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Bonnie Eisenman

Senior Writer with the 148Apps Network since February 17, 2009

I'm a Princeton freshman and a computer nerd, bookworm, writer, and gamer. My iPod is my escape when I'm not drowning under homework or doing silly things like NaNoWriMo. I'm a longtime writer here at 148apps, and boy is it fun. Drop me a line at bonnie@148apps.com.

Bonnie is not currently writing for the 148Apps Network.

Does anyone remember JibJab’s iconic cartoons, starring our potential heads of state? Well, JibJab featured their heads, at least, on top of dancing cartoon bodies. Now there’s an app for that, too, except that instead of watching ironic political jingles with presidential candidates, you get to insert your dearest friends into holiday songs.

That app is Super Dance Elf Christmas, and it’s here in perfect time for the holiday season. The app may have a grammatically cringe-worthy title, but the name is admittedly descriptive. You take a photo of your face (or your friend’s, your coworker’s, etc) or draw one from your Camera Roll, and the app grafts it onto a video of a dancing elf’s body. The elf dances, the photo-face bobs up and down, and obnoxiously cheery Christmas music plays in sync. Want to see it in action? I recommend the video.



In addition to the default elf, Super Dance Elf Christmas comes with a girl elf, a “reggae reindeer,” and “Miss Merry Christmas.” Once you’ve composed a video you like—there aren’t too many settings to tweak—you can save your video within the app and email it off to friends. Blackmail, or a great joke? Hmm…well, on the bright side now you can falsify proof of your dancing skills.

If this sounds good to you, Super Dance Elf Christmas is available now on the App Store for a lowly buck. Dancing skills don’t come much cheaper than that!

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-10 :: Category: Entertainment

We’ve seen the iPad used as a versatile game board before—and why not? It’s large enough, and with support for multi-touch, playing games is remarkably feasible. There’s no need to haul around multiple physical boxes, no chance of losing game pieces, and you get to play with your shiny iPad to boot.

Jiroft, however, aims to put its own spin on things by focusing on creating your own games as well as providing you the canvas upon which to play them. The game provides a lot of basic game pieces: a chess set, a deck of cards, and pieces for backgammon or checkers. There are also pieces such as “sliders” and “snappers,” which let you store pieces off to the side during play or keep them centered.

As for how to play the games, Jiroft leaves that to the player. Like a physical game set, Jiroft’s game board won’t police your moves or give you guidance, so house rules are fair game. The hope is that you’ll create your own games, unfettered by the limits some apps impose. On the other hand, if chess, checkers, backgammon and cards sound limited to you, try dropping the developers a line—they claim that they’re looking for customer feedback when it comes to which pieces to add next.

Jiroft is available in the App Store now, for a piddling $0.99.

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-12-01 :: Category: Games

Calvetica Review

Calvetica Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Calvetica is a stylish reworking of the basic Calendar app that prioritizes speed, beauty, and efficiency.

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Threadless.com is one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing: letting the crowds do the hard work for you. In Threadless’s case, that means letting a community of designers submit tons of T-shirt designs, letting shoppers vote for the best ones, and then printing the winners and watching the money roll in. Personally, I’m a huge Threadless fan: their tees are often nerdy, funny, gorgeous, and comfortable, and cover a huge range of semi-geeky culture. What’s not to love?

Well, the experience from the iPhone, for one. Threadless has no mobile version of its site, and the home page takes an incredibly long time to load thanks to how many images it displays. Enter ♥s Threadless, an app created for the sole purpose of viewing Threadless T-shirt designs. The app isn’t officially affiliated with Threadless, but it’s free.

