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Its fair to say that camping trips are as prevalent today as they have ever been before, if not more so, ranging from family overnight trips to weeks away at a time. Nowadays, technology is an increasingly influential part of our lives and in recent years, largely due to the iPhone having brought highly sophisticated technology to the masses, these outdoors excursions have become greatly more technological.

Whereas before when high-tech pieces of equipment were left only to the professionals and regular campers, now anyone with an iPhone and a few bits of software can master the outdoors (or at least be significantly more prepared). Read on past the break to see what apps you should pick up for your next outdoors adventure. (more…)

It’s time to get some last-minute holiday shopping done. And, by the way, if you don’t think you’ve arrived at the last-minute yet, this is your wake-up call. It’s time to bite the bullet, my friend.

And now you don’t have the time or the cash to waste running from store to store, or surfing every corner of the Internet trying to find the best deal on whatever tech toy your little brother wants this year. Click “more” to take a look at these five price comparison apps that can help you find what you’re searching for while trying to remain under budget. (more…)

Let’s not beat around the bush here: The default weather app on your iPhone is — in a word — crap. It gives you a pathetic hourly forecast for the next few hours (which I only discovered how to access recently) and a pretty vague forecast for the next few days, and that’s about it. As a Brit, I want to know exactly what the weather is doing as it dictates pretty much everything I do, what I wear, how I am going to live my life for the next couple of days and so on (OK, the last one was made up, but you get the picture).

You’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of alternatives to the default Weather app so I’ve gone to the trouble of trawling through the App Store and picked out the 10 best for you. Here they are. (more…)

Fashion apps are like actual fashion in that everyone has their own opinions about what’s great and what’s rubbish. That said, here are 50 worth looking into, including content from great style websites, magazines, games, social networks, and oh yes, apps for shopping.

And the best part is: Most of these are free. So take a look, mix and match, and be prepared to find some style inspiration. Click “more” to see the list. (more…)

Words, used by us every day in speech and thought, can have incredible influence on our own lives and those of others. As British politician Pearl Strachan put it: “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.”

It can be famous statements such as John Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you … ” or seemingly insignificant lines delivered in a novel or TV show that move and stay with you. To keep them safe and remember them there is now an app for your iPhone and iPad named Quotebook. We’ll take a closer look at it after the break.

Editor’s Note: Also, be sure to check out our review of the iPad version over at iPad.AppStorm! (more…)

Listening to podcasts on the iPhone? Great. Managing podcasts on the iPhone? Not so great. When Apple does things right, they hit it right on the head, but the system of downloading podcasts in iTunes and then jumping over to the Music app to listen to them isn’t very simple or intuitive. Luckily, since the introduction of the App Store in 2008 there have been countless third-party apps the make up for those first-party apps that don’t quite make the grade. Luckily, this is true for podcast management apps as well.

Last August I reviewed Pocket Casts, which I deemed as “the best podcast management app available in the App Store.” Being one to always put my money were my mouth is, I spend time with three other podcast management apps to see if my claim was indeed accurate. Join me after the jump to find out the verdict. (more…)

Congratulations and welcome to the club — you’re now the proud owner of a new iPhone. And right after your figure out how to add your contacts, make phone calls, set up your email and send text messages, you’re going to wonder, “Which apps should I download?”

That’s where I come in. I’m here to save you from embarrassment. That’s right, because all your already-have-an-iPhone friends are going to bombard you with “Haven’t you downloaded that app yet?” until you’re fully dialed in. So here are 50 common yet useful and well-known apps to get you started covering many of the bases you’ll likely use your iPhone for: social networking, entertainment, news, productivity and more. And the best part? They’re all free.

Click through to take a look at your starter kit. (more…)

Those of us with smartphones (and I’m guessing that’s most of us here) likely know and use Foursquare on a daily basis, checking and following our friends to see where they check in. With mayorships, Foursquare has sort of “gamified” real life, challenging users to get out of the house and become more socially active.

But what you may not be aware of is the scores of mobile apps out there that utilize the Foursquare API. Perhaps more than any other API, Foursquare has been creatively incorporated into apps of all types — photography, games, crowdsourcing, shopping deals and more. How much more? Well grab some popcorn, because here comes a metric ton of fun (and mostly free) Foursquare enabled apps.


Craigslist has now become so useful in today’s society that you probably wonder how we ever lived without it. Whether you’re looking for a new apartment or a new job, you want to unload your couch or car, or you’re in search of a Portuguese interpreter or clock maker, Craigslist is the place to go.

There are a number of apps now that allow you to take your Craigslist to go, whether you’re more of a poster, browser, or both, and here we look at eight of your options. Click through to see how they stack up.

Recently, in a previous post, I talked about how I had been looking around for a good alarm clock app. I hated, and still do, those standard, cheap alarm clocks you can buy at the store. That’s when I decided to take a trip to the App Store and search for an iPhone alarm clock app that I could use.

In the process, I realized that there are literally over 100 alarm clock apps available, ranging from really good ones to ones that I left asking myself, “How in the world did Apple even let these guys in?” As I searched high and low for the right app that fit my needs, I found that there are a good group of apps that I liked, and, I thought I would share them with you. After the jump, I’ve got 25 alarm clock apps broken up into two categories: free and paid.


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