Review: Monowear third-party Apple Watch band

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 3, 2015

The folks over at Monowear sent me a couple of their third-party Apple Watch bands to try out. I’ve always been a little skeptical about third-party bands, because I worry about their quality, and whether or not they can truly match up to what Apple provided us with.

I’ve never tried a third-party band until now, but I can tell you that along with being inexpensive relative to what Apple’s charging, these bands are high quality and have a great fit. If I was in the market for a third-party, and I just might be after trying these out for the last few days, I’d definitely give Monowear a look.

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Formula Cartoon All-Stars review: cart race against Cartoon Network celebs

By Lory Gil on Jun 30, 2015

If you love battle race games that let you speed your way across a variety of courses while taking down your opponents, there is a new game in your future.

Formula Cartoon All-Stars is a new racer from Turner Broadcasting that puts you behind the wheel of a crazy cart. We’ve got a full game review of Formula Cartoon All-Stars for you today. Read More

 

LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham review

By Lory Gil on Jun 29, 2015

Mobile technology has advanced so much in just a few years that it is hard to believe that mobile gaming used to be little more than physics-based puzzle games and endless runners.

LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham proves that you can immerse yourself in rich gameplay with quality graphics right on your iPhone or iPad. We’ve got a full game review of LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham for you today. Read More

 

Focus brings beautiful time management to iOS and Apple Watch

By Timothy Reavis on Jun 28, 2015

Perhaps my biggest productivity hindrance is time management. If I’m able to set aside time to focus on a task without distraction and stick with it to completion, my productivity levels exponentiate. Getting to that point, however, can be difficult and requires an incredible amount of self control. Focus is an app I picked recently that helps to both manage time and concentrate on the task at hand. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and, soon, Mac as well, and I have a full review below.

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FirstLetter review: a word game designed specifically for Apple Watch

By Lory Gil on Jun 24, 2015

Personally, I am fascinated with the future of gaming on Apple Watch. While I am interested in apps that make my life more convenient and organized, I am really excided about apps that make my wearable technology fun.

FirstLetter is a game that was specifically designed for Apple Watch. It is playable on the iPhone, but its minimalist design and simple game mechanics make it perfect for the wrist worn device. We’ve got a game review of FirstLetter for you today. Read More

 

5 Galaxy S6 features that iPhone users will like

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2015

I’ve been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S6 for some time now, and I’ve used it for long enough to be able to confidently compile some of my thoughts on what is Apple’s main iPhone competitor.

Obviously, the most stand-out feature with this device is the build quality. Samsung, after many Galaxy iterations, has finally stepped up its game when it comes to design materials. The Galaxy S6 is made out of metal instead of plastic, and it’s a huge improvement over the cheap-feeling Galaxy phones of yesteryear.

But not only is build quality vastly improved, this phone packs quite a punch with regard to features. In fact, there are even some features that I, as someone who unequivocally prefers the iPhone, can’t deny are pretty great. Inside, I’ll cover 5 features from the Galaxy S6 that many iPhone users will enjoy. Read More

 

Review: LaCie Rugged RAID 4TB external drive – a good choice for Mac?

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 18, 2015

For the past few weeks, I’ve been testing out the Neil Poulton designed LaCie Rugged RAID portable hard drive. This drive, with its can’t-miss color, is specifically designed to stand up to tough environments.

The Rugged RAID features a rubber non-slip casing that will help it absorb impacts and stand up to harsh conditions. In fact, it’s dust, water, and shock resistant. If you’re someone who travels with an external hard drive, then you’re automatically more susceptible to all three of these potential failure-inducing scenarios. This can make the LaCie drive an attractive prospect.

Not to be confused with similar-looking drives in the LaCie lineup, this Rugged RAID drive actually ships with two independent hard drives pre-configured with RAID 0 for a total of 4TB of space. This provides end users with lots of headroom and extremely fast read and write speeds.

