It doesn’t take long to see why Madden 2011 is a truly exceptional iPad game. The first time you exploit an offensive weakness by quickly drawing a blitz before the snap and then crushing the quarterback, you’ll get it. So many of the controls and features are perfectly suited for the iPad--whether it’s tilting your device from side to side to check your receivers on the line of scrimmage or drawing new routes for all of them at once via the wonders of multi-touch.
Finding the perfect solution for managing my to-do list is--like the list itself--a never-ending quest. Between my tasks for Mac|Life and routine errands like giving the dog his monthly flea treatment, paying the cable bill, and remembering the grocery list, keeping track of my lists is often a chore in itself. Sure, old-fashioned pen and paper work just fine for a lot of things. But since I find myself moving between several Macs--not to mention multiple iOS devices--in a given day, it makes a lot more sense to keep track of that stuff electronically.
Mmm, delicious candy. The vibrant colors of these cases sent us into a sugar fiending frenzy. Though the cases might be too neon for some tastes, they are definitely the kind of protective covering your average tween could use when it comes to keeping that expensive piece of hardware perfectly intact. The case also includes a rubber lining that cushions the iPhone's glass backing, though that logo on the back is a little large for our tastes.
There is nothing more important than your documents and files, which is why you should always make sure that they're backed up on an external hard drive somewhere in a fireproof safe. Because you never know when the robots will rise up and destroy your computer. However, if you want to access your files in a more organized manner, check out these two apps that are absolutely essential. Not only are they free but they do the wonderful duty of keeping your files in tip top shape--and accessible!
Our trusty TiVos can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes, something great will happen that we didn’t record, and we won’t catch the snappy references at the next day’s staff meeting. For instance, did you see Neil Young sing the “Double Rainbow” song? For missed moments like these, Hulu Plus serves up a massive roster of TV shows and a smattering of movies to quell our pop-culture needs. You’ll be able to quote lines from old favorites--“It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping”--and recent hits. But before you mumble, “I want to go to there,” be warned that Hulu Plus still might leave you out of the loop at that meeting. In spite of the great iPad and iPhone apps, it omits certain episodes and other crucial features.
Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.