iPhone 5 cases were a bit on the scarce side right at launch, but now they're multiplying faster than tribbles. We're going to review every case we get our hands on, and we'll keep this gallery updated as we do. From simple silicon skins to rugged drop-proof tanks to blinged-out jewel-encrusted cases, we've got 'em all.
It's the weekend again, people. Which means you finally have a chance to catch up with all the news that broke this week, to check out some sweet reviews, to take our app advice, and to find some of the best how-tos and Mac help this side of the Genius Bar. It's the top stories from the news you missed.
Every Mac power user knows the might of the OS X menu bar. For the rest of us, that ever-present beam topping our desktops has been ignored for too long. You’ll likely see a few icons there already—system items such as Wi-Fi signal and volume, for example. Apple calls these “Menu Extras.” What we’re interested in, though, are third-party menulets or “applets”—super-charged icons that when clicked offer quick access to inspired utilities and novel services. If you’ve got a Dropbox account, you have one; likewise if you have Growl. But there are many more out there just waiting to be discovered. Here’s 20 of the very best.
It's easier than ever to put your ideas online and in front of an eager audience these days. There are a ton of different reasons why you might want to start your own blog. Perhaps you want a space to share your writing. Maybe you like posting comics or pictures of your friends. You might even want to share your disgruntled rants at the end of a particularly crappy work week. Whatever the case, options for blogging right from your iOS device are plentiful. Grab these apps to give your blogging life a big boost.
We didn't even realize it when we were picking this week's stories, but we really are in a post-PC world. Every last article is about the mobile world. For better or worse, Steve Jobs has charted our future's course (or at least he was really adept at predicting it and getting Apple on that crest). So check it out, newshounds, it's an iOS-errific world.
It's no wonder that the endless runner genre has flourished on the iPhone: simple concepts and control schemes tend to work best on touch devices, and running for your life is about as basic a game premise as you can get. Luckily, thanks to inventive developers, we haven't tired of this fast-paced template, as there's a wealth of variations on the theme in the App Store with many even available for free. Need a getaway game that can send you vaulting up the leaderboards while you're actually just sitting around? Here are our picks for the 10 best endless runner games available today for iPhone.
When you consider that city-building games tap in to our innate desire to build, it’s little surprise that they’re so popular. None hold the cachet of Will Wright’s seminal SimCity series, which has been running strong for nearly 25 years and will launch a long-awaited fifth main entry on Mac later this spring, but all manage to turn a task as tough as urban planning into a fun pastime. Here are 10 interesting iOS city builders that’ll have you plotting roads and zoning residential land in your sleep.
So Google dropped two items, two pricey items, out into the public sphere recently. Only one of which is for sale for anyone, while the other is still in test mode. Meanwhile we've got some serious review love this week. So if you want our take on the email app du jour and more, you've come to the right place.
If you’ve always found that you do your best work in coffee shops, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s a scientific reason for it. Last year, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that moderate levels of steady background noise (at approximately 70 decibels) actually spur creativity and abstract thinking better than silence. Heading to the local coffee shop isn’t always an option, of course, but with headphones, these eight ambient noise apps do an excellent job of delivering a similar audio experience, regardless of your surroundings.
Nearly five years prior to the Mac App Store, Noise Industries debuted FxFactory, a centralized hub for buying and installing visual effects plug-ins. Since then, FxFactory has become the de facto standard for software developers writing creative plug-ins for enhancing Final Cut Pro, Motion, Premiere Pro and After Effects, with hundreds of options available and new choices added each month.