By Nate Adcock on Sat, 08/11/2012
This week, I played 2 great games that are very different, but both great fun. Trigger Fist is a combat game that you will both love and hate. Hate it because like real combat, it's so easy to get killed, but love it because it's so freaking cool!! Cool enough to warrant an iPhoneLife video demo, also included in this review. The other game I played the week, Flight, is a simple 2D-scroller recreating the fun and nostalgia of paper airplane flight.
By Nate Adcock on Tue, 12/13/2011
Looking a little like a Kevlar vest for iPhone, the new iFrogz Mix is a polycarbonate hybrid case with a thicker TPU edge. TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) is a choice material for it's resistance to abrasions, oil and grease, while retaining excellent elasticity. It's better than traditional rubber in some respects as it is lacking in overly adhesive properties (easier to pull out of the back pocket), with the added benefit of anti-microbial properties. Wow that sounded scientific... I need to stop researching and reviewing all these darn cases...
By Nate Adcock on Sat, 11/19/2011
If you're really into 3D games like Galaxy on Fire, Shadow Gun, Dead Space, and Real Racing (and who that owns iPod touch isn't), then you need to check out the mophie pulse, or add it to the holiday gift list for that touch-toting loved one. It not only pumps out stereo volume through tiny L/R speakers embedded on each side of the unit, but serves as a handy gamepad holder and protective case as well. The pulse is not just a great gaming accessory. It turns iPod touch into a mini entertainment center, and I do not exaggerate. Attention iPod touch users, this is a decent sound accessory. Read on for full review and video demo...
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 11/06/2011
Trailblazers, and rugged outdoors types looking for a power pack that adds advanced GPS app features (mophie introducing their own app to go with the new juice pack) need look no further than the latest Juice pack product, called the "outdoor edition". Access to enhanced map sets, and GPS tracking features are among the features the app will offer... read on for more PR info, or go to the link above...
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 11/06/2011
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 11/06/2011
By Nate Adcock on Thu, 10/27/2011
Probably one of the best wireless music systems I have reviewed (review here) and now available at Apple Store, Best Buy and Crutchfield (temporarily out of stock at iHome). The Wi-Fi was a little wonky for me (warning if you still use WEP), but this is a great system and if you have an iPhone, 'Pad or 'Pod lover in the family, this would make an awesome holiday gift! Read on for more PR info...
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 10/09/2011
By Todd Bernhard on Fri, 09/30/2011
By Nate Adcock on Fri, 09/30/2011
Jelly Defense has finally hit the app store, but do a search for Jelly apps (from Infinite Dreams) right now, cuz several are free. Jelly Defense is one of the coolest TD games I have ever played! Quirky animations, music and gameplay are all awesomely rendered in this game--a truly unique experience you will not be able to put down and is only 99 cents right now! Review is coming...see the video below!
By Todd Bernhard on Wed, 09/28/2011
Between my wife and kids, I have several 'chicks' in my life but it was the youngest ones (7 and 11) who were immediately drawn to the chicboom keychain speaker from chicBuds.com. Available in various trendy female friendly patterns, there is more than meets the eye with this little gadget. Smaller than one half of a pair of fluffy dice, the chicboom can fit in your purse or gadget bag and you're good to go.
By Mike Riley on Mon, 09/26/2011
This is just a quick follow-up on my original review of PodPlayer. This new release brings several awesome features, one of which is my personal favorite. I asked the developer about adding it and he readily complied.
In addition to all the capabilities of the original 1.0 release, PodPlayer 1.1 adds the ability to automatically start playing selected podcasts when the app launches. No more fumbling around the screen or headset buttons when starting the app for the first time.
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 09/25/2011
There are games, and then there are "Games". Games so cool and immersive, you wish they were actually in some sidereal universe you could visit (with game cheats, unlimited shields and heavy weapons of course). When I first experienced Another World, I instantly put it in that category. From the opening action sequences that set up the very cool back-story (could be a movie), to the point you crawl out of the water on Another World - 20th Anniversary (and see that thing on the cliff watching you) you feel creeped out... Tip to new game developers: This how to create a unique and compelling adventure game.
By Nate Adcock on Sat, 09/24/2011
The iW1 from iHome is a superb AirPlay compatible wireless speaker. I was the first person to get a review unit, so more or less the first guinea pig user. Consequently, I had some guinea pig type problems with it, but with help from the folks at iHome, was able to get it working quite well. It is arguably the best combination of features I have yet seen in a portable speaker system.
By Cindy Downes on Fri, 09/23/2011
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 09/20/2011
I love Apple and they usually get things right, but the Calendar app leaves a bit to be desired. I often have to enter quick reminders and the built-in app can be cumbersome. For example, if I need to check the oven in one hour, I should be able to set a reminder to do that without having to tweak dials to set a clock for an hour from now. Why can't I just touch a button that says "+1 hour" and be done?
By Mike Riley on Mon, 09/19/2011
Even though the iOS devices are stylus-free, there are growing numbers of artists, note takers and business users who are more comfortable using a stylus when navigating and creating data and imagery with their iPhones and iPads. But given the single purpose-built functionally of such rubber-tipped styli, its yet another item that has to be carried around. Griffin Technology, a company that knows all about iOS accessories, has combined a tablet stylus with a pen and a laser pointer. It's three separate pointing devices melded into a standalone multi-purpose product. Read on for the full review.
By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 09/01/2011
Sanho is one of those accessory vendors that makes the Apple ecosystem better. They don't try to rip off Apple or other accessory vendors with cheap knockoffs. They either build a better mousetrap by improving on an existing accessory or they invent something new that you didn't know you needed until you saw it! You might know of them under their brand name HyperMac and their HyperJuice external batteries for MacBooks, iOS and USB devices.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 08/30/2011
I confess, I am a serial case-swapper. I get to try out a lot of cases, as a writer for iPhone Life Magazine, so I can pick and choose the right case for the right job. Maybe it's a waterproof iPhone case for my trip to Cancun, or glow-in-the-dark iPhone case I used on a recent camping trip. The same applies for my iPad 2. I have a trade show coming up and I expect to be demoing my apps on my iPad, so the case I will be using is the Handstand.