If you're a parent or you're around children with any regularity at all, you know that the kids are going to get their hands on your iOS device. There is nothing you can do about this, so accept inevitability and put their interest to good use. Still, the number of valid educational apps out there is sadly limited. Thankfully, the good folks who made Sesame Street's There's A Monster at the End of This Book bring to us Endless Alphabet.
Tax season is upon us, eliciting groans of anguish across the U.S. as business owners and citizens alike prep for another round of less-than-pleasant paperwork, number crunching, and debt juggling. The good news is tax time doesn't have to be such a drag. While a few helpful apps let you do your taxes and file them right from your iOS device, there are plenty of others that offer much-needed support during this tricky time of year. Cut down on the chaos with these great tax season app picks, some of which are best used year-round to make the next filing process even easier.
Macworld is here! The biggest bestest event for fans of everything Apple kicked off today at Moscone West in San Francisco, with an all-day session on iPhoneography. If you're interested in the other sessions and speakers taking place throughout the weekend, be sure to download the official Macworld/iWorld official app, or visit macworldiworld.com.
Highlights of what I saw today (day zero?) after the jump!
At its core, Notion is a powerful music notation tool. Basically, it transcribes music on the fly, allowing composers to quickly and easily get ideas down onto paper with the help of a MIDI keyboard or other controller. It also allows for fine editing of individual notes, and even step-recording (that is, note-by-note) to transcribe complex passages.
If there’s one thing you should know before playing The Cave, it’s that appearances are deceiving. What at first seems to be a whimsical spelunking adventure gradually becomes a surreal trip through the depths of the soul. Cute, big-headed stock characters hide dark, twisted secrets. And what might at first seem like a straightforward 2D puzzle-platformer is in fact a clever throwback to classic point-and-click adventures of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Of course, discovering all that is a big part of what makes The Cave so irresistibly engaging.
Social media catfights! Wall Street boneheads or Apple's got a problem? Dude, Where's My App Store? All these tantalizing teasers are just a hint of the news of the week from the handy dandy staff of Mac|Life.
There’s been a lot of news recently about Apple stocks, Vine, the MySpace relaunch, and assorted earnings reports, but amid all the excitement, most media outlets have missed out on the real big Apple-related story of the past week: The official Mr. T app has launched across all iOS devices. Yes, that’s right: thanks to developer Widebeam Digital, the gold-chain-wearing, fool-pitying ’80s icon now has an official app (and it’s presently only $0.99).
January is National Hobby Month, and while the month itself is almost over, it's never too late to pick up a new personal pastime. Whether you want to take up a new skill, dust off an old interest, or just need a diversion that you can turn to, it's good to have a leisurely pursuit to partake in. Once you've picked your great escape, let us help you turn it into a full blown obsession. We've compiled eight apps geared toward the most common hobbies, which are designed to help you indulge yourself in your acquired interest. These apps will turn you from dabbler to hobbyist and potentially even enthusiast in no time.
Lode Runner should be instantly familiar to anyone who spent much time on computers during the '80s. Originally released in 1983, it focuses on the adventures of a lone stick figure out to get rich while evading sinister guards. Lode Runner Classic offers up a faithful, mostly unchanged port of the 30-year-old original — but while the game itself is still mostly fantastic, the iOS shell that's been built around it leaves something to be desired.
It's the battle of the social media titans. LOL, JK. Facebook unveiled some rather interesting stuff today if you like searching among your friends for plumbers or Grateful Dead fans (you probably know who, right?) and making calls to your Facebook friends. And on the other hand, former player MySpace is letting itself be used by Justin Timberlake to launch his new album. Heck, they're probably paying him. What a gig. So what else happened that wasn't about social media? Let's have a peek.