As much as we love our mice and trackpads, Apple’s marketing has made us a bit jaded about anything with “magic” in its name. So, when Mimo Monitors’ Magic Touch landed on our doorstep, we were appropriately skeptical.
It’s easy to forget the iPad’s been around for only three years, since it’s made such a big footprint in our day-to-day lives. It’s great for lean-back, leisurely weekend activities like watching a movie, video chatting with faraway relatives, and playing a few rounds of Words with Friends. But don’t leave it behind when it’s time to return to the salt mines Monday morning—turns out, the iPad works at the office almost as hard as you do.
Streaming services seem to be big news this week as everyone tries to figure out how to capitalize on that space and be your next big content provider. Amazon picks up Netflix's spurned shows, while Hulu's on the auction block and seriously, are they really going to call it iRadio? That and more streaming your way after the jump.
There's certainly no accounting for taste. Musically, many of us have completely different preferences in the shows we watch, and even the food we eat. Stand-up comedy is hardly any different, but unless you're in the clubs or a serious podcast enthusiast, chances are your best outlets are Comedy Central or those emails your uncle sends you that you quickly delete. Well, fortunately Comedy Central has opened up its archives in iOS form with CC: Stand-Up.
Whether your next great adventure is climbing mountains, riding jet skis, or even skydiving, the Contour+2 captures the fun. Priced at $399.99, the Contour+2 is comparable to the highest-end GoPro HERO3, but offers unique features in a sleeker, barrel-shaped package. Thanks to Bluetooth, for example, you can use your iPhone (or Android phone) to adjust camera settings, preview shots, and start and stop recording.
If there’s one thing a designer loves more than typography, it’s discovering new colors. Thanks to Adobe Kuler (derived from the Mauritian creole word for “color”), capturing and sharing any shade of the rainbow is now as easy as opening an iPhone app. Much like the Flash-based web version, which is one of the more intriguing services included with Adobe Creative Cloud, Kuler allows designers to play with and save five-color swatches (called “themes”) for later use in desktop applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign.
Everyone agrees that eating healthy is important. Problem is, it can be really hard to do, especially if you have a busy life. One of the secrets to making healthy eating work for you is to have a solid plan in place. That way, when you’re driving home from work and the McDonald’s drive-thru is calling your name, you can avoid the temptation. Whether you’re an accomplished cook or a restaurant regular, these eight iOS apps can help you make a plan and stick with it through the cravings.
When you begin a game of Stickets, the emptiness of its 5x5 grid is a vast expanse of possibility. You have four shapes, all L-blocks made up of three squares each. These squares alternate in color between three set tones, with the palette randomly ordered. Each L-block, unable to be rotated, can be placed anywhere on the screen as long as there’s room to accommodate its shape, and when placed it plays an ambient tone. Once on the grid, the block is replaced with one of a different color arrangement, with the same rotation. Your sole objective: Make three or more squares of the same color touch so you can clear them from the board. There’s no timer, and the only score is the number of moves you manage to rack up. What do you do? Stickets' total lack of forgiveness generates a brilliant iPhone puzzle experience.
Many different genres and software types are well represented in the App Store, including games, musical instruments and recording options, science tools, and loads of other choices. However, so rarely does one app meld together varying experiences in a way that yields something as downright cool, fun, and creative as Musyc. It comes as no surprise that this amazing little gem was created by the same minds behind the excellent drum app DM1, and while it’s hard to completely control at times, the entropy is a big part of the absolute fun here.
So a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, and a berserker walk into a bar [cue cheesy sitcom laugh track]. Admittedly, there's nothing particularly revolutionary about the way Warhammer Quest's quartet of generic protagonists gallivant away on catacomb-clearing, monster-carving adventures across the brooding fantasy landscape. But this turn-based dungeon crawler based on the mid-'90s RPG tabletop board game doesn't disappoint with its flashy presentation, excellent storytelling, and satisfying creature-pummeling combat.