Recent App Reviews
Some controversy erupted last week after Apple implied that giving away its iWork Suite to new buyers of iOS and Macs would provide them with the productivity tools they need. Microsoft’s VP of Communications, Frank Shaw, in a blog response wrote the following: “And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on their devices. Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines.” That was followed by a swipe at the press for positive coverage of Apple giving away iWork, a product Shaw said “was already priced like an afterthought.”
'Tis the season for things that go bump in the night. Halloween is almost here, and what would the holiday be if it weren't for creepy stories that kept us up all night pondering things that may or may not reside in our closets or under our beds. Everyone loves a good scary tale and even better is one that comes with amazing artwork and sound effects. This Halloween, if you're in need of a good fright fix, I suggest the new iLovecraft (2.99) app.
I love my iGrill from iDevices ($79.95). I have owned many a meat thermometer over the years, only to be disappointed by undercooked steaks, melted plastic bezels, and holding devices a little to close to the heat. iGrill appears to be accurate. Even better, it talks to my iPad so I don’t have to sit and watch the steak cook. To quote a tutorial on steak cooking, “the only reason to flip a steak is to cook the other side.” Many BBQ aficionados spend too much time with their meat. They poke and prod, flip and rearrange because watching a steak cook is like watching the proverbial grass grow. Since you want the perfect steak, you pay a little too much attention to it. While people are putting out paper plates, popping the tab on another beer, or cheering a great block shot in croquet, you are left watching your meat cook.
4 out of 5 Stars
One thing many sports fans like to do to is share their enthusiasm with their friends. More often than not, such debates come down to who you believe will win a game. These days, you don't even have to be face to face to make these debates happen. Online fantasy sports are booming, from rotisserie leagues to simple 'pick 'em' contests. SportzPicks is the newest entry in online sports prediction gaming, with a twist.
As new iOS apps flood the App Store every day—recently topping 1 million—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 free! Here you’ll find a weekly roundup of the coolest apps free or at a discount for a limited-time only. Each week features the best and brightest from websites like Free App Report, AppsGoneFree, appsfire, and more.
Hurry! Get 'em while they’re hot!
I've heard all of the propaganda, and seen all of the concept mockups, but I just haven't been able to wrap my mind around an iWatch. I mean, I don't even wear a regular wristwatch. Granted, back in the day I loved my calculator/Pac-Man watch (which was the pinnacle of high-tech back in Fort Collins, Colorado in the early '80s), and later my Casio G-Shock, but it's been almost a decade since I've worn a wrist watch with any regularity. Not since the invasion of smartphones have I made it a point to wear a wrist timepiece.
So when rumors of an Apple iWatch (or whatever it will eventually be called) started to circulate I was not overly enthused, and thus far, I have barely felt compelled to weigh in on the subject. Until now that is...
I'm not a big fan of working out. One thing that can motivate me though, is having proof of how hard I've exercised.
That's why I love Scosche's RHYTHM ($79.99). It's a Bluetooth armband heart rate monitor for women that attaches to your forearm. I wore it during a workout and hardly noticed it was there.
Sorting your email messages can be tedious, but Cannonball (free) hopes to turn the process into a more "visual activity." The app will join the ranks of other popular email clients, like Mailbox (free) and AltaMail ($4.99).
Cannonball seeks to utilize the iPad's touchscreen experience to create a more intuitive inbox display. With up-to-date categories and sorting features, your inbox becomes easier to maintain.
The Anki team will be taking a new approach to typical slot car racing games with the release of Anki Drive (Free). The project was originally conceived by a group of PhD students in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.
Anki CEO Boris Sofman demonstrated the car's ability to steer around the track at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference "by doing the same computations your brain does when you drive." By focusing on steering, sensors, and controls software, Anki was able to engineer a different kind of racing experience.
With all of the new hardware changes announced at today's Apple keynote, the newest updates to the company's popular iWork apps have a very good chance of slipping by the wayside—at least for now. After all, when there are new iPads with fancy Retina displays, who really cares about word processing or making an advanced slideshow? Well, the answer, dear reader, is you. Here's why: