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Apps: Entertainment

i.TV Bounces Back, but is the App Store a Stove Pipe?

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 i.TV is one of my favorite apps... The reason is that I hardly ever watch TV. You see, because I'm a cable remote dummy, it takes me forever to find shows/channels. It's great to be able to quickly pull up an easy to navigate listing, even tune in previews and rent movies right from my iPod touch. The app had some recent challenges with stability evidently, and it's top rating suffered as a result (was even pulled from the store at one point). It then took a double-wammy due to a problem with Apple's download services (erroneously sending an old version).



iSpy - Web Cams

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iSpy - Web Cams is a very cool app that can be used for fun and/or education. See live web cam shots from around the globe - even control some of the cameras!!

The sun is slowly setting right now somewhere on Earth. Watch it as it slowly dips below the horizon line. Then switch views and gaze upon the sun reemerging on the opposite side of our great planet.



Meow, meow, meow!

I must admit that some of the most fun I have with my iPhone also requires a cat. Or three. Yes, I have no fewer than four apps that meow and make other cat sounds. That sounds a bit weird, but if you're a cat owner (or a cat owns you), there's lots of fun to be had with such apps. See, cats may think they're really smart, but in reality few cats understand how an iPhone works. So if there are meow sounds and there are no other cats around, that is certain to raise a few whiskers.



Christmas Card Email App

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The Christmas Card App by Equinux is a fun app, but very limited creatively.  You are able to choose your picture to place in a ready made frame.  The picture can be adjusted and zoomed.  Text can be changed, however the note area at the bottom is very small and can't be centered.  The card comes through fine on email - but when attempting to copy or save image the greeting line is not saved.  Forwarding the email results in gibberish and HTML code splashed all over the place.  Any text written at the bottom of your email bleeds into the card.



A mooooving experience is more than meets the eye

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Some might call it a pointless app, but I call it moooooving!  That’s right Erica Sadun’s app Moo (free) is an iPhone / iPod Touch version of the old school “moo box” open up the app and you see the image on the left, turn your iPhone upside down and out comes the moo.  After goofing around with this app for a bit I found I could actually make a pretty good Formula One gear shifting sound if I shook my iPhone. 



BLACK FRIDAY App Deals!

Tis the season for great deals, and I just learned that EA is putting a ton of apps on sale!

Here's the list.  A quick way to see all of EA's apps is to click here - http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/electronic-arts/id284800461

Also, if you'll forgive the self-promotion, some of my own apps are on sale!  AutoRingtone PRO (normally $1.99) is half-price, at $0.99 and AutoRingtone MUSICAL Edition is FREE!  Check 'em out at http://www.AutoRingtone.com!

 



Blower — use your iPhone to blow out candles

Check out this 1-minute video. A guy uses his iPhone to blow out candles, via the Blower app.

 

It's kind of silly, but fun to see that it actually works. App is $0.99, but the reviews say that it doesn't work that well. 



iTunes App Store undergoing subtle but significant changes... with some difficulty

 If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.

  1. New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
  2. Updates are not included in the New Releases

This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.

The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems.  It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page.  That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.



Orb lets you stream content from your computer to your iPhone

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Orb sounds pretty neat, though I haven't yet tried it. They just released their software for the Mac yesterday, having been available for Windows for some time. According to their press release, the free Orb application and service enable the streaming of any media type from computers running Windows or the Mac OS, to any other internet-connected device including laptops, mobile phones, and even TVs connected to a game console. You're able to access all your music, photos, and video anywhere, anytime, without first having to download content to your iPhone or iPod touch.



Deadly apps for Halloween

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Free Halloween Sounds  (free) is just plain fun, what it is is fifteen free spooky sound effects (bats, ghosts, chainsaws, creaky floors, etc) and a spooky soundtrack you can play in the background.  To kick it up a notch just get a mini jack to 1/4" stereo jack and plug it into your sound system for Halloween and really give the kids a fright!  I've been playing with this thing so much even my son is getting tired of it, and he's 7! 



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