Recent App Reviews
There’s something to be said for those games where you basically fly through tunnels trying not to hit the walls. That something is for the most part that if you’ve played one, you’ve played them all. Then along comes Graviton to take that theory, shatter it to pieces, and leave it floating in a huge pool of lava. From the fact that you have an object besides your ship to protect to the realization that every level is filled to the brim with delicately timed situations and intricate puzzles, you’ll soon understand that Graviton is not your mother’s iCopter clone. Not only am I thankful for that, but I’m grateful that the developers have taken such a base concept and made such an incredible game out of it.
I like MacWorld's reviews and articles. And their new app, called App Gems, looks to be really useful. Each weekday this app highlights and App Gem of the day — an app that's highly recommended by their staff of experts. Plus, the app also includes Essential Collections of great apps, which are handpicked by the editors and writers at MacWorld. You can also see lists of top-rated apps by category. And finally, App Gems includes news stories, blog posts, and tips posted on Macworld.com. The app is $1.99.
Other mobile platforms have long been having decent Commodore 64 (C64) emulators. It’s probably Windows Mobile that is best equipped with these: on that platform, there are several C64 emulators, Pocket Commodore 64 3.0 being without doubt the best, offering even wireless multiplayer (!). It’s so good I’ve shelled out some $30 for it – without any hesitation.
One of the amazing things about the iPhone is the number of niche applications. If you or your children play soccer, you'll want to try SoccerCard SKS, a customizable stats application for iPhone and iPod touch that enables you to create an unlimited number of virtual soccer cards featuring current player photos and season records, stats, and totals in real time. And you can e-mail these virtual SoccerCards to others. The app looks like a real SoccerCard, with a photo on the front.
This is the first part of a 3 part interview with Kate Connally, Vice President of AddictingGames. Each part of this interview will be followed by a mini-review of one of AddicitingGames' first three iPhone games. For part one the mini-review will be about iPark It!
In an earlier post I noted that i.TV 2.0 had been announced. And now it's out. This free app is billed as "the only movie, DVD, and TV guide you'll ever need." The new version lets you use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control with a TiVo, and more devices are being added. The new version also includes a streamlined interface, push notifications, and more.
It's a good feeling when you hear that an app you reviewed and gave a thumbs up to makes it to the Apple "What's Hot" list (makes you think you got at least one right). It's especially cool when the developer is one that you have followed and encouraged for a long time (from back in the Windows Mobile days). Of course, the excellent Star Walk product for iPhone/iPod touch might have had just a little to do with it, and now soon to be released with a spinning earth model in version 3.0!
Outbreaks Near Me
With HealthMap's Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap's latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood, including news about H1N1 influenza ("swine flu"). Search and browse outbreak reports on the interactive map, and set up the app to alert you with a notice automatically whenever an outbreak is occurring in your area. If you spy an outbreak, be the first to report it using the app's unique outbreak reporting feature. You will get credit as a disease detective and your find will be featured on the website.
Seems everyone is talking about this new concert venue application, here on the blog anyway. iConcertCal is probably the easiest way I have ever found to find out about music appearances in your area. You can let it filter based on your loaded music, or you can simply go search through the available list of events. The location based services provide excellent coverage of large and small acts in your area.