Recent App Reviews
Mobile apps to help whereever you are
When I was young, all I needed to know was "never accept candy from strangers." Today, that seems to be the least of our worries. Fortunately, the tools we have available to protect ourselves and the ones we love are more powerful…and more mobile than ever before.
A step-by-step guide to escaping calendar confusion
The Calendar app in iPhone OS 2.x could be synced with iCal using two methods. First, using iTunes, both personal and read-only subscribed calendars could be synced between your Mac to the iPhone. With this method, you were able to select which calendars you wanted to sync and which ones you didn’t. Second, you could sync with MobileMe. This method gave you instant push updating between iCal calendars and Calendar on the iPhone.
Stay on top of your to-do list with these apps
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007, he referred to it as an iPod, a phone, and an Internet mobile communicator in one device, but the launch of the App Store expanded that three-in-one concept. Now you can use the iPhone to track the news, sports, and weather; quickly locate restaurants, movies, public bathrooms, even your friends; play games, listen to music, or watch videos. In addition, a number of apps enhance its capabilities as a productivity tool.
Combining the real world with virtual reality
Augmented reality (AR): A term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery… (Wikipedia)
With the release of the iPhone 3GS and OS 3.1, apps that incorporate “augmented reality” are big news these days. However, AR has been around for a while, and a simple AR app for the iPhone 3G was introduced in October of 2008.
I just found a great article over on Technically Personal entitled: "6 Ways to Track and Recover Your Lost/Stolen iPhone". To summarize:
1. Track your iPhone via MobileMe
2. iPhone anti-theft solution – iLocalis
3. GPS tracking for iPhone with Mobile Spy 3.0
4. Find and Recover your Stolen iPhone with iHound
5. Recover your Lost/Stolen iPhone with Navizon app
Read the full article, and be sure to check the comments too.
I like the idea of App Genie ($0.99), which is sort of a Swiss Army Knife of apps. It includes many of the most common tools you might need on your iPhone: tip calculator, currency converter, unit converter, weather, translator, battery level, barcode scanner, GPS locator, and many more. One app replaces many — a handy tool that you'll call upon often.
A new twist on the old ‘Magic 8” ball is Lucky Day! ($1.99) from Silver Lining Ideas, Inc. This app is as straight forward as they come, turn it on and you're greeted by Ka Ching the Panda who invites you to shake your iPhone and make a wish. Will your wish come true? Well that's between you and Ka Ching. Really there's nothing more to this app. Or is there?
I need to thank Spb and those who commented to win in the recent Quads contest (winners names listed after the break). I have a couple of reviews coming down the pike to look for, and am debating whether to pull some extra giveaway codes or not--I'm thinking of dropping the contests for awhile, so will see on that.
Bob Englehart is the staff cartoonist for the Hartford Courant, and has won awards from the Overseas Press Club, John Fischetti Contest, Planned Parenthood, and Free Press Association and was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1979.
Preschoolers will have fun tapping the characters and watching them fly in the sky, make noises, climb trees, play tug of war, and other silly antics as they attempt to Rescue Ginger. As they hear the story read aloud, they'll also enjoy animations and sound effects such as cows mooing and horses neighing.
It's also a fun way to prepare them for Kindergarten! As they listen to the story and play with the objects on the screen, the app quizzes them about colors, shapes, counting, and matching.