But hard drive speed isn’t the only thing fast about this drive. The LaCie Rugged RAID is also equipped with a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connection for high speed I/O up to 240MB/s. Even better is the fact that the Thunderbolt connection is bus powered, which makes it easy to travel with.

Needless to say, I’ve had high expectations for this hard drive ever since it was first announced. Does the LaCie Rugged RAID live up to this OS X user’s expectations? Read and watch the full review to find out. Read More

 

Sproggiwood review: a roguelike of adorable proportions

By Lory Gil on Jun 15, 2015

Some of my most beloved and hated games are rogeulike. I love the adventure of crawling through level after level of dungeons, looting gold and killing baddies. However, I hate permadeath.

Sproggiwood is a roguelike that will make you want to pull your hair out whenever you die, but is too dang cute to get mad at. We’ve got a game review of Sproggiwood for you today. Read More

 

Review: the Nexus 9 from an iPad user’s perspective

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 6, 2015

As someone who no longer personally owns an iPad, it was great to finally get back into the tablet game with the adoption of a Nexus 9 from Google. I know some of you probably think I’ve lost it as of late, or I’m simply pulling a classic Jeff move, but hear me out.

After adopting the iPhone 6 Plus, I felt that there was simply too much overlap between it and my 7.9” iPad mini. The difference in screen size between those two devices, while still technically large, just wasn’t enough for me to justify carrying both of them around. I was, and still am convinced that my next tablet will have to be larger than 7.9 inches.

With the recent release of Android M, I wanted a tablet that I could use to test out Google’s latest OS update. Unfortunately, due to the massive fragmentation present in the Android universe, the hardware options were quite limited. Basically, I needed to get a Nexus device, and since I already own enough Android phones, I decided to go with a tablet—enter the Nexus 9.

I’ve been using the Nexus 9 for about a week, and I’ve been using it a lot. In this post, I want to talk about five things I like about the Nexus 9, versus five things I don’t like. I shot this video a few days ago, and my opinion is still evolving about the hardware and the software experience, but this is a good starting point for this discussion. Watch the full video walkthrough and tell me what you think. Read More

 

Griffin WatchStand review: sleek design, double the functionality

By Sébastien Page on Jun 6, 2015

When I first saw the Griffin WatchStand a couple of months ago, I was immediately turned off by its design. Why would an accessory aimed at a device as small as the Apple Watch have such a large footprint? I just couldn’t find a use for something that tall. That was until I received my Apple Watch. Read More

 

Mobile Monet turns your iPhone photos into art

By Lory Gil on Jun 5, 2015

Since the dawn of photography, people have been finding ways to alter images and add effects. Since mobile photography rose to the top, companies have come up with numerous types of effects apps that do all manner of interesting things to your basic snapshot.

East Coast Pixels is one of those companies and their art rendering photo app MobileMonet just received a major overhaul with new processes that provide a more painterly effect. We’ve got a hands-on app review of MobileMonet for you today. Read More

 

Languinis review: a mash up of match-three and word games

By Lory Gil on Jun 4, 2015

I love playing word games, like Scrabble or Words with Friends. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the simplicity of mindless match-three games. So, it is only logical that I’d be drawn to a game that combines them both.

Languinis is a match-three word game that is both charming and entertaining. It appeals to puzzle gamers in two different genres. We’ve got a full game review of Languinis for you today. Read More

 

Review: tmbr wallet case for iPhone 6 Plus

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 3, 2015

Yesterday, the folks at tmbr sent over a couple of iPhone 6 Plus cases for my inspection. To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of reviewing cases unless they do something particularly well. In fact, I’ve received tons of cases over the years, but I can count on one hand how many I’ve actually taken the time to review.

In other words, if you see me reviewing a case, then it must be pretty special. I wasn’t exactly sure if I’d even bother reviewing the tmbr case, but after testing it out for just five minutes, I just knew I had to share the experience with you. Read More

 

Reminders Nano is the app Apple should have shipped with Apple Watch

By Sébastien Page on Jun 3, 2015

Several first-party apps are noticeably missing from Apple Watch, with Reminders and Podcasts being probably the most obvious. I’m confident Apple will bring these apps to Apple Watch sooner than later, but we’re left dealing with workarounds and third-party apps to fill our needs for the time being.

