Of the built-in apps offered up by Apple in iOS, the default Music app offers one of the better experiences. The minimal design and easy-to-use interface provides iPad users everything they need to listen to their music. However, one of great things about the App Store is that if you that don’t care for the app that’s been offered up by Apple, there are plenty of third-party alternatives available.
If you’re into Microsoft’s Modern UI, then Track 8 is a great option. If you like a lot of bells and whistles in your music player, perhaps Groove 2 is more to your liking. If you’re a fan of bare bones minimal design and gestures, then CarTunes is may just be the music player app you’ve been waiting for. Join us after the jump to learn much more. (more…)
I love books. As Elizabeth Scott once famously quipped, “I like that the moment you open one and sink into it you can escape from the world, into a story that’s way more interesting than yours will ever be.” Books are my best friends; they keep me entertained and encouraged. Whenever I feel depressed or need a shoulder to lean on, I turn back to a book, be it Jonathan Livingston Seagull or Goblet of Fire. iPad has evolved into a powerful, mobile library over the years, thanks in large to iBooks.
I can’t imagine how I’d survive my long and tedious ride to my office without my iPad, but the problem is finding the right book. We often rely on critics like the New York Times, who heavily rely on sales numbers to measure a book’s quality, to find our next book. But, more often than not, we walk away disappointed. Wouldn’t it be a better idea to listen to your like-minded friends rather than a complete stranger? That’s what GoodReads is all about. (more…)
When I married a woman who is an incredible cook and loves to bake, I knew I had hit the jackpot. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize is that also meant I was now obligated to watch hours of programming on the Food Network. In the last five years I’ve seen so much Paula Deen my arteries are clogged just from watching, and I’ve learned that you can make literally anything into a food competition with ingredients I’ve never even heard of (what exactly is “jaggery” anyway?).
Well, if you’re a foodie like my wife who loves watching the Food Network then you might interested in their new app, Food Network On the Road. The question now is does it live up to the promise of helping you find all the places where the stars eat when you’re on the road? Read on to find out. (more…)
Did you get any sleep on Thursday night? If you were preordering the new iPad mini, chances are you didn’t. That’s because preorders went live at midnight Pacific time in the U.S., which kept a lot of east coasters up pretty late into the night (or early in the morning, depending on your perspective).
So did you preorder one? Were you able to get the order placed at all? Are you going to wait in line instead? Let us know in the poll to the right!
EA’s annually-refreshed series of FIFA games are an impressive achievement for the developer. Next to Call of Duty, the year’s FIFA game is one of few products to regularly receive overnight queues and widespread sell outs, at least in the UK. And the success of the series is far from unjust with even the most minimal fans of the sport being able to have a great time in the competitive setting.
Sport games aren’t new for iOS but, to be honest, they aren’t something I’ve opted for in the past. However, when FIFA 13 happened to be a launch-optimised universal title for the iPhone 5, I decided to give it a go with some impressive results. Let’s take a look! (more…)
Have you heard the common expression “tongue-tied?” Well, one of the games in this week’s roundup will have you “finger-tied.” And I’ll let you try to guess what that might mean.
There are also games in which you get to save mankind, defy a planet full of squares and skateboard over anything and everything (and without the threat of possible injury, natch). Oh, and there’s also this game about a hedgehog named Sonic. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Check it all out after the jump. (more…)
It’s not all too often that we get to review some amazing iOS applications years after they come out. Today we will be taking a look at Flight Control HD, which is by no means a new game, but it is most definitely one of the best to ever reach iOS. Even two and a half years after it was first released, it manages to top the iTunes charts. Learn what makes Flight Control HD a chart-topper after the break. (more…)
My mother always comes up with these get-rich quick ideas whenever I’m looking for new work. Early last summer, when I found myself in such a predicament, she came up to me with this “great business model” she’d been speaking to somebody on the phone about: a distribution model in which I, as a third-party vendor of sorts, contact doctors’ offices and laundromats and other such businesses and sell them advertising-heavy magazines at “discounted” rates. I get to keep a big portion of the cut, pay for some of the print cost for smaller, local publications, and get to tour the city a lot looking for crummy joints who might be interested in my sales pitch.
I told her that there was no way I’d get involved in that — as far as I was concerned, people were all reading the news on their smartphones and tablets. And I was certain that magazines would become digitally replaced as soon as somebody figured out the best way to format a magazine for such devices. I told her I was tempted to get in on it and make a curated news app myself, just so I could prove to her that the market for paper magazines was seriously diminishing by comparison.
It’s not particularly new news, but in case you haven’t been following along, Evernote has been very busy building a fleet of useful, cross-platform applications to help you stay organized and “remember everything.” In addition to the handful of tools sporting the actual name Evernote, the company added formerly-independent applications Penultimate and Skitch to their lineup. Along with this recruitment came some app updates to include standard things like Evernote integration, but Skitch, in particular, received a pretty handsome makeover.
If you’ve never even heard of Skitch, it is an application whose main functionality is designed to help you take and annotate screenshots. Today, we’re going to look at how Skitch has changed since we last reviewed it, and whether or not the tool is still worthy of helping you use your images to communicate. Hit the jump to read on. (more…)