I've heard most of the world's best headphones, but somehow missed the Sony MDR-R10. Only 2,000 were made. Production started in 1989, and at $2,500 a pair, it was the most expensive headphone in the world. The headphone cognoscenti scooped them all up years ago, and right now MDR-R10s rarely come up for sale. When they do, they usually go for more than $6,000!
The MDR-R10's 50mm "Bio-Cellulose Dome Diaphragms" are credited with producing the headphones' superclear treble and oh-so supple bass. The headphone also sported real lambskin-covered ear pads, and the … Read more
MyWeatherPic takes the everyday urge to talk about the weather and helps you share the exact conditions wherever you are with custom images. Using many familiar photo editing and sharing features combined with weather-tracking integration, the app is a unique and fun tool.
MyWeatherPic, at its core, is a camera. You open the app and the camera will activate in the upper half of the screen. Over the top of the camera's viewfinder is an overlay of the current weather and your location. Weather is in degrees Celsius to start but you can change to Fahrenheit or you can … Read more
Kids English HD is an app that hits the right mark in almost every way for small children. Combining engaging gameplay with a plethora of options and different learning styles, this app will provide a means for almost any young child to start learning English--whether written letters and words or the spoken language.
The design and interface of the app are perfect for small children. Without any onscreen ads to distract from the action, you can choose from five different activities, each of them designed to help children learn in a different way. Drawing cues help children learn how to … Read more
Pic Maker, while finely made and easy to use, doesn't quite reach must-download status due to its lack of innovation. Combining many of the category's most popular features, it supplies a good all around experience, making it an app most will enjoy using.
The purpose of Pic Maker is exactly as it sounds. Choose a style, take a photo, and edit it with captions, additional images, or cutouts. There are quite a few filters here, and most of them work quite well; but the subtlety of many and the relatively limited sharing options (compared to other apps), make … Read more
Geography Friendzy is a fun and engaging way to teach children geography, though it has a number of limitations that make it hard to properly match the skill level of the student to the app.
When you first open Geography Friendzy, you can choose to immediately compete against players from around the globe in an answer-first quiz game or you can run through the practice questions provided in a flash card-style interface. There are dozens of questions for each level, and multiple levels to master. Unfortunately, this is one of the app's biggest issues. You cannot unlock higher levels … Read more
Picture Perfect! combines a number of features common in other free photo editing apps into a full scale iPad tool that is effective, but ultimately weighed down by a messy interface. While it is an effective app, it lacks many of the features needed to make it a must-have tool.
The app opens to the main editing screen where you can take or import a photo, reset the photo onscreen back to the original, or adjust the app by drawing on it, changing colors, auto-correcting for things like brightness and contrast, and more. The onscreen guide shows you what each … Read more
PixPlay is another in a long line of free apps on the App Store that allows you to create filtered and framed images. The app is familiar because it rehashes many of the functions also available in other free photo apps and it offers few new options.
PixPlay Filter allows you to take photos and apply one of 10 automatic filters to them, then place them in a multi-image frame that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. The core functionality is very familiar because it replicates what many other free photo editing apps do. In terms … Read more
Stick Texting is a great concept that can turn boring text messages and e-mails on their head. The free app has a number of limitations, but even without the full library of animated and standard stick drawings, this is an app that you'll continue using over and over again to customize your text messages.
The iPhone (and any device like it) has changed how people send text messages. Images, emoticons, and animations are now easy to send from device to device, especially with Apple's free Messages service. Stick Texting takes advantage of that by allowing you to copy … Read more