Not so long ago, armchair astronomy used to involve lugging along stacks of charts and flashlights if you wanted to know the name of a star (aside from notables like Polaris and Betelgeuse). The advent of astronomy apps for iOS devices changed all that for the better, but until now, the best ones have emphasized utility over beauty. That all changes with Sky Guide, which achieves a remarkable balance of both.
It's a week of pairs. For every app we found on sale this week there was a match out there somewhere. Whether it was a sequel or a competitor or a nice complement. So why not give these dynamic duos a try? Some are free, some are only a dollar, but they're all on sale, so get tapping.
Well, it's a big gamer weekend for price drops we're seeing. So if you've got rain where you're at, it's a perfect weekend to stay indoors and give your thumbs a workout. If you're getting ready to go back to school, we've got a couple other apps for you too.
Memorial Day Weekend is chock full of activities. And sales! Yes, who doesn't love an excuse for a good App Store blowout. There's plenty to choose from so we grabbed a little here, a little there, a lot like your plate at a picnic lunch. Dig in and enjoy.
Readers in the Pacific Northwest and certain portions of the midwest will understand: You hear of an awesome celestial event, set your alarm, wake at 3am, run outside, and it's all clouds as far as the eye can see. Galileo saw moons orbiting Jupiter with just his crummy telescope, but you can't even make out Orion with all the light pollution. Where the heck do you look when you want to even try to find a constellation? You look in the App Store, silly.
Just because your iPhone fits squarely inside your hand doesn’t mean you always have to enjoy it on your own -- several apps let you connect with friends to share locations and photos, or even have a little fun while together. Here are eight excellent options.
Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.