As you may already know, Bang With Friends was forced to change its name this past summer, following a trademark infringement suit won by gaming giant and "With Friends" franchise developers Zynga, best known for titles such as Words With Friends (iOS, Android) and Scramble With Friends (iOS, Android).Up for the Down stroke But trust, in the end, it was to Bang With Friends' benefit. In early November, the popular Facebook game relaunched as the Down ( iOS, Android) app. After testing the iOS beta version, I am already convinced that it's … Read more
Traveling can be a headache, especially during big holidays like Thanksgiving. With so many people traveling the country at around the same time, you're faced with packed airports, unforeseen schedule changes, bad weather, and probably more than a few irritable fellow passengers just trying to get home for the holiday.
To keep the stress level at a minimum, I selected some helpful travel apps for iOS that will keep you on schedule and help you navigate your itinerary.
Dropbox has a new look and new feature-set on iOS 7.
The company on Thursday launched version 3.0 of its mobile application, complete with a new design that mimics the look and feel of Apple's iOS 7. In addition, the application has added iPad functionality that allows for tapping on files and photos to toggle to full-screen mode. Dropbox has also promised that its revamped application will be faster than previous iterations.
In addition to the standard bug fixes that come with new app updates, the redesigned Dropbox features support for Apple's AirDrop. That means users can … Read more
Who knows what Apple's app designers were thinking when they crafted Find My Friends to look like a leather glove, complete with stitching.
With the arrival of iOS 7, all of the core apps (and most of the optional ones) got a much-ballyhooed "flat" redesign -- except for Find My Friends. It remained, to many, the ugly odd-app-out.
Well, today it's ugly no more. Apple just pushed out Find My Friends 3.0, which has no major new features but an entirely new appearance. The orange-hued icon meshes well with other iOS 7 apps, while the … Read more
Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving or are an old [chef's] hat, entertaining on T-Day is often fraught with fires, both literal and figurative. What should you prepare? Which wine should you serve? How should you get the word out? What are some good conversation topics? Which games can you play to de-stress, and how can you keep tabs on the big games during the big feast?
OK, we sense your anxiety. But before you grab another Xanax and call your mother or mother-in-law for cooking advice, try out these 10 lightweight, highly rated apps, guaranteed to keep … Read more
At one point or another, every cell phone owner has experienced the onset of panic and despair that hits your gut the moment you realize your phone is missing. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit, and the loss or even active theft of a device as personal as a mobile phone only highlights our dependence on them.
In a related story, CNET's Kent German touches on different security measures you can take with your smartphone OS that can help keep thieves from using your phone once they have it. My job here is … Read more
Growing up we didn't have to look far for horror stories. Why look to Hollywood when we had our own family histories?
Raised on terrifying tales from forebears who managed to survive the atrocities of the camps, I found films such as "Escape From Sobibor," "Europa Europa," "Schindler's List," "Life Is Beautiful," and "Bent" truly important but painful to watch. I often wondered why others who weren't familiar with let alone touched by the Holocaust would even view such films, and in my opinion, these were the … Read more
Most motorists know by now that texting and driving can be more dangerous than drinking and driving. And teens, who'd just as soon text as talk, are among the drivers most likely to have a texting-related accident.
The new Road Wars for iOS aims to keep drivers safe by gamifying safe driving. The app monitors your driving behavior, rewards you for safe practices, and penalizes you for speeding, swerving, and, most of all, interacting with your phone.
Created with teens in mind (but suitable for anyone), Road Wars (which appears in the App Store as RoadWars) bills itself as … Read more
People have a tendency to identify with their mobile operating systems. They may be saddled with nicknames like fandroids, Apple fanboys, or Windows Phoners (OK, I made that last one up). It's a choice that can feel like an emotional decision as much as a practical one.
The numbers certainly tell a story. Android has hit 81 percent market share for smartphone shipments globally, according to consulting group IDC.Android wasn't the only mobile OS gaining ground. Dark-horse candidate Windows Phone jumped 156 percent in year-over-year shipments.… Read more
Until recently, I was a fairly regular customer of Apple's Cards app, which allowed me to choose any photo in my Camera Roll, add it to a greeting card for just about any occasion, write a personalized message, and get it printed and mailed to the recipient(s) of my choice -- all for just a few bucks.
Convenience, thy name is Cards.
Or so it was, until Apple quietly and unceremoniously pulled the plug back in September. I'm bummed, because the app helped me out of many a last-minute oh-crap-I-forgot-so-and-so's-birthday jam.
Thankfully, there are alternatives. Apps … Read more