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Five For Friday: Week Of July 27

We’re deep into the middle of Summer now, so maybe that’s why we haven’t had the busiest of weeks when it comes to new releases. Never fear, though: we’ve still found five apps and games worthy of checking out over the weekend. Each offers something a little different and is bound to entertain or prove useful.

Muse 360
For many music fans, this will be an ideal app. Focusing on popular British indie rock band Muse, Muse 360 allows users to view concerts from 5 different camera angles and shifting focus just how they wish. It’s possible to purchase and download many of the band’s biggest hits such as Plug In Baby and Micro Cuts, and view performances from the 10th anniversary show at Reading Festival, through this interface.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-25 :: Category: Music

Ticket To Ride Europe Pocket
Ticket To Ride has consistently provided an immensely enjoyable board game experience on the iPad and iPhone, so it’s exciting to see a new version emerge in the form of the Europe edition. The game offers a new layout and challenges, as well as a new AI bot and achievements to gain.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-24 :: Category: Games

Solar
The stock weather app, while useful, is far from pretty to look at. Solar is the kind of appearance that fits into the minimalist beauty of iOS perfectly. It’s sleek and fast to use, giving all the important facts such as temperature, feels like temperature, general forecast and time.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-22 :: Category: Weather

5K To Marathon Runmeter GPS
Many running apps focus on getting beginners started on their journey to fitness. 5K To Marathon Runmeter GPS continues where those apps left off, offering training plans for those aiming to complete 10Ks, half marathons or full marathons. It’ll also monitor numerous useful statistics, such as speed, elevation, distance, time and heart rate (with the right accessory).

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-17 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

The Bourne Legacy: Operation Intel
Continuing the trend of apps that tie into new movies, The Bourne Legacy: Operation Intel gives players the opportunity to participate in ten missions which unlock exclusive audio clips from The Bourne Legacy. Besides the missions, other features such as video and photo galleries, plus story details and showtimes are available for fans of the movie.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-19 :: Category: Entertainment

Five For Friday: Week Of July 20

Another week has flown by and we’re creeping near to the end of July already. So what better way than to spend a few minutes in your Friday before the weekend than by checking out our Five For Friday? It’s the ideal source of apps and games you might have missed out on over the past seven days.

CRC Pro-Cycling
The Tour De France is capturing the attention of many a cycling fan and while many will be partaking in real life cycling, CRC Pro-Cycling offers the fun of racing in game form. Recognizing the importance of hydration, the game isn’t just about cycling fast but also by keeping thirsty at bay, also. It’s a pleasant change of pace from the usual racing titles.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-18 :: Category: Games

NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery
Space is a fascinating part of science and what better source than NASA itself to inform you on latest developments? The app keeps users up to date on all the latest from NASA’s Science Missions, such as the spacecraft, instruments used, data and various other things to be learnt. With a stylish user interface, it’ll hook space fans.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-07-14 :: Category: Education

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
On the lighter end of the educational scale, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! teaches its users about some fascinating and often entertaining facts. The app hooks up with the Ripley’s museums and books, unlocking further content, plus there’s a guide to all the attractions across the world.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-15 :: Category: Entertainment

Twist
We’ve all been running late at some point and wanted to inform loved ones of the fact. Twist makes it all the simpler, accurately calculating your arrival time and privately sharing it with those who matter. It should mean that people will never need worry about how late someone’s going to be again, providing they have this app, of course!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-17 :: Category: Navigation

Popset
Popset is a new photo sharing app. Offering filters and an easy way to share with friends, it doesn’t sound overly different from what’s already out there. The crucial difference here is that it makes it possible to group photos easily, as well as share entire sets to Facebook with a single tap. It’s a great idea for regular snappers.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-06-06 :: Category: Photography

Five For Friday: Week Of July 13

It’s been a very exciting week on the App Store, especially for games fans, with some great big releases emerging. However, they’re not the only titles of interest. As usual, we take a look at five apps and games that offer exactly that.

EMERGENCY
Nearly everyone as a child wanted to be a firefighter, police officer, medic or some other heroic career path. Few of us turned out to be that courageous however, which is why games let us pretend to be those people. EMERGENCY is one such title with players controlling all the major emergency services across 13 different disaster scenarios.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: Games

Oflow
We all need a touch of inspiration at some point in our lives, especially those of us who work in creative industries. Oflow provides the means in which to be inspired with 100 proven ways to cure creative block. Ideas such as creating stories for the people around you or figuring out a reverse mind map, will do wonders to getting the creative juices flowing.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-09 :: Category: Lifestyle

Notezart
Musicians will be intrigued by Notezart thanks to offering musical scores with a social element. Users can take photos of their paper based music scores then upload them to Notezart, thus being able to view them on their iPad. The public domain music library is available through the app, offering 190,000 scores for added benefit. Throughout, it’s possible to share scores with friends easily.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-07-10 :: Category: Music

I Woke Up
I Woke Up may solve arguments but it might also provide ammunition for another fight. The app tracks who’s been taking care of the baby in the night. Splitting such duties is an understandably big thing for new parents and I Woke Up should prove definitive results as to who is doing what, and hopefully lead to equality.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-07-07 :: Category: Lifestyle

Michael Johnson’s Fun Run
One of a growing number of apps tapping into the pre-Olympic buzz is this game that promises to entertain and educate kids the benefit of eating healthily. A finger racing game at heart, Michael Johnson’s Fun Run also offers plenty of fun food facts while conveying the important message that healthier food will keep you running faster.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-11 :: Category: Games

It’s been a relatively quiet time on the App Store this week, mostly due to many people being rather busy enjoying July 4th. That doesn’t mean we haven’t got a fun selection of apps and games to take a look at for this week’s Five for Friday, however! Each app is worth checking out and all are $0.99 or less. Bonus!

