“Still scrambling to wrap-up your holiday shopping craziness and can’t quite find the perfect gift for that favorite geeky person in your life? Don’t fret. We’ve got our fingers on the pulse of the coolest nerdy tech around. From the crazy to the clever, here’s a saucy selection of iPad gift geekery that’s bound to titillate that special someone who takes their iOS addiction very seriously.”
You don’t have to be a huge sports fan to be pumped about this year’s Olympics, and it’s officially kicking off tonight with what’s will no doubt be an extravagant opening ceremony. The 2012 London Olympic Games promises to be a landmark event, and we can’t wait to watch the grand showing of athleticism, camaraderie, and spirited competition unfold. If you’re on-the-go and can’t be in front of the TV to catch all the excitement — or simply want to dig deeper into the action — we’ve got your back with a selection of handy apps and websites to access on your iPad to make sure you don’t miss a beat of the Summer Olympics.
“Billed as the “Ukulele of the Future,” the cleverly named Futulele does indeed deliver on its high-tech premise. This easy-to-use ukulele simulator lets you rock out Hawaiian-style, whether you’re keen on busting out your best Tiny Tim impression or strumming more serious four-string grooves. As a virtual instrument, Futulele does a good job of emulating the real deal — right down to the way you hold your iPad on its side like an actual ukulele to play.”
“School is out for the year (or nearly so), and kids are more than a little antsy to get out in the sun and dive into a awesome medley of summer activities. While the distraction of friends, fun, and festivities is a welcome change of pace from pencils and books, it also tends to make their minds a little mushy as the year’s accumulated knowledge fades slightly. Of course, there are plenty of ways to continue learning through the hot summer months between school sessions without skimping on the fun. Not only will these apps entertain your kids, they’ll also help keep their noggins firing on all cylinders until the fall.”
“The process of keeping the mind sharp and punchy is a lot like going to the gym — except instead of lifting weights and working up a nasty sweat, some of us prefer to engage in a bit of clever wordplay to keep the brain firing on all cylinders. When mental gymnastics are preferable to good old-fashioned physical exercise, the App Store is a hot spot for hunting down the best puzzle games for getting the job done. Get ready to flex some mental muscle and scarf down some tasty word salad with these stimulating gaming apps for the orthographically inclined.”
“Smell that fresh, pungent aroma in the air? That’s the smell of gardening season rapidly approaching. Well, that and pollen allergies. Depending on your location, it might not quite be time to roll up your sleeves and dig your hands in the earth just yet. But if you’ve got tilling soil, planting seeds, and plotting out your veggie garden masterpiece on your mind, then the App Store has some cool picks to get those green thumbs twitching.”
“It’s always interesting to see an established game studio go out on a limb and delve into fresh territory that’s vastly different from its usual status quo. Well-known for making gory, ultra-violent, and intense AAA first-person shooters, Crytek’s first foray into mobile games is a jarringly cutesy, effervescent physics puzzler that’s heavy on the charm and light on the challenge. Though geared towards a younger audience, Fibble HD impresses with its clever gameplay and cool physics engine.”