Recent App Reviews
Everybody's getting into app development these days. What if you're a trash collector and you have a great idea for an app that lets people get help for their problems? Rob Shoesmith was that trash collector (though called a "bin man" in the U.K., where he lives). He took his idea to the MEDL Mobile's App Incubator, and it was one of 8 out of 12,000 proposed apps that were selected for development. You can see an entertaining video of Rob on his website.
Please see the just-added “UPDATE (08/22 19:52 CET)” section (at the bottom; use Ctrl-F to quickly find it if you want) in my iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible .
Also note that, lately, I’ve added several other updates to the same roundup before this one.
Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.
Very handy way to discover apps that have gone wild and most importantly FREE, check out the web-site freeappalert from either your iPhone/iPod touch or PC. The site also has the usual tracking services (RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and subscription via e-mail alerts. You never know when you might find that rare free gem that you were prepared to pay 99 cents for...
Tomorrow, Friday the 21st is the last day in our Turbo Subs giveaway, so don't wait to add your comments here (or to the previous-related posts) to win an iTunes code. Check out Eric's excellent review here, or read on for full contest rules/info. Winners will be announced this coming weekend.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.
When I first looked at Take A Note ($4.99) I was interested in it as an educa tion tool since it has multiple options for taking notes; typing, using the voice recorder, snapping a photo or even your own doodles and drawings as such is an invaluable tool for any student. I found the layout to be well thought-out, and logical and I appreciated that visually it resembles a paper notebook, for me the visual queue with the functions was practical.
For me personally, Clickgamer hasn’t had the best track record with games on the iPhone. You can check out my review of Enigma to see what I consider a low point for them, but other titles such as IO, Tankz and Hacker Evolution didn’t really work for me, either. On the other hand, they’ve managed to have a few slam dunks, such as Dragon Panic, Gears Of Gravity and most recently Zombie Vs. Sheep. Thankfully, Touch Magic does a pretty good job of fitting into the later category. I think it’s missing one key feature, which I’ll get to in a bit, but what’s there is a nice take on puzzle games that I’ve not experienced before, and I quite enjoy it.
Fluent News is a new free app that aggregates news from many sources, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Plus, it claims to be the first app to let you do keyword searches across many sources. Version 1.1, released yesterday, adds the ability to save articles to a Saved section in the app. It also has in-app e-mailing so that you can send interesting news stories to your friends and colleagues — without leaving the application. You can also share news articles via Twitter and Facebook without leaving the app.