Natural Tots is a new addition to the app market which aims to develop your child's learning skills as well as providing an entertaining app for them to use on the iPad or iPhone. You may have been looking for a suitable app for your child and Natural Tots answers this call. With 18 different images for your child to play with and uncover, this is the toddler and baby friendly app that you have been searching for.
By Nate Adcock
Solitaire for cafe addicts, with an offbeat 80s feel... That's my impression of Cafe International. Uh, how many restaurants or shops are seating lone international guests specifically by nationality or gender? None that I know of, but that really isn't the point. The point of Cafe International is good old pattern-matching fun with a multi-player twist that everyone can enjoy. It's also a great way to learn and recognize international flags.
By Eric Pankoke
One thing that turns me off in press releases or iTunes descriptions is phrases like “no analog in the App Store” or “this game is unique”. My problem with such wording is 99 percent of the time it isn’t true. Just describe the game to me, and I’ll decide if I’ve ever played anything like it or not. Besides, with more than 500,000 apps in the App Store, chances are even as a developer you don’t know if someone else has made a game like yours or not. That had me a bit worried when it came to Feed The Penguin, but as it turns out the game is unique in my experience, at least when it comes to mechanics. Add to that the fact that it’s both challenging and fun, and that pretty much spells “winner” in my book.
Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.
By Jim Karpen
Even as more photos of the new iPhone appear online, Reuters is reporting that production of the phone's display is being slowed by hitches, and that supplies of the phone may initially be constrained. Which always seems to happen. Anyway, the new photos, on the French site NWE, show the "iPhone 5" side by side with an iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
By Mike Riley
By Nate Adcock
iOS security-related apps are not very prevalent, but that should not lull you into thinking that the iOS ecosystem is ultimately secure. You should always be aware of what your apps are doing behind the scenes with your data. Previously on the App store and yanked, but now a free web app, Clueful, from anti-virus paragon BitDefender, tells you what the top apps are doing with your data. It might surprise you to know just how many seemingly innocuous apps are tracking your location, phoning home with vital device info, or worse. You can use Clueful to check if that popular free game or fart app that you can't live without is invading your calendar or contact info without good reason, or sending your data in the clear!
By Todd Bernhard
It's time to ask more of your case. Sure, a case should protect your iPhone or iPad, but what if it could do more? What if it was made of a glow in the dark material so you could find it at night? What if it had an actual custom QR Code built in so someone could get in touch with you to return it, even if the battery ran out or the device was locked? And what if it could be used as a way to share your contact info similar to the Bump app?
By Siva Om
Welcome to my Game Review column, featuring the hottest, best-selling new games in the App Store! As the end of the year approaches, and the holiday season draws near, I'll be publishing regular, detailed reviews of some of the best, most original and most unique new games to hit the App Store. Hang on tight, cuz we are in for an onslaught of great new games over the next few months!
This week’s featured games include:
* The latest Unreal Engine powered game, Horn.
* The unique and immersive adventure, The Walking Dead.
* The latest chapter in the Eternity Warriors saga, Eternity Warriors 2.
By Jim Karpen
Images and parts from the forthcoming iPhone continue to leak, and it seems almost certain now that it will have a 4-inch display. And given that all the major vendors have told employees that they can't take vacation time for several weeks starting on September 21, it seems almost certain that the new iPhone will be announced on September 12 as rumored, and will be available for purchase on September 21. The supposed event is now less than two weeks away! And Apple's announcement of it will likely come next week.
By Louis Senecal
The IRIScan Book 2 is a portable mobile scanner that allows you to digitize a wide variety of documents and images. Thanks to I.R.I.S. for sending this review sample for me to play with. The Book 2 comes in a complete package with everything you will need to get started. It comes with the unit itself, powered by 2 AA batteries, also included. A USB connector, cleaning cloth, conversion software for your computer, quick start guide, carry case, and 2 GB Micro SD card are also accompanied.
By Eric Pankoke
When I first saw Gluey I was a bit concerned that it was going to be too much like another iOS game I really like called Globs. Thankfully the two are not really similar at all, because now I don’t have to decide which one I like better – I can enjoy them both as the separate games they are. Gluey is a lot of fun, and the dynamically flowing game board keeps the player on their toes. I do think the game could stand a name change, though, as Gluey just doesn’t do the concept much justice.
Hansel and Gretel has been brought to the app store with a great, interactive twist. Read this fun tale with your kids and see them play around with the animated environment. The interactive story features fantastic voice acting and a unique music score that combines together to create an experience like no other. This is not simply an e-book of the classic fairy tale, but an all round experience that your children will enjoy every second of.
By Jim Karpen
AnandTech has posted today that it doesn't appear that the new iPhone expected next month will have an NFC chip. As you likely know, NFC stands for near field communication, and it's a technology for transmitting purchase information wirelessly. Some mobile phones have these chips, which let users touch a mobile-payment terminal with their phone as they leave a store to make payment. This is more common in other countries, but in the U.S. adoption has been slowed by the many competing systems.
By Mike Riley
By Cindy Downes
Starfall ABCs is perfect to take with you while waiting at the doctor's office or anywhere else you might have to wait. This app teaches children the letters and sounds of the alphabet using bright colors, cheerful sound effects, cute animations, and fun puzzle-type games. Well worth the $2.99.
Face Reading Booth takes the social app to the next level with an entirely unique way to use your phone with your friends. Where Fat Booth and other apps began, Face Reading Booth allows the user to tell the future of whomever they take a picture of, with hundreds of built in readings. Face Reading Booth claims to use actual face reading techniques to choose its readings for your friends. You'll be sure to have a lot of fun showing your friends their futures and working out your own with Face Reading Booth.