Recent App Reviews
In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.
We started our company in 1985 with a print newsletter about the new 9 pound HP 110 Portable PC. It was the first clamshell DOS laptop. It featured solid state memory, storage, and built-in software (no mechanical hard drive). It was instant on, had long battery life, and at the time light-weight (if you remember the Compaq luggable).
In the 1990's HP produced the HP 200LX Palmtop, about which we published a magazine. It was the first and only DOS clamshell palmtop. It had a niche but incredibly loyal following -- so much so that we still buy, sell and repair them. A number of us wanted HP to “blow it up” – make it bigger in order to have a functional, light-weight, long lasting laptop on the road.
Sonic Pics is a super fun iPhone or iPod Touch app for creating slide shows from your favorite photos and then sharing them with friends. Videos can be up to 60 minutes long depending upon quality you choose.
Everything is done on the app: import photos from your photo album, arrange photos, choose the timing of each photo, and add narration. Then, publish the video to YouTube with a WiFi connection. Fun and super easy to do!
First Aid Corps and buuuk.com have created an iPhone app that can help you find an AED. The company is working on their database. If you find your self in this situation ask someone to call 911, begin CPR and ask someone for an AED. If one is not immediately available use this app to locate one. Hopefully, an ambulance will be there faster than you having to drive and get one.
Here is a video demo: Video
The direct iTunes link: click here
I like electronic pinball, but it’s not something I get overly excited about, so there really has to be something special about a particular version for me to spend more than a few minutes on it. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with Pinball Wizard. The game has one board which on its own is not very exciting. Its claim to originality is its customizable nature, yet the only thing you can customize is the position of the three main bumpers. To me that’s not worth advertising such a feature. If there were more to do in the design phase this might be a product to keep your eye on, but right now there’s not a lot to keep you coming back for repeated play sessions.
There’s a new man in town where dual stick shooters are concerned, and he’s certainly one tough hombre. Is he king of the hill, however? I’m not quite sure. There’s certainly a lot to love about Guerrilla Bob, but it doesn’t really bring much new to the genre. Still, you can’t hardly go wrong with a dual stick shooter, and Bob is definitely among the best. Besides, how can you resist someone that sabotages the army just so he can personally destroy his former best friend? You got nothing on Bob, A-Team…
Want to know what's going on at the White House? Want to see the State of the Union Address LIVE on your iPhone? This app is for you.
With this app, you have access to White House Blogs, Photos, Events and the State of the Union addresses. You don't have to be into politics to like this app. It's also a great teaching tool for children.
I know I said I don’t like games, but I guess I was lying! I love these new word games on the iPhone; and WordCrasher is my newest favorite word game. It’s similar to Boggle, but more challenging.
I especially love the graphics and music: the colors are fluorescent and lively; the background music is exciting and gets you in the mood to keep playing the game.
I thought I would write a little bit about my switch from my old pocket PC to my touch. I did some research on the productivity and organization software I used and wanted before I decided to change last year. I see discussions now and then about people wanting to upgrade to a newer or replacement device that is not phone related, such as myself. I had written an article for a long term test that was featured in a UK magazine last year. Some of my notes are below as well as some current updates I have done since.