With the announcement of the Verizon iPhone came the news that the device will be enabled to act as a mobile wifi hotspot for up to five devices. This is fantastic news and will really increase the usefulness of an already incredibly useful product. Even better, this functionality will supposedly be opened up on all iPhone 4 handsets (as opposed to just Verizon’s) with the next major update of iOS. Keep in mind that just because the functionality is on the phone doesn’t mean your particular carrier will offer the option.

Of course, this great new feature comes at a premium. For instance, Verizon charges users an extra $20 per month for the feature. So our question today is, do you think it’s worth it? Now, in addition to voice, data and texting, are you willing to part with even more of your hard-earned cash to enjoy Internet on the go from your other devices?

Cast your vote on the right and leave a comment below explaining your answer!

With snow storms swirling about much of the West, it’s nice to be able to enjoy some good gaming time — what else are snow days for, after all?

To help you out, we’ve got another sweet pick of fun titles to usher in the new month, so have a look, leave some comments, and enjoy!

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News Corporation officially launched their iPad-only magazine, The Daily, alongside Apple’s VP of Internet Services in New York on Wednesday. The publication, which is exclusive to the iPad, is now available for a two-week free trial period in the United States.

Apple announced a new subscription-based billing system as Eddy Cue, Apple’s VP of Internet Services, also took the stage.

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You heard right, Jamie Oliver has a shiny new App.

Whether you are a massive Jamie fan (you know who you are), happened to quite like Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals, have tried cooking using your iPhone but aren’t convinced, or simply feed yourself regularly, then read on and join the revolution!
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We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in January. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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Once upon a time, when people were hungry and in a hurry they had to either run through a fast-food drive-through or actually go through the trouble to make a phone call and talk with a human being to place an order to be picked up or delivered. Such archaic practices are giving way to online ordering, a much more cold and impersonal way to order your food.

All sarcasm aside, I actually love ordering food online. You skip the line, there’s much less chance of a failure in communication (which leads to improper orders), and you can take as much time as you want to look through the various options that are available without eating up anyone’s time but your own.

The restaurant industry has had large-scale ordering websites in place for years now, but we’re only just now starting to see the tip of this iceberg appear in the mobile app world. Today we’ll take a brief look at the state of ordering food using only iPhone apps.
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Google’s most recent foray into the iOS platform is Google Places (somehow suffixed with “hotpot”), a location-based recommendation app with a web backup.

Google Places is one of Google’s ventures that is aimed at both businesses and consumers. The former being able to increase their exposure and the latter able to make more informed decisions on where they visit. Whilst location-oriented features have been available in Google Maps for a long time, this is one of the first proper offerings in the App Store.

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We’d like to say a big thank you to this month’s iPhone.AppStorm sponsors, and the great software they create! If you’re interested in advertising, you can order a slot through BuySellAds.

You could also consider a Quick Look submission, an easy way to showcase your app to all our readers.

Billings Touch – Billings’ simple workflow and intuitive interface makes quoting, invoicing, and time tracking effortless.

Cretouch – Dress your device with Creative Touch, a series of delightfully designed iPhone cases and protective covers in a wide range of styles.

Haypi kingdom – Haypi Kingdom is a massive multiplayer online iPhone game set in the middle ages. You will be a general managing a kingdom in a strategic game – boosting resource production, adventuring in extensive wild land, reaping legendary treasures, equipping your troops with advanced abilities and battling against other players – with the ultimate goal of becoming the strongest kingdom in the ancient world.

FormEntry – Create native form based apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. No coding required.

ReverseCamera Lite (Free) – ‘ReverseCamera Lite (Free)’ With this reverse playback application, you can enjoy reverse-playback movies and voices right after the moment you shot videos.

MobilePhoneRecyclingComparison – Compare mobile phone recycling provide an easy online service for people to compare who pays the most when you recycle your mobile phone. We do not point anyone specifically at any one website it is up to you to choose where you think is best suitable. We have many mobile phone recycling companies to choose from.

Ideas to Apps – A complete step-by-step guide on how to create a killer design and outsource the development at a price you can afford.

Wedding Pro – This application provides premixed generic audio clips in a number of styles for use in wedding ceremonies.

iPhone 4 and – The best collection of iPhone 4 cases, full body protection and skin protectors.

KitchenPad Timer – KitchenPad Timer is a simple but elegant application that can be used to manage multiple timers for both your stove-top and oven. Includes 4 stove-top timers and 4 oven timers. The convenient timer displays give you all the critical timer info at-a-glance.

Abuzz – Track Online Buzz to Protect your Business, Reputation, Brand & Image by Monitoring Social Media Sites through out the Internet.

Snagbee – Snagbee allows you to quickly capture an image of your computer screen for mobile reading later. Anything that you can see on your screen can be captured and sent to your iPhone® or iPod touch®: directions, news clippings, event flyers, boarding passes, facts to memorize, and more.

Talking Pals-Daisy the Cow – MOOO .. Cows rarely open their mouth but Daisy is a non-stop talking cow that resides in your iPhone. Daisy responds to your voice and gestures; Talk to her and she will repeat whatever you say, poke her on her ears & foot she will be surprised but don’t overdo it or she will become real angry and finally, you can tickle her to make her laugh.

Curlington HD – Until now… this classified branch of Curling has only been available to the inner circle of special agents around the world! Use gadgets, special stones and the interior to your advantage! Standard curling rules with a new gameplay!

Localscope – Localscope is your social data powered GPS tool. Always know where you are and what’s around you with Localscope! Search & discover places around you with information from multiple geo search engines & social networks: Google, Bing, Foursquare, Twitter, Wikimapia.

Remote Tiger – Mobilize your idea with Remote Tiger. Our mobile architects are industry veterans with extensive knowledge across technologies and industry domains. Tell us where you want to go, and we will tell you how to get there most efficiently.

pTracker, LLC – Powerful, Portable, Personal News Discovery Tools for Mobile Professionals.

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 Bord. The developer describes Bord as an app that turns your iPad or iPhone into a beautiful and unique chalkboard simulator. Bord is designed for children and parents who wants to use iPad or iPhone as an educational device. You can work with your child wherever you want. You can teach your child letters, numbers, shapes – everything without leaving a chalk dust trail.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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David Appleyard, Joel Bankhead and I recently attended AppStorm’s first ever Macworld Expo (photos here). It was really great to not only meet some of our biggest long-time supporters but also make plenty of new connections with some incredibly talented people.

Today we’re going to take a look at a few of the products that stood out in the Macworld mobile showcase. There admittedly weren’t as many amazing apps as I would’ve like to have seen, but there were definitely a few that are worth mentioning. Let’s take a look.

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