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Over the past couple months, I’ve had the absolute pleasure of discussing the iPad and Professionals here on AppStorm. I’ve chatted about photographers/artists, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, medical professionals, stock analysts, and business owners. Today, I want to say I feel like we covered the gamut. This is the final post in AppStorm’s feature series on the iPad and Professionals. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for going on this journey with me and the rest of the AppStorm team.

Today’s post is going to go in a different direction than you might expect. We’re not talking about another professional category. Instead, we’re going to talk about the best ways to unwind after a long day. But because I care about yours and my well-being, I’m not recommending Angry Birds. I want your mind to be stimulated, even while you’re enjoying some time away from work. Here’s some of what I’m looking forward to after clocking out tonight.


I’m always looking for something new to watch, and I can usually get through most of a television series in a weekend, so my thirst for new content is not easily quenched. I tend to stalk my friends’ Facebook and Twitter feeds for clues to what they’re watching and tips on what I should try, because I like to think my friends have good taste.

That’s why I’m such a fan of GetGlue. I don’t have to skulk creepily through my friends’ posts if we’re all just checking into the things we like to watch together. There’s a lot more to GetGlue than that, though, and it turns out it’s a great way to get extras from my favorite shows while I watch, too. (more…)

Do you lie awake at night worrying you’ll miss the next episode of NCIS? Do you feel lost if your other friends know the latest news about The Big Bang Theory before you? Are you sick of constantly scrolling through hours of the programming grid just to find out when Breaking Bad will air a new episode?

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a little, or maybe you really do need counseling to break your TV addiction. Either way, TV Guide Mobile is the app that brings the famous website to the iPad and scratches your television itch. Read on to learn all it has to offer.


If there’s one thing I am adamant about (except all things Apple) it’s not missing my TV shows. It used to be easy, years ago, when the number of shows was somewhat manageable. Today though, there seem to be hundreds and hundreds of different offerings that compete for your attention. And if you get sucked into one show, it quickly becomes two, five, ten or more. How does anyone keep track of them?

You could check running times online or in your local newspaper, but there’s a much more elegant way if you own an iPhone or iPad, because, well, there’s an app for that. It’s called iTV Shows 2 and we’re going to take a look at it today. (more…)

The iPad practically becomes whatever application it happens to be running at a time. With so many different applications available in the App Store, this means that the iPad can be a fundamentally different device based on who is using it, where they’re using it, and what they’re using it for.

Over the course of a few articles I’m going to provide some different use-cases for the iPad around the house (and, later, abroad) and how you can optimize the iPad for each room that you occupy. Today I’m going to take a look at how the iPad can become an integral part of your living room.


My average workday consists of me sitting in front of the computer, hammering away at a keyboard while I try to let some kind of ambient noise filter through the house. Sometimes that’s my iTunes library, but since baseball season ended, I’ve been looking for some kind of video option that would keep me peripherally entertained while I got some work done.

Then I discovered DirecTV App for iPad, an app that with its recent update now has the ability to stream live TV. But is it worth the hype? Let’s figure things out after the break.


For a while now we’ve been able to watch movies and TV shows on the go with smartphones, but the experience can be less than enjoyable. When the iPad was released it seemed like the perfect combination of size and portability for easily watching media while traveling.

The Crackle app brings feature films and television offerings to the iPad for free, but how does it stack up against other free and paid apps in this category?