PlayART
PlayART is an ideal app for the family to participate in together. It’s an art app that encourages kids to interact with some of the greatest paintings by playing with them. Art by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Rousseau and Klee are included here with kids able to create artwork with elements, taken from the original paintings. It’s all fun yet educational in a way that they’ll never notice.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-27 :: Category: Education

Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports
There’s a summer of sports ahead, courtesy of the Summer Olympics in London, but how many do you know all the rules for? Curly’s Pocket Guide to Sports guides readers through the rules behind 74 different sports as well as offering illustrations, tips and tactics. Fun facts and a simple yet friendly interface ensures it won’t intimidate even the biggest newbie.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-16 :: Category: Sports

Quick Fictions
Life is busy and sometimes it’s preferable to read a story quickly rather than spend days or weeks on end poring over huge swathes of literature. Enter Quick Fictions, an app that provides plenty of stories, each under 300 words in length. It’s the kind of bite sized literature that suits the daily commute perfectly, plus it’s surprisingly interesting reading such minimal storytelling.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-21 :: Category: Books

Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition
Reimagining the classic arcade game of Frogger comes Frogger: Hyper Arcade Edition, just in time for its 30th anniversary. The same principle is there – dodge cars while leaping across the road – but new game modes have been added, along with better graphics and stages inspired by other Konami titles such as Contra and Castlevania. It should be ideal for new and old fans of the game.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-07-05 :: Category: Games

Journalized
Journal apps are common on the App Store but Journalized is still worth a look. It’s particularly attractive to look at and interact with, with a full screen media browser making it easy to look at text, photos and videos all at once. For those who want to quickly keep track of their private thoughts, it’s a great way of checking in.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-29 :: Category: Lifestyle

Five For Friday: Week Of June 29

How the heck is it the end of June, already? If you’re UK based like myself, you won’t have even experienced much of a summer yet, courtesy of our crazy wet weather at the moment. Still, whether we like it or not, this is the last Five For Friday of June and we’ve got a great bunch to look at.

Crabs and Penguins
A freebie from Coca-Cola, Crabs and Penguins is exclusively for the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and New iPad. Thanks to that, it’s a casual platforming game that offers some stunning graphics. Players can explore a tropical paradise with the side effect of shark infested waters, as they discover sunken pirate ships. This should prove an ideal one to play with the family over the weekend.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Besides his many fantastic plays, William Shakespeare also found the time to write 154 sonnets and love poems. This app offers every sonnet as performed to camera by an impressive cast. Thespians such as Sir Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Stephen Fry and Dominic West all contribute to the collection which offers over two and a half hours of video footage.

$13.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Entertainment

BurgerQuest
Who doesn’t like a burger? At least, when that burger is made out of great ingredients and cooked to perfection, that is. BurgerQuest should make finding such a burger easier. It’s an app that enables users to share their favorite burgers with others around the world, thus serving as a recommendation service for great burger joints. There’s also a world ranking of the top ten burgers for fast consultation.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-22 :: Category:

Gabi
The official Facebook app for iOS is far from the most attractive. Gabi should fill this requisite while we await iOS 6 and the introduction of Facebook integration. The app offers a beautiful way of interacting with the service, filtering content according to what’s popular and relevant to the user. It shows the best of what the user’s friends have to offer, rather than everything. The more you use it, the more Gabi figures out what the user’s preference is.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-21 :: Category: Social Networking

Doodle Fit 2: Around The World
Doodle is a popular word on the App Store. Doodle Fit 2 doesn’t have anything to do with Doodle Jump, however. Instead, it offers a series of different puzzles and brainteasers as the player explores the world. 200 levels are available with the tantalising proposition of level creation and online multiplayer. All for the minimal price of $0.99.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-28 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of June 22

There’s a hefty focus on fun this week in our Five for Friday. We’ve got a cheerful selection with apps offering inspiration when it comes to travel destinations and meals out, to an interactive story for kids, arcade basketball and the return of an old classic. There’s guaranteed to be something for everyone here.

Centipede: Origins
Atari has been updating many of its classic titles in recent months such as Breakout: Boost and Asteroids: Gunner. Latest to the selection is Centipede: Origins, updating classic arcade title Centipede with plenty of bug-blasting to be had. The title offers 3 upgradeable weapons with the same number of gadgets to use in order to stop the centipede onslaught. It should prove a highly entertaining reimagining.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-21 :: Category: Games

Trippy
Taking a vacation but not sure where to go? Be guided by Trippy, the app that shows off the splendour of many areas. Users can share their own experiences while checking out what friends and other visitors are exploring. Some beautiful sights are viewable here, all down to the imagery that others snap, as well as the ability to share opinions on the locations. Even if you’re not travelling any time soon, take in some attractive views.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-18 :: Category: Travel

Rodman FT
Embracing the fun of flick mechanics, Rodman FT provides a 3D basketball free throw game connected to the one and only Dennis Rodman. Controls are simple with flicking and swiping dominant. The first level is free to play with others unlockable through in-app purchases so it’ll prove an ideal distraction over the weekend. AirPlay connectivity and a special Augmented Reality level add to the experience.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-13 :: Category: Games

Brave Interactive Comic
Recently released at the cinema, Brave is set to be a big hit amongst young adventurers and what better way of continuing such excitement than through the official app? The interactive comic gives fans the chance to relive the adventure of Merida as kids explore each of the 48 comic pages. Kids can get further involved through the drawing instructions within the app, which teach them how to draw their favorite characters from the movie.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-16 :: Category: Books

Dish.fm
It’s not always easy to find somewhere tasty to dine out. While personal recommendations are the best source of inspiration, they’re not always as simple to come by as you’d like. Dish.fm is a new app that offers a great way of crowd sourcing information and ideas by pulling together comments and constructive criticism on nearby restaurants as well as user photos and dish ratings. Users can liase with friends or strangers, hopefully getting a great cross section of views on an establishment.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-15 :: Category:

Five For Friday: Week Of June 15

There’s a slight iPad bias in this week’s Five for Friday. Never fear, iPhone and iPod touch owners, it’s not personal! We’ve still found some great apps for all types of iOS owners and hopefully all interests, also.

Pinstagram.co
Combine two of the biggest social networking phenomenons of the year, Instagram and Pinterest, and what do you get? Pinstagram! Admittedly, it’s not quite as clear cut as that with the app mainly focused on providing an attractive way of viewing Instagram on the iPad. Users can also pin their photos to their Pinterest board from within the app. Together, it’s an attractive way of viewing interesting images.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-11 :: Category: Photography

realMyst
Myst is a hugely iconic game. Released over 20 years ago, the game has been seen on pretty much every device possible since. This version promises to be an improved release with the ability to explore anywhere without restriction while enjoying the full retina display support for the new iPad. It should prove the most advanced version yet.

$6.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-14 :: Category: Games

Mutant Storm
Previously a successful title for Xbox Live Arcade and PC, Mutant Storm comes to iOS with a wealth of frantic fun and psychedelic 3D arenas to negotiate. Kill or be killed is the sole name of the game here with some stunning visuals backing up proceedings.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-14 :: Category: Games

Color Splash Studio
MacPhun have a great reputation for photography apps and its latest release, Color Splash Studio, continues that trend. The app allows users to convert images to black and white, while keeping specific areas in color. It’s the kind of tool that turns ordinary photos into something special with some extraordinary results. Even better, there’s integration with Instagram for extra ease.

