ProtectStar iShredder Pro: A Vicious (Deletion) Cycle

ProtectStar iShredder Pro - ProtectStar Incorporated

Price: $4.99
Rating:

ProtectStar iShredder Pro iPhone Video App Review


ProtectStar iShredder Pro for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

ProtectStar has graced our site before, last time with their free version of ProtectStar iShredder, a high-quality data-deletion app for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. They told us it was coming, and lo and behold, ProtectStar iShredder Pro has finally landed, bringing with it even more security options and innovations.

Functionality

A little known fact about iOS is that, when a user removes an app’s data, the unwanted information is not immediately deleted. Instead, the iPhone’s system marks that chunk of data for deletion and overwrite, meaning sensitive information from nonexistent iPhone apps lingers around until another iPhone app comes along and boots it out. This isn’t a big deal for most personal users, but if you’re a corporate executive carrying vital information on your iDevice, knowing that your finances are in secure shape is essential.

What ProtectStar iShredder Pro offers is the ability to overwrite all flagged data, replacing all those compromising bits of information with comfortable zeros. The app offers a multitude of ways to get the job done, using just about every algorithm you can think of. If you aren’t familiar with the German BSI/VS-ITR Standard or HMG InfoSec don’t worry—the app’s excellent in-house documentation will explain everything. Once a deletion method is selected, ProtectStar iShredder Pro takes off, erasing data in multiple passes until it’s finished. It’s worth nothing that, though the app is thorough, it’s not entirely efficient. Even on the simplest algorithm, ProtectStar iShredder Pro still takes quite a while to clean out your data. This may be unavoidable, and the app can ran in the background, but your iDevice will still be occupied for quite a while.

 

Read more »

Share

Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of The Week

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Another week comes to a close here at t the iPhone App Review, and what a week it was! We’ve looked at so many great iPhone apps and iPad apps this week that our App Reviewing  fingers are pulsing. But don’t think we’re done just yet: We’ve got our Top 5 App Roundup for the week ready to go, but first here’s a sneak peak at some of the stellar reviews we did this week!

This Week’s Stand-Out Apps

It was a productive week all-around here at the iPhone App Review—literally! We showed you how to do some retro math using RetroCalc, up your professional organizational skills with Next! and HQ, and even become a walking Webster with Hyper Facts. It wasn’t all work and no play, though: This week brought us some great games, like SpaceArena and Crazy Bunny.

That does it for our Sneak Peek of the week, but as promised, we aren’t finished just yet! Check us out after the break for an in-depth look at our Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week.

Top 5 iPhone and iPad Apps of the Week

Roger Ebert's Great Movies

Roger Ebert's Great Movies

 

Roger Ebert’s Great Movies – $ .99

Can’t decide what movie to watch this weekend? Want to hit the theater with a group of friends, but just can’t tell the garbage from the gems? No matter how you feel about him, Roger Ebert’s movie reviews are now in the bay and ready on the iPhone.

The much-lauded movie critic’s Roger Ebert’s Great Movies app is available for a whole dollar in the AppStore, and for that money you’ll get over 300 movie reviews. Written reviews range from old classics like “Casablanca” to modern gems like “The Hangover.” So if you’re unsure about what flick to spin this weekend, spend the dollar and cast out all cinema doubts—these films come recommended.

 

Read more »

Share

Phantom Probes: Things That Go Spinning In The Night

Phantom Probes - ENTERTAILION LLC

Price: Free
Rating:

Phantom Probes iPhone Video App Review


Phantom Probes Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

I have performed many iPhone app reviews, and I can attest that it is very rare for a totally unique concept to float its way into the AppStore: It seems like most ideas these days have been rehashed multiple times elsewhere. However,the Phantom Probes iPhone app, by developer Entertailon, is certainly an odd one, bringing with it a plethora of interesting ideas and fun gameplay that are non-existent elsewhere in the market.

Gameplay

Phantom Probes is, if anything, a puzzler. The iPhone app challenges you to discover a hidden object by hurling various probes (usually falling particles) at it. You’re also allowed to rotate the object using a spinner in the middle of the screen. By watching the way the various probes interact with the phantom shape, you must then pick the correct image from three shapes along the bottom. If you choose wisely, you pass on to the next level. If you choose poorly, you turn into dust and miss out on the Holy Grail—just kidding!

