Recent App Reviews
It's amazing how far things have come. Raise your hand if you remember when encyclopedia salesmen used to go door to door, selling you a shelf of books for hundreds of dollars. Now you can have the Encyclopedia Britannica in the palm or your hand for $25. The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 has over 25,000 entries covering art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other subjects. It also has over 800 images and maps. And if you shake your iPhone, it brings up a random article.
Everyone knows Shaun White, thanks to the recent Winter Olympics and his trademark red hair! But would you believe that his favorite iPhone magazine is iPhone Life? It helps that iPhone Life is the ONLY magazine dedicated to the iPhone, but nonetheless, Shaun was gracious enough to pose for a picture and sign an issue of the magazine!
Shaun was on hand at the Marvell Semiconductor booth, at CTIA in Las Vegas, this past week, to help promote Marvell's commitment to making the Always-On lifestyle possible. Mr. White knows his stuff, having a number of games that bear his name. Shaun White Origins is available in both FREE and paid versions on the iTunes app store.
For more details on Marvell, check out http://www.Marvell.com.
Shakespeare wrote "The play's the thing", in Hamlet, but with CrowdZone (FREE, http://www.crowdzone.com), that could easily become "The CROWD's the thing". CrowdZone is a social networking tool focused on sporting events. In fact, CrowdZone is probably the ultimate tailgating app! You create a profile and see what events are happening today. You join an event, whether you are at the game or watching at home or at a sports bar. You can leverage the location-aware capabilities of the iPhone and find like-minded users nearby! Root for your team, chat with others, and earn "trophies" for your own comments. You can even earn real world rewards, like tickets!
I've been traveling the last few days doing seminars, visiting local attractions, and going to a writer's conference. My iPhone has come in handy MANY TIMES!
First, I used MileBug to keep track of my mileage and expenses for tax purposes.
Digg is probably the most popular social media site — certainly my favorite.
One of the things that really entertains me is zombie movies. I am not really sure why they do because to be honest they scare the heck out of me. I think I have watched the palm of my hands more on a couple of them than the actual film. But for whatever reason, I like zombie movies. I also like zombie games. I like the kind of zombie games where I can just shoot them. I do not have any need for any kind of story plot. I just want a bunch of ammo and weapons galore to take care of business.
Here's a common scenario: You wake up in the night, wonder if the alarm clock will go off soon, fumble for your glasses, and then look at your clock. Of course, all of this makes it less likely you'll go back to sleep. Which is what makes this alarm clock special. Wake Up Now? ($0.99) lets you simply like there with your eyes closed and ask your iPhone if it's time to get up. Your iPhone will tell you what time it is. You actually don't even need to ask anything in particular. You can just grunt, and it will announce the time. You can set how loud of sound it will take for it to say the time.
One of the main things I use my iPhone for is to access the news. I'm addicted to keeping up with the latest news in the same way I'm addicted to e-mail. The makers of iGovernment ($1.99), which is one of the leading apps for keeping up with news from the U.S. Federal Government. The free iGovernment Lite offers a selection of content from iGovernment. It includes news, blogs, photos, and video from the House, Senate, White House, Department of Defense, State Department, NASA, and more.
This video demo of the free PayPal app is great fun, using a couple of guys sort of in the same vein as the "I'm a Mac" commercials. A version just released lets you Bump to exchange money. You hold your iPhones, bump fists to exchange contact information, and then send money with a tap.
Scanner Pro 2.0 is out and it REALLY is better than ever. The new automatic edge detection feature is very helpful. I tried it on a document and was fascinated to see how easier it figured out where the edges were! I did discover that when the page had a colored border, the app had a bit more trouble finding the edge. It's still quicker than having to adjust all the edges manually like it did before.