This review started out about Download Expert--a simple iOS browser app that let's you grab files from a web site or online service like Dropbox. You want your music, movies, and other files on your iPhone, install Download Expert...blah, blah. Then I started messing with the Dropbox app to troubleshoot some issues, and next thing I know, I'm trying a completely new service called OfficeDrop that has it's own awesome iOS app and web service for syncing files. Sheesh! Round and round on the cloud wheel we go (see my previous shootout here). Though the shootout was more about document editing, I covered a few cloud storage services there. You can learn more about these services and apps in this, yet another cloud storage review, and pseudo-shootout...Part 2, you might say...
This is arguably one of my all-time favorite games, and one that I play literally every (I do not exaggerate) chance I get. If you like combat shooters, you have to get this game, load it up on your devices (all of them), and immerse yourself in the magical combat bliss that is Trigger Fist!! You will not get bored, and you will not want to stop playing. Every sacred goat you snare and protect with your life; every hard-won upgrade and unlock; every perfectly laid ambush you and your team execute will keep you coming back again and again! Do yourself a big favor, and get it NOW, just updated for latest iPhone and iPod touch versions, for ONLY 99 cents... for a limited time I'm sure.
Where are you going to find 8 great Sci-Fi reads for $12.50...or potentially even less? Not iTunes, I assure you. What if you wanted 6 of these great reads for just $1 (yes, for all 6 of them), because maybe you are a little short on cash this month, and gotta have your SF fix (who doesn't)? That will work too. The Humble eBook Bundle is letting you set your price for the next 10 days on 6 magnificent ebook reads (available in multiple reader formats including iOS-capable ePub). That's not all, you can even adjust who gets what percentage of your contribution (Author, Charity, or Tip). Works include titles from Cory Doctorow (one of my favs), Mercedes Lackey, and John Scalzi among other SF masters. The project has garnered 40K+ purchases, with an average purchase price of $12.50, for which you can currently snag the full 8-book bundle. If you want to take a bigger discount, you get to select 6--Old Man's War from Scalzi, and Signal to Noise are bonus selections for meeting the average. Enough confusing babble from me... Go grab them there eBooks or learn more about this amazing deal at the link provided above before it expires!
I really gave Evernote a huge try. Pumped loads of web info, article research, photos and screenshots in there. Even had my camera SD card configured to post images to my account (check out my review here on how to do this). The love affair ended really not because of any one thing, but a lot of nuisances. General sluggishness and sync issues that crept in. Bigger problems like somehow losing extensive posts or article content I had spent hours crafting, and more obnoxious things like crashing and hanging up. If you looking for an app that can give you simple note/interest gathering capability with little in the way of distractions, you might want to try out MyShelf as an alternative. It won't knock EN off it's lofty perch, but it does let you share note and interest data across your devices.
While reviewing Download Expert, I noted a rather annoying bug (at least for an English-reading person like myself). The app's browser was returning search queries in Cyrillic script, due to redirection to Google's .ua domain. I was mad, because I really wanted to review this ingenuous universal file downloading app, with it's cool 3-D cube browser! I asked the devs to fix it, after which I would try it again when it was available (quick tip--grab previously installed apps from iCloud), and not only did the folks at Synaptic Wave deliver, they dropped the price to $1.99! So I'll be posting up a full review later, but wanted to get the news out that the app is fixed, and very reasonably priced--also now with Dropbox support. If you want to download videos, images, files of all kinds to your iOS device, this is the app you need... Grab it at the link above! YouTube vid follows the break...
You and your friends are at the game, and a fly ball sails up over your section. You and 2 of your buddies capture hilarious clips of another friend dashing and clawing his way through the crowd to the abandoned level above to retrieve the trophy. After the game, you compare the individual videos thinking how cool it would be to be able to stitch together the different angles side-by-side into one super funny production. Now you can, and it's easy and free, using Streamweaver... Full PR about this excellent startup effort follows.
Cloud document services are becoming the defacto standard for creating and editing documents. The advent and rise of iPad is encroaching heavily into computing realms that were previously a firm domain of the PC. Gone are the days when you wrung your hands over a Word file marooned on your home computer. In this review, I compare two popular iPad cloud editors; one free and one free-with-ads. CloudOn is an excellent and completely free app that is as good as any editing suite I have used, being MS Office based. Documents Free is a capable editing alternative with fewer features. Both of these apps will allow you to connect to popular cloud storage services, access and upload your important docs. Who will be the last editor standing?... Read on to find out!
Getting this out a bit late, but hey there is still time to go grab the racing blast that is Bounty Racer for FREE! If you like Crash B-coot or Super Mario Kart racing, then you will love BR from the Quadsphere. Not only combines varied and challenging courses for single players, but head-to-head action as well (see my review here) and much more. Hurry as time is running out to get it while it's free...!
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.
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!