It seems like when people want to start complaining about iOS, skeuomorphism — the concept of making digital interfaces that look and act like their real-life counterparts — always seems to come up. Sure, the Podcasts app was pretty rugged for a bit, and no one likes Game Center, but is it all that bad?
Well let’s ask you. What do you think? Does skeuomorphism work for you or do you hate it? Let us know in the poll to the right!
WWDC is right around the corner, and when it happens, we’ll find out all the good stuff on the latest versions of OS X and iOS. With Scott Forstall’s departure and Jony Ive taking over revamping the OS, it seems like there are a lot of changes on the horizon.
But what are they? We’ve compiled a few of the ones we’ve seen across the web, and put them in this handy poll. Do you think that iOS 7 is going to be more of the same, or will it come with a lot of changes? Let us know in the poll to the right!
So you’re out and about, searching for that special tool that you need to get your project done — a screw, piece of shiny fabric or whatever it is. You find it, but it’s pricey, and you want to know if you can get it cheaper somewhere else. So you pull out your iPhone, take a shot of the item with CamFind, and sure enough, it’s out there.
OK, now it’s Tuesday and you’re in a part of town where there are a lot of good looking restaurants with menus written in languages you don’t understand. No sweat. Out comes CamFind, you take a picture and next thing you know, you’ve got a translation.
Alright, one last one. You’re in a strange city for work, and you walk past a memorial to something that seems important. You want to know more, but there doesn’t seem to be any pertinent info anywhere about. Pull out CamFind, take a shot of the memorial and it comes back with info on it. Like magic.
CamFind is a little bit of magic in your pocket. It can do all of the things listed above, as well as find reviews and trailers for movies; restaurant reviews from photos of their sign; find nearby coffee shops; and scan QR codes. It’s got a lot wrapped up in a nice little package, making it an app that you’ll surely want to have on your home screen.
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Did that peak your interest? No? Well how about this: it’s free. That’s right, CamFind is available for the low price of free, and it comes complete with all of those features. Is it the perfect app to have? Maybe. But it’s definitely one you’ll want to keep handy. I know it’s changed my iPhone for the better.
Well, here we are, a few days later, and we can officially announce our winners of the promo codes for Beat Music Player. They are:
All of the winners have been notified via Twitter DM, so check your inboxes. Thanks to all those that entered, and be on the lookout for more contests soon! (more…)
The new iPhone should be out this fall, and per usual, there’s a lot of talk about this next iPhone coming in more colors than just black and white. The iPod touch already has several color options, why not the iPhone, right?
Let’s pretend that you’re the person in charge of the decision. What do you think? Should the next iPhone come in more colors than black and white, or is it just fine as is? Let us know in the poll to the right!
The iPhone gave us the ability to have our music and our phone in one convenient location: our pocket. No longer did we have to juggle a cell phone and an iPod, it was all in one unit. But what about that Music app, huh? Not so great. It’s one of the weak links in the iOS ecosystem, if only because it’s just so clunky and awkward to use. If only there was a cool app that could take Music’s place. If only …
Let me introduce you to Beat Music Player. First off, it’s just a buck, so it’s not pricey. Second, it’s beautiful — and I don’t say that lightly. The app not only has a great collection of clean and simple fonts, but every song plays against a spectacular etherial background. Oh, and there’s the cool touch interface, too.
But let me back up a minute so I can give Beat its due. Let’s say that you want to listen to an album on your iPhone, but you’re driving so you don’t want to have to check it all the time to switch tracks. Open up Beat Music Player, start the album and let the car ride begin. When you want to skip tracks, albums, playlists or any number of different tasks, just swipe the phone with your thumb to navigate through the various elements. And if you have your iPhone propped up on the dash, you can pick between a number of pretty backgrounds that won’t distract you like album art might, but still provide a nice look. It’s safer, better looking and easier to use than the stock Music app. That’s good enough for me.
