Tap Heroes review: whether you are active or not, your adventure continues

By Lory Gil on Feb 26, 2015

You may recall my review of Dreeps, which is a role-playing adventure game that plays by itself, even when you don’t have it open. It works great for gamers that just don’t have time to game.

Tap Heroes is similar in that the fighting continues whether you actively participate, or simply watch the action unfold. We have a game review of Tap Heroes for you today. Read More


Review: RHA MA750i earphones

By Oliver Haslam on Feb 23, 2015

Music can be a very personal choice, and the same goes for the hardware that we use to enjoy it.

Just take a look at the sheer number of options on the table when looking to buy a new set of earphones. Taking price out of the equation for now, it’s clear that everyone has different tastes based on what they are looking for from earphones. Do they want the best sound quality that money can buy, or do they want something with a logo on the side that is going to make them look cool in front of their mates? What about design – do they want bright colors and patterns or do they want something understated?

Since choosing earphones isn’t simply a case of picking the best sounding option at a price you can afford, just browsing the myriad of earphones on Amazon can be daunting to say the least, with many simply resorting to choosing something with a name they know or the best looking specifications. What they need is a good, solid recommendation.

So before we go any further, here it is. Buy the RHA MA750i. Read More


Six months with the Dell UP2414Q 4K display

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 22, 2015

It’s been over 6 months since I purchased a 4K Dell monitor to pair with my 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. In my initial post, I talked above the setup, my hands-on experiences, problems I encountered, etc. Now that I’ve had some time to really use this monitor on a regular basis, I’m here to provide you with a little more commentary and insight on my purchase decision. If I could go back in time, would I do it all over again? Read More


AG Drive review: get behind the wheel of an anti-gravity racecar

By Lory Gil on Feb 20, 2015

I’ve mentioned before that there are just too many racing games on the market. It gets to the point where, unless a game is doing something different, it starts to feel like a new skin on an old title.

AG Drive does something different. Instead of putting the pedal to the metal on hyper realistic pavement, players get behind the wheel of anti-gravity ships and blast off at incredible speeds across the skyways of the universe. We’ve got a full game review of AG Drive for you today. Read More


Review: Alto’s Adventure, an endless snowboarding odyssey unlike any other

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

As promised, developer Snow’s much anticipated game called Alto’s Adventure has backflipped into the App Store. Two years in the making, Alto’s Adventure challenges you to embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey across procedurally generated alpine hills and breathtaking scenery.

You’re zipping through neighboring villages, drifting through peaks and valleys, collecting shooting stars, passing through ancient woodlands and long-abandoned ruins while enjoying with simulated night and day, weather conditions, awesome lighting effects and more, courtesy of the Unity graphics engine.

Featuring a somber soundtrack and smooth execution, the game has you rescuing runaway llamas while performing various tricks to progress and unlock new characters, each with its own distinct set of capabilities and snowboarding styles. Best of all, Alto’s Adventure is a premium game with no ads or In-App Purchases. Read More


Dropbox for iOS gets a new action extension

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 17, 2015

If you’ve been longing to save files from your favorite apps directly to Dropbox without leaving said app, then I have some good news for you. Dropbox was just updated to bring DropBox action extension capability to iOS 8. This means that you can now effortlessly save files directly to Dropbox from many of your favorite apps. It doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s a great first step for Dropbox. Read More


Simplify for Mac review: access multiple media players from one controller

By Lory Gil on Feb 12, 2015

A third-party media controller can be very useful. I like having a special widget for Spotify right in my Mac’s Notification Center. What would really be nice is an app that allows you to control multiple players from one widget.

Simplify for Mac is a media player that lets you control the playback of iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and Vox right in your menu bar. We’ve got a detailed app review of Simplify for Mac today. Read More


Radiation Island is like Lost mixed with Minecraft and The Walking Dead

By Lory Gil on Feb 11, 2015

One of iDB’s readers recently recommended we check out Radiation Island. I noticed in the App Store the day it launched, but had so much going on that I skipped it over without looking into what it was (that happens sometimes).

I am so glad our readers are on top of new releases because that recommendation led me to check the game out and I am hooked. Read my hands-on game review of Radiation Island below. Read More


1SecMoney review: record income and expenses right from Notification Center

By Lory Gil on Feb 9, 2015

How people keep track of finances is a personal preference. Some like complex, feature rich programs that allow them to connect and follow all of their income and expenses meticulously. Others are happy with simplicity.

1SecMoney is a simple finance-tracking app that lets you add daily additions and subtractions for your bank and credit card accounts. You can also input items directly from Notification Center using the Today widget. We’ve got a hands-on app review of 1SecMoney for you today. Read More


Review: Sling TV for Mac and iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 9, 2015

As most of you guys know, I’ve been a so-called “cord cutter” for going on three years now, and I haven’t looked back. Cord cutting has lots of pluses, but one of the big downsides to doing so is the lack of live content—namely sports.