$0.99
$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-10 :: Category: Photography

Newsify
There’s that constant quest to find the perfect RSS Reader app and Newsify wants to be the best of the pack. Requiring a Google Reader account, the app transforms lists of links into an attractive newspaper style layout. It’s an attractive yet familiar look that ensures it’s easy to consult. An offline mode and plentiful supply of sharing options rounds off the package.

Where did the last week go? I’m not sure. Probably because I spent as much of it doing as little as possible and enjoying a week off. That didn’t stop me keeping an eye on the ever changing App Store for some worthy apps and games that are ideal for trying out over this weekend and beyond.

Soccer Rally: Euro 2012
There’s a certain major soccer tournament starting today: namely the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. There’s a plentiful supply of soccer games out there but how about one that combines the sport with racing cars? Now that’s something a little different! Soccer Rally: Euro 2012 offers precisely that and it’s a fun and quirky combination.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-07 :: Category: Games

Flickd Movies
For the movie fan, Flickd Movies should be the ideal organizational tool. The app keeps users up to date on any film they happen to be interested in. Flick through the selection of movie posters within the app for inspiration or search for a specific title. However you find the title, it’s easy to set the app up in order to be notified of its release or availability via Netflix.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-06-05 :: Category: Entertainment

Survival Run With Bear Grylls
Temple Run is fun, right? And Bear Grylls is a pretty cool adventurer to watch on TV. So, how about combining the two? That’s kind of what Survival Run offers and all for free. Unlike Temple Run it offers mechanics such as sliding downhill and the need to rescue others along the way.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-05 :: Category: Games

EURO Cookbook 2012
As previously mentioned, Euro 2012 begins today, which makes it the ideal time to cook up some recipes based on the countries involved. Sure, it’s a bit of a leap but it’s a fun twist on this time of year. The app offers 32 recipes all based around each of the participating countries. The instructions are detailed and the photos attractive, what more could you need?

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-26 :: Category:

Stories About Me
Stories About Me is all about encouraging kids to discuss how they spent their time and create stories of their own experiences. Particularly ideal for those kids who need a bit of extra help, the app enables parents to blend photos, text and audio recordings into a talking picture book, aimed at the child’s specific needs. Users can even send their creations to others via Dropbox integration.

$5.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-06-06 :: Category: Education

Another Friday which means another Five For Friday! This particular Friday is a special one for the Brits amongst us (including myself) as we get to enjoy a four day weekend courtesy of the Queen celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. There might not be any jubilee themed apps here, but hopefully there are a few that are fit for a Queen.

Quip
Quip is the latest Twitter app, set to offer something a little different from the norm. Quip places a strong focus on streamlining the user’s timeline, particularly in the case of conversations. We’ve all seen Twitter conversations become so huge that it’s confusing. Quip takes the confusion out of things by arranging conversations in the correct order rather than in reverse, and also offers the ability to attach other tweets to a conversation with the tap of the screen. For regular chatters, this could be an ideal way to save time.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-05-31 :: Category: Social Networking

The Naked Gun: I.C.U.P.
Many of us will remember the fun of spoof cop show Police Squad and its movie spin-offs The Naked Gun. Well, now there’s the chance to enjoy a point and click adventure game based on the series. Spoofing modern crime dramas and video gaming culture, there’s a full voice acting cast and the game was written by Naked Gun writer and producer Bob Locash.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-31 :: Category: Entertainment

Sidecar.me
Sidecar.me sets out to make calling people a little more modern. Users can call other Sidecar owners from anywhere in the world, thus seeing live videos of what’s going on as well as photos and interactive maps of the user’s location. For those calling non-Sidecar users, they still benefit from free calls in the US or Canada via Wi-Fi.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-22 :: Category: Social Networking

Swipe Type
Texting has evolved over the years but there’s always room for improvement. Swipe Type uses a system that’s similar to Swype on Android phones. The app involves not lifting your finger off the keypad, instead sliding across the screen to combine letters quickly and effectively. It might take a little time to master but it’s an ideal time saving method.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-25 :: Category: Productivity

Best Sandwiches NYC
Visiting New York City soon and in need of some tasty sustenance? Best Sandwiches NYC has you covered. The app provides a list of all the best places for sandwiches in the city. Users can look up sandwiches according to type such as vegetarian, fish or meat based, or they can check on the cheapest or nearest sandwich. The app even lists the top 20 best sandwiches according to New York Magazine and Grub Street.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-26 :: Category:

This week’s Five for Friday is pretty heavy on the apps front but that’s not to say it’s all seriousness here. We’ve got a fun selection of ways to entertain the kids, a powerful web development tool, a companion app for avid golfers and an intriguing travel based move from the one time ruler of search engines, Yahoo.

101 Ideas: Flying with kids
Anyone who’s taken a flight with a child knows that it’s tough to keep them entertained, especially on long trips. With Summer break nearly upon us, it’s an ideal time to try out 101 Ideas: Flying with kids. The app offers exactly what the title states: 101 ideas to entertain the kids. Most only require a few simple tools such as paper, pencils and coins, many only involve the imagination. It could well keep many a family saner on a long haul journey.

$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-18 :: Category: Travel

Diet Coda
We’ve already mentioned its impending arrival but Diet Coda deserves further mention now that it’s finally out. The app offers powerful web editing capabilities right from the iPad. Syntax highlighting is there along with FTP file management and a revolutionary new way of positioning the cursor. It’ll even double up as a dedicated preview window for users of Coda 2 for the Mac.

$19.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-05-24 :: Category: Productivity

Nike Golf 360°
Big golf fan? Then, this should be right at the top of your purchasing list. The app lets golf players track all their stats and download scores from more than 13,000 courses across the US. Sync it up with the website and it’s possible to analyze all kinds of things about your performance. Essentially, it’s the golfing equivalent of apps like RunKeeper.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-22 :: Category: Sports

Yahoo! TimeTraveler
Yahoo has had a turbulent time in recent years, losing its foothold as the most popular search engine to Google. Presumably with an aim to fight back, it has just released Yahoo! TimeTraveler amongst other apps in order to entice new users. The app allows users to create easy to follow trip plans for dozens of cities across the world. A custom itinerary is created according to the start and end point, hopefully providing a fun way of checking out things around the chosen city.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-24 :: Category: Travel

Subway Surfers
We couldn’t have a Five For Friday without covering at least one game and this is it: a fun casual endless runner by the name of Subway Surfers. Reminiscient of Temple Run, gameplay is all about dashing fast and dodging oncoming trains. You can even grind along the trains and perform some great acrobatic tricks. It’s simple yet addictive fun that should make a great change of gaming scenery over the weekend.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-24 :: Category: Games

It’s a varied selection for this week’s Five for Friday. We’re covering stuff like a convenient and quick-to-respond note-taking app, a fun music-making app for kids, and a Hidden Object game based on a classic piece of literature. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s on offer and get on with enjoying the weekend!

