The image of the emblematic smartphone game has not been held in high regard of late. Certainly not with titles like Flappy Bird seemingly taking over the world, earning $50,000 a day off our meaningless compulsions and further cementing the well of condescension "hardcore" gamers have for the mobile platform and its capacity.
That's where Threes comes in. Released Wednesday as a universal iPhone and iPad app, the $1.99 title -- a simple math-based puzzler with gorgeous design and catchy music -- is what an overtly refreshing, downright fantastic mobile game should be.
It's … Read more
Shopping for whiskey is hard. There's a lot of jargon and terms thrown around that often lead to intimidation and end in surrender. On the rare occasion I have ordered a whiskey drink, my typical response when questioned about the type of whiskey I want has been "whatever you recommend."
Thanks to a new iOS app I might actually start learning a thing or two about whiskey. The free app called Distiller not only wants to help the whiskey aficionados expand his collection, but it wants to help people like me, who know next to nothing about … Read more
Apple doesn't appear to be all that fond of Bitcoin.
The company on Wednesday removed from its App Store the last remaining Bitcoin wallet application, Blockchain. The app allowed Bitcoin owners to store the digital currency and use it for purchases where possible. It was the last of a series of Bitcoin wallet apps Apple has nixed.
In a blog post on Thursday, Blockchain confirmed the news, saying that it was offered "no explanation and no opportunity to address any issues."
"These actions by Apple once again demonstrate the anti-competitive and capricious nature of the App … Read more
One of the chief benefits of Android is its support for add-on storage, yet surprisingly few of the latest Android smartphones and tablets include a microSD slot. My new Moto X, for example -- no slot.
The good news is that the operating system can still access external storage (as well as various external devices like keyboards and game controllers). The bad news is that not all devices come with the necessary hardware and drivers for this USB On-The-Go (OTG) capability. So how can you determine if yours does?
The fastest and most effective solution by far is to install … Read more
A new app for iPhone users launched on Tuesday, giving RSS fans one of the better looking apps to stay up to date on the latest news.
Unread features the standards of RSS readers we've come to expect, including sharing with normal "read it later" services and social networks, along with background sync.
What's notable about Unread is the user-interface and gestures found in … Read more
Keeping track of food intake is something that many people have striven to do. That's not to say many have actually done it, just that many have tried. After all, the process is time consuming and takes away from the time that we can actually be consuming -- which of course is a much more enjoyable activity. But just because something was inconvenient to do in the past, doesn't mean it will be in the future. Or right now.
Gone are the days of tediously weighing food and calculating its nutritional impact. Now, we don't even have … Read more
Last week Facebook announced a new app called Paper. The app is designed to help users discover news through what it's calling "Sections." Sections contain articles posted by your friends or surfaced through Facebook's algorithms.
The first time you launch the app a video will walk you through some of the basics of Paper. After the initial tutorial, when you navigate to a screen for the first time, the same voice and overlays found … Read more
When you look at a mobile game for iOS on iTunes, there's a very handy at-a-glance tool that lets you know whether or not it's supported by in-app purchases: a bar on the left-hand side that shows the most popular purchases.
Google Play, unfortunately, is a little less clear. You can never be sure, when you're looking at a game, if it's completely free, ad-supported, has a free demo but the full game can only be unlocked with a one-off purchase, or if it is filled with sneaky bits of content that can only be unlocked … Read more