On October 4th, freshly-appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to headline his first Apple event, and announced the release of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Under all of the exciting features that were covered that day were a few new Apple-designed apps. Apple doesn’t publish its own apps for download on the App Store very often, and when they do, the apps tend to be small companion apps and utilities (Remote or Find My iPhone) or productivity apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote). But on that day, Apple announced a few full-featured, standalone apps. One of those was Find My Friends.

When I sat down to spill out my heart about Find My Friends, I wasn’t sure whether to review it proper or to simply share some thoughts, given that the app was developed by Apple. After some time, however, I decided to give it the review treatment, because I think that there are distinct pros and cons that should be considered in the context of other apps with similar functions. For those of you who weren’t able to watch the announcement and demonstration, allow me to recap some of the features first.

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Hey folks! I’m Jordan McNamara, the Community Manager for Envato and I wanted to share some exciting news with you about the Envato Marketplaces.

The 12th of September was an exciting day for me as a member of our thriving Marketplace community. I along with everyone here at Envato HQ watched eagerly as the global Marketplace member count steadily grew higher and higher and higher… We were close, very close to the 1,000,000 member milestone. With every page refresh the count grew higher and I began to reflect on just how staggering having 1,000,000 members really is and on just what a fantastic community everyone has helped to build here.

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It’s true that we review a lot of productivity apps over here on iPhone.AppStorm. There are apps that offer a new form of syncing, apps that keep your to-do lists in different ways or boast a new interface that the developers believe will help you get things done. Wading through the App Store can be hard, and Apple is here to help with your need for a to-do app.

Meet Reminders, the brand new app that is included with every install of iOS 5. With advanced features and a familiar interface, Apple is hoping that Reminders will be simple enough to be used by anyone, but powerful enough to be used by everyone. Have they produced an app worthy of being placed on every install, or did they forget to make Reminders worthwhile? Read on and find out.
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Yes, I admit, I love my coffee. But even more so, I love my Starbucks. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not the type of person that needs to go and get a Starbucks coffee every day. Trust me, I would, if I could afford it. Regardless, I definitely love a good cup of  joe.

Call me a coffee snob, I don’t care. But, what I think I like just as much or even more, is the Starbucks mobile app for the iPhone. Have you checked this guy out yet? It’s loaded with tons of features and best of all, you can pay for your drink and meal with the app! Check it out after the break.
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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting MUD MAP – Australia. The developer says MUD MAP – Australia transforms your iPhone into a powerful handheld GPS with maps. It’s an awesome bit of gear for hikers, hunters, trail and mountain bike riders, or anyone exploring the great outdoors. Maps are stored on the device so it keeps working even in the most remote regions where a phone signal is non-existent. MUD MAP is THE navigation app you can rely on, anywhere, anytime.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Thanks to all that entered our contest with Karvt! We’ve randomly selected the following people:

We’ve already sent DMs to all the winners, so if you’re one of them, check your inbox for instructions.

Be on the lookout for more contests here soon!

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The world of content management systems has come a long way in the last couple years. As the online world steadily becomes more mobile, these systems have sported some fantastic apps that make the management process as seamless on the go as it is at the desk.

While those worlds of WordPress, Squarespace and other popular content management systems go mobile, there’s one ecosystem that’s been left out of the party: Drupal. Thankfully, the talented fellows at Breek.fr decided enough was enough and created the gem we’ve all been waiting for. Introducing Drupad: bringing Drupal on the Go.
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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting SimplyListed. The developer describes SimplyListed as a new, easy and free way to sell stuff using your iPhone. We regularly host special one-day sales on simplylisted.com featuring items submitted by users in your city. You simply take photos of items you want to sell, and we take care of the rest. On the day of the sale, buyers are shown your items and we notify you when someone is interested so you can complete the sale.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Do you ever find yourself wishing that you could find a game on your iPhone that didn’t have some adorable animal as its main character? Are you from the old school of gaming, where “death” didn’t mean an instant restart, it meant sucking it up, putting another quarter in the slot and gritting your teeth while you hoped you could get further than before?

League of Evil is kind of like that, except you don’t have to pay a quarter every time you’re bested by a level. Which is good, because otherwise I’d be broke by now.
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Ten days ago, Apple opened up preorder sales on the iPhone 4S, and a week later it was in stores, ready to be scooped up by anyone willing to wait in line.

But now we’re three days out from the official launch day, and although the hype hasn’t really died down, we still know who’s an early adopter, who is waiting for other reasons or who doesn’t want one at all.

What side of the fence are you on? Let us know in the poll!

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