Apple answered the prayers of task-killing users everywhere by adding Reminders to iOS, but let’s face it: Cupertino’s app is at best a bare-bones solution for managing to-do lists. That’s why TurboTax publisher Intuit is looking to check off a few of Reminders’ weaknesses with its latest app, Weave.
If you ever wanted to see how the pairing of minimal effort and a free-to-play model could decimate a play experience, NFL Pro 2013 may be the greatest example to date in any genre. It's a disaster in nearly every respect. NFL Pro 2013 has the real-life teams, but not the players, stadiums, or schedules, instead substituting laughable fake names and generic faces for the identical-looking player models. But that's not nearly the worst of it. As a wildly cynical freemium offering, you'll have to use your limited in-game currency to purchase even basic plays in the middle of a game.
With millions of apps, movies, TV episodes, and albums available for purchase at our fingertips, it can be hard to keep track of it all. iTunes' new history tracker shows us what we've browsed, but it's not very discretionary, and there's no such feature for the App Store. Whatever your preferred method, if you're a rabid list maker, there's a good chance that Recall - Reminders for Recommendations will replace it. Basically, it does what iTunes and App Stores should have done all along: Keep lists of the digital media you might want to buy and make sure you don't forget about them.
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.
There are so many games in the iTunes App Store that sometimes it's really hard to figure out what to download and what's worth playing. There's also the dilemma of the age old adage that if it isn't broken, there's no point in fixing it. And, well, so many game companies have already perfected the kind of games we're looking for, so why bother looking anywhere else? Well, I can answer this one for you: do the words "free" ring a bell?
If you wish you had a free alternative to popular games like Plants vs. Zombies and Bubble Bobble, you're in luck! I've found exactly what you're looking for. Maybe. Take a look for yourself after the cut and save a couple of bucks on all those big blockbuster games with these free alternatives. Because you can't spell "free" without the "f" from "fun", right? Glad we're all in accordance here.
In honor of Skynet going online, we decided to pay special attention to machines and the chaos they create in this week's Game Time. Sure, there's a bit of irony in an Apple-centric mag covering the possibility of machines being evil, but we consider it our duty to our readers to report our findings.
So you're going on vacation soon and you don't really want to spend your hard earned cash on apps before your journey. How about some free apps -- and a nifty new, helpful service from Google -- to get you all squared off for your trip? This week's Free App Friday features Google's new "What's Around Here?" Labs plug-in, free audiobooks for the plane ride there, an airport map on your iPhone and an app that let's you see what your pilot's seeing!
If you've been tracking the progress of Unpleasant Horse like I was, you know the strange and winding road this game has had. And while it took disgruntled employees, a brand new studio, and a rejection notice from Apple, Unpleasant Horse has finally hit the App Store. And it's, well, pleasant.