Without question one of the coolest things on the CES floor is the Chevy Volt and their On-Star app for the iPhone (and iPod touch — and Android Droid and BlackBerry Storm).
The app gives you incredible control over everything from when you charge the electric wonder car, to notifications for completion or interruption of charge, to opening the doors and warming it up (or cooling it down) before you get in.
Your iPhone is now a whole new magical instrument. Just cradle your phone in
the palm of your hand like a guitar neck, and watch as beams of light approach
your fingertips. Now press and hold to hear each note, then SHAKE your phone to
bring your song to life. You won’t believe it ‘til you try it.
PLAY a note. SHAKE your phone. FEEL the
magic as the music responds to your slightest movement.
“Climb up the stairway to heaven or down the highway to hell” –
“Smule’s latest musical brainchild” – TechCrunch
You control the notes, speed, guitar type, pitch and vibrato. Swipe your finger
across the screen to bend any note. Play it once, play it a hundred times, each
time is a unique experience that won’t get old.
PLAY LEGENDARY SONGS YOUR WAY
Jam on your favorite rock, classical, folk and pop songs with your new magic
guitar – no practice necessary.
• Simply touch the beams of lights to play all styles of music, from soulful
jams to scorching shred.
• Express your creativity and shake your phone to create vibrato, or drag your
fingers to bend the pitch.
• Choose from different guitar sounds and speeds to make each song your own.
Magic Guitar’s songbook includes a huge catalog of legendary artists including:
-The Rolling Stones
-Fall Out Boy
-Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
-Credence Clearwater Revival
-Blue Oyster Cult
…and many more!
We’re adding FREE songs every week so make sure to come back frequently!
**NOTE: Some users have reported issues with certain songs such as overly high
pitched notes. We are actively fixing these and your copy will update
automatically when they improve. Thanks for you patience and keep on jamming!
SHARE YOUR SONGS WITH THE WORLD
Share your best jams on the interactive Smule globe, or through Twitter,
Facebook or email.
• Hang out on the Smule globe and listen to other Magic Guitarists rocking out.
• Share the love – gift your friends any song from within the app to double the
SCORE YOUR WAY TO THE TOP
Once you’ve mastered your new guitar, get rewarded for playing.
• Level up to unlock achievements and badges, earn new songs and make your way
to the top of the song leader boards.
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Twitterific: Works just like the desktop version of Twitterific (it gives you access to Twitter), and also uses the iPhone’s location-aware features to geotag your tweets. What it doesn’t do, like Twinkle, is give you a feed of Twitter users from around you. It does, however, let you attach photos to pics and let you know if your friends Tweet from a nearby location. Overall, pretty good. Ad-supported version is Free; Ad-free version is $10.
PhoneSaber: Lightsaber application similar to the one on Installer.app. Five choices of iPhone colors and slightly better accelerometer detection for better lightsaber sounds. Free.
Midomi: Song Recognition App that actually works well enough to know when it’s being Rickrolled. Free
iTunes Remote: Remote control your iTunes and iTV. It’s very, very good, and can even rate songs directly from the phone. Pretty much the perfect iTunes remote. Free.
NetNewsWire: Similar to the RSS Reader on the desktop, which we use daily, NNW on the iPhone lets you read RSS feeds. It doesn’t scale images like the web-based Mac RSS reader, so you’re going to have to do a bit of panning and scrolling. Other than that, no real complaints. It even syncs with your NNW online account so you can keep your desktop feeds and iPhone feeds the same (in terms of knowing what you already read). Free.
Google Mobile: Location aware searching with auto-suggest, contacts searching as well as local business search (typing in pizza gives you an option to search for pizza near you). Unfortunately, as Lifehacker pointed out, it only searches your contacts, not your calendar or email. One step at a time. Free.
Yelp: Pretty much exactly the same features as the online yelp.com portal, but in a readable format for your iPhone. Search for pizza places, coffee shops, bars or gas stations and you’ll be able to check out its hours, the location, the phone number and read reviews. You can drill down from the home screen to Restaurants, Bars, Coffee & Tea, Banks, Gas & Service Stations or Drugstores, or just type in whatever you want. Everyone should download it just to have. Free.
Facebook: Just like the iPhone-customized Facebook webpage, except crashier (crashed when I tried to view the friends list the first time). You can search your friends, do Facebook chat (nice), view your messages and do everything else you could do on the web-based portal. It just crashed when I tried to view my profile too. Free.
Pandora: Your standard internet radio—you pick an artist you like, it recommends similar songs which you then rate to hone its selections. Like always it’s better for well-known artists, but its explanation for why certain tracks were picked (“intricate melodic phrasing, a clear focus on recoding studio production, heartbreaking lyrics”) are priceless. Pandora claims CD-quality but several tracks sounded compressed. A plus is that streaming works well with very little lag even over EDGE. Album art comes in with that nice page effect; good thing, because that’s all you’ll be seeing since the app can’t play in the background. Free. – John Mahoney
IGN Reviews: Easily get IGN game reviews on the go, either by searching for the game title or browsing a list of recent reviews. If you don’t trust IGN for reviews, it’s not a huge help, but it does give you a decent idea of what’s good and what’s not if you’re at the game section of Best Buy looking for something to take home. Free.
