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In August 2011 our own Scott Danielson reviewed Calendars, which he called a “powerful Google Calendar client for iPad, but with it’s unique feature set and functionality, it might be a bit too much app for the casual scheduler.” Since his review, the team at Readdle have been quite busy releasing updates at a feverish pace (averaging nearly two updates per month). Being one that enjoys going back to the well (obviously not my own) every so often, I gave Calendars a second test run to see if Readdle could improve upon an already impressive replacement for the first-party Calendars app.

Has the app been streamlined to appeal towards casual users? Have the necessary features been added to make it the de facto calendar app? Find out after the jump. (more…)

Every so often, an app comes along that changes the game in it’s respective category. Shazam revolutionized how people identified songs. Instagram changed the way people capture and share photos. Evernote made it incredible easy to share notes across multiple platforms. While it’s become increasingly difficult for apps to change how people do certain things, it’s all the more impressive when one does.

When it was originally released for the iPad in 2010, Google Search certainly wasn’t a game changer. It provided a easy way to use the world’s favorite search engine, but it definitely wasn’t a replacement for Safari. However, with the release of version 2.5, Google Search now offers a voice search functionality that rivals Apple’s baked in voice function, Siri. Join us after the jump to learn more about Google’s new streaming voice search. (more…)

When it comes to doing some work on the move, the iPad has pretty much got you covered. There are so many different productivity apps out there on the App Store and the sheer range of stuff you can achieve using one is quite mesmerising. Regarding iPad office suites, there are a couple of choices out there, including Apple’s popular iWork suite (with Pages, Numbers and Keynote) and there’s chatter that Microsoft is going to release Office for iPad sometime towards the end of the year.

Today we are going to have a look at QuickOffice’s offering (which was recently acquired by Google, presumably to bring some of its features into its own cloud-based Google Docs service), known as QuickOffice Pro HD. Its website promises it to be the “FIRST and ONLY full-featured Microsoft Office productivity suite for iPad,” so I managed to grab a promotional code from the app’s developers for the purposes of a thorough test drive. Let’s see how it got on. (more…)

Social networking online is very popular among users all around the world. Interestingly, people prefer to use Facebook, Google+ or Twitter on mobile devices instead of their computers. It’s the most efficient way to keep in touch with people anywhere in the world, whether you are catching a cab or just walking down the street. But all of that is for smartphones — what about tablets? There are many ways to access Facebook or Twitter on an iPad, but up until this month, Google+ has been left out of the picture.

This year at its I/O conference, Google announced that it would be releasing a tablet-optimized app for iOS and Android with the former coming “soon.” On July 10, the company updated its existing iOS app to be universal with Hangouts on all devices and Retina display support on the new iPad. I’ve been using Google+ for a bit and decided to give it a full review. Keep reading for my thoughts on the app. (more…)

Gmail is the third largest email provider in the world. Taking into account how young the service actually is, that’s quite an achievement. In fact if you only consider the number of new registrations across the board after the launch of Gmail, the numbers would be totally different. No one can deny that Gmail is the best among the lot.

Besides being great, Google tweaks the app to perfection as and when possible. But all that’s on the web. When it comes to the iOS ecosystem, that’s a totally different story. The native Gmail client launched years after, only to be pulled down mere hours later, thanks to a bunch of bugs. It has since relaunched, but how good is the new version? Come, let’s find out.

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That’s right! AppStorm has now landed on Google+ and will be delivering you app related goodness right to your Stream! We’re excited to let you know that now, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, you can get involved with iPad.AppStorm over at Google+! We’ll be using Google+ to let you know about the latest app news, reviews, how-tos, and roundups. Read on to find out more…

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For some, iCal is a powerful enough tool for schedule management. It keeps track of personal calendars, provides reminders of appointments and to-dos, and even syncs with iOS devices. Some of us, however, want a little bit more out of our calendar application. That’s why we use Google Calendar. Multi-user calendars facilitate collaboration and group scheduling, group tasks help organize teams of workers, and cloud-based agendas can be accessed from anywhere.

Calendars is a Google Calendar client from the folks at Readdle that brings a lot of those features you love to your iPad. But with the Google Calendar web interface available on iPad, is it necessary?

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Google announced the retail launch of the Chromebook at their recent Google I/O conference in San Francisco, the notebooks that run Google’s cloud-based Chome OS.

The machines, manufactured by Acer and Samsung, will be available in internationally from June 15, a year-and-a-half after Apple’s original iteration of the iPad.

Mobile computing has been significantly redefined in the past 18 months, with countless computer makers coming out with tablets and other ultraportable computing solutions – from the MacBook Air and iPad, to the Samsung Series 9 notebook. All examples of popular manafacturers shifting their product design to portable computing, even more so than before.

In today’s article, we’ll be taking a look at whether Apple, the maker of both the highly successful MacBook Air and the iPad, have anything to worry about in Google’s cloud-based Chromebooks.

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