Jake Gaecke

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The Best Free iOS Apps for July 25, 2014

This week’s best free iOS apps include the latest TMNT game, called Rooftop Run. It’ll have you running and fighting through New York saving the day as only a group of adolescent mutated turtles can. Revolution 60 tasks you with regaining control of an orbital weapons platform. And the latest from Konami is called Swords & Poker Adventures. It’s a mix of poker and weapons.

Review: Scosche RHYTHM+ Armband Heart Rate Monitor

A heart rate monitor can help you determine whether you’re pushing yourself hard enough while working out. But are all heart rate monitors the same? Not exactly. The Scosche RHYTHM+ breaks from the usual chest strap and instead wants to hang out on your forearm. The RHYTHM+ measures your heart rate without hugging you to death by optically measuring blood flow. Sounds pretty cool, right?


The Best Free Apps for July 18, 2014

Do you listen to podcasts? Overcast is a new podcast playing app that does all the normal stuff, but it has some other interesting features that are definitely worth a look. If you’re looking for a new game to play, there are plenty amongst this week’s best free apps. Ingress is about a mysterious new energy that’s transforming the world around you, and Sonic fans are going to be excited for Sonic Jump Fever.

The Best Free Apps for July 11, 2014

if you’re a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series, you’ll certainly be happy to know the newly free-to-play Assassin’s Creed Pirates game headlines this week’s best free apps list. You’ll also want to want to check out the latest from Wizards of the Coast—Magic 2015—and yet another Angry Birds game: Angry Birds Star Wars II.


The Best Free Apps for July 4, 2014

On this 4th of July holiday in the U.S., the best free apps include Fates Forever (an online tournament free-to-play game that’s all about player vs. player battles) and SkySafari 4 (a must-have app that uses your iPhone’s GPS and accelerometers to help you identify stars, nebulae, galaxies and more). Also, an iTunes U update is coming soon, so grab the current version for free now.

The Best Free Apps for June 27, 2014

The best free apps include two awesome limited time freebies this week. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was an amazing movie, and now you can play as Captain America in the official game from Gameloft. The second limited time freebie is True Skate. It’s a bit of an older game, but it’s held up extremely well.

Review: Wahoo TICKR Run Heart Rate Monitor

If you’re looking to take your fitness more seriously, then you’re probably considering a heart rate monitor. The iPhone is a wonderful workout tracking device, but to really make sure you’re pushing yourself hard enough, you need a little bit more. Wahoo Fitness’s TICKR Run can track your heart rate, and it can do that “little bit more.”

The Best Free Apps for June 20, 2014

The best free apps this week include a lot for iOS gamers. Halfbrick, makers of Fruit Ninja, has decided to make a whole bunch of games free for a limited time. Fruit Ninja, Fruit Ninja Puss in Boots, Monster Dash, Age of Zombies—it’s all here and all free (for now anyway). If you have all of those games already, there’s Birzzle Fever, a match-3 style game. Plus Adobe released a slew of new apps. And there might just be a Ghostbusters game at the end of the list…

The Best Free Apps For June 13, 2014

Don’t let the fact that it’s Friday the 13th scare you; there are plenty of new free apps to be had. First up is yet another game from Rovio, makers of Angry Birds. This time it’s called Angry Birds Epic, and it’s an RPG. If you’re not into that sort of thing, maybe you’ll like EA’s new take on a mobile golf game. And finally, if you just want to kick back, relax, and take advantage of your Amazon Prime subscription to listen to ad free music, you’re in luck.

The Best Free Apps for June 6, 2014

Among our best free apps of the week are a very minimalistic game that challenges you to connect the dots, make bombs, extinguish flames and so much more, a simple game that’s extremely difficult (you’ve been warned), and a game that takes jousting pretty seriously. Also, want to know when’s a good time to take a restroom break during a movie?

The Best Free Apps for May 30, 2014

Tilt to Live and Tilt to Live 2 are two games all about, you guessed it, tilting. It’s a fast-paced frenzy to stay alive that’s sure to keep you occupied for countless hours. These games lend themselves to iOS devices perfectly, because the only controls are tilting your device. Of the best free apps you’re probably most excited about, however, is Infinity Blade II.

RHYTHM+ armband tracks heart rate without chest strap

Heart rate monitors are nothing new, but most of them require you to wear a somewhat uncomfortable chest strap. It’s certainly not ideal, but it puts the sensor about as close as it can get to the source. Scosche’s RHYTHM+ is a bit different. It measures blood flow and movement to monitor heart rate and track calories burned more accurately than a conventional chest strap.