Yeah, we were pretty excited that Tim Cook was visiting Valve headquarters as Apple is really rocking out the gaming world lately. And yeah, we were pretty deflated when Apple went and shot down that rumor. But there were other things rocking out this week, so go take a peek.
Do you like adventure? Do you like drinking? Do you like playing with snot? Well, kiddos, this week then is all about you as we've got apps that are all about all three (not at once). But wait, there's more! We've got jazz, cloud storage, words and weirdness all waiting for you under the fold. So get clicking!
I don't know anything about building houses, or furnishing them. I've been living in apartments for the past five years and as I'm looking toward the future, to a place that's big enough for a dog and without a chronic mold problem, I'm consulting design magazines and perusing blogs for ideas on how to decorate and get the best use of space. Houzz Interior Design Ideas has over 200,000 beautiful photos of interior design, and links to where you can purchase everything that is featured. The app also offers ideabooks from guest posters with pictures of their own dwellings, as well as a "yellow pages" section where you can seek our general contractors, designers, and other professionals in your area to hire for your project. And, if you sign up, you can join in the community of other designers to share ideas.
Equal parts blog and network, Storify cuts and curates pieces from various social circles and presents them as semi-linear, dynamic "stories," which can then be shared and embedded across the web. Finished products look something like a term paper by someone who doesn't quite understand footnotes, but Storify's unique organizational skills bring social media to life in a way your Twitter timeline and Facebook Wall cannot. But I didn't appreciate Storify's full potential until I used its iPad app.
With summer fast approaching and the warm weather becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, maybe it's time to start thinking about leaving the house and braving the elements. There's no better way to start than diving right in and planning a trip into the great outdoors. Just think how relaxing it will be to be one with wilderness -- just you, a bag packed with the essentials and nothing more, and your iOS device. Hey, you can't leave it all behind! We'll help you justify taking along a piece of tech on your trek with 8 apps that enhance the camping experience.
Every New Year, millions of people around the world pledge to lose weight by exercising and eating better. Many sadly do so with a piece of triple layer chocolate cake in their mouth. But we can't really blame them -- with busy schedules and easy access to junk food, it can be difficult to maintain an effective diet and worthwhile workout regimen.
It’s always interesting to see an established game studio go out on a limb and delve into fresh territory that’s vastly different from its usual status quo. Well-known for making gory, ultra-violent, and intense AAA first-person shooters, Crytek’s first foray into mobile games is a jarringly cutesy, effervescent physics puzzler that’s heavy on the charm and light on the challenge. Though geared towards a younger audience, Fibble HD impresses with its clever gameplay and cool physics engine.
For the past five years, we've been using our fingers to navigate our iPhones, tapping and pinching to control every square inch of our favorite apps. But as Apple showed us with Siri, "the world's best pointing device" might not be the best way. With Sonar, the popular Dolphin Browser wants to be among the first to test that idea. It might look like a cheap rip-off of Siri, but Sonar -- available as a $0.99 in-app purchase for the existing free app -- brings voice control to Dolphin's lengthy list of features, adding a unique layer of interaction far superior to what Siri brings to Safari.
There are many crowded categories in the App Store, but few so overflowing as Photo & Video. Make way for Camera Awesome, a slick iPhone app from online photo service SmugMug that “awesomizes” mobile images. That verb doesn’t exist in the English language, but after using Camera Awesome, you’ll agree that it should. The free app one-ups paid competitors by packing powerful features inside a gorgeous UI and integrating with the sharing services people actually use.