Save Benjis: Think Pricegrabber or Google Products for the iPhone. Search for a particular product you want and it will throw up a list of prices from various retailers. Useful for going shopping and not knowing whether the TV you’re buying will be cheaper online (it usually will be).
Mixmeister: Allows users to perform scratches over the music in their playlist using one of ten available vinyl scratch sounds. I’m not a DJ, but it was easy to pick up and get a decent scratch going right away. Bottom line: it’s fun. Free. – Sean Fallon
MotionX-Poker: An addictive dice and poker game that shakes virtual dice by actually sampling your shake of the iPhone and simulating the roll. It’s the best original game for the iPhone yet. $5 – Brian Lam
Weight Track A weight log of how much you weigh every day that syncs w/ the website, but also gives you a history of your weight loss. Pretty much just a fancy alternative for a pen and pencil, but not bad if you’re trying to lose some weight. Comes with sluggish graphics and animations. Free.
AIM: It’s as solid as you’d expect, supporting away statuses, marking contacts as favorites so you can easily find them, groups, away messages and saved messages while you’re away from the app. Because background IM notifications won’t be here until September, you’ll have to go into the app to check whether or not you have new messages. Still, it’s good that you don’t lose any. Oh, and that really annoying traditional AIM sound is still here and is still super freaking annoying. Don’t see a way to turn that off. But there is a system option to sign off when you exit. Free.
MySpace Mobile: I have never used MySpace Mobile on another platform, but I can say that the version for the iPhone is very solid. It ran smooth and provided easy access to every option you could find on the regular site. It sure as hell won’t make me want to use MySpace again, but addicts who have an iPhone will undoubtedly be thrilled. Free. – Sean Fallon
Whrrl: Think Yelp, but more-map based and social networking-like. Go to your current location and you can see markers signifying places of restaurants or stores. Click on them to see reviews, write reviews, or place markers saying that you’ve been there, wanted to go there or that you’re there now. This could be cool if you have enough friends using it, but otherwise you’re playing around with strangers. Free.
Tiny Violin: A virtual “world’s smallest violin” to play to whiners. It plays two tunes which get old fast. Much like the idea itself. $1. – Brian Lam
Bejeweled 2:If you’re a fan of the Bejeweled game, you will love this iPhone version. There are two different game modes, Classic and Action. The only difference in between the two is Action mode has a time limit. Game play works as it should, you touch a jewel you want to move then touch the surrounding spot you want it to move to. There’s a Hint feature that will advise you to the best jewel to move. The game uses full use of the iPhone’s accelerometer, allowing play at any angle. The graphics and sound FX are great, and overall gameplay is smooth without any problems. $10. –Chris Mascari
Box Office: Very simple, incredibly useful—gives you a full list of movie showtimes sorted by name, your location (manual zipcode entry or GPS/celltower reading) or Rotten Tomato rating and kicks you to Fandango to buy tickets. So much better than hitting Google for showtimes in Safari. Free. –John Mahoney
Dial 0: A directory of service 800 numbers with instructions on how to reach a real person for each one, all of them I tried being some variation on “press 0 over and over again.” Kind of handy to have all the numbers you might need in one place, but not fantastic. Free. –John Mahoney
Band: Holy Crap this app is fun. There are five different instruments that all play in landscape mode: Rock Kit, Funky Drummer, Bassist, Grand Piano, and 12 Bar Blues. It’s able to record every instrument one track at a time, and each time a new instrument is recorded it replays what’s already been recorded. Basically you can make a complete musical masterpiece one instrument at a time. There’s even audience sounds for added ambiance. While it has the ability to save all your recordings, sadly there is no way to get those recordings off the iPhone. $10. –Chris Mascari
World 9: Start the app and put it in your pocket. As you run and jump it makes Super Mario brothers noises. Free and awesome. –Brian Lam
Shazam: Will also identify songs through the iPhone’s mic—doesn’t handle humming and singing as well as Midomi, but is tops at picking up ambient background music. –John Mahoney
AOL Radio: Features over 200 stations spanning more than 25 genres of music and over 150 local radio stations from across the US. You can bookmark favorite stations, artists and even link up to iTunes or AOL music when you find a song you like. All-in-all it works well. The sound quality is good, its easy to navigate and you can control the volume right in the app. It also stops playing when you remove your headphones. You can’t run it in the background, however. Free. –Sean Fallon
Sketches: The best drawing and photo mockery tool for the iPhone. You can choose different photo or solid or map backgrounds and drop various icons or draw on images and export them out. No text tool. A little slow but worth $8.-Brian Lam>
Comic Touch: Overlay text bubbles on images, and warp faces. Unlike the Sketches app, it has a text tool, but that’s it. $5.-Brian Lam>
Crazy Eye: Yeah, this is a program with 10 animations of different eyeballs (dragon, pirate, etc) that switch and move around. You’re supposed to hold it up to your face and it’s supposed to make you look like a monster or something. It gets old in about 1 minute and costs a buck. –Brian Lam
