Recent App Reviews
An app from the team at Dekko could potentially scan real-life objects and turn them into functional, in-game Minecraft blocks. DekkoSkan was recently discussed on Reddit.
Earlier this year, the developer at Dekko mentioned building a 3D reconstruction system for its augmented reality car game, TableTop Speed. Dekko then decided to turn its attention to exporting to other games, like Minecraft.
The process works by using the iPad or iPhone camera to showcase the entire object with video. Dekkoscan creates a render of the object in Minecraft, which is then added to the save game folder or to MCEedit, an editor for Minecraft.
As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day — recently topping 900,000 — we know it’s tough to tell which ones are worth their salt. But thanks to our weekly scoop, you can have the best for a bargain! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest free or discounted apps for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.
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Game Centered features roundups and in-depth reviews of the best in iOS games and related gaming news. Among the App Store’s myriad games, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the greats. Each installment of Game Centered will take a close look at a select few worthy of special recognition. This week's roundup includes new RPGs: Deus EX: The Fall, Walking Dead: 400 Days, Limbo and Rage of the Gladiator, as well as a recap of bestselling iOS games currently being given away for free in honor of the Apple App Store's 5th anniversary.
Whether you’re an Apple fanatic or someone who simply likes fantastic technology, you’ll probably agree that the iPhone is the cream of the smartphone crop. Aside from the lightning fast operating system and superb camera, it’s pretty much a given that Apple products have the best apps. Whether you’re into photography or gardening, crafts or self-defense, there’s an app you can download to make your life a bit easier, and certainly more fun. That said, you’re also going to stumble across certain apps that are a little less useful, and to be honest, completely mind-boggling. We have no idea why these apps exist, but they do—here’s our top five pointless (but entertaining) apps for your iPhone.
Google unveiled a new version of its Maps app for Android, and in the announcement it detailed new features and said an iPhone/iPad version is coming "soon." I'm thinking it will likely be available within hours or days. Perhaps the most important feature is the apps offline features, letting you cache data for accessing the app while out of range of Wi-Fi or data. In a previous post, I noted how useful this feature in Apple Maps was during a recent trip to Germany. Also available in the new version will be automatic traffic rerouting based on congestion, accidents, etc.
Top iPhoneography Pics of the Week showcases mobile photography talent submitted by iPhone Life readers. Each week, we feature three top submissions along with one honorable mention. We judge the images based on quality, composition, context, cleverness, and mood. All photos must be taken and edited with an iOS device and using only iOS apps.
In this smartphone coaching series, learn how your iPhone paired with simple success principles can help you create a better life. This is Part 2 of the series.
In my introductory post last week, I explained what it means to live a good life and shared simple yet powerful ways to stay focused on your goals. In this post, we will discuss one of the fundamentals of a good life—your health. Here, you will learn tricks to motivate yourself to take your health to the next level using different iPhone apps.
I have a couple of great apps for review this week and some news about an exciting new 3D action/adventure and puzzle-solving game coming soon, called Abducted.The first app I played this week was Cubemen 2 ($1.99). Cubemen is an engaging real-time strategy and tower-defense game that puts you in command of a squad of blocky soldiers. You can vector them to protect your base, or move them out to attack and destroy the enemy. The second app I played (though "playing" is not really the right word) this week, is the new, improved, and simply astounding Solar Walk ($2.99)! I used it to research earthly and extra-terrestrial satellites and to follow the beautiful and inspiring Cassini mission to Saturn!
I've just recently returned from a 10-day vacation in Tübingen, Germany, a university town with a remarkable and picturesque old city and castle. Many of the buildings in the old city date back to the 15th and 16th century. In preparation for the trip, I spent more than $50 on Tom Tom's navigation app for Europe, wanting to make sure I could get where I wanted to go in the city. Its offline feature was the most important for my needs, mapping info on my iPad without requiring an Internet connection. I have a Verizon LTE iPad and could have paid for data service, but it would have entailed some extra charges, and it seemed like Tom Tom, while expensive, would ultimately save me money. (Long story short: I'm currently grandfathered into a $20/month data plan with Verizon, but would have had to forego that plan if I signed up for service in Germany, and would have been forced into the $30/month data plan forever after.)
Ever since the social app Snapchat debuted on the App Store two years ago, parents everywhere have been hyper aware of the downsides of their teens downloading and using the popular app.
Parents are concerned about enabling their children to receive (or send) sexually inappropriate photos or videos, photos that bully, or images taken in bad taste. If parents think they can routinely check their teen's phone to look for signs of these behaviors, Snapchat puts an end to that. When you take a photo in the app, it's not saved to the camera roll, and when you view a photo in Snapchat, it's available to the viewer for less than 10 seconds, and then it's gone forever.