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.
Austin-based developer Twisted Pixel has demonstrated an uncanny knack for creating wholly original and distinctive play experiences, and one of its best recent creations -- last year's Xbox Live Arcade download, Ms. Splosion Man -- is coming to iPad and iPhone this summer via a reworked and expanded port that adds more than touch controls.
Owlchemy Labs first original game, Snuggle Truck, was defined in large part by its reaction to controversy, as the first version -- dubbed Smuggle Truck -- dealt with illegal immigration and generated a small media firestorm and initial App Store rejection. The studio's new effort, titled Jack Lumber, isn't likely to yield criticism for its premise, though it might trigger anger: and it'll be directed squarely at one seriously maniacal tree.
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.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
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.
Okay, what are you doing this weekend? You're probably going to try and catch up on your favorite television shows, right? You should consider forfeiting that time to learn about the periodic table instead. No, I'm serious. And if you can do it for free and with your iPad, why wouldn't you?
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.