Recent App Reviews
Last year, a new app called PaperHelper caught the attention of many. This app, produced and distributed by RumbleApps, was remarkable for two reasons. One was its novel approach to improving productivity in education along with a unique design interface. The other was that PaperHelper was the brainchild of two teenagers, Cameron Oelsen and Antony Basta, who had formed RumbleApps in 2010. PaperHelper was actually not their first app—that was QuikSocial (free), which gives users the chance to access multiple sources of entertainment and news in one seamless stream.
Apple's location and proximity detection technology, iBeacon, will be playing a central role in MLB's soon-to-be-updated At The Ballpark app (free). The app will try to bring a new, interactive stadium experience, utilizing the iPhone's Bluetooth and iBeacon technologies for indoor mapping purposes.
While typical GPS services are great for travel, it isn't particularly effective while indoors. With iBeacon, micro-locations within stadiums will be created with a higher degree of accuracy.
There is no doubt that owning a pet is a huge responsibility. Even something as small as a fish needs a fair amount of TLC. It is easy to talk about the responsibility of owning a pet, but the reality of it can be an entirely different thing for children. Luckily there are a number of virtual pet games that will help introduce your children to the world of pet care. It can be difficult to find the perfect one for your child, especially when a lot of them are focused on building a pet shop versus actual pet care. I have come up with a few of the best for aiding your kids in preparing for a pet.
This was a good all-around gaming week: Three decent games, and only one featuring detested in-app purchases (IAPs). Top billing goes to Orborun ($1.99), which is a mind-melting 3D physics puzzler with multi-level high-flying courses and tricky obstacles. Gods VS Humans ($1.99) is a different strategy game that pits you against ancient humans that are trying to dethrone you as their deity—also great for the whole family. Asphalt 8: Airborne ($0.99), previously reviewed by Siva Om, is about as freaking cool a race game as you can find in the known universe.
A few months ago, I had the chance to cover the development and Kickstarter campaign for Poetics ($1.99). Poetics is the keystone to a continued artistic endeavor started by Seth Indigo Carnes, a well-known artist who makes his home in New York City. The app's origin was a series of physical installations set up in various cities around the globe. The exhibit was so popular that there was enough momentum to make Poetics available to the public.
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 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!
Welcome to my most recent iPhoneography workflow in which I'll show you how I creates this photo in only three steps and what apps I used.
Since winter will be here before we know it, I thought this would be a nice photo workflow to share this week. I always suggest getting up early and being on location approximately 15–20 minutes before the sun rises. This is when the magical colors of the earth awake, and they don't stay long, so be ready.
The new iPhones 5S and 5C are already seeing record-breaking sales and rave reviews. But it isn't so much the tiny flat rectangle that is the iPhone that is most significant, it's what you can do with it that matters.
As far as I'm concerned, iOS 7 has stolen the show this year and is Apple’s greatest innovation since they introduced the iPad mini a year ago.
I must admit, when I first learned of SnapVerse (free), based on the name, I was worried that it was another anonymous texting app in the vein of SnapChat, and I had no need for that.
But I was wrong. SnapVerse is more like Vine plus GarageBand, as it lets you take videos up to 20 seconds and mash in your favorite music and sound effects. Videos can be full size or square, as with Vine.
Whether you’re a fan of fiction, or you can’t get enough of the latest autobiography, the world of books is a wonderful one to dive into. If you can’t quite find it in your heart to give up your paperbacks, you can still experiment with enjoying books in a more hi-tech way by downloading a few great apps onto your iPhone. From audiobooks to more unusual and quirky literary apps, we’ve rounded up the best four to help you keep up with your reading on the go.