Equal parts blog and network, Storify cuts and curates pieces from various social circles and presents them as semi-linear, dynamic "stories," which can then be shared and embedded across the web. Finished products look something like a term paper by someone who doesn't quite understand footnotes, but Storify's unique organizational skills bring social media to life in a way your Twitter timeline and Facebook Wall cannot. But I didn't appreciate Storify's full potential until I used its iPad app.
It’s always interesting to see an established game studio go out on a limb and delve into fresh territory that’s vastly different from its usual status quo. Well-known for making gory, ultra-violent, and intense AAA first-person shooters, Crytek’s first foray into mobile games is a jarringly cutesy, effervescent physics puzzler that’s heavy on the charm and light on the challenge. Though geared towards a younger audience, Fibble HD impresses with its clever gameplay and cool physics engine.
For the past five years, we've been using our fingers to navigate our iPhones, tapping and pinching to control every square inch of our favorite apps. But as Apple showed us with Siri, "the world's best pointing device" might not be the best way. With Sonar, the popular Dolphin Browser wants to be among the first to test that idea. It might look like a cheap rip-off of Siri, but Sonar -- available as a $0.99 in-app purchase for the existing free app -- brings voice control to Dolphin's lengthy list of features, adding a unique layer of interaction far superior to what Siri brings to Safari.
There are many crowded categories in the App Store, but few so overflowing as Photo & Video. Make way for Camera Awesome, a slick iPhone app from online photo service SmugMug that “awesomizes” mobile images. That verb doesn’t exist in the English language, but after using Camera Awesome, you’ll agree that it should. The free app one-ups paid competitors by packing powerful features inside a gorgeous UI and integrating with the sharing services people actually use.
After torturing us with its hit sadistic physics-based motorcycle platformer, Trials, developer RedLynx is now going after the casual crowd with MotoHeroz. Its bright visuals and cutesy misspelled title might cater towards the prepubescent crowd, but MotoHeroz is as punishing as the developer's previous output. Luckily, as it was in Trials, a generous checkpoint system ensures that replaying a stage for the hundredth time is just as refreshing as the first.
Podcasts have always been the unloved child in the iTunes ecosystem. Native iOS management is woefully under-baked, requiring syncing through a computer or manually downloading individual episodes through mobile iTunes. We’re post-PC, yet these retrograde options linger. One particular stand out among third-party solutions is Instacast HD. The bigger, younger sibling of the iPhone's Instacast, this iPad-only option isn't just super-sized, but souped-up, working best in tandem with its iPhone partner.
We tend not to see that many pessimistic video game protagonists; after all, who wants to force a bummed-out plumber from platform to platform? Still, I have to admit that there’s a certain gloomy charm to the sulky star of Moon Active’s debut app, Bitter Sam. Kidnapped by a mad scientist, slung from a feeble slack line, and lowered into a series of treacherous corridors, Sam has several reasons for the sad scowl that’s been scrawled across his mug.
Let's face it: Dinosaurs are pretty universally fascinating, whether they're discovered via the likes of a history book or Jurassic Park. Considering the iPad's multimedia prowess, there's certainly an opportunity for a well-considered app to match the grandeur of the extinct beasts with an exciting and all-encompassing app, and Inside the World of Dinosaurs comes out swinging with a couple very notable features, such as full narration from actor Stephen Fry and 3D dinosaur models that roam and emit sound effects amidst pages of text.
iStopMotion for iPad is a brilliantly-done app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, greeting new users with a clever Claymation welcome video that demonstrates what the app is capable of. Videos can be shot with front or rear cameras, or even remotely from another camera-equipped iOS device using a free companion app. And thanks to a recent update, the app now supports 1080p HD recording with the rear camera of a new iPad.
If you can’t tell by the audacity of its excessively vowel-laden title, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration) is a game built on a firm foundation of utter wackiness. Hurling yourself off the top of futuristic skyscrapers high above a futuristic Boston cityscape is an adrenaline-fueled ride filled with poultry smashing, obscene gesture deployment, and airborne graffiti. This off-the-wall skydiving simulator is unlike anything else you’ll find on the App Store, and that’s a good thing.