Why Hasn’t iCloud Taken Off?

Nathaniel Mott on February 11th 2012
  • dropbox,
  • icloud,
  • sync,
  • working

It would make USB syncing a thing of the past. It would remove practically all of the wires from our lives, hold all of our personal information in a secure data center, and make it readily available to all of our devices. It wasn’t MobileMe. The “it” is iCloud, and Apple made a lot of promises about what our lives would be like once it was released.

So, where’s all of my stuff? Where’s the fast, “magical” syncing? Better yet, why aren’t more applications taking advantage of what Apple’s built?


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Simple And Nice To Dos With Later

Ian Murray on February 10th 2012
  • later,
  • Productivity,
  • tasks,
  • todos

If you’ve read any of my previous articles here at AppStorm, you might have noticed that I review a lot of task management apps, and this one’s no exception! Later is one of those apps that combine simplicity with function and a beautiful interface. It let’s you manage your tasks with ease, and set reminders quickly. It boasts quite a beautiful interface and includes achievements to make the experience more fun and game-like.

They advertise the app as a task management utility for busy and lazy people, so join me to take a look at this app and see if what they claim holds true.



iPhone Game Friday: New Releases

Marius Masalar on February 10th 2012
  • fridaygames,
  • gamefriday,
  • Games

As we march further into February, you may have noticed a flood of interesting new game announcements and releases. If you haven’t, you’re in luck because we keep on top of it and would like to share with you our picks for this week’s most exciting App Store titles.

Click through for some racing, puzzling, tower defending and even adventuring fun!


Business & Finance

Doxo: Cloudifying Your File Cabinet

Shaun Takenouchi on February 9th 2012
  • bills,
  • Cloud,
  • pay,
  • receipts

Every year around tax time, I always remind myself that I need to start to go paperless. So in the last year or so, I have started to make the move and Doxo has definitely played a part in that venture.

Doxo is kind of like your digital file cabinet, so to speak. It’s the place where you can keep all of your monthly bills, statements or other files that you know that you will never look at, but you should keep just in case. The big difference is that you are not taking up storage in your house or your computer to do this, it is all in the cloud.


Path, Hipster and Developer Trust

Kevin Whipps on February 9th 2012
  • contacts,
  • hipster,
  • Path,
  • sharing

When it first came out, I loved Path. I thought that the concept for having a simple and clean social network made up of the people that I truly call my friends was awesome, and I appreciated the 50-person limit. Then Path 2 came out, and I loved the interface, how it worked and everything about it. Path 2 changed the game.

Then we find out the other day that Path would upload the user’s entire address book to their servers, making what is my personal information now the property of someone I didn’t authorize to do so. Turns out that Hipster does the same thing. Although Path has since apologized and deleted all of that data from their servers, the damage is done. Fact is, if we’re going to work with an app, we need assurance that they developer will treat our data correctly. But why is it so important for us to believe a person who’s making an app?

It comes down to trust.



Make Your Moviegoing Plans With Wigglehop

Jesse Virgil on February 8th 2012
  • movies,
  • plastic trophy,
  • social,
  • wigglehop

If you’re anything like me, you’re very big on simplicity. When I’m using a product, I want it to be simple, polished and easy to use (one of main reasons why I came back to the iPhone after a brief stint with Android). However, I find the market for movie apps to be anything but.

The two major movie apps, Fandango and Flixster, are packed full of features which may be useful to some, but don’t make it easy to simply find a movie I want to see in a nearby theater. You can also find movie times via the IMDb and the iTunes Movie Trailers app, but that’s not really their main function.

If share this point of view as well, join us after the jump to find out why Wigglehop may be just the app to use for your next movie going experience.


The Sims FreePlay: Simulation Wrapped In Great Graphics

Connor Turnbull on February 8th 2012
  • creation,
  • simulation,
  • The Sims

The Sims is one of my favourite gaming franchises and I’ve been playing them longer than any other. For those that don’t know, The Sims is a series of simulation games revolving around your own customised, virtual family with a ton of different paths you can take them on. The game is a juggernaut on PC and pretty popular on both home and handheld consoles.

Back in 2009, EA Mobile brought The Sims 3 to the iPhone. While that game remains in the App Store, EA recently introduced The Sims FreePlay, a brand new app that, as the name suggests, is available for free!


Hipmunk: Mobile Flight and Hotel Search

Matt Reich on February 7th 2012
  • flight search,
  • hipmunk,
  • hotel search,
  • travel

I know I don’t have to tell you that searching for and purchasing airline tickets is an incredible pain. Attempting a simple search often results in elevating your blood pressure followed by either anger or remorse because you know you didn’t get the right tickets. It’s a horrible experience nearly across the board.

I say “nearly,” because one start-up has been doing some great work at making that experience less awful. Let’s be honest, the bar has been set pretty low, so any improvement would be noticed, but Hipmunk has made some serious strides. Their web service is by far the best for searching for airline and hotel travel and they also have an accompanying iPhone App which is what we’ll be taking a look at today. Does the experience spill over to mobile devices or does it fall short? Read on to find out.

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Best of AppStorm in January

Joel Bankhead on February 7th 2012
  • bestof,
  • january,
  • monthlypicks

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!



Would You Buy an AppleTV?

Kevin Whipps on February 7th 2012
  • appletv,
  • Rumors,
  • television,
  • weeklypoll

Remember a few years back before we had the iPad? Rumors were swirling about the latest new Apple product, and how it was going to revolutionize everything we did. Well, it did that, and now we’re hearing similar rumors about an AppleTV — a real, physical, 40-inches and up television that has all the great features of the current AppleTV 2, but it’s, well, a television.

As they say, where there’s smoke, there’s fire, it’s looking like an AppleTV may be on the horizon. What do you think? If one existed, would you buy it? Let us know in the poll to the right.

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