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Don't Run With A Plasma Sword Review

By Rob Thomas on January 10th, 2012
Who actually pays attention to instruction manuals, anyway? Certainly not anyone playing XperimentalZ Games' new action runner.
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Quick Help Guide: How To Use Your New iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 24th, 2011

Happy Holidays! If you're like many folks, you'll have gotten a new iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch this holiday season. And if you're looking for a place to learn all about this new magical device in your life, you've come to the right place. 148Apps has tons of resources on using your new device and filling it with the best thing about it: apps.

Learning The Basics

The operating system of these devices is one of the most intuitive around. However, there's always more waiting under the hood to make things just that much easier or better on us. While your new iPhone or iPad may not come with a manual, you can download one fairly simply from the iBooks Store. First, grab [appinline:364709193,"iBooks"], then grab the manual for your new iPad, iPhone, or
iPod touch.

Speaking of the operating system, we've written a few articles about the latest and greatest from Cupertino right here on 148Apps. Check out our Full Feature Roundup on iOS 5.

We even published some downloadable magazine-style User Guides last year, on each of the devices. Feel free to grab them and read through them - many of the tips and tricks included there are just as relevant today as they were then. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

To the iCloud!!!

You may have seen some of the information about iCloud in the Apple TV commercials. It's a great system that gives you unprecedented storage and sharing options. Here's a short intro to iCloud from Apple.

We've got you covered with iCloud as well. Here's information on both moving your data to the iCloud to help keep things synced and backed up. You may also need more information on how you set up iCloud in a multiple user family. This details all the ins and outs of multiple user groups who may otherwise share iTunes accounts.

There Really is an App for That

Once you've got a good handle on using that sleek new iOS device, you'll of course want to dive in and start downloading apps. Whether you're an avid gamer, a music lover, a book reader or even (gasp) all three, you'll find everything you need in the iTunes Store.

When it comes to Apps, iOS has no peer. There are over 500,000 apps in the App Store, so you'll doubtlessly find something you like. The trick, however, is filtering through all of those apps to find the specific things you want. That can be tricky, but luckily there are many ways to help.

First off are our very own reviews. We review a ton of apps weekly to give you the best recommendations about the best apps we find. Be sure to look through our Reviews lists, which can be filtered by type of app as well as sorted by date, app name, or app rating. If you just want to read reviews of our highest rated iPad games, for example, it's an easy click. And for on the go browsing of 148Apps reviews, grab the [appinline: 444792529,"148Apps App"].

In addition, we have our famous Price Drops lists, which can be sorted to just show the latest drops in prices, or even just the latest FREE apps. Very handy, if we say so ourselves. If you're looking for the very latest additions to the App Store, we have a list for that, as well as one for the Top Apps across all the App Store categories for each device. Then of course there's always the very best of the best in free apps available in the free games and free apps lists.

If you want even more app discovering goodness, you might want to check out a few apps made to help you wade through the App Store. Some of our favorites are [appinline:387037496,"AppShopper"], [appinline:348286549,"Chomp"], and [appinline: 383151779,"AppZapp"]. There are even specific apps to help you find the latest free apps. Some of the best include [appinline:348650932,"Free App A Day"], [appinline: 470693788,"Apps Gone Free"], and [appinline:484505841, "Free App Alliance"]. These will all help you sort and find and browse apps and games to your heart's content; we use them all the time to find new great apps to use and write about on the site.

Where Else To Find 148Apps?

We're everywhere, really. However, the best places to find us are on Twitter, Facebook, and now even Google+. Be sure to come visit and chat with us there. We're ever so responsive.

Free Apps You Shouldn't Do Without

Now, we wouldn't be the premier Apps review site without some sort of parting gift, now would we? How about some apps you really should try out? To make the deal even sweeter, let's make them free apps.

iBooks, Nook, & Kindle - Reading ebooks is all the rage these days, especially on these fancy new iOS devices. We love reading on our iPad, and have even been known to crack a virtual spine or two on our iPhone while waiting at the doctor's office. For those of you with shorter attention spans, there's always Newsstand, iOS's magazine subscription service. Some of the best ereader apps include [appinline:364709193,"iBooks"], [appinline:384910586,"Nook for iPhone"], [appinline:373582546,"Nook for iPad"], and [appinline:302584613,"Kindle"]. Happy reading!