♥s Threadless lets you browse through all T-shirt designs, in stock or otherwise, and you can sort by color or by theme (Animals, Gaming, Nerdy, etc), just like on the website. Once you find an image you like, you can open it in Safari; save it to your photo library; or share it via Twitter, Facebook, or email. The app cannot, however, check whether or not a given shirt is in stock in your size, or even at all. Still, you can look at all the images and scheme over which ones to ask for for Christmas…

What’s interesting is that NimbleBit (maker of hits like Scoops and Textropolis) released a similar app a while ago, entitled ‘Threads.’ Hmm. But forget these viewers…when will Threadless get its act together and offer us an official mobile app, or at least an iPhone-optimized website? Until then, at least, ♥s Threadless will be there to fill the gap.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-29 :: Category: Lifestyle

Longtime iPhone lovers will remember last year’s Appvent Calendar, Blacksmith Games’ initiative which offered one free game per day from December 1st ’til Christmas. Last year’s Appvent Calendar was a huge success, with tons of awesome games, many of which subsequently rocketed up the charts after returning to their normal prices.

Yes, that’s right: free. games. And this year, the Appvent Calendar back!

This year the goodies are even better: in addition to a free game every day, the Appvent Calendar will be offering a free app as well. Get ready to load up on a ton of free goodies, and be quick about it; most apps return to their normal prices after a day of being featured. Unlike other sites which have since sprouted up—such as, say, Free App a Day—most of the Appvent Calendar’s offerings are “real” games that are normally paid apps, rather than lite versions or games that were free anyway.

The first two apps featured by the Appvent Calendar this year were Time Geeks, a geeky, retro find-them-all; and My Artists, a replacement for the main iPod app that augments your songs with extra info about the artists. For the second day, we get to nab Sailboat Championship Pro, but I’m personally more interested in Notesy—a note-taking app with Dropbox integration.

For the free games, check out the main page of the Appvent Calendar; apps are available at this link. Happy holidays!

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-09-27 :: Category: Games

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-08-25 :: Category: Music

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-09-15 :: Category: Entertainment

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-08 :: Category: Productivity

Davey and Goliath Review

Davey and Goliath Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Taken from an old TV show and revived for iOS, Davey and Goliath uses stills from the old show coupled with audio and text.

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The appeal of virtual pet games is obvious: you get all the cute and cuddly, but without any of the mess or financial obligations. I still remember playing the old Petz games on my computer when I was little. A few months ago ngmoco brought the basic premise of the Petz games to the iPhone with Touch Pets Dogs; now, however, cat lovers can finally join in the fun.

Touch Pets Cats, like Touch Pets Dogs, is a free app that lets you adopt the pet of your dreams. It then tasks you with caring for and playing with your newfound companion. In addition to caring for your kitten’s basic needs, you can play with your cat using a variety of toys, have playdates with other cats, and spend time hunting for money to spruce up your house. Unlike Touch Pets Dogs, however, there are no careers; one can only assume that cats are too proud to stoop to such levels.

Touch Pets Cats continues ngmoco’s “freemium” strategy—the app itself is free, but those willing to shell out real money for “catnip” don’t have to spend as long doing repetitive tasks. As a consequence of it being free, you also can’t play constantly. Hmm – ngmoco, we’re on to you.

If virtual cats tickle your fancy, Touch Pets Cats is now available in the App Store for “free.” But please, if you’re handing this to your four-year-old, set the Parental Controls to disallow in-app purchases. The last thing you need is to realize that you’ve just been charged $50 for some digital “catnip.”

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-11-09 :: Category: Games

Sometimes, it’s inevitable. You’ve bought an app, and it’s just not working as it should. You’re annoyed, and sad, and you want a refund, but Apple doesn’t give refunds, right? And it wasn’t like the app was that expensive.

Actually, it is possible to get a refund from the App Store, and it’s not that difficult, either, provided you have a good reason. There’s no reason to not ask for a refund if you have a legitimate situation! Here’s your one-stop tutorial to how to get a refund from the App Store.

Why Do You Need a Refund?
“I don’t like it” or “I changed my mind” do not work. However, the following reasons are perfectly fine:

  • The app is broken: it doesn’t function as promised
  • The app has a bug that prevents it from functioning; the developer has stopped providing support
  • The app has lost one of its former features.
  • You didn’t mean to buy it; you bought the wrong version or used the wrong account; your kids jacked your computer; etc. This one is iffy but usually valid, and works best if you ask for a refund ASAP.

