Recent App Reviews
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.
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.