One of the more successful services in the “freemium” category, Evernote has thrived since its 2007 debut, managing to keep up with almost every new mobile or desktop platform launched ever since. Most recently, the company reinvented its popular iOS and Mac apps with the lofty goal of accessing notes in as little as two taps. But has anything been left behind in the transition?
For most of us, either time or money is scarce; for many, it's certainly both. Yoga classes often come at $20 a pop and require an hour and a half of commitment. If you're a new or busy yogi, give Yoga Studio a try. This inexpensive app has quickly become one of my favorites for fitness
On consoles and PC, Need for Speed: Most Wanted recently returned the enduring racing franchise to glory, delivering a huge open-road experience in which players can explore, compete, evade police chases, and test out dozens of licensed rides. Expectedly, the universal iOS take is less robust; it finds the middle ground between its much larger (and pricier) brethren and the series' past mobile entries, delivering a portable racer that impresses on many fronts, yet doesn't fully satisfy.
Nearly everyone likes roller coasters, so you can hardly blame Nutty Fluffies’ carnival-prize stuffed animals for wanting to ride when their theme park is closed. Of course, this being an iOS game -- one made by the studio behind the Xbox 360’s physics-defying Trials series -- it's more than a breezy day in the park for the animals. You must guide them safely through each track by swiping to move the train and collect hearts, but the safety regulations seem nil, so coaster cars can (and will) go flying off the track if you hit a bank too hard or put a little too much speed behind a jump.
The iPhone was a tipping point for social media, enabling immediate sharing of life events with loved ones. But with so many different networks now drawing our attention, what we really need is an app to pull them all together in one place. That’s the concept behind Moment.me, which tries to be an aggregator for photos, videos, and tweets pulled from Facebook, Twitter, and other services, presenting them in a real-time, multi-point of view layout, neatly organized by event. Or rather, that’s what it’s supposed to do.
I've spent at least a solid hour each day for the past couple weeks poking at a giant virtual cube, chipping away thousands of tiny blocks, one at a time, until my hands get tired. And you know, for the life of me, I can't explain why I keep at it. I know it's not likely that I'll be the one "lucky" person to reach the center of the cube and capture the mysterious, life-changing thing that its creator purports is awaiting within. It might take months, and maybe even years for that to happen. So why are thousands of other players like myself addicted to the repetitive cube-poking grind? That's the grand mystery of Curiosity: What's in The Cube.
With a wide array of turn-based iOS titles likely taking up your time, it can be difficult to find a chunk of time large enough to sit down and play through an entire game of Madden on your iPhone or iPad. That’s where Madden NFL 13 Social hits its stride. Taking the simplistic style of other asynchronous turn-based titles, Madden NFL 13 Social tasks players with completing a game in alternating bursts. Each turn consists of one offensive drive, however long that may be, and you don’t ever play defense, as that wouldn’t really work for the style of play here.
With its shiny trappings, familiar wasteland heroes, and cool top-down perspective on Pandora's desolate post-apocalyptic landscape, Borderlands Legends HD makes an impressive transition from a first-person shooter on other platforms to an iOS hybrid of real-time strategy and tower defense. The slick presentation is deceiving, however, since muddling through battle after battle is more often then not an unwieldy, unsatisfying experience.
Facebook started on a college campus, but has since become a familiar part of nearly everyone's online life around the world. OOHLALA Mobile Campus Community aims to create something closer to Facebook's roots, centering on university-centric activity, but is it really necessary in this day and age when we're already so well connected? In shades of Facebook's past, users must register with a college or university email address to gain access to OOHLALA. What students will find within includes everything from campus maps and events to games, chat, and additional ways to socialize with fellow classmates -- at least in theory. The execution has less chatter and more echoes.
There are plenty of unique and colorful ways to read news on the iPad. Pulse, Flipboard, Newsify, and Reeder -- not to mention every major media outlet -- all offer pleasant ways to get your daily news fix, with bright photos and constantly updating headlines to keep you informed. The Wider Image isn't one of these apps. If you're looking for up-to-the-minute headlines from Reuters, you'd be better off downloading News Pro. But for news junkies who want to digest as much of the world as possible, The Wider Image is possibly the most gorgeous way to explore exotic people and places on your iPad.