From the parabolic arcs traced by the birds you slingshot, to the slipping, sliding, splintering, crashing, and ricocheting of various objects you sling at, Angry Birds is a physicist’s dream. Surprisingly for the average Joe (or Jane), this precision doesn't necessitate a nightmare for the rest of us – unlike an actual physics class. This [...]
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.
Ah, Zombies, those shambling, mindless, wafer-thin analogs for the great mass of humanity one encounters on long bus and rail commutes. Movies and gaming will never tire of finding new ways for you to kill the relentless hordes. In perhaps the most adorable tower defense game ever, Pop Cap games lets you do the job [...]
Once upon a time, the bible says, everyone had "threescore years and ten." Nowadays, the average life expectancy is more like 80 than 70, so obviously we'll need something to fill up those extra 10 years. Enter All in One Gamebox. AiOG started in October with "8 games in one." Now, the app is up to [...]
It's finally coming. This morning Apple announced that the iPad will be available in the U.S. on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. Then, in late April, the iPad will show up in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and UK stores. Beginning a [...]
Apple made the long (very long) awaited announcement that finally made the Apple Tablet a reality. Welcome the iPad. There have been rumors and predictions about a return of the mythological Apple Tablet ever since the computer maker discontinued the ahead-of-its-time Newton. Is this finally the tablet we've all been waiting for, or will the [...]
SpaceTime. A graphing and scientific calculator built on an advanced mathematics engine. It's not the kind of thing you need every day, but it is the kind of specialized calculator that you expect to pay dearly for when you do need it. If only there was a way to get such a calculator on the [...]
If you plan to brave the Black Friday crowds, then you owe it to yourself and your sanity to be prepared. That means arming yourself with the best iPhone apps for finding deals, finding your car, or finding your way home again. Whatever you need to get an advantage in the craziest brick-and-mortar shopping day [...]
I'm always amazed when a new app fits so seamlessly into my routine that it's as if it has always been there. That's the case with Mail Notifier from Enflick. The productivity app provides push notification of email and it works beautifully with Windows Live (Hotmail), AOL, Gmail and any IMAP account. Bear with me [...]
If you just look at the picture, Omini Stones might be mistaken for another drop in the popular match-three bucket. But that, dear AppCravers, is why you should never judge an app by it's cover. Omini Stones is a different kind of puzzle altogether. The developers call it a "classic swap-and-match puzzle." They may be right, [...]
Whether you're planning an exotic itinerary or just imagining a trip to foreign lands, Globemaster: Offline Travel Guide is a good place to start.
Paris 3D is more than just an awesome map app, it's a practical guidebook for discovering Paris on foot, in a car, or from your living room.
Most memory-matching games don't require a whole lot of strategy, but Alien Glyphs has the little extras that make a game truly polished and fun.
Super Juicy is bringing a new kind of action to the popular genre started by Bejeweled. The point is still to match like objects, but instead of jewels or parrots, Super Juicy is all about the bubbles, baby. Moving bubbles that float, squeeze and grow in an ever-changing dance that kept me engaged for all [...]
Team Alpha is a shoot-em-up, action game where, according to Sad Cat Software, your task "is to eradicate all mutants in a government lab where a secret biological experiment has gone awry." The app offers nearly 200 rooms of mutant-shooting mania with big guns. Good times. You'll get a top-down view as you navigate from [...]
Picto-Mail — Emoji are all the rage, but not everyone has the ability to see the miniature pictograms. Sure there are plenty of apps to unlock emoji on your iPhone, but what about your non-iPhone buddies? If you consider this a dilemma, then Picto-Mail wants to solve your problem. Picto-Mail is an email program that [...]