I remember quite clearly how the iPad’s initial release went down in 2010. I told my wife that there was no way I’d buy one because what was the point? And then, a few months later when the 3G model came out to the public, there I was in line to buy one.
I loved that iPad, and the two that followed in my household, an iPad 2 and an iPad mini. But for me, the mini was where it was at, it was just missing that Retina display. Now that the iPad mini has the fabled screen and is available to the public, is it worth the purchase? (more…)
Most of us now watch drama, comedy, film and sport online and on-demand, in a format that allows us to skip forward and rewind at will. We’re no longer tied to schedules, no longer reliant on DVRs to untie us from those schedules, and no longer bound by the advert breaks those DVRs helped us to avoid.
Unfortunately, news hasn’t joined the party. We still watch live broadcasts in the traditional, inflexible way, and in so doing, we sit through plenty of headlines of no interest. This is a crazy situation for a form of programming which is, perhaps, the most subject critical. The main reason for this illogical status quo is convenience; switching on your TV is easy, but watching news online is not.
This is the problem that Watchup wants to solve. The idea is to draw content from some of the world’s most respected news outlets into one, autoplaying stream, which adapts to match your taste. But does the execution meet the appealing theory?
Whether you play it or not, Call of Duty is a franchise every gamer knows about. For the last few years, the annual November release of the series — this year being Infinity Ward’s Ghosts — is one of the biggest launches of the year and sparks the regular debate on the franchise’s innovation and gameplay depth.
In between the release of 2012’s Black Ops 2 and this year’s Ghosts, Call of Duty once again hit iOS with Strike Team. Joining two iOS versions of the game’s popular Zombies survival mode, Strike Team claims to offer an enticing first and third-person action experience. Let’s see whether it lives up to that avowal. (more…)
Flickr has enjoyed something of a resurgence ever since Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo!’s CEO. With their excellent Flickr iPhone app and storage limits being increased to a whopping 1TB, the popular photo sharing site is back with a vengeance.
Unfortunately, the experience of using the Flickr website on the iPad, for both browsing photos and making edits to metadata, has always been something of a mixed bag and is usually not a pleasant experience. Flickr Studio aims to bridge the divide between Flickr’s extensive service and your photos, letting you make all sorts of changes to both photo and metadata in an app that really pushes the envelope when it comes to Flickr’s API.
Once in a while, an app comes along that’s so good at what it does that it’s hard to believe its low price. These apps become essentials, favourites, apps we use nearly every day to document the things that matter. For me, Day One is one of those apps. It’s an iPhone app that’s as important to me as the built-in camera, one that changes the way I live and gives me some much-needed time for reflection every day. It’s an app that has changed the way I live my life.
I was so excited to give the iOS 7 update to Day One a shot and see what the team has brought to the app. I wasn’t disappointed. Read on to find out what makes Day One such a winner, and how it changes the way we look at making journals.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but there is still time to start planning if you haven’t already. This week I’ve selected another free app that promises to help you plan your menu, schedule the cooking and cope with kitchen disasters. Thanksgiving Menu Maker from Fine Cooking boasts 75 recipes, plus how-to videos, Turkey tips and wine pairing ideas. They aim to provide the whole package, from planning to shopping to cooking the meal.
Does the app deliver on functionality? Can the classic Fine Cooking put out an app that’s modern and inspiring for home cooks? Keep reading to find out.
With the convergence of technologies in the living room, it was only a matter of time before games consoles and mobile devices, such as the iPad, collided. This Second screen experience has been around for a while with apps of varying degrees of quality and functionality. Wether it’s Sony’s BEYOND Touch, an app that lets you use your iOS device as a control device for Beyond: Two Souls, or Microsoft’s Halo Waypoint, that provided a real-time map of the matchmaking game you were currently playing in Halo: Reach, the purpose was always to add a new level of interaction and replay value to games, providing an enhanced experience for gamers.
With the launch of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, the latest in the long-running franchise, Ubisoft has also released Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Companion on the iPad that offers a great experience and genuinely adds to the game, not detract from it.
Apple worked very hard on developing iOS 7, the most recent release of its mobile operating system, which effectively transformed the stale user interface to something more colorful. As usual, it received mixed reviews. Some people called it “flat”, while others believed its colors rendered it “childish”.
It’s a fact that people don’t like change, so negative reactions to iOS 7 are not surprising. Apple’s recent update to the Remote app, on the other hand, is quite unexpected. It includes a full redesign to fit snugly with iOS 7. But strangely, it goes beyond the call of duty here, introducing new and foreign UI elements. Usually I would praise experimentation, but in this case, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing. (more…)