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Hands On: Medibang Paint 6.0 (iPad)

11/25, 11:15am

App attempts to recreate the feeling of desktop artist programs on iPad

We're back with another art app for those of you who are still Goldilocksing their way to the perfect tool, trying to find the perfect balance between enough options and not too many options, one that has great tools, and works with the type of artist you are. Today, we're here to show you the illustrator-centric Medibang Paint, an app that attempts to give you the feel of a full art program in your iPad.


Hands On: Hootsuite 2.9.2 (iOS)

11/25, 7:21am

A dashboard for all your social media

You do spend far too long on Facebook -- hang on, we've just had a friend request -- and Twitter, and we have absolutely no problem with that. Well, time spent reading what your friends are up to is great, it's far quicker than phoning them up, or actually going to see them. Equally, reading the news on Twitter, or writing some brilliantly witty tweets, that's great. It's all the other faffing about, getting oneself to read and to write, that bothers us -- and that is where Hootsuite 2.9.2 comes in.


Hands On: Kit Aluminium Notebook Stand

11/24, 1:10pm

Sturdy, straightforward riser for your MacBook or iPad

UPDATE: MacNN has been contacted by TwelveSouth which alleges that the stand reviewed here is a copy of their Parcslope product. We're investigating.


Hands On: Curio 10 (OS X)

11/24, 7:21am

Comprehensive and powerful note taking app gets updated

You should probably get some coffee: this may take a while. We've previously reviewed Curio Express 9.4.7 and found it so swimming in features that it was hard to really grasp all that it can do and we ended up inadequately summarising it as a notetaking app. However, the Express one is like a Lite, cutdown edition and now there's the full-blown Curio 10. It has so many features it can't contain them all and needs to spill out into an extra, free Curiota 1.0.


Hands On: YouTube Creator Studio 1.6.21 (iOS)

11/23, 8:00pm

Manage your YouTube videos in one solid app

It used to be that all you needed to know about making YouTube videos was to forget every lesson you should've learned from years of watching broadcast-quality television –– and to be certain to begin every video with the words "Hey, guys, what's up" or similar. Get that licked and you were away in the wild west that was YouTube. It's still pretty crazy on the now-Alphabet video service, but the service wants to give you some solid tools for getting things right. You're on your own with video framing and audio but for managing your work like a pro, there is YouTube Creator Studio 1.6.21 for iOS.


Hands On: Snapimals 1.0.0 (iOS)

11/23, 10:57am

Grab your camera and your bug spray as you snag photos of elusive animals

If you haven't checked out Snapimals yet, maybe you should. It's one part Seabeard, and one part Pokemon Snap, which was a popular Pokemon-based photography game on the Nintendo Gamecube. The goal of Snapimals is to become the best wildlife photographer-slash-museum-designer in the whole world. How do you do this? By taking pictures of animals, of course!


Hands On: Ticket to Ride 2.0 (iOS)

11/23, 7:55am

Board game update gains portrait view, and goes universal

Back in February, we praised the game Ticket to Ride but apologized to the makers, because we didn't review it so much as review how people reacted to it. Specifically, we gave it to people who play games, and those who do not. We didn't judge them, we weren't "judging" TTR as the cool kids call it, we wanted to see how one game worked for fans and for total newcomers. Now it's been updated to Ticket to Ride 2.0, and we'd like to inform you that the world has changed.


Hands On: Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock

11/21, 8:00pm

Apple finally releases first-party dock for Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch was launched in April this year, Apple has only now released its own first-party dock for the device without any fanfare. Up to this point, Apple Watch users have been forced to look to third-parties for Apple Watch stands or docks, some of which we have taken a look at. Apple's approach differs from other offerings on the market, while the circular design of the new Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock has echoes of Apple's spaceship-like Campus 2, currently under construction.


Hands On: Carmen Sandiego Returns 1.0 (iOS)

11/21, 10:26am

Your favorite world-traveling villian is back, but she isn't better than ever

If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, you're probably familiar with Carmen Sandiego, the sassy, classy, and especially slippery thief who is known for stealing everything from artifacts to famous locations. If you've been a fan of The Lady in Red, or at least a fan of thwarting her plans, you should be excited to know that she's up to her old tricks in a new game. Today, we're checking out Carmen Sandiego Returns, an iOS game that features the antics of the Miss of Misdemeanor herself to see how the game holds up to the rest of the storied franchise.


Hands On: Bing 6.0 (iOS)

11/20, 1:56pm

There's a Bing app?

Not only is there a Bing app for iOS, but it is now Bing 6.0. That's a lot of revisions for a product you may not even have realized exists -- but then that could be the life story of search engine service Microsoft Bing. While Google remains a verb, and Bing barely enters the language, Microsoft has been improving it and this new version is very good.


