The standard Music app on my iPhone has always been one of my favourite iPhone apps. It does what it does really well. Let’s be honest, for many of us, it was likely the reason we got an iPhone or iPod Touch to begin with in the early days. Over the years though, there have been a lot of changes to the app. With iOS 6, Apple gave the Music app a huge visual overhaul with a lot of chrome (which, for the record, looks terrible on anything smaller than the iPhone 5’s taller display). But there’s not a lot of new functionality to go with it.

iTunes for Mac, on the other hand, got a ton of new functionality last year. There’s absolutely no comparison. For all of its flaws, iTunes is still the best music player I know of for OS X. It’s a powerful jukebox. One of my favourite features from last year’s massive update was Up Next, a feature that lets you add any song and play it next before returning to your current playlist. I can’t tell you how handy this feature has been at my house parties. The iOS Music app still doesn’t have this feature (or many others). Party Monster aims to fix that. (more…)

An application programming interface — or API — isn’t something everyday tech users need to think about. At least not until Twitter announced the version 1.1 of its API in late 2012, which included a host of restrictions that essentially killed off development of new third-party Twitter apps. Already released third-party apps, such as Tweetbot, fortunately were given a stay of execution, but developers were required to make changes to their apps based on the new API.

When that news hit, I downloaded and toyed around with the official Twitter app for iOS and I was far from impressed. The overall usability was fair, but nowhere as impressive as the other third-party Twitter apps that I had come to know and love. But, being of a curious mind I kept Twitter on my phone so that I could check out future updates. Recently, the app was updated to version 5.7 and I decided to give it a trial run as my default Twitter app. Has it changed for the better? (more…)

I’ve watched the Dumb Ways to Die music video, hilarious and disturbing all at once, maybe a million times, so I was elated when I saw there was a companion game for iOS. Preserving all of the dark humor of the original video, Dumb Ways to Die gives you the power to save all of the characters. Or if you’re of a darker sensibility, see what happens when luck isn’t on their side. (more…)

June is upon us friends, and while the summer months offer plenty of opportunities to venture out into the great outdoors, sometimes you still just want to unwind with a bit of gaming.

This week’s iOS game picks cover a wide range of play styles, from strategy to FPS, to arcade mayhem — even a bit of law practice! Dive in and find your favourite … (more…)

If you have been following along with the App Store you have probably seen email apps in the headlines a lot lately. It seems, with the App Store becoming five this year, developers are making strides in the seemingly impossible task of helping alleviate the pain of email, and I think we are on the forefront of new email applications. In more time, I think they will become very similar to task or notes applications where the choices seem endless. Just a few days ago at WWDC, Tim Cook said,

… over 93% of applications are downloaded at least once a month.

Which means there are plenty of users looking for plenty of choices when it comes to choosing applications.

One option for managing email is Dispatch, which integrates with other iOS apps nicely. Can Dispatch’s features separate itself enough in a growing market? Read on to find out. (more…)

One of the perks of this job is seeing some amazing apps come into the App Store put together by incredible developers. At first, Vesper seemed to be in that category. An app built by a team of industry insiders? It’s got to be awesome, right?

Well, it is quite pretty, and it’s also meticulously well thought out and executed. But it doesn’t have all the features that the competition has, which leaves it prone to scrutiny, no matter how much clout the developers have on hand. Is Vesper able to live up to its lofty praise? Let’s find out. (more…)

It took me way too long to write this review. That’s because every time I opened the app to reference something I’d get sucked back into the game. But I couldn’t help it — there was just so much to be done in my town! I needed to review proposals; read up-to-the-minute headlines about my decisions; and check on my construction projects.

See, Run That Town is a strategy game grounded in reality: You are put in charge of a neighborhood in Australia and must use real Census data to decide what will be best for your citizens. Your actions will determine whether they applaud you — or chase you out of office. Click “more” to see what it’s all about. (more…)

When I was in my third year of university, I became a professional procrastinator. By that, I mean that I had no work and no reason to find work because I was too “busy” with school and prepping for exams. And what that really meant was that I was too “busy” playing Flash-based games on an old MacBook. This was back when Facebook gaming was still a popular thing.

In that day, I was completely hooked on a game called Solitaire Blitz, which now has a universal iPhone/iPad app and is available for free in the App Store. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to pick up the game and try it out again, and see how I felt about it a couple years later on a different platform. And how well can a free game filled with in-app purchases designed for a mouse translate to a touchscreen? Read on to find out more. (more…)

Summer is here and swimsuit season is upon us. Whether you’re ramping up for a detox diet or just looking for healthy recipes that taste delicious, you’ll find plenty of inspiring recipes in Everyday Raw Detox. Based on a book by award winning raw food chefs, Matthew Kenney and Meredith Baird, this app is a unique approach to the raw food lifestyle. Recipes aim to detoxify the body one meal at a time, and there is plenty of guidance for raw food newbies.

Keep reading to learn the true meaning of detox and how to get just as much pleasure from healthy meals as you do from a bag of potato chips. (more…)

I love movies. In fact, I used to write about movies all the time on my personal website before that writing started landing me freelance work. As a single male and an aspiring screenwriter, I love movies so much that I’m practically dating my film collection. (Note to self: That could explain why I’m single. I should look into that.)

My problem is that my film watching has always been inherently isolating. I tend to watch movies alone because most people I know don’t share my taste: I enjoy hidden gems like Brian de Palma’s Blow Out more every single viewing, but I could skip movies like Pain & Gain altogether (and do). It’s hard for me to find people with similar taste, but Limelight has a solution: it’s making my movie watching social. (more…)

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