IK Multimedia wants to bring music creation into the mobile world, and its suite of apps and gear is a fine step in the right direction. I say step, it’s worth noting, because neither the apps nor the hardware I’ve been testing over the past few weeks manage to produce the full package.

But it’s a great start, and much of what we’re about to discuss would suit both professional musicians, journalists, podcasters, and DJs doing some light work on the road and hobbyists or amateurs on a budget or just dabbling in audio production.

I’ll be running through most of the IK Multimedia apps for Android and iPad, while touching on a few worthy competitors and alternatives, and weighing in on the hardware I was sent for review — the iRig Mic Cast, iRig Mix, iRig Pre, and iRig Mic. First, let’s look at the gear.

I’m on a lot of social networks, partially because I do a lot of work in the tech industry, and partially because I use my work in the tech industry as an excuse to be on a lot of social networks. When it comes down to it, though, I’m on the networks for two reasons. The first is so I can keep up with my friends and be jealous of their lives — especially thanks to Instagram, where I can see my one friend had a pulled pork sandwich for lunch at one of my favourite restaurants while I had peanut butter on toast and a banana. The other real reason I’m on social networks, at this point, is to keep up with the news.

Twitter and App.net are good at both, but both can be difficult to keep up with. That’s why I was really interested to see App.news, an aggregator of the links being shared on App.net. It skips all the chatter and just puts together a feed of articles — think of it as a sort-of RSS Reader for App.net. Is it worth your time? Read on to find out.


Tetris is an insanely popular franchise and I’d happily bet that you’ve played the game in some shape or form during your time on Earth. One of the newest reboots on the classic game formula is Tetris Blitz, a two-minute take of the classic game of clearing lines.

Tetris Blitz‘s two minute games are a race for points, awarded by clearing lines, that’ll earn you a place on the app’s virtual leaderboard. It’s very much a freemium app, though, so while the app will often beg for cash, when you do invest you’ll be rewarded with unique powerups that offer a new way to play. Let’s dive in and take a look! (more…)

Droplr is one of those solutions that not many people have heard about. When it comes to cloud-based storage, for personal use Dropbox really does rule the roost — and it’s pretty easy to see why. There’s plenty of free storage and you get more when you tell your mates about the service (I’ve already scooped up 4 GB through referrals, which isn’t too shabby), plus it works pretty much on any computer and on any mobile device. The API also makes it really easy for developers to integrate it into their applications, and there’s currently over 100,000 applications on the Dropbox platform across all devices.

So what about Droplr then? I first found about it through Tweetbot, one of my favourite iPad Twitter clients and since then I’ve used it for pretty much everything, from images to links and even videos. For some people, it may be a second option or an alternative to Dropbox (sharing is much easier, for example) and for some (me included), it may become your only stop for cloud-based storage. Here’s why.


I have expenses. A lot of them. I need to keep track of them in a way that makes sense. I’ve tried the wallet full of receipts, but that hasn’t worked out for me. I need more than good intentions and lots of tiny slips of paper to stay on a budget.

Income.io has a place I can stick all those receipts and finally get on track. With profiles for everyone in my family and categories for just about anything, it seems to have everything I need to track expenses and watch where my money goes. (more…)

Every movie lover needs a companion, and the iPad is the perfect device for the job. With the apps here you will be able to see the latest trailers, watch full movies and track films that you want to see all from your iPad.
Whenever I sit down to watch a movie, I make sure that I have my iPad at hand. Whether I’m researching actors, looking up trivia or reading reviews to find out if a movie is worth my time, the iPad has revolutionised how I watch movies — and it can for you too by using the apps in this roundup!


I have been taking Spanish classes for almost a year now, but feel as if I need a helping hand in order to get a firm grasp of the Spanish language as sometimes I find that certain words and phrases just will not stick in my head no matter what I do. Enter Spanish For Dummies, an app version of the popular book that goes by the same name.

Spanish For Dummies can teach you basic Continental Spanish from the comfort of your own home, using text, audio, and even games to make the learning process as fun and pain-free as possible. Hit the jump to read more.


Programming languages are practical tools used to solve real-life problems. So naturally, the best way to learn a programming language — and by extension a programming utility like Pythonista — is by solving a real-life problem with it. That’s what we’re going to do here in Secondary Python, take an idea for a program, something that solves a problem, and then use Python and Pythonista to build a solution to that problem.

So without further ado, lets examine the project brief.

Gordon Ramsay: either you love him or you hate him. I’m a fan, and so downloading the app Gordon Ramsay Cook With Me was a no brainer. The description offers a collection of recipes and video demos and Gordon’s promise to “show you how to cook yourself into a better cook.” At a cost of $7.99 for the app with additional costs for recipe bundles, my first thought was, “This guy’s pretty proud of his app, we’ll see if it’s that good.”

If you’re like me, you’re interested to find out what this Michelin worthy chef’s favorite recipes are and excited to learn a new trick or two from the master. Maybe you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen this fall? Cooking with Gordon Ramsay is sure to make you a better, more disciplined cook.

Are you ready to get schooled by the chef from Hell’s Kitchen? Keep reading.


Role-playing games are a time-tested classic and one of my favourite video game genres. When you think of good RPGs, the first thing that springs to mind isn’t usually mobile devices, however, that assumption can be put to one side once you try out Pocket Legends for iPad.

Pocket Legends is the most featured RPG and the largest MMO out there for the iPad. I was a bit of a skeptic when I was first told about it; with no price tag, the deal seemed to good to be true. Rest assured though, it has a lot to offer for RPG fans. Lets see what makes this game as good as it is. (more…)

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