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Republique review

Geared toward serious gamers, Republique aims to raise the bar for the stealth-action game genre on iOS.

Pros

Console quality: Taking full advantage of the latest generation of iPads and iPhones, Republique offers unparalleled graphic performance. With an immersive atmosphere and great voice acting, this is one of the most impressive games we have seen for iOS.

Inventive controls: Designing a touch-based stealth game is not an easy task. Republique found a good balance in the hardware's capability and incorporated it into the plot structure. Controlling Hope, our main character, requires a mixture of patience, timing, and daring.

Engaging … Read more

Protect your passwords with a free year of RoboForm Everywhere

In the wake of Heartbleed, netizens are scrambling to change their passwords. But then how do you handle the headache of remembering all those new passwords? RoboForm has the answer: one free year of RoboForm Everywhere, a $19.95 value.

A convenient password manager, form-filler, and bookmarking app, RoboForm Login eliminates the manual steps required to log in to online accounts. You keep your passwords and log-in info in RoboForm's encrypted cloud, and then you only have to remember one master password. RoboForm Everywhere applies the convenience of RoboForm Desktop to all your devices, even mobile ones. Compare the features below.… Read more

Whisper review

Whisper is a juicy little social app that lets you reveal anything -- private thoughts, sinful secrets, darkest desires -- anonymously, in a nonjudgmental environment. It's like a support group where nobody knows your name.

Pros

Awesome functionality: Whisper lets you create posts with the tap of a button. Then just type your post and let Whisper select an accompanying photo and font, which you can alter by searching for a picture, taking your own, and experimenting with included fonts. Whisper then adds the tags for you, but feel free to add or subtract some before posting.

Streamlined interface: … Read more

Convert images using Preview in OS X

There may be times when you might need to convert an image from one format to another on your Mac, either because of some requirement for a specific format, or to compress batches of images to save space.

Regardless of the specifics, if you need to convert images then you might find yourself considering expensive tools like Photoshop, or perhaps free open source projects like The Gimp as options for converting images; however, in doing so you will be overlooking a built-in option for doing this in Apple's included Preview program.

Single-image conversion Preview is Apple's utility for … Read more

7-minute workout app puts a personal trainer in your pocket

Aside from a weekly pick-up basketball game, I have not stuck with anything approaching regular exercise in my life. I have neither the time nor the inclination to join a gym, and any exercise program I devise at home seems to last only a week or two before it fades out and then stops altogether. Also, I hate jogging. Thankfully, I'm easily amused outdoors and can frequently be found skiing, skating, and biking in addition to playing tennis, touch football, and softball. (OK, softball doesn't count as exercise.) Despite my various athletic endeavors, I have never felt like … Read more

Papers, Please dominates IGF Awards at GDC 2014

Many great indie games and AAA titles featured at GDC 2014 were collaborative efforts from highly talented individuals. But Papers, Please proves that there is still room in the gamers' hearts for lone-wolf developers. With an usual narrative, Papers, Please captures the emotional toll of working as an immigration officer in a fictional dystopian country. Using detective skills and powers of observation, players can allow or deny refuge for immigrants trying to get into the nation of Arstotzka.

Lucas Pope drew from personal experience as an American living abroad and applied the skills he acquired at Naughty Dog working on … Read more

iOS 7.1 jailbroken but only on the iPhone 4

An enterprising hacker has jailbroken iOS 7.1, at least as seen on a YouTube video.

Posted by self-dubbed "insane programmer" winocm, the silent video shows a jailbroken iPhone 4 powering up in untethered mode. Winocm takes the phone from screen to screen and makes sure to hit the Settings screen to show that the phone is indeed running iOS 7.1.

So does this mean all iOS users running 7.1 can now jailbreak their devices? Apparently not.

A comment to the video from an account called "All things jailbreak" says the jailbreak works only … Read more

Facebook for iOS makes it easier to share selectively

I'm not an organized person. Planning is not my forte. Thus, Facebook expecting me to create a group to which I may later want to share a post or a photo is asking too much. With the latest Facebook for iOS update (version 8.0), I don't have to engage in such advanced preparations.

Now, when I go to share a status update, a photo, or a photo album on Facebook, I can select its audience on the fly. To do so from the Update Status screen, tap in the To field to bring up the Share With … Read more

Use Manilla to manage your bills on the go

Managing bills online can be a big hassle. Some banks offer a bill pay solution, but often times it's confusing and far from intuitive. Manilla, a free service first launched in 2011, wants to help make paying your bills and managing your money less of a hassle.

During the signup process with Manilla, you're able to add any utility, bank, credit card, health travel, and subscription accounts to the service.

Once you've added the appropriate accounts, Manilla will automatically monitor your bills and account balances for you. You'll then receive alerts to remind you when a … Read more

Convert audio to ringtones using OS X Terminal

Have you encountered a sound bite, or perhaps a full song, that you would like to use as an alert or ringtone on your iPhone? If so, then you can do so using a simple utility available in the OS X Terminal to convert into a tone for your iOS device.

The utility is called "afconvert," which stands for "Audio File Convert" and is a tool that Apple has included in OS X since 2003. As its name suggests, this tool allows you to specify one audio file and convert it to another format, managing bitrates … Read more