This list is by no means exhaustive. In general, having a good reason is just common sense. Remember, though, clear, calm explanations are always best for garnering sympathy. Also, Apple doesn’t have to give you a refund; their terms of service state that all sales are final. Be polite.

Getting that Refund
So you think you have a legitimate reason for wanting a refund? First, you have to contact Apple. There are two ways to do this; the first way is probably the most effective, but use #2 if you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer.

1. Use the Purchase History pane in iTunes.
Go to the iTunes store, then view your account and click on “Purchase History.” Find the application in question, click on “Report a Problem,” and fill out the form. Remember to be calm, and explain everything as clearly as possible.

Apple has a help page with clear pictures of the above steps here.

2. Contact Apple via the Web.
Go to this page, pick your country, and then find the issue that is most closely related to your needs…I’d recommend iTunes Account and Billing / Billing or App Store / Troubleshooting Applications. It’s somewhat murky, since there isn’t any specific “I want a refund” category. (Officially, remember, there are no refunds.) Then go through the process, guided by Apple.

After contacting Apple, wait—for a couple days at the most. (Apple tries to respond to most inquiries within 48 hours.)

Apple may ask you to contact the developer for assistance, particularly if your issue involves a bug; if so, email the developer once or twice. If you can’t resolve the issue with the developer, email Apple back stating that you contacted the developer but would still like a refund. Also include the purchase order number for the application in question.

If all goes well and Apple is satisfied with your reasoning, Apple should reply that you have received your refund! Yes, in most cases, it’s that simple…just a few emails will do the trick. Refunds are typically applied in the manner in which you paid (a credit to your PayPal account, iTunes store credit, a refund to your credit card, etc).

Do you have any stories to tell about Apple’s refund process and the App Store? Let us know in the comments box below!

Hanukkah is almost here! In less than two weeks, the Festival of Lights will commence…but have you thought about Hanukkah cards yet?

Inevitably, buying (or making) a dozen or more holiday cards feels superfluous and even a little silly. Should you really be spending this much money on cards? And what if you’re giving a digital gift, like a gift certificate—is a physical card necessary? E-cards are cool, but let’s admit it; most websites make mailing digital cards a hassle.

Happy Hanukkah is yet another app attempting to bridge this dilema. It’s almost an e-card app, in that you’re sending a pretty picture instead of a few lines of text, but the image is embedded and thus requires no clicking through to an outside site.

The app contains over 70 different cards to choose from, featuring dreidels, menorahs, hanukkiahs, and (naturally) the words, “Happy Hanukkah!” From the Happy Hanukkah app, you can pick which image to use, and then drop into into an email. Then, you can add a bit of personalized text above the embedded image if you want to before sending the virtual card on its way.

Simple? Certainly, but that’s the aim of Happy Hanukkah anyway.

The below video showcases some of the different images included in the app. If it appeals to you, check it out on the App Store for $0.99. Now if only it could buy presents for you, too…



$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-27 :: Category: Lifestyle

Fact #1: It’s very easy to turn off an alarm clock in your sleep.

Fact #2: It’s very difficult to focus on numbers in your sleep.

It seems only natural, therefore, that someone would eventually combine these two facts to make an alarm clock that you can’t turn off in your sleep. Enter Code Clock.

Code Clock differs from the other zillion alarm clock apps in the App Store by forcing you to enter a code in order to silence the alarm. It’s not a password that you can memorize, either; Code Clock randomly generates a new number each morning and shows it on the screen, along with the number pad the iPhone uses for making phone calls. In order to get the alarm to quiet, you have to type the four- or eight-digit number that Code Clock gives you. In other words, if you can’t think well enough to enter the number correctly, Code Clock won’t let you go back to sleep.

Assuming you don’t toss it out the window first, that is. But closing the app overnight won’t be enough to keep you safe: the app also makes use of push notifications, so that it will still play your designated ring tone at the appropriate time.

Code Clock is a product of the “cyborg unicorn brain trust” of Cause Technologies, who created Code Clock after recognizing that “mornings are evil; nobody likes them. They’re the last to be picked for dodge ball, and they generally don’t have a date for the prom.” I highly recommend reading the rest of the app’s description; it’s pretty funny.

