Very handy way to discover apps that have gone wild and most importantly FREE, check out the web-site freeappalert from either your iPhone/iPod touch or PC. The site also has the usual tracking services (RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and subscription via e-mail alerts. You never know when you might find that rare free gem that you were prepared to pay 99 cents for...
Tomorrow, Friday the 21st is the last day in our Turbo Subs giveaway, so don't wait to add your comments here (or to the previous-related posts) to win an iTunes code. Check out Eric's excellent review here, or read on for full contest rules/info. Winners will be announced this coming weekend.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.
Kim Komando, the popular syndicated radio host, has a great article on backing up your iPhone. You likely know that it's backed up automatically to your computer. But what would you do if you wanted to restore your files? Or if you bought a new phone and wanted to move your old data and settings to it? Or if you wanted to also have a backup on an external drive or remote server? Kim tells you all of this, and more. She begins by explaining the basics — the difference between synchronizing and backing up — and then gives a lot of useful information.
When I first looked at Take A Note ($4.99) I was interested in it as an educa tion tool since it has multiple options for taking notes; typing, using the voice recorder, snapping a photo or even your own doodles and drawings as such is an invaluable tool for any student. I found the layout to be well thought-out, and logical and I appreciated that visually it resembles a paper notebook, for me the visual queue with the functions was practical.
For me personally, Clickgamer hasn’t had the best track record with games on the iPhone. You can check out my review of Enigma to see what I consider a low point for them, but other titles such as IO, Tankz and Hacker Evolution didn’t really work for me, either. On the other hand, they’ve managed to have a few slam dunks, such as Dragon Panic, Gears Of Gravity and most recently Zombie Vs. Sheep. Thankfully, Touch Magic does a pretty good job of fitting into the later category. I think it’s missing one key feature, which I’ll get to in a bit, but what’s there is a nice take on puzzle games that I’ve not experienced before, and I quite enjoy it.
Fluent News is a new free app that aggregates news from many sources, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Plus, it claims to be the first app to let you do keyword searches across many sources. Version 1.1, released yesterday, adds the ability to save articles to a Saved section in the app. It also has in-app e-mailing so that you can send interesting news stories to your friends and colleagues — without leaving the application. You can also share news articles via Twitter and Facebook without leaving the app.
Eric wrote a complete and excellent review on his blog, so I decided to simply add my own succinct endorsement, and host a giveaway for this cool time management game. I have to say when I first saw the game start up, I was a little skeptical. I wouldn't want to run a real sub shop, but playing at it is admittedly pretty fun. Read on for blog contest rules and my added impressions of the game.
Multiplayer games (see my all-in-one roundup & bible
A brand new Scorched earth / Worms clone, KIL.A.TON, has just been released. It has lounge-based multiplayer (albeit, at the time of writing, it’s still empty, which may change in the future). A decent alternative to, for example, Star Hogs by IUGO and Iron Sight by Polarbit; particularly if you take into account that, in KIL.A.TON, you can have up to six players (while in Star Hogs “only” up to four, and, in Iron Sight, only two) . See THIS
for more info.
i.TV today announced the imminent availability of version 2.0. Already this app was promoted as "the only movie, DVD, and TV guide you'll ever need." Version 2.0 includes the "i.TV Remote Control Framework," which allows third parties to integrate functionality into i.TV. And the first to do so, is TiVo. You'll be able to use your iPhone to change the channel, fast forward, record, and play your favorite shows and movies with just a tap on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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Juggling school, work, volunteer activities and personal time is not easy. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for a better way to prioritize and manage my time. I recently received a review copy of the OmniFocus iPhone app (Omni Group (http://www.omnigroup.com) along with the OmniFocus desktop application for Macintosh. After working through the tutorials and using the OmniFocus system for the last three month, I’m delighted to say I’ve found the perfect solution for me!
Push GMail notifications have arrived for the iPhone. While not a true Apple application like we might expect by now, a new App Store application named GPush fills the bill for GMail addicts.
For a mere $.99, you can install GPush and receive notifications when new mail arrives to your GMail account. Of course, if Apple does implement true push notifications in the near future, this app will be short lived. However, for those of you who have been waiting and really, really need to know when email arrives as it arrives, GPush is a simple and affordable solution.
MerckTech has released a new pix annotation tool called iVandal, that will let you deface photos and save the changes. You can then share them with your friends. Fun for all ages! Link above, so go check it out...
I love apps that not only are useful, but make me feel good. The Real Miracles app fits the bill perfectly. This app supports The Children’s Miracle Network, which is one of the leading children’s charities in the world that helps in fundraising efforts for 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. With this app, you easily find out more information about The Children’s Network, the children it is helping, or local Children's Miracle Network hospitals. Making a donation is easy: you can use your Paypal account or simply add $5 to your phone bill with just a few clicks.
If you’re familiar with Cake Mania, your first impression of Turbo Subs is going to be “isn’t this Cake Mania in a sub shop?” In some ways it feels like it, though as far as I’m concerned that’s merely a testament of how well the Cake Mania format of game play works. Turbo Subs has its own atmosphere, its own set of challenges, and its own rewards. Best of all, it’s just as fun as Cake Mania. Game play can get quite frantic, but in the end it’s all worth it and the game is a delight to play.
I wrote about the app 4Track in a print issue of iPhone Life. It’s an excellent, easy to use multi-track recorder with each track having volume, mute and solo controls. Audio files can be uploaded to your computer through WIFI. Even with using the built in microphone on the iPhone, it's been a handy tool.
AreaCellphone.com has posted a fun list of the 10 most idiotic iPhone apps. They range from Poop the World (which lets you keep a public record of where you've, aah, well, you know) to Hold On (which lets you see how long you can hold your finger on a button on the screen).
It's astounding that the pace of new apps only seems to be accelerating — and on track to reach 100,000 by the end of this year. I wonder if there's ever been anything like it. And of course it makes you wonder if all these people can make money. Recently there was a great article in The Guardian about the App Store — it's history, the goofy apps that have taken off (such as iFart), the wide range of apps, how free apps bring in money from advertising, how app development tends to foster creativity, the rising popularity of lifestyle apps and the relative decline of games, and the stumbling blocks that may hinder progress in the future. Highly recommended.
Following up on my discussion of the Where To? app, I wanted to mention Urbanspoon, a free app for finding nearby restaurants that appears to be quite popular. It uses GPS to find a restaurant near you. And you can filter the results according to price, type of food, and neighborhood. You can also access reviews of these establishments from newspapers, bloggers, and other diners.