I check the weather constantly, and I prefer the app I use to look nice. If I have to be constantly peeking into something ugly, I’m going to stop peeking. That’s how I end up in a rainstorm without my umbrella or wearing three cardigans in blistering sun. Apparently, “the sky looks cold” lacks accuracy, and I really need help finding a good weather app.

Speaking of good weather apps, Good Weather looks great, stores multiple locations, has built-in minigames and comes with more whimsy than you could shake a very whimsical stick at. But how does it hold up as a weather app? Let’s try it out! (more…)

Hold on to your hats, folks. This week brings us a number of tremendous new App Store gaming experiences, including two major franchise sequels and a somewhat fishy new title from Halfbrick.

It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend, so join us after the break to stock up on our latest gaming recommendations! (more…)

Gameloft is quickly becoming known for their iOS ‘copies’ of popular console/PC games. I reviewed Order and Chaos a while back, which was and still is the closest thing you’ll get to World of Warcraft on your iPhone or iPad.

Well, they’re at it again with their new title, Heroes of Order and Chaos. Retaining the environments and characters of the OaC world, this game is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title that clearly takes inspiration from the hugely popular PC title, League of Legends.

Let’s see how it fares, after the jump. (more…)

Last week, a friend of mine wanted me to text his girlfriend in a pinch. I said it would be no problem and was about to send her a text. I rarely text her, so I wasn’t surprised when my friend asked if I had her number. I said I did, but I was wrong. She had changed her number a couple months prior, so I had to adjust her information in the Contacts app on my iPhone before sending the text.

How many times have we all encountered that situation? It’s a giant pain. I have no way of knowing if all of my contacts in my phone are up to date unless they change their Facebook information because my iPhone has access to that. But even if they do make their phone number available to their social network, that does nothing for me. IOS wisely doesn’t automatically update contacts based on Facebook information (although it does link the contacts together, but that’s a different matter). And what if my friends move and the address I have on hand changes? Or they get a new their personal email address? These are the problems Addappt, a contact manager with (what I’ll call) simple social integration for iPhone, attempts to fix. (more…)

Moves is so much more than a pedometer. In addition to keeping track of how many steps you take every day, the app can automatically recognize whether you’re walking, cycling or running, plus chart your route on a map and more. All you have to do is carry your iPhone in your pocket or in a bag.

Best of all, it visualizes your daily, weekly and monthly activity, allowing you to set and achieve simple goals for yourself. I’ll show you how it works after the jump. (more…)

As a freelancer, it is important to keep track of how much time I spend on each project I am working on. Yet, when it comes to tracking my time, I quite honestly suck at it. It is one of those things that I always think I will remember to mark down later and almost always forget.

Recently I came across a web app called Toggl. The simplicity of Toggl, together with the data it can capture and breakdown for me, meant I fell in love with the app straight away. But I quickly realised that I don’t always have my computer with me when I need to track my time. Therefore, when I saw that there was an iPhone app, I wanted to know how the Toggl Timer compared to the Toggl web version. Let’s find out. (more…)

We’ve all been there: halfway through cooking a recipe and you realize you don’t have an ingredient on the list. You’ve got no time to go to the store and are kicking yourself for forgetting something so simple — like the eggs for your banana bread. Don’t let this happen to you. With the Substitutions app by Gormaya, you’ve always got an answer for kitchen conundrums like, “How can I make buttermilk in a pinch?” What would have been a disaster is now just a tiny bump on the road.

Gormaya is the creator of several handy apps for cooks, including a few different recipe timer apps and Conversions for Cooking. Their straightforward style and simple design is immediately recognizable and easy to use. I was surprised and delighted to find such a wide array of ingredients with practical suggestions for replacements in Substitutions. It’s as if you’ve got an authoritative chef at your side offering helpful tips, not a random computer generated answer.

To learn more about this handy pocket-guide to food substitutions, keep reading. (more…)

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?

Go Get It!

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!

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When it comes to email, you’re typically in one of two camps. For some, it’s infrequently used to communicate with a few people and doesn’t play much of a role in their lives. On the flipside, you have people whose lives are consumed by emails, mostly because of work. If you’re in the latter camp, finding the right email app for your iPhone is an extremely important undertaking.

Taskbox is a third-party email app that’s designed to “help you clear your inbox and prioritize your follow up list in under 60 seconds,” as stated in the app’s description in the App Store. If you’re buried underneath a figurative mountain of emails, join us after the jump to see if Taskbox can live up to such a bold statement. (more…)

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