Recent App Reviews
As I pointed out in my previous article, iMedia Player is an excellent free multimedia player. And now its developers have announced the debut of a separate, commercial app, MPlayer ($2.99) officially licensing the (E-)AC3 audio codec.
Like many information technology professionals, I've had to become somewhat proficient in basic Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) coding. As a blogger, that basic knowledge often pays off, particularly when one of my iPhone Life blog posts doesn't look right. I have gathered several great tools throughout the years that help me write and test HTML, the fundamental code that tells your web browser how to present content. If you’re looking for an iPad/iPhone app that can teach you the basics of HTML, check out L2Code HTML ($2.99). This intuitive tutorial app teaches you the fundamentals and also handily provides a color-coded text editor to make creating your own pages (or even formatting blog posts) as easy as pie!
We decided to go to breakfast at Norma’s, a famous New York brunching institution in midtown at Le Parker Meridien. It wasn’t just around the corner. We used Yelp (Free), which set us off on our hunt. As the rain poured down we approached the quarry. We knew we were close, but the scaffolding obscured our view and rain continued to cascade down like a wet veil.
Originally slated for release Friday in the United States, the highly anticipated Real Racing 3 (free) is making its debut one day early, available today in the App Store. The new version of the hit franchise racing game was first announced Aug. 2, 2012, and Apple used it to demonstrate the iPhone 5’s awesome gaming capabilities at the game’s unveiling back in September.
I love that in this day and age, a great idea can go from relative obscurity to overnight success thanks to the power of the Internet and the funding of the general public. Crowd-funding resource Indiegogo is one of the top websites where great ideas get brought to life, and the Amiigo Fitness Bracelet ($99) is one of its latest success stories.
It's fascinating to see the new approaches to managing e-mail cropping up. We recently covered Mailbox, which is receiving a huge amount of attention and has nearly 1 million people in the rollout queue. Also newly available is Cloze (free), which the developer characterizes as "The noise-cancelling inbox for e-mail and social."
iDevices make great video playback machines thanks to their (in most cases) excellent screen and built-in hardware support for video decoding and playback. Tons of third-party multimedia player apps have sprung up to meet demand, and their developers update them frequently.
These recent updates are great news for multimedia enthusiasts. I will review major updates of two of the best players, AVPlayerHD and It's Playing, and will report on new versions of some other players as well. Let's start with AVPlayerHD.
I spent most of the day traveling from Seattle to New York. We left a little late as the cold weather precipitated the need to deice our plane's wings.
If you’ve been playing Minecraft, and had the thought one day, "Wow, I suddenly wish I had a gun and some ammo and could also run around shooting pixelated Zombies,” thenBlock Warfare: Zombies ($1.99) is definitely your app of the week! You can build blocky worlds to trudge around in, but for the sole purpose of defending them from advancing hoards of, well, block zombies.
Matroska media containers are extremely popular among video freaks. They offer by far the most flexible video storage capabilities in many cases, such as for storing animated subtitles widely used in karaoke and anime. When you rip your own Blu-ray discs with the excellent MakeMKV, MKV is the container the app exports your disc to.