Inkflow
At first glance, Inkflow looks to be a pretty run-of-the-mill note-taking app. It very nearly is but its great benefit comes from its speed and precision. Writing or sketching with a finger is frequently a little sluggish, but with Inkflow, there’s hardly any lag at all. Extra functionality comes from the ability to create numerous pages of notes for later reference.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-14 :: Category: Productivity

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Anthologies
A Hidden Object game based on Pride and Prejudice? Yup, that’s exactly what we have here. Keeping closely to the plotline of the book, the game offers a great new take on the classic novel. It’s quite delightful to look at and offers some fun, casual gaming.

$6.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-13 :: Category: Games

Morton Subotnick’s Pitch Painter
Finger painting has provided hours of fun for kids over the years. Morton Subotnick’s Pitch Painter brings that idea to the iPad along with the ability to play musical notes, all at the touch of the screen. It’s aimed at the younger end of the market and should provide a great introduction to the iPad.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Education

Hiragana Pixel Party
Learning the many characters of Japanese Hiragana and Katakana is tough for those more used to English. Hiragana Pixel Party is a fun way of making a game out of it all with players progressing through numerous different worlds and tapping in time to the entertaining soundtrack. After all, the best form of education is the kind that doesn’t feel like work.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-15 :: Category: Education

Storypanda
Kids love to read books but they also love to use their imagination to create their own story. Storypanda offers the best of both worlds with the ability to read new stories through the service and create their own along with fun animations and pictures. It should be an ideal tool for families to use together.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Books

Where did the week go? I’m not sure, either, but somehow we’re already ever nearer to the halfway point of May and even better, we’re at the weekend. So, what better way of spending the ed of the work week than with this selection of apps and games?

Drive and Jump: 8-bit retro racing action
The clue’s in the name here. Drive and Jump: 8-bit retro racing action is going to be an enjoyable romp for fans of the NES era of gaming. Four different stages of racing fun are here with tilt based controls affecting driving, while tapping controls jumping. Sure, it’s simple stuff but it’s a fun walk down memory lane.

FREE!
$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Red Bull X-Fighters 2012
Continuing the fun theme comes Red Bull X-Fighters 2012, a Freestyle Motocross game. The focus is placed squarely on performing increasingly impressive tricks by drawing gestures on screen at speed. There’s a wealth of different tricks to learn, all accessible through the game’s Trikipedia. A Tournament mode keeps things thrilling.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Portfolio Pro for iPad
Many photographers and designers love their iPads for the ability to always take their creations with them and with a high resolution screen to demonstrate their work on. Portfolio Pro for iPad takes that concept and makes it all the more impressive. Users can create and personalize their own portfolio, stylized to their needs along with more ffective folder layouts than just using the camera roll. AirPlay support further improves things.

$9.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-05-04 :: Category: Photography

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy
An educational departure, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy offers a quite impressive collection of drawings of human anatomy, all drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. 268 drawings are available in all with numerous chapters explaining da Vinci’s discoveries as well as interviews exploring the significance of his work. It’s a fascinating piece of art history.

$13.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-05-02 :: Category: Reference

Zombie Nuke
Something about zombie games makes me want to sigh at the predictability, and yet I flock to them eagerly. Zombie Nuke is a little like that. It’s an arcade shooter with a 16-bit style appearance and a fun ragdoll physics engine. Don’t expect intelligence but do expect plenty of fun.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Games

Another weekend is here and another Five For Friday to beckon those two days in. This week, we have a selection of apps that are focused on fun and life enrichment. They should provide an interesting way of spending the first weekend in May.

MiniFlyer
It might be an incredibly well populated genre but the endless runner/flying title is still a fun one to mess around with. MiniFlyer is one such example, offering jetpacking fun. Tilt based controls make it the ideal pick up and play game with a cutesy theme, adding to the family appropriate nature.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-05-03 :: Category: Games

Klout
Regular users of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will recognise the name Klout. It’s a service that determines the influence of a user, according to how others interact with their material, such as via Facebook likes, comments and retweets. Klout also tracks what subjects the user is considered most influential about. Now in iOS form, it’s the ideal time to give it a try.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-25 :: Category: Social Networking

I Heart Fruits and Veggies
Many people will readily admit that they need to eat more nutritious fruit and veg on a daily basis. This app helps encourage them by assigning points to each bite and forming a tracking system for extra motivation. Other information such as what to eat and why is included to help the decision process.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-02 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i 2012
Adding to the ranks of memorable beat em up titles comes THE KING OF FIGHTERS-i 2012. Offering 32 playable characters, 6 different game modes including online multiplayer and 3vs3 battles, there’s heaps of fun for beat em up fans all with the connection of The King of Fighters franchise.

$0.99
$3.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-05-03 :: Category: Games

Yoga with Janet Stone
Yoga is a calming yet hugely beneficial form of exercise. Offering 13 sessions of meditation, over 3 and a half hours of instructional videos and over 5 hours of audio, Yoga with Janet Stone provides some great foundations for those who want to learn more about the art of Yoga. Numerous programs exist, progressing in difficulty gradually, to provide further education.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-26 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness

Five For Friday: Week Of April 27

Another week goes by and somehow we’ve made it to the end of April! This week in our Five for Friday roundup, we have a tool to help keen but disorganized gardeners, an app ideal for visitors to New York City, humor, spooky interactive storytelling and something for the bacon lovers.

