Spreadsheets aren't anyone's idea of sexy. Here's a cell, it adds up other cells; here's a cell, it averages other cells. And so on. In fact, this has long been the underappreciated workhorse in any office suite, but spreadsheets can pack loads of functionality into those little cells.
Just like Word, Microsoft's Excel has long dominated this realm. Apple has a worthy competitor in Numbers, but how does mobile spreadsheet creation stack up? Which mobile software gives you the spreadsheet power you've always wanted? Let's do the math.
When is a sequel more than just a sequel? When everything is so different it’s actually a whole new game in its own right -- and a much better one. If you were ever a fan of Elite or other space trading and exploration games, you’ll absolutely love Galaxy on Fire 2.
The iPhone’s integrated camera and GPS hardware is match made in heaven for use with the Places feature in Aperture and iPhoto. But what if you prefer to use a point-and-shoot or DSLR without built-in GPS? You could purchase a GPS peripheral for your camera or add the location information to each photo manually -- or give gps4cam a try.
As with Star Wars, Batman, and Indiana Jones before it, the Harry Potter franchise has been given the LEGO treatment in a game that lets players guide the boy wizard and pals through a colorful puzzle-solving campaign. But unlike the wimpy iPhone version of LEGO Batman -- which was a simple mini-game collection -- LEGO Harry Potter is a full-fledged adventure with a dozen hours of content and plenty of bonus goodies.
There's an old saying: "If your father was horribly impaled by the God King while trying to rid the world of evil, you should probably follow in his footsteps and try to kill the God King as well."
It's not a popular saying.
Or good advice.
Still, this is the central theme of Infinity Blade, a medieval role-playing game in which you take on the role of a warrior who must fight his way through a castle and destroy a figure known as the God King. Along the way, you'll collect treasure, healing potions, new weapons, armor, and magic spells.
Time Geeks takes unabashed inspiration from Where’s Waldo, but this great iPhone and iPad game arguably one-ups those classic find-the-character hunts by offering a diverse array of items and people to find on each map, plus randomized placements of each. With a visual style inspired by classic pixel graphics and several stages packed with pop culture references (including an island loaded with Lost gags), Time Geeks will keep you busy for weeks; mini-games and a level editor keep things interesting for even longer.
The very first time we laid hands on a Verizon iPhone 4, it took us about 0.00000004 seconds to fire up the Settings app and dig into the Personal Hotspot feature. How's that for speed? Can you hear me now, and so on?
The good news: Personal Hotspot works really well, and a monkey with an ice-cream headache could have it set up in seconds.
The bad news: It requires an extra $20/month charge, on top of your (required) voice and data plans, and (optional) texting. And AT&T users don't have it yet.
Taptivate’s Friends app for iPhone and iPod touch is like that social butterfly everyone liked back in school. It attempts to be all things to all social network users, and succeeds admirably, allowing you to access Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace in one slick iOS-powered package.
The most striking thing about reading an issue of The Daily is how much it doesn’t feel like a newspaper. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
In a time when most traditional newspaper publishers are cutting staff and trimming costs to stay in the black, The Daily represents more than just a potential revenue stream -- it’s a reboot of the whole industry. And as one of those fortunate enough to still have a job in said industry, I’ve hung on The Daily’s every word, hoping it would be every bit as revolutionary as the device it’s made for.