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We do a lot of weekly sponsorships here, but there’s something you should probably know. We don’t just do these reviews for everyone who wants one; we hand pick every one to make sure it fits our standards. That’s why you should know that we picked Beat Music Player because it serves a function: play music on your iPhone, but do it better, cleaner and prettier than the stock app. Not only does it do it well, but so much so that it became my new primary music app.
If there’s higher praise than that, I can’t think of what it could be. There’s no better way for you to spend a buck.
People talk all the time about the release of a “low-end” iPhone. What denotes low-end? Sometimes it’s a lower amount of memory, other times it’s a non-Retina display. But whatever they say today, the concept is that Apple needs to release some kind of free iPhone at the same time that they release whatever the next model happens to be. So, in theory, there would be an iPhone 5S (or 6, or whatever), and this hypothetical low-end iPhone.
What do you think? Do you want a low-end iPhone or do you care? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Somewhere along the iOS path, Apple introduced its panorama feature, whereby you could use your iPhone’s camera to take panoramic images just by holding it steady and sliding it to the right. Neat, right? So why would you need another app that does the same thing and even has the name Panorama? Well it turns out that Apple doesn’t have everything figured out with the panorama situation, and the team at Wondershare has a few ideas to improve on the stale premise.
You start off with an open shutter and a camera view, just like you’d have with your regular camera app. But this time, you start by picking out a filter to use for your photo, just like you would on Instagram or similar apps. Next, you take your pic. Now you think that’d be it, but you can also add a second filter on top of the first, giving you even more options to choose from.
Soak that in for a sec. That means that you’ve got dozens of options for your shots. No two panoramic images will look the same. How cool is that?
Plus, there are other great features as well. Edit photos, send them wirelessly to friends or just share them with your friends to any of the dozen or so social networks you can connect to the app. Not too shabby, right?
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Panorama is available right now for just $0.99, a price that’s well worth it. If you’re looking for other camera apps, the Wondershare team also has a ton of other cool options, including PowerCam which has tons of live effects including color splash, tilt-shift and more. They also have PowerSketch, an easy-to-use sketching application. But don’t just take our word for it, go out and get it now!
With the release of the iPhone on T-Mobile, now every U.S. carrier has access to the device. This means that everyone has a choice of carriers, and T-Mobile is pushing hard to make it so that you pick them. Now the iPhone — the 4, 4S and 5 — is available on our favorite pink carrier, and we want to know if you’ve switched over yourself.
Did you preorder or buy a T-Mobile iPhone? Are you planning to? Let us know in the poll to the right!
Ever played Super Mario Galaxy before? There’s this one level where you have to blow up this giant rock-like thing and to do so, you have to use these ghosts that also act as bombs. To catch the ghosts, you spin the controller to whirl them into a sling, and then you swing the ghost into the rock thing. Do it enough times and you win the level.
I bring that up because our Weekly Sponsor, Robi: Cosmic Savior, uses a similar mechanic. You play as Robi, a little guy whose planet is in trouble. See, there was this big brouhaha out in space that caused all of the meteors to go our of whack. Next thing Robi knew, they’re flying towards his planet, and he’s the only one with a way to stop them.
To do that, Robi has a little assistant robot deal that he can control. With each meteor that comes onto the screen, he can send off that assistant to mine the meteor for minerals, spin it into orbit (to protect the planet from other meteors) or just fling it off away from you. And that’s how this all relates to the aforementioned Super Mario Galaxy.
This is another one of those simple and fun games that I love to play. It’s free, it utilizes the touch mechanic in a simple and clear way, plus it’s easy to pick up and put down. To me, that’s pretty much everything that a game needs to be, and Robi: Cosmic Savior has all that and more.
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So here’s the pitch: Robi: Cosmic Savior is a fun, frenetic game that uses the iPhone (and iPad, this is a Universal App) to its core strengths. The question becomes, should you get it? For me, the answer is pretty clear. Why wouldn’t you?