iOS App Review

Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

This week the folks at Paramount Pictures have released a very special app for the next blockbuster science fiction film in the Starfleet universe: Star Trek Into Darkness! This app is not just your everyday average movie companion app, it's a straight up scavenger hunt that uses the camera on your smartphone as well as the sensors you've got under the hood of your device to sent you out into the wild to collect a series of media bits as well as real physical location markers. This technology is made real with Qualcomm Labs' Gimbal technology and Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality platform.

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Facebook 5.4 for iOS Review: now with in-app video

Facebook 5.4 for iOS Review: now with in-app video

With version 5.4 of Facebook's hero app for iOS you've got three big updates including in-app video recording and sharing, voice messaging, and an improved Nearby tab. With these improvements we're seeing a Facebook that continues to become a one-stop-shop for every bit of web-based communication you do with your friends. Pretty soon there will be no need for any apps outside of Facebook (that is if all of your acquaintances are connected to the ecosystem as well, of course).

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Vine app Review: video Tweets unleashed!

Vine app Review: video Tweets unleashed!

It's time to get real with Vine, Twitter's newest and perhaps most bold introduction of a service since their inception as a mobile-friendly service. Here with Vine you're invited to create 6-second videos that you construct instantly of one single shot or a series of shots by pressing the center of your smart device's display. The results are posted to Twitter (and Facebook, if you like) as well as on Vine's own server, these videos then able to be viewed near-instantly by your connected associates.

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Gameloft’s Six Guns Multi-player Old West Shooter Review

Gameloft’s Six Guns Multi-player Old West Shooter Review

The game Six Guns has been updated this week by its developers at gameloft to include not only alternate-dimension shoot-em-up scenarios galore, but online multiplayer action as well. This game is completely free to download and play both offline and online and connects to Gameloft LIVE! as well as Facebook - and you can invite all your best buddies to shoot along with you - or at you!

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Google Maps for iOS Review

Google Maps for iOS Review

It's finally time to get (back) to business with a Google-run map app for iOS, this time with Google Maps own unique app separate from the main built-in collection of iDevice apps. For those of you that haven't followed along with the iPhone since its birth, you should know that it was only with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that Apple cut ties with Google Maps for their Maps app that comes with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch right out of the box, replacing it with their own branded Apple Maps. [See our supplemental Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport post for one part of the big battle.] Now with Google Maps, Google has its own unique app that brings not only a new face to the iOS version of their central mapping ecosystem, but a new look for the app for all platforms as well - in iOS 6 this UI is unique!

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Men in Black 3 Movie Touch app Review

Men in Black 3 Movie Touch app Review

The folks at Sony Home Entertainment have teamed up with the folks at both UltraViolet and Sony Pictures Imageworks to bring to you an iPad-based interactive "Movie Touch" experience for the home video release of Men in Black 3. What you've got here is a vast collection of features that help you immerse yourself in the film, the plotline in and outside the film, and the creation of the film as well. The app itself is free, including a 10 minute preview of the movie inside, and if you've got the Men In Black 3 movie in your UV collection you can work with the full timeline right away.

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iRecycle app for iOS and Android Review

iRecycle app for iOS and Android Review

If there's one simple way of finding out where you're going to dump all of your recyclable materials in the United States, it's the iRecycle app. This app works for Android, iOS for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and in your browser. While the browser version is - surprisingly - less efficient than the app as it's actually not an app at all (head to Earth911.com to see), you'll find that it's all using the same basic directory of information, and it all works.

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Gmail 2.0 for iOS Review

Gmail 2.0 for iOS Review

If you've got a Gmail account and you work with the iPhone or an iPad, you may have been jealous of all the extra fabulous features that your Android friends and family have had that you didn't in a Gmail app - that era has ended. With Gmail 2.0 for iOS, you've got a perfectly simple interface that's so stripped down, you might think something is missing. In reality you've got the best-tuned Gmail app experience yet offered on iOS - though that should be true every time there's a release, it's gotten particularly well improved over the past this time around.

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GoMusic for Google Music for iOS Review

GoMusic for Google Music for iOS Review

Though the app GoMusic is certainly not the first to bring Google Music's cloud of tunes to the iOS platform, we're certain that it's currently the best solution on the market. This lovely little app takes what you've got on Android as well as the mobile web and slaps it on over to iOS where neither Apple nor Google have dared yet to venture. It's not that they can't, it's just that, well, Google Music is made to be an Android music service - but what do you know? It works here on the iPhone as well!

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Squrl for iOS Review

Squrl for iOS Review

A video discovery app that takes all of the UI greatness of Pulse and smashes it into an environment dedicated to searching through not only your favorite blogs' feeds of videos, but YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu as well. This app has been out for more than a few weeks, but here in its newest iteration it's become something of beauty - and it's free, to boot. You've got a "What's Hot" section for new video discovery and a way to search for the video you want across multiple platforms spanning essentially the entire web - what more could you ask for?

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