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We’re counting down the days to WWDC over here at AppStorm. A few years ago, WWDC introduced us to a new iPhone, and the current rumor is that we’re going to see the next iPhone at this year’s event. Of course, that’s all speculation, but we want to know your opinion. Let us know in the poll if you think we’ll see the next iPhone in just a few weeks or not!

So we’ve got just a few weeks until WWDC 2012, a big event in the Apple universe. Last year, WWDC showed us Lion, iOS 5 and iCloud — what’s on the plate for this year? Guesses are running the gamut, from the new iPhone, to a smaller iPad and even Mountain Lion being put out into the wild.

But iTunes? Well it needs an overhaul, that’s for sure, and there’s been a lot of scuttlebutt around the water cooler that iTunes 11 will be a completely new interface and design, maybe even breaking up the App Store and iTunes Store. Will it come out at WWDC?

You tell us! Let us know in the poll to the right.

I was bouncing between options on my Apple TV the other day, and I stopped for a moment on iTunes Match. I remember when I first heard about the concept how I thought it had its ups and its downs, but it could still be pretty neat. I never bought a subscription because right now I don’t really see the need — but what about you? Do you have an iTunes Match subscription? Let us know in the poll to the right.

Our featured sponsor this week is MindNode, an amazing way to brainstorm big projects and organize your thoughts.

Let’s say that you’ve got a report due for your history class about Charlemagne, and you need to figure out how to organize the article so it not only makes sense but also flows really well. One easy way to do that is to use a mind map, which is a way of plotting out your ideas and keeping them organized around a central subject. This is not only simple for pretty much anyone to pick up, but also can help you really determine out how to work out your problem.

But what makes MindNode better than the competition? It features a minimal and yet easy-to-use interface that allows you to expand your ideas infinitely or start a new one quickly. Then, once you’re done with planning everything out, you can also export your design in multiple formats including PNG, Text, PDF and more.

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If you’re ready to take your brainstorming sessions to the next level, buy a copy of MindNode today for just $9.99 in the App Store. Then take your thoughts above and beyond and start creating your own node maps.

Don’t think you’re being left out in the cold if you’re an iPad user, either. That’s because MindNode is a universal app, so you can use it on both your iPhone and iPad with no worries. And if you find that the touchscreen interface isn’t your style, check out the Mac version of the app, MindNode Pro. It’s just $19.99, and has all the same features as MindNode for the iPhone and iPad and then some.

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Bad days — we all have them and we all have different ways of dealing with them. It was a long night with very little sleep that resulted in me finding the Andrew Johnson relaxation apps in the App Store.

Andrew Johnson is a relaxation coach, hypnotherapist, EFT therapist and reiki teacher. His wide range of recordings (including Beat Procrastination, Quit Smoking and Deep Sleep) are available on CD or as MP3s and due to a partnership with Michael Schneider of HiveBrain Software, many are also available as iPhone apps. I chatted with Michael to find out how he embarked on the journey of creating relaxation apps, what is on his iPhone now and how he sees things developing in the future. (more…)

Everyone here at iPhone.AppStorm would like to send out a huge thanks to this month’s iPhone.AppStorm sponsors, for all of the great work that they do. If you would like to advertise on the site, you can purchase a space through BuySellAds.

Volt — 3D Lightning Unleashed From Your Fingertips! — Volt creates vibrant and customizable lightning bolts to play practical jokes, create awesome wallpapers and duel with Jedi Force Lightning! Ranked #1 Entertainment App in 12 countries with over half a million downloads!

Slide Soccer — Have a ball playing soccer on your mobile device with Slide Soccer. You can play the game online with your friends, or with anyone in the world with the multiplayer option! Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Ideas to Apps — If you want to design your own iPhone app, this is a great place to start. It’s a step-by-step guide to designing your own app, then finding someone to develop it for you.

GreenPleco — GreenPleco contains one full game and a series of three mini-games, each of which features a lovable animal helping to rehabilitate the environment. By combining fast-paced action with memorable characters such as The Sucker Fish, Mr. PigBounce, Claudia the Crab, and Gemma the Turtle, the game appeals to both adults and children alike.

Frustr8tor – Amazing Brain Game — The game Frustr8tor (pronounced as frustrator) is based on a seemingly simple puzzle: place the counters on the board so that none of them form a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. More than 200,000 copies of the physical board version of the game, based on the 8-queens chess puzzle, have been sold. As an app, the game has a whole new dimension!

Nanbazu — Nanbazu is a puzzle solving & memory game having unique game play, which allows you to use your device as an air pen. It is a new kind of game play. Writing numbers in the air by moving your iPhone/ iPad is the main concept of Nanbazu. This game includes 25 levels with different retina display environments having powerful combination with chill-out musics. Nanbazu is the best way to engage you to train your visual memory and basic math while increasing motor skills.

