This article has been updated for 2011 with even more of the best apps for turning your iOS device into a remote desktop client. Originally written with the idea of using the iPhone for remote access, most of the features in these applications apply equally to iPod touch and iPad devices. If you need to [...]
Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander
Michael is a writer and editor in the Boston area. His tech articles have appeared in Popular Science, Sport, Video, Nation’s Business, Boston, Home Entertainment, Jacksonville Monthly and a bunch of other consumer and trade pubs.
With its quirky and politically incorrect humor, Hottie Hookups seems to come right off the pages of Mad magazine. This is a zany game that combines elements of time management and castle defense strategies in a way that is refreshingly unique. Think of yourself as the bouncer in a nightclub whose job is to protect [...]
Doodle Kart – Doodle games, with graphics that appear to have been hand drawn, are hot. Lima Sky’s Doodle Jump, for example, is currently sitting in third place in the best-selling apps column. Among the latest of these games is Doodle Kart from j2sighte, a novel top-down racing game that pits cleverly crafted racers against [...]
Likwid - We’ve seen several music-oriented games debut on the iPhone and iPod touch, notably Smule’s Ocarina and Tapulous’ Tap Tap Revenge, 2 and 3, all of which have been long-time best-sellers. Likwid, from Funmobility, is a new music app—this one combines music and puzzle solving. The big idea is to channel streams of light to “collectors” [...]
Want to send text and multimedia messages but don’t want the often costly monthly bill? Check out Treebune’s Pushme.to Lite, a free messenger app that enables you to send free text and MMS messages whether you’re in North America or abroad. Pushme.to is free for the iPhone. There’s also Pushme.to HD that works with iPhone [...]
Battle of Puppets, from Small Wonders, is a quirky little 2-D castle defense strategy game that puts you in the role of a puppeteer starring in well-known operas such as Aida, Carmen, Madama Butterfly and Salome. As you would expect for this genre, Battle of Puppets pits one castle against the other, each on opposite [...]
Pounce takes the solitary out of Solitaire, according to its developer, Double Apps. It’s a multiplayer card game that goes by many different names including Nertz, Canfield, Blitz, Grouch, Peanuts and Nerf. The idea is to unload your cards in sequential order into a center field faster than your opponents. In this version, Pounce on [...]
Live Effects is a photographic effects app from Omaxmedia that’s a twist on the old WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) idea. What it does is twirls, swirls and distorts in other ways, images as seen through the iPhone 3GS’s camera in real-time. Note, this app is intended only for the 3GS, which [...]
Demolition Master -- Big crowds always turn out to see a building implode, caused by the handiwork of highly skilled demolition experts. There’s hardly a more satisfying and captivating sight than to see a huge building collapse on itself. That must explain why building demolition or implosion games have become so popular in the App [...]
You want a game with simple rules and one that doesn’trequire any commitment on your part. Play it, put it down, pick up from where you left off. It's that simple. Blyx, from Pearl Fisher Games, falls into that category.
Graffit, LLC, developer of Typograffit, has dubbed its iPhone/iPod touch app a “visual communication toy," and like most toys, it's big fun. Think of one of those crime-caper movie ransom notes composed of letters cut from newspapers and magazines and you get the general idea.
Developer Obo Games says its app Woffo has "more smarts than Crosswords, harder strategy than Scrabble and more twists than Boggle." Trust me, it’s true. Woffo is easily one of the more challenging word puzzlers that I’ve come across. Lately, I’ve been playing Scramble2 quite a bit, but Woffo has just displaced it. Thankfully, unlike Scramble2, [...]
If you want to know how fast you’re traveling and for how long, whether it’s on wheels or by boat, then OK Apps’ AudibleSpeed (GPS Speed Monitor) will satisfy your need for speed with sight and sound. It’s one of many GPS apps available for iPhone 3G and GS that enables you to track your [...]
Mark Mengelt’s Relix is one of those “easy to play, lifetime to master” kinds of match-up games that keep you engaged for hours on end. The objective is to clear game tiles from each level—there are 50 in all—by strategically moving them around the board to match up two or more tiles. It’s all about [...]
Voice Mark — If you and your iPhone 3G or 3GS get around a lot, you may find it’s sometimes hard to remember your impressions about each place you've visited. GeoGraffiti’s Voice Mark provides you with the ability create audio geotags of each location that interests you as well as listen to the audio geotags [...]