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Every so often I’ll be out at an event, or maybe just watching TV, and I’ll see someone using their iPad either to take video or a still shot. And I think to myself, “Why are they doing that?” To me, it looks like you’re holding a clipboard in front of your face, and it’s just not quite as svelte or nice as it would be with your iPhone or dedicated camera.

But maybe that’s just me. What do you think? Do you use your iPad to take pictures or shoot videos? Let us know in the comments to the right!

My dad is an absolute nightmare to purchase gifts for, be it Christmas or otherwise. This year, we gave him an iTunes gift card, but we did it by putting it inside of an envelope that was inside a box, and another, and another, with 5 total packages. See, the way we see it, he’s always a pain in the butt, so we can pay him back a bit — all in good fun, of course.

But between myself and my wife, we also received a few Apple goodies as well. So what about you? Did you give or receive Apple products at any point during the holiday season? Let us know in the poll to the right!

“The eleventh of June this year was just the beginning,” I told my friend as we compared issues with the “new and improved” iOS App Store. Nothing had changed for the many regular users of Apple’s mobile operating system, but there was a major release that day: iOS 6’s first beta. Developers — and users with developer accounts — were excited to test out Apple’s latest offering. It wasn’t exactly what we expected.

First there was the issue of Apple Maps, which had many appearance problems and was overall a disaster. Sadly, that was the main center of slating from the press, and no one paid any attention to the ailing new App Store. It was redesigned and apparently made better, but Apple forgot one big thing: fixing bugs. The beta really was just the start because issues continued to burden users, even to this day. Apple changed only a few things in the App Store, and it all its efforts, there was not a single bug fix issued. Let me explain. (more…)

When it comes to the iPad and case usage, my family is divided. My mom is a case person, as is my wife. They’ll by these huge book looking things that distract from the clean lines of the iPad and make it three inches thicker. My dad and I use Smart Covers, mostly because we want to protect the screen but that’s about it. As for my kid, well his iPad 1 is in a Fisher Price case because after we found a dent in the corner of the device that actually bent the glass, we realized we should protect it a bit more.

What about you? Do you use a case or do you like yours naked? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Here at AppStorm, we love games! Why not relax for a minute and find a fantastic new game to enjoy – hopefully these roundups will help you out.

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The holidays are upon us and ’tis the season for giving! And giving we most definitely are!

We have a stunning array of award-winning games up for grabs! Head over to Windows.AppStorm and get a chance at winning one of three award-winning games — Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed 3, or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Go to Windows.AppStorm and find out more!

Who needs cover when you can go in guns blazing?

Winners will be chosen randomly and will receive a digital copy of the game through the Steam service.

In last week’s poll, we asked if you still thought the iPad mini was worth it, and we received an interesting comment from kralnor:

It won’t be until apps start taking full advantage of the processing power available in the full sized iPads that people will start feeling differently I think. But again that will only be power users at that point.

The sticking point for me was “power user,” a term I had never really applied to iPad users before. But it makes sense. They’re the people who use their iPads for everything, from work to hobbies and everything in between.

What about you? Do you consider yourself to be an iPad power user? Let us know in the poll to the right!

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in November. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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When the iPad mini first came out, many of the reviews were quite positive. But Dave Winer of Gizmodo famously wrote:

By the way, this is why the orchestrated reviews of products are often worthless. I invite Mossberg, Pogue or Gruber to re-review their iPad Mini now, a week after their initial reviews, and let us know if they’re actually using it. And if they still think it’s a winner.

Well, I’ve been using my iPad mini this whole time, and put my full sized iPad to the side. The mini is now my go-to device, no hyperbole at all.

What about you? If you own an iPad mini, is it worth it? Still? Let us know in the poll to the right!

At Envato we’ve been building something really awesome over the last couple of months, and it’s finally time reveal it! We’re extremely excited to announce the launch of the Tuts+ Jobs.

Tuts+ Jobs is a job board for full time, part time and casual employment opportunities for web and creative professionals, such as app developers and interface designers. A brand new site to go alongside the Tuts+ Educational Network and the Envato Marketplaces, all run by Envato. Read on to find out more!

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