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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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I’m on a lot of social networks, partially because I do a lot of work in the tech industry, and partially because I use my work in the tech industry as an excuse to be on a lot of social networks. When it comes down to it, though, I’m on the networks for two reasons. The first is so I can keep up with my friends and be jealous of their lives — especially thanks to Instagram, where I can see my one friend had a pulled pork sandwich for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants while I had peanut butter on toast and a banana. The other real reason I’m on social networks, at this point, is to keep up with the news.

Twitter and App.net are good at both, but both can be difficult to keep up with. That’s why I was really interested to see App.news, an aggregator of the links being shared on App.net. It skips all the chatter and just puts together a feed of articles — think of it as a sort-of RSS Reader for App.net. Is it worth your time? Read on to find out.

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It’s that time of year. When we say goodbye to four years of hard work and newfound friends and forge ahead to “make something of ourselves.” But how can you be expected to make it in the “real world” without a solid collection of apps for this new season of life?

That’s why I’ve put together a list of the top 10 iPad apps recent graduates need. This list covers everything from finding a job to getting a new apartment to dropping the freshman 15 (that hung on long past freshman year). So let’s get started!

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If you missed these fantastic articles from iPad.AppStorm this month, then here’s another chance to catch up on some of my favourite writing from the site in June. And remember, if you have any suggestions then please feel free to post them in the Comments section below.

Enjoy!

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As a user of Twitter, the ability to check my profile on the move is something that’s essential. The range of Twitter clients out there for the iPad is huge, but the temptation to stick with the official Twitter app is something that many Twitter users may find hard to overcome. In this article, I’ll be looking at a small number of the many Twitter clients out there for the iPad, namely Tweetbot for iPad, Twitterrific and Twitter. Read on to find out how these three apps compare in terms of their user interface and the features they deliver.

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Flipboard exemplifies the modern, successful application. Since its release, it has outwitted some of the most successful magazine and news organizations of the century. Many attribute its success to the innovative interface, which combines elements found in high-profile magazines with the fluidity of modern digital design, but others find the very idea behind the app to be the most intriguing aspect. The premise of Flipboard is obvious: in an age when opening a Twitter client also downloads a deluge of updates and information, Flipboard automatically sifts through the rubble and reveals only the truly great content hiding in the mundane updates that populate modern social networks. (more…)

I haven’t been on Twitter as long as some people.  In fact, I joined Twitter only when Apple integrated it into iOS 5. A little reluctantly (and with more than a hint of trepidation), I signed up. Since then, Twitter has been an on-again/off-again relationship. When it’s good, it’s great, and when it’s bad, Twitter gets neglected. But I do really like Twitter and I love the apps that come along with it.

For a while, I’ve been trying to find the best way to read through my old tweets and conversations with friends and colleagues. Maybe I’d find a joke I made that I thought was hilarious (or not funny at all, on the other hand). Maybe I could find that brief conversation about iTunes I had with Rian Johnson, the writer/director of Looper. Mostly, I wanted a great way to be nostalgic. I tried a few different apps, but finally found what I wanted in Tweet Library.

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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…)

Right now, there are two huge trends in app development: weather apps and email apps. I get more emails about weather apps and email apps than I know what to do with. I’m not complaining, though. These developers are often making really impressive apps but, apart from great user interfaces, I fail to see what they’re really putting their tech-savvy skills to use with. Interfaces are great, but they could be outdone anytime Apple decides to update their own Weather or Mail apps. Sometimes, these apps are a little short on features.

Cloze is the exact opposite. It’s a free universal app for iPhone and iPad that combines email and social media updates into one centralized feed. What really excites me is that Cloze doesn’t think the problem lies within the communication’s interfaces but rather within the interface’s management of communication. Combining email and social feeds has been tried before by a few other developers, but I’ve never felt it’s been executed well. Let’s face it, making an app like this is tough. Does Cloze have the technical knowhow and design skills to make their app user-friendly and feature-filled? Let’s find out.

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