Many moons ago, I installed an iPhone app called TwitFire. All it did was send a tweet without showing me the Twitter timeline first, but it was surprisingly useful, enabling me to broadcast a single thought to the world without getting distracted by all the other messages. QuickMailer does the same thing for email on your Mac. The idea is that you use a keyboard shortcut or click a menu bar icon, bang out a quick email, optionally add an attachment, and then send it. Since you don’t have to open Mail itself, you can avoid getting bogged down replying to other emails that might cry out for your attention.
Vengeance is sweet. As you cut a path through the battlefield towards your rival’s fortifications, there’s something primal and satisfying about charging through their last line of troop defenses, setting fire to their buildings along the way, and finally running your blade through the treacherous shogun responsible for your father’s death. Though the path to victory follows a familiar trajectory, Sega and The Creative Assembly’s long-running Total War real-time strategy series takes an interesting new direction with its iOS debut.
Jetpack Joyride, an auto-runner type iOS game from Halfbrick Studios, is hands down one of the most addictive games I've ever played. The "just one more" urge every time a round ends, the large assortment of goofy items unlockable through coin collection – it took every ounce of my feeble willpower to pull myself away and play other worthy titles. But thanks to a massive update, the addiction is back in a big way.
With the churning nine-to-five bustle of our daily routines, it’s tough to pull away from our own little life bubble long enough to notice the staggering impact we humans have on the natural world around us, and try to take action to facilitate positive change. Fortunately, a handful of helpful App Store picks let you work green thinking into your busy schedule. For eco-minded folks looking to find ways to make a difference while they’re on-the-go, these cool apps let you save energy, reduce waste, educate yourself, and make more environmentally conscious choices.
Werewolves are usually only good for a few things: terrifying villagers, killing city folk, and inspiring catchy tunes by Warren Zevon. Fortunately for professional thief Lucas MacGuffin, they’re also quite adept at making their way through a locked-down, high-tech city. Which is good, because he’s stuck as a werewolf in exactly that daunting locale.
Few third-party productivity apps are as lauded as Evernote. If you're the type of person who insists upon always-synced organization of all your ideas and projects, the program is invaluable. But even as the Evernote desktop client stands high atop the pillar of productivity tools, its iOS app leaves something to be desired. If you're looking for an alternative, Springpad is probably the best bet.
Traditionally speaking, making quality-looking comic books takes serious writing chops, careful storyboard planning, and a high measure of artistic ability. For both casual comic fans and hardcore enthusiasts who've dreamed of crafting their own creative amateur comics for fun (but possess zero drawing skills), ComicBook! makes it easy to put hilarious strips together on your iPad in a matter of minutes with only the most minimal effort.
When Max Payne was first released on PC and consoles in 2001, there was nothing else like it. Featuring exceptional voice acting, a gritty storyline that could have been ripped from the pages of a James Ellroy novel, and action-packed gameplay that felt like it was on loan from a John Woo film, it quickly became the blueprint for countless other games. Slow-motion shootouts? Firing two guns whilst jumping through the air? You can thank Max Payne for them both. Now, more than a decade later, it’s finally available for iOS gamers to enjoy as Max Payne Mobile.
Hundreds of quirky, clever, and unique games found their home on the Mac in the 80s and 90s, keeping the Apple faithful entertained while they waited for the next blockbuster to (maybe) get ported. Many of these classics have since been ported, remade, or succeeded by iOS versions, set to thrill and amaze nostalgic veterans and newcomers alike. Here are 10 of Mac gaming's finest that you can now play on iPhone and iPad.
I’ve been an iOS enthusiast for a few years now, but I still find it astonishing how quickly my iPhone became a central figure in my day-to-day routine. I rarely relied on my old Motorola Razr to plot my creative writing projects, or track how many miles I’d trekked on my coffee shop excursions -- but that’s probably what I find so interesting about the iPhone and well-intentioned apps like Trakr: they allow and even urge me to keep track of, and improve upon, my personal progress. And it's obvious that this super-simple data management app has its heart in the right place.