Facebook, Twitter, & Instant Messaging - Keep in touch with family, friends, and us - your favorite Apps website - with these free social networking apps. Tell 'em 148Apps sent you!
There's [appinline:284882215], [appinline:333903271] though [appinline: 428851691,"Tweetbot"] is much better, though not free like the official Twitter app.

For instant messaging, check out [appinline:336435697,"imo"] and [appinline:405179691,"imo for iPad"]. And don't forget [appinline: 304878510,"Skype"] and [appinline: 442012681,"Skype for iPad"]. We've become big fans of [appinline: 392796698 ,"GroupMe"] lately too for group communication.

Gaming on the Cheap - Now, we put out a sweet weekly article that tells you about the latest FREE gaming apps, but here are a few we think you won't want to miss. We could go on for hours about it, really, but these should get you off to a good start.

For a great free endless runner, check out [appinline:420009108,"Temple Run"]. A wonderful game. For some great physics puzzle fun, the new king is [appinline:467810884,"Where's My Water? Free"] and you can never go wrong with the classic [appinline:409807569,"Angry Birds Free"]. A couple other free games we really like include [appinline:466965151,"The Sims Freeplay"] and [appinline:422667065,"TinyTower"].

You should also check out our massive iOS game and app sale post. There are tons of great deals and quite a few temporarily free apps there. Be sure to grab the great [appinline: 457446957,"Jetpack Joyride"] while it's free. It's one of our favorite games of the year.

We hope you've enjoyed learning about your new magical iOS devices. The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch are some of the best new gadgets to give or receive. Be sure to come back often to see what we have for you; we're always looking to find the news or apps you want to know about first. From all of us here to all of you out there, Happy Holidays!!!

PC Advisor Comes To iPad with Optimized App

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 21st, 2011
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Digital magazines appear to be on the rise with the likes of Newsstand encouraging such trends. That's not the only place that such publications can be found, though, with many magazines pursuing things with their own app.

One such publication is that of PC Advisor Daily, an iPad-optimised magazine that promises all of PC Advisor's latest content in real-time. The app features news, reviews, features, opinion pieces and how to guides galore.

Updated every minute of every day, fast access to all the latest articles from the magazine is available. Throughout, the content is interesting, current and expertly written. Adding extra interactivity is the ability to customize content so that favorite subjects can be prioritised. Articles can also be saved so they can be viewed offline, plus there's Twitter and Facebook integration for the socially minded.

PC Advisor Daily is available now for the iPad and it's a free download.

Google Currents, Google's New Magazine Reader, Arrives on the App Store

Posted by Jordan Minor on December 9th, 2011

There are many out there who believe that the current mobile explosion will save the dying news industry. Newspaper and magazine publishers have been loving Apple's Newsstand App for the increased visibility it gives their content. Now Google has released a rival, more Flipboard-esque, mobile reader of their own, Google Currents.

Google Currents offers optimized, magazine-style versions of articles from Forbes, TechCrunch, Saveur, Popular Science, Good, 500px, Fast Company and more. Google Reader subscriptions are also used to provide users content from the blogs and feeds they follow. Popular, trending stories are collected from all of these sources and given special placement with photos, slideshows, videos, live-maps and social streams intact.

Users can also save articles for "high speed offline reading", share them, and sync them across all of their devices. Content scales to fit whatever sized screen a phone or tablet may have. Google Currents is available now for free and is compatible with iPhones and iPads.

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Edge Magazine Now Available Via Newsstand

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 18th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

UPDATE: Edge has just announced via the Newsstand app that the October 2011 issue is now free to download. Head over to the App Store, download the free Edge app, and then download the free back issue today.

Having been a long time subscriber to Edge Magazine, I'm pretty excited to see it be one of the first titles to reach Newsstand.

Available through the app, Edge Magazine promises the same fantastic experience as before. Famous for its intelligent writing and in-depth looks at everything gaming related from reviews to unearthing the latest in the world of game development, Edge Magazine makes for a fascinating read for gaming fans. It's a mature change of pace from glossier magazines but never fails to intrigue.

