Recent App Reviews
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!
This is another "you-gotta-see-this" video. At an orchestral concert the guest pianist plays Flight of the Bumblebee on an iPad.
When I played the original Radio Flare, I guess I didn’t “get it”, because while the game was okay I wasn’t overly impressed with it. Now we have Radio Flare Redux, and while I’m still not sure I “get it”, I think this is a marked improvement over the first game, and I really like this version. It still has moments where it can get as hectic as a traditional shooter, but by its very nature it’s a much more relaxing type of game. The visuals are odd, the music is good, and the overall feeling of the game is not quite like anything you’ve played before (unless, of course, you’ve played Radio Flare). It’s definitely an experience for those who feel they’ve played it all when it comes to vertical shooters.
I came across some speed tests on Lifehacker for the free Opera Mini browser. When it comes to loading web pages it's over 4 times faster than Safari. But the testing shows that it's slower than Safari in a couple other respects. The review says this is likely due to Safari's privileged position as the default browser and the fact that this is first version of Opera Mini.
Ah the good old days. When the app store was new, everyone rushed to download apps that could show off what was unique about the iPhone. iSteam was a great app to demonstrate both the touchscreen interface and the accelerometer, as well as the microphone to 'steam' up the screen. Now that the iPad is here, we need to round up similar apps that we can use to evangelize this new platform.