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Review: Titxa is a powerful, multifeatured study tool, for all education levels

Titxa combines a number of hugely useful tools for students into a single, streamlined interface that is a breeze to use. From coordinating notes with other students to tracking the PDFs, PPTs, and other documents distributed by course instructors, Titxa allows students to do just about everything for a single course on their iPad.

When you set up Titxa for the first time, there is an easy-to-follow tutorial that points out all of the major features and when they are most useful. This shows the first success of this app -- the extremely focused and easy-to-use interface. From entering new … Read more

Review: Attachment Tamer for Mac makes it easier to add attachments to e-mails

Attachment Tamer for Mac makes Apple Mail attachments like photos and graphics easier to handle, and also uses HTML formatting to improve readability for recipients. A basic, accessible app, it does what it promises but it can be slightly annoying, at times. Still, it's worth trying out.

One of the first things that you notice about Attachment Tamer for Mac is a window soliciting the purchase of the full version of the app. This annoying window keeps reappearing each time you open the app, even if you've dismissed it before. The app doesn't have a feature-packed menu … Read more

Review: Discover and store your family history with MacFamilyTree for Mac

MacFamilyTree for Mac helps you research and record your family history information and turn it into charts, reports, or an amazing 3D Virtual Tree. Its visually appealing interface and Web search integration differentiates it from other similar apps, making it a good choice for any genealogy enthusiast. The standard GEDCOM format is supported for both import and export of data.

MacFamilyTree's sleek, streamlined interface will help you get started in no time, and if you ever need assistance, the comprehensive Help file will provide it. You begin by creating a new family tree and adding relatives and their photos … Read more

Review: Cut and Paste crops photos onto stock image backgrounds

Cut and Paste is a free photo editing app for iOS that allows the user to crop out the subject of any photo, usually a person, and place them on a stock photography background. Cut and Paste has a few glitches, is difficult to master, and has too many advertisements, but may still satisfy a few user urges.

While Cut and Paste is free, it only comes with animal backgrounds, which limits the functionality of the app right away. It also triggers an advertisement after every few editing stages, and the advertisements take up the whole screen, pop up suddenly, … Read more

Review: Fuzz Alert Speed Trap provides user-curated notifications of local speed traps

Fuzz Alert Speed Trap is a hybrid game/real-time user-feedback system to alert users of speed traps; and while it is impossible to verify, it worked as advertised in our tests. The known speed traps near our testing site were noted on the app, and the verification system seems to reward users for accurate notations, while trying to minimize the number of false reports and verifications.

The app instantly opens to your current location, using the GPS tracking in your phone to match you to the map. It will then show the nearest speed trap to you. Zoom out and … Read more

Review: Solve a mystery and escape from a creepy house with Can You Escape

Can You Escape packs colorful graphics and challenging gameplay into a mystery adventure game. While creepy settings and the occasional ghost make for an entertaining game, there are several aspects of the application that need attention.

Can You Escape installs two separate game icons on your home screen. The game also changes the home page of your Internet browser. In addition to these two annoyances, there are also pop-up notifications, which promote other applications from the developer, as well as pushed advertisements that often appear during the game, which are quite distracting. Upon startup, a small Flash animation displays a … Read more

Review: Video Downloader will download videos directly from Web sites to iOS

Video Downloader is a proprietary browser that allows you to find and download videos directly from almost any Web page you visit. There are certain limitations, the biggest of which is that it doesn't work on YouTube, but for most hosted videos, the app works well and the download times were generally very good in all of our tests. However, it does require you to have an iTunes account.

When you open Video Downloader, the browser defaults to a tutorial and FAQ page for the app. Here you can find answers to questions about how the app works, what … Read more

Review: Player for YouTube offers streamlined YouTube browsing

Player for YouTube is a third-party YouTube browser with log-in and upload features that, while well made, don't offer a lot more than the native YouTube app does. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you are looking for a solid third-party app that doesn't have all of the pushy bells and whistles of the official Google app -- but it won't be a good fit for everyone.

When you open Player for YouTube for the first time, you'll be greeted with familiar categories showing top videos, trending videos, top favorites, etc. Oddly, though, … Read more

Review: Sleep Talk Recorder is an audio recorder bogged down by issues

Sleep Talk Recorder is designed to record you as you sleep so you can listen back and hear what you were saying. The idea is enticing, but the execution here is messy in a number of ways and can lead to issues, either during recording or before and afterwards. From an overabundance of ads to a convoluted menu screen and interface, there are better options if you really want to record yourself while sleeping.

The core functionality of Sleep Talk Recorder is actually very straightforward. Tap the record button and it will start recording. During our tests it did not … Read more

Review: cMemory will show memory usage and allow you to reset it by button

cMemory is an attractive, easy-to-use, and very fast memory management tool for your iOS device that can be immensely useful for developers and power users, alike. The app offers only two major functions, but both are incredibly useful in certain situations and a must have for those that frequently find their device slowing down or who need to benchmark operation of certain apps.

When you open cMemory, a slickly-designed home screen will pop up showing you a few stats about your memory use, including current memory available, current memory being used, and total memory on board. You can tap the … Read more