Recent App Reviews
Well I'll keep this blog short because Dlux's Elasticr (.99) - my new favorite super hero - is something you really have to play to understand. But here's the jist of it, Elasticr moves by being shot around the screen like snapping a rubber band. But here's the thing, his hands are sticky so what ever you snap him at he's going to stick to. That's an important thing. Really...
How's that for short?
I can't find this app in the app store, but I assume it will be made available in some manner by the designer, Neil Mylet of LoadOut Technologies. Video shows how you can load a truck full of grain with your iPhone without leaving the warm and comfy cab! What next, for cryin out loud...!!??
If you are a color-matching crazed kind of gamer, you still have one day to get a comment up here before our contest deadline runs out. See my original post and review here, and comment before Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 (11PM EST) for a chance to win a copy of Quads. Read on for contest details, and thanks to Spb for sponsoring...
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).