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Julia Altermann

I'm a fangirl for all things Apple, love to try out new apps and tell others about them - here as well as on my German blog.

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When it comes down to the weather, everyone has a different opinion. What is perfectly relaxing to one person is tropical heat to another or chilly to the next.

Weather apps for the iPhone don’t usually mix emotional interpretations with factual data, but swackett X is different. It’s not just about giving you the facts, it’s about making it fun. After the break, we’ll take a look at how well this approach works. (more…)

Being productive seems to be the mantra of today’s society. It doesn’t matter what exactly you need to accomplish, the goal is always to get there efficiently. The trouble is, how do you do it without burning out or losing your motivation along the way?

There are a lot of methods, some of them traditional, some of them more creative. Today, we want to introduce you to a five apps that will help you stay productive based on the Pomodoro technique. Read on to find out which ones work best. (more…)

Whenever someone talks about Apple, it’s almost unavoidable that the conversation will turn to Microsoft at one point or the other. Usually, features and benefits are compared and the design aspects of the Redwood company are being stacked unfavorably against Apple aesthetics. Being an Apple fangirl, I have to admit that I also wasn’t too impressed when one of my colleagues showed me the new Metro interface on his smartphone.

But then something made me reconsider: an app that suddenly appeared on the App Store, named Track 8. Just another music player, I thought. But when I saw the interface, I just had to try it. I mean, how often do you get the chance to run a Metro styled app on your iPhone or iPad? (more…)

Words, used by us every day in speech and thought, can have incredible influence on our own lives and those of others. As British politician Pearl Strachan put it: “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”

It can be famous statements such as John Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you … ” or seemingly insignificant lines delivered in a novel or TV show that move and stay with you. To keep them safe and remember them there is now an app for your iPhone and iPad named Quotebook. We’ll take a closer look at it after the break.

Editor’s Note: Also, be sure to check out our review of the iPad version over at iPad.AppStorm! (more…)

In my experience, there are two types of calendar people: those who are constantly looking to improve their setup to manage their appointments even more efficiently, and then there are those who don’t understand what the fuss is all about.

Usually, people from one category would use a very different calendar app than people from the second group because specific demands are different. Surprisingly enough, there is a universal app that fits the needs of all. Folks, meet Tempus.

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Do you know how many people there are in New York? Can you define what makes a SaaS-Service interesting to potential customers? What about the history of The Church of Our Lady in Germany — do you know it? If you don’t know the answer to one or all of those questions, there’s no reason to despair. In our world of continuous information overload and ever-changing facts, it’s hard to stuff everything into one’s head and then recall it.

For most of today’s relevant information, there’s this nifty website called Wikipedia and I bet all of you have profited from it at some point in the past. Unfortunately, the web interface doesn’t really rock on the iPhone screen. To remedy this and provide you with a thoroughly enjoyable reading and research experience, meet Wikibot, an awesome Wikipedia App for the iPhone. (more…)

The iPhone can be a professional writing platform. Yeah, I get these looks a lot when I say that, but it’s true! Granted, the larger iPad screen and keyboard are more comfortable, but if you don’t have a tablet or for some reason, you can make do with the iPhone quite nicely (and if you do have a tablet, check out this same comparison on our sister site, iPad.AppStorm).

Today we’ll take a look at two writing apps who stand for a very minimalistic approach in both their design and feature set, but are still powerful enough to serve the needs of even professionals. Byword and iA Writer have both long been popular Markdown editors on the Mac and have become available for the iPhone only recently. Let’s compare the two and see which one fits your requirements best.

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Is iPhoneography real photography? There are quite a few discussions concerning this subject and I myself am noticing the changes in my own life when it comes to capturing those special moments. While I used to lug my 20-pound camera equipement everywhere with me, nowadays I find myself relying on my iPhone more often.

I do miss some things, of course. Among them is the ability to use bokeh as an element of composition and make an object stand out from a blurry background. The iPhone lens can’t deliver results like that, but with Big Lens I can achieve results that look almost like the real deal. Read along to learn more about this app. (more…)

When you try to get your mind to relax, what do you do? Go and lose yourself in sports, read a book or watch a movie?

What if you can’t do that but still want some focus? What do you think of? That last beach vacation with the waves gently rolling to the shore — or maybe that summer day with the birds singing and the gras rustling in a light breeze?

Everyone will think of something different and yet everyone yearns for that perfect moment of serenity. Now you can have that anytime, whether you’re in your crowded office or in your living room at home. With Serenity for iPhone, sounds and beautiful videos will take your mind on a vacation far far away.

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If there is one category of games that’s entertaining to young and old alike, it’s puzzle games. Unlike the name indicates, today’s puzzle games are far removed from their former analog counterparts. It’s not about matching tiles which each other anymore to reveal an image or form a shape — puzzle games come in all sorts of variations and styles.

But at the core you always have to solve a mystery: find something hidden, no matter if it’s an object to spot among a thick forest or a shape that will materialize once you align dots the right way. Pictorial HD falls into the latter category. It might not be the most challenging game you’ll ever play, but it certainly is one of the more beautiful and relaxing ones. Let’s take a closer look …

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