The holiday season is coming upon us soon and with it invitations to parties. "What should I bring?" you ask your hosts. "Just a couple bottles of wine," they say. You walk into the wine store and -- whoa -- hundreds and hundreds of bottles. Sure, you can buy based on price, you can read the description on the bottle (if there is one), and you can judge by the label. But how do you know you're getting a good wine and not just some overpriced grape juice?
There are almost as many Wikipedia-based apps as there are articles in Wikipedia. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but there are tons of apps that help put everyone's favorite online source of data in your pocket. While you could read Wikipedia’s article on apps, we think our article is much better [need citation].
PDFs are the lingua franca of the business and academic worlds. Up until relatively recently, creating one required either pricey Adobe software or clunky workaround third-party solutions. And that's on the desktop. In the world of iOS, we have options from the clunky to the elegant. It's just a matter of figuring out which one is which.
The universe is expanding, and you're getting a little big around the middle yourself. Luckily, there's help to be found in the form of an app or two. No, we're not talking about the Nike + iPod or crunch rep counters. We're talking about good old fashioned watching what you eat.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?
Your iOS device is a crowded place. You've got an app for that and an app for that and an app for that. Wouldn't it be nice if you had at least one app that did more than just one thing? Well, you're in luck, because at least two developers have sweet little apps just packed to bursting with all kinds of function flavors.
It's a tough job, taking a handful of rowdy kids and making them sit still and try to learn. If you think teachers have it easy, you organize 25 six year olds to do anything. Now try it for eight hours a day, five days a week, nine months out of the year. At the very least, there ought to be apps to make some of this -- at least the grading and attendance -- easier.
It's no secret that Apple products go hand-in-hand with education. In fact, for many Generation Xers, an Apple was the first computer ever seen in their classroom (shout out to the IIe!). With regular discounts for teachers and students, Apple products are the perfect back to school gift. And once you get back to school, time to hit the books and keep up that GPA. And here's some apps to help you do just that.
We can't for the life of us figure out how there is even a legal case to be made that lets us do this App Showdown. Making words with tiles is so generic a concept that Scrabble can't have a beef with Banagrams, but Words With Friends is so completely similar to Scrabble in every particular that it boggles our minds. Nevertheless, which is the better game?
Few games quite bring back that extra special feeling of childhood quite like Skee-Ball. The crashing roll of the balls after you drop your quarter, the swing, the drop in the rings. We spent a good deal of our childhood and our allowance pitching ball after ball up the ol' incline, but we rarely get a chance these days.
We're happy to say, all that has changed if only in a virtual sense.