By David Averbach
By Jim Karpen
CNET has posted a slide show with screen shots and commentary titled "Seven great sources for free iOS apps." The slide show highlights websites and apps that clue you in to great free apps, and those that are temporarily free. The resources include websites such as AppGiveaway, which is updated daily with giveaway codes from developers, and AppShopper, which alerts you to price drops.
By Werner Ruotsalainen
I've long been working on my forthcoming full(!) tutorial and comparison of everything video playback on iDevices. Now that I'm also writing a full comparison of all iDevice file accessor and media synchronizing tools, I've also very thoroughly tested the video (among other things, MPEG2 TS) conversion of the, otherwise, excellent and highly recommended SyncPod (by iSkysoft) tool. This – and the recent, great jailbreaking and XBMC releases – made me publish a separate, dedicated article. This all means that, as usual, my article contains tons of never-before-published information on generic video conversion, cutting etc. related information. Feel free to ask (in the comment section) if you'd like a more thorough explanation on any of the discussed (sub)subjects!
By Louis Senecal
I wanted to talk about Zagg's Invisible Shield and a great customer service experience I had this past Thursday. You always hear about the negative experiences people have in general so, I thought I would share a good one.
For Father's Day, my wife had ordered me a custom ZaggSkin for the back of my tablet. There is a mall in Holyoke MA called the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. It's about an hour away from me but I go here once and a while because they have an Apple Store there also. On one of my previous trips, I spotted a Zagg Mall Cart.
By Nate Adcock
Dock choices for your iPhone or iPad, are seemingly as numerous as apps. We have reviewed a ton of them here on the blogs or in the mag, and it's easy to get overwhelmed picking one. The Stem TimeCommand dock is "simple-smart" gear (coined that term just for this review) to charge your iOS device in the wee hours, and wake your butt in the AM (the simple part). It does the essentials as well as pump out crisp audio. It also has some very cool features (the smart part)...
App Review: ArtRage
By Eric Pankoke
When UPS just won’t do, apparently the way to deliver packages is via a platform with little jet engines in it. Silly premise aside, Kona’s Crate is an interesting physics game that takes the lunar lander concept to the extreme. The game has 60 levels and the three star, two tier scoring system is sure to keep most patient folks busy for a while, but the control scheme is somewhat frustrating and the time to beat for three stars often feels a bit outlandish. While at first I found myself willing to try and fight for that third star or a “no bump” run, it eventually got to the point where I just wanted to finish a level and move on to the next.
By Jim Karpen
Summertime is vacation time. And if you use campgrounds when you're vacationing, you'll want to check out Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot (free). It lists more than 12,000 private and public campgrounds and RV parks in the United States and Canada, plus Mexico. It offers campground information, including amenities, services, types of campsites, on-site recreation, as well as identifying many camping discounts offered at parks. Private campgrounds also include Woodall's 5W/5W Rating System.
By Peter Magers
There’s no shortage of puzzle based games (or really, games in any genre) in the App Store. Competition is fierce, and puzzle games are a perfect solution for getting the votes of the casual gaming crowd—a big portion of the mobile game-loving population. SquareUpMax, from developers BroSoft, hopes to earn a piece of the pie.
SquareUpMax challenges players to reconstruct an arrangement of various geometric shapes, styled as blocks of wood and other objects, after an explosion has disrupted the pattern. Players must reconstruct the pattern quickly, using the minimum number of moves to progress.
Learn English Reading Obama is a language-learning app teaching Spanish, Italian, German, Russian or French speakers vocabulary words and phrases in English. The app gets its name from using President Obama’s inaugural speech from January 20, 2009 as a base for learning. Once a dictionary is selected from one of the supported languages listed above, the student can then use Obama’s speech to pick out sections they do not understand. The word in these highlighted sections will then be translated to the student’s native language.
By Werner Ruotsalainen
I've played a bit more with creating Cydia packages. I've found out the following:
If you have problems installing Fink...
By David Averbach
Top Paid Cydia Apps for iPad 2
These applications will help if you’re just getting started jailbreaking. Hope it makes your jailbreak experience more enjoyable. I have mainly learned through lots of trial and error. This is only my opinion.
1. IFile allows you to get to the heart of your idevice. You can change and modifiy settings without a computer. This is a real must for the true at heart customizers.
By Mike Riley
Avid bicyclists rejoice! Bracketron has created a case for your iPhone, iPod Touch and various other mobile devices that securely mounts on your bike handlebars. Does the bracket hold up against a rugged day-long road trip? Read on to find out what shines and what, if anything, needs more polish with this bicycling enthusiast mobile digital lifestyle accessory.