After a decade at sea, the quirky pirate Guybrush Threepwood has found his way to shore in Tales of Monkey Island, the latest installment in a highly stylized point-and-click adventure series that’s much loved for its zany banter. This episodic romp begins in the middle of its story as Guybrush accidentally resurrects his arch-nemesis, loses his wife, curses his hand, and releases a malicious pox across the oceans.
1Password for iPad is the first app we installed on our new iPads. It makes keeping unique, complex passwords, logins and other information secure, and it works in tandem with desktop and iPhone versions to keep everything in sync. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting your super-secure, 18-character password for the office network--or even worse, use the same simple password for everything because it’s easy to remember.
When the first Sims 3 expansion pack hit our desks, we figured it might be worth a look--y’know, maybe if our sock drawer had other plans that night. Good thing duty called--it turns out World Adventures is worth more than a look. In fact, we think any self-respecting Sims 3 fan should purchase it immediately.
It’s one of the dream applications for the iPad--scribbling on the iPad’s screen with your finger or a touch-capacitive stylus, and watching your handwriting convert seamlessly to type. WritePad can fulfill that dream for you, but only if you’re patient and dedicated.
Two of my favorite things about the iPad are how eager my kids are to use it and how quickly it became second nature to them. A big part of how they mastered Apple’s tablet (they’re ages 3 and 6) is this simple app featuring the Nickelodeon superstar who parents like almost as much as their little ones do.
Although the camera in the iPhone got a boost to 3 megapixels in the 3G-to-3GS refresh, it’s still not what anyone would call “powerful.” So if you’re among the many iPhone owners who take a lot of photos with your smartphone, it may be time to supersize that built-in camera with an add-on like the USBfever 8X Telescope with Hard Case. What you get for your $29 is a telescope-style fixed optical zoom lens (which attaches to an included case) and a miniature tripod that steadies your iPhone while you shoot photos or video. The lens lets you manually zoom in on a subject up to 8X, so you can get much closer without ever moving a muscle.
Your Mac does a lot of cool things straight out of the box: You can edit movies and make music, or turn to more mundane tasks like surfing the web and checking email. A tool for organizing scraps of digital information, however, isn’t built into the iLife suite--although it probably should be. And so the daftly named Green & Slimy has released Thoughts, an information manager designed to serve as a catch-all for your digital scraps, enabling you to store, search, and organize them in useful ways.
This is what we imagine Harry Potter’s Chemistry book looks like. It’s a stunning--but somewhat confusing to use--iPad adaptation of Theodore Grey’s dead-tree book of the same name. The Elements presents you with a periodic table, complete with animated elements. Tapping on one brings up a page with 360-degree animations, as well as all the scientific details of the element in question.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List offers a fantastic collection of recipes from Epicurious.com. On the iPad, the app serves up brilliant photography, and an interactive, cookbook-style layout that has us convinced we’re going to end up with olive oil and tomato sauce all over our brand-new iPad.
“’80s coke dealer.” That’s how one Mac|Life staffer libeled the Rotaliana Diva when trying to describe its visual statement. True enough, this multitalented iPod dock--brazenly slick and swoopy, unapologetic in its design flamboyance--does look like the kind of thing that Tony “Scarface” Montana might place on an end table in his Miami mansion. Are the Diva’s lines too over the top? That’s for you to decide. What we can tell you is that a host of interesting features make this ostentatious obelisk a compelling bundle of functionality.