Vegetable Planting Calendar
Released slightly too late for our look at the best apps for gardeners, Vegetable Planting Calendar is an inexpensive way of tracking when exactly certain vegetables and herbs should be planted. Over 90 different types of seeds are covered within the app, with information on how to sow them and whether they can handle light or hard frosts, as well as heat.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-24 :: Category: Reference

NYC Museum Guide
For those planning to travel to New York City for a visit around the many museums offered, this is an essential download. The app is a comprehensive catalog of all the museums the great city offers. Opening hours and map directions are provided with every museum, along with information from their Wikipedia pages and websites. The 100+ museums are divided according to their type, making it a breeze to navigate.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-21 :: Category: Reference

Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the greatest horror novels of all times. Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone turns the memorable tale into an interactive, reimagining. The original text has been fully adapted into a choose your own style adventure, giving readers the opportunity to truly get involved with the classic. There’s even a plethora of fascinating illustrations along with detailed 16th century anatomical engravings.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-26 :: Category: Books

Python Bytes – Monty Python Series 1
Monty Python’s Flying Circus has inspired many great comedy writers since its initial release in the 1970s. It’s the kind of humor that’s crossed borders without ever losing its comedic moments of surreal wonder. Python Bytes gives users the 22 best sketches from the first series of the TV show, as well as the option to create a personalized show from the sketches. It’s guaranteed to cause many laughs.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-26 :: Category: Entertainment

Everybody Loves Bacon
The name says it all, everyone loves bacon, right? Except vegetarians and those with religious reasons. Everybody Loves Bacon. is a very silly game but it’s a fun distraction. Players are tasked with the role of having to catch all the rebel pigs scattered throughout each level. Don’t expect deep gameplay but do expect simple fun.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-26 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of April 20

Easter is an increasingly distant memory and we’re well and truly into Spring for the Northern Hemisphere. Hopefully, in turn, these five apps will keep a spring in readers’ step across the weekend and beyond. It’s a distinctly light hearted bunch.

MyCityWay Now
Arguably the most useful app in the line up, MyCityWay Now promises a personalized snapshot of the city of New York, instantly giving users information on everything from the best nightlife, restaurants and even the best places to park. Live traffic cameras and transit updates should stop users getting stuck in traffic, also. 72 more cities are set to be added to the app in future updates.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Travel

Saving Private Sheep 2
A sequel to fun physics puzzler, Saving Private Sheep, Saving Private Sheep 2 offers more sheep versus fox fun. Use the catapult to fling sheep at the foxes across 66 lvels of obstacles and fun. There’s a level editor for creative types to spend extra time with.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Originally an iPad only release, Sid Meier’s Pirates! is now available for the iPhone. It’s not an Universal app, unfortunately, but if the iPad version is anything to go by, this will be a great conversion of a fantastic action strategy game. Indulge the pirate in you and set sail on one of 27 ships.

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Shark Dash
Shark Dash might look like yet another cute physics puzzler but it’s a fun concept: taking control of bathtub toys. Yes, seriously. Sharkee and his group of toy sharks have to fend off the evil rubber duckies while saving Sally, Sharkee’s girlfriend. For the player, this means a fun romp through 96 levels of simple yet addictive gameplay.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-19 :: Category: Games

Marvel’s The Avengers: Iron Man – MARK VII
Comic book and movie fans might have already noticed that there’s the little matter of the new The Avengers film coming out very soon. So, what better way to get excited than with MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: IRON MAN – MARK VII? It’s an interactive comic book telling the tale of Tony Stark/Iron Man’s mission to upgrade his armor. 15+ pages explain all, alongside a memorable soundtrack and plenty of interactive touches.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-11 :: Category: Entertainment

Five for Friday: Week of April 13

It’s the end of the week and there are all kinds of great-looking games and apps to give a shot over the weekend. Let’s call this a sci-fi/fantasy week because all of three of the games in this week’s five have either a sci-fi or fantasy theme. We also have some filter-applying photo apps.

DOFUS: Battles 2
This is the sequel of the tower defense I reviewed a little less than a year ago, DOFUS: Battles. DOFUS: Battles remains to be one of my favorite tower defense experiences on iOS. The games are based on the world from popular MMORPG, DOFUS. “Towers” are characters that can be leveled up and equipped and placed on the game board to defeat waves of enemies. DOFUS: Battles 2 is a reverse tower defense; the characters are attacking, not defending. I’ll definitely be playing this one over the weekend. DOFUS: Battles 2 is available in an HD version as well for the iPad (my preference).

$2.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-12 :: Category: Games

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-04-12 :: Category: Games

Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Ep 4
Those with a great memory may feel a bit of deja vu when looking at this app. Didn’t Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space already show up in Five for Friday recently? Yes it did. A little over a month ago, Telltale released Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Episode 2 this is Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Episode 4! Two months and three episodes! This is the same developer behind the Back to the Future and Jurassic Park games.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-12 :: Category: Games

iStriper
Camera apps that apply filters are getting popular. iStriper applies a unique filter to photos. The app takes a picture from the camera roll and “cuts” it into strips of varying sizes to create an artistic looking result. Distance, thickness, and color can be customized and photos can be exported via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-10 :: Category: Photography

B&W Lab
Another photography app that adds filters has been released this week, B&W Lab. While most of these filter apps provide a variety filters (like Instagram), B&W Lab focuses on black & white style filtering. There are twenty black & white presets in the app, but users can also customize the saturation, contrast, brightness, gamma, and more. Photos can be shared within the app via Twitter.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-09 :: Category: Photography

Hero Mages
Hero Mages is a mix between an RPG, strategy, and card game. Players command a party of three champions and fight in multiplayer or campaigns with various dice and cards to represent spells. Multiplayer can be played with up to 8 players all over the world in free-for-all, team, or cooperative games. Hero Mages was developed by D20Studios, a one-man development team.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-12 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of April 6

Happy Easter folks. No matter how you may celebrate it, and whether you do or not, we’ve got some fun Easter themed apps and games to cover in this week’s Five For Friday. Much like the event itself, the apps are a little geared towards families but there’s still fun to be had for all.

Easter Candy Recipes
Particularly for the non-religious, Easter has become all about eating plenty of chocolate and other good food with the family. Easter Candy Recipes offers plenty of Easter themed recipes to satisfy people’s urge for candy and other treats. Cakes and candies are available here, all through well laid out recipes and some tantalizing photos of the results.

$0.99
Released: 2012-03-27 :: Category:

What would happen if the Easter Bunny got sick?
An app for the little ones in the family, What would happen if the Easter Bunny got sick? deals with the terrifying proposition of if the Easter Bunny got sick and couldn’t deliver all the Easter Eggs! Fortunately, Lucy Goosey comes to the rescue and the story is cute and charming. There’s a coloring book included within the app, too.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-04-03 :: Category: Books

Easter Bunny Scanner
The Easter Bunny is smart, much like Santa Claus, so he knows how to figure out if a kid has been naughty or nice. This app helps parents keep a check on things by providing a “magic” way of scanning their kids. Parents can, of course, choose what result they want but it’s a neat idea to encourage kids.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-13 :: Category: Entertainment

Color Me !!! Easter Edition
One more app that’s ideal for kids and adults in need of regressing – Color Me is a digital coloring book with an Easter theme. There are Easter eggs and bunnies to color in, as well as other Easter based things like smiling eggs. Simple yet cute. Adults might find it quite calming to color in and relax, too!