Code Clock costs $0.99 and is in the App Store right now, so wake up and get it.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-11-02 :: Category: Utilities

Okay, so Halloween has come and gone. But that doesn’t mean we have to leave the gore and mayhem behind, right? Right? Shoot to Kill is one game that doesn’t seem to think so, anyway; the new shooter wants you to be very, very afraid, even if Halloween is sadly over:

If you thought Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Meyers were scary – you’ll soon realize they’re nothing but a walk in the park compared to the misery, pain and suffering you will endure in this game where you realize that you’re are not dead… it is far, far worse than that! In Shoot To Kill you take center stage – literally – as you fight off the demons of Hell and try to ascend to the surface while they seek to destroy you and possess your soul forever!

The problem is that you aren’t dead? Yikes. Shoot to Kill is a shooter from Vivid Games / Tower Studios, now with both an iPhone and an iPad incarnation. The premise? You’re trapped in the bowels of hell, locked inside your protective pentagram as all sorts of demons try to finally kill you. To judge by the video, it’s a veritable gore-fest, and you should be able to wreak a lot of bloody havoc before finally succumbing to the onslaught.

The game arms you with a variety of weapons (everything from a grenade launcher to lightning bolts to a chainsaw) and includes four different “survival games.” With regards to the demons, there are fourteen different species available for pummeling, and you can earn thirteen Game Center-compatible achievements. Perhaps most intriguingly, in addition to the main campaign, there’s a multiplayer mode for those who want to slay demons alongside their friends. It looks like a fast-paced bit of shooter mayhem, and who doesn’t love demon-slaying, anyway?

If Shoot to Kill sounds like your cup of tea, it’s available now on the App Store with separate versions for iPhone and iPad, with the iPhone version running a mere $0.99. (There are lite versions, too!)



FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-28 :: Category: Games

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2010-11-01 :: Category: Games

Reading the newspaper? A pain, if you ask me; I never mastered the art of folding back all those bulky pages. Online? Now we’re talking. But while I keep up to date on the news mainly through Google Reader and email subscriptions, sometimes I do want a broader sampling…and that’s usually where iPhone news apps come in. News apps are nothing new to the App Store, and there are plenty of good ones out there. Now, however, News360 is joining the fray, and it looks rather promising.

News360 is a new, free app that aims to make reading the news easier than ever. Articles are aggregated from hundreds of sources, giving readers access to a large volume of news all funneled into a single, easily browsable stream. But instead of simply repeating articles, News360 spins redundancy to its advantage by grouping articles on the same topic, so that you can read multiple takes on the same event (I suppose that’s where the 360 comes from?).

Other features include the ability to tailor news to your preferences, so that you get more local content; quick sharing capabilities (email, Facebook, Twitter); and the slick interface, which makes it easy to browse the news and includes plenty of vibrant photos from News360’s varied sources. The most notable feature, however, is definitely the way that News360 gathers all articles on a single news object and lets you read the different takes. (It gathers the pictures, too!)

News360 is now available on the App Store…for free, so if you want to check it out, head on over to iTunes!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-20 :: Category: News

Cartolina Review

Cartolina Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Cartolina sends simple but pretty cartograms—illustrations with messages attached—to your recipient of choice. It's a novelty, but it does what it claims to do well.

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360 Web Browser

360 Web Browser

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
The 360 Web Browser has tons of features (tabs, fullview, innovative "arcs" for accessing functions), but that abundance holds it back. If you're willing to put up with sluggishness and the occasional crash, though, it's as feature-rich as you'll get on the iPhone.

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Spikies Review

Spikies Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Spikies is a cute, entertaining platformer. It doesn't introduce much innovation, but it's a ton of fun to play.

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“I have three words for you. Animated. Bacon. Clock.”

Thus did the developer of Bacon Clock pitch his app to us. Fair enough. I’ll admit that it worked. After all…what could possibly be better than bacon? It seems like there’s bacon-styled everything, nowadays: from baconanaise to bacon-flavored gum to heart-stopping bacon-wrapped meat concoctions. Wikipedia even has an article on bacon mania.

