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I’ve made no qualms about the fact that one of my most-used iPad apps is Instapaper. It’s been on my iPad since the first day I got one, making a meaningful difference in my day-to-day life that helps me be more efficient. Thanks to Instapaper, I’m saving anything and everything I find on the Web that I want to “read later.”

That being said, before today’s update for Instapaper to reflect some of the changes made to the iPhone design, the app has been lacking next to some of its colleagues. Today’s update changes a lot of that. Does it make the app better for longtime users on iOS 7? Read on to find out.

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Apple’s Numbers app, part of the iWork suite of apps for iOS, has often been one of the most popular apps for crunching those numbers on the go, despite some rather painful limitations. It was certainly not a perfect app, far from it, but it worked well enough and looked good enough to still be useable, especially in the absence of any form of Microsoft Office for iOS.

With the relaunch of iWork on both Mac and iOS, Numbers received a huge makeover to include some of the new, and welcome, features that have made them so popular.

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I don’t have a cable subscription. I keep up with my television exclusively with Netflix, and since Netflix doesn’t offer as much TV in Canada as it could (or maybe should), I also use my Apple TV to watch shows I love as new episodes arrive (here’s looking at you, Mad Men). I don’t have time to watch a lot of Youtube. I know, I’m missing out on a lot of memes and I must lead a very boring life. But I love TED.

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, TED is an incredible free service that filled to the brim with informative videos from special TED conferences — sometimes motivational, sometimes de-motivational, and often about science or psychology. The TED conferences are all over the place, and if you aren’t able to attend, TED makes them available for free on the Web and in a great free universal app for iPhone and iPad. When I have fifteen minutes and I want to watch something, I often watch TED videos, and very usually fill my rare days off with them. The app is a great way to experience these videos, but is it perfect? Read on to find out how TED’s service could get even better after its recent update to iOS 7.

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Let’s face it: the App Store teems with fast-paced games packed with action and suspense, especially on the iPad end of the spectrum because developers have so much space to use to their advantage. It’s all about the next new zombie game, or the arcade game that brings a new twist on an old classic. However, there are only so many of these games you can try out before they become stale.

KAMI gives a breath of fresh air to the gaming department by stripping away all the action and creating a laid-back, meditative gaming environment that can’t be found in many games these days. Does it compete with its action-packed competitors? Find out after the jump.
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I take a lot of notes, whether it be for my work here at AppStorm or in other aspects of my day-to-day life. Whichever industry you work in, you’re likely to work with documents of some sort and the introduction of the iPad greatly improved one’s ability to be on-the-go with all of their notes and other documents in tow, organised.

However, for many projects, notes aren’t the only form of media that we need to work with. Instead, notes are joined by photos, videos, audio, webpages, diagrams, sketches and other files that can easily get lost when every one needs its own app with its own structure for organisation. Notebooks is here to solve that problem, offering to collect all your files of varying formats together into one app and be the “only notebook that you’ll ever need”. Let’s take a look and see whether it lives up to that claim! (more…)

There’s been a lot of hullaballoo over the changes made to Pages for Mac, specifically in regard to making the app simpler and less powerful. But I haven’t heard much about the Pages update for iOS, which is exactly why we decided to jump into it here at AppStorm. Apple has promised not just to change the design of the iOS versions of Pages to bring it more in line with Pages for Mac, but they’ve also promised to get rid of some of the problems Pages used to suffer previously.

These changes amount from little things, like under-the-hood improvements that positively affect mobile devices (but negatively affect Mac users), to big things like a complete design overhaul. Not only that, but the app is now free if you’re buying a new iPhone or iPad. Let’s take a look and see whether or not the new Pages is truly a welcome improvement. (more…)

Among the (many) announcements at Apple’s October 2013 event was the updating of iWork for iOS, now free for any existing users and those who purchase a new iOS device. One of the last bastilles of leather and wood effects, iWork was completely revamped and brought in line with iOS 7.

For PowerPoint refugees and anyone wanting to easily create slick presentations that are gorgeous to watch, as well as build, Keynote is a great example of how Apple can really push the boundaries of what is possible with iOS and just cements the idea that the iPad is just as good at content creation as it is consumption.

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Terraria for PC has long been a favorite of mine, but the kick in the pants is that I don’t actually own a PC. You can imagine my excitement, then, when Terraria for iOS was finally launched and I got a chance to play it. I’ll let you know how well Terraria transfers from PC to mobile and whether it stands up against the original. (more…)

I’m pretty tied to my current recipe app, but it isn’t much to look at and doesn’t allow for a lot in the way of customization. I put a ton of effort into finding tasty and healthy options for my family, and I’d like my cookbook app to reflect all of that work. Cook is an enticing little app that let’s me create a cookbook just for me, with my own colors, images, and even a title all my own, just like a real cookbook. I wanted to give Cook a try and see if it could replace the other apps I’m using in the kitchen. (more…)

Personal history is something most of us hold dear. The heart-warming nostalgia of looking at old family photos, or reading the written-out thoughts of our younger selves, is a special feeling.

In most respects, technology has enhanced the recording, storage and accessibility of these memories. We will have more photos of ourselves than any previous generation — video likewise — and every single image is in a format that can be converted again and again to suit future media standards. But what of written records? Not the social type — that is just airbrushed fakery. The writing down of our innermost feelings and everyday happenings is something few of us find the time for in the always-on world of today — a world which technology has shaped.

At last, though, technology is reversing this trend. Digital journals are gaining popularity, in part, because apps make it easy for us to record our thoughts anywhere, at any time. One such diary app is Narrato Journal, which has just hit version 2.0, complete with a brand new design and several notable extra features. But can it provide a compelling personal archive whilst making life easy to record?

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