Recent App Reviews
Mental Case is SO easy to use and it’s portable, which makes it an extremely effective tool for college students, homeschool families, employers or anyone who wants to learn something new.
With Mental Case, you create your own flashcards or import premade ones from FlashcardExchange.com. FlashcardExchange contains thousands of premade flashcards on topics such as phonics, states and capitals, addition, spelling rules and weather terms. There are even flashcards to practice for the SAT, GRE or specific trades such as paramedics.
Big change yesterday. Until now, if you wanted to use Skype or another voice-over-Internet app that lets you make free or low-cost calls via the Internet, you had to do it via Wi-Fi. You couldn't use your iPhone's data connection. Yesterday AT&T announced that their policy had changed. People had long wanted this change because, for example, they can make international calls a lot cheaper using a VoIP service. This article from MacWorld gives more information.
There's a new free version of PhotoScatter, a useful app that does one thing very well: you can select or take a photo and then upload it to multiple photo-sharing sites with one click.You can select which sites to upload to: Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, PhotoBucket, Picasa, and Twitter, with more being added soon. You can optionally add a title and description before uploading.
iFooty World Plus provides you with detailed coverage of just about all the football, soccer leagues and tournaments from around the world. It lists over 21 leagues from the United Kingdom, Europe, MLS, South America, and Asia, as well as international tournaments and cups. The user interface needs a little work, but the right content is all there.
GoLearn Soccer for Kids is like having a personal soccer coach in the palm of your hand. Created by a professional soccer coach, the app provides more than 30 video drills to instruct coaches, parents, and players on a variety of subjects. While the videos are intended for kids between U6 and U12, players of all ages and levels can benefit from them. These high-quality videos contain warm-ups, stretches, proper skills and training drills, games, cool downs, and more.
A must-have for any sports fan, ESPN’s ScoreCenter brings you up-to-the-minute scores from over 500 sport leagues around the world. The soccer portion of the app is fairly comprehensive, allowing you to follow the major soccer leagues including MLS, the English Premier League, Championship League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Series A. You can follow soccer around the world, or focus in on your favorite country or team.
Wunder Radio is one of the best streaming radio apps available. It’s great to have when you’re traveling or at work and want to listen to a live match. Wunder Radio boasts over 30,000 radio stations worldwide. It allows you to search by location and genre, and then build a list of your favorite stations. When I typed in “soccer,” it turned up 6 results. But when I searched on “football” (what the rest of the world calls the sport), it listed over 30 international radio stations.
SoccerCard SKS lets you create an unlimited number of personalized virtual soccer cards of you and/or your favorite players. The interface is pretty slick and very easy to use, and each card is formatted to look like an actual trading card. The “front” displays the player’s photo and basic info. You can use the iPhone’s camera to take a player’s photo, or you can upload a photo from your library.
Real Soccer is the only game in this review, and I can’t believe it only costs 99 cents. Its graphics are top-notch, game play is incredible, and the details and customization are unreal. One person can play this game, but it also has multiplayer functionality. You can choose which team you want to be on (USA, Manchester United, and dozens of others).
TVULite lets you watch your favorite team play anytime you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. This app gives you access to 300 TVU Network channels from around the world. Don’t even think about using this app without a broadband Wi-Fi connection—EDGE and 3G aren’t fast enough for the feeds. Also, due to the limited processing power of the iPhone/iPod touch, some of the feeds may load slowly and playback might be a bit choppy at times. (A few channels might not even display at all.) However, for the most part, you can easily find your favorite soccer match and watch it in real time.