardcore of recipe hoarders. Find out more after the jump. (more…)

The iPad currently has three major social networking apps available on it: Facebook, Twitter and Google+, the last of which is rarely used. Most people use Facebook so they use that app, but there are some who still enjoy Twitter’s much declined (it now looks like a large version of the iPhone edition) official app. Then there are the rare few who prefer Google’s solution to online social networking.

But one service has not been mentioned because it was originally exclusive to the iPhone. This micro social network, as some would call it, is Path. It’s been around since March 2011 and, while it received a lot of praise at first, was recently criticized for an issue found in many iOS apps (accessing contacts without the user’s approval). An independent developer released a Mac app named Journey that allowed users to browse their Path news feeds, but other than that, an iPad app has been needed for some time. It finally released on November 1, but can it match the greatness of the iPhone app? (more…)

As fun as social networks can be, they can be equally (if not more) daunting to maintain. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, Tumblr, Pinterest and many more, it’s hard to find time to keep tabs on everything. When I load up my Twitter feed and see 100+ new tweets, part of me feels it’s not worth the hassle, but another part worries that I may miss something worthwhile.

The tools I use to consume social media content on my iPad (Facebook, Tweetbot, Google+) are all well designed for the most part and aren’t really the issue. The real issue is the content that’s present on my feeds. Most of the posts I encounter are really enjoyable, but I also have endure posts without any real substance, which in turn degrades my experience.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool that weeded out the “noise” and left only the good stuff. ThusFresh, Inc. believe they have made such a tool with Undrip. Hit to jump to see if it really works as advertised. (more…)

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