Hands On: RCA Air Ultra Thin Digital Indoor Antenna

11/20, 8:53am

Ultra-thin indoor antenna offers 360 degrees of free broadcast HDTV goodness

Have you ditched cable TV in favor of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video? We did, but we're also the first to admit that we miss our local channels. If you also miss the comfort of broadcast TV, there's always the option to siphon them out of thin air as long as you're willing to spend a little money up front. Today, we talk about digital antennas - specifically, we'll take the time to show you the RCA Air Ultra Thin Digital Indoor Antenna.


Hands On: 1.1.1 (iOS)

11/19, 8:01pm

Eat or be eaten in this fast paced multiplayer game

Multiplayer games on iOS are somewhat of a rarity still, especially live-action multiplayer games. But we found one, and we're excited to show it to you. Allow us to introduce you to, a massively-multiplayer action game.


Hands On: Brian Cox's Wonders of Life 1.76 (iOS)

11/18, 11:01pm

Learn about animal biology, evolution, and biochemistry in this beautiful educational app

You should never stop seeking out knowledge, regardless of your age. A decade or two ago, information required a lot more legwork, but thanks to the era of the Internet, we've got tons of information at our fingertips. If you're interested in biology, we're going to show you an educational app sure to entertain and educate adults and children alike, Brian Cox's Wonders Of Life.


Hands On: Octodad: Dadliest Catch 1.0.13 (iOS)

11/18, 8:24pm

Control a six foot tall cephalopod as he attempts to fit in with the human race

We love silly games, which should be fairly obvious to regular readers at this point. We've checked out a ton of games that are on the "weird" side, and we're always excited to add more to that list. Today, we're here to talk about Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which is as heartwarming as it is bizarre.


Hands On: Oh My Giraffe 1.1.0 (iOS)

11/17, 6:45pm

Race across the grasslands and don't get eaten in this endless runner

How many times have you watched a nature documentary and found yourself rooting for the inevitably doomed herbivore? Don't you want to see the gazelle outrun the lion, or just once, turn around and give him a taste of his own medicine? Well, in Oh My Giraffe, you can take control of your own digital grasslands herbivore and play to outsmart those cocky carnivores.


Hands On: Progress to 100 1.1 (iOS)

11/17, 3:12pm

Silly puzzle game has you singing, jumping, and shaking to get through 100 action-packed levels

Puzzle games are fun, right? Of course they are! And it's a broad genre, but for the most part they tend to be fairly stationary games. There are some titles out there, though, like the Warioware and Mario Party series that feature some interactive puzzles and arcade games, but largely require a group of people to play them. So what's a puzzle lover to do? That's easy, you grab Progress to 100, an action-based puzzle game for iOS.


Hands On: Haunt the House: Terrortown 1.4.1 (iOS)

11/13, 5:35pm

Live out your spookiest fantasy, scare the pants off unsuspecting humans

Ghosts are an enigma. They mostly go around trying to scare people, and aside from Casper, when's the last time you heard of a friendly ghost? After playing Haunt the House: Terrortown, we can't say we blame them for all the spookiness, as it seems like quite a bit of fun.


Hands On: Vrse 1.9.7 (iOS)

11/13, 2:27pm

Step into a virtual world with professionally filmed, 360-degree videos

Once upon a time, the concept of virtual reality was pretty far-fetched, but thanks to things like Google Cardboard and the Oculus Rift, it's finally arrived. App developers have taken notice as well, creating and collecting content specifically for full immersion, and we couldn't be happier. Today we're checking out Vrse, aN app that allows you to enjoy immersive video.


Hands On: Lumino City 1.7 (iOS)

11/12, 7:12pm

Charming adventure game presents engineering puzzles in the big city

If you're a fan of point-and-click adventures, you're in luck. Today we're here to feature what might be our favorite point-and-click game for iOS that we've come across yet. We're talking about Lumino City, an impressive little adventure game set in the eponymous magical city.


Hands On: Leonardo's Cat 1.0.1 (iOS)

11/12, 3:28pm

Challenging puzzle game for kids offers fun for adults as well

We've covered a lot of children's apps in these parts, but generally they tend to fall into two broad categories: educational or simulation-role playing. There's not a lot of games that are designed for elementary age kids to just enjoy for the sake of playing a game. That's why we were excited when we heard about Leonardo's Cat, a game that is designed to be challenging and fun for any puzzle-loving kid.


