Recent App Reviews
Puzzles are great fun. Now I can put a puzzle together anytime and in anyplace. I don’t have to worry about lost pieces or even having my cats jump on it and mess up my hard work!
One of the most surprising things about the iPhone is all the incredible variety of things it's being used for. And one of those things is as a remote control. A very helpful article/slide how on Business Insider, entitled "25 Things You Can Remote Control With Your iPhone," gives you a good picture of the possibilities, from controlling your DVR to the Boxee media center software. Pictured is the ProRemote ($99) software that lets you control pro audio editing software.
It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned it (at least since the last time I reviewed a scrolling shooter), but I love scrolling shooters. They don’t even necessarily have to be very original, though it certainly doesn’t hurt. They just have to look good, sound good, and have solid play mechanics. Oh yeah, they have to be fun as well. I’d even be able to overlook the audio and visuals to an extent if the game played well. Fortunately, Above And Below plays pretty well indeed. It also looks sharp and sounds good. Unfortunately the controls need a bit of work. Surprisingly, I’m okay with that.
There was a recent press release on an app called “White & Yellow Pages” by Avantar LLC. This app works on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (I installed it on my touch and iPad). The title is pretty self explanatory. I downloaded it today and I think this is going to come in handy. It has some great features which I will list below from the press release along with some links as well. I was impressed that when I located a business name, it pulled up the information and then proceeded to give me options for mapping, going to their web page, directions, and calling them.
My friend, Marilyn, sent me this note: "I have a complaint. I read in the San Francisco Chronicle that there is an app called Code Red which allows men to track their wife/girlfriend/whatever monthly cycle so they can prepare for mood swings. Is that true? Isn't that a bit sexist? LOL."
Yes, Marilyn, it's true. The app does exist. Is it a bit sexist? Should women all over the world be offended and angry? Should we hunt down those MEN and hurt them? No, they should be given the Nobel Peace Prize.
If you've never seen extreme sheepherding, you've got to watch this 3-minute. I just couldn't believe it when I first saw it.
if you enjoy trivia games, you might like QRANK, a free daily trivia quiz. Plus, it has a social component such that you can compete with your friends or try to get a high score on the leaderboards in various regions. Each day there are 20 new questions taken from current events.
The truth is, I am not much of a puzzle gamer, as it were. I prefer more action-oriented titles, but the review of the occasional puzzle game never hurt anyone (see my review of SPB Quads here). My problems with puzzlers are not typically the fault of the game, but the fact I’m not smart enough to figure out the puzzles. I had no such problems with Crooked House.
I’ve been using Ping for the iPhone since its initial release date, and I’ve been extremely happy with it.
Ping is a text-messaging app. There is no monthly charges and no roaming charges to Ping someone, but they must also have a Ping account. This is great for your family and friends and saves a bundle.
How To Be a Cool Grandparent
Step 1: Purchase an iPad
Step 2: Install all your “bragging” photos on the device
Step 3: Install the Jack and the Beanstalk app
By taking these three steps, your friends will be seriously envious of your “Bragging Album;” your kids will be overjoyed at how well you “babysit;” and your grandchildren will think you’re the coolest Granny or Grandpa on earth. Jack and the Beanstalk almost makes me ready for Granny-hood!