I’ve been looking for something to replace my go to for time wasting fun. When I’m stuck on the train, I don’t want to have to make eye contact with my fellow passengers. I’ve got my eyes fixed firmly down, glued to my iPad, like any civilized person. So that I’m not just staring at my lock screen, I need a game that’s going to hold my interest.
Cards on the table, I don’t practice my math skills as much as I should. After years of expensive education, I’ve sort of given up and figure I’ve probably forgotten all of those classes. Can I do multiplication anymore? What is division even? Addtraction is a thing, right?
That’s why I decided to give Sakura Quick Math a go. It’s a great app for brushing up my basic math skills as an adult, and it can even help kids who are still trying to get things figured out. I’ll see if it can set me straight and whether I can get back on track. (more…)
With all of the talk about the release of iOS 7 and a change to a flatter, less skeuomorphic design, we’ve been wondering how Apple would accomplish the move without losing clarity. After all, a pretty interface isn’t any good to anyone if you can’t get it to do what you want.
Apple closed out their WWDC 2013 keynote with an introduction to iOS 7, and a huge focus was on how it looks. We know Apple can make something look nice, but can a flatter design make iOS work better on your iPad? (more…)
The story of science fiction television adventurers SG-1 was recently expanded with the release of Stargate SG-1: Unleashed. After ten years on the air, Stargate SG-1 had a large and loyal following, but fans haven’t heard much of their favorite Earth-saving team in more than a few years. I’ll find out if this new chapter in the Stargate SG-1 saga lives up to fans’ expectations and whether it has anything to offer newcomers to the franchise, too. (more…)
I’m all for nostalgia, but it gets harder to appreciate the old surrounded by my two Macs, iPhone, iPad, and all the rest of the technology I need to get through the day. Eventually, though, there’s even an app for remembering things gone by.
I wasn’t around for the days of pecking away at a typewriter keyboard, but shows like Mad Men have given us an appreciation for the trappings of that era. While we can’t all start doing our daily work on a typewriter, evocative typewriting app Electratype may be able to scratch that wistful itch. (more…)
I want to get a good deal, but it’s a hard job checking prices on that one thing you want at every store. Or maybe you don’t have a single product in mind, just a good idea of the kind of thing you want, and you need to narrow it down. Comparing from one site to another can be a big pain.
It sure would be nice to get all of that into one place, right? Gush has done that with a simple shopping app that gathers all of your favorite online stores and the stuff they sell into a single app. We’ll try it out and see if it’s really any easier than keeping fifty tabs of smart TV potential buys open in your browser. (more…)
With so many games available on the iPad, for one to stand out apart from the rest, it has to be pretty stellar. Wonderputt is a great physics-based golf game that’s trying to do just that. While the gameplay may seem pretty simple to begin with, the graphics in the game are kind of amazing and throw you into a fantasy environment unlike anything else.
Will the game mechanics of Wonderputt stand up to its awesome ambience, or will Wonderputt turn out to be all flash and no substance? (more…)
I want to read more, especially more literature that’s really worthwhile. But, if I’m being honest, when I’ve tried to tackle poetry in the past, I’ve felt overwhelmed and have never known where to start. Without the proper tools to understand what’s going on in a poem, I felt like really great literature was just being wasted on me.
Helping me and other novice poetry aficionados is Poems By Heart. By breaking poems down into manageable chunks, it becomes a lot easier for those intimidated by what may seem like an opaque world of black turtlenecks and smoky coffeehouses to get a foothold. (more…)
The iPad is a perfect medium for point-and-click adventure games, a genre that often plays out like visual novels with puzzles. There’s been a recent resurgence in adventure games, and developers are trying to tell stories in new and inventive ways.
The Silent Age, an episodic adventure game for iPad, is no exception. Using time jumps to alter the physical environment, the game relies on the player to make connections between what is, what was, and what will be. We’ll take a look at The Silent Age and see whether time can be rewritten. (more…)
Just released to the iTunes App Store on Monday, Codex is a notebook app that strives to combine all of the best aspects of Moleskine with the iPad. Codex isn’t affiliated with the notebook giant but has definitely captured what makes them so special. Not just a place to jot down a to do, Codex is also where you can sketch out your art, write notes to yourself and your friends, or just do any of the things you would do in a paper notebook.
We’ll try out this brand new handwriting app and see if it has the features to get you to make the switch from pencil and pad to fingertips and iPad! (more…)