In recent iterations of the iPhone, the camera has taken center stage, allowing users to record full HD videos on the fly, quickly and easily. The one thing missing from the experience, though, is the ability to just as quickly and easily edit and share those videos with friends and family. This is where Adobe enters the picture with its VideoBite app. Exactly as it sounds, VideoBite is designed to slice and dice your favorite videos (or record new ones) and share them with anyone through your Library or on Facebook. The interface is clean, smooth, and responsive, the app … Read more
Stanza for Mac is an e-book reader for Mac OS and iOS devices. Available from the App Store, the basic Stanza for Mac is free for a trial period, then must be updated to unlock all the features. Stanza for Mac installs easily.
The Stanza for Mac interface is clean. A list of your downloaded content appears when it's launched (and can be sorted several ways), and clicking on a book opens a clean reader interface. Downloadable content can be accessed from almost every source. Whether you're reading a book, magazine, or other digital publication, Stanza for Mac … Read more
The creators of Angry Birds are back with a game that centers on pigs this time around, and bad ones at that. Bad Piggies sounds goofy in its description, but trust us, it has the makings of a very addictive game -- as long as you keep the sound on mute.
Bad Piggies' main menu includes buttons to share your results on various social media channels, and an options menu for controlling the sound and accessing the App Store. We tapped the Play button and were taken to a screen that contained four scenes to choose from: Ground Hog Day, … Read more
Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is a graphic action game for the iPhone. Available from iTunes, the app installs easily.
The concept behind Spider-Man: Total Mayhem is that you're the webbed superhero fighting villains who inhabit your streets. The graphics in Spider-Man: Total Mayhem are bold and colorful. The controls are simple to master and consist of moving the iPhone and tapping some buttons to activate specific actions. The learning process takes just a few seconds. There are special combination attacks you can launch, too. The game is easy to get into, although we did find the action a little jerky … Read more
"The Simpsons" has been around a long time, and for good reason; it's still as funny as ever. The Simpsons Arcade game lets you take the whole clan with you wherever you go. In this version, however, Homer isn't quite as lazy as his television counterpart. He's tasked with battling suited men in different scenes to find his beloved donut. The gameplay is both easy to learn and addictive.
At the start of The Simpson Arcade, you're given access to a menu that includes a Help feature. There, you'll find directions for how … Read more
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is the official game for this event. It allows you to choose one of the 14 teams competing for the World Cup, and play through the tournament. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 costs $1.99 from the App Store.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 has solid graphics as well as several modes of play. The Quick Game mode launches you into a game without extensive setup or worrying about the tournament. The World Cup mode lets you play through the entire Cup. Play is straightforward, and there's both auto and manual modes for control (… Read more
Have you ever played Nintendogs for the Nintendo DS? Those adorable little pups just warm our hearts every time we see them on the small screen. Now how about playing a "hotter" version of this game? You'll be surprised at what My Dragon has to offer for your cuteness cravings.
From the loading screen to the game itself, the cartoonlike interface is colorful and well-designed. The objective of the app is to raise and care for your dragon, but you'll need to do more than just feed it. You also need to interact with your new … Read more
Leawo Music Recorder is an app for OS X that allows you to convert your computer into a recording machine, taking inputs from any connected devices, the built-in microphone, or even the system audio. While we liked the concept, we found some flaws in the execution.
The Leawo Music Recorder interface is clean, and it's easy to get started, with the prominent red Record button at the top. Beneath that, the left pane holds a list of your recordings, and the right pane is used for prompts and a graphic animation that shows when recording is under way. It'… Read more
Bombshells: Hell's Belles is an aerial combat game for Mac OS X, iPad and iPhone that puts you in charge of one of over 200 planes with cannons, missiles and guns to shoot opposing planes. The free version of Bombshells: Hell's Belles is limited in terms of leveling options, but you can of course buy upgrades and special features from the publisher. Bombshells: Hell's Belles installed easily on both our MacBook Pro and our iPad.
Bombshells: Hell's Belles is going to take a little practice to get the hang of the controls (if you're using … Read more
A decent system cleaner and optimizer can make a big difference in your PC's performance by tossing out junk files and tightening the Registry. A really good tool would also help you tune and tweak your system by disabling unnecessary features and settings. Ashampoo's WinOptimizer Free is one of the best such tools we've tried.
We started WinOptimizer with a Full Scan, which completed quickly. WinOptimizer made 15 recommendations over five categories, including three unnecessary startup entries in the StartUp-Tuner, seven superfluous system settings in the Tweaking tool, and 97MB of junk files flagged by the Drive … Read more