Hands On: Edifier H650 On-Ear Headphones

11/12, 1:35pm

Compact, tangle-free on-ear headphones for those who don't love in-ear

If you've ever traveled with headphones, you know how much of a pain it tends to be. Sure, you could snag a pair of in-ear earbuds, but if you prefer on-ear headphones, that's probably not much of a compromise. Fortunately, Edifier has stepped up to the plate to create their on-ear, travel-friendly H650 headphones, and we wanted to see how they'd stack up to our bulkier, not-so-travel-friendly headphones.


Hands On: Firefox 1.1 (iOS)

11/12, 12:41pm

The browser comes to iPhone and iPad for some reason

Firefox 1.1 is now available for free on iOS and it brings you, er, um, well. Give us a minute. There must be something. Got it. Firefox is -- no, that's not it. Hand on heart, all we can think of is that if you're a fan of Firefox on the Mac, you'll enjoy having something that looks and works like it on your iPhone and iPad -- just don't think that its equivalent to Firefox on the desktop.


Hands On: AirServer (PC/Mac)

11/11, 10:17am

Stream video directly from your iPhone and iPad to your computer

Have you ever wondered how so many people have figured out how to record their iPad and iPhone screen? Have you ever wanted to walk a group of people through a new app? Are you a developer looking to make a quick tutorial on how to use their app? Never fear, we've found a super quick, super easy way to do all these things, by utilizing an app called AirServer.


Hands On: Pandemic - The Board Game (iPad)

11/10, 8:00am

Brutal board game pits you and up to four friends against pathogens

You've probably noticed that we're fans of board games here, and we especially love the convenience of the iPad ports of physical games we've been playing for years. One such port that we finally got around to playing is Pandemic - The Board Game, a game we've appreciated in physical form for a long time, and have wanted to see how it ported over to iPad.


Hands On: Gentlemen Ricochet 1.01 (iOS)

11/09, 7:56am

Physics puzzle combines air hockey and mini golf into fun skill shot game

We're big fans of physics puzzles like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, even though they're not exceptionally rare these days. There's something fun about relaxing with a game that requires you to do a bit of thinking. That's the idea behind the skill-shot game we'd like to talk about today, named Gentlemen Ricochet.


Hands On: Final Fantasy: Record Keeper 4.0.6 (iOS)

11/06, 7:51am

RPG fans rejoice in knowledge of a Final Fantasy mobile title that is actually good

The Final Fantasy franchise is huge, and with FF7 getting a remake, we thought it'd be a good time to talk about one of our favorite mobile Final Fantasy titles. Today we're here to show you Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a game that manages to encompass what the Final Fantasy series is about in a compact form.


Hands On: Cosmos - Infinite Space 1.0 (iOS)

11/04, 12:07pm

Arcade shooter offers up classic nostalgic gameplay

If you grew up playing arcade games through the 1980s and 1990s, you probably spent a fair amount of time flying through space, shooting enemy spaceships and saving the day. These sort of shooters may not be as prominent today, but thanks to mobile gaming they've seen a surprising comeback. Today, we bring you a shooter that feels like it would be equally at home in an arcade cabinet as it would be in your iPhone: Cosmos - Infinite Space.


Review: Booq Shadow Messenger Bag

11/04, 9:15am

Stylish bag features tough, all-natural material, custom hardware

Ah, the humble messenger bag. The preferred method of tech-transportation of students and working professionals alike. So sturdy. So reliable. And frequently, they're pretty downright boring to look at. That's where Booq comes in, with the ultra-stylish Shadow, a bag that is designed to carry all your stuff, and look good while doing it. Check out our full review to see what we thought about it!


Hands On: Minecraft: Story Mode 1.1 (iOS)

11/03, 11:55am

Everyone's favorite mining simulator finally gets a story

We've been fans of Minecraft since the old days, and we mean the "small, medium, large" map days. We also mean the "no biomes" days. We mean way back, when the game didn't have an endlessly-generating map or multiplayer days. So when we heard Minecraft was getting a single-player, narrative-based game, we immediately turned up our noses. However, we decided to snag Minecraft: Story Mode to see if the game really lives up to all the hype it's been generating.


Hands On: Winterbells 1.1.3 (iOS)

11/02, 3:08pm

Winter-themed skill jumper is cute but challenging

We've spoken at length about Orisinal games here before, often citing how they're the perfect mix of cute visuals and challenging single-player arcade mechanics. Today, we're going to look at a game that's rapidly going to be season-appropriate, at least for us northern-hemisphere folks: Winterbells, a skill-jumping game that's as addictive as it is adorable.


