Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook



Royal Wedding Apps: Download Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

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A recently released poll indicates that more than a third of smartphone users in Britain have downloaded royal wedding apps. Some users want news and information, some like the games or royal wedding trivia, others simply want a keepsake.


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Thief Lupin Challenges You to Become King of Thieves

Buy Thief Lupin! on the App Store

If you're a fan of micro-platforming games that are action packed, you'll love Thief Lupin, a fun, challenging game that at the top of the charts in App Stores around the world.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


Sexy iPhone Apps — Newer, Sexier, in HD!

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Back when this article first hit the 'net, Nine Inch Nails’ front man Trent Reznor had only recently assailed Apple for blocking an update to the band’s iPhone app because it used “objectionable words.” Apple had long maintained that only G-rated material would make it to the display windows of the App Store.


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5 Ways to Make Money With iPhone Apps

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This list of money-making apps turns the tables on how to make money in the App Store. Instead of you paying for the app, how about letting the app pay you?


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Mac App Store Opens with 1,000 Apps and 1M Downloads

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This morning, Apple announced the stats for the Mac App Store's opening day—drum roll please—over one million apps were downloaded in the first day.
“We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.


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Top New Year's Resolutions ... and the Apps to Be Successful

According to the popular list-making website 43things.com, these are the Top 10 New Year's resolutions of 2011: lose weight; try something new; save money; be happy; achieve an athletic goal; fall in love; take a photo every day; get a job; read more; and quit smoking.


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The Most Expensive iPhone Apps of 2010

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Forget, for a moment, that this article is about finding the most expensive iPhone app and complete the following sentence: For $999, you can…

Pay for five laptops for third-world children;
Feed and intoxicate yourself and five friends at a decent restaurant;
Buy a new wide-screen HDTV
Pay rent or mortgage for a month in middle America; or
Download an iPhone app.


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Six Book Cases for iPad That Deserve Space on Your Shelf

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Switching from hard cover books to ebooks means more than just having to re-buy your entire collection of Nancy Drew mystery novels. For many bibliophiles it feels like the end of an era.


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ESPN Pinball's Enhanced Graphics Are Fun to Look at and Play

ESPN is a popular sports network. Pinball is that fun table game you play in bars and arcades. What do they have in common? Pick up ESPN Pinball to find out.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Unforgettable iTunes Announcement on the Way from Apple

Apple posted an early-morning message on Monday teasing consumers with the promise of something new to come for the iTunes Store.
"Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget," reads the message on Apple's home page.


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Slice It! This Precision Puzzle Could Become Your Next Obsession

Buy Slice It! on the App Store

Was there a guy in your sixth-grade class who spent day after day drawing geometric shapes on graph paper, fascinated by the perfect symmetry that medium afforded him? Well, he's made an app.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


Notes Plus: Close Up Look Reveals Full-Featured Productivity on the iPad

Buy Notes Plus on the App Store

Notes Plus is a full-featured note-taking application, complete with improvements on almost everything you can do with a pad of paper and a pen. I do have complaints, but they are utopian. Measured against the competition, Notes Plus seems ideal.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


Lawn Mower Kids is an Allergy-Free Good Time

Buy LawnMowerKids on the App Store

Lawn Mower Kids is a game where you control kids as they mow lawns around their neighborhood. Trust me: it's a lot more fun than it sounds.
Law Mower Kids is actually a twist on the classic "real-time strategy" gaming genre.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


neu.Notes for iPad Organizes Your Thoughts With Searchable Tags

Now and then you happen across an app that gives you something mindbogglingly simple yet so functional that you soon wonder how you ever got along without it. Other times, you happen across an app that leaves out so many no-brainers that you find yourself shouting at your iPad screen like an overly-immersed audience member at a horror movie: "No!


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,


Ant Smasher Finds Greatness in Being Gross

Buy Ants Smasher on the App Store

Given the interactive, high-resolution touch screen of the iPhone and our primal instinct to smash things that can be smashed, it seems only natural that developers build games to capitalize on this repressed aggression.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


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