Waking up to a blaring alarm is just torture. Most of the times I'm groggy until coffee hits or angry because my lovely dream was interrupted. Sleep as an Droid is different, it wakes you up nicely.
The official Twitter app for Android just got a whole lot better. It's faster, it's prettier, it's way more functional. It's almost as good as Twitter for iPhone now.
You know NBA Jam. It's the classic in-your-face arcade basketball game. Now available on the iPhone, it's just as boomshakalakastic as I remembered. Backboard breaking dunks, fire burning threes, punk-your-man defense—ah, just the way basketball games should be.
Asteroids has always been a little too frenzied for me—there's nowhere to hide!—and Breakout, Blackberry classic though it may be, can get a little bit tedious. Breakeroids, a Frankenstein-style combination of the two, strikes a highly playable, deliciously neon balance.
There are apps you enjoy and there are apps you rely on. For many of us at Giz, Simplenote is the latter. Clean, quick, flawlessly synced notes, on any device you happen to be using.
Consider this possibility: A reading experience on the iPad that doesn't awkwardly mimic a newspaper or try to be some hyperkinetic cousin of a paper magazine. One that combines text and multimedia in a distinctly new way. That's the Atavist.
The Daily is finally here. It's good all the way through, occasionally great, and it will certainly be an impressive feat (and a good value) if they can keep churning it out like this every day. But it's no revolution.
No offense, Plants vs. Zombies, but it might be time for a new tower defense game. If you're ready to get serious about your defending, then the expansive RTS-RPG-tower defense hybrid Legendary Wars might be the new king.
Safari for iOS is good. Very good, even! But you might want an alternative—an extremely sexy alternative. But useful, too! Like a Hooters waitress who also teaches physics! And is a web browser.
The situation in Egypt is developing by the minute, and unless you're glued to your computer it's pretty much impossible to keep up. The Al Jazeera English iPhone app offers a free, high-quality stream of their live coverage.
Dead Space, the new iOS installment of the popular PC and console game, is scary. Like horror movie scary. It's also one of the most fully-realized iOS games yet.
http://viddler.com/v/ iPhone photo apps these days have some sort of setting for "tilt shift," the popular photographic effect that makes scenes look like elaborate (and adorable) sets of miniature models. TiltShift Generator actually lets you control the miniature-making parameters.
Truth be told, there aren't a lot of iPad games that grab me in the can't-work-can't-sleep-I've-just-gotta-play-it kinda way. But I'm amazed I've gotten anything done since World of Goo came into my life this week.
Problem: When you're shooting video with your iPhone, you have to record continuously, lest you miss the magic moment. Precorder quietly records the whole time, so you can wait for the action and then add a few seconds of build-up.
Not everyone plows through tweets like junkers at a Monster Truck Rally. Trickle offers a more tranquil Twitter experience, pushing tweets to your iPhone as they come, in crisp white Helvetica, one at a time.
Application launchers are one of the simplest ways to speed up your computing—and certainly faster than hunting for icons in your dock. For ages, Quicksilver set the launch bar bar on Macs. Alfred leaves it in the dust.
Google's library of data is immense, sometimes dauntingly so. The new Google Places iPhone app is an elegant entry point into one particularly dark and disorganized fold of Google's mega-brain: their restaurant, bar, and venue listings.
Having to manually switch settings on your phone is so annoying! Profile Valet automatically change your phone's settings and profiles for you, depending on your location or schedule. It's ridiculously easy to use too.
Launchers are wonderful things! In a nutshell, they're homescreen replacements, but really, they can magically tranform an entire phone—especially if your phone has been saddled with crappy manufacturer skin. ADWLauncher EX is the latest and greatest launcher available.