Recent App Reviews
If you’re familiar with Cake Mania, your first impression of Turbo Subs is going to be “isn’t this Cake Mania in a sub shop?” In some ways it feels like it, though as far as I’m concerned that’s merely a testament of how well the Cake Mania format of game play works. Turbo Subs has its own atmosphere, its own set of challenges, and its own rewards. Best of all, it’s just as fun as Cake Mania. Game play can get quite frantic, but in the end it’s all worth it and the game is a delight to play.
I wrote about the app 4Track in a print issue of iPhone Life. It’s an excellent, easy to use multi-track recorder with each track having volume, mute and solo controls. Audio files can be uploaded to your computer through WIFI. Even with using the built in microphone on the iPhone, it's been a handy tool.
AreaCellphone.com has posted a fun list of the 10 most idiotic iPhone apps. They range from Poop the World (which lets you keep a public record of where you've, aah, well, you know) to Hold On (which lets you see how long you can hold your finger on a button on the screen).
Following up on my discussion of the Where To? app, I wanted to mention Urbanspoon, a free app for finding nearby restaurants that appears to be quite popular. It uses GPS to find a restaurant near you. And you can filter the results according to price, type of food, and neighborhood. You can also access reviews of these establishments from newspapers, bloggers, and other diners.
My wife likes to run early in the morning, but her running routine alternates ten minutes of running with a one-minute walk-break. If you're out there in the darkness of pre-dawn, how do you figure out when to go from one to the other?
With your iPhone, of course!
Nancy wasn't happy with the simple timer included as one of the base apps, though it's served me well as a one-time alarm. So she searched the App Store and found Routine Timer (Practiphone LLC, $2.99 limited time price they say).
With this app, she starts with a walk of five minutes, just to get the blood going. When it's time to run, she's got a metal gong sounding.
"August 10th 2009, VITO Technology is proud to present new Task2Gather 3.0 for iPhone. The new version supports Push notifications on iPhone and iPod with 3.0 OS. Get live alerts from work or your family to be always on top of everything. Besides this great piece of news we'd like to announce that Task2Gather project turns ONE year old since it was released for the public!"
Where To? is offering an introductory price of .99 until August 23, so this is a good opportunity for you to try this app. It uses the iPhone GPS to give you local information, such as the nearest steakhouse, bank, or movie theater. Version 2.0 was recently released and uses several of the new features available in iPhone 3.0, such as having a built-in map to display results right within the application. It has an appealing interface, as you can see from the image, that lets you quickly drill down to what you want without your having to do any typing.
Sometimes PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) seems a bit extreme. On the other hand, you really can't argue with the goal of this app. If you're shopping and you need to choose between a couple products, why not select the one that's cruelty-free? PETA's BNB app (Be Nice to Bunnies) is a cruelty-free guide that gives you instant access to a database of companies that do and companies that do no test their products on animals. Plus, 15 percent of every $1.99 download goes to further PETA's work in behalf of animals.
You've probably played the game before, though the protagonist is usually a helicopter or spaceship and more often than not you're confined to some subterranean tunnel system. Copter Kids definitely breaks the mold from the perspective of atmosphere, but there's not much else to set it apart from the pack. A silly back story, cute visuals and decent music are not fully utilized on what's mostly "just another clone".
TechCrunch and the folks at WorldMate recently sponsored a giveaway (sorry this is too late for our readers to get it on the action), and in the posted blog review, TC called it the "Swiss army knife" of travel apps. Anyhoo, I'll see if we can get a contest going here in the near future for the Gold version.