Hands On: Boxy the Box 1.0.1 (iOS)

11/02, 10:12am

Endless runner has you squishing opponents and dodging holes

If there's one genre we're experts in by this point, it's got to be the endless runner. We've tried out dozens of them, honing our skills, dodging obstacles and collecting points. We're back to show you one more today. Boxy the Box is an adorable endless-runner style arcade game about -- you guessed it -- a box.


Hands On: JimmyCase iPhone Wallet Case

11/02, 7:46am

Phone case proves sometimes the most simple solutions are best

We hate carrying a lot of things in our pockets. Keys, phone, wallet -- after a while, it just becomes physically uncomfortable and looks pretty sloppy as well. Why not have your iPhone work double duty? That's why we snagged a JimmyCase, an iPhone case that allows your phone to act as a wallet.


Hands On: Fourth-generation Apple TV

10/30, 11:24am

Our initial impressions with Apple's new set top box in our living room

If it's October, it must be pumpkin spice everything time, and Apple release season. Unsurprisingly (given the preponderance of rumors) Apple released a new version of the Apple TV this year, and it started shipping today. This new generation of Apple TV doesn't yet have a unified TV subscription service, but it does have Apple's A8 processor, and a new TV-specific app ecosystem. We gave it to our resident Apple TV fiend to beat on in his living room -- read on for his first impressions of the new set top.


Hands On: Almost Impossible 1.0 (iOS)

10/30, 10:37am

Gorgeous platformer is difficult but thoroughly enjoyable for those who like a challenge

We've talked platformers here before a number of times. Most of the time, we end up discussing the storyline-based platformer that makes up for iffy mechanics with narrative. Today, we've found a platformer that is all skill, wrapped up in a perfectly-designed package. Today, we're going to talk about Almost Impossible.


Hands On: Toca Life School 1.0 (iOS)

10/29, 7:53am

Cute app for kids puts them in charge of their own school

If you're a parent, you've probably had those moments where you've had a bored kid on your hands and couldn't keep them entertained, which is always certainly a recipe for trouble. What if there was a great way to keep them entertained with something designed especially for them? If you've got a busy kid who needs something to do, we've got a great app for them to check out: the brand new today Toca Life: School.


Hands On: My Little Cook: I Bake Delicious Cakes 1.1 (iOS)

10/28, 8:14am

Give your pint-sized chef some practice with this cooking app for kids

Do you have a little chef-in-the-making at home, always begging to help you cook in the kitchen? Wouldn't it be nice if there was something that could entertain them when you don't have the time to be cooking with them? Well, it turns out there is: My Little Cook: I Bake Delicious Cakes is an app designed to help kids practice their kitchen skills.


Hands On: Costume Quest 1.03 (iOS)

10/27, 2:52pm

Arm yourself against goblins, witches, and collect a seriously crazy amount of candy

Do you remember trick-or-treating when you were a child? Do you remember the rush you got, going from house to house, collecting candy? Here's where it gets a little iffy: do you remember the thrill of defeating your first goblin and rescuing your twin? That's the stoyline of Costume Quest, a super-sweet JRPG-lite that we just checked out.


Hands On: Apple's Notes 4.0 (OS X, iOS)

10/27, 1:50pm

So, hang on, is this competition for Evernote or Pages?

We're all for Apple disrupting industries but, honestly, we were fine here. No disruption needed, but we got it anyway. You got Pages if you wanted to write anything serious, you got Microsoft Word if you had to, and you used Apple Notes if you didn't know any better. It was ever thus -- until now. As of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, we have Apple Notes 4.0 and it is just about world-changing. The only problem that, possibly not your world, though.


Hands On: iLovecraft 1.0.1 (iOS)

10/27, 9:41am

Settle in with a collection of beautifully illustrated spooky stories

Spooky stories aren't just for Halloween and camp fires, though admittedly those are some of the best places to enjoy a good scare. Regardless of where you enjoy your horror stories, we think that you should treat yourself to the best ones out there. That's why we like iLovecraft, an app book designed for those who want to spend their free time feeling creeped out.


Hands On: Undertale (Mac/PC)

10/26, 10:30am

Beautifully-written RPG is steeped in nostalgia and really bad puns

Good games aren't hard to come by these days. Thanks to the indie-game phenomena, we're blessed with good games on a fairly regular basis. Great games, however, are somewhat rare: games that truly stick with you, long after you're done playing them -- those are quite a bit harder to find. That said, we think we found one -- a plucky little RPG that seems to win over just about everyone who tries it. Yes, we're talking about Undertale, the RPG that has begun taking over the Internet.


