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.
There’s no shortage of people looking for new ways to tell other people how to do things on the Internet, but usually these tutorials are better seen than read. That’s where Snapguide comes in. The free iPhone and iPod touch app makes it easy to teach or learn skills, tricks, or tips. Its core approach is simple: Just take pictures or videos of whatever needs to be shown, and then write captions to create slideshow tutorials for anything.
The summer movie season kicks off in earnest this weekend with The Avengers, the monstrously hyped, years-in-the-making Marvel Comics adaptation that pulls together the storylines of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and surely many other familiar faces. If you're planning on waiting on line for a midnight screening, or just want to catch up on the heroes' adventures before seeing the film in the near future, here are eight apps starring members of The Avengers that'll get you pumped and prepped for the movie ahead.
Capturing the feel of the 80s is like shooting fish in a barrel. Looking at children's entertainment from the era, we had a cartoon designed around selling action figures that turned into cars, while another featured a skeleton antagonist named Skeletor (good job, guys). And on the live-action front, we had Fred Savage saving the day with a host of Nintendo products. You barely need to satirize these when the source material is already this outrageous. It's an easy target, but that doesn't make Saturday Morning RPG's nostalgia-tinged look back at the days of G.I. Joes and Care Bears any less entertaining.
Owners of the iPad have a reason to rejoice today, as they are finally able to join their music-loving brethren on Mac and iPhone in the phenomenon that is Spotify. After a less-than-satisfying release of an iPhone app that wouldn't run natively on iPad, the music streaming giant sat down and built an app from the ground up to give Apple's tablet crowd access to 17 million streaming songs. While the wait was lengthy, the app appears to be worth it.