Software Reviews

Alien VS Predator: Evolution Review

Alien VS Predator: Evolution Review

This week we've had a look at the epic beast of a game in Alien VS Predator: Evolution for mobile devices running iOS and Android. If you're a fan of 3rd-person controls rolling out some of the most impressively smooth graphics you've ever seen on your Android smartphone, tablet, iPad, or iPhone, you're in luck - Angry Mob Games and Fox Digital Entertainment have made a masterpiece. This game takes all the excellence delivered in past gameplay for games having these two monsters attempt to best each-other and delivers it in a mobile container - your first surprise is certain to be how your smartphone can run such gameplay.

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Simple iOS app Review: online-only banking made easy

Simple iOS app Review: online-only banking made easy

Online banking is becoming more prevalent nowadays, with many of the big banks offering their services for free online, but what about banks that only operate online? Would it be inconvenient? Maybe a little strange? A new service called Simple looks to revolutionize online banking by taking the entire banking experience online and giving users a clean and easy user interface. However, Simple isn’t a bank, but rather a service that operates under an actual bank -- in this case, Bancorp Bank. We ended up checking out the service for ourselves -- namely the iOS app -- to see what all the fuss is about.

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Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. app Review: too cute not to try

Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. app Review: too cute not to try

This week the folks at Sync Beatz have decided to revive the Tamagotchi craze with a 16th birthday present for the little toy creatures: an officially Bandai-licensed Android app! This app takes on the life of the original pocket toy, with your ability to work with the digital creature from your childhood in one of two modes: one looks like the original toy, the other utilizes your full Android smartphone display. Is it time to jump back in with the pixel-monster babysitting button-pusher once again?

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Mailbox Review: mobile email disconnects again

Mailbox Review: mobile email disconnects again

This weekend we've had the pleasure of trying out one of the most beautifully simple looking apps ever made for iOS: Mailbox. This app is made to make your email experience simple, striking first for the Gmail crowd who otherwise would be working with the built-in iOS mail app or the Google-made Gmail app (or Sparrow, also owned by Google). It's not easy entering this space successfully when the actual creator of the service you're trying to vampire has their own app on the market - let's talk about why Mailbox might do it - starting with the never-fails strategy called keeping a line outside.

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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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Office 365 Home Premium Review

Office 365 Home Premium Review

This week the folks at Microsoft have introduced Office 2013 to the universe, complete with a cloud-connected user experience that takes the central word processing and document experience into the future. You'll be asked to work with SkyDrive as well as the full Office 365 package to store your files online at all times right out of the box - you don't have to, but the process you're working with here essentially says, "why not?"

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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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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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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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