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Ian Murray

PHP and Ruby on Rails web developer living in Santiago, Chile. Addicted to coffee and new technologies, including the iPhone and iPad. Check him out on Twitter

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Reading is part of our daily lives. You’ve probably heard people claiming they can read 200 pages in 20 minutes or similar, and you’re wondering if it’s possible. Also, there are a lot of applications and programs that will supposedly teach you how to read faster, but none of them seem very effective.

There might be an exception though: Reading Trainer. It’s an iPhone (and iPad) app that has become very popular on the App Store and is actually very well reviewed by their users. It claims that, with practice, you’ll be able to read 2 to 3 times faster than your current speed. I’ve been expecting an app like this for a while now, since reading fast has always been like a dream to me. Let’s see if the promises hold true. (more…)

What would the iPhone be without games? With amazing graphics, multitouch, an accelerometer and a gyro, it’s gotta be the best gaming console ever. If you add a gigantic list of games, you’ve got yourself a very effective timekiller device.

So what’s the latest and greatest game to have? It’s Ragdoll Blaster 3, a game which became popular recently on the App Store and was actually selected as Game Of The Week by Apple not too long ago. Featuring beautiful graphics, a very relaxing sound track and addictive gameplay, this is great game if you’re tired of (or already beat) all of the Angry Birds titles. Let’s take a look at what this is all about. (more…)

If you’ve read any of my previous articles here at AppStorm, you might have noticed that I review a lot of task management apps, and this one’s no exception! Later is one of those apps that combine simplicity with function and a beautiful interface. It let’s you manage your tasks with ease, and set reminders quickly. It boasts quite a beautiful interface and includes achievements to make the experience more fun and game-like.

They advertise the app as a task management utility for busy and lazy people, so join me to take a look at this app and see if what they claim holds true.

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Task management apps are what you’ll find most on the productivity category on the App Store. For some reason, one always needs to handle to dos for one thing or another, and with iOS 5′s Reminders app, offering something sophisticated yet simple and powerful has gotten more difficult, especially regarding location-based reminders.

Toodledo is a service that’s been around for a while, that lets you manage tasks, notes, collaborate with friends and provides a huge set of features. So does their iPhone app, so let’s take a look at what it can do for you.

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Wine is an extremely old beverage, renowned throughout the world. There’s also a great variety of wine types, some of which match better with certain meats, others with certain cheeses or pastas — who knows! There are so many options and combinations, knowing them all requires a master’s degree. Well, not really, although being no expert means you won’t always pick the right wine for the right occasion. If you have no idea what the difference between “Cabernet Sauvignon” and “Syrah” is, or would like some help next time you’re buying a wine bottle, this app might be for you.

Let’s take a look at what it can do after the jump.

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Google Reader is by far one of my favorite services. In case you haven’t used it, Google Reader allows you to read all your RSS feeds on the same place, share them and add notes to them easily. It’s been available for quite some time now, and it’s just great because it’s simple and reliable. Since I got my iPhone, I’ve been reading my feeds using Google Reader straight from Safari since they have a mobile version (which is pretty good I might add). Lately though, since Flipboard for iPhone was launched, I’ve been reading all my Google Reader news from that app.

But to change things up a bit, I decided to take a look at GoReader. It’s an app that works specifically with Google’s service and syncs everything as well. Let’s see if it’s a viable replacement for its competitors.

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Tumblr has been a very renowned service since its launch in 2007, and even the huge downtime they had last year didn’t seem to affect their popularity. Two years after launching, in 2009, Tumblr acquired Tumblerette, a very popular iPhone app for the blogging service. Today it’s simply called Tumblr and it’s available in the App Store for free.

In this article I’ll be talking about this app’s functionality, what you can do with it and why it’s so great to keep your blog updated on the go.

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It’s Game Week here at iPhone.AppStorm, and all this week we’re going to have tons of reviews, giveaways and other good stuff, all centered around the gaming world!

I’m a big fan of racing games, and since the first iPhone came out, these types of games have been the best for this device, since the accelerometer gives you a very nice driving feeling. There are a lot of competitors in this game category, though. Some of them are very realistic, like Real Racing 2, and others not so much. The great thing about Asphalt 6 : Adrenaline is that it mixes realism with some cool features, and is very fun to play. Read on for a preview of what this game has to offer.

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The iPhone’s camera has been getting better and better with time, and taking pictures with it is getting increasingly popular. I’m no professional photographer, but I really enjoy taking panoramic photos. The idea of capturing a very wide area inside of one picture fascinates me.

In this article, I’ll compare 3 very good and popular apps currently on the App Store that do exactly that: take panoramic pictures. I’ll be taking a look at 360 Panorama, Microsoft’s Photosynth and Dermandar. I want to look for the best of the three, considering 2 main aspects: the ease of use and the quality of the panoramas they take.

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I’m not a big fan of applications that store passwords and information like that, and it’s for a very good reason: once you stop with the habit of remembering passwords yourself, you forget them, since you’re relying on an app to do it. Apart from that, there’s the security issue, since your passwords are being stored in a potentially insecure system.

That said, 1Password isn’t any password management software. Like its name doesn’t suggest, it can store almost any kind of information, not just passwords. This comes very handy in case you need to buy something online but don’t carry your credit card around. Plus, it boasts hardware accelerated AES encryption, so even if you lost your device, someone would have to go through a tough time to gain access to your passwords.

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