By Nate Adcock on Mon, 06/29/2015
By Siva Om on Fri, 06/26/2015
I've been playing Super Evil Megacorp's Vainglory since the day it was released, and what a phenomenal game it is. I've been impressed by this highly competitive and rewarding game of strategy, reflexes, and well-coordinated teamwork. If you are a core gamer, you owe it to yourself to check out this groundbreaking iOS game. Sure, other developers have tried to bring the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena genre to iOS, but none with anywhere near the success, critical acclaim, and high levels of professional competition that Vainglory has seen. As Vainglory prepares to "come out of Beta" and officially launch on Google's Android operating system on July 2, it seems as though the ride has only just begun for this game.
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 06/26/2015
I first met Mark Lentry last year at Stan Lee's Comikaze, and was very impressed with his woodworking skills. Lentry actually appeared on the original Star Trek TV series and brought that experience to his woodworking efforts under the name Wood That I Could. He makes beautiful Star Trek themed works of art, such as a $100 working Phaser (by working I mean it has a colored LED that works like a flashlight—it won't stun, let alone kill any aliens) and a $1,250 scale model of the Enterprise NCC-1701, also with working lights.
By Siva Om on Wed, 06/24/2015
By Becca Ludlum on Thu, 06/18/2015
It's that time of year again—summer is here and it's time to celebrate Dads and Grads! Whether you're looking for that perfect gift for your iPad loving Dad or the gadget-loving Grad in your life, there's a little on this list for everyone in every price range!
By Nate Adcock on Tue, 06/16/2015
TYPO Innovations sent us its latest wireless keyboard and case. Dubbed TYPO ($189), and aimed at "bridging the gap between your laptop and your iPad," the pricey accessory has a sleek and somewhat refined appearance. It looks great, but how does the TYPO really stack up against other wireless keyboards? Read on to find out in our full review.
By Siva Om on Mon, 06/15/2015
The band beyond description is back at it, and while I may keep my fingers crossed that it's not really the last time these phenomenal musicians play together, it finally seems like we are at the end of the road on what has been one heck of a long strange trip. But hey, we've still got the Grateful Dead's final shows in San Jose and Chicago this summer to look forward to! The Fare Thee Well mini-tour (June 27 and 28 and July 3, 4, 5) celebrates 50 years of transformational, life-changing music as well as the end of an era. In appreciation of all that the traveling circus that is a Dead show has given my life and the lives of millions of others, I figured I'd put together this here little roundup of some of my favorite Dead-related iOS apps to help celebrate the occasion.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 06/11/2015
I had the opportunity to try Magic Hub ($49.90) from Mobee, although like most Mobee accessories, it looks like it could have come from Apple. Mobee specializes in accessories for the Apple market that Apple should have invented in the first place.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 06/11/2015
Continuity is a great feature that Apple introduced last year. It lets you answer phone calls on your Mac, iPad, or iPod touch, instead of fumbling for your iPhone. The catch is, you have to be on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Still, it's great for me if I'm upstairs working on my Mac and I get a call on my iPhone, which is charging downstairs.
By Siva Om on Thu, 06/11/2015
Vainglory (free) has been sending shock waves through the gaming world ever since it was revealed on stage at Apple's iPhone 6 event in September 2014. Before it was even released, core gamers everywhere had taken notice of this amazing game, one of the first to bring a genuine and unapologetically core gaming experience to iOS. But I suspect it would've been difficult for the Vainglory devs to fully anticipate the tremendous reception their game would receive. In less than a year since its global public release, Vainglory has taken the international gaming community by storm. Now, following much critical acclaim, impressive download rates and even an ESL-sanctioned and sponsored international championship, the praise continues, most recently in the form of the highly-coveted Apple Design Awards which were announced at this week's WWDC conference.
By Siva Om on Mon, 06/08/2015
For the first time Jimmy Iovine publicly took the stage at an Apple event as an Apple exec. And with the music industry veteran's stamp of approval, Apple proceeded to unveil Apple Music and Beats1. Apple strongly emphasized three main points of the new music platforms at the WWDC keynote: A revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and the ability to connect fans with artists. The theme of the day quickly emerged; "one place, one complete thought around music", and it was a star-studded affair, with special guest appearances by Nine Inch Nails front man and Apple employee Trent Reznor and the immensely popular Hip-Hop star Drake, and despite the fact that I think we would've all preferred to see Dre up there on stage along with Iovine, I'd imagine Drake is nonetheless, a huge promotional asset.
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 06/03/2015
Apple iPhone and iPad users who don't use Macs may not have paid much attention to the recent MacBook announcement, but there is a good reason they should. The latest MacBook has a single port, USB-C, that accommodates video display and data connectivity, as well as power; and it is reversible, like the Lightning port. While it will be a bit cumbersome for MacBook owners to travel with adapters, hubs, and cables, the port itself is quite handy.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 06/02/2015
Apple does a lot of things right. But its Lightning and 30-pin cables, while sleek in design, are not very robust. I've gone through many of them as the edges get frayed. Sure, there are replacement cables and I've used many of those too. But some cases, like the OtterBox, only have a small opening, which means only an official Apple cable or the rare third-party cable will work with it. If you use an official Apple cable, but want to protect it, TUDIA is crowdfunding an adapter that acts as a stress relief for the end of an Apple cable.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 06/02/2015
At January's CES, the iPhone Life team was impressed with the Petcube ($199). So much in fact that we gave it one of our Best of Show awards. The Petcube lets you check in on your dog or cat (or other pet) remotely. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Petcube in my home, with my own puppy and I can say the award was well-deserved. In fact, the PetCube is on sale now for $169, making it an even better deal than when we first awarded them that honor.
By Todd Bernhard on Sat, 05/30/2015
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is less than two weeks away, but Google's is just ending. They made a lot of announcements and some of them will have an impact on the iOS world. Here are some of the most important and relevant items, in addition to fingerprint-based authentication and Android Pay which we covered earlier.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 05/21/2015
If you have an Apple Watch, you're using a new font developed by Apple dubbed "San Francisco." That font is only available for the Apple Watch and developers cannot use on the iPhone or iPad. That could change with iOS 9, expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The San Francisco font was designed to be more legible, especially on small screens, but that could also benefit the iPhone and even iPad.
By Jim Karpen on Wed, 05/20/2015
If you'd like to save money on an iPad Air 2, Apple is now selling a long list of refurbished iPad Air 2 models at between 15 to 17 percent off the regular price. They come with a new battery and new shell, so cosmetically it should be in perfect condition.
By Siva Om on Sun, 05/17/2015
By Todd Bernhard on Mon, 05/11/2015
It's a poorly kept secret that Apple is looking at making a bigger iPad, dubbed an iPad Pro, likely with a 12.9-inch screen. And we have seen indications that such an iPad would make use of Apple's new Force Touch sensors to detect how hard a user presses, and respond differently based on that pressure. But to add a Force Touch sensor similar to the ones in their new MacBooks, Apple may need to make more room available. If they can make the already slim iPad screen even thinner, this could provide the space they need.