Recent App Reviews
I already thought the Whole Foods Web site was pretty cool, but it just got a lot cooler with the release of this iPhone app. If you have special dietary requirements (low fat, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) you can enter those into the app, and it will display a list of recipes that meet your needs. It will also whip up recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand! In addition, if you’re really struggling for some ideas, you can peruse their extensive directory of favorite recipes—all delicious and ridiculously healthy!
Do you ever wonder what you can do about global warming? My Carbon helps you determine your personal carbon footprint, the first step in developing a strategy to lower it. I’ve been using this app for some time now and I have found myself more conscious about how much electricity I use, whether I have my foot on the gas peddle when I’m going down hill, and much more. This app really makes you think.
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrown upon them.” It’s great to have Shakespeare at your fingertips, whether you’re studying British Lit in high school or taking an advanced seminar on his tragedies in college. This simple but solid app from Readdle contains all of his plays as well as his sonnets and poems. It even has a search feature; type in “a rose” and it comes back with “What’s in a name?
Whether you’re in a lecture hall or studying in the library, Take A Note makes it easy to type out a quick note, snap a photo, make and save a quick sketch, or even capture a short voice memo. You can protect your notes with a password to keep them safe. The app allows you to access your notes from a WebDAV-enabled Mac or PC connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can also send your notes to your professors or fellow students as an e-mail attachment.
This amazing app helps you keep track of your classes and homework—what’s due and when. You can record assignment details, including its title, type, due date, and more. There’s even a place to keep notes about the assignment. I’ve been using iHomework to organize my time as I started work on my PhD dissertation. I love its ability to keep information about my professors; that really helps when I need to clarify class information and homework assignments.
Need to brush up on basic math skills? TimesTables can help you. The free version goes up to 6 x 6; the commercial version to 12 x 12. It will say the equation out loud and wait for you to enter the answer on the keypad. The timed math game gives you a good workout—the faster you can answer questions correctly, the better your score. This is a great app for young students learning multiplication.
Whether you’re taking a high school chemistry class or you’re a chem. major in college, you’ll need to know the Periodic Table of Elements inside and out. The Chemical Touch will help you remember mass, density, melting point, atomic weight, and more for each chemical. The commercial version has advanced information more suited for college level chemistry, but the free version is useful as well. The Chemical Touch is a solid reference app that will help you succeed in chemistry.
Se Habla Español? If you don’t, and you’ve signed up for Spanish this year, you might want to download this great app from 24/7digital. Free Spanish Tutor includes audio pronunciations for all the words in its database, as well as manual and automatic flash cards, multiple-choice quizzes, write-in tests, and more. I found the flash cards helpful in getting some words nailed down, but I really liked the interactive nature of the three quizzes.
With so many sites and services available, unless you can get all of your friends and associates to agree on one, you’ll need half a dozen apps to stay in touch. Fortunately, there is one app that lets you stay in touch with all of the social network services you subscribe to—A Personal Assistant.
A Personal Assistant brings all of your social networks together in one easy-to-use app.
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.