Recent App Reviews
Perhaps the top site for sharing feeds is the aptly named FriendFeed (friendfeed.com). There are quite a few apps that offer access to one’s FriendFeed account, but after looking at a number of them, I settled on FreshFeed. The app’s home screen provides a chronological list of your friends’ feeds and posts. Other screens offer access to more specific groups or discussions. I found the iPhone app to be even more versatile and usable than the Web-based version.
Perhaps the most interesting phenomenon to arise from constant connectivity is the “feed.” The feed refers to the ability to instantly share links, thoughts, articles, and pretty much anything else with your friends and connections.
LinkedIn was originally designed as a business networking site, but today its home page barely mentions business connections. Instead, it focuses on the various feeds those connections have posted; allowing the user to know what his or her circle of friends and acquaintances is reading, writing or posting.
In recent years MySpace’s dominance has been replaced by other social networking sites. The one finding the biggest place in people’s hearts and computers is Facebook. In fact, when I bought a 1st generation iPod touch, Facebook was one of the first apps I downloaded. It remains on my first screen to this day.
MySpace was the original social network, and although it has recently seen a significant decline in users and popularity, it’s still relevant. I’m impressed with how much you can do with their iPhone app. If fact, it incorporates almost all of the Web app’s main features into a simple and easy-to-use interface. You can even upload pictures or video that you take on your iPhone straight to your MySpace page. MySpace Mobile is a great mobile alternative for the desktop experience.
Facebook offers the most feature-rich social
networking app for the iPhone.
I really like the AP News and New York Times apps and now am going to give the CNN Mobile app a whirl. But unlike most other news apps, ya gotta pay $1.99 for this one. The Associated Press has an interesting article about this novel step by CNN. And the odd thing is, even though this is a paid app, it still has some advertising. Some of the reviews on iTunes trash it for this reason, but others say they're not obtrusive.
I like Tweetie. I wrote an article for iphonelife on iphone twitter apps (it not out yet, but here is a short version) and of all the apps I tried, I used tweetie the most when I’m not using twittFilter. (twittFilter is a web app and my fave given that I wrote it). So Gizmodo, which seem to be the site to check now a days, broke a story on tweetie 2 which seems bring a new functionality to twitter iphone apps; offline twitter access. There are some other improvements, but its the offline that sounds interesting. I will wait for a few more reviews and update.
As a newer member of Toastmasters International and someone who gives occasional presentations in my work, I found the Presenter Pro app to be extremely helpful.
WeightWatchers Mobile App is everything a mobile app should be. I am currently on WeightWatchers and use the WeightWatcher’s e-tools. With this mobile app, I can now do everything I did on the Web site, on my iPhone.
When you first open the program (after you’ve registered your account), you will see a screen that shows your daily and weekly points remaining. From there, you can go to your favorites, recently added or featured recipes.
Anyone having read my Windows Mobile ZX Spectrum emulation bible knows it’s pretty easy to emulate such an inefficient platform even on slow handheld devices (unlike, say, the Commodore Amiga).
Unfortunately, the ZX Spectrum emulator “ZX Gamer 3GS” (AppStore) released some days ago can’t even reach the speed of original ZX Spectrums on the iPhone 3G S, let alone older and slower iPhone / iPod touch models.
After a certain number of variations of a particular genre come out, you begin to wonder what else can be done with that style of game. That’s the way I’ve felt about breakout clones for quite some time, especially since I don’t particularly care for the genre in the first place. Then one came out called Bricks Of Camelot that caught my eye because of the slick visuals. Once I found out that it was from Donut Games I had to give it a try. Turns out that I have not been disappointed at all. In fact, for the first time I think I can say that I actually really enjoy a breakout style game. There’s not really anything new in the mechanics of the game, but rather in the power ups and attention to detail in the environment that make this game so much fun.