AP Mobile News Network: A great way to browse the wires for news, photos and videos (really reminds me in a way of the presentation on the Wii, sans the spinning globe sadly). Videos kick you to YouTube. But am I the only one that still remembers AP promising some kind of game-changing user-submitted news submission process at WWDC? That seems to be missing in this version, at least. Free. –John Mahoney
Mosquito: This is an audio/motion game, where you listen to a mosquito buzzing and when it gets close, you swat it by swinging your iPhone. Clever, but for $2, there isn’t enough pay off. –Brian Lam
Urbanspoon: If you’re hungry but don’t know where you want to eat, Urbanspoon makes finding a restaurant pretty fun. It’s like a slot machine, listing neighborhoods, cuisines and price ranges in the three columns. When you shake the iPhone, it spins the wheels, delivering a random restaurant to you. You can lock on any or all three of the columns to get something more specific if you want, and clicking the restaurant name brings you to more info about it. Could be fun if you aren’t the pre-planning type. Free. -Adam Frucci
Etch-a-Sketch: The Etch-a-Sketch game is essentially a doodling app, allowing you to draw free-form with your fingers on the touchscreen, changing the colors and other such things using the controls at the bottom. If you’re a purist, you can use the knobs, but that’s just as annoying as it is when you’re using the real thing. As you can see by my masterpiece above, doing it freehand lets you use separate lines and you can really make great stuff that you can then send to your friends/boss. Just like with a real Etch-a-Sketch, you erase simply by shaking. $4.99. -Adam Frucci
NY Times Viewer: Basically the same as the AP viewer—but seems a little more clunkily implemented (it’s slow, images don’t always load, crashed a few times during test). Not as much video. But still a nice way to grab news for reading offline. Free. -John Mahoney
Telegram: This is the only app I didn’t buy before writing a review. The $10 app promises to send voice messages between people on your friend list or email. I call it expensive visual email. -Brian Lam
iZen Garden: Ok, I lied, I didn’t review this either. Here’s a Zen rock garden game for $8. Last time I checked rocks and dirt were free, so fake rocks and dirt should also be free. -Brian Lam
Graffitio: This is supposedly a location aware app that allows you to leave virtual message boards according to your location. You can go to a restaurant and say, “the eggs are great!” and the next user. It’s free but I wasn’t impressed yet. -Brian Lam
South Park Imaginationland: Help Butters through Imaginationland by making him jump on mushrooms, collect rainbows, and fly. It’s even worse than it sounds; the controls suck and by the time I figured out how to play, I was already bored. Still, the sound effects are great and I love South Park, so let me know when there’s a Fingerbang game. $10. -Benny Goldman
Battle of Waterloo: This is a choose your own adventure text game. About the battle of Waterloo. “Join the Infantry!” or “Lie Down and Take Cover!” Either way, “Save Your $4 Bucks!” $4 -John Mahoney
Routsey San Francisco: Basically a Next Muni app for your iPhone. You select the SF Muni line you are interested in, and based off your location it will show you the closest stop with arrival times. For some reason the app displays the schedule for the closest stop only. So there is no way to check info for a stop you are not near. $3. -Chris Mascari
LifeGame: Based on Conway’s Game of Life, this must be the easiest game ever; simply press play, and it runs itself. Watch and be mesmerized as patterns of black dots form into… something. We’re still not quite sure what we’re watching, but it looks sweet, like a binary iTunes visualizer. Make and play your own patterns for extra fun. Free. -Benny Goldman
MPG: MPG lets you keep track of how often you fill up your tank and how much you’re spending on gas, just in case you somehow forgot. It’s slow as hell on the phone we’re testing it on, even though it’s a pretty simple, but that might just be because we’ve overloaded this poor iPhone with apps. When it does work, it lets you keep track of your MPG from tank to tank. If you’re working on hypermiling, you can find out just how efficient you’ve been since the last fillup and see how much you’ve cut back on your driving. $0.99 -Adam Frucci
Zen Pinball: Rollercoaster is a pretty straightforward pinball game. The graphics are nice, and it’s pretty smooth. Essentially, you tap the right side of the screen for the right bumper, the left side for the left bumper, and flick on the ball release to fire another ball. You can nudge the table by shaking the phone as well. It’s fun enough, but you’d be hard pressed to find this exciting for more than a few minutes. $4.99 -Adam Frucci
Bomberman Touch: The Legend of Mystic Bomb: The developers who totally nail traditional d-pad-plus-two-buttons controls for iPhone games will do everyone a favor—sadly, Bomberman hasn’t. Your thumb blocks your Bomberman more than it should. Plus after the first level anyway, gameplay is too slow—not nearly frantic enough to rival the classics. $8. -John Mahoney
Aqua Forest: This water moving game uses both the touchscreen and accelerometer of the iPhone for controls. With five different categories, Tilting, Touch, Drawing, Warm/Cold, and All Functions there are 50 different puzzles that require either tilting, touching or both. There is even a Free mode, where you can create your own little atmosphere of stuff like water, fire and ice, and then by tilting/shaking the iPhone you can mix it all up. -Chris Mascari
Mobile Flickr: Full-featured Flickr app, you can browse your photos by sets, tags, and more. Photo browsing is comparable to the iPhone’s built in browser, and you can even assign a picture to a contact. It was slow to take pics and save them, but uploading to Flickr over Wi-Fi was fast. The only problem? The picture was upside down on Flickr! $3. -Benny Goldman
