In August 2011 our own Scott Danielson reviewed Calendars, which he called a “powerful Google Calendar client for iPad, but with it’s unique feature set and functionality, it might be a bit too much app for the casual scheduler.” Since his review, the team at Readdle have been quite busy releasing updates at a feverish pace (averaging nearly two updates per month). Being one that enjoys going back to the well (obviously not my own) every so often, I gave Calendars a second test run to see if Readdle could improve upon an already impressive replacement for the first-party Calendars app.

Has the app been streamlined to appeal towards casual users? Have the necessary features been added to make it the de facto calendar app? Find out after the jump. (more…)

It’s only been out since 24th October 2012, but Letterpress (the new iOS app from Loren Brichter of Tweetie fame) has taken iOS gaming by storm. The crashing of Game Centre — the weekend following the launch of Letterpress app — has been attributed to its huge success. So what is the appeal of Letterpress, is it really the perfect word game? Following it’s update to version 1.1, on 17th November, is there really any room for improvement? (more…)

When the PlayStation 2 slim released in late 2004, I desperately wanted one. Of course, so did every other kid on the block. Those weren’t just the days of golden gaming, they were the days of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. There was nothing like a game of getting away from the highway patrolmen in a fast car. Even if it wasn’t real, there was a certain thrill to the game. That’s just how the Need for Speed games make you feel: like you’re there, in the car, fighting for freedom of the coastal roads with your Lamborghini Murcielago. Preferably the green one.

Then, last year, the new, revamped Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit came to the iPad and iPhone. I thought it’d be the best day of my life once again. Sadly, while the game was fun, the experience wasn’t as good as the first two in the series and I completed the game within a week. But EA has returned this year with yet another reconditioned title — Need for Speed: Most Wanted. It’s on all the major consoles and iOS, so why not buy it? Well …


Let me start by saying this: I am a huge  Star Wars fan. I love the movies, I love the collectibles, I love the video games. So of course when Rovio announced they were making a Star Wars themed Angry Birds game, I was all over it. I was looked at video clips and screens shots while patiently awaiting the release date. And then it came, and I quickly picked it up.

After having a little more than a weekend to play with it, I can say I am not disappointed. Let’s check out Angry Birds Star Wars HD after the break. (more…)

The iPad is a pretty great device, as we all know. Now, we’ve got two basic sizes to choose from: the iPad mini, and the iPad, umm, regular? Well whatever you call it, there are still two basic devices out there you can get.

Whether you’re in the market for a new iPad today, or you’re going to wait until another one comes out, here’s the question: will you buy an iPad mini or a regular sized model? Is the size your main preference or is it the available horsepower? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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The zombie apocalypse has arrived, and yes, they want your brains. The only thing that separates you from the wrath of the hungry zombies is the span of your lawn. You need protection, and you need it quick. The solution? Plants.

In Plants vs. Zombies HD, you will have to ward off swarms upon swarms of zombies as they flood in mercilessly. However, you may survive by utilizing plants that are seemingly bred for the sole purpose of warding off zombies. Find out more about this addicting strategy game after the break. (more…)

This new releases in this week’s roundup are a little bit military, a little bit fantasy adventure. But more importantly, they include a game that combines two of my favorite things: Jedis and some very disgruntled fowl. That’s right, the Star Wars edition of Angry Birds has arrived.

Let’s take a look. And of course, may the birds be with you as you take on the Pig Star. (more…)

IOS users love utilities such as the Calendar, Reminders and Notes. They save trees by digitally writing stuff down instead of using Post-its. They also succeed in keeping you, your thoughts and your commitments organized. But what if you could take their features a step further by integrating them all into one app? That’s the aim of Awesome Calendar.

The all-in-one app pulls features from these apps (or, more specifically, their Google counterparts) to give you a more comprehensive view of your daily tasks. Can Awesome Calendar’s one-screen view and use of visual aids streamline all of your to-do lists and tasks? Find out after the break. (more…)

I have been a huge admirer of Aviary for a long time now. I don’t use their web apps often, but I’m in awe at them for showing the world what web apps are capable of. The range and quality of their toolkit on the web is praiseworthy. It’s no wonder that the developers have started licensing their toolkit.

Image editing in the mobile phone genre is largely powered by Aviary, and the most famous example of this is the recently launched Twitpic app. Not just comfortable being in the background, Aviary has launched its official iOS app in the app store. Let’s go check out how functional it is. (more…)

Time trackers are popular apps these days, with each one aiming to increase productivity, provide greater accuracy in recording billable hours, and simplify the process of generating reports. For small businesses, entrepreneurs and independent contractors such as myself, an effective time-tracking program can be an invaluable tool, and finding the perfect one is no easy quest.

OfficeTime has entered the game, promising all of the above and more. Having seemingly understood the “something for everybody” maxim, the developers have created a system that is extraordinarily simple to implement, yet can be more involved for those who want, well, more. Come on, I’ll show you how it works. (more…)

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