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-03-04 :: Category: Games

Easter Egg Invaders
One for older children and adults, Easter Egg Invaders is an example of what happens when good eggs go bad. It’s an action packed shoot em up that’s a little reminiscent of arcade shoot em ups of old. Easter Eggs from space have come down and need to be defeated across 30 levels of explosions. It’s as crazy as it sounds!

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-04-03 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of March 30

The year is flying by. Somehow, it’s the end of the week already and the end of the month. On the plus side, that means time for another Five For Friday! This week, we’re leaning towards the entertainment route with a mixture of games, photo filtering and an app to help regular cinema goers. Without any further ado, on with the fivesome.

After Flick
As a regular visitor to my local cinema, I spend many a credits reel wondering whether I should stick around for after the credits have ended just in case there’s a few seconds of extra footage in there. After Flick takes the wondering out of the equation by informing users whether there’s something at the end of the film and, if so, what’s actually there.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-28 :: Category: Entertainment

FMX IV Pro
Fancy flying through the air on a motorbike? Try doing it in a game before practicing in real life. FMX IV Pro is one such option, promising numerous different types of events, seven different locations and plenty of different tricks to master, all with a realistic physics engine. It should keep many a stunt biker happy.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-29 :: Category: Games

1-Bit Camera
Once upon a time, before the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo Gameboy offered a camera attachment that created images a lot like the ones depicted in 1-Bit Camera. There’s a certain charm to the appearance too with a real 1980s look to them that will be a fun walk down memory lane for many.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-28 :: Category: Photography

Cannibal Cookout
A fun game all about playing a cannibal. How sweet. It actually is quite cute though with players enjoying 70 levels of silliness as they must speedily keep enemies at bay, all for the sake of a tasty meal. Besides dodging enemies, it’s also imperative to create increasingly impressive meals, making for a fun yet frantic time.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-29 :: Category: Games

Universal Movie Tycoon
Plenty of games have offered the opportunity to build up homes, towns, even hospitals. So it’s only natural that the latest step is to build a movie studio and hopefully make a fortune as a successful film tycoon. It’s a simple affair but should keep movie fans happy across the weekend as they decorate their way to success.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-28 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week Of March 22

Thanks to a little-known game called Angry Birds Space, it’s not been the busiest of weeks for new game releases. That’s not stopped us here at Five For Friday, though. We’ve rounded up a selection of apps and games with a hint of a focus on family use, but still perfectly relevant for many others.

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2
One aimed squarely at young families, Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 brings five classic Dr. Seuss titles to life for young readers including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back and others. All are available in three different forms. Readers can listen to the story and watch the highlighted words appear, they can read it to themselves or the story can play by itself like a movie.

$14.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-21 :: Category: Books

Basil
Basil helps cookery fans discover and collect new recipes, while also offering the ability to add the user’s own recipes within the app. Cooking timer functionality is thrown in there too for good measure. The ability to instantly save and import reviews works alongside major sites such as allrecipes.com and foodnetwork.com amongst others.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-20 :: Category:

AfterFocus
We at 148apps can’t resist a neat photo filtering app and AfterFocus offers a pretty cool DSLR-style effect. By simply selecting a relevant area on a photo, AfterFocus allows the user to create a more natural looking image via blurring and smart focussing.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-20 :: Category: Photography

Outline Pro
Ideal for students of all ages, Outline Pro aims to help them learn how to plan and structure their essay in an academic form. It’s often the hardest part of learning to master but Outline Pro ensures that nothing goes amiss by getting the user to divide things up according to topic, introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. Structured bullet points help organize ideas in a coherent form.

$9.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-16 :: Category: Productivity

Crosswords for iPad
Crosswords have formed the basis of many a word fan’s weekend morning. So what better way to do it this weekend than through an iPad? That’s what Crosswords for iPad offers. 100 different crosswords are available through the app, with easy to use controls making for a very relaxing and wordy affair.

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Five For Friday: Week Of March 16

At last the weekend is here and about time, too. So, how best to enjoy it? We can’t make any suggestions on whether to spend the time out and about or chilling indoors, but we can provide you with some great suggestions of apps and games released over the past week to try out.

DoDonPachi Resurrection HD
One for the bullet hell gaming fans, Cave has released another impressive yet insane to look at crazy-o-thon of shooting. Fast reactions are vital as the bullets never let up and the pattern of bullets need to be memorized for any chance of survival. An Arcade Mode offers a port of the arcade game, while a Smartphone Mode tailors the experience to the iOS format.

$13.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3
An unbeatable offer for fans of the Mass Effect series of games, The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3 takes players behind the scenes during the creation of the phenomenal RPG, offering a plethora of video interviews, quizzes, games and even deleted scenes from the game. It’s the ideal companion piece for those wanting to learn more about the series.

$0.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: News

Shoptown
A lighter gaming experience now, ideal for casual gamers. Shoptown is all about running a shop and getting the best price out of items while keeping the customers happy. There are freemium elements involved but it’s not essential for progression.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-30 :: Category: Games

Chaos Rings II
Previous Chaos Rings games have been pretty special so there’s not a lot that needs to be said about Chaos Rings II. The storyline promises to be compelling with numerous hidden bosses and endings. The graphics are even better and the battle system has been revamped. RPG fans may need more than just a weekend with this title!

$15.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

$16.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

St. Patrick’s Festival Guide 2012
St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and while it’s probably a little late to head over to Dublin to celebrate, there’s still the chance to check out the Dublin Parade via this app. It contains all the relevant information for the 4 days from March 16th to March 19th, along with an interactive map. The best feature, however, is the live feed of the Parade. Drink a pint of Guiness while viewing it and it’s almost like actually being there.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-02-28 :: Category: Travel

Five For Friday: Week Of March 9

Maybe it’s because it’s GDC week or maybe it’s because Spring is on the way for the Northern Hemisphere. Whatever the reason, it’s been a good week for new apps and games to hit the App Store. While we’ve hopefully kept a steady stream of information and news on many big titles, here’s our regular Five For Friday article, covering five other titles worth checking out.

