Let's face it, whenever you buy a gadget like the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you envision one or two Really Cool Things you'll happily do with it. Otherwise why buy the gadget in the first place?
The HBO Go app for Apple's iOS-based devices is definitely a Really Cool Thing, streaming in a selection of HBO's movie catalog as well as a wide range of past and current programming (The Sopranos, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, etc.) over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
The Terminal is the single most powerful thing on your Mac, its command-line interface. But if you type in the wrong command, either nothing will happen or you could wreak real havoc on your system. Let MacPilot drive, and it won't steer you wrong. The well-organized, friendly interface includes hundreds of ways to tweak features on your Mac, run maintenance routines, back up files -- everything the Terminal can do. But you just click. It's super-complete, easy to use…quite brilliant, really.
If all your songs were bought from iTunes, your library is already in good shape. But if you’ve ever dabbled in downloads from other sources (remember the good old days of Napster?), you know what a mess digital files can be. Your best friend might be the master of mixtapes, but he somehow still hasn’t learned to give you properly tagged MP3 files. You can spend hours correcting stuff by hand, or let Tagalicious give it a go.
As we reported late last month, it appears that the single best iOS RPG on the planet (Earth), Chaos Rings, will be getting a prequel release tonight. The game has already released in New Zealand which signifies that it's on its way around the globe, arriving in App Stores world-wide around midnight in that respective time zone.
There are any number of really good reasons why you would want to turn speech into text. Gotta dash off a quick message to someone but you're already late. You're in the car and need to reply to something but there's no good place to pull over. Etc. and on and on.
But what about the reverse? Are there just as many really good reasons why you'd want to turn text into speech? We mean other than having the voice of Darth Vader say rude things about your friend's mom? The answer turns out to be, yes, even if you don't have a disability and a real need for text-to-speech services (TTS).
If you've waited an entire minute for Outlook to open, or fought with Mail's screen-spanning interface, you might have longed for a better way. Light, flexible Sparrow could be your answer. Its interface looks sparse, with a Twitter-esque inbox window where you can double-click messages to open them in their own windows, or in a drawer that slides out to the right. And that's just the beginning of Sparrow's flexibility.
There are plenty of choices these days for editing images on an iOS device, but GhostBird Software’s PhotoForge is an App Store favorite. Now, the company is set to expand our horizons of what can be done on a handheld device with their all-new PhotoForge 2.
Remember Marble Madness? You may have subconsciously blocked out the painful memories the frustratingly difficult and finicky game can bring. Unless, of course, you beat it. In which case your life has already peaked -- that was probably the greatest achievement you'll ever experience, so it's all downhill from here.
If you'd like to spend your remaining years enduring similar ball-rolling-based sadism, you're in luck. Crescent Studios has brought us Gears, a game about rolling a sphere through ludicrous concoctions of gears, pipes, ramps, moving platforms, and such.
Radium isn't an “app” in the usual sense. Instead it inhabits your menu bar for quick access to your favorite streaming radio stations. Just do a search and blammo, your favorite station is playing. The app features an equalizer that helps deal with the quality of internet streams, and the History feature has iTunes Store links to the songs you listened to.
As if we needed any more reasons to be head over heels in love with ChAIR Entertainment's iOS masterstroke Infinity Blade, today we're getting word from the developer that they're releasing a brand new update for the game that will be available Thursday, May 19.