Budding chefs all over the world already know how magical the iPad can be in the kitchen, but they'd be hard-pressed to find a resource that brings it all together better than Appetites, a new instructional app that does everything but turn your iPad into a cutting board (which we're pretty sure they don't recommend).
There's no shortage of weather apps that'll give you local temperature and forecast information, but let's face it: they're not exactly infallible. Wouldn't it be neat if you could just whip out your iPhone, and not have to hunt down an actual old-fashioned thermometer?
It turns out you can, at least in theory. No current iOS device boasts temperature sensors, but Thermometer 147 claims to measure ambient air temperature using only the onboard audio hardware. Because sound waves travel faster in warmer air, one need only measure the time it takes a sound to get from speaker to microphone.
We used to love RSS. Quick news bites for our on-the-go lives. Then we added more feeds -- because, hey, that's a cool site, and that one and that one -- until our RSS readers became just more unwieldy lists we had to trudge through, like to-do's and email. The bare bones articles, presented in stripped down interface, gave us little to look forward to and virtually nothing to look at. We began to hate RSS.
Fans of side-scrolling run-and-gun blast-a-thons laud classics like Contra, but the connoisseurs always come back to Metal Slug. Hand-drawn cartoon soldiers perforated theatrical enemy grunts and tentacled aliens, and brought down screen-filling bosses with an arsenal of weapons and drivable vehicles. Just thinking about it makes us want to resurrect the corner arcade.
Remember those Fourth of July sparklers you could wave in the air, so bright in the darkness they'd leave a hovering trail of light? Shake Banner works along the same lines. Jostle your iPhone about a bit and the colored letters of your short message will seem to hang in the air.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to play World of Warcraft while sitting on the toilet, your iOS application has arrived.
everyAir is a gaming-centric VNC client that allows users to connect their iOS device to a Windows PC or Apple computer over a Wi-Fi connection, with the help of a free companion server application. everyAir separates itself from other VNC clients by providing users with a pair of on-screen game controllers in addition to the virtual keyboard and mouse combination offered by other VNC applications.
Even given some of the extremely bizarre games that have appeared on the App Store over the past years, Hot Springs Story may be one of the strangest. Rather than appeal to time-honored fantasies like being a sports star or space marine like most games today, Hot Springs Story appeals to those who have a burning desire to manage a Japanese hot springs resort, an obviously infinitesimally small niche on this side of the Pacific.
Whether your passion is outrunning the law, or busting perps in a nitrous-fueled cop car, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has your fix. It's safe to say that just about everyone has fantasized about stepping on the gas to lead the cops on a 100 mile police chase, and Hot Pursuit offers an extremely fun adaptation of that fantasy.
Apple’s iPad 2 is finally in the hands of enthusiastic customers -- and gamers are most certainly among them. In addition to a faster dual-core A5 processor and a new graphics engine that claims a nine-fold improvement, the iPad 2 is also now rocking a gyroscope, which iOS developers are already starting to take advantage of.
Here’s a look at the few, the proud, the first barrage of gyroscope-enabled games that have arrived with the iPad 2 -- as well as a few iPhone 4 classics to tide you over while developers work to update their HD equivalents.
In Battleheart, you control a group of adventurers as they make their way through monster-infested locations while recruiting additional members, getting more powerful, and finding or buying better equipment. Sounds like a typical role-player, but Battleheart stands out thanks to its friendly cartoonish artwork, and the simple but very well done animation.