Okay, no, I don’t understand it either. But, hey, bacon is good—if not good for you, it’s at least extremely tasty. I suppose that’s why Studio FU(S)S created a bacon clock app. Bacon Clock is like any normal iPhone clock app…except it displays the time with bacon strips. And that’s it: no fancy features, just bacon.

I’m not sure that I would buy Bacon Clack for myself (in fact, I definitely wouldn’t) but I can see gifting it as a gag.

In the meantime, here’s Timone and Pumba singing about bacon. See? Bacon is everywhere.




$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Entertainment

The Meningitis Trust is a UK-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by meningitis. One of their signature initiatives is the “signs and symptoms” card, a handout detailing indicators of meningitis. Now, the Trust has released an iPhone app in a similar vein, one that hopes to make a very real difference in the lives of many.

Why are signs and symptoms important? As the Meningitis Trust will quickly tell you, “knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease and what you should do if you suspect it, CAN and DOES save lives. Meningitis can kill within four hours so fast action is essential.” In other words: sooner is far better than the later, so the more you know meningitis, the more likely you are to react in a timely and appropriate manner.

The app contains a solid database of important information: typical symptoms in babies, toddlers, children, and adults; advice for what to do if you think you have the disease; a quiz for testing your knowledge; and information on meningitis resources. And in keeping with its altruistic goals, it’s free, so if you’re curious about any aspect of meningitis it’s probably worth checking out. It’s an impressive educational offering. Just keep in mind that this isn’t a diagnostic tool — if you’re in doubt, paying your doctor a visit is probably a better choice than relying solely on a single app.

You can download Meningitis Signs and Symptoms in the App Store.

Meningitis Trust iPhone app LIVE from Meningitis Trust on Vimeo.

Baby name apps aren’t just for prospective parents—though I’m sure plenty of fathers- and mothers-to-be search such sites. They also have plenty of other users, from authors searching for character names to people looking for the meanings to their own names. And yet while there are plenty of websites that do the trick, dedicated apps aren’t nearly as prevalent.

Baby Names Premium is a new app that aims to exploit this wide audience, and it does a great job of it. The app offers “most popular” listings for several countries over the last few years, a complete name list, and a robust search feature that lets you look for names based on gender, origin, name, or meaning. A lot of emphasis is placed on the discovery of new names, rather than a simple lookup function for names you’re already thinking of. Once you find a name you like, you can favorite it within the app for future reference, as well as looking for more information on Wikipedia or Google. (I learned that Bonnie is of Latin origin – according to Wikipedia, there have been three Hurricane Bonnies already. Hmm.)

The database is fairly extensive, too, with a catalog of 35,000 names with origins ranging from Arabic to Latin to German. More popular names also get popularity graphs for their respective countries.

Oh, and one more thing—Baby Names Premium is a universal app, so $1.99 nets you both the iPhone and iPad versions. Check it out on the App Store!

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-10-08 :: Category: Medical

If you’ve yet to play Angry Birds, I’m willing to bet you’ve at least glimpsed its icon floating on the App Store’s charts. For good reason, too; it’s an addictive game. The basic formula is a bunch of angry birds, a slingshot, and the egg-stealing pigs and their castles. The goal of this little physics game is to demolish each and every one of the aforementioned castles—but does Angry Birds actually follow the rules of physics?

Apparently one of Wired’s writers, Rhet Allain, just couldn’t stop thinking about the posibilities:

But what about the physics? Do the birds have a constant vertical acceleration? Do they have constant horizontal velocity? Let’s find out, shall we? Oh, why would I do this? Why can’t I just play the dumb game and move on. That is not how I roll. I will analyze this, and you can’t stop me.

Long story short: he took one of the developer’s walkthrough videos and decided to analyze it using a program called Tracker Video Analysis. He used the program to determine path of the bird’s flight, and then used that data to graph the bird’s horizontal and vertical movement separately. (In projectile motion, you typically separate horizontal and vertical components.)

