Software Reviews

Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook and mobile haven't had an easy run of it. Facebook Home, an attempt to capitalize on mobile with a near-walled-garden met with derision and faded with barely a whimper; so far, the only real success stories Facebook has had on smartphones have been the results of acquisitions, not its own development. Paper, new for 2014, aims to change all that, an iPhone-exclusive news reader that promises the best shared content from your friends as well as trusted third-party sources. It's a handsome app, that's clear, but does it do enough to usurp Flipboard, Pulse, and others from the homescreen?

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Beats Music Review

Beats Music Review

When you open Beats Music - after you've signed up or signed in - you're not going to find a playlist of music you've listened to a thousand times before. Beats Music is a system that's pushed to create a music-driven experience. Instead of being just a conduit through which music is served, Beats Music makes a real effort to be a real bartender of the drinks that are musical tracks. Beats Music is not an MP3 player, it's a virtual DJ.

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GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

GarageBand 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

If you’ve used a previous iteration of GarageBand for OS X, the update to version 10 of the software for OS X Mavericks shouldn’t require too much convincing. It’s essentially a new iteration of the same high-powered set of features with additional features to boot. But what about those users who want to pay the cash to grab this app from the Mac App Store for the full price - those that haven’t purchased a piece of OS X hardware in the past couple of months (and from this point forward) that haven’t had the GarageBand experience? For those of you there, there’s this.

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iMovie 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

iMovie 10 Review for OS X Mavericks

Today we're having a look at the newest edition of Apple's basic video editing software, that being OS X Mavericks' own iMovie 10.0. With the release of OS X Mavericks comes the "free" generation of Apple-made software, and both iLife and iWork coming to the public without cost - with new machines, that is. Here we've also got a transformation, no of cost, but of usefulness for the iMovie console.

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Riptide GP 2 Review

Riptide GP 2 Review

The developers at Vector Unit have this week unveiled Riptide GP 2 for the public, having created the original well over a year ago to waves of Android devices that still continue to jetski forth with this classic today. What we're seeing with Riptide GP2 is a full-on sequel to the original, here working with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 optimized bit of software on none other than NVIDIA SHIELD, a device that the public will be getting their hands on later this month.

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OS X Mavericks Preview

OS X Mavericks Preview

Apple promised us a software-rich WWDC this year, and the company delivered. While iOS 7 looks set to be the biggest change in the company's mobile offering since the original iPhone, OS X Mavericks teased the latest refinements to Apple's desktop platform. Not so flashy as iOS 7, perhaps, or as sweeping in its changes, but no less important as Apple continues to join together the dots between its platforms. Mavericks is still a work-in-progress, but Apple provided us with a recent build of the new OS X to get to grips with the highlights - and pick out the key changes - ahead of its full release this fall. Already, there are signs that Mavericks will be another must-have OS X upgrade; read on as we get to grips with the new heart of Mac.

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Facebook Home Review

Facebook Home Review

Is your smartphone social? Facebook isn't convinced it is and so, in lieu of one true Facebook Phone, it wants to make over every Android smartphone in its image, courtesy of Facebook Home. The new launcher will start its spread on a select range of Android devices, as well as dedicated handsets like the HTC First, from April 12, but it demands a hefty commitment: gone is the usual, flexible Android homescreen, replaced by a new UI that puts sharing front and center. Walled garden or the place where social grows? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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Google Keep Review

Google Keep Review

With Google Keep you've got a note-taking interface created by the company to be a one-stop-shop inside Android. Like Google Now, this is another value-added element that will be present in most or all future Android devices, and it's tied to your Google account through Google Drive. If you head to https://drive.google.com/keep/ right this minute (and you're logged in to your Google account), you'll find an interface not unlike the one we're looking at today on an Android smartphone.

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The Conduit HD Android Tegra Enhanced Review

The Conduit HD Android Tegra Enhanced Review

It's time to bring out the big guns with The Conduit HD for Android, a game that's been boosted into the mobile space by the developers at High Voltage Software assisted by the Tegra team at NVIDIA. With this version of the game you'll be rolling out with everything you saw on the original Wii version and more - 9 mission of furious blasting of alien beasts from the comfort of your own smartphone or tablet! This game is out this week for Tegra-toting machines, here in the mobile universe for the first time!

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Real Boxing Android Tegra Enhanced Review

Real Boxing Android Tegra Enhanced Review

This week the folks at Vivid Games S.A. have unleashed the biggest, baddest face-flattening Android game to ever grace the likes of the NVIDIA TegraZone: Real Boxing! While this game has been available for iOS for some time, this edition of the game comes to Android as a Tegra exclusive - having been assisted by the NVIDIA developer crew in optimizing the game for their Tegra 3 (and above) processor, you'll not be able to get this game anywhere other than your T3-toting machine (at least at first).

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