Clear Tones — You don’t want to look like everybody else, why would your iPhone/Android phone sound like everybody else’s? Cleartones offers a set of 50 quality “hand made” minimalist ringtones for the serious user. Like yourself.

iGearUSA — is a leading online retailer and manufacturer of iPhone accessories that offers a large selection of products ranging from iPhone Car Kits, Cases, Chargers & Cables, Cradles & Docks, Headphones, Headsets, Screen Protectors, Touch Pen and more. We’re based in City of Industry in beautiful southern California. We offer the latest Apple iPhone accessories with rapid fulfillment, expert support and excellent customer service.

igobubble — Take a message, photo, video, or song and put it in a virtual bubble. Drop it anywhere for your friends or other people to find it. Leave private or public bubbles. See who touches them. Track where they go. See how far they travel and how quickly they spread.

Burst! — Not long ago in a far distant land, young Chester awakens from his slumber to find the morning skies filled with balloons. Gasp! Alarmed at the possibility of treachery in the sky, Chester embarks on the balloon popping journey of his life in pursuit of the mysterious villain, Lyndon. But Lyndon won’t be caught without a fight. Chester must complete each of Lyndon’s balloon puzzles while avoiding the toxic black balloons filled with deadly moon fumes.

CreTouch — Looking for a new case for your iPhone? CreTouch has a wide variety of cases for the iPhone 4, 3GS and 4S, including perimeter cases as well as fronts and backs. These cases not only look fantastic, but also give a luxurious look to your iPhone.

AppFusion — 6 in 1! — New from the creator of Volt: AppFusion gives you 6 super-fun, classic, entertainment apps in one must have application! Screen Crack, Lightning Bolts, Tazer, Bubble Popping, Steamy Screen and Fire Drawing!

Cutlass Cove — The Spanish Main is full of merchant ships carrying the spoils of the New World but, beware, other pirates are also on the prowl and the Spanish navy won’t tolerate their vessels falling prey to the rogues of the sea. Captain your ship, fire its cannons, unleash powerful voodoo spells, deploy strategic munitions and make rival pirates walk the plank as you seek to plunder a bustling Spanish trade route. Combining action-packed nautical combat with completely original ideas and concepts, Cutlass Cove is an addictive pirate game that is perfectly suited to touch-screen gameplay.

iShutdown HD — We have developed iShutdown with one goal – to give you functional and stylish tool. To give you an ability to shutdown, Wake On LAN, sleep, restart or hibernate your PC or MAC without leaving your couch or armchair. You will be surprised with the convenience and simplicity of this application.

Franklin’s Bubble Blaster — Have a blast with Franklin’s Bubble Blaster! Aunt T’s bubble machine is out of control and now it’s up to you and Franklin to pop all of the bubbles before they fill up the Messy Make-it Shop. With each bubble you pop, the more points you’ll earn. Pop enough bubbles and Aunt T might get so excited she’ll reward you with some Franklin and Friends™ downloadable prizes!

Keep in Touch-Lite — Have you ever missed sending congratulations on a relative birthday? Have you ever forgotten an important business phone call? Do you send repeated grouped messages or make grouped phone calls on weekend for outing details, or call someone on a daily basis, or want an auto-scheduler for annual social events, and want some automatic help? Won’t it be nice if your iPhone automates your (SMS, email and phone calls) interactions with all your events, meetings, communications and any social todo that all what you need to perform is ONLY one touch? That’s Keep in Touch!

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad 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!


Ever gotten a bill from iTunes that scared the crap out of you? It happened to me just the other day, because I went on a bender on the Marvel Comics app, bought a movie for the family, and a few more for review. The bill was a bit higher than I expected, that’s for sure.

What about you? Ever received a bill that was higher than you thought? If so, how much was it for? Answer in the poll to the right!

There was once a small social network called Path. It existed only on mobile devices, save for the pictures that some people post publicly on Twitter — in my opinion, that kind of defeats the purpose of Path as a social network, but I’m not going to talk about that. Path was getting a lot of critical acclaim up until the point where it was discovered they secretly uploaded your iPhone’s address book to their servers. That whole ordeal was widespread on every major publication and really hurt their credibility.

Back in February, Kevin Whipps discussed how trust had been compromised due to this mistake that Path made. He explained that there’s really no way to fix it since everything already went too far and it looked as if they were really invading your privacy. In any case, I still use the service and rather like it, but it still has a good ways to go before it’s near success. Let’s find out why after the break.  (more…)

I was having a discussion with a few of my friends the other night out at a bar, and one of them — an Android guy — kept asking me about the “crappy screen” on my iPhone 4S. Of course, we all know the Retina display is pretty sweet, but he claimed the 1080P video on his was “soooo much better.” I would’ve responded, but then he started flirting with what he thought was a hot woman, but was really a picture of Elle McPherson from 1992.

That doesn’t negate the fact that he had an interesting point. The new iPad has a better than 1080P resolution, so it can play HD movies just fine. Do you think the next iPhone will have it? Let us know in the poll to the right and let’s get down to the bottom of it.

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