Exposure: This app is just designed for looking at Flickr pics, and has no upload feature. It shows recent pictures taken by others near your location which is cool, but browsing was slow and it only shows one picture per line. Skip this app, it’s worth shelling out the $3 for Mobile Flickr, especially when Exposure Premium costs $10 and only removes an ad banner. Free. -Benny Goldman
CityTransit: The undisputed king of the NYC subway map apps. It’s the only one with the officially licensed maps, it’ll plot your nearest subway stations on a Google Map for easier navigation, includes service advisories, includes LIRR and Metro North as well as an antique map, looks beautiful—does it all. And at $2.99 it’s the cheapest—don’t touch the other two, especially the $15 one. $3. -John Mahoney
Alarm Free: Alarm Free is a pretty simple, and pretty stupid, app. Basically, it’s a picture of an alarm. If you shake your phone, the alarm goes off and makes an annoying noise. Touch the screen to make it stop. Apparently,
it’s designed as a self-defense program, and you’re supposed to hold it up to an attacker to scare them off. If you hold this up to an attacker, they will steal your iPhone, then probably give you an extra hard beating for assuming they were dumb enough to be scared by flashing lights on your phone. Free. -Adam Frucci
GuitarToolKit: A companion app for your guitar that has many different tuning pre-sets (it detects sound via your iPhone’s mic), standard tone generation, a metronome and chords. Tuning my bass guitar that I’ve been too lazy to tune for a year and a half was fast and easy, and the tone generation was useful to remember which note each string was supposed to be. Chords and metronome will be great when I get around to playing it again. $9.99 is about the price of a cheap tuner, but this is even better since you have your iPhone with you always.
Sudoku (The EA Version): There are an infinite amount of ways to make a Sudoku game, some of which are fast and easy, some of which are good and well thought out. This is definitely the latter. EA shows off its decades of game experience with slick menus, smooth animations, good touch sensitivity and even an opening intro. There’s even Japanesey background music to help you concentrate. The game itself has intuitive controls as well—intuitive for entering numbers that is. $7.99. Not too steep.
Scrabble: EA’s version of Scrabble supports playing against the computer or multiplayer, but only in the sense that you take your turn and pass the phone around. No wireless gaming, which is something we would have liked. Otherwise, there’s quite a bit of polish, including a slightly over-long intro movie and the ability to drag letters from your tray into the correct slot. You can play with a grand total of four friends, which is great since each one will be able to chip in $2.50 for this somewhat steep price. $9.99.
Bank of America Mobile Banking: Lets you access your account information to see recent statements, transfer money or find BoA locations. This sounds like it has great potential if it were developed al in the iPhone’s UI, but only the login procedure is. The bulk of the application is just their mobile banking web page, which looks really ugly, and doesn’t fit in with the iPhone’s UI style at all. It’s free, but we wouldn’t use this unless you really needed to see if some transfer came through while you’re outdoors. BoA needs to go back and re-do everything correctly.
YPMobile: Free Yellow Pages access app that can use your current location to find whatever it is you’re usually looking for in the Yellow Pages. Each entry has a star rating and its distance from you. You can also look up events, make a custom list of your own “plans”, or add a business to your favorites. It’s free and should be quite useful.
Enigmo: It’s the same physics-based game where you used various objects to deflect water and lasers from a starting point to an ending point that people have been playing on the Mac for years. The graphics aren’t great for the Mac, but they’re perfect for the iPhone. Everything runs smoothly and dragging objects around feels natural. You’ll have to do a bit of scrolling around because the screen isn’t quite as big as you’d like, but it’s definitely a fun game. $9.99.
Jared: A stupid yellow face that sings at you. Good thing this is free, because it gets old fast.
WeatherBug: It’s like the default Weather app, but trades slick brevity for ugliness. However, with that ugliness comes a whole lot more information, like the heat index, humidity, dew point, rain amount, wind speeds and wind direction. There’s also radar, which didn’t actually work for us for some reason, and cameras, which you can use to spy on the high schools and elementary schools that have weather cameras installed. Wait, this sounds kinda pervy. Do you really need all that information? Probably not. It’s free though, so if you’re some kind of curious monkey, here you go.
Currency: A quick currency converter that shows how much one amount (default s dollars) is in 9 other currencies of your choice. Easy to use and useful when either traveling or when you have to convert money for some reason. Free!
RotaryDialer: The idea is good—an old school rotary dialer that you use via touch—but the execution sucks. Where’s the noise that a rotary dialer makes??! Seriously? You’re going to make this app without that noise? Go back and do this again. Free, but disappointing.
Trism: A sliding puzzle game that’s slightly similar to Bejweled, but actually uses the iPhone’s acclerometer to detect which direction is down. This affects gameplay by changing which direction triangles fall when you’ve made a match. For $4.99, it’s a pretty sweet game.
