Recent App Reviews
A variety of inexpensive apps for the professional, hobyist, or student musician
Please excuse me for changing the song's lyrics but, "What a difference a year makes." Since my article in the second edition of iPhone Life, the App Store continues to grow with a wide range of offerings that could be useful to musicians of all stripes. During a recent music education and technology conference hosted by TI:ME (ti-me.org), I presented a session on mobile music making. When I saw another session being offered by music teacher, Matthew Harrington, focusing on iPhone/iPod touch music apps, I was concerned that we'd be covering the same titles. Surprisingly, we only overlapped on one app! For me, it illustrated the sheer number of apps available and the great work being done in the development community.
I had no intention of reviewing games today, but I got distracted by this one: Spazzle. I downloaded the free version - got so engrossed that I went back and bought the pay version. I LOVE THIS GAME!
It's whack-a-mole on steroids! The music is upbeat, the graphics are fantastic, and the game play is just plain fun!
Get back to nature with these great apps!
Editor's note: This article was commissioned and submitted by Mitchell Waite, the publisher of iBird Explorer and CEO of Mitch Waite Group. Laura Kammermeier is a respected voice in the field of birding and has previously published on the subject of iPhone apps. We normally don't encourage submissions from app developers, when they concern apps or accessories they develop.
Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.
Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.
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It’s been a least a week since I’ve mentioned it, so let me start by saying that I love shooters. Vertical, horizontal, 360 degrees – they’re all good to me as long as they are fun. That being said, I’d probably argue that vertical shooters are my favorite. As luck would have it, Icarus-X is a vertical shooter. It’s not a bad little game either. Sadly, it suffers from lack of some of the things that I really enjoy in shooters, but I’ve enjoyed it none the less. Now if I could just get past level 4…
Do you Whistle (free)? I guess I'm still a bit tongue tied with my latest VoiP app for the iPad, yes you're hearing me right a VoiP phone for the iPad (and other devices too).
The WhistlePhone Service is interesting for a number of reasons; 1) it designed an app for the iPad, 2) it utilizes an add you have to listen to before each call to make your voip call free in the US, or from anywhere else to the US.
The first thing you’ll notice about Defender Chronicles is the orientation of the game. Where most tower defense games are played from a top down perspective, Defender Chronicles uses a side view to tell its tale. It’s a nice change that allows more detail to be displayed. The next major difference is that all building locations are pre-determined. Instead of dragging a building where you want to construct it, you simply click one of the many flags littering the landscape and then select the troop type whose barracks you wish to have constructed there. The game starts out with only archer and swordsmen barracks as options, but as the game progresses other choices become available.
Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.