Latest posts by Jake Underwood

Timeful is a personal assistant dressed up as a calendar

In the midst of our hectic lives, most of us still manage to find time to use our cell phones. We may sneak in a quick glance at the news or play a little game here and there, but for many of us, our cell phones provide more entertainment than productivity.

Timeful is a calendar app that attempts to make managing a schedule and creating new to-dos and habits effortless. How does it perform at this daunting task? Read on for a full review…

Reverse-engineer crosswords with Bonza Word Puzzle

Looking at the App Store, it’s easy to see that word games and puzzles aren’t quite what the public is clamoring to download. Often, the endless runners and messaging apps take control of the charts, leaving good but more sophisticated games to fall out of common knowledge.

Bonza Word Puzzle, a new type of crossword, is trying to combat this trend with an innovative style and some additional quality features. How does it fare? Read on for a full review…

How to add iDB’s podcasts to Overcast

Marco Arment’s new podcasting app, Overcast, is undoubtedly a fantastic listening tool. However, if you have been using another podcast app, it may be difficult finding and importing your favorites into Overcast, such as iDB’s Let’s Talk Jailbreak and Let’s Talk iOS. Have no fear, dear reader, as upon finishing this post, you will be hearing the fantastic podcasts (including Jeff’s silky smooth voice) in Overcast.

No Brakes: it’s like driving therapy for your mind

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a game that sports a cute hero. Whether it’s a small animal or an abstract shape with a cute face, I can’t seem to resist helping the little guy to victory. So when I stumbled by the app icon of the game No Brakes (and heard Sebastien mention the game on the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS), I knew I just had to give the game a chance. Read on for my full review…

Novation Launchpad is a simple but powerful music maker

Let’s cut to the chase: creating music on an iPhone or iPad isn’t as easy as it should be. The gold standard, GarageBand, almost requires some knowledge of an instrument, which drastically whittles down the amount of users that can create on the platform. However, the complexity of the music-making process isn’t specifically limited to GarageBand, as it is something music-creating apps have struggled with throughout the history of the App Store. Wouldn’t it be nice to just press buttons and watch a creation form in front of your very eyes?
Novation Launchpad sure would seem to think so. The app, created by developers Novation, is as simple as it can get, but the results don’t suffer from the ease-of-use. Read on for a full Novation Launchpad review…

120 Sports is a highlight reel in your pocket

When away from home, it’s sometimes challenging to catch up on sports news. Sure, there are apps that provide basic scores and statistics for games and matches, but it’s a rarity to find an app that shows highlights and other forms of media. Whether it’s the decision on LeBron’s future or the Argentina vs Netherlands penalty kicks, video sports commentary is harder to find.

Enter 120 Sports, an app developed by the Sports Illustrated network, popular for the magazine of the same name. The app is essentially a collection of video coverage of the latest sports trends, but with a few added twists. I used the app for a while and here’s what I found…

Fates Forever is a fun and familiar MOBA

A few years ago, I was introduced to a massively popular MOBA (or multiplayer online battle arena) game called League of Legends. After spending only a few hours with the free game, I was immediately hooked on the gameplay, graphics, and community, all of which are what makes LoL the e-sport it is. However, as I began to transition between computers and activities, I lost the time to really keep the game in my life. “If only I could carry around the gameplay of League without having to be at my computer!” I said as I hung my head.

Fast forward to this past week when I found the free-to-play, iPad-only game Fates Forever. Upon reading the Editor’s Choice description, in which it mentioned LoL, I decided to download the game and give it a good play through…