I've always been pretty stubborn when it comes to resolutions, and something tells me I’m not going to find an app to convince me to start bettering myself on the day I’m most likely to be overweight, depressed, broke and/or hungover. So, instead of working on myself, I’ve resolved to use my iPhone to help my friends change. I call them: resoyoutions.
Creation is the name of the game with Apple’s revolutionary iPad. Whether you’re creating beats, finger painting, or writing the next great American novel, users all over the globe use the iPad to create nearly as much as they use it to consume media. This week we take a look at three big games that’ll have you creating as much as any creation app in the App Store. The games we chose run the gamut—from spiritual to downright toxic.
There are a lot of translation applications available via the iTunes App Store. Some are excellent and some are pretty terrible. Many can help you find your way around town, but none of them to date, however, are as cool as Word Lens. In blending the essentials feature set seen in many iOS translation applications with some basic augmented reality features, Word Lens has changed raised the bar for what both translation and augmented reality applications should be.
That's not to say Word Lens is perfect--far from it, actually. During our testing of the application, we found that the program often had difficulties locking on to the text we wanted it to translate, or worse still, couldn't decide on a single option for what a word should translate to. Looking past the program's short comings, however, we can't help but see a little glimpse of the future here. It has more than a few of us at Mac|Life excited at the prospect of being able to rely on Word Lens during our next trips abroad, or at the very least, into the international food aisle of our local supermarket. If you haven't taken the time to download the application and check it out, we've put together this how-to guide to get you started.
Christmas is just around the corner, and brick and mortar retail stores everywhere are filled to the brim with sales, people exasperatingly shopping for their loved ones, and overplayed Christmas music. Why not get into the Christmas spirit yourself without leaving the house? It's a cold world outside and there's no place warmer than in your bed with your iPhone 4.
Apple just pushed out iBooks 1.2, a modest update to their universal e-reader app for iOS which lets you organize your e-books into Collections, print PDF documents and notes directly from the app via AirPrint and more. Here’s a look at what’s new!
Everything's gone digital. Long-playing records are now mp3 files, movies are downloadable, books can be read in electronic format, and farms and their crops are merely pixelized renditions of themselves. But they are so very fun to farm. The question you have to ask yourself then, is this: am I a Farmviller or something a lot Smurfier than that?
Here at Mac|Life, we really do love free apps. We love loading up our iOS devices with seriously utilitarian apps that live in the cloud, too. Here's a look at some of our favorite cloud applications that work across ALL platforms--Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Very few things will get me out of bed before 5am. Okay, aside from snowboarding, nothing will get me out of bed before 5am. But getting up before the crack of dawn requires a plan. A plan that needs to be mobile and should be as fluid as possible.
Before I even pack my snowboarding bag, I fire up a few snow report apps on the iPhone. Right now my favorite is the North Face Snow Report (free). It’s possible that this is the only nonfleece North Face product I own (further research required). In addition to showing the required weather and snow report, the app also has trail maps and webcams of the resorts. So even if a resort exaggerates its report, you can see the half-inch of snow and decide for yourself if it’s really an “epic powder day.”
Type "Twitter" in the App Store search bar and you will find page after page of apps, apps with integration, apps that convert voice to tweets, apps for image posting and searching, apps that only update your status and don't show you anything else at all, apps for this and apps for that. However, when you break it down, Twitter app users typically fall into one of two categories: users of the official Twitter app and users of popular third party solution, TweetDeck. Which one is the right one for you? Well, we guess that really depends.