Jott: It records voice memos and converts them into text notes. Swipe a task after you complete it, and it strikes through the words. I’m more likely to keep track of tasks now that I can speak them instead of tapping them in on the keyboard, but for Jott to be consistently useful they must improve speech recognition and recording length, add more of the features offered in their phone-based service, and send crossed out notes to the trash. Free. – Benny Goldman
GoLearn Fitness Plus: This fitness app combines trainer videos that gives you tips about exercising at the gym, running, hiking or cycling. Each workout comes with a demonstration so you know you’re doing it right, plus has a log tracker so you can enter in your reps or your miles/time for running and hiking. At $19.99, the “Plus” version incorporates all the other workouts of the four individual versions at half the total price. An hour with an actual fitness trainer like our Sean Fallon costs more than $19.99, and they won’t even show you what to do all the time or remember every set you’ve ever done. There’s also a home workout if you’re not really the gym-going type. Seriously, $19.99 is cheap for getting in shape and not dying early.
eBay: A basic looking but extremely well rounded eBay app for the iPhone. By signing in you have the usually My eBay options of displaying what is being watched, sold, etc. What makes this app amazing is its iPhone specific eBay item / page browser. Scrolling through listings is easy and loads fast. Once at an item age, the iPhone displays the most important information with links to bidding, buying, watching, description, and pictures. The pictures page has a gallery style display, which is very nice. Free. – Chris Mascari
PayPal: This app is pretty limited and doesn’t feel like a finished product. With only two real features, ability to check your PayPal balance or send money, this app is kinda useless. Free. – Chris Mascari
Expenses: Expenses by Nexonia is a free download, but it actually isn’t free. Super lame. You have to pay $10 a month to their subscription service, which isn’t worth it unless you’re really heavy into expenses for your company and they don’t already have a system in place, you can easily keep track of your expenses with the default notes application. $10 a month = no thanks.
Cro-Mag Rally: This game is pretty fun but definitely takes some time to get used to. It’s basically Mario Kart for the iPhone with a caveman theme. Steering uses the iPhone accelerometer and actually works well once you get the hang of it. There are 9 different race tracks and 11 different vehicles to drive, which combined with the superb graphics, makes this game a good time. $10.
CowToss: The self-proclaimed worst iPhone app ever, CowToss lets you bounce a static animation of a cow up and down on your screen. That’s it. Shamefully overpriced at $0.99, unless electronic irony is your thing. – Dan Nosowitz
iMilk: This little app uses the iPhone’s motion sensor to tell when the phone is being tipped, like a glass. So if you tip the phone forward, the “milk” inside will drain out pretty realistically. If you shake the phone, it’ll foam up like milk. A fun show off app but pricey at $2.99. – Dan Nosowitz
iPint: Just like iMilk, only with a more “mature” substance, a 3.5-inch tall glass of beer. Definitely worth the free download, though you must be 17 to order. – Dan Nosowitz
Crazy Mouth: Similar to Crazy Eye, but with animations of mouths like a robot and a cheerful whistler. The animations are a little more elaborate than Crazy Eye and a little more entertaining. Worth the $1 if you’ve got it to toss around. – Dan Nosowitz
Banner Free: Turns your phone into a scrolling LED-style banner. I can see this becoming annoying pretty quickly, when someone downloads it and only communicates with the outside world via scrolling banner. Still, it’s fun for now, and free. -Benny Goldman
Shakespeare: The complete works of Shakespeare condensed into a ~3MB app. Adjustable font size and easy to navigate menus are good, but I’d like to see search and highlighting capabilities. It’s free, which is a refreshing change from so many other public domain books that are going for $1 in the app store. -Benny Goldman
G-Park: G-Park uses the A-GPS to mark where your car is parked. When you want to return to the spot, press a button for turn-by-turn directions. If you constantly get lost in the parking lot, it’s worth the $1. -Benny Goldman
Mindwarp: “Duuude! Stare at this trippy swirly picture for 30 seconds and then, like, check out your hand! It’s insane!” Sorry, I ran out of whatever drug I needed for this a long time ago. $1 -Benny Goldman
Scribble: A simple drawing application with four colors and one brush size. Pictures can be saved to your photo library, but can’t be edited once you leave the app. Not the best sketching app we’ve seen, but it’s the most free. -Benny Goldman
Frisbee Golf: This game takes the only good part of playing disc golf—going outside, maybe drinking a beer—and ditches it. Too hard to aim, too much unnecessary 3D and not very fun. To the hippies that would buy this: You’re better off saving your money for what you normally spend it on. $3. -Benny Goldman
Loopt: A location based social network app that will display what your friends are doing and where they’re at. There are a slew of features like uploading pictures to show what you are doing and even integrated Yelp! reviews on the map. Overall the app works great and is pretty fun but will drain your battery like a motherfucker. Free. -Chris Mascari
Cube Runner: Cube runner follows the Monkey Ball style of using the accelerometer for tilt-based controls to navigate your…um…arrow through a drab-looking mess of cubes. It’s intuitive and fun, but once you get tired of chasing the high score, there’s little reason to go back to it. Free. -Adrian Covert
