Just as there are too many ways to listen to music these days, I think there are too many ways to get in touch with people. Between email, texting, and phone calls, I’m already swamped. Or, at least, I feel swamped, even if I’m not busy answering a myriad of emails and messages. Social networks don’t make it any easier; actually, they add to the problem. I need another way to keep in touch with people about as badly as I need to be shot in the foot with a double-barrelled shotgun.

Enter BBM, or Blackberry Messenger. Another one of the ill-fated company’s “too little, too late” strategies that makes sure Blackberry is still firmly planted in 2007, BBM for iPhone is almost exactly what it says on the label. I went to school in Waterloo and have a number of great friends there, some of who were working at the company when it was still called RIM, so I mean no insult. In fact, I want the company to succeed — a little competition is always a good thing. But the question remains: is BBM relevant in today’s world? Is it better to show up late to a party than to never show up at all? Read on to see my thoughts.

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Apple worked very hard on developing iOS 7, the most recent release of its mobile operating system, which effectively transformed the stale user interface to something more colorful. As usual, it received mixed reviews. Some people called it “flat”, while others believed its colors rendered it “childish”.

It’s a fact that people don’t like change, so negative reactions to iOS 7 are not surprising. Apple’s recent update to the Remote app, on the other hand, is quite unexpected. It includes a full redesign to fit snugly with iOS 7. But strangely, it goes beyond the call of duty here, introducing new and foreign UI elements. Usually I would praise experimentation, but in this case, I’m not so sure it’s a good thing. (more…)

Nintendo has long been one of the top dogs in the gaming department. Unfortunately, many of us, including myself, no longer own a Nintendo handheld device, and can not play the games on our various iDevices because Nintendo is rather ambivalent about making their games available to players on third-party devices.

In years past, many people would jailbreak their phones in order to play classic Nintendo games on their phones. However, this is no longer necessary. In this article, I will teach you how to play your favorite Nintendo games right on your phone — no jailbreak neededLearn how after the jump.

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Calendars 5 is the newest iteration of Readdle’s calendars app (Calendars+ being the previous version). Readdle has been a developing team I’ve long admired, as they’ve consistently produced high quality productivity, utility and business apps that get the job done, plain and simple. In September, I wrote a how-to article that features their Printer Pro app, which makes it incredibly easy to print from an iOS device to a non-AirPrint enabled printer. I should also state, for the purposes of full disclosure, that I’m a member of their beta program.

Be that as it may, I always find myself being very critical of new calendar apps, and make no exceptions with Calendars 5. The iOS 7 Calendar.app has done little to sway me in using it full-time. Fantastical 2 is a quite good, overall, but I just don’t like how the events list functions. Sunrise is my favorite calendar app, which I recently reviewed, but it lacks some key features (discussed in my review).

While it may seem like I’m attempting to boast about how I’m never satisfied with calendar apps, or that I’m just incredibly picky, I assure you that neither are the case (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). A calendar is a very important tool in most people’s lives, so when using an app for calendar management it’s important that it makes this task as easy as possible. With that in mind, let’s find out if Calendars 5 has what it takes to get the job done. (more…)

Gneo is an interesting task management app that tries to do things very differently. On first glance, the app appears to be a cross between Trello and any other GTD app, but what sets it apart is its advanced feature set and rather unique take on overseeing your entire task list.

The app isn’t without fault and, in some instances, the app can be frustrating but it sets itself apart with a fresh perspective on task and project management that stops this from being just another todo app.

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The holiday season is a time for stocking your cellar and brushing up on your wine stats for ordering off restaurant wine lists. This is the Olympics for wine lovers. Experts need an app to keep track of good vintages, while novices need a cheat sheet to give them a competitive edge. I’m a big fan of wine apps — it’s just so useful to have varietal information and wine reviews at your fingertips when you’re in the wine shop wading through bottles for your next party. When I think of Wine Enthusiast, I think of their encyclopedic website. They do it all: distribute wine, sell all the accessories like glassware and storage, as well as publishing Wine Enthusiast Magazine. I’ve always appreciated how, unlike Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast puts a ton of wine education articles on their website for free. Could the free Wine Enthusiast Tasting Guide be your new go-to resource for all things wine?

Keep reading to find out.

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iOS 7 changed the way we interact with our iPhones overnight. It made a lot of apps extremely irrelevant — also overnight. It means that a lot of developers are releasing separate new versions of their original apps, like Clear and, in the case of Twitter, Tweetbot 3.

The move to iOS 7 gives some of us new changes to reevaluate the apps we use every day, though. I’m on Twitter all the time and I’m always looking out for apps that defy convention and make me think differently about the service. If an app makes me want to use Twitter, it’s worth buying. Recently, I thought I’d try out a minimalist iOS 7 exclusive Twitter app called (what else?) Tweet7. Read on to find out if the app is for you.

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I’ve written this review twice now. The first time was in the heat of the moment. I was excited about Knock — a new app that was getting a lot of hype from the usual tech pundits, and I was enjoying it after just a few minutes of use. I was typing wildly like I was on a bender.

But then I told myself to calm down. Knock was cool, yes. But did it deserve my excessive praise? I figured I should let it soak in for a few days and see how it goes; analyze the app and see what solution it solves. And now that I’ve cooled off a bit, what’s the verdict? Well … (more…)

I’ve written a couple times about how much I rely on my RSS feed. After the demise of Google Reader, I switched to Feed Wrangler and didn’t look back. The service is fast and consistently reliable, and I love that its open API integrates with a ton of other apps for iOS.

I’m always on the look for new RSS experiences. Turbine Reader offers exactly that: it’s designed from the ground up for iOS 7, tries to put a focus on content, and integrates with Feed Wrangler and NewsBlur (with the developer promising to work with more services soon). But is it worth displacing your favourite RSS app from your home screen? Read on to find out.

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It’s a blockbuster week for iOS gaming, friends. We’re looking at some incredible sequels and some creative new spins on familiar franchises.

Click through and let’s get gaming!

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