I'm pretty easily amused. I find joy in the little things. So, I fully expected to like Rubberduck. I mean, it wasn't gonna make the top 10 most useful apps list, but surely it's good for a few laughs. Right? WRONG. Even at the low, low price of just 99 cents I feel robbed. The [...]
Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook
Barbara is a long-time Apple fan who enjoys trying out gadgets just because they're new and learning about all the neat things technology can do even if she doesn't need to do it. You can often find her at a coffeehouse with her boyfriend — just look for the couple with "his and hers" iPads.
I've always enjoyed rain. Whether it's a soft, gentle spring rain or the deluge of a summer storm, the sound of falling water is soothing. So it's no surprise that I'm a sucker for a rainstick. And, like an uncommonly large fold-up umbrella, Frontier Design Group has me covered. Rain Stick is an interesting app that does [...]
Back in the day -- way back when old school was still new -- Nokia introduced a fun little way to run down your cell phone battery. Snake was a simple game. Use four arrow keys to control the snake while he roams the screen eating snacks, but don't let your ever-elongating snake touch himself [...]
This little light app has just one function, and it does it in a playful way that is easy to use and loads of fun. To get started, tap the app and shake your groove thang. *Pulsating music optional. Rave Light uses the accelerometer to change colors or flash to the beat of your flailing limbs.
Of all the light-shedding apps we've tested, the simplest app to use of the bunch is QuickLight. It offers limited choices and ease of use. Double-tap the screen to bring up your options. Choose between three colors or "concert" setting. That's it. Easy-peasy lighting for those that more interesting in seeing than in making decisions.
Cats, yes. LOL, well maybe not so much. The LOLCats app from MC Development brings up photos from flickr with the tag LOLCats. Unfortunately, as with anything that relies on folksonomy, your mileage may vary. There are lots of cat photos, but out of about 50 photos only 5 were true LOLCats complete with catspeak [...]
Of all the lighting apps out there, myLite has the best combination of luminescent choices. Start with a plain old flashlight, choose "normal" under effects and customize any color and brightness using the simple sliders. When you're ready, move onto more advanced options with a variety of built-in strobe effects. Make sure to try out [...]
This is our favorite lighter app for iPhone. Unlike most other lighter apps, Crazy Lighter doesn't show the source of the fire. It's just a simple flame set to high. What really distinguishes it from the crowd -- and makes it worth your buck -- is what we call the zippo feature. Give iPhone a [...]
iBlackout is one of the slickest lighting apps and has a good range of options. There's the standard plain or colored flashlight, but no ability to customize the color. Or, choose "effect" for to get your light from a fancy screensaver pic of a light bulb, lightening or other light-related source. Where this app really [...]