The Newsstand edition offers enhanced online content with extra insight, related content and screenshot galleries. Linked to the website, if there's anything that can add to the reader's enjoyment on the website, the app lets the user know.

Pricing through Newsstand is pretty respectable with individual issues priced at $4.99, a 3 month subscription available for $12.99, 6 months for $21.99 and a 1 year subscription priced at a very reasonable $39.99.

It's a veritable bargain, given the quality of the writing and a must buy for fans.

Music Magazine SPIN Play Comes To Newsstand

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 18th, 2011

Perhaps not quite as prominant amongst the plethora of iOS5 offerings is that of Newsstand providing what is, basically, iBooks for magazines and newspapers. One such magazine that has taken advantage of such a feature is that of music publication SPIN Play, providing news and reviews from SPIN.com.

SPIN is renowned for offering plenty of fascinating music based content through the website and magazine. This edition allows users to watch and listen to artists and their work as they read articles about them.

Individual issues are priced at $1.99 each with an annual subscription priced at $7.99. Each issue offers over 60 streaming songs and over 30 streaming videos to add the interactive touch to the reading experience.

AirPlay support has also been provided with the potential to view the dozens of exclusive video interviews and performances either through the app or via an AirPlay supported device.

Together, it should provide the most immersive experience yet for music fans who also want the enjoyment of a magazine aimed at their interests.

iOS 5 is Here - Full Feature Roundup

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on October 12th, 2011

iOS 5 Feature Roundup

As Apple announced last week just before the new iPhone 4S launch comes the release of iOS5 today. We're pretty amazed by all the new stuff in the next mobile OS from Apple. Seriously, there's a ton of new things in this release, making even our "old" iPhone 4 seem like an entirely new phone. Released today, and available right now, here's what iOS has in store for us all!

Hit the jump to see all of the great new features of iOS 5.

PressReader iPad Update Boasts New Look and A Ton Of Content

Posted by Joey Davidson on January 14th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

PressReader attempts to give users an excellent way to ingest their Newspaper subscriptions from around the world. Its first iteration was bold, if not a bit wonky in delivery and style. Customers dug the idea, but were a bit split when it came to the execution of the app itself.

PressReader 2.2 has been released. This update features a fresh new look and a slew of changes poised to make users old and new extremely excited. Champion among them, in this news reader's opinion, is the much smoother navigation. Reading news quickly, effortlessly and effectively is what makes the iOS and tablet era a thrilling one. In fact, one probably wouldn't be too hard pressed to argue that stuttering scrolling is a major detriment to news and reading apps that could otherwise be incredible.

According to the release that accompanied the update to PressReader, users can expect smoother operation, faster navigation, simplified downloading and delivery of newspapers.


  • Faster zooming in graphics mode

  • Ability to wirelessly print full pages and individual articles to AirPrint-enabled printers

  • Improved message format when sharing an article via Facebook

  • New Library Shelf view that mimics a traditional newsstand

  • Improved navigation using section and page slider

  • Ability to automatically remove publications after 60 days (users can still choose to automatically remove issues after 3, 7, 14, and 30 days, or choose not to automatically remove old publications).

  • Simplified automatic delivery of newspapers

  • Ability to exclude downloaded publications when backing up via iTunes

  • Numerous performance and stability improvements to enhance the browsing experience
  • As an aside, while the app may be free, the newspaper subscriptions are not. PressReader was designed to complement the PressDisplay service previously available. PressDisplay is the service you subscribe to in order to actively read and download newspapers in PressReader for your iOS device.

    See the app in motion below.

    Washington Post iPad App Now Live and Free

    Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 10th, 2010
    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

    As the iPad slowly siphons away newspaper customers tired of getting ink on their hands, newspapers themselves have been quick to launch attractive official apps in the hope of winning back readers who are looking for reliable sources of information. Today the Washington Post joins the charge as it has released an official iPad app. Best of all, it's free well into next year.

    The app's description invites users to "Get closer to the story with our Live Topics feature. It combines the best coverage of the most talked-about news of the day with social media conversations from Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy rich photo galleries with work from our renowned photojournalists and extensive video content so you can go deeper into every angle of every story. Download stories to read later, even when you are offline. "

    Those who download the app now will enjoy a free subscription to the Post until February 2011, at which point a subscription will be required. No pricing model has yet been announced, but it's likely that the Post will offer monthly and yearly subscriptions, and may even charge by the article for those who only want access to a specific piece of journalism.