Hands On: Pages 5.6 (OS X)

10/26, 7:30am

Apple updates its Mac word processor

After the big releases of OS X El Captain, iOS 9 and watchOS 2, Apple has been releasing smaller updates to its main applications, including Pages 5.6 for Mac. The new version looks very much like the previous, but it adds some new features (such as Split Screen) to exploit the latest Macs and OS X, plus we're finding that it has restored its previous quick and snappy feel.


Hands On: Please, Don't Touch Anything 1.0 (iOS)

10/25, 8:11am

An addicting game about disobeying the rules and big, red buttons

You get tired of following the rules, right? Sometimes you have that itch to turn around and disobey orders, for little or no reason. Don't touch the memory card while your game is saving? Touched. Don't walk on the grass? Walked on. Don't go swimming for 30 minutes after you eat? Challenge accepted. Fight the man, man! If you're looking to be reckless, we've got the perfect game for you: Please, Don't Touch Anything.


Hands On: Papers 3 3.3.3 (iOS)

10/25, 12:38am

Portable personal research library lets you find source papers on the go

If you're in college, you spend a lot of your time writing papers assuming you want to succeed. This is also true of scientists, humanitarians, and countless research-based jobs. Trying to organize all your source material is generally pretty difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Papers 3, a personal research library, is here to make your life a little easier, and we've been using it for a while.


Hands On: Alice in America 3.0 (iPad)

10/24, 3:13pm

Interactive book takes you on an adventure through America

You're probably familiar with Alice in Wonderland -- if not the original books, then certainly the Disney adaptation. We're big fans of Alice and her adventures, which is why we're so excited to show you our favorite new app-cum-book, Alice in America.


Hands On: Griffin Survivor Tactical Apple Watch Case

10/23, 2:17pm

If you must. I'm not sure I must. Must you?

There's a fair to excellent chance you read to the end of the name Griffin Survivor Tactical Apple Watch Case and your mind tripped up on the word "case". As in, it's a case? For an Apple Watch? When would you put it in a case? If, instead, your eye was caught by the words "survivor" or "tactical" then you are a manly man. You hunt in the woods or more likely you watch TV shows about hunting in the woods. Plus you know that with your rugged, military-fit lifestyle, you need a toughened case for your Apple Watch.


Hands On: Revenant Saga 1.0.3 (iOS)

10/23, 10:30am

Confusing RPG boasts story that makes little sense, but fantastic touch-oriented battle system

In our quest for the ideal JRPG, we've checked out quite a few of them for iOS. Sometimes we're impressed by stories, other times through battle and upgrade systems, but we still haven't found the perfect mix. Today, we return to check out another of the most well-known iOS RPG developer's titles. That's right, we're back with another Kemco game: another turn-based JRPG called Revenant Saga.


Hands On: RPG Maker MV 1.0 (OS X, Windows)

10/23, 9:00am

Quickly create your own RPGs and publish them for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android

Have you ever wanted to design your own game but lacked any knowledge of coding or spriting? Have you had an idea for a game you wanted to share with friends or family? Have you ever thought of selling a game on the App Store? If this sounds like you, then you might want to take a look at what we recently got our hands on: RPG Maker MV.


Hands On: Keyport

10/21, 8:38am

Company solves all your key-based problems with a tiny, plastic package

Good ol' fashioned lock-and-key mechanisms are currently some of the most convenient and decent home security measures you can take. But there's a lot of problems with keys as well: they're bulky, they're loud, they're prone to scratching the screen of electronics, and forget about trying to drop them in your pocket, unless you actually enjoy shanking yourself every time you sit down. Shouldn't there be another way, already? Well, it turns out there is -- the Keyport.


Hands On: Pricing (only in Apple Stores)

10/21, 2:45am

How Apple ditched iPad-based sales information

One of Apple's biggest customers for the iPad has abandoned it. Where every iPhone, every Mac, every Apple TV in the Apple Store used to have an iPad next to it listing prices and information, now none of them do. Instead, Apple has an app that puts all the same information onto the device itself. You're not thrilled, yet you have to admit it: you're curious to know how they work. We were recently in an Apple Store, trying not to look at the UK prices for iMacs. So we investigated a bit and -- cough -- took screengrabs that we may or may not have then AirDropped over to our iPhones.


Hands On: OmniPlan 3.0.2 (OS X)

10/20, 1:14pm

Powerful project planning app gets revamped

What we've said before is that if you as an individual have a lot of things to do, you should get a To Do manager. However, if you as your job have one single very big thing to do -- like build a bridge or run a conference -- you should look at project management software, too. It's sensible advice, but it hides the fact that PM software is always an order of magnitude harder to use than a To Do app. OmniPlan 3.0.2 does not take away the fact that you'll need time to learn it, but it does make that time shorter, and it does make you enjoy the learning.



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