In the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday, it’s good to remember that there’s a lot of fun to be had with the toys you already have—like your iPhone!
We’ve pulled together some of the most exciting new games this week, so jump in and get playing…
Reading is a topic that a lot of us get fired up about, mainly because we all do so much of it. It’s a field many of us are very experienced in. When people make decisions about buying a hardcore or a softcover book, they’re using their experience to make that choice. That’s why talking about the perfect reading experience is so tough — no two people have the same tastes.
That’s my word of warning as I enter into this: the following article, even more so than usual, is nothing more than my opinion. But let me be the one to tell you, and I hope you’ll agree, my opinion is certainly the most correct one. I’ll start by saying that the new iBooks for iOS 7 is terrible. Whereas before, choosing between iBooks and Kindle was tough, the decision just got a whole lot easier. Quite simply, I’m about to tell you why I prefer the Kindle experience over iBooks.
Dropbox, an online file-storage and transfer utility, forms the backbone of many of iOS’ most useful apps and utilities. Dropbox, which at its most fundamental level is just a way to store files in the internet, allows developers and users to take advantage of a file system that is always up-to-date and available as long as a connection to the internet is present.
But while these third-party apps can plug in to the Dropbox API and unlock these features, the first place most users go to use Dropbox is the official client. Boxie is an attempt to usurp the traditional Dropbox app by covering the basics, all while adding new, power-user features and a design that is supposed to make browsing the app and editing its contents even faster. (more…)
I love movies. I don’t mean that I love movies the way every college student ever said they loved movies; I mean I truly love movies. For a long time, I wrote screenplays as a hobby (my spare time to do that seems to continuously disappear these days). I have a personal collection encompassing hundreds and hundreds of movies and TV shows. For me, movies are what I do to relax, unwind, and creatively excite myself.
I find there’s a truckload of films I want to see, though, and they’re all very difficult to remember. I used to keep this insane list in Notes.app back in the day. It was ridiculous, and it’s not a wonder it didn’t help me at all. I tried using IMDB’s list function for a while, but the service didn’t blow me away and I found IMDB was more a pain than anything else. ToDoMovies, though, really got me excited. It looked like it solved my problem: how do you keep tracks of the movies you want to see? Read on to find out whether or not ToDoMovies is the answer.
Don’t judge a book by its cover–a valuable piece of advice I was taught early in my life, as I’m sure a lot of you where as well. More often than not I find this old adage to be profoundly true, but, at times, I find it incredibly difficult to live by. I, like a lot of individuals, find it easier to embrace something that’s pleasing to the eye. Sometimes it turns out well, which I’m sure most Apple device owners can attest to (just holding my iPad mini is one of my favorite past times), but other times I’m reminded why the adage rings so true.
Taasky is an app that was on my radar several months before its launch. I had seen it showcased on several blogs and Dribbble because of it’s beautiful and sleek design. I was enamored, to say the least. So, when the app found its way to the App Store I was quite pleased, and downloaded it with haste. What I discovered after spending a mere few minutes with the app, however, was another lesson involving books and their covers. (more…)
Everyone likes a bargain, don’t they? If you are UK-based and haven’t yet encountered hotukdeals.com (HUKD), then I suggest you head over there soon to see what bargains you can bag — but not yet. First I want to introduce you to an app that takes all of the wealth of knowledge from that most excellent site, and filters it down to your iPhone.
Basket Buddy finds great deals and hot price drops in a store near you. Using the iPhone’s GPS locator, Basket Buddy will overlay a Google Maps map of all the nearby shops with known bargains in. You simply tap to view, see if something takes your fancy, then walk in and buy. It really is that simple.
And if the walking puts you off a bit, fear not! You can use the companion app iHotUKDeals to browse national and online deals and price drops right from the comfort of your armchair. All of this functionality is available in two free apps — your first two bargains of the day.
Read on for more.
This week I’ve got another wine app review for you. Looking for a go-to app for wine lovers this holiday season, I recently reviewed Wine Enthusiast. Like many wine apps it excelled in one area (providing access to thousands of reviews from wine pros) but flopped in the area of user reviews (cumbersome data entry). I have yet to discover a wine app that can do it all, providing a good user experience for remembering favorite wines, access to professional reviews, interaction with a community of wine lovers plus a complete database of wines. Delectable Wine promises the complete package, plus the ability to purchase wines and have them delivered to your doorstep.
I’ve been let down before, though, so I’m cautiously optimistic. The technology is there, the data is there — why have so many wine apps failed to provide the complete experience?
Keep reading to find out if I’ve finally found the Holy Grail of wine apps.
There are few greater awards for an app than to be featured at a product launch. Nike+ Move, created by the same software team that developed the Nike FuelBand, is the latest chapter in a close partnership between Nike and Apple. The app finds itself in an odd position: it is, by far, the most hyped program to use the M7 co-processor found in the iPhone 5S. It also utilizes the same score system as the FuelBand. Do these two factors create the ultimate fitness app, or a jumbled mess of ideas? (more…)
I was a huge fan of Rayman: Jungle Run last year when it came out. In fact, I loved it so much that I gave it a near-perfect review, praising its gameplay, visually-arresting art design, and unique twist on the platforming genre. With Rayman: Fiesta Run, Ubisoft is trying to raise the bar again.
The sequel brings a ton of new elements to the game, including swimming and, perhaps regrettably, in-app purchases. This review is a unique opportunity for me to reflect on what worked with the original, what still works, and what the formula is like a year later. Is a sequel necessary? Did the first game need little refinements? Read on to find out.
As the sole proprietor of a small business, one of the things I struggle most with is money management. It’s not that I’m bad with money; it’s that my income flow is erratic and hard to keep up with. I’ve tried using Mint, but I find that it spends too much time asking me to volunteer my banking information, and not enough time letting me live my life like I normally would. Its focus on budgets isn’t very manageable.
When I set out to try Dollarbird, it looked like it handled everything I needed for my basic needs. It makes me aware of how much I’m spending and allows me to monitor my cashflow, all without presuming it knows more than I do about my finances. Let’s take a deep dive into the app and see if it could work as well for you.