OmniFocus for iPad is a totally new beast with some new, unique features that are really fantastic. Right … Read more
Witness Chop Chop Soccer, the fourth game in the series. It's little more than single-player soccer with three-man teams--but it's a blast. And we say that as someone who's not particularly fond of playing the actual game and can't stand to watch it. But we have to give proper credit to the gloriously vivid color palette, the perfectly timed crowd cheers (they groan after a near-miss and cheer wildly after a goal), the reasonably simple controls (more on that in a minute), and the fast-moving, indoor-soccer-style gameplay (which lets you bounce shots off invisible sideline walls).… Read more
The iPad may work wonders as a mobile video player, but it's rather hamstrung by the limited number of video file formats it supports.
Indeed, unless you convert all your videos to MP4 format (a lengthy and sometimes fruitless process) or stream them via an app like Air Video (not an option when you're offline), you're sorta outta luck.
Enter CineXPlayer, an iPad video player with native support for the popular Xvid (AVI) format. It's free, and it's fantastic.
This week we freak out about Slingbox outages that have hit users around the country (fortunately, the problem seems mostly solved at this point). Then, we check out the two big tech firm ousters of the past week: Apple's head iPhone guy and HP's CEO, inspiring a quick peek at HP's high-profile Envy 14 laptop.
Dan goes over some recent NYC subway nightmares, and how the MTA's high-tech makeover isn't moving very quickly; and finally, we show off some candid shots of a gorilla that got his paws on some poor zoo visitor's Nintendo DSi XL.
Now that news related to the iPhone 4 launch has cooled down, iPad rumors are heating up. The latest suggest a speedier and possibly smaller-screened tablet device from Apple as early as January.
Digitimes claims to have the drop on Apple's first revision to the wildly successful iPad. According to the report, Apple will beef up the speed of the iPad by swapping the Apple-built A4 processor with a Cortex-A9 and replacing the 256MB of RAM with the same 512MB currently found in the iPhone 4.
Interestingly, the report also claims that Apple will release a 7-inch version of … Read more
Editors' take: With The Wrong Side of the Bed in 3D, children's book author-illustrator Wallace E. Keller founded See Here Studios, turned his own out-of-print title into an e-book, and gave it a 3D makeover. (Narration and musical accompaniment, too.) Any traditional red/cyan 3D glasses will do (you can order a pair from the publisher for $1), though don't expect "Avatar"-level imagery: the effect is fairly minimal. Do expect a cute little story (which can also be viewed in 2D) accompanied by lovely illustrations. The HD version of the app costs $2.99; iPhone … Read more
Video game football on the go used to be a challenging proposition for a mobile armchair quarterback. Nintendo's handhelds have never made great versions of Madden. The PSP has a superior iteration, if you've got a PSP. The door opened up to a lot more folks with the iPhone version of Madden that debuted last year, but its game quality was far from the current console generation. In fact, it often resembled the N64 version from a decade ago in terms of graphic style, and suffered from an awkward virtual analog stick control scheme.
Enter the iPad. Apple's tablet has offered up lots of gaming potential but relatively few killer app games since its spring debut. Many iPad games boast "HD" editions for ramped-up prices, delivering not much more than the promise of a larger screen, but football seems like a perfect candidate for an iPad upgrade. Madden 11 is available for both the iPhone and iPad in two different editions, costing $7.99 and $12.99 respectively. Does the iPad version offer anything to justify the cost? (Check out our take on the console version of Madden 11.)
Based on our experience so far, yes--provided you're not expecting the console edition.… Read more
Editors' take: Toy Story Read-Along is the model for how children's e-books should be done. This highly interactive app from Disney leverages the iPad's potential like few others. Not only does it read the story out loud, it also allows your child to record his or her voice and become the narrator. Each animated page features tap-to-play sound effects and character voices, and some can morph into coloring pages, complete with simple onscreen coloring tools. Songs, movie clips, and mini games round out the experience. Amazingly, the app is free (meaning it's a must-have), though Toy Story … Read more
Editors' take: The title Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook for iPad says it all. The "interactive" part comes in the form of games, activities, hidden Easter eggs, and the like. Gorgeous artwork, read-along text, and a reasonable price tag of $3.99. What's not to like?
Editors' take: Alice for iPad is a lavishly illustrated 52-page abridgment of the classic tale, which incorporates animation like no other e-book to date. Readers can tilt the iPad to make Alice grow and shrink; shake it to watch the Mad Hatter's bobblehead bobble; and so on. The frantically paced demo video is a little over-the-top, but there's no question this is a showpiece iPad app. Thankfully, there's a free Lite version you can try before splurging on the $8.99 full version.