Reminders Nano is one of these apps that picks up where Apple left off. Bringing a comprehensive yet simple reminders app to Apple Watch, Reminders Nano looks like something Apple itself would have shipped. Read More

 

Review: HazeOver dims background apps on Mac to reduce distraction

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2015

There never seems to be a shortage of apps that promote focusing on a single task, especially writing apps. And then you have hardware like the iPad, which forces you to focus on a single app at a time.

With the Mac, focusing has never been that easy, because multitasking is at its core.

HazeOver is a new Mac App Store utility that seeks to change the way we work on the Mac. By dimming background apps, it aims to help users focus on one app at a time by reducing distractions from surrounding apps. You can still have other apps open, they’ll just be dimmed in such a way that they’re less noticeable.

Does the idea work? Check out our video walkthrough for all of the details. Read More

 

Armadillo Gold Rush review: roll your way through a labyrinth of danger

By Lory Gil on Jun 2, 2015

Back in early the 2000s, Armadillo Gold Rush was a big hit on feature phones. It was fairly well made for its time and ended up being a fan favorite. The game has been updated for the smartphone market and is now available on iOS with all of its original charm, but with better graphics and smoother gameplay. We’ve got a game review of Armadillo Gold Rush on iOS for you today. Read More

 

Review: Magnet window manager for OS X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 1, 2015

The ability to snap windows side-by-side has been one of my most missed features since switching from Microsoft Windows years ago. Fortunately, there have been quite a few apps over the years that have provided window snapping on the Mac.

One such app, HyperDock, has been my go-to app of sorts for managing windows on OS X. Another app, BetterSnapTool, is also popular among Mac users for window management.

But today, Sebastien made me aware of yet another window management tool. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first, because I’ve I didn’t see how anything could be much better than HyperDoc for my needs, but I stand corrected.

Magnet ($1.99) is a really good Mac App Store release that focuses solely on window management, and does a very good job. It has several key features that have made me seriously contemplate switching over to it full time. Watch our video review to see what I mean. Read More

 

Spigen Apple Watch Stand: an elegant and affordable charging solution

By Sébastien Page on May 30, 2015

Spigen has been on the forefront of Apple Watch accessories since the device was first available a little over a month ago. The company rapidly came up with a line of cases for Apple Watch, and they also made a stand that represents an affordable yet elegant solution for your desk or night stand.

In a brief review of the Spigen Apple Watch Stand, I’ll share with you what I like and don’t like about this simple accessory. Read More

 

Review: HTC One M9 from an iPhone user’s perspective

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2015

The HTC One M9 is the latest flagship phone from HTC and it doesn’t divert from what has made the HTC One line stand out among other releases from Android OEMs. If the all metal Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge didn’t exist, then the HTC One would stand head and shoulders above the rest of the Android competition from a design standpoint. But even with Samsung’s recent change in design taste, the HTC One M9 is one of the, if not the best looking Android smartphone that money can buy.

As a full time iPhone user, I feel like I have a unique perspective to lend to those of you who may be interested in the M9, or those of you who just want to know how other flagship phones are doing outside of the Apple ecosystem. In this post, I’ll discuss 5 features that I love about the HTC One M9, and 5 features that aren’t so hot. Be sure to tune in to our full video review as well. Read More

 

Readdle launches Spark, gorgeous iPhone and Apple Watch email app to tame your inbox

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015

Ukrainian developer Readdle, the maker of some of the finest productivity apps for the iPhone and iPad, today launched its most ambitious project yet, a personalized email client for the iPhone and Apple Watch conceived to help you deal with your inbox faster.

The app is called Spark, it looks neat and offers a number of compelling features, like quick replies, powerful search, fast signatures, smart notifications, attachments, cloud services support, email-to-PDF conversion, a WatchKit extension to check important messages on the wrist with an Apple Watch app and a glance, and much more. Read More

 
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