We're not sure the world needs another offshoot of Pinterest and Facebook, but the new Springpad is just that: the once-private personal aggregator has gone public, revamping its iOS app and encouraging its users to share discoveries with their social circles. At its core, Springpad is something of a cross between a secretary and assistant. As you go about your day, Springpad collects everything you throw at it -- including bookmarks, article clippings, notes, and photos -- grabbing and sorting your digital paraphernalia via a complementary web clipper.
It's Mother's Day weekend so we hope you got your mom some kind of a gift or flowers or something. No? Really? Well, sucks to be you, scrambling around looking for the perfect gift in such a short amount of time. Of course, if your mom's a techie kind of mom or loves her iPhone, here's a few sale apps for the weekend that might help make your shopping a little simpler.
Sunside Games' Crow puts you in control of the titular bird soaring above majestic environments and diving into on-rails combat segments. An admittedly gorgeous game, Crow's lavishly detailed environments and haunting audio design earn it plenty of points in the presentation department, but it suffers from stale gameplay that never really gets off the ground.
Back when the Mac first came out, when screens were only black and white, when graphics had no transparency, no gradients, not even textures, we had pattern fills. They were rudimentary tools for giving 2D, black-and-white graphical objects some flair. Phased out from just about every software product by the mid 1990s, those patterns persisted in FileMaker Pro and became emblematic of the long-neglected interface tools known as the “design surface.” With version 12, FileMaker finally ditches the ’80s patterns and gives users the tools for making good-looking databases in no time at all.
For all of the moms out there, Mother's Day is one of the few days of well-deserved rest and relaxation marked on the calendar. It's a day to be pampered by the ones they spend the rest of the year taking care of, and for husbands, partners, and kids, it's a day that creates panic beforehand. How do you find the right gift to show mom how much you care? What card has the right phrase to express your many strong emotions? Most importantly for kids, how do you repay someone for birthing you? Put an end to all your worries -- we've got a list of eight apps that will help make the perfect Mother's Day for the lady that deserves it most.
Cuban refugee Tony Montana emigrated to the United States in 1980. He soon dealt, murdered, and swindled his way to the top of Miami's booming cocaine industry. Before an infamous last stand alongside his little friend, Montana's reckless determination earned him all the pleasures of a king. It's a shame, then, that Scarface for iOS rejects the spirit of Brian De Palma's classic film, road-blocking anyone looking to dedicate time and hard work in pursuit of the virtual dream.
When historians inevitably attempt to make sense of this generation’s obsession with smartphones, they’re bound to be baffled by one ubiquitous trend: cutesy, physics-based, star-ranked puzzlers. Now that Angry Birds fruit snacks are being sold on the "impulse buy" rack at Walgreens, I think we can all agree that the strangely specific sub-genre has more or less jumped the shark, and anything released from this point on is retreading familiar territory. This may be why I was initially pretty quick to dismiss Shark Dash, Gameloft’s recent foray into the “fling-adorable-animals-at-stuff” formula -- and a game in which you quite literally make sharks jump.
After quietly lurking in the App Store, “read later” services have recently exploded in popularity. Apple even has a horse in the race with Safari’s Reading List, but one of the pioneers of the genre is Pocket (Formerly Read it Later), which recently bulked up its content-saving superpowers alongside the rebranding. Pocket saves web-based content and makes it available for later use from any web browser or via free apps for iOS and Android. No longer just for saving web articles for later reading, Pocket is also savvy enough to grab images or video as well.
Spun off from the popular Burnout arcade racing franchise on consoles, Burnout Crash turns a horrifying real-life fate – causing a huge vehicle pile-up – into a comical high score chase, as you attempt to pull more and more cars and buildings into your explosive wave of destruction.
Travel, travel, travel, it's what we're starting to think about now that summer is on our calendars. And just by sheer luck, there happen to be a lot of great travel related apps out there on sale this weekend. It's almost like the App Store is telling you to get out there and have some summer fun.