Zuma’s Revenge

It’s been a big hit on the PC and Mac, now Zuma’s Revenge has made its way to iOS. The concept of Zuma has been mixed up a tad, adding the prospect of boss battles and more structure to the ball busting format we all know and get ridiculously hooked on. While the ultimate form of Zuma, Zuma Blitz, hasn’t hit iOS, this will keep many fans keen for a while to come.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-08 :: Category: Games

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-08 :: Category: Games

Adventure Bar Story

A RPG that isn’t about saving the world or being a bit emo and miserable? Yup, really. Adventure Bar Story is all about running a bar and making as much money as possible. That sounds pretty simulation like in nature but there’s a crucial RPG element to things: players must collect recipes and food by battling monsters. There’s a ton of playtime in this inexpensive package.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-08 :: Category: Games

My Year In Pictures HD

Slightly more ideal if it had been released at the start of the year, My Year In Pictures HD is still a great way of storing regular photos as part of a photo journal collection. It’s pretty to look at and easy to browse. There’s even a video feature that lets users create a mix of all the images from their chosen dates.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-06 :: Category: Photography

Roller Journal

Another fun way of tracking life, Roller Journal takes the typical journal app idea and makes a very neat change. Instead of just leaving the user free to write what they want and claw out for inspiration, Roller Journal provides questions that can spark a great line of thought. Questions are consistently fun and interesting so it’s a cool way to get thinking and share thoughts.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Lifestyle

Via.Me

A mixture of photo filter app with social networking and multimedia capabilities, Via.Me does it all (nearly). Users can choose from 18 different photo filters to adjust their images as well as share videos and music, then share them across multiple social networks at once. It’s similarly easy to share comments with friends or browse photo streams.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Social Networking

Five For Friday: Week Of March 2

This week’s Five For Friday is leaning towards the way of the iPad. Never fear iPhone owners, we don’t completely forget about you, it just so happens that some particularly interesting apps and games have been made solely for the iPad. Maybe it’s a sign of the promise of the iPad 3? Or maybe it’s just pure coincidence. Regardless, on with the line up!

Incoboto
Incoboto has that quirky look that can’t help but intrigue. Throw in the fact it’s been developed by an auteur, a sole developer who’s clearly both dedicated and a little insane, and there’s more reason to be interested. Even better? It promises to be in the spirit of Portal and Ico, and it kind of is! With a distinctive art style and soundtrack, plus great puzzles and storytelling, Incoboto is one to delve into this weekend.

$3.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Smart Photo Album – PhotoCal PRO
it’s a heck of a long name for such a simple app but Smart Photo Album – PhotoCal PRO knows what to do to be useful to users that have hundreds of photos on their iPad. It’s an app that enables users to browse their images and videos. It sounds unremarkable but it’s the ease in which users can navigate around it that makes it great. Images can be organized by date and month, as well as viewed on a calendar layout for extra ease. It’s an ideal way to browse many photos at once.

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Photography

Circadia
Circadia looks tremendously arty and conveys a great zen type feeling to the whole experience. Underneath all that is a simple yet addictive rhythm puzzle game that quickly ramps up the difficulty level. A constellation of musical colors exist and it’s down to the player to figure out the correct sequence to progress. It sounds quirky and it kind of is. It’ll stick in the memory for a while to come.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-18 :: Category: Games

The World In Figures
Who can resist learning something new? Even more so when it’s for the price of waiting for an app to download and nothing more. That’s exactly what The World In Figures offers. Courtesy of The Economist, there are plenty of facts and figures for more than 190 countries around the world. Trivia quizzes are also provided and it’s easy to share fun facts with friends via Twitter and Facebook.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-28 :: Category: Reference

Snackerdoodle
Kids love to play with their food. Secretly, so do many adults. For those with that urge, there’s an easy way to play with food and draw pictures with it, without getting messy or wasting good food. Snackerdoodle is the answer, providing a simple and creative way of making fun images, all with items of food rather than regular paints and crayons. Food available ranges from fruit and nuts to macaroni and frosting.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-03-01 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week of February 23

The year is picking up pace. We’re already nearing the end of February, with this marking the final Five For Friday of the month. While there’s not a lot I can do about slowing down time, I can pick out five apps and games from the past week that are each worth checking out over the coming days.

Name That Movie
Movie Awards season is culminating this weekend with the Academy Awards, or Oscars, ceremony on Sunday night. While the official app has been out for the past month, an ideal app has just hit the Store for those after movie themed trivia. Name That Movie is inexpensive at the moment and offers 5 different rounds, consisting of Clips, Posters, Still shots, Hangman, Clues and more. It’s an ideal game to play in preparation for the ceremony.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-21 :: Category: Games

Midway Arcade
Nostalgia fans will love this. For $0.99, fans of Midway’s Arcade classics can enjoy the delights of Spy Hunter, Rampage, Joust, Root Beer Tapper, Defender, and Arch Rivals. The asking price is more than reasonable for smashing up buildings in Rampage alone. In-app purchases extend the fun with the ability to unlock NARC, Total Carnage, APB, Gauntlet I and II, and Wizard of Wor.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions
New to the iPad, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is a classic of the strategy roleplaying genre remade for the PSP then enhanced for iOS. The iPhone conversion was a strong one but on the iPad, the extra screen space makes it all the more appealing. Controlling characters is arguably simpler than on the original PSP version with touch based controls immediately intuitive and the graphics have been optimised. The asking price may be hefty but there’s a heck of a lot of game playing time here.

$15.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Mosaic Creator
Fast yet beautiful results aren’t hard to come by when it comes to many photo filtering apps. Mosaic Creator is another satisfying gem. It lets users easily create mosaic images which involve all the photos on an iPhone or iPad, even up to tens of thousands of different images. Everything’s optimised for the best results and users can check a real-time preview as the mosaic effect is created. It’s clever stuff.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-20 :: Category: Photography

Towers N’ Trolls
The App Store isn’t short of a good Tower Defense game but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for another title of great quality. Towers N’ Trolls is that game, featuring hand-painted environments across 30 unique maps and six different worlds to explore. It might be a concept we’ve seen before, but the different enemy types and general charm of the game could keep things feeling fresh and fun.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-23 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week of February 17

It’s the end of the week already? The week and the year appear to be flying by, that or I’m getting old. As it’s Friday, again, it’s only right that I discuss five apps and games worth taking the time to look at this weekend and into next week. This week’s offerings are a little app heavy but there’s certainly fun to be had.

Graffiti Me!

Some may see it as unsightly but graffiti can look extremely impressive and artistic when drawn by someone with talent. Graffiti Me! takes that kind of style and offers the ability to turn photos into beautiful and cool graffiti art. Like all the best photo filter apps, it takes seconds to create the effect at the touch of one button, with further control stemming from adjustable parameters.

