Recent App Reviews
If you’re concerned that a child in your life is struggling or, not enjoying math as much you hope, but you have either an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’re in luck!
Steve Glinberg and Victoria Gritton’s KidCalc (.99) is an excellent app to help make the process of learning math more enjoyable. There are five different activities you can choose from on the menu; flash cards, a counting puzzle, a calculator, a math puzzle and my favorite snowflake counting it’s just something that you know kids already do outside and now you can keep them practicing inside.
Dr. Seuss created a wide variety of bizarre and interesting creatures before he passed away. Even if you’re not overly familiar with his works, however, chances are you’ve heard of these two: The Cat In The Hat and the Grinch. Well, the name of the game is Grinchmas, so if you haven’t already you can probably rule out the star as being the Cat. Grinchmas is one of three Grinch themed licensed products from Oceanhouse Media, and the only one that’s a game. As such, I almost would have expected something a bit more than an object throwing game. At least the voices are cool…
"December 1st, 2009 - SPB Software announces a special holiday present for all connoisseurs of Apple products. For the 10 days, from December 1st till December 10th we are giving a significant discount for our SPB Wallet application created to safely store and manage such sensitive information as passport and account numbers, access and PIN codes, logins and passwords. Mac, iPhone and Windows versions will be available for as low as $4.95 each."
Gotta love Dr. Suess! Oceanhouse Media has released a snowball throwing app with a decidedly Grinchy theme. Apparently Grinchmas has jumped to the #1 spot in kids games this month, and #12 in the family game category. Looks pretty fun, so go check it out at their site (video available). I'm trying to fanagle a leetle giveaway for our readers of course, and will keep you posted. In the mean time, go grab it for a $1.99. Don't be a grinch now, it's the holiday season after all!
I have been using three devices in my office for some time; iPhone, iHome Center, Wilson signal booster. After a little frustration I realized that with a little office re-arranging I could have all three of my devices live / behave well together. In the past I was using a mix of any two of the above. Sounds simple- it was simple. Why had I not thought about it before... my mental disassociation of electronic communications (bits and bytes) with the "real world" of physical things. A mental blind spot. Now I am running full bars with full volume on a full set of great podcasts. I am full up happy.
No, I haven't produced an oscar-winning movie, but with ReelDirector, I'm on my way!
Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World, but don’t leave home without downloading the Walt Disney World iPhone or iPod app.
In fact, before you leave, you’ll want to use it to plan your vacation and to make reservations.
The app provides photos and information on 118 attractions, including all four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
Learn what’s new since the last time you visited. Find out what events are happening when so you can plan to be there at the right time.
I have nothing against simple games. I don’t even necessarily care if the look or sound the best (as long as they look and sound better than something I could do). However, when a game doesn’t play well all the rest sort of really doesn’t matter much. Unfortunately, that seems to be the case with Alien Strike. What could have been an all right Defender clone has such a wonky control scheme that it’s almost not playable unless you set it to indestructible mode, at which point it’s no longer any fun anyway.
Translate Now! is a new free app that uses Google Translate to let you do translations between 36 languages. You can easily paste text into the translation window and copy the translation text to the clipboard. Plus, you can e-mail translated text from within the application. The application automatically increases the text size for languages such as Hindi or Japanese. It works with iPhone 3.0 software and requires an Internet connection. Also available is Free Translator, which also uses Google Translate and which is ad-supported.
My first experience with Mina’s adventures, which are loosely based on the stories of Jules Verne, was with Return To Mysterious Island on a Windows Mobile device. It was one of my favorite portable adventure games, and the iPhone version proved to be an even slightly better experience. Imagine my delight, then, when I found out that there was going to be a sequel on the iPhone. I couldn’t wait for this game to come out, and now that I have it I’m not quite as excited. It’s nice to be back in Mina and Jep’s life again, but I’m not finding this adventure quite as engaging as the first time around. I also still don’t see some much needed tweaks to the game engine from the first time around. Still, Secrets Of Mysterious Island should provide some thoughtful game time for true adventure gamers. As a bit of advance warning, there might be a spoiler or two in this review, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.