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I saw Monsters University at the theater with my three-year-old son, and it was a mixed bag. It’s a given that the film is about monsters — it’s right there in the title, after all — but how scary would it be? Turns out, quite a bit. In fact, right near the end of the flick (around the time the scariest scene aired), my son asked to go home. Broke my heart.

Two weeks later, I’m looking for apps to review and I find Monsters University, so I give it a shot. My son walks into my office and says, “What’s that, daddy?” and I show him the screen with a bit of hesitation. “Oooh! Mike Wazowski!” Guess it didn’t do that much damage.

But at the end of the day, he’s not the one playing Monsters University, I am. Was it worth the buy? (more…)

Pinboard is a simple social bookmarking service with a strong focus on speed, discovery and organisation (using tags). With a powerful API, a vast number of ways in which you can add bookmarks to it and blazing fast search, Pinboard is well worth the price of admission and has quickly become the home for the bookmarks of thousands of users.

Pinner is a universal app that leverages Pinboards API to bring its benefits and power to the comfort of your device. After having used it my main Pinboard client for a couple of weeks now, I have found it to be of great value and can honestly say that the more popular and mainstream apps are in for some competition. (more…)

It seems like just about everyone I know could use a little less stress in their lives these days. With all that has to get done on a day-to-day basis it can be hard to find the time — or to make the time — to just relax and catch your breath.

The goal of Stress Doctor by Azumio is to teach you to breathe more deeply, evening out your heart rate and calming you down in just five minutes. It does this by turning your iPhone into a real-time biofeedback device. Click “more” and I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

Information overload is a major headache. With a huge surge in the amount of user generated and professionally created content, it’s getting tougher to find the right type of content that aligns with our interests. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter try to bring some sanity by providing content from the people you know (or want to know).

Relying on a circle of friends and peers isn’t going to solve the problem of content discovery altogether, though. There got to be a better way to curtail the inflow of news from sources that are irrelevant, but at the same time helping us identify new and hidden gems in the rough. App.news tries valiantly to solve the content discovery problem over at the Twitter competitor App.net. (more…)

How many times have you looked to the clock at the end of the day, exhausted, and felt overwhelmed when trying to decide what’s for supper tonight? Your brain is frazzled from work and walking the isles of the grocery store doesn’t inspire any fresh ideas. All you want is something simple and tasty, nothing complicated or cheffy. The app store is full of apps that want to help you solve this problem, including Real Simple: No Time to Cook?

Real Simple magazine is known for their fresh, modern aesthetic and smart ideas that are easy to execute. The magazine covers often feature mouth-watering photos of modern, flavorful dishes. The app boasts 850 easy recipes that can be made in 40 minutes or less, but at $4.99, is it worth the price? Keep reading to find out. (more…)

My business doesn’t just include writing, but also photography. And one of the things I love about my iPhone is that it’s a great opportunity to practice taking photos. It eliminates the need to worry about things such as aperture, soft focus and lots of other technical gibberish. My iPhone tears down the technical walls and helps me focus on taking photos with great composition.

But is there a place for an iPhone app designed to completely replicate the experience of an authentic digital SLR? While I’m a big fan of apps like Analog Camera and Instagram, I can definitely see the market and desire for an app that offers me more control over the technicalities of my photos. In that regard, 645 PRO Mk II wants to be your go-to app. Its tagline states that 645 PRO “feels like a pro camera. Because it is one.” Read on to find out whether or not it lives up to that claim. (more…)

Like most individuals, I’m all for things that make my life just a tad bit easier; it’s one of the reasons why I spend so much time researching apps. There are plenty of productivity options to be found in the App Store, but many lack a key characteristic that makes a productivity tool so incredibly handy — automation. Instead of manually setting an action into motion, why not utilize a tool that can do it for you?

IFTTT, an acronym for If This Then That, is an Internet service that launched in late 2010 that’s designed to automate tasks that you create. The service has received considerable praise since its release, even being named one of Time’s 50 best websites of 2012. Since it came out in the App Store last week, IFTTT seeks to become one of the best iOS apps in 2013. But will it? (more…)

I’m a little late to the party, in that I only tried out Snapchat recently. I had trouble seeing how an app that destroyed images after only a few seconds was something I needed in my life. I finally decided to give it a go though, and realized I had been missing out on a great social photo app for a long time.

Snapchat works like pretty much any iOS camera app you’re used to using, except all the images you create and send with Snapchat delete themselves after they’ve been viewed. That’s actually — go with me on this — pretty neat. I’ll run through what makes Snapchat such a great find and what sets it apart from the herd. (more…)

I try my best to stay away from cliches when writing reviews. But, with the app that I am gonna review today, it is imperative that I use the old adage: a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s so very true, and in this age of chronic attention deficit syndrome, pictures are the easiest way to convey the message to your audience.

But what if a picture isn’t by itself enough to get the message across and there is something more you’ve got to say? Not everyone is good at understanding the subtext behind a visual, and this requires you to explicitly spell out what’s on your mind. ThingLink is an app that helps you bring life to your images by associating relevant multimedia content to them. Let’s go check it out! (more…)

There are some apps that are simply the best-in-class for their category. Letterpress is the best word game available on the app store. Vine is still the best social video app, despite Instagram’s entry in the category. Reeder is the best RSS client for iPhone, and Limelight is the best social movie app available on the platform. That being said, there are some categories that are so filled with strong contenders it’s hard to find a best-in-class app for them.

I’ve been playing guitar for over a decade now, and if there’s one thing I can tell you with absolute certainty, it’s that there are more apps for guitar players in the App Store than we could ever cover at AppStorm. That being said, I’m certain I’ve got the best-in-class app for most guitarists’ needs with GuitarToolkit. Read on to find out what makes GuitarToolkit a must-have app for any aspiring string musician. (more…)

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