The fact that Safari is baked into iOS creates a thorny problem for competing web browsers looking to innovate on the platform. Although Opera has a capable “mini” version of its own product, the company takes a bolder step toward reinventing iPad browsing with Coast — even if it leaves a bit too much of the past behind. Unlike competing browser apps, Coast by Opera abandons the majority of the desktop-style UI conventions that have thus far been a staple on the iPad.
This week's hottest news story — duh — was the iPhone 5s and 5c, so our weekly wrap up of the hottest news is pretty much all iPhone all the way. So if you just got out of jail or you are waking from a coma or somehow or other you weren't near anything that broadcast what we call "news," then this one is for you. And if you like reliving Apple's latest and greatest unveiling, this one is also for you.
The iPhone 5s might look a whole lot like the iPhone 5 it replaced, but under the hood it's a whole new animal. Speed and security is the name of the game, but there are plenty of little improvements to keep it ahead of its competitors. And if you still want your friends to know you're rocking the newest model, there are enough external changes to set it apart from last year's handset. Here's a look at the most exciting upgrades and enhancements coming with the iPhone 5s.
When you work as a freelancer, or in any form of independent contract work, you often need to be fluent and literate in legalese. Sometimes you may have to enter agreements via the internet's Mos Eisley, Craigslist, and you're looking for even just a shred of protection. Have no fear; Shake is here. With a few simple taps and values entered, you can show the world that your legal kung fu is better than theirs.
Serious music-making and song-sequencing apps on iOS tend to fall along the more complicated end of the spectrum, requiring many hours of tweaking, fiddling, and experimenting before you can master them. It's rare to find a song-crafting app that aims squarely at the younger set and strives to inject a bit of lighthearted fun into the process. Luckily, StarComposer bridges that gap fairly well. It packs a simple, streamlined presentation and enough musical variety to keep its intended audience tinkering away with lots of silly songs, but a couple of head-scratching design decisions keep it from being truly great.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Disney sequel Where's My Water? 2 makes the biggest splash due the series' enduring popularity, but the week is otherwise largely dominated by fresh fare like first-person shooter Dead Effect, the camera-enabled Go Dance, and charming low-key puzzler Strata.
We're a week into the new NFL season, and already we've had surprises, intrigue, and high-scoring affairs – in other words, football is back in full swing. Most sports fans probably already have a score-checking app of choice, likely set to alert you with each scoring drive or change of possession, but if you want to stay truly plugged into the league beyond just the weekly numbers, you'll need a few more apps in your arsenal. Here are eight apps that can help you follow all of the action this season.
Human, a fitness tracker for iPhone and iPod touch, aims to help you lead a more productive and healthy life by letting you know how active you are throughout the day. Unlike other more robust trackers currently available, Human simply tracks your daily activity levels in minutes and not calories. All you need to worry about is staying active with your device in tow. Though its ease of use makes it great for those seeking an uncomplicated way to manage their fitness levels, Human’s sparse features and inaccurate sensors may make it more trouble than it’s worth.
Ubisoft, the Europe-based publisher known for properties such as Rayman, Splinter Cell, and Assassin’s Creed, recently revealed a new spate of upcoming games--including several that are making their way to iOS and other mobile platforms. If you want to pillage the high seas, pull off some insane stunts, or engage in some classic platforming action, Ubisoft may have just what you're looking for.
The appearance of a traditional Call of Duty on iOS is long overdue – with the gap ably filled by Gameloft's lookalike Modern Combat series – as earlier entries focused on the Zombies survival side mode from the console games. But much as Call of Duty: Strike Team resembles its big-budget brethren on the surface, it's not quite as typical as it seems thanks to the ability to switch to an overhead tactical view and control multiple squad members with simple taps. And that's a very good thing, as the mobile-friendly perspective is actually the better half of this glossy military shooter experience.