Recent App Reviews
In case you've been wondering where I disappeared to, 2 things happened. 1) I installed The Sims on my iPhone which led me to install it on my PC & that was it ... I was gone. Living in the Matrix ... until I joined the Fire Department. Now all of my time is spent there ... on calls, in training, at the Fire Academy, etc. Somewhere in between calls & training, I managed to find a few good apps made just for fire fighters &/or EMTs & turned my 1st app page into the the bat page ... kinda like the bat phone, but with apps. I'm always looking for apps, but these are the ones I have at the moment.
I’ve been looking for a racer that I could enjoy for quite some time, but I’m not really into the more realistic fare like Real Racing. That’s why I was excited when I first heard about Horror Racing. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with the game, I’d like to plagiarize the immortal words of James Cromwell and say “that’ll do, Chillingo, that’ll do”.
This is SO FRIGGIN AWESOME, I wanna cry!! You can check out my review of Firemint's Real Racing here, but the new free Real Racing GTI lite version has been downloaded over 2 million times! Volkswagon released the 2010 GTI, also sponsoring the App store release of the lite version of the game, and they are giving away a real GTI to 5 more lucky winners! Read on for the full details of the contest...
Kamikaze Race is one of those “guilty pleasure” games. You know, the kind where what have to do is something that (hopefully) you wouldn’t do in real life. In this case you’re weaving in and out of traffic, trying to go as fast as you possibly can. It’s a simple game that can actually become a bit addictive. In the end, however, it suffers the most from being almost too simple.
Truthfully, I just sort of glanced over Penguin Break when it appeared in the New Releases list on the web site that I monitor daily. However, when the developer requested that a staff member of iPhone Life take a look at the game I figured “why not? It can’t hurt anything, right?” I’m actually glad I decided to take the developer up on his offer. Penguin Break takes the “ancient” concept that was introduced to me via that game Jawbreaker on one of my Pocket PC devices, throws in some cute penguins and a couple of neat power up twists, and actually manages to make a simple yet engaging game out of the whole thing. The big question is “who will break first, the penguins or you?”
So far, I didn’t want to write a full article on listening to the music clips (SID files) of the legendary Commodore 64 home computer (dedicated Wiki page HERE
). Now that the latest, just-released (brand new) version of the dedicated player, Sid Player Pro
has greatly (!!!) reduced the power consumption and become pretty much usable on previous-generation iDevices (iPhone 2G/3G and iPod Touch G1/G2) as well, I find it necessary to, at last, dedicate a full article to the question.
There are several ways of listening to C64 music on the iPhone. Your choice should depend on the following factors:
I continue to be astonished by all the different ways the iPhone is being used, including as an extension of your senses. I've already written about the Eye Glasses app ($2.99), which lets you use your iPhone to magnify small print. And you can also use your iPhone as a hearing aid. SoundAMP ($9.99) is an app that uses your iPhone to amplify ambient sound. Your iPhone picks up the sound via the built-in microphone or via a microphone on an external headset. And in both cases you listen to the amplified sound via earbuds or the headset.
Clarinet in Reach was created by Anthony McGill, the principal Clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The app includes fingering charts and a dictionary of musical terms, as well as audio and video files, all related to the clarinet.
Orb sounds pretty neat, though I haven't yet tried it. They just released their software for the Mac yesterday, having been available for Windows for some time. According to their press release, the free Orb application and service enable the streaming of any media type from computers running Windows or the Mac OS, to any other internet-connected device including laptops, mobile phones, and even TVs connected to a game console. You're able to access all your music, photos, and video anywhere, anytime, without first having to download content to your iPhone or iPod touch.
I'm currently working on a review of streaming solutions, and recently noted some interesting news items that relate. Orb, the excellent PC-based streaming media service is bringing their fabulous software to OS X. Go here to read more and get Orb for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Pocket Tunes (which I will review here soon), an Internet Radio app for iPhone and iPod, has also recently added a very useful feature to it's player that enables record and time-shifting of streams.