Recent App Reviews
Out of the over 50,000 apps in the App Store, MacWorld magazine picked Concert Vault as the best app of 2009. This free app lets you enter in your favorite band or artist, and then you can listen via streaming audio to an actual concert that was recorded sometime in the past — U2, early Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin. The collection spans the 1960s through today. Obviously not every band or artist will be represented, and the current ones less so. But hopefully you'll find something you'll like from among the thousands of concerts.
I’ve recently had the opportunity to review Mantaray Creative Labs iBaby Buddy ($1.99) and like what I see with one caveat. From the get go it should be obvious that you take risks handing over a several hundred dollar iPhone to an infant, I could easily imagine the lady at the Apple Genius bar asking if my iPhone got wet and my saying, “Does my baby teething on it count?” But with that caveat, and a parents desire to give their children the best learning opportunities they can, I think this is a use of the iPhone worth following.
From Almond Biscotti to White Chocolate Drop Cookies, Bake-Guru has enough cookie recipes to keep your sweet tooth happy.
Ready for some demon squishing fun? I was too, but what could have been a simple yet intriguing premise somehow managed to get mired in the details. Trounce is a good foundation for a nice pick-up-and-play game, but until it can move past its App-A-Day roots it really feels like little more than a prototype.
With Calc Tap, you don't need to worry about losing your place. I use calculators all the time & I'll be right in the big middle of something when someone comes in & starts talking to me. When I go back to the calculator, I can't remember if the bill, etc that I'm holding was entered yet or if I was just about to & end up starting from scratch. Never again thanks to this wonderful app!
CNNMoney was launched recently and appears to be one of the top apps for up-to-the-minute news in the area of business and finance. It includes news, analysis, financial data, and streaming video. Features include the ability to personalize the content and how it's presented, breaking news alerts, stock ticker, customized stock quotes and tracking, and the ability to easily share articles and videos via e-mail or Twitter.
Another day, another application that's actually better than the last. This time around I'll be looking at Tumblecaps, a somewhat original take on the whole match 3 genre. I must confess that I probably have a bit of a soft spot for this game simply because I love match 3 games, but I think if you were to play all of the games up to this point you would agree that this is the most solid entry (Pegburner is a close second, but all the problems I had with unresponsive controls sets it back a bit from this one).
Another cool racer, Phaze, recently made available in the App Store (developer Pazzazz), and now reviewed--has all the finely-honed graphics, speed and excitement of a pod-racer and then some.
If you read my first two posts in this series, you might be wondering why I'm continuing to review these games. Besides the fact that the developer was kind enough to provide me with the first five games for these reviews, it turns out they're actually getting better. The next game in the series is Pegburner, and it's a simple "click the numbers in order" game. I was actually a bit relieved, because given then name I thought it was going to be another one of those peg jumping games.