Best of AppStorm in January

We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android 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!

Best of Android.AppStorm

How to Get the Most Out of Your New Android Device

How to Get the Most Out of Your New Android Device

Android is rapidly increasing in market share and this certainly isn’t a consequence of the same people constantly upgrading their phones. In addition to the market’s growth, some users are switching (or upgrading) from other platforms for different reasons: Android is open, cheaper, more customizable; it’s on your preferred network; there’s more choice in terms of hardware… whatever your reason for choosing Android, there’s a big chance you’re a new user.

In this special, extended article, we’re going to take a look at the first steps you should take as a new Android user including a tour of some “hidden” UI elements, must-have apps and widgets and, to finish off, some tips. It’s a “Beginner’s Guide” in both senses: it’s designed for new Android users, and written by a relatively new Android user!

Seamless Syncing with doubleTwist

Seamless Syncing with doubleTwist

Depending on whom you ask, the lack of an iTunes-like app for transferring music, apps, videos etc. is either a mark of freedom or a lack of effort from the part of Google. While it is nice not to be confined to one particular desktop app to get content into your mobile, such an app can have some perks: a bigger screen, using existing playlists and libraries, data backup are some among them.

The doubleTwist application makes it possible for us to have syncing facility with a desktop app without the need for any wires. Read on to find out how to set up doubleTwist on your desktop and Android mobile.

15 Awesome Keyboards for Android

15 Awesome Keyboards for Android

Android has thousands of brilliant apps for all sorts of different uses, from apps to find where you parked your car, to apps for your personal trainers. One set of apps that many people over look though, is possibly the most used application on their phone: their keyboard.

While many of the different keyboards are similar, an app used as much as this needs to be suited as much as possible to your typing style. Finding the best keyboard could save you a lot of time, as well as embarrassing errors in your text!

Layar: See Beyond Your Surroundings

Layar: See Beyond Your Surroundings

I use my Android phone for so many tasks I couldn’t count them on ten hands if I wanted, let alone two. Viewing timetables, cinema listings and property searches. Tweeting. Facebook. YouTube. Locating ATMs and checking out local attractions to name but a few. Thousands of apps fufill our need for information everyday but, sadly, many of them are rather two-dimensional. Nothing that makes you hold your phone at arms length and go ‘Wow!’ anyway.

Layar, an Augmented Reality (AR) app developed specifically for the Android operating system takes a quick glance at the rule book and chucks it out the window. Using GPS and the phone’s camera, a small bit of social networking and tonnes of third-party programs, your local area becomes so much more fun. In the words of the creators, it “shows you things you can’t see”.

RunKeeper Pro: A Runner’s Best Friend

RunKeeper Pro: A Runner’s Best Friend

We are now three weeks into 2011 and there is one thing most of us have in common: the fading of our New Year’s resolutions. Many, including myself, pledged to either “be healthier” or “get in shape” this year. Luckily, RunKeeper knows we may need some help keeping our resolutions and is here to lend a hand.

Best of iPhone.AppStorm

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100 Awesome Apps to Start Your Own iPhone Band

Have you ever seen those YouTube videos of bands playing songs using only iOS devices and wondered what those apps were? Well look no further because today we have over 100 apps to provide you with everything you need for your digital band. We’ve got everything from guitar, piano and drums to music education.

Don’t have any musical talent whatsoever? No worries! We’ve also included a few awesome Rock Band style music games that put you on stage and rocking out to popular hits. There’s definitely something here for everyone, no matter where you are on the musical talent spectrum.

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The Latest in iOS 4.3 and iPad 2 Rumors

Even though the torture of several years of Verizon iPhone rumors is now thankfully over, there has still been plenty of discovery and speculation floating around on the web the past few days regarding iOS 4.3 and the upcoming iPad 2.

Buckle your seatbelt, it looks like the wizards of Infinite Loop have another great round of tricks up their sleeve to change everything once again.

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The Wonder of Wunderlist: A Free Task Manager for iPhone and Mac

So you’re looking for a good task manger? Join the club. We all want the same thing: something beautiful with plenty of features and automatic cloud syncing. We also don’t want to pay for either the iPhone or desktop version. The current trend in web content has taught us that we are entitled to such a service completely free of charge.

Strangely enough, such apps do in fact exist! Today we’ll take a look at Wunderlist, a newcomer making a big splash in the task management world. Also be sure to check out our review of the Mac version over at Mac.AppStorm.

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15 Awesome Alternatives to Mobile Safari

When it was first released, Mobile Safari was quite groundbreaking. It was a pioneer in blurring the lines between experiencing the web on a desktop and a mobile device. However, since then, it doesn’t feel like Mobile Safari has gained a lot of ground. Consequently, many users are looking elsewhere to either supplement or replace the iPhone’s default browser altogether.

The problem with searching for a replacement browser is that the App Store is bursting with horrible homegrown browsers that are far worse than Safari. Today we wanted to aid your search with a brief list of browsers that are actually worth trying. All of the apps below have decent or great reviews on iTunes and many have been reviewed right here on iPhone.AppStorm. Whether you’re looking for full screen browsing, more privacy, better tab management or even offline viewing, you’ll find the perfect solution here!

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Who Will Save Apple If Steve Leaves? Meet The Dream Team

The last decade has been rough for the world’s most iconic CEO. In 2004, it was discovered that Jobs had pancreatic cancer. He underwent several treatments and Tim Cook took over operations while Steve began a successful recovery. By the end of 2008, Jobs was taking another health related leave of absence and received a liver transplant in April of 2009.

