A game whose play involves catapulting involves catapulting birds into castles occupied by green pigs hardly sounds like the stuff of a winner. But Angry Birds ($0.99) is the top-selling game in the App Store — and so popular that it got written up in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago. It has an astonishing 25,000 five-star ratings in the App store. It has two key components: it's fun and addictive.
The Air Display app is expected to be out in a couple weeks — and it's yet another great example of the clever things that developers come up with. You'll be able to use the app on your iPad such that your iPad will function as an extra external monitor with your computer, connecting wirelessly. Initially it'll just be available for the Mac, but a PC version is in the works. I'll post again when it's released.
This is a cool idea. Anttenna (free) uses GPS to let you find classified listings nearby. It's built on top of Twitter and creates a mobile marketplace for exchanging goods using bite-sized Twitter-style postings they call Anttweeting. You can also chat with people who have items for sale. As always, a service like this depends on lots of people using it, but they seem to be off to a solid start. It's using state-of-the-art social networking to facilitate local exchange.
Well, maybe I exaggerate in the subject of this post. But an article in TidBITs is an excellent source if you're at all interested in reading books on your iPad.
As you may know, Android is Google's very popular smartphone platform that's been rapidly adopted by carriers and manufacturers and is strongly competing with the iPhone. A couple of our bloggers, including Steve Green, posted the news when a hacker got Android running on an original iPhone in late April.
I first wrote about The Game Trail (free) last fall. It's now been updated, and has hit a number of milestones, including 100,000 active users and 500,000 videos served. It has video reviews/previews of thousands of games so that you can quickly find the ones you like. It's a good way of discovering games that get overlooked.
I haven't yet tried this new app, but it sounds like an interesting idea — sort of like subscribing to a movie channel via your cable service, or going to a movie at a cinema. That's because instead of being the usual Internet model of movies on demand, Cinema for iPad has a schedule and streams movies at particular times. You pay $2.99 for the app, but the movies are free. The schedule changes frequently. You tune in when there's a movie playing that you'd like to see, whether a matinee or late-night show.
According to PocketNow, tethering for the iPhone won't be coming anytime soon. Tethering, as you may know, lets you connect your laptop to the Internet via your cell phone's data capability. It was supposed to come not long after the iPhone 3GS was introduced, but now AT&T says that they're afraid their network wouldn't be able to handle the additional load. You can read more on PocketNow.
iPad Case Finder is a new website that helps you find the case you're looking for. You can sort by brand or by case/bag or by color. Personally I want a vertical case with a shoulder strap. But I want it svelte, and not the luggage end of the spectrum. iPad Case Finder's category of bags (sometimes also called satchels or messenger bags) lists the sort of cases I'm looking for.
Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.