His discovery? Angry Birds considers only the force of gravity on the bird—once you fire the bird from the slingshot; the app doesn’t calculate air resistance or anything like that. And assuming that gravity in Angry Birds is equal to Earth’s gravity, the slingshot is five feet tall and the red bird is a little over two feet. Jeez…talk about a large bird!

The physics that Mr. Allain used actually felt quite familiar—since I essentially had to do the same thing in a physics lab last week. Bounce a golf ball, take a video, then measure its path with a computer and use projectile motion equations — he only difference was that we were trying to determine gravity, whereas he assumed gravity was -9.8 meters per second and instead tried to determine the size of different Angry Birds elements. Of course, the other difference between Angry Birds and my physics lab was that, you know, Angry Birds is artificial, and thus the equations that Wired derived worked a lot better than our sad attempts.

So, if you were desperately wondering—the Angry Birds slingshot is more than twice your height and the birds themselves are giant and vicious. Now I’d like to see him calculate the height of those pig castles.

[Via Wired]

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Games

I’ll be honest: I think Pocket Legends is pretty darn cool. I reviewed the game back in its infancy, and since then it’s continued to expand. If you haven’t played it before, Pocket Legends is a true MMORPG, complete with PvP, boss fights, dungeons, and plenty of loot.

The newest update charges you with “preventing a disaster of galactic proportions” as aliens once again threaten the land of Pocket Legends. Of course, this is mostly pretense for giving players some welcome features: a higher level cap, boss-filled dungeons, two PvP maps, and more loot. Who doesn’t love loot?

Here’s the list of other recent updates:

Lost Expedition Base Camp: a new towne full of quests and loot
Leaderboards: compete for most kills, most deaths, K/D ratio, most gold
Loadouts that allow you to save and reload different configurations
Item sets (collections of items that give additional bonuses when equipped)
An additional inventory slot for wearing fancy helmets
UI updates including the ability to map all 12 of your skills at once
Exploding barrels to add to the carnage in PvP
Plus a whole lot more!



If you haven’t tried Pocket Legends yet, now’s as good a time as any; the game keeps growing, with updates pushed out almost every two days, and if you don’t mind its simplicity and occasional UI annoyances, Pocket Legends can be a real blast. It’s free to try (you don’t even need to register anymore!), so what are you waiting for?

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-04-08 :: Category: Games

Chore Pad Review

Chore Pad Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Chore Pad is a chore chart app, complete with gold stars and rewards. Unfortunately, it's not that much better than a traditional pen-and-paper chore chart, unless you count portability.

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Somehow, astronomy apps just seem like a great fit for the iOS system – look at the gorgeous Star Walk, one of our early favorites. What’s better than holding the night sky in the palm of your hand, hmm?

Redshift looks somewhat similar to Star Walk, but don’t be fooled: this new planetarium app provides much more than a view of the stars. Redshift instead presents a 3D model of our slice of the galaxy, complete with major and dwarf planets, constellations and bright stars. You can travel on 3-D “flights” to the Moon and other planets in our Solar System, too. Meanwhile, its “Follow Sky” mode lets you track the current sky through Redshift—so you can identify the stars you see in the real sky. (This feature relies on GPS positioning, positioning sensors, and the compass.)

There’s more to the feature list, of course. Redshift has won awards on other platforms for good reason. The developers claim that there are over 100,000 stars and other celestial objects in the catalog, and a lot of functionality is crammed into the app. Talk about taking astronomy apps to a new level.

If you’ve got a taste for astronomy, check out Redshift on the App Store. It’s a universal app, meaning that one purchase covers both iPad and iPhone owners. Redshift is currently on sale for $11.99. (A premium price, perhaps—but knowledge is worth something, right?)

$10.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-30 :: Category: Reference

Okay, so maybe “Animorphs” is K. A. Applegate’s copyrighted series. Whatever. The point is that MANimals is a photomanipulation app on the iPhone that takes a photo of a person’s face (or your pet’s) and mashes it together with a stock animal photo, with intentionally hilarious results.

