Recent App Reviews
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.
I just had to write again about how much fun I'm having with Social Fun Box. One of the things I didn't like about Facebook before is the limit on graphics I can use. I LOVE graphics!
Now, with Social Fun Box I can express myself with these cute images. I can put them on my own page, give gifts (for free!), and put some on my friends pages.
Here's my current FB page:
Love this app! You can read my complete review of Social Fun Box HERE.
This interesting article in TidBITs talks about Amazon's plans for its Kindle app for the iPad and links to this page on Amazon which gives some info. And best of all, the article points out that the Kindle Store has quite a few books available at no cost so that you can test the software. And it gives this link that shows all Kindle books costing $0.
Word Mesh is a word game, but it's not like all the others out there. In this game, you are given two definitions and a set of letters. You have to reveal two words that match the definitions.
$899.99 for an app. I don't need this type of surveillance on my teens, I'll stick with MobileMe.
From their website: http://lextechlabs.com/ira_pro
When I read the press release for Boom Boxes I thought “I’m not quite sure I get it”, so I asked the developers for a video. They didn’t have one yet, so they sent me a promo code to try it instead. I’m not sure how interested I would have been in the game after just watching a quick video, but after spending some time playing Boom Boxes, I’m so glad I got the opportunity to try it. The game is fun, it’s challenging, and the developer clearly understands the concept of progression of difficulty. If you’re looking for a good casual game that’s also challenging, look no further than Boom Boxes.
Photo Wall (free) is a new app that lets you quickly and simply create collages from your photos. Plus, the app has handy features that let you post your collages on Facebook and e-mail them. You can also shake your iPhone and it will randomly arrange the photos in your collage. Other features include the ability to make high-res images, adding transparency, scaling,rotating, and more.