Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook



Powwownow: Phone Conferencing The Way it Was Meant to Be

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Okay people, I need your help on this one. Somebody please tell me how Powwownow makes money? The popular U.K. conferencing service  (also available in the U.S.) is now available through this free app.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 5.0/5 | Category: ,


Texts from Last Night App Delights in Debauchery, and Lets Users Vote

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If you're of a certain age—read: you're a college student—you likely already know all about Texts From Last Night, or TFLN for short. TFLN is a Webby Award-winning website, a popular Facebook group, a book, a soon-to-be TV series on the Fox network, and, now, an iPhone app.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


Monkey Island 2: Special Edition: Le Chuck's Revenge

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The emergence of the App Store has undeniably created a renaissance of exciting and inventive new games. This much is not news to anyone. What gamers may not realize is that the iPhone has become the stage for older PC games to get a second life, and even the chance to come back into fashion.


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


Battery Boost Magic App is an Essential iPhone Maintenance Utility

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Do you need Battery Boost Magic?
Stop reading this review if:

you don't care how much time you have left to talk on your iPhone, play videos or audios, or surf the Web;
you really don't mind if your iPhone or iPad battery doesn't get fully charged;
a smudgy screen doesn't bother you much; and
you don't think there's a point to preserving your battery life.


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


Unique iPad Cases Made for Personal Style

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When you start looking for a case it can seem that there are more choices than there are iPad owners. There is an ocean of options: hard, soft, ultra-protection, ultra-stylish, colorful, classy, low-cost, high-dollar.


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The Ultimate List of Weather Apps for iPad (and iPhone)

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I know, I know, all you want to know is whether you need an umbrella.
That’s what you say now. But once you take a spin through the various approaches to weather apps available for the iPad, well, you’ll still just want to know whether you need an umbrella.


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6 Drawing Apps to Make Art on the iPad

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Someone either much wiser or just much snottier than me once said, “Painting is easy. Art is hard.” These apps can get you painting on your iPad. Is it art? It depends who you ask – just don’t ask that guy.


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Super Snaps! 7 Unique Photo Apps That Add Image Effects to Your Pics

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Most iPad owners own iPhones. So, it stands to reason that they also have photos that need work—and 10.7 inches of screen on which to do it. But why get elbows deep in photo editing to develop a cool effect?


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6 Awesome Photo Editing Apps for iPad

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Photo Editing Apps range from fully featured to simplistic, from innovative to prosaic. Fortunately, so do the needs of their users. If you crave every feature imaginable? Check. Want a fun new intuitive touchy-feely experience?


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Top Tips and Tricks for Extending the iPad Battery Life

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There oughtta be a law against battery-sucking devices that don't have the energy to get through the day. The iPad is the newest darling of our erstwhile representatives in Washington, according to Politico.com, so maybe they will take on the task of mandating that tablets as awesome as the iPad come  with extended battery life — or at least enough juice to get through two PowerPoint presentations, 10 chapters of a favorite book and 6-10 addicting hours of our favorite games.


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Wonky WiFi: Problems and Solutions for iPad Internet Woes

Your iPad is always on, and it’s always a touch away from the Internet. That is, of course, unless you are experiencing WiFi connectivity issues, the iPad’s evil twin. The moment the tablets were in users’ hands, the issues began.


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Super Stylus: Use Pogo Sketch for iPad Drawing Apps

Pogo stylus for iPhone and iPad

While testing out a drawing app on the iPad recently, I was sadly reminded that oversized fingers are not the best tools for creating fine art details.
There are so many fantastic drawing apps for the iPad that I don't want to be held back by my clumsy pointers.


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Phone Tracker is a Joke — a Bad Joke

Presselite's Phone Tracker is a joke — but don't take my word for it. Look it up in the App Store, and read Presselite's explanation. Phone Tracker's main purpose — check that, its only purpose — is to display your iPhone's GPS location and pass it off as somebody else's.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 0.5/5 | Category:


Fruit Ninja: Slice, Dice, Play

Fruit Ninja Game for iPhone

So you say you always wanted to star in a Ginsu Knife commercial? Or your dream job at Benihana's was short-circuited by your aversion to meat? Never fear! Now there's Fruit Ninja, your iPhone virtual fruit-slashing wonder app!


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


Space Miner: Space Ore Bust Spins a Creative Story Around an Old Game

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Space Miner: Space Ore Bust is a dual-stick, Asteroids-style shooter with a brain and a funny bone. It shows off what a little creative storytelling can do for a game that is a fairly well-worn—and decades-old—idea.


Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:


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