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Jesse Virgil

Jesse is a freelance writer that's passionate about about technology, apps and various forms of entertainment. When he's not busy trying to find the next great app to review, he enjoys writing on his own blog, recapps. You can follow Jesse on Twitter and Google+.

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There are many cloud storage services available these days (SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, Box and even Apple’s iCloud), but in my mind, Dropbox reigns supreme. I love the file management system, the ease of syncing content between devices, and the manner in which I can share files with others. Simply put, I’m a Dropbox fanboy.

Just before the holidays version 2.0 of Dropbox was released, bringing with it a brand spanking new design and new features geared towards uploading and managing photos. Having put away my ugly sweaters and wiping the eggnog from my chin, I’m ready to let you know if version 2.0 is a winner. All you have to do is hit the jump. (more…)

This past December, our own Jacob Penderworth discussed why he felt the iPad App Store has fallen into ruin. Penderworth stated that “instead of fixing the problems the old App Store had … Apple decided to create a hat of its own which you must draw from each day to download something.” Essentially, Penderworth felt that Apple shouldn’t have changed the App Store as drastically as they did, as it was already functioning fine. Instead, he suggests Apple should have tweaked the user interface and the left the rest as it was.

Being a fellow writer, I guarantee both Penderworth and I spend an exuberant amount of time browsing the App Store, however, I hold almost an entirely different opinion of the iPad App Store since the release of iOS 6. Hit the jump to learn how the App Store has been changed for the better. (more…)

The app store is full of a lot of great apps in many different categories, but in my experience it’s really been lacking a really good sports scores and statistics app. I tried using ScoreCenter and CBS Sports, but found both to be lacking a quality experience.

Luckily, I had ScoreMobile available on my iPhone, which I found overall to be a good app. But when it comes to looking up scores, standings and statistics, you simply can’t beat the screen real estate you get from the iPad versus the iPhone. Fortunately, ScoreMobile was recently updated, bringing with it iPad optimization and a brand new moniker — theScore Mobile. Hit the jump to find out if the “holy grail” of sports scores and statistics apps has finally come to the iPad. (more…)

When Apple decided to remove the YouTube app in iOS 6, I can’t say I was very heartbroken. The app was rarely updated, didn’t function very well and was a tad lacking in features. Nevertheless, if you upgraded to iOS 6 when it was first released near the end of September, you’ve either had to use Safari (or another browser app) or one of the many unofficial YouTube apps (Jasmine being the best option) to get your video content; that is, until now.

In a recent update to the iPhone version, the official third-party YouTube app finally gained iPad support. After spending some time with the app, I’m ready let you know if it’s been worth the wait. (more…)

When it hit the news that Google acquired Sparrow, a very popular third-party email app at the time, there was a harsh outcry by tech blogs and social media. Users were saddened by the notion that their beloved app would essentially be abandoned and stripped for parts. Unlike most app developers, the team at Sparrow was very good about collaborating with users in order to continually improve the app, which users really admired; so, the outcry was understandable.

At this point you may be wondering if I’ve forgotten that I’m reviewing an iPad app, since Sparrow is only available for the iPhone. Rest assured, I haven’t. If you’ve ever used Sparrow on the iPhone you know that the development team behind the app is obviously very talented, but when they shifted gears to work on the Gmail app, post buyout, I began to wait anxiously as I wanted to see if they’d be up to the challenge of fixing Google’s all but failed first attempt at developing a native Gmail app. Now that version 2.0 of Gmail has been released, maybe now I can find out. (more…)

There are many wonderful note taking apps available for the iPad. Some would even say there’s an abundance. So when the market for note taking apps is crowded by the likes of Evernote, Notability and Penultimate (just to name of few of the highest rated note apps in the App Store), how does an app that’s not as well known stand out? Catch Notes has approached this challenge by continually adding some nifty features since it’s version 5.0 update earlier this year; but is it enough to break out from the pack? Find out after the jump. (more…)

The battle for dominance between iOS and Android is not diminishing. Since the iPhone was introduced in 2007, and Android the year following, a back and forth struggle between the two operating systems continues to endure, with Android clearly winning the numbers game with a 75% worldwide market share. While not a very big threat at the moment, Microsoft has thrown their proverbial hat into the ring with the recent release of Windows Phone 8 and the Surface.

With all three mobile operating systems striving to become the clear choice for would-be smartphone buyers, I find it rather interesting that Google and Microsoft continue to build their presence on iOS, while Apple seems content to playing in their own backyard (so to speak). Why is this important? Hit the jump to find out. (more…)

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…)

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…)

Every so often, an app comes along that changes the game in it’s respective category. Shazam revolutionized how people identified songs. Instagram changed the way people capture and share photos. Evernote made it incredible easy to share notes across multiple platforms. While it’s become increasingly difficult for apps to change how people do certain things, it’s all the more impressive when one does.

When it was originally released for the iPad in 2010, Google Search certainly wasn’t a game changer. It provided a easy way to use the world’s favorite search engine, but it definitely wasn’t a replacement for Safari. However, with the release of version 2.5, Google Search now offers a voice search functionality that rivals Apple’s baked in voice function, Siri. Join us after the jump to learn more about Google’s new streaming voice search. (more…)

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