The geniuses behind Foursquare had a simple but brilliant idea: a location-based social network. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could send a quick shout to all your friends telling them where you are? However, this wasn’t enough. The real innovation that made their idea work was that they realized there would need to be some incentive to come back and use the app. A goal system with prizes was born and the rest is history. Foursquare now works across several mobile platforms and boasts millions of daily users.

Foursquare began in 2009 and triggered the social check-in revolution that is still very much in its infancy. Today we’re going to look at what developments have been made in this area in addition to a few notable newcomers that you might want to check out.
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It’s so easy to get disorganized on a trip. When you’re out of your normal settings, everything gets out of order fast. Plus, you went on vacation just so you could get away from sticking to a calendar like you do every day at work, right?

Today we’re going to look at an app that can make organizing your trip both easy and fun. Itinerary is a beautifully designed app for iPhone and iPod Touch that helps you keep up with what you’re doing and where you’re supposed to be throughout your trip. If you’ve found it boring or difficult to keep a schedule while on vacation, Itinerary may change your mind. Plus, it can even be helpful if you’re actually traveling for business since it gives you a head’s up view of each day’s schedule.

Ready to takeoff? Let’s go!

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The rumor mills are alive with speculation about the iPhone 5, which will supposedly be coming this summer. With these rumors comes the tale of a mythical device that we haven’t heard mentioned in quite some time: the iPhone Nano.

When the very first iPhone was released, it took spin-artists no time to convince the media that Apple was working on a new smaller version. This device would of course be cheaper and more compact than the normal iPhone and would hopefully appeal to customers not willing to shill out for the big version.

Of course, years later we know that these rumors were 100% fabricated and not the least based in reality. Yet here we are again, four years later and the rumors have resurfaced. Could Apple finally be ready to expand the iPhone line with a smaller version? More importantly, do you care?

Let’s say the rumors are true and Apple releases an iPhone Nano in a few months, would you buy one? Vote in the poll above, then leave a comment below and let us know, regardless of whether or not you want to buy one, if you think it’s a good strategy. Do you know people that would jump on the idea of a smaller, cheaper iPhone?

With Cupid closing in on us, I’m certain that many of you have been perusing the flood of Valentine’s updates to many of the major games like Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, etc. so rather than bore you with the obvious selections this week, we’ve gathered a few new titles that may have flown under the radar.

If you’ve caught some others then get in touch and let us know, but in the meantime, have a look at this week’s roundup!

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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 Talking OZ. The developer describes Talking OZ as follows: Talking OZ repeats everything you say with cute voice. Talking OZ is full of amazing & hilarious animations, all of which will be on air soon. OZ can provide hours of laugh to children of any ages. Parents will love OZ because they will have some free time in peace while kids are playing with her.

Read on for more information and screenshots!
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Who doesn’t love music videos? We were all teenagers once, rocking out to MTV and VH1 as we watched songs from our favorite artists unfold in an artistic drama on the screen.

For a very short while, Apple had a section where you could watch free music videos on iTunes, but this was quickly replaced by paid downloads, leaving a void for free music video content for Apple fans. Vevo HD fills this void for iPad owners and brings a ton of great music videos for music fans of all types, no big downloads or expensive purchases necessary. Today we’ll go over the app’s features and interface and discuss whether or not you should download it.

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If you’re reading this from the U.S., the fact that you might be doing so from a Verizon iPhone is big news. Many Apple fans have waited not-so-patiently for four long years for this opportunity and customers of other carriers are no doubt licking their lips wondering when their turn will come.

Now that the Verizon iPhone is officially in the wild, what effect did it have on the market? How are other carriers responding? Has someone hacked it yet? Today we’ll take a brief look at a world where Verizon iPhones exist.
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This is a real life story of my experience working at an Apple Reseller before a major shopping holiday.

It was a few days before a major shopping holiday and we had a huge supply of iMacs, Macbooks, and iPods in our store. It was the perfect time for a holiday robbery, with thieves being able to steal a huge amount of valuable computers. Sure, we had an alarm, but alarms aren’t foolproof. We didn’t want to take a chance with so much product on the line. We also didn’t want to spent hours watching a surveillance camera in hopes we would catch someone breaking in.

We wanted something that would alert us if it detected motion. We wanted something portable enough to run on a few laptops or connect to our current security camera system. We turned to an app called iCam. iCam allowed us to connect several Macbooks to iCams software, giving us access to a live video stream from anywhere in the world.

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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 Coin Pirates. The developer describes Coin Pirates as a coin pusher game which drop coins and gain treasures. Treasure-trove on the pirate ship! Drop coins and spin the reel, then get tons of treasures!!

Some treasures are for collection, but some are special and not for collection… It’s a secret until you play game and drop it.

Read on for more information and screenshots!
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Recently, we looked at the our favorite apps from Macworld followed by a post on the future of the Expo. Today we’ll wrap up this series with a post on some of our favorite hardware accessories that made an appearance at Macworld 2011.

Many of the accessories were quite useful, but even more interesting to us were all of the bizarre ideas inventors have come up with. From iPad jackets to cases for using your iPhone underwater, this post has it all.

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