    The Post's move follows in the footsteps of the New York Times and New York Post, both of which have launched a similar service. Indeed, this approach tends to be the wave of the future, and it seems that the newsstand has gone virtual, with all the major outlets flocking to the iPad in the hopes of saving themselves from extinction. In a delicious twist that not even M. Night Shyamalan could have come up with, it may indeed be that one of the very devices which was accused or ruining the newspaper industry could actually save it. The newspaper is dead, long live the e-newspaper!

    Kobo Launching New Magazine and Newspaper eReader Service

    Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on November 1st, 2010

    If you prefer the shiny screen of an iPhone or iPad to the rough texture of a newspaper or glossy pages of a magazine then you're in luck, as Kobo has announced it is expanding its eReader service to include dozens of US and Canadian periodicals. Those who download the free app are granted a two-week subscription to try out the service. If you like what you see, then you can choose to buy a monthly subscription for your chosen newspapers or magazines.

    “Kobo continues to build on our commitment of making sure that consumers have the best reading experience on any device with the largest selection of content worldwide, ” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “We’ve had tremendous success with eBooks and we’re very excited to expand the Kobo offering to include newspapers and magazines with a two-week free trial, allowing consumers to try first without any obligation. We continue to bring on top publishers to ensure that Kobo’s newspaper and magazine offering meets our customers’ highest expectations.”

    The company has a solid lineup of periodicals available, though the selection is far from exhaustive. Newspapers include the New York Post and New York Times, and the National Review and Harvard Business Review can be found in the magazine section. For the full list head on over to Kobo's website and see if anything tickles your fancy. Subscription rates vary, but usually range from around $2 a month for magazines to $15 a month for a daily paper.

    While this is definitely a viable option for folks wanting to use their iOS device as an eReader, it's also important to shop around and compare prices. The New York Times and Post already offer iPad subscriptions directly, so it's really a matter of deciding which service is best for you. Still, now you have yet another choice and Kobo will group all your subscriptions into one convenient location, so it's definitely something to consider.

    Time Inc. iPad Magazines Now Free For Subscribers

    Posted by Chris Hall on August 20th, 2010

    For the first time in the short history of the iPad, Time Inc. magazines will finally be free for the magazine subscribers, something that magazine publishers have been desperately waiting for Apple to green light since the iPad launch.

    Up to this point, the magazines (People, Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune) have been selling for their regular newsstand price, leaving regular subscribers to have to really pay for the same issue twice to get content on the iPad. Even though Steve Jobs was clear that he wanted magazine subscriptions to exist on the iPad, Apple didn't offer the tools to magazines to do so. In fact, there is still no way for publishers to sell subscriptions online, but at least subscribers can now access their issues for free.

    The news seems to be coming at a good time, because many people were, and still are, in outrage that Time, as well as other publishers, sell their digital copies at full price. Without the production costs of the magazines on the digital copy, the consensus was that the publishers are all ego driven, looking to make huge profits from the tech marvel of the iPad.

    Popular Science editor-in-chief Mark Jannot explained that ""We're trying to make our readers not feel like we're slapping them in the face as we explore this new world, but we're going to continue to be aggressive about pricing. We'll see what the market will bear."

    Their gamble has been a success so far, with a few different magazines in the Top Grossing charts on the iPad. We'll see how well individual issues do over the course of the next few months, but the new deal for subscribers seems to be gold.

    The first free-to-subscribers issue from Times Inc. is this week's People Magazine, with the rest of the titles to follow suit over the course of the month.

    [Source: Fortune]

    Newsweek for iPad Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Zach Sims on June 10th, 2010
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT NEWSWORTHY
    Newsweek makes an audacious claim with its iPad app but is unable to back it up.
    Read The Full Review »

    Marvel Comics Review

    + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
    By Chris Kirby on April 23rd, 2010
    Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A GOOD START
    Judgment Day has at long last come for the traditional paper comic book. Ok, so maybe that's hyperbole (something Stan "The Man" Lee would no doubt appreciate) but Marvel Comics for the iPad represents a significant step forward for digital comics. Chan
    Read The Full Review »

    Announcing the Nominees for the 2009 Best App Ever Awards

    Posted by Jeff Scott on January 2nd, 2010

    The nominations phase of the 2009 Best App Ever Awards has wrapped up and we are very happy to announce the final nominees.

