In spite of Apple's rumblings about duplicating functionality, every so often an app squeezes by that seems remarkably similar to the built-in apps that come installed on every iPhone. MyPlaylists is one of those apps. The app plays music and lets you browse your music library to create new playlists. The big difference between MyPlaylists [...]
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.
If you’re one of those edge-of-your-seat types that enjoys following police, fire and EMS transmissions there are half a dozen apps that make it easy to listen to those calls on your iPhone. Most of the scanner apps are still rookies with less than a month in the App Store. Only two of them — [...]
Sparkz is a puzzle game with a long history. The app is a reproduction of the vintage Mac game Qix, which was in turn based on an earlier arcade game. And while I never played Qix, I hear that Sparkz does an excellent job of porting the popular arcade puzzle to the iPhone platform. The goal [...]
Apollonia Kingdom is an action-adventure game where you must fight your way through a variety of monsters, zombie-like skeletons and goblins to find and retrieve the red jars, which will somehow save the entire Kingdom of Apollonia. (I'd love to know what's in those jars!) The backstory may be thin, but the game has more depth. [...]
Sometimes I just want a unblemished, side-scrolling platform. Something that is fun to play, without all the bells, whistles or learning curve. Pig Rush is just that game. Pig Rush has just one goal. Keeping going.
It's tough to get ready for winter, especially when the other squirrels are bent on destroying you. Such is the moral of the story in Nut Chuckin'. Nut Chuckin' is a game where you must dodge the flying nuts of your tormentors and attempt to beat them at their own game. As Risoo the Squirrel, [...]
Idea Organizer is a handy little app for catching your brilliant ideas in the most convenient way. In my experience "notes apps" or thought-catcher apps like Idea Organizer fall into two categories: too many features or too few. Give me too many features, and I can't be bothered. Why spend 5 minutes fussing around with [...]
iAm is an inspirational app designed to provide users with a guide for spiritual meditation and contemplation. The app uses stunning photography and more than 200 quotes from recognized authorities around the globe. Artist Dan Baumbach shares his collection of nature photography and it is the primary reason to buy this app. The photos emote [...]
Zenscape - More than a year ago, Koi Pond floated onto the app scene with a gorgeous (if pointless) app that allowed users to affect an onscreen world with a touch, tap or swipe. It was an instant success and app developers have been using the model ever since hoping to achieve the same fame. [...]
Deadlier Allusions is another installment of text-based who-dunnits for armchair detectives. The criminal capers are all murders where the victim has left behind clues that — if interpreted correctly — will point to the "perp." It's the players job to suss out the truth and solve the murder through multiple choice. Each mini mystery takes [...]
iPeriod won me over. Although menstruation tracking apps aren't exactly new to the App Store, I've avoided reviewing any of them. It's not that I'm squeamish about the subject matter. It's just that I've never been the type to track this information, so why start now? But, over the last few months, we've received multiple [...]
Anitello is an app designed to provide "clarifying animations" to "entertain and assist." The animations cover basic tasks such as jumpstarting a battery or cooking a steak — simple stuff that people frequently have questions about. Sounds pretty good so far. Each silent video lasts about a minute and can be viewed with captions in [...]
Wordweaver adds new features, twists and roadblocks to the typical "find and select" word puzzlers. It could be one of the most innovative word games I've played in a while, and it's easily the most challenging. At first glance, Wordweaver from Mini Monster Media looks like just another jungle-themed word finder. You know, the kind [...]
Red Hot Slots is a rock-and-roll good time for anyone that enjoys games of chance. ...Take that, Vegas! I'm going with Red Hot Slots.
PhotoShoot is a customizable dart board that lets you choose a photo (aka: target) and dart-style to release frustration or a enjoy quick chuckle.