As someone who loves watching sports, Dish Network’s Sling TV, which just officially launched in the US today, provides me with ESPN, ESPN 2, and a whole host of additional live sports content is very appealing to me. In this post, I’ll breakdown some of the pluses and minuses about Sling TV, and let you know if it’s worth trying at this early stage in its life. Read More


Satellina review: take touch-based gameplay to the next level

By Lory Gil on Feb 5, 2015

Thanks to the popularity of mobile gaming and the advances in touch screen technology, developers are able to create an entirely new genre for fans to enjoy. You can now combine the simplicity of mobile games with the wonders of gesture-based controls.

Satellina is a mobile game that requires nothing but touching the screen. However, you must have the precision skills of a brain surgeon to navigate the ever-changing environment. We have a full game review of Satillina for you today. Read More


Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect review – a new episodic game for SOA fans

By Lory Gil on Feb 3, 2015

Last week, Orpheus Interactive launched a new game based on the hugely popular FX television show Sons of Anarchy. The series may have ended in December, but that doesn’t mean the story has to end. Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect is an episodic game that is filled to the brim with two-wheeled gang action. It features an all-new cast of characters set in the Lincoln, OR chapter of the violent motorcycle club. We’ve got a full game review of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect for you today. Read More


Review: PlugBug World by Twelve South, the versatile little charger Apple should have made

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 2, 2015

Aren’t you sick and tired of those unsightly, clunky wall chargers lying underneath your desk? I’m all for simplification so solutions that cut down the number of power adapters needed to juice up my devices are bound to win my attention.

Twelve South’s PlugBug World is a cute hybrid charger which connects to any MacBook brick or Apple USB wall charger.

By integrating an additional 2.1-Amp USB port, this compact accessory can quickly recharge any iOS device, or a lower-powered USB device, while feeding power to a MacBook at the same time.

Continue reading as I let you in on the PlugBug’s little secrets, such as its cunning adaptability, versatility and smart design choices that make it stand out from other products and turn it into an indispensable companion in your mobile arsenal. Read More


Dreeps review: an epic RPG for those who don’t have time to play

By Lory Gil on Jan 30, 2015

I love role-playing games (RPGs). They are deeply involving and keep you engrossed in stories that satisfy your desire for sci-fi or fantasy fiction. However, they also take a long time to get through. As a functioning adult with a lot of responsibilities, I just don’t have time to play very many RPGs all the way to the end.

Dreeps: Alarm Playing Game is perfect for gamers that just don’t have time to do the work to get through the story in RPGs. All you do is set an alarm and your young adventurer will go on his quest to save the world whether you are there or not. We’ve got a hands-on (or is it hands-off?) game review of dreeps for you today. Read More


‘Hook’ review: a puzzle game you’ll get hooked on

By Lory Gil on Jan 29, 2015

Relaxation puzzle games are great for winding down at the end of a long and taxing day. They can put you into a Zen-like mood and help you wash the stress of the day out of your mind.

“Hook” is one of the most relaxing puzzle games I’ve ever played. It features complex challenges, but has no time restrictions or scoring, so you don’t feel any pressure, just levelheaded enjoyment. We’ve got a game review of “Hook” for you today. Read More


Getting things done all in one app is an easy task with Handle

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Yes, there are dozens of apps out there that feature any number of different ways to keep your productivity levels at their maximum. Some of them catch my attention because they offer some new action to help speed up the workload.

Handle: To-Dos + Email + Calendar is a productivity app that features a section for Gmail, to-do lists, and access to your Google Calendar. We’ve got a quick app review of Handle for your reading pleasure. Read More


Timeline helps you make better sense of the subject matter

By Lory Gil on Jan 23, 2015

Sometimes, I’ll read an article about some subject and wonder what the history is behind it. If I have time, I might even perform a search to track down more useful information. However, most of the time, I just think about it and move on.

Timeline is much more than a news reader. It takes headline news and adds historical context to help you understand the content much deeper. We’ve got an in-depth app review of Timeline for you today. Read More


Shadowmatic review: turn abstract shapes into familiar objects

By Lory Gil on Jan 21, 2015

When it comes to puzzle games, spatial reasoning 3-D titles will always grab my attention, especially if they have great graphics and plenty of puzzles to challenge my brainpower.

Shadowmatic is a puzzle game that asks players to think about the world in 360 degrees in order to turn shapes into objects. We’ve got a full game review of Shadowmatic for you today. Read More


Wizard Golf RPG review: cast spells under par for a bizarre mash up of fun

By Lory Gil on Jan 21, 2015

Golf used to be an old man’s sport, or at least a rich man’s game. Recently, the sport has become more popular with younger players. Once virtual golf took off, fans of all ages are able to take a swing or two. Thanks to video game golfing, players can now travel all over the world, and even the universe, to play.

Wizard Golf RPG takes the concept of golfing virtually anywhere and places it in medieval times. However, it is so much more than golfing. Players are faced with all manner of dungeon creatures as they try for a hole-in-one. We’ve got a full game review of Wizard Golf RPG for you today. Read More


Thermos lets you control your Nest from Notification Center on iPhone and iPad

By Sébastien Page on Jan 20, 2015

Thermos for iPhone and iPad is the first application to let you control your Nest thermostat directly from your iPhone or iPad’s Notification Center. Already available for Mac (read our review), Thermos has now made its way to iOS with a Notification Center widget that allows Nest user to adjust the temperature of the thermostat, as well as setting it to Away, or turning it off altogether. Read More

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