iPad App of the Week: The Official Masters Tournament

The Masters Official iPad app

iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday.

This week’s pick is The Official Masters Tournament, the 2014 of the official app covering The Masters – the opening major of the year with the final rounds being played this weekend.

This has always been one of the very best sports apps on the iPad, and this year’s edition is no exception.

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Fire and Brimstone Are Good Things In This Tilt to Live 2 DLC Trailer

Brimstone Pinball

Tilt to Live 2 is a manic game. You gain high scores by tilting the iPad to dodge between swarms of enemies to reach power-ups, which then demolish the swarms that were chasing you. It’s kind of like Pac-Man, but with more satellite laser cannons.

One of the game’s very best power-ups is Brimstone, which acts like your own personal, nudge-able comet of death. Brimstone has a high skill ceiling because you’ve got to aim it properly, bounce it off the walls to increase combo multipliers, and it only lasts for a few seconds. It’s one of my favourite power-ups in the game, and it appears that I wasn’t the only one who thought so, because TTL2′s first DLC pack is based on the idea of Brimstone Pinball.

This new mode will provide you with a single brimstone ball and a set of completely new enemies to weave around. The brimstone no longer burns out on its own, so there are much bigger opportunities to gun for some incredible high scores.

There’s no word on an exact release date, but developer One Man Left says that it’s landing some time this April for $0.99.


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Timely Price Drop: 1Password for iPad on Sale at 50% Off

1Password for iPad

1Password is a superb password vault / password manager app – for iPad, iPhone, Mac, and Windows. It’s on sale right now at a full 50% off – down from $17.99 to $8.99. This sale has a very particular theme –it is titled ‘Heartbleed Sale’.

Of course this is a week where we should all be giving a great amount of thought to how we handle our passwords – as it’s the week where we’re learning about Heartbleed, which has been described as the worst bug ever on the internet. It has also been described like so by leading security expert Bruce Schneier:

“Catastrophic” is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.

If you haven’t already done so, its worth reading up about Heartbleed and figuring out which of the sites and services you use have been affected by it – and changing your passwords at an appropriate time.

And to look for a good password manager app if you don’t already have one.

Here’s an App Store link for 1Password; it’s a universal app that is designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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Notable New iPad Apps – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Family Guy Quest for Stuff iPad app

Fox’s hit animated comedy show ‘Family Guy’ has a brand new iPad game in the App Store – Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff.

Here’s a slice of the App Store description for the game:

After another epic battle with the giant chicken, Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog! Play for FREE and rally your favorite FG characters (even Meg) to save the city in a hilarious new adventure from the writers of Family Guy. Or don’t, and regret it forever!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT ONLY ON THE APP STORE: Play the “Fool’s Gold” quest line to help Peter realize his dream of becoming filthy rich! ONLY available for players on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices!

If the game is 10% s funny as the show then it would still make for a hilarious bit of entertainment on the iPad. I installed it this morning just to take a quick peek – and I have to say the imagery and animations are pretty impressive.

Here’s what’s not so impressive to me right off the bat – the game is free but offers (or more like nearly demands) In-App purchases that range from $1.99 all the way up to $99.99. I’m a Family Guy fan and the game looks fun after just a few minutes with it, but I just can’t stand games that are almost immediately nagging you to pay up to move through them quicker – especially when there are In-App purchases at the huge numbers that are in this game.

Here’s an App Store link for Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff. I’m sure we have plenty of Family Guy fans here – what do you think of this game, and any iPad game with iPad In-App purchases at the $50 and 100 levels?

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Review: Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition for iPad

The Jot Script is the joint effort between Adonit and Evernote to create the ultimate pen for Penultimate. The Script offers two major advantages over most other styli: the PixelPoint tip and Bluetooth connectivity. The PixelPoint tip makes it much easier to see where your strokes will end up on the iPad’s screen. Other styli [...]

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Brainfeed for iPad: Paying for free content

Apps like Brainfeed frustrate me somewhat. It’s a great looking app, but it has some content issues. The idea behind Brainfeed is that it serves up educational videos in a variety of topics, some of which are free to view, but most of the videos require an in-app purchase in a variety of tiers, the [...]

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“Quitting Apps in iOS Can Actually Worsen Battery Life” – If This is Accurate, then It’s the Best Advert Yet for More RAM in iOS Devices

Thorin Klosowski has a piece up at Lifehacker where he states that quitting apps in iOS can actually worsen battery life – and quotes a former Apple Genius Bar tech on the subject: Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse [...]

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