Recent App Reviews
It's time for end-of-year lists, and Time magazine has weighed in with its top 10 gadgets of the year. The iPhone 5 tops the list, with the magazine especially appreciating the way that Apple fusses over the tiny little details: "Apple may be responsible for more than its share of the tech industry’s great leaps forward, but it’s at least as good at fussing over the tiny little details other companies ignore.
The iPhone and iPad do a lot of things well, but if you agree that the built-in microphone could use some improvement, you should check out the Mikey Digital add-on from Blue Microphones.
Blue is known for the very high quality microphones for Mac and other uses, so it's nice to see them bring their expertise to the iOS world.
Slenderman: Unknown Chronicles is one of a few games or apps on iTunes related to the Slender horror genre. The legend is of a tall, slender man that appears in the background of old photographs that include small children. Evidence of kidnappings surround these events, and the Slenderman is purportedly able to stretch his arms and torso to extreme lengths to capture his quarry. The game is sort of like an iOS version of Blair Witch Project (if anyone remembers that)! Ice Riders, a decidedly upbeat, platform-like snowboard simulation combines custom course design with tricky game physics to create a unique, chilly and fun time-killer... Read on for the full reviews!
There’s a reasonably credibly founded stigma regarding crossovers between video games and other media: it doesn’t work well. When it comes to basing video games off of other media, you tend to lose the story in favor of events that simply take place in the same universe. Go the other route and you find that many comics based off of video games pretty much have to come up with their own stories because the source material doesn’t have any. Either way you tend to have a match that doesn’t feel made in heaven. Ape Entertainment is trying to do their part to stay on the winning side of the curve with two offerings based off of currently popular mobile games: the Squids franchise of action / RPG games and Temple Run, the game that did for infinite runners what Angry Birds did for physics action games. In terms of content they’ve mostly succeeded, though I’m still not quite sure how I feel about the interface.
"Every time you do a project, you learn something new." - Justin Timberlake
So you want to engage your team(s) in a project involving higher order thinking. What project(s) will they be working on?
You can assign projects or let your team(s) select their own. I find participants are more highly motivated when they have a choice but I suggest providing a list of projects from which they may choose. This strategy worked well for me when distributing work assignments to engineers.
If you are reading this, you might know someone (if not you) looking for an iPhone accessory that is totally, and insanely cool! Especially if this hypothetical person (also "not you") is into winter/summer sporting. Check out the mophie OutRide, now available for $149.99. This mount takes it to the next level, protecting iPhone with a sturdy high-impact, water-proof housing, and enhances your action vids with an integrated wide-angle lens and custom app combo! Read on for full PR info on this radical mounting accessory!...
I have been a big Sonos fan for years. If you are not familiar with the high-quality line of wireless music systems, please do yourself a favor this holiday season and either search our site (keyword "Sonos"), check my latest Play:3 review here, or simply go to their home page here. It is the single best wireless music system I have reviewed. Anyway, the point is to inform that a recent update to the iOS application experience now includes streaming from your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone. You needed a dock accessory in previous versions to do this, so it is indeed a very cool enhancement... Read on for full details.
Prepare yourself for the next level in console-quality FPS gameplay with Modern Combat: Zero Hour!
The wait is over! The latest chapter in the award-winning Modern Combat series from Gameloft is now available in the iTunes App Store. Read on for the full review...
Rockstar Games has released Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (rockstargames.com) for iOS to celebrate its 10th anniversary. It's available for $4.99. It works on both the iPhone and iPad.