Phantom Probe’s game mechanic is unique in the AppStore to my knowledge. It’s actually quite fun, too, and can very often be difficult. The game gives you the option to turn on hints, which highlight parts of the shape when hit. With this aide off, it’s sometimes impossible to know for certain which shape you’re looking at, meaning you’ll be forced to make an educated guess. But though the tenseness inherent to the gameplay is exhilarating, there’s no reason to go back and play the levels again. The shapes do not change, and with no important scoring system to speak of, there’s simply not much incentive to go puzzling again.

 

Read more »

Share

Be a Walking Encyclopedia with Hyper Facts

Hyper Facts - A2rt

Hyper Facts app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $.99
Rating:

While some ad campaigns warn you against “link overload” the Hyper Facts iOS app from A2rt encourages you to go ahead and let the links take you where you want to go. This tap friendly encyclopedia iPhone app puts information at your fingertips.

Functionality:

I’m a habitual Googler. I Google words, people, dates, colors, artists, and songs all day. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it takes me a while to find what I am looking for. Now that Hyper Facts iPhone app is installed on my iOS devices, I might have to rethink my searching patterns. Hyper Facts is a unique encyclopedia of information, linked through relationships. So even if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, odds are you’ll still be able to find it. An example might help illustrate.

While performing my iPhone app review, I wanted to find a new band to listen to. So I typed in the name of a band I already listen to, Depeche Mode. After searching for Depeche Mode I was given a helpful summary of the band, their background, titles, link to their site and more. I also got a list of the topics Depeche Mode is sorted under. I clicked “British Electronic Music Groups” and got a list of other bands that fell under this heading. Presto.

Search for words under all topics or organize results by topic (person, location, event or work.) Allow Hyper Facts to use your GPS location to receive local information and highlights. Save items that you find to favorites to easily navigate back to them later. You can even sort through items by category and view Wikipedia articles. Consider it your very own mobile encyclopedia.

 

Read more »

Share

Nix your Naughty Notebook Habit with Ghostwriter Notes

Ghostwriter Notes - Michael Privat

Ghostwriter Notes iPad app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Price: $1.99
Rating:

There’s something special about picking out a new notebook. The paper has to be just right. The cover has to be special. Even size matters. There’s just one problem. Notebooks waste paper, a big ecological no-no. You can banish eco-shame with Ghostwriter Notes from Michael Privat, a feature-rich, guilt-free, iPad app with all the bells and whistles.

Features:

I am taking the paperless plunge for my iPad app review of Ghostwriter Notes. It only took me a few minutes to start enjoying my decision. Instead of carting a big ole notebook around, having to hunt for a pen in my gargantuan handbag then scribbling frantically to make sure I don’t forget what I wanted to write down, I just push a button and am instantly transported to note taking heaven with Ghostwriter Notes.

Creating a new virtual note pad is easy. You can name it anything you would like, and customize the look (more about that after the cut). Ghostwriter Notes allows you to take notes using your finger on an ultra-responsive digital page, by using the iPad’s keyboard or by using an iPad approved stylus. Add unlimited pages and notebooks to your Ghostwriter Notes shelf. Import and export documents to edit. You can even send Ghostwriter Notes documents to a wireless printer.

In other words, Ghostwriter Notes iPad app is a full service note taking machine and eco-healthy to boot. Anything I want to do on a regular notebook, I can do here.

 

Read more »

Share

RetroCalc: Nostalgic Mathematic Gold

RetroCalc - futuremedia

RetroCalc iPad app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

 

Price: $.99
Rating:

Even if you are a level 60 mathlete, eventually you will need a calculator on your iPad. Instead of performing a perfunctory search in the App Store and downloading the first humdrum numbers iPad app you come across, do it like a Boy Scout, be prepared. Download the RetroCalc app for iPad from futuremedia and take a stand against boring calculator apps everywhere.

Features:

While the word “retro” got me all twitterpated in a hurry, I was determined to withhold my iPad app review nod of approval until I knew if RetroCalc had the juice. What good is a calculator app if it doesn’t crunch the numbers? Thankfully, all the functions of a classic calculator were there, and they were dressed to impress.

RetroCalc iPad app has 12 different classic calculator layouts uploaded. I’m talking about anything from a Fujita Sendai BC1010 to a Texas Instruments 1250. A simple flick of the finger will guide you through your calculator skin options. While each calculator has a different layout and feel, most of the options are standard. In addition to basic addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, these calcs have true order of operations, memory functionality, 17-digit scientific notation, calculate square roots with ease and a lot more.

 

Read more »

Share
Pages: Prev 1 2 3 ... 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 ... 743 744 745 Next