I’ve never been too paranoid about privacy. I use a club card in the grocery store, fully aware that my purchase habits are being tracked--but I don’t care if I can save a dollar on cereal. My car flies through the tollbooths at the Bay Area bridges thanks to my FasTrak device, which I guess could be used to track my movements if I ever murdered someone. Don’t worry; I’m not planning to--it’s just that I remember that happening on Law & Order once.
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.
It's hard not to get totally obsessed with game shows. From The Price is Right to Wheel of Fortune, each is laced with decades of history, a whole load of prizes, and hilarious on-air flubs. Thankfully, many of the top TV game shows of today and the past are available as iPhone and iPad apps, letting you experience the sensation of guessing trivia questions and letters from the comfort of wherever. It's not quite the same as actually being on the show, but it's quite a bit more cost-effective!
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.
Holiday weekend coming up and you know what that means! Some of the biggest and best developers out there are chopping their prices, so you know it's time to fire up the credit card and head on down to the App Store.
Indie gaming sensation Minecraft lets you build, mine, explore, fight, and adventure your way across a vast blocky 3D unhindered by rigid rules or strict handholding. Without being shoehorned into any particular path or style of play, it’s possible to dabble in many pursuits at your leisure. As such, we’ve assembled a sampling of some of the most interesting and unusual roles players naturally gravitate towards. What kind of Minecraft player are you? Read on to find out.
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.
We're just days away from Easter Sunday, and for many that can mean a prevalence of cute bunnies, colorful eggs, and overstuffed baskets in the immediate future. If you need a little help with the weekend plans, whether it's finding the best egg-coloring techniques, keeping the kids entertained for a bit, or simply locating a couple games with some holiday flair, we've got you covered with this assortment of Easter-themed apps. And many of them are free, so you can save the rest of your budget for elaborate basket fillings and absurdly large hams.
Didn’t manage to catch the original Trine? Then we strongly urge you to dive into the sequel--it’s essentially more of the same quality platform puzzling as before, only with an extra layer of awesome.