The iPhone was a tipping point for social media, enabling immediate sharing of life events with loved ones. But with so many different networks now drawing our attention, what we really need is an app to pull them all together in one place. That’s the concept behind Moment.me, which tries to be an aggregator for photos, videos, and tweets pulled from Facebook, Twitter, and other services, presenting them in a real-time, multi-point of view layout, neatly organized by event. Or rather, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
I've spent at least a solid hour each day for the past couple weeks poking at a giant virtual cube, chipping away thousands of tiny blocks, one at a time, until my hands get tired. And you know, for the life of me, I can't explain why I keep at it. I know it's not likely that I'll be the one "lucky" person to reach the center of the cube and capture the mysterious, life-changing thing that its creator purports is awaiting within. It might take months, and maybe even years for that to happen. So why are thousands of other players like myself addicted to the repetitive cube-poking grind? That's the grand mystery of Curiosity: What's in The Cube.
With a wide array of turn-based iOS titles likely taking up your time, it can be difficult to find a chunk of time large enough to sit down and play through an entire game of Madden on your iPhone or iPad. That’s where Madden NFL 13 Social hits its stride. Taking the simplistic style of other asynchronous turn-based titles, Madden NFL 13 Social tasks players with completing a game in alternating bursts. Each turn consists of one offensive drive, however long that may be, and you don’t ever play defense, as that wouldn’t really work for the style of play here.
With 24-hour news cycles bombarding our eyes with headlines every second, it can be overwhelming to try and keep up with the main news of the day, let alone digesting it beyond a scrolling headline or RSS link. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just summarize it all for us in small bites that still left us satisfied? The aptly-named Summly tries its best to do just that. With a Neuro-Linguistics Programming and Artificial Intelligence-powered algorithm (seriously), Summly peruses a plethora of sources to curate 400-character summaries of the day's hottest stories that fit neatly on the iPhone screen, without needing to scroll.
With its shiny trappings, familiar wasteland heroes, and cool top-down perspective on Pandora's desolate post-apocalyptic landscape, Borderlands Legends HD makes an impressive transition from a first-person shooter on other platforms to an iOS hybrid of real-time strategy and tower defense. The slick presentation is deceiving, however, since muddling through battle after battle is more often then not an unwieldy, unsatisfying experience.
There's no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We've collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. These come just in time to join the scribbling scribes participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so grab them and embrace your craving to compose some prose.
Pulling together a pair of entertainment juggernauts, Angry Birds Star Wars does a stellar job of blending elements from both properties in clever and well-executed manners, making this mega-mash-up much more than a mere cash-in – though it's sure to bring in plenty of that for its cunning creators. Splitting its focus between the classic series fling-and-smash approach and the newer gravitational pull twist established in Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars utilizes classic characters, scenery, and scenarios from the original film trilogy, recasting the colorful birds as iconic heroes like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
Facebook started on a college campus, but has since become a familiar part of nearly everyone's online life around the world. OOHLALA Mobile Campus Community aims to create something closer to Facebook's roots, centering on university-centric activity, but is it really necessary in this day and age when we're already so well connected? In shades of Facebook's past, users must register with a college or university email address to gain access to OOHLALA. What students will find within includes everything from campus maps and events to games, chat, and additional ways to socialize with fellow classmates -- at least in theory. The execution has less chatter and more echoes.
While there are plenty of Canabalt and Jetpack Joyride copycats on the App Store, Punch Quest is part of a rarer breed. Managing to bring a new twist to the auto-runner genre, Rocketcat Games has created an addicting title that blends old-school adventuring with the age-old thrill of punching things in the face. Some nagging control issues aside, Punch Quest may be your next go-to iOS game.
There are plenty of unique and colorful ways to read news on the iPad. Pulse, Flipboard, Newsify, and Reeder -- not to mention every major media outlet -- all offer pleasant ways to get your daily news fix, with bright photos and constantly updating headlines to keep you informed. The Wider Image isn't one of these apps. If you're looking for up-to-the-minute headlines from Reuters, you'd be better off downloading News Pro. But for news junkies who want to digest as much of the world as possible, The Wider Image is possibly the most gorgeous way to explore exotic people and places on your iPad.