Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook

Fruit Ninja: Slice, Dice, Play

Fruit Ninja Game for iPhoneSo 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

Buy Space Miner™ on the App StoreSpace 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:

Skee-Ball has Redeeming Qualities

Flick your finger to send a duckpin-sized bowling ball up the ramp and into the holes. Tilt the phone to add spin after the flick. That’s it, but be prepared to do it a few thousand times a day.

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

How to Print from the iPad

how to print from ipadDesigned to fill the gap between smartphones and laptops, the iPad is marketed as a mini computer that's fun to use when it comes time to get some work done. And, if you're using their iWork suite of iPad apps, including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers this may be true.

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Top 11 Productivity Apps for the iPad

ipad productivity appsAt it's release many heralded the iPhone as the productivity gadget that would change the world for working professionals everywhere. And yet, it only hinted at what the iPad now offers. It's hard to over estimate the difference that a larger screen and faster processor can have on one's out-of-office productivity ability.

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10 Best Games for the iPad ... so far

best-ipad-gamesGamers are already going nuts for the iPad. No wonder. Multi-touch brings the tactile closer to the electronic world, the wide screen can offer breathtaking graphics, and the faster processor makes the tablet faster and slicker than its iPhone cousin.

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Must Have! 10 New iPad-Only Apps

ipad-appsDevelopers have been busy for months retooling their iPhone apps to make a second debut on the iPad. Some apps are little more than HD versions of the same game, crisper graphics that must be re-purchased for twice the price.


SAS Survival Guide App Repackaged for a new Generation

Buy SAS Survival Guide on the App StoreSAS Survival Guide - HarperCollins Publishers has teamed up with to bring you an iPhone app of...a book. Granted, it's a classic, the distillation of the survival knowledge of 26-year Special Air Services veteran John "Lofty" Wiseman.

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

Alice In Wonderland iPhone App: Curiouser and Curiouser

Buy Alice In Wonderland – An Adventure Beyond The Mirror on the App StoreThere's speculation that Lewis Carroll was Jack the Ripper. Tim Burton, with his Edward-Goreyesque artistic tastes and his fascination with lovable corpses and the like, might be a kindred spirit.

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

Angry Birds: Cartoon Revenge is More Fun than Physics Class

Buy Angry Birds on the App StoreFrom 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.

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

Plants vs Zombies for iPhone: Less Challenge, More Entertainment

Buy Plants vs. Zombies on the App StoreAh, 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.

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

All in One Gamebox: 26 Games (and Growing) for $.099

Buy GAMEBOX 1 on the App StoreOnce 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.

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

iPad on the Way: Pre-orders begin next week, delivery in April

iPad is comingIt'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.


iPad: Can this "Middle Child" Stand Out Enough to Win Hearts and Wallets

ipad tabletApple 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.


SpaceTime Super Calculator for Advanced Math Functions

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.

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

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