Sharing data between iOS devices used to be a daunting task, but the App Store now offers plenty of third-party solutions to this problem. Chirp is the latest, and easily the most novel solution since Bump. Chirp uses the power of sound to initiate a transfer between compatible devices. With the free app installed and open on both devices, simply take/choose a photo or type in a link or note, tap the yellow button, and enjoy short, bird-like chirps as your transfer is made.
Sonic the Hedgehog's many previous App Store exploits have all been ports of past favorites or newer multiplatform releases, so to see Sega pursue a brand new mobile experience in the form of Sonic Jump is encouraging. Granted, as you'll notice immediately from the screenshots, "new" may not be the best word to describe a title that pays very obvious tribute to Doodle Jump and its ilk. That's not necessarily a problem, as Namco Bandai showed that such a pairing can work wonders with Pac'n-Jump, but Sonic Jump doesn't quite find the sweet spot between its disparate origins.
Remember Carmageddon, the late-90s, ultraviolent, mow-down-pedestrians driving game? It came out today for iPad and iPhone, thanks to Kickstarter, and it's free for the first day. Which, like I said, is today. So you should go download it. Today.
Watching TV isn't quite what it used to be. With DVRs, DVDs (and Blu-rays), downloads, and apps, it's rare that we gather together as a group to watch our favorite shows -- even on the off-chance that we're watching something as it airs. But with Zeebox, you'll always have somebody to watch with, whether they're on your couch, up the block, or halfway around the world.
It’s quite a feat when a game’s presentation is mesmerizing enough to cause death by distraction. Such is the case with God of Blades, a side-scrolling sword combat game that takes full advantage of the Retina display to create something genuinely remarkable and unique. Your character, the Nameless King, automatically runs from left to right (think Canabalt), encountering enemies as he traverses a flat yet stunning 2D landscape. Directional finger swipes translate into one of four basic sword moves, and various unlockable swords all have different ranges and speeds.
Despite early criticisms of the iPad as a device for content consumption rather than creation, a wide range of third-party productivity solutions continue to flourish in the App Store. One of newer kids on this block is Polaris Office, a suite from Korean developer Infraware promising to bring the Microsoft Office experience to iOS for cheap (currently $9.99; regularly $19.99). Better known on the Android platform where it’s preinstalled on select carrier-branded handsets, Polaris Office made the leap to iOS this year with an all-in-one solution for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on the go.
We have a lot of visual art going on and a little bit of gaming and a huge game sale as well. So if you came here for anything other than fun, like to learn Catalan or for that one productivity app that's going to finally teach you how to GTD, well, you're outta luck. Let the games begin!
Not only has Apple's ongoing war with Google cost us our sense of direction in iOS 6, but one of the best ways to watch YouTube videos was also a casualty. However, just because Apple pulled its preloaded YouTube viewer without offering a replacement, it doesn't mean we all have to run to Safari to watch the double rainbow guy. If Google is indeed working on a universal version of its hastily assembled iPhone YouTube app, it might want to take a peek at third-party option Jasmine for a little inspiration.
What's a little game between friends? Well, it can be the playing field that determines competitive prowess, or just the first battle in a war that will wage for as long as your friendship lasts -- and depending on how intense the matches get, that might not be long. Asynchronous gaming has become the way to play for many folks, but nothing beats the good old-fashioned back-and-forth nature of pass-and-play competition. With the games on this list, strong momentum swings can be felt as the iOS device changes hands, and that's just not something you can capture remotely. Regain the intensity of gaming right next to your opponent with these eight great pass-and-play games.
Cobbling together a wild assortment of makeshift mechanical whirligigs to ferry naughty swine to their destination is the task in Bad Piggies HD, which delivers a refreshing spin on the Angry Birds series and its iconic adversaries. Piggies packs the same immense charm and addictive pull of its predecessors, but it also takes the physics heavy puzzle play in a completely new direction.