    The nomination process lasted just under a month and saw 26,899 nominations for 3,839 different apps submitted to the site for the 56 different award categories. In addition to the public nominations, a committee of industry people and iPhone developers was gathered to help nominate apps. Five nominees from the public and five nominees from the committee were combined to come up with the nominees for each category.

    In addition, the 10 apps that had the most nominations are competing for the award of Best App Ever.

    Here are the 2009 Nominees!

    Best App Ever - The overall best app of the year. Nominees are the 10 apps that received the most nominations overall

    Voting page for Best App Ever: http://bestappever.com/v/bapp

    - 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Pus... from Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
    - Eliminate Pro from ngmoco, Inc.
    - Flight Control from Firemint
    - HOMERUN BATTLE 3D from Com2uS Corp.
    - Labyrinth 2 from Illusion Labs
    - MiniSquadron from MrFungFung
    - Pocket God from Bolt Creative
    - Real Racing from Firemint
    - Tweetie 2 from atebits
    - iBlast Moki from Godzilab

    Most Innovative App - The most innovative app on the iPhone OS platform

    Voting page for Most Innovative App: http://bestappever.com/v/iapp

    - 2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Pus... from Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
    - Dragon Dictation from Nuance Communications
    - Email 'n Walk **As seen on the BBC*... from Phase2 Media
    - I Am T-Pain from
    - Moodagent – Automatic Playlist DJ... from Syntonetic
    - Pocket God from Bolt Creative
    - Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite from Quickoffice, Inc.
    - RedLaser from Occipital
    - Storyboard Composer from Cinemek Inc.
    - Tweetie 2 from atebits

    Most Useful App - The app you just can't live without

    Voting page for Most Useful App: http://bestappever.com/v/uapp

    - Analytics App from AnalyticsApp.com
    - Document Scanner from Zirak s.r.l.
    - Ego from Garrett Murray
    - Instapaper Pro from Marco Arment
    - MoneyBook - finance with flair from noidentity
    - PDF Reader Pro Edition from iTech Development Systems
    - RSS Player Podcast Client from Alex Sokirynsky
    - Todo from Appigo
    - iStat - Sys Monitoring, Battery from Bjango
    - iXpenseIt from FYI Mobileware, Inc.

    Read on for the full list of nominees in all 56 categories.

    Current Top Nominees Announced for 2009 Best App Ever Awards

    Posted by Jeff Scott on December 22nd, 2009

    NOTE: Note that this is not the final list of nominees. Nominations are still open until 12/31. This are just the current leading nominees in each category based on public nominations. Thefinal list of nominees will be announced on January 1st, 2010.

    With less than two weeks to go to nominate apps, we're proud to announce some of the current top nominees for the 2009 Best App Ever Awards. The list below includes the top 5 nominees in each category organized alphabetically as chosen by the public. Remember that in the end there will be 10 nominees in each category with 5 coming from the public and 5 from a list of industry experts.

    We've already received over 13,000 nominations for over 2,300 different applications. The turnout has been fantastic. Don't see your favorite app on the list? There's still time, head on over to http://bestappever.com and nominate your favorite apps.

    Click on an app title below to go to that category nomination page. Or, click here to start nominating other apps. Nominations are open through 12/31/2009 and voting for the winners will start on 1/1/2010.

    Current Top Nominees -- nominations open through 12/31/2009

    Most Innovative App

    2Do: A Stunning To Do List with Push and Sync by Guided Ways Technologies Ltd
    Finger Physics by PressOK Entertainment
    Parallel Kingdom AOE by PerBlue Inc
    Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite by Quickoffice, Inc.
    Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.

    Most Useful App

    Convertbot by Tapbots
    MoneyBook - finance with flair by noidentity
    Quickoffice Mobile Office Suite by Quickoffice, Inc.
    Todo by Appigo
    iStat - Sys Monitoring, Battery by Bjango

    Read on for the full list of top nominees.