Your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch come with some handy apps built in, and you've no doubt added a few -- or a few dozen -- more. A good utility can elevate your device from great to greater, adding all kinds of insanely useful features that it didn't have before. But with more than half a million apps in the App Store, finding the right utilities to purchase can be a chore and a half. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites, some a little more obvious but still essential, and some that we feel are chronically overlooked.
Halfbrick has a knack for creating cheap, quick-hit apps that immediately devour any remaining free time you thought you had -- see Fruit Ninja, above all -- and new universal app Jetpack Joyride may be its finest work to date. Like precursor Monster Dash, Jetpack Joyride thrusts everyman-turned-badass Barry Steakfries in a frantic side-scrolling adventure, but as indicated in the title (originally Machine Gun Jetpack), you're no longer stuck on the ground.
The iPad 2 is great for simple daily tasks like checking email, web browsing, and casual gaming. But iOS’s onscreen keyboard can be frustrating when you need to do some serious typing. Even with loads of practice, virtual keys will never replace the flow of a real keyboard. Fortunately, the latest trend in iPad acessories is Bluetooth-enabled keyboard cases that do double duty, transforming your iPad 2 into a tiny laptop computer and protecting your tablet while they’re at it.
Summer turns to fall this week, but aside from the arrival of football season it is business as usual for the Apple legal team. Samsung is looking to get some points on the courtroom scoreboard fast and has resorted to some trick plays before the inevitable lawsuits kickoff with the next iPhone. Meanwhile, HTC may end up with a fresh set of downs here in the U.S. after an official review by the International Trade Commission.
Join us for another two-minute drill as we review the big events this past week involving Apple and their legal team on the courtroom gridiron.
Nik Software is giving away its powerful photo app Snapseed for free, but only for two more days. The promotion, part of Apple’s 72hr App Store on Facebook free app program, started yesterday at 12 noon (PST) and will run through 12 noon (PST) on Friday.
Snapseed, which usually sells for $4.99, is a photo editing, enhancing, and sharing app, full of a lot of robust features. It is designed for the everyday user and includes the ability to take photos, enhance them with slick effects, and show them to the world through a broad range of sharing options.
When the iPad 2 launched earlier this year, Apple offered a program to donate your first-generation model, where Teach For America would in turn use them in some of the poorest schools across America -- and now, more than 9,000 units have made their way across 38 states.
Well, Netflix has been in the news a lot lately, and it hasn't all be pleasant for the one-time darling of Wall Street. In July, Netflix announced they would be splitting up their DVD and streaming into two separate products, which effectively raised prices around 60 percent. Many customers were angry, and yesterday CEO Reed Hastings said, "I messed up."
But the apology also included some more disruptive news, that Netflix would be spinning off the DVD business altogether into a separate company called Qwikster. Not sure if this is a good or a bad thing yet, and confused why Netflix choose the name of a Twitter account belonging to a weed-smoking Elmo for their new venture, many customers are giving up on CEO Hastings and Netflix and looking for new ways to get their movie fix.
This month we’re giving away the TimeCommand App-Enhanced Audio Alarm Dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad (deep breath). This dock is the dock you always wished you had, and with the complimentary apps, we finally found an alarm clock worthy of our iDevice. Whether you’re displaying a larger than life analog clock from your iPad, or a tiny digital one from your iPod Nano, the TimeCommand will look right at home on your bed stand. And the best part? The TimeCommand provides an outlet on the power supply so you don’t have to decide between your bedside lamp and your new favorite alarm clock.
Since the moment it hit store shelves, Apple’s iPad has been a runaway success. Even with a glut of Android, QNX and -- albeit briefly -- WebOS powered tablets flooding the market, the Cupertino designed iOS device has not only held its own, but stifled the sales of computing hardware like the Xoom and Eee Pad Transformer.
Despite being the yard stick against which all other current tablet hardware is measured, Apple’s slim sliver of awesome wasn’t the tablet to hit the market. Far from it, as a matter of fact. We’ve put together collection of five tablets that, while may have been technologically tasty in their day, faded into obscurity as the days wore on.