Fast-forward to 2011 and Steve has once again made an announcement that he will be taking a leave of absence to focus on his health. As the world wonders how long Jobs can possibly continue in his fractured state, we can’t help but be concerned not only about his well being, but that of the company that he has dedicated his life to building.

What will Apple be like in a post-Steve era? Can it continue its seemingly never-ending winning streak or will it take a turn for the worst like it did when Steve was booted out in the 80s?

Best of Web.AppStorm

The 50 Best Chrome Web Store Apps

Although the Chrome Web Store hasn’t had the instant success Apple’s iOS App Store experienced, especially for developers, it’s still an awesome resource — and one that’s still maturing and developing.

Awhile ago, when the Chrome Web Store was first introduced, we brought you several great posts with lots of app-goodness.

It’s been awhile and the Chrome Web Store has matured and further developed, offering many more fantastic apps. A few from our prior posts are listed but many aren’t, and the last 10 on this list are really great games — especially for taking a short break from work. Take a look!

18 Awesome Survey & Poll Apps

Customer feedback and market research are among the critical factors that determine the success of a brand. If you care for your customers or are a true believer in a democratic process before rolling out a new product/feature, polls and surveys are the right tools. Online surveys are by far the fastest and cheapest modes to collect information and feedback from users.

We’ve put together a list of online survey and polling apps for you to get a better understanding of your customer’s mindset. Do read on.

10 Easy Sites for File Sharing

Have you ever needed to send a file to a friend or coworker, but didn’t want to install a new program just to share a file? Email attachments often don’t cut it, and you can’t just attach a zip file to a Tweet. Sounds like you need a webapp for file sharing. The good news is, there’s tons of services that let you share files easily today, even without creating an account or paying for a new monthly subscription.

We’ve scoured the net to find the best ways to share files online today. From apps that let you share huge files for a few days to ones that let you store a ton of stuff forever, there’s something here for everyone and likely some you’ve never heard of. Here’s what you need to share files seamlessly.

15 Great Collaboration Apps for Easier Communication

Now that remote teams are common practice in getting ahold of the best talent available across the globe, collaboration apps are finding increased traction. Real-time collaboration is a main stay with most of the apps and with a combination of communication tools, it’s now possible to make the entire team feel like they’re working under the same roof.

We’ve compiled a list for those looking for web apps that help remote teams interact and collaborate on projects and documents. Read on to find the right one that fits your needs.

22 Web App Tools For Editors & Writers

Writing is an interesting career that carries with it a sense of instant gratification. Not all writers and their bosses, editors, are tech savvy, and there’s hardly any reason for them to be. The web 2.0 era has spawned numerous apps that sweeten the task of researching, writing and editing content.

After the break, we’ve put together a list of apps that can bring a new wave of productivity into your life if you’re a riter, blogger or editor.

Best of Mac.AppStorm

Essential Software for Mac Switchers: 23 Must-Have Apps

Essential Software for Mac Switchers: 23 Must-Have Apps

If you recently made the switch to Mac from a Windows computer, you might be a little “lost” regarding what software is supposed to replace your old setup, or what apps are particularly worthwhile to own on the Mac platform.

One of the great things about having a Macintosh is the amazing range of beautiful apps available, many of which have the potential to add a great deal to your computing experience.

Tweetie 2 Debuts as Twitter for Mac; Is the Legacy Maintained?

Tweetie 2 Debuts as Twitter for Mac; Is the Legacy Maintained?

When Twitter purchased Atebits for the legendary Tweetie iPhone app, many of us thought it spelled doom for Tweetie for Mac. Highly placed individuals at Twitter have since made statements that indicated they weren’t particularly interested in pursuing a Mac client.

However, yesterday the rumor mill came alive that a new version, rebranded Twitter for Mac, would launch with today’s Mac App Store. Tweetie creator Loren Brichter made good on those rumors and today we’re taking a look at the brand new official Twitter client for Mac. Oh, and it’s free so be sure to go grab it!

30 Killer Apps Now Available in the Mac App Store

30 Killer Apps Now Available in the Mac App Store

With the initial download issues surrounding the launch of the Mac App Store slowly being cleared up (a reboot seems to fix most problems!), it’s time to dig around and see what new software is available to download.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some brand new apps now available, along with a few important updates that have launched to co-incide with the App Store. We’ll also showcase a few fantastic bargains that you should take advantage of while they’re still available!

Read on to find out about the most exciting Mac software updates you’ll have seen for quite some time…

10 Awesome Uses for Automator Explained

10 Awesome Uses for Automator Explained

This post aims to give you a quick look into the potential of Automator by creating some very simple and actually quite handy workflow applications of your own. Many of these applications will take a matter of seconds for you to create, but could save you much more time in the long run.

Automator is certainly worth spending some time getting know. I hope creating these basic automations will give you a view at the potential for some much more complicated and incredible time saving automations that can be created.

Let’s dive right in!

How the Mac App Store Has Affected Developers

How the Mac App Store Has Affected Developers

Although many people have differing opinions on the recently launched Mac App Store, there’s one thing that’s almost unanimously agreed upon – it’s great news for developers.

Many critics cite the restrictions and limitations as being a terrible thing for developers everywhere, but I’ve heard very few complaints from current Mac developers. Everyone seems thrilled with how things have gone so far.

In today’s post, I want to spend a few minutes showcasing how being featured in the Mac App Store has positively impacted developers and their software. We’ve also asked a few developers what the associated increase in support requests has been, and whether they’d consider going Mac App Store exclusive. Some of the statistics shared are truly remarkable, and I’m incredibly pleased to see how much exposure desktop Mac software is receiving.

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