Recent App Reviews
Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone. Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere. In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.
I actually got an iPhone 4, yesterday, a day early due to some lucky mail fluke. Today I tried FaceTime with blogger Todd Bernhard. Todd will probably write about it here and/or in our next issue. I also used the flash in the camera. I liked both features, although both have a ways to go. However, what I was most impressed with based on what I will get the most use of is the ebook reading experience.
The built-in Yahoo weather in iOS is okay, but if you are looking for something more robust--an app featuring satellite and radar map looping, METAR, trends, and more--you will want to check out Pocket Weather from SBSH Software.
Geardome's Ozone HD asks in its description, "Can a game be a piece of art?" In the case of Ozone HD, the answer is yes. While the art may be abstract and inspired from previous arcade puzzle classics such as Marble Madness, there are enough unique attributes and approaches to the play field that make Ozone HD a memorable gaming experience.
iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart
You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).
Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.
There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:
- Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).
A bit of news for the would be iPad recording artist and an article correction/update to our recent issue. The amazing Yeti USB mic from Blue Microphones can be used with the iPad (using a connection kit). The Yeti is an excellent recording mic, but combined with the iPad and Blue FiRe app, you can have the makings of a lightweight recording rig. I also need to print a correction to my recent article on recording with Blue FiRe. I said that BF only recorded in mono, but in fact supports both mono and stereo. Read on for more press info about the Yeti + iPad hookup..
Connecting iPad and Yeti...
OMG, this is AWESOME! Tilt To Live is FREE this weekend. You can get the details here at the game site, or head over to freeappaday.com, and be on the lookout for it to pop, because it would be a shame to miss this highly addictive and fun game (see my review here)!
What I really love about the iPad is that it’s not only fun, it’s educational, too. Why not take advantage of this feature by not only entertaining your children, but educating them as well. 123 World Geography HD can help you do just that.
I have written before about Finger Arts and their Hangman RSS app. It's a great app because not only does it keep you entertained, but it's informative. News feeds are used for the hangman words. Well, Finger Arts had another cool app before Hangman RSS and it's called Guess the News. And while they have a Lite version for free, the pro version is free TODAY ONLY in partnership with OpenFeint.
If you like news, wheel of fortune, hangman, crosswords, or just well polished apps, and you like FREE, you will like Guess the News!
First the folks at Taplay brought us a nifty take on the Jawbreaker style of game play with the fun game Virus Laboratory. For their second outing they decided to tackle the wall defense game with the appropriately named Monster Mayhem. This time, however, you’re not trying to prevent the nasties from breaking in, but rather you’re trying to prevent them from getting out. There are several different types of weapons at your disposal to help with crowd control, but what really makes this game is the crowd you’re trying to control. With 21 different types of creatures, you’ll always find something new to be amused with… until they kill you or rob you blind, of course.