Tetris:Let’s be honest – Tetris isn’t exactly the most ambitious project for a company like EA Games. That’s probably why the company’s iPhone port is a little overdone. The basic gameplay functions are well thought out and the touch-focused controls are completely intuitive, though we’d be pretty disappointed to find any kind of learning curve for a Tetris game. EA obviously wanted to use a bit of the iPhone’s rendering capability, but the graphics are gaudy to the point of distraction. Anyone looking for a simple, clean port like Tris (from the jailbreak days. See you soon, Tris…) should probably pass, but if you need a fix now I guess you don’t have much of a choice. At $9.99 you can expect a decent competitor to pop up at a lower price point, if not for free. -John Herrman
Twitterific: Great implementation of the service – smooth menus, fast updates, can embed photos and locations in your tweets natively. And it looks great. Free with ads, $10 without. -John Mahoney
Twittelator: Gets the job done, but it’s buggy. Occasionally can’t connect to the server, and the interface is not nearly as polished as Twitterific. Free. -John Mahoney
Twittervision: Cool visualization of tweets from around the world in real time that matches the website of the same name. Also lets you track location-tagged tweets that are in your area and provides very basic updating. Fun, but use it with Twitterific, not instead of. Free. -John Mahoney
Mocha VNC Lite: Mocha is a VNC client that supports full QWERTY and safari-like zooming as well as landscape mode. Double click works, but right click doesn’t, but there is no official App store equivalent so this is your desktop remote client of choice. -Brian Lam
Twinkle: This Twitter app oneups Twitteriffic by not only showing who’s twittering, but where they’re doing it. Paired with a great UI, Twinkle is a winner. Free. -Matt Buchanan
Aurora Feint: Aurora Feint is a bastard mix of Bejewled, tilt controls and an RPG (laying the groundwork for an MMO). Sounds weird, but it’s pretty damn fun. -Benny Goldman
MealSplitter: MealSplitter is a tip and check splitting app to help you figure out who owes what at the end of a meal. Unfortunately, it evidently does a lousy job, unable to calculate separate meal prices correctly: one person’s expensive item will be split evenly among everybody. – submitted by Kenny Crochet
iRetrophone: Rotary phone UI for the iPhone. You enter numbers and hit call. Funny, great sound effects, but not worth $3.
NetSketch: Cool Bonjour-like collaborative drawing app for passing notes and crude anatomical sketches over Wi-Fi. $8
Where: Yet another geo device, this one linked to yelp, starbucks, zipcar, skymap and gasbuddy locations, each on different maps. It even has buddy beaconing, but I’d rather just use yelp and loopt for buddies. Bad news: Doesn’t always work. Good news: It’s free.
Crash Bandicoot: Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D is a Mario Kart-like 3D racer with Crash Bandicoot at the wheel instead of the chubby Brooklyn plumber. For $9.99, we expect better.
MLB’s At Bat: If you like baseball, buy MLB’s At Bat. It’s worth $5. Every game today, yesterday and tomorrow with a full inning-by-inning rundown and video highlights in a slick interface. On Wi-Fi, they load fast, and you can make out the back of a player’s jersey while it chugs at a solid framerate. On 3G, you’ll wish a pop fly knocked your eyes out. – Matt Buchanan
There are hundreds of travel-related iPhone apps on the iTunes store, including ones that help you pack your bag, find a rest stop on a road trip, translate a foreign language, navigate the subways in New York or book a night at a guest house in Cambodia. Whatever your travel goal — there’s an app for that.
But which travel apps are actually worth downloading?
Here’s a short list of some iPhone apps that I use or think are worth using. Please use the comments section at the end to tell us about your most-used travel apps and why we should download them. After all, it’s easy to add apps because they sound fun and cool, but it can be a completely different experience to find ones that you return to again and again.
There are certain iPhone apps that I almost take for granted. Why? Because they are big brands in the travel or online industry, and I expect them to have a mobile presence as well. I consider them staples that travel-loving iPhone users probably already have. If you don’t have them, you should download them — especially since they’re free.
MapQuest | Free | This popular mapping tool helps you with directions, lets you save maps and routes on its website and access them from your phone, look for businesses and even get walking directions.
Skype | Free | Join Skype and call friends all around the world who are also on Skype. You can also call land lines and cellphones for a small charge.
Kayak | Free | This is the app version of the airfare- and hotel-search website you know and love. Book a reservation online or push a button to call the airline or hotel directly. Kayak also has a paid version ($1.99) that searches first- and business-class airfares.
Southwest | Free | We recently gathered reviews and tips from travelers who have already used the Southwest Airlines iPhone app. Book a flight, check in for your flight and get “push notifications” for Ding! deals.
Priceline | Free | Follow your favorite hotel negotiator from your phone. Score a last-minute hotel right when you need it — chop!
Travelocity | Free | Book travel, view your trips and itineraries, see hotels on an interactive map, check TSA security wait times, get deals by destination and more.
Hotels.com | Free | Search for hotels from your current location. It’s handy to have user reviews and hotel photos at your fingertips. One complaint: How about some updates?
Hertz and Avis | Free | Hertz and Avis both have an iPhone app. If you use them regularly, why not add them to your mobile device?
