Recent App Reviews
When I first saw the screen shots for Thor I was expecting something along the lines of a standard platformer. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because the iPhone sure could use some more of those. As it turns out, though, Thor is actually along the lines of one of those games where you have to dodge stuff while your character keeps running. However, with actions that go beyond the typical “jump or duck” and an actual level structure, this game is something much more than its roots. Instead of simply playing a level or two and then removing it from my device to make room for something else, I found myself going back for just “one more level” until I was suddenly at the end of the game. The only real down side is that I want some more!
SWEET News (literally). The California Strawberry Commission has a new app. Did you know that there is more vitamin C in a serving of strawberries than an orange? This super-cool app has mouth-watering recipes. I'm getting hungry.....
Strawberry Recipe App Features:
- Over 50 recipes, categorized by dish type
- Share recipes on Twitter, Facebook and email
- Access nutrition information
- View recipe photos, ingredients and preparation information
- Connect with California Strawberry Commission on Facebook, Twitter and the web
Zinio is a leader in electronic versions of major national magazines, with their editions including our very own iPhone Life magazine (4 issues for $10). Zinio does a good job of digitally replicating the experience of reading a print magazine. And now they have a Zinio Magazine Reader out for the iPhone. You need to be a Zinio subscriber, or you can purchase single issues or subscription via the app.
We travel around the world a lot, and with time zone shifts and exhaustive days a good alarm clock is a critical accessory to have. Due to baggage space restrictions, we have had to carry as many "Swiss Army knife" (multi-function) devices as possible. The iPhone has become our electronic Swiss Army knife, providing a traveler's delight of functionality from Alarm Clock to fight tracking to tide charting.
I've seen a number of posts around lamenting that various iPhone Alarm Clock applications can only play canned sounds or iPod tunes, but not Ringtones for an alarm sound (Although I've got to admit I can't imagine why anyone would want to think their phone was ringing at 6:00AM!?).
Actually, if your Alarm Ap supports iPod tune playing for alarm sounds, then, as they say, "You're in fat city".
To use a Ringtone for a
The smartest thing I did at the show this year was to bring the wife. While I tried to check out some of the more hard-core technology, not only did she do booth duty, but she also scouted fashionable and smart products for me to check out later. Trexta was one of her finds, so gotta give her the credit. These hand-crafted and high quality cases and covers are exceptional in terms of both materials (real leather and wood), and price.
Forget cloud-computing, configure your own. If you need secure access to your files (from anywhere in the world), you might want to check out the myDitto solution From Dane-Elec. There's an iPhone app for it as well, and I'll get to the details of that in a minute, but essentially it's a storage unit (above left) that provides secure access to your files, and all you need is an iPhone (with the myDitto app), or a USB key (from a computer).
Reallusion announces the debut of iPhone apps with 10x Camera Tools giving you the top 10 digital imaging tools to make your iPhone a true digital camera and photo manager. You'll need to search the AppStore for this software as iphone.reallusion.com is listed as "coming soon" when you go there.
Unless I make some sort of glaring error or omission, I don't make it a policy not to go back and update a review I've written. However, if something in a game changes to warrant a note or quick revisit, I'm more than happy to do that. Such is the case with Grinchmas! from Ocean Mediahouse. You can read the original review here. I'm still a bit disappointed that they haven't bolstered the less than wacky atmosphere, but there are a couple of game play changes worthy of noting. The first is that there are actually two modes now: Classic and Challenge. Classic is the original game, which now even has easy, medium and hard modes. Challenge mode is the bright spot of this update, however. In the Mean Grinch scenario there are 20 challenges and in Merry Grinch mode there are 17. A challenge might be basic like "quiet 3 near noisy houses" in Mean scenario or "deliver 3 presents" in Merry mode. As you get further down the list, however, things get more difficult. In Mean mode you might have something like "quiet 7 houses for 4 minutes and 30 seconds", and in Merry mode you get such things as "deliver a red, green and blue present in 10 seconds without missing". Each challenge has 3 difficulty levels as well.