The great thing about board games on the iPad is that you don’t need any pieces. You just tap the buttons, poke the game board, flick the dice--it’s all on the screen. But if you miss the little chunks of plastic, iPieces are just that--felt-bottomed game tokens that interact with retro-style games on your iPad. Four sets are available: we tested Snakes & Ladders and Air Hockey, and you can also get the children’s board game Game of Goose, and Fishing, complete with a little plastic fishing rod, for $12.99 each.
The Facebook app for iOS is frustrating. Users have complained that it’s sluggish, has a propensity to crash at the most tender moments, and is constantly struggling to load. The New York Times has even found that that out of 38,000 iTunes App Store reviews, about 21,000 of users gave the app just one star.
Making a stop-motion animation video with your kids' dolls or action figures is a lot easier than you might think, especially with iStopMotion for iPad ($9.99). It's a great project for parents and kids -- with these tips, you'll be animating anything in next to no time.
It’s never been easier to stay in touch with coworkers (and everyone else), and it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune, either. Skype has long been the world’s most popular online phone service. It’s still often the cheapest way to make international calls as it routes your connection over the internet so that it only appears on the remote phone network close enough to its destination to charge you local rates.
The Smart Baby Monitor actually took longer to arrive than my baby did. Announced at CES in January 2011, it only started shipping at the end of February 2012, but it’s every bit the bundle of joy I hoped it would be. An Apple-esque marriage of form and function, Withings’ sleek design and tight iOS integration doesn’t just give parents peace of mind, it raises the bar for luxury iPhone accessories.
My dog Roxy is a German Shepherd, which means that when she’s committed to doing something, she’s going to do it. One of those things is sneaking through the fence and going for long walks around the neighborhood. I’ve seen enough episodes of The Dog Whisperer to understand why she does this, but until she is “rehabilitated” (as Cesar Millan puts it) we need to make sure she’s safe. Enter Tagg the Pet Tracker, which lets me track Roxy’s whereabouts with a handy iPhone app.
Ahh, geez. Can someone please give that kid something to play with? All these kids really want these days is a chance to creatively express themselves, right? Give them what they want: an iPad with musical instruments. On the flip side, those free instrument apps aren't just for kids who needs to keep their hands busy. There are a few that help us adults without idle hands actually put together a little tune, or learn to play an instrument. Here's a look at a few free music apps to either keep the kids busy or keep your mind in tune. See what I did there? (Maybe that pun didn't really work. Can't say I didn't try.)
Microsoft would "welcome" an iTunes app from Apple for Windows 8, according to CEO Steve Ballmer. During a conference call with analysts, Ballmer hinted that companies such as Apple and Amazon, while competitors, also represent companies that deliver a lot of media content to device users, and that is attractive to Microsoft and their new touch-centric operating system.
"We’d welcome Metro style applications from Apple in the iTunes case," Ballmer said. "I don’t know what we’d see there but we’d certainly welcome those."
Say you're looking to rid of an unused Mac app. All you have to do it drag it into the Trash and you're done, right? Wrong. The same goes for iTunes -- just because you deleted an app doesn't mean it didn't leave a part of itself behind.
Summer time is almost to an end, and you've probably got a ton of photos to sift through and upload to the web. Our suggestion is that you start with the incriminating blackmail photos first to get that over with, and then work your way up to the all-smiles group pictures. To get those photos to the web from your phone, here are four free apps that work in conjunction with your favorite social networks. Because it's Free App Friday and no one should have to pay for an app on a day like today.