Yes, really. Here’s the developer’s eager explanation:

Have you always told your friend he’s an eager beaver or that she is as cute as a kitten? Is your uncle becoming an old goat? Or is your colleague not the top dog he thinks he is?Now MANimals makes it possible to send them photo evidence proving that you are right!

MANimals comes stocked with a photo library of over a hundred animals in eleven categories, and you can edit just about any photo with a recognizable face (your brother, your friend, your dog). MANimals doesn’t work completely automatically; you’ll need to adjust a few sliders to make sure the app is using the right facial areas. Needless to say, the best results will likely come from crisp, straightforward portraits rather than normal snapshots with multiple people or bad focus.

Other assorted features include the ability to add text and create greeting cards, post images to your Facebook photos, and email pictures directly from the app. Nice; now everyone can see what you look like as a gorilla.

If giving your friends’ faces a bestial twist sounds like fun to you, check out MANimals in the App Store. The full version is $0.99; however, you can check out the lite version as well.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-09-23 :: Category: Entertainment

PlainText Review

PlainText Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
PlainText has its flaws, but a simple text editor coupled with rock-solid Dropbox syncing makes it extremely useful in my book.

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Real Kana Review

Real Kana Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Real Kana is a handy tool for memorizing hiragana and katakana. Any beginning Japanese student should be able to appreciate this simple, quick tool for memorizing all of those tricky characters.

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Classes Review

Classes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
If you do need to keep track of your course schedule, Classes is a perfectly satisfactory app with few bells and whistles but more than enough substance.

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Astrology isn’t exactly a science—just ask Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, who calls it “pseudoscientific hokum.” Does that prevent checking your horoscope from being fun? Definitely not!

iStrology is, as you might expect, a simple and somewhat silly app. It lets you find your zodiac sign using a “birthwheel,” then delivers your personal horoscope based on your sign. It also includes a matchmaker portion which assesses your astrological compatibility.

Each entry is illustrated with an anime-style drawing. You can read “advisory” poems (a little trite, but cute) and see other signs that correspond with your element (Leos and Aries, for example, are both fire elements). You can also check out the mythology behind the different constellation names. The horoscopes are pulled from an online database, and are updated weekly. For a simple novelty app, the feature list is actually impressive. Something to note, however, if you’re finicky about your astrology: the app uses the tropical zodiac.

iStrology is just a diversion—but hey, it’s got decent art and it’s fun to look at the different horoscopes, so if you’ve got time to burn it’s worth checking out. And no matter what Sheldon Cooper says, just because something is “hokum” doesn’t make it any less fun.



$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-12-09 :: Category: Entertainment

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Ruler 2 is a new app from the same folks who brought us the popular book app, Classics. Like Classics, Ruler 2 pays equal attention to form and function; beneath the glossy interface is an easy-to-use ruler, complete with a slider for measurement instead of forcing you to guestimate. The app supports both inches and centimeters, includes a trick for measuring longer objects, and allows you to copy and paste your measurements into apps like Calculator or Mail.

It’s a big step up from the original Ruler: just ask the developers. “Ruler 1.0 was, to put it bluntly, awful, so we burned it to a fine ash and began again,” said co-creator Andrew Kaz. Their hard work seems to have paid off. Ruler 2 is clearly well-thought out, proving that traditional mediums aren’t necessarily the best implementations. In some ways, the iPhone/iPad app is more useful—and certainly more convenient—than a wooden ruler. (I really like that automatic slider. No more guestimation!)

To celebrate Ruler 2’s launch, developers Andrew and Alexa are hosting a contest. Happily, you don’t even have to buy the app, and entering is easy. Prizes include fresh new Apple swag—a 64GB iPod Touch, a 16GB iPod Nano, the new iPod Shuffle, and the new Apple TV. By spreading the word about Ruler 2 via Facebook or Twitter, or by signing up for the email list, you get one entry in the drawing. (For more information, or to enter, go to http://rulerapp.com/.)

Ruler 2 is a great new implementation of a ruler app for both iPhone and iPad, and the contest is just an added bonus – you don’t have to buy Ruler 2 to enter! Check Ruler 2 out on the App Store; the universal version is a mere $0.99.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-03 :: Category: Utilities

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