Useful apps that I turn to again and again:
Yelp | Free | This app has suggested great restaurants where I’ve become a repeat diner. You also can use it to search for other services, such as gas stations, banks, bars and coffeehouses, to name a few.
Around Me | Free | This app is similar to Yelp, in that you can find both necessary and recreational services nearby, such as hospitals, banks, gas stations, movie theaters and hotels. I return to this app for gas stations because it once helped me find a place to refuel when my car was on empty and I wasn’t familiar with the area. Too easy!
Flight Track Live | $4.99 | I’ve downloaded app after app trying to find one that had a quick grasp of flight delays, and so far this one has come the closest. If you have other apps that you’ve used successfully to track a late flight carrying someone you were trying to pick up at the airport, please share that in the comments section.
TripIt | Free | If you use the website version of TripIt or are a frequent traveler, let this app keep you organized with all your trip details in one place.
AAA Roadside| Free | No more fumbling around for a phone number when your car gets a flat, runs out of battery juice or unexpectedly breaks down. Just like the membership and service, this app is great to have around for that one time you need it most.
The Weather ChannelFree | Great for business travelers and spouses of business travelers who help pack for the trips. I like the feature that allows you to store a variety of cities and just flip among them without having to reload the city the next time you want to check the weather. It even has traffic cams for select cities.
Taxi | $0.99 | This app has come in handy for me, but you’ll find that it gets mixed reviews on iTunes. The biggest complaint is that it’s only for bigger U.S. cities.
Babelingo | $1.99 | This is a language translator with phrases and topics particularly useful for travelers. Even better, it doesn’t just teach you how to say something in a foreign language; it offers visual translations (shows the translations in type) that you can show to the person you’re trying to communicate with.
Pano | $2.99 | Take panoramic pics with your iPhone. Don’t worry if you get a phone call or need to stop; you can resume your photo.
Road Trip Fun | $0.99 | A great reminder of all the fun games you can play when you’re on a road trip. Remember I Spy and Slug-a-Bug?
Whizzer | $0.99 | Helps you find a bathroom. Great for moms who want to know where a baby-changing station is.
SodaSnap | Free | Take pictures of your travels and send them to your friends as e-cards.
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“Lemme tell ya, these ain’t no ordinary finches we’re talkin’ about. These here are the Angry Birds, the ones that’s gonna kick you in the ‘nads. And they’re the ones on your side. They must be from Galapadapados, or sumptin’.” – Col. Angus, Bird Expert.
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Knocking, a new application for the iPhone, got a pretty big “wow” out of me — it lets you share footage from your iPhone camera with friends who have the app.
Let’s say you’re at a store and you want to ask your spouse which product they like better. You could turn on Knocking, “knock” on their phone, then they would get a message saying you want to share. Then you just turn your camera on the different products you’re looking at, and it shows up on their phone. Here are a couple other examples offered by Brian Meehan, co-founder of Point Heads Software, the Danbury, Conn., development studio that created Knocking: If you’re fishing, you could use Knocking to share the great view, or if you’re stuck in traffic you could use the app to show family or coworkers how bad things are on the highway.
I haven’t tried the application myself, but I have seen a live demo as well as a video, and both suggest the video quality is decent, if a little jerky, and is broadcast with only a few seconds’ delay. Neither fact undermines Knocking’s essential coolness.
Pointy Heads actually released a more limited version of the Knocking app in November, which focused on photo-sharing. The full version was rejected from the App Store due to some user interface features that Apple said fell afoul of its policies. (Meehan was a bit vague on the exact violation.)
It seems like this is becoming a common story among iPhone developers, but Meehan decided to take his concerns straight to the top — he sent an email to Apple chief executive Steve Jobs recounting his history as a lifelong Apple fan, and outlining his concerns with the decision, such as the fact that other apps live in the store seemed to offer the same feature that got Knocking rejected. Shortly afterward, Meehan said he got a call from Apple “upper management,” who said they were calling about his email to Jobs. A few more phone calls later and the app was approved without any revision from Point Heads.
“It was a great feeling to know that they are listening and they do care,” Meehan said.
Knocking is available as a free app for the first 50,000 users (here’s the iTunes link), and will then cost $2.99. Pointy Heads plans to demonstrate a version for Android phones at the Consumer Electronics Show next January.
Pointy Heads is self-funded.
OmniFocus Brings out the big guns when it comes to productivity. OmniFocus is a great GTD task management application. It’s a “port” (and I use that word loosely) from Omni Group’s popular desktop application of the same name. Though it’s on the pricier end of the available iPhone apps, the functionality offered can be accounted for.
Some developers just want to get a mobile versionof their desktop application up at the App Store, but OmniFocus is one of the few that leverage the iPhone’s capabilities as distinct from the Mac with location-based task lists thanks to the iPhone’s GPS location services.
OmniFocus for the iPhone will sync and integrate with OmniFocus on the Mac if you’re running the latest version of the software. If your tasks are important to you, make sure to keep your data backed up, because I’ve read a review or two where an application crash caused complete data loss.
