Recent App Reviews
It's that time of year again — time to give the government its due. And Tax Answers, a free app from H&R Block just released this week, is here to help you. I'm astonished, actually, at what it offers. It's not simply an app with a ton of information and tips. Rather, it connects you to H&R Block tax experts who are available to answer your questions — also free. The app connects you to the Get It Right(SM) Community which is manned by 1,000 H&R Block tax professionals ready to share their expertise.
My colleague Ben Stallings here at iPhone Life has just posted about how filmmaker Dan Woolley trapped under the earthquake rubble in Haiti for 65 hours used his iPhone to help in his survival.
He used the iPhone's internal alarm, and also Pocket First Aid and CPR (additional information + iTunes link).
Dan's inspirational story has been covered extensively online, on the radio and on television (NPR, MSNBC, Wired, Gizmodo, etc).
Woolley, who is from Colorado Springs and was in Haiti to film a documentary about child advocacy group, spoke with WTVJ-TV in Miami about his ordeal:
I had my iPhone with me and I had a medical app on there, so I was able to look up treatment of excessive bleeding and compound fracture," Woolley said. "So I used my shirt to tie my leg and a sock on the back of my head. And later used it for other things, like to diagnose shock:
MSNBC and the Today Show report on the story of American filmmaker Dan Woolley, who was trapped under rubble by the Haiti earthquake and survived for nearly three days with the help of his faith, his blood-stained journal, and his iPhone and (separate) camera.
He specifically credits the iPhone's alarm clock (for keeping him from falling asleep while in shock) and an app that has been identified as Pocket First Aid and CPR, by Jive Media LLC.
MailTones at $2.99 is a bit pricey, but it's a great idea and may suit a particular need you have. It lets you assign different sounds to different e-mail senders and uses the iPhone's push notification to alert you when you receive important e-mails. This is apparently the only app that offers this function. And in their just-released update they've added a feature popular with IT managers: messages to their pagers can be forwarded to their iPhones and use a unique sound to alert them that they have a support call that needs attention. And if they're sleeping when that alert comes through?
There are a lot of scary people in this world. The app, Sex Offender Search, helps point them out. Works just like the map app with a pre-loaded database of registered sex offenders. Data screen shows address, picture and convicted crime. The list feature shows the closest 100 to your input location. Knowledge is power. Know who is around you and who is near your kids. This is a must have app for all parents. Worth the $1.99 for peace of mind.
I found an awesome way to keep all my tasks and thoughts together. The app is Awesome Note. I could describe it - but the pictures below are worth 1,000 words.
I wrote a review of Evernote a couple weeks ago. That is still the best at keeping my research, recipes, etc. notes together. What makes Awesome Note even more awesome - it syncs with Evernote. It also syncs with Google docs - if you haven't jumped on the Evernote bandwagon yet.
There is a small learning curve with Awesome Note - but it is very small - the video below will help.
Worth $3.99 - a must have for moms. I give it 8/10.
Here are the pictures and a short video from YouTube to demo:
New today in the App Store is Nature Images, a free collection of 108 closeup nature photos for use as wallpapers for your iPhone or iPod touch. The press release says that these images have long been available on other platforms and are among the most popular wallpapers in the world. Once you select an image is selected, you tap a button to save it to your photo album. Then, as you likely know, you can use the Photos application to set it as a wallpaper (the app includes simple instructions).
To me MoreGames is shaping up to be the Blizzard of the iPhone community. Sure the rate of development on the iPhone is much more intense than on the PC, but unlike some developers MoreGames isn’t pushing it. They’re taking their time to create solid, carefully crafted tales in video game format. And then there’s Ragdoll Legends. I’m not saying they didn’t take their time with it, I’m just questioning “why?” I’ll admit that I have a bit of a negative bias towards the whole “ragdoll” genre anyway, but I figured MoreGames could turn me around. Instead, the combat feels like a sloppy mess, the characters are too “Big Trouble In Little China”, and I’m getting my rear end handed to me on Easy mode. Not my idea of fun…
I was pretty excited about this app at first, but as I continued to explore it, I have reservations about recommending it.
First, the good news: Experimenter contains 14 experiments that are fun, extremely interesting and easy to do. Your older teens could do them on their own. The directions are included as well as videos showing the actual experiments in action. A brief explanation of how the experiments work is also included.
SPB Quads is one of those pattern matching games that will eat up mucho amounts of your time. You can read my review after the break, but SPB has also been nice enough to sponsor 3 FREE codes for our readers, so if you want to try out a new twist on an old theme, comment here on the review for a chance to win. I have played my share of these kinds of games over the years, so was prepared to try and stop the madness at a set amount of time (lot's of reviews are piling up). I still ended up losing 2 hours of my life. It's a simple yet addictive formula. Read on for the review and contest giveaway rules.