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It seems like games on iOS are a dime a dozen these days. It’s hard to find anything different that stands out in the category, particularly when we’re flooded by Angry Birds clones and anything else that will make a cheap buck. But what we don’t have a ton of are multiplayer games set in a sci-fi universe, complete with real-time strategy components. And that brings me to this week’s sponsor, Space Settlers.

The premise isn’t simple. It has to do with man’s fascination with the “God Particle,” Hawking and time travel. But that’s OK, you’ll figure it out as you go. The basic gist is similar to other battlefield games, in that you play with a semi top-down view of the playing field, and you have to navigate your troops to their appropriate positions. Your soldiers are various mecha and other vehicles, and there are lots of different options with more than 100 accessories to choose from. Basically, there’s no way you’re going to run out of ways to play this game, because there’s a ton to do, and it’s all right there on your iPhone (or iPad, naturally).

Go Get It!

Space Settlers is free, and it’s a pretty addicting game, so get ready to settle in for a few long afternoons of fun. If you want to advance the game faster, there are in-app purchases of Dark Energy that you can buy, but it’s purely optional so don’t let that turn you off in any way. This is one of the good games that breaks the cookie cutter mold and sets out to create its mark on the genre. Support it today!

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At our house, we have a collection of every console built by Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, plus a few by Sega and Atari. I’ve been a console gamer for years, but recently I’ve found myself playing more on my iPhone and iPad than I have on my PS3 or any other machine connected to my living room TV.

But what about you? Are you a console gamer or are iOS games the way for you? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Although I’ve been known to take a picture or two myself, I find that often the most used camera in my arsenal is my iPhone. It’s not that it’s the best camera I own, or even that it’s the most convenient. It’s just that when something happens, I usually have my iPhone handy before anything else.

What about you? Is your iPhone your primary camera or do you use something else? Let us know in the poll to the right!

My wife is pregnant with our second child, and since we’re just over two months away from the big day, she’s already quite tired of carrying a few extra pounds. The other day she says, “I want to hit the gym after our little girl is born. Hard.” Good for her!

The last time we had gym memberships, we rocked our iPods and considered that enough. But today would we use our iPhones instead?

How about you? Do you use your iPhone to workout or do you use something else? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Icon image via Men’s Fitness.

It’s been a few days, and now we can announce our winner. It is: Marc! They’ve been notified via email, and their promo code delivered.

Thanks to all that entered, and look out for more contests soon! (more…)

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in December. 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!

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I’ve got a problem, and it’s headphones. Although the iPhone 5 came with EarPods that are much better than the previous earbuds, I still find myself looking for a nice and comfortable set of headphones. Turns out that I now have a small collection going, with no end in sight. There’s the pair that I use because they have a noise canceling feature, or the ones I toss in a bag because they’re small and convenient. Some I wear in public because they don’t leak sound, others I try to hide because of their cost.

What about you? What kind of headphones do you use with your iPhone? Let us know in the poll to the right!

We’re bombarded with logos and advertising slogans all day long. Right now there may be an Apple logo on your computer, or maybe a thing of Yoplait Yogurt with their logo emblazoned on the side. But if you were to try to figure out what logos were what without the benefit of having the name in it, would you be able to? This is the premise of Logo Quiz, a fun game that is free for the next week!

So you want to know how it works, right? The game shows you either an entire logo, or a portion of the logo. You have to choose between four different possible options. If you get it right, you move forward. If not, the streak is ended.

But wait, there’s more. You start the game with a certain amount of gems. If you need a hint, just spend a few gems and some of the options get eliminated for you. And before you start thinking that this is all about in-app purchases, you also earn gems the longer your streaks go.

What makes Logo Quiz different from the competition is the new Multiplayer Mode. This allows you to challenge your friends via email and Facebook, or you can just challenge some random people to see who’s the better competitor. Coming soon, no more ads, plus loaded in-app purchases worth $0.99.

Go Get It!

You’d better head to the App Store right now, because Logo Quiz is only free for a few more days! Over 5 million users play this game today and over 1 billion logos have been answered — get yourself in on the fun! Go get hooked on it now!

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Being that my job has a lot to do with Apple products, I usually find one or two underneath the tree during the holidays. This year however, it was my wife who found herself with a new iPhone case while I had other types of gifts to open. It even extended out to my other family members, as well all received an iTunes gift card in one denomination or another.

What about you? Did you get an iPhone or iPhone related goodie during the holidays? Let us know in the poll to the right!

There was one person ahead of me at Starbucks. I caught a look from the barista. Was she staring at me or my trembling hand? I stared quickly back down at my iPhone and saw the balance on my Starbucks card in Passbook: $0.11.

Something wasn’t right. I had just topped it up on my way out the door! I had foolishly left my wallet at home, trusting Apple would take care of me on the open road. And here I was, seconds left before I would have to turn away from the till in resignation.

Then I did something stupid. I don’t know if I had mad trust in my supernatural ability to just fix the issue, or if I thought it would be resolved if I just offered to wash my dishes. The barista asked what I wanted, and I ordered anyway. (more…)

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