I have a question for you: what should you be doing right now? What could you be doing instead of reading my blog (the obvious answer of course is reading the blog!) or checking up on your RSS feeds? Don’t you have work to do, or some errands to run?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then you are a procrastinator like the rest of us. Welcome to life, where our list of “things to do” seems to grow bigger or left in hiding for day, then weeks, and months! How to combat our inherent laziness? Easy, try out some Get Things Done (GTD) aps for the iPhone!
Helping you Get Things Done: Things and OmniFocus
For the past couple of months I’ve had the pleasure to test out two major apps in the GTD arena, for both the Mac and iPhone. The two programs I’m talking about are Things and OmniFocus. I’m going to take a different approach in my experience with these two GTD apps.
Instead of going through the traditional review of documenting each feature, I’m going to describe my experience with them, a relative GTD newbie and recent Mac user. Just how do these two apps compare for the average person?
OmniFocus: The GTD Power User’s Best Friend
The first GTD app for my Mac/iPhone I tested out was OmniFocus. This program is professional-grade personal task management, and is extremely powerful.
OmniFocus lets you capture tasks from any app in OSX. Also, there is deep integration with syncing with iCal and Spotlight. You can even send yourself tasks via email.
When I first started up OmniFocus, I’ll be honest–it took me a while to get the whole “mantra”. After watching their basic introduction video, I slowly got the hang of what the whole concept was all about.
There are three concepts you need to drill into your brain:
Action – something you can physically do (in one step)
Project – goal achieved by more than one “action”
Context – physical requirement for an action (a place, an object, an activity, a state, or a person)
Now that you have this down, the main three steps in using OmniFocus involves the following “COD” mantra:
Capture, Organize, Do
After I watched the intro video I felt I was ready to put OmniFocus to work. It was easy enough to start dumping my ideas into the Inbox, then start organizing my “actions” into “projects” and assigning different “contexts” to them.
The learning curve with OmniFocus is a bit steep right out of the box if you’re not familiar with GTD and the “mantra” of COD. However, with practice, as with anything I started to get familiar with the app–but of course there is much more to come.
OmniFocus also lets you drag emails from Mail right into your tasks. This makes it incredible easy to reply to important emails and will save you time from searching in the future.
Click here to get OmnoFocus at the appstore.
Click here to get OmnoFocus pdf document.
OmniFocus iPhone App — How does it Compare?
I also had a chance to try out the the OmniFocus iPhone app. I was very impressed with the interface–it was identical to the desktop app. You can setup OmniFocus to sync using WEBDAV service through MobileMe.
However, that costs money. I was able to use the free services of SwissDisk to sync my OmniFocus database and keep every single change made on my iPhone/Desktop in unison. I will write a post on how to do this later.
You can also use your iPhone’s camera to take pictures and record audio too! This is a very useful feature if you don’t have time to jot down notes and want to save info for later.
Things: Simplicity in Its Design and Workflow
Straight out of the box, you will notice that Things is extremely simple and easy to use. There’s no guessing or tutorials needed like OmniFocus above. You enter tasks into a list and assign tags to what they are related to.
The layout of the app is Leopard-like, so it’s very easy to pick up where and how to place new tasks. The following categories are used to organize all your tasks in Things:
Things also can sync with iCal (OSX 10.5 required) and your iPhone. In order to sync the iPhone you will need to connect to a wireless network connection. I have yet to figure out how to sync Things over WEBDAV.
Things is extremely simple and straightforward to use. Its clean UI is beautiful and makes the app a joy to use. Definitely a bonus for people who don’t have the time to learn and explore the ins and outs of a program (yes, I’m talking to you, lazy!).
What Should You Buy? Things or OmniFocus?
I can’t tell you what one you should buy. I can however relay my experiences as a GTD-newbie using two of the best GTD programs available.
OmniFocus feels like it would be more useful in a corporate or business-like environment because it is extremely feature-rich and powerful. There are features and settings that I have yet to even explore. With this in mind, OmniFocus will require that the user take some time to learn and experiment to fully utilize the app.
What I did like was the ability to have have tasks within tasks in a heirarchy format, which was very useful for keeping tabs on the next step in big projects. The ability to have your OmniFocus sync over WEBDAV is a plus too.
Things on the other hand, was extremely easy to grasp and use right out of the box. The program’s UI is very Mac-centric so the transition is incredibly seamless if you’re looking to get started right away.
However, Things does not compare to OmniFocus in terms of being able to use your iPhone camera to snap a pic, or to record a voice note. I don’t see this as a shortfall though, because sometimes it is best to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).
The Best GTD App Revealed…
In all honesty though, I’m going to share a little secret with you. The ultimate GTD application is not available in stores. What I’m trying to say is that YOU are the one that can get things done!
These GTD apps are useless if you don’t use them and if you aren’t inclined to stay on top of dumping every task into the program, then you’re going to be back at square one. But, if you want to clear your mind and stay more organized, utilizing a GTD app like OmniFocus or Things can change the way your live your life.
The final verdict is also the price. You need to strongly consider each program and the investment you will make to get a desktop client on your Mac, and similarly on your iPhone. Being able to use the iPhone version of each app compliments the desktop version and is absolutely essential.