Recent App Reviews
Gotta love Dr. Suess! Oceanhouse Media has released a snowball throwing app with a decidedly Grinchy theme. Apparently Grinchmas has jumped to the #1 spot in kids games this month, and #12 in the family game category. Looks pretty fun, so go check it out at their site (video available). I'm trying to fanagle a leetle giveaway for our readers of course, and will keep you posted. In the mean time, go grab it for a $1.99. Don't be a grinch now, it's the holiday season after all!
I have been using three devices in my office for some time; iPhone, iHome Center, Wilson signal booster. After a little frustration I realized that with a little office re-arranging I could have all three of my devices live / behave well together. In the past I was using a mix of any two of the above. Sounds simple- it was simple. Why had I not thought about it before... my mental disassociation of electronic communications (bits and bytes) with the "real world" of physical things. A mental blind spot. Now I am running full bars with full volume on a full set of great podcasts. I am full up happy.
No, I haven't produced an oscar-winning movie, but with ReelDirector, I'm on my way!
Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World, but don’t leave home without downloading the Walt Disney World iPhone or iPod app.
In fact, before you leave, you’ll want to use it to plan your vacation and to make reservations.
The app provides photos and information on 118 attractions, including all four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
Learn what’s new since the last time you visited. Find out what events are happening when so you can plan to be there at the right time.
I have nothing against simple games. I don’t even necessarily care if the look or sound the best (as long as they look and sound better than something I could do). However, when a game doesn’t play well all the rest sort of really doesn’t matter much. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with Alien Strike. What could have been an all right Defender clone has such a wonky control scheme that it’s almost not playable unless you set it to indestructible mode, at which point it’s no longer any fun anyway.
Translate Now! is a new free app that uses Google Translate to let you do translations between 36 languages. You can easily paste text into the translation window and copy the translation text to the clipboard. Plus, you can e-mail translated text from within the application. The application automatically increases the text size for languages such as Hindi or Japanese. It works with iPhone 3.0 software and requires an Internet connection. Also available is Free Translator, which also uses Google Translate and which is ad-supported.
My first experience with Mina’s adventures, which are loosely based on the stories of Jules Verne, was with Return To Mysterious Island on a Windows Mobile device. It was one of my favorite portable adventure games, and the iPhone version proved to be an even slightly better experience. Imagine my delight, then, when I found out that there was going to be a sequel on the iPhone. I couldn’t wait for this game to come out, and now that I have it I’m not quite as excited. It’s nice to be back in Mina and Jep’s life again, but I’m not finding this adventure quite as engaging as the first time around. I also still don’t see some much needed tweaks to the game engine from the first time around. Still, Secrets Of Mysterious Island should provide some thoughtful game time for true adventure gamers. As a bit of advance warning, there might be a spoiler or two in this review, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
You probably have people who are hard to buy for and could use a bit of inspiration for ideas. Try 2,100 Gift Ideas ($1.99). It offers gift ideas from hundreds of online stores. The gifts range from electronics and jewelry to things you might not even have known existed. You can choose gifts from various categories, such as Mom, Dad, Kids, Him, Her. Plus, you can sort by price so that you only see suggestions in a particular price range. You give your iPhone a shake, and it then starts serving up gift ideas.
[Edited this 12/9/09 to reflect the app's new name.]
WorkSnug is an Augmented Reality application for the iPhone 3GS which connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work.
The company has sent people into the field to personally review hundreds of places to work. Observations include information about power provision, atmosphere, noise levels and even the quality of the coffee.
Launching first in London, with San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Madrid and two other cities expected in the early weeks of 2010.
I badly want Waze to be a success because the idea is just so perfect: a free navigation app that integrates user-generated traffic information. So, you're stuck in traffic someplace, you whip our your iPhone, and let the world know that they ought to take a different route if they're traveling the same road that you are. It's a wonderful example of crowdsourcing. The trick is to get lots of people to use it. And increasingly people are. But if you live someplace where there's not much coverage, the app has less value than other places where it's really caught on.