Best of AppStorm in March

Posted by | April 02, 2010 | Apps | No Comments

We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in March. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, or Web 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! Don’t forget, you can always keep track of the whole network via the AppStorm Dashboard.

Best of iPhone.AppStorm

SleepCycle

SleepCycle: The Smart iPhone Alarm Clock

Sleep Cycle is an app that claims to track your sleep patterns and wake you at the optimum moment in your sleep cycle, resulting in a more natural and restful awakening. At $.99, testing it was a no-brainer. Here’s what I found.

30+ Super Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts

30+ Super Secret iPhone Features and Shortcuts

The iPhone is simple on the surface, but packed with hidden features. Here are over thirty iPhone tips and tricks that aren’t widely publicised – I’m sure you’ll have encountered a few before, but some are bound to be brand new to you. Read on to join the ranks of an iPhone ninja!

How To Convert, Create and Find New iPhone Ringtones

How To Convert, Create and Find New iPhone Ringtones

The ringtones that come bundled with your iPhone are great, but what if you want something a little more unique? Today I’ll be looking at a number of different sources for high-quality iPhone ringtones, along with offering some advice about how you can create your own for free!

We’ll be looking at using iTunes and GarageBand for converting your existing music into an iTunes ringtone, how to purchase ringtones through the iTunes Store, and a few third party applications to help you out.

The Complete iPhone Development Toolbox

The Complete iPhone Development Toolbox

In this “ultimate toolkit”, we’re showing you everything you need to get started; books, tutorials, software resources, screencasts, podcasts, blogs, forums, conferences, software libraries, design kits, icons, and even where to hire a developer if you decide not to go it alone!

I hope you enjoy the roundup, and feel well equipped to embark on iPhone development will a full set of resources at your disposal.

TaskPaper: Your Subtly Powerful Task Manager

TaskPaper: Your Subtly Powerful Task Manager

There are easily hundreds of apps in the App Store, all wanting to manage your to do list for you; even once you filter out the less polished ones, you still have a lot to choose from. We’ve covered a few of these before, but there’s an new kid on the block.

A few weeks ago, I was looking for “the perfect to do list app,” and I think I’ve found it: it’s called TaskPaper, from Hog Bay Software. Before writing it off as “just another task manager”, be sure to give our review a read.

Best of Web.AppStorm

The Search for Better Music Streaming: Grooveshark

The Search for Better Music Streaming: Grooveshark

We take a look at a different web app for instant music streaming—Grooveshark. It’s a little different from many others available with features making it a top competitor in the music streaming web app market. We’ll take a look at Grooveshark and the features it has to offer for those of you in search of a better music streaming app.

Top 10 Web Apps for Music Streaming

Top 10 Web Apps for Music Streaming

Streaming high quality music from your desktop, laptop, iPhone, Blackberry or other internet connected device, is relatively common place now and becoming more common place as we increasingly move towards a cloud connected world. We’ve rounded up the top ten music streaming and discovery sites and web apps to help you find something better or maybe just get started all together.

Create a Q&A Website in a Snap with Qhub

Create a Q&A Website in a Snap with Qhub

Qhub provides a fast way to setup a customizable Q&A website in a matter of minutes. With Qhub you can eliminate repetitive questions, save your inbox and make it easier for your visitors or customers to get the answers they’re looking for. Here’s a quick how-to covering this already popular web app.

10 Sites to Get a Custom Twitter Design

10 Sites to Get a Custom Twitter Design

We’ve gathered ten great sites to get custom Twitter backgrounds and even full themes. Some are free, some may cost a bit, but they’re all great and have something fantastic to offer to spice up your Twitter profile page.

Flickr, Picasa and SmugMug Shootout

Flickr, Picasa and SmugMug Shootout

Flickr, Picasa or SmugMug—which is best? Which one best suits your needs and your budget? What kind of professional level features do you get with each? These are questions I’ve been asking for awhile and it’s now time to compare three of the most popular photo storage and sharing services available today.

In this comparison we’ll pit Flickr, Picasa and SmugMug against each other so you can see which would best suit you.

Best of Mac.AppStorm

Give Finder a Turbo Boost With TotalFinder

Give Finder a Turbo Boost With TotalFinder

The Apple experience is pretty slick, but one thing that frustrates many users is the Finder. Although it gets the job done, it hasn’t evolved a great deal in recent years and is missing a few widely-requested features.

As an integral part of OS X, the aptly named ‘Finder’ is used to find, move and delete files, install applications and even preview files – but all of this activity leaves us with a lot of windows open. Sure, you can keep pressing ‘cmd + w’ until they’ve all gone, or you can download TotalFinder.

The Complete Guide for Child-Proofing Your Mac

The Complete Guide for Child-Proofing Your Mac

Kids and computers go together like peanut butter and jelly. Or like crayons and white-painted walls… My point is that kids start using computers earlier and earlier, and many of them become very adept and quite precocious at an extremely young age.

I’m going to talk you through three different ways that you can go about putting in place better online safety precautions: via OS X’s built-in Parental Controls, with an external application, and by getting to the heart of how your computer interfaces with the internet, by taking control of your DNS settings.

The Ultimate Mac Setup for Musicians

The Ultimate Mac Setup for Musicians

There’s no disputing the fact that OS X is a brilliant platform for musicians and music lovers. Apple has invested a huge amount into the music industry and, whether or not they’ve left a good impression, it has lead to an abundance of useful software on the Mac.

Today we’ll be looking at a huge selection of software for musicians and music lovers alike. Whether you produce, record and mix music – or whether you just love listening to it – we’ll have something for you. Read on to learn about a few new applications that can fill your life with music!

How To Quickly Launch Apps with Alfred

How To Quickly Launch Apps with Alfred

Alfred is the latest application to add to an ever-expanding set of “quick launch” apps. So is there room for another? Definitely. Alfred has been designed with the casual user in mind and makes finding files and searching the net a whole lot faster and easier.

This review will take a deeper look at Alfred, developed by “The Alfred Team”, and share a few competing launchers for you to consider.

6 Places to Find Superb, High Quality Mac Icons

6 Places to Find Superb, High Quality Mac Icons

Although the icons that ship with OS X are wonderfully designed, there’s no harm in a change from time-to-time. It might be a complete rework of your system icons, or just a case of replacing one or two for specific applications.

Today I’ll be showcasing 6 places where you can find the perfect icon. We’re focusing on the absolute highest quality, so you can rest assured you won’t find any second rate design here!

Share Your Ideas

Is there something in particular you’d like to see on the site next month? We’d absolutely love to hear your suggestions for articles, topics and giveaways – just let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading AppStorm!