At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last June, Microsoft introduced a secondary screen app called Xbox SmartGlass that provides additional content related to the game, movie or music being played on a user’s Xbox 360. After waiting nearly five months, the Xbox SmartGlass was finally released for iOS devices. Having spent some time with the app, I’m ready to give you an overview of its capabilities and tell you whether it has lived up to the hype. Hit the jump to dive in. (more…)
Before the Japanese began sending people through foam Tetris shapes via conveyor belt, there was a golden age of the game show in America. Shows like The Match Game and Family Feud were primetime hits and the trickle down effect even led to niche off-shoots like Supermarket Sweep.
There’s still a feeling of nostalgia with many gameshows, today. Be it primetime or daytime, many generations grew up with Bob Barker, Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek and while many never have punched their ticket to the live audience show in California, for a much lower price you can live vicariously through an avatar contestant on the iPad.
Today we’ve put together three classic gameshows reincarnated on the iPad: Family Feud and Friends, Jeopardy HD, and Wheel of Fortune HD. Let’s jump right in! (more…)
With the lack of widgets built into iOS, the desire to perform actions quicker is usually requested. Some people turn to jailbreaking to achieve quicker access to apps and settings, but I believe most users would rather not deal with the extra work. URL schemes have become more popular with launcher apps which allow for apps to communicate with each other in a certain way. Whether if it is to open the app or to perform an action in the app, url schemes can make sharing data easier.
Launch+ aims to help alleviate some of the troubles of sharing data across apps. By using url schemes, apps can be opened and data can be shared across iOS. Launch+ also includes reminders which can remind you to launch an app or send a text message to someone. Does the iPad need a launcher app since there is a considerable amount of more room for more apps? Read on after the break to see. (more…)
Whether you are cooking a family meal from scratch or merely adding water and milk to a packet of instant mac ‘n’ cheese, converting, measuring and weighing ingredients is a regular, if somewhat confusing, requirement of everyday life, and can easily lead to tasteless, unappetizing food when done incorrectly.
Enter Kitchen Aid Kit Pro by Hitlab Ltd, an innovative iPad-only app that promises to help eliminate these troubles by doing the hard work for you by crunching numbers, calculating calories and much more besides. Let’s take a closer look. (more…)
I had an interesting discussion with my wife the other day. When I picked out my iPad mini, I went with white. Although I love the black for my full sized iPad, I didn’t like the black back on the mini, so I bought one in white. For her, black is the only option, no question asked.
What about you? Do you have/want a black iPad or a white one? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Too often it seems like games based on movies are mediocre adaptations of a film’s plot. But, to their credit, they usually fare much better than the reverse, when movies are sourced from video games. Either way, Wreck-It Ralph sort of blurs the lines and begs the question: Which came first — the game or the movie?
The ambiguity only enhances what players get in this three-game package (soon to be four, so stay tuned). Wreck-It Ralph serves as an extension of its film, but in theory, these games come before the plot presented in the hit Disney film.
Do the individual adventures make for a cohesive and entertaining addition to the franchise? Find out after the jump. (more…)
Happy Thursday again, fellow iPad gamers. This time around we’ve got five very different and popular games to look at, featuring scaling skyscrapers, monkeys chasing (what else?) bananas) and a raccoon who knows how to load a bubble-busting gun.
There’s also a young man determined to race his car up every hill in sight, and a collection of aliens who can’t get enough of the game hangman. Click “more” to take a look at this eclectic bunch. (more…)
The latest big screen adaption of Ian Fleming’s MI6 agent, James Bond, was released this month and it’s named Skyfall. Along with the usual action-packed story of car chases and many people being shot, there was the beautiful title song from Adele, some good acting from Daniel Craig and guests, and other things you’d expect from a 007 film. It was good, and I am glad I went to see it.
What about living the James Bond life though? Obviously you can’t do so daily, but there are always video games. Consider transporting yourself to the world of espionage and secret codes. Books can only take you so far, as can motion pictures. It’d be more fun to actually feel like you are the character. Sadly, there are no official Bond games available. There are alternatives, however, and I’d like to take a look at some of them after the break. (more…)
Stealing an evil mastermind’s throne is never a good idea, especially when you’re a puny, soluble sugar cube, and it’s clear that Sugar Kid is in for a rough ride when the BulkyPix-developed puzzle game opens with the question “do you like some gore?” (which can be turned on or off according to taste.)
Happily, the game doesn’t disappoint following this auspicious start, and throughout its ninety-plus levels, Sugar Kid peppers sickeningly cute graphics with an abundance of blood and guts in a simple and repetitive but altogether fun pick-up-and-play title. Let’s find out more, shall we? (more…)
iTunes Match is an offering from Apple where you pay a fixed fee per year($24.99), and using iTunes, it matches the music you have in your library with its own central store. Once matched, these tracks are then available to listen to on all of your Apple devices, or through iTunes on up to five PCs.
Let me say up front that I love iTunes match now, but it hasn’t been an easy start. Like any worthwhile relationship, there has been some learning to do, adjustments to be made here and there and even some compromises made. And there has certainly been a lot of patience needed. Let me explain: (more…)