$0.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Photography

Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space Ep 2

The rabbit and dog detective duo, Sam & Max, have been popular for many years, offering sharp and witty humor and some very surreal storytelling. While Beyond Time and Space has been available on other systems in the past, it’s only now that iOS gamers get the chance to try out the series. This week marked the release of Episode 2, Moai Better Blues, and it’s one of the best of the season.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-16 :: Category: Games

WinZip

WinZip has been saving precious hard drive space for the past 20 years with its leading file compression technology. That technology has now reached iOS, offering users the ability to open and browse Zip files while on the move. Numerous zipped file types can also be previewed covering all the major file extensions.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-13 :: Category: Utilities

Pinmark

There are a ton of different journal apps out there. Pinmark does things a little differently, however, by automatically collecting and organizing the places the user visits as well as the photos they take and music they listen to, all alongside a note taking facility. All information is stored on the iPhone rather than on any remote server and it makes for a great way to look back at places visited to relive some memories of what happened back then.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-12 :: Category: Lifestyle

Fractal

Originally a PC and Mac title, Fractal is a puzzle game that will seem quite familiar, yet offers compelling gameplay. Players must manipulate fractals to a gloriously imaginative backdrop and memorable musical score. Think Bejewelled but with more style.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-15 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week of February 10

Another week of the year down and so we look back at five of the best apps and games of the past seven days. This time round, we have a healthy dose of education and knowledge, alongside a new way to create animations and some fun with droids.

Cinemagram
Offering something a little like Kinotopic, Cinemagram gives users the tools to create their own mix of photo and video. Simply record a few seconds of video and apply relevant filters to create some startingly original pieces of photographic art.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Photography

Raid Leader
Combining RPG and RTS elements, players take the role of Raid Leader in the game of the same name. Three different character classes help the player through 15 encounters as players level up as they come across increasingly fearsome bosses. A casual yet challenging trip into genres that are normally less welcoming.

$2.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

Fotopedia Women of the World
Women accomplish a lot in the world and now there’s an app that focuses on their efforts. Fotopedia Women of the World does precisely that, offering some stunning imagery from 75 different countries as well as visual stories and explanations of just what is being witnessed. There’s no reason not to download this. It’s free, after all.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-08 :: Category: Travel

Star Wars Pit Droids
Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace divided many upon its initial release and understandably so. With the release of the film in 3D, so too do we get another chance of seeing what games come out of the Star Wars universe. Star Wars Pit Droids is one such title, offering a form of tower defense game set around the pit droids during Anakin Skywalker’s racing days.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-09 :: Category: Games

Celebrating Dickens

200 years ago, on February 7 1812, author Charles Dickens was born. Celebrating Dickens, developed by the University of Warwick, UK, looks at the life and times of the classic storyteller. Along the way is some fantastic academic insight into his work from A Christmas Carol to Bleak House, with podcasts explaining all.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-02-07 :: Category: Education

Friday Five: Super Bowl Super Apps

There’s a little sporting event happening this weekend: I believe it’s called the Super Bowl. Yes, the New England Patriots and New York Giants will square off in the middle American metropolis of Indianapolis this Sunday, and most of America will tune in. But for those with iPhones, iPods, and iPads, these devices need not go unused during the big game! Here are 5 ways to use that device to get analysis and information that the TV broadcasters just won’t provide.

SportCaster: Providing a second screen experience during the game is this app from the developer of TweetCaster. The app aggregates tweets from various sources, and organizes them by topic, so following team-specific tweets is easy with this app.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-31 :: Category: Sports

NFL Mobile: What better way to follow the Super Bowl on an iPhone than, to, well, watch it on there? While streaming the Super Bowl will only be available for Verizon customers, this universal app should be perfect for when nature calls, if work won’t stop for the biggest football game of the year, or if a significant other who doesn’t know what this “super ball” is really needs something from the store, right now.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-04-25 :: Category: Sports

Sportacular: Can’t watch the game, but need updates on the score and play-by-play updates? Sportacular is a great choice, allowing users to just check up on the game’s status, or to chat with fellow users about what’s going on in the game. By this, I mean “talk smack with random people on the internet,” which is also fun. The app also handily provides the line on the game and the over/under, helpful reminders for those who could be affected financially based on the outcome of the game. 148Apps does not promote gambling, and reminds our readers to do it legally and responsibly, but still – that info’s there.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2008-07-31 :: Category: Sports

Quickish: Not exactly an app, but a fantastic web site for perusing the latest news and opinions in sports – open it in Safari on that iPad for an ideal second screen experience. Curated by internet sportswriting veteran Dan Shanoff, the site is a must-follow during big live events like the Super Bowl, as it provides rapid-fire updates and reactions across social media from both fellow writers and athletes, along with relevant news stories written about the game. Before, during, and after, this is a fantstic way to track what is being said about the Super Bowl from sometimes-unexpected voices.

SB Nation: This network of sports blogs comes with its own app, and the sites are known for thoughtful opinions on sports that go beyond the hysteria of the typical sports media, with an often wry sense of humor – and sometimes a single article will contain copious amounts of both. Why have an app, though? Well, it not only makes it easy to follow specific blogs, such as their team-specific blogs and general football one, but to follow updates on specific stories from one place. Few other sites will provide ‘simulations’ of the Super Bowl where they put the punters in at QB. Keep this one installed for baseball season, too, as their writers and blogs are top-notch on the subject.

FREE!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-08-24 :: Category: Sports

Five For Friday: Week of February 3

Another week has left us behind along with the first month of the year. As always with the arrival of Friday, we take a few moments to round up five of the most interesting apps and games that we’ve yet to cover in a more extensive form. There will be fun to be had and new recipes to be learnt, amongst other things.

Remarks

At its simplest, the iPad makes for a fantastic note taking tool. Just because the process of writing notes is relatively simple doesn’t mean that the results have to be plain though. Remarks is part PDF annotating application, part PDF notes creator. It’s simple to edit and view PDF files but just as easy to write or sketch ideas, through either handwriting or text input.

$1.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-01 :: Category: Productivity

Avid Studio

Aspirations to master film editing? Avid Studio has it covered. Offering simple yet effective video editing functionality, the app allows for easy rearranging of clips, the ability to add high-quality transitional effects and even a soundtrack. It’s surprisingly powerful stuff so iPad 1 owners may find themselves suffering from a few problems but iPad 2 owners will revel in the creativity.

FREE!
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-02-02 :: Category: Photography

Off The Leash

Off The Leash is all about helping Steve the loveable Golden Retriever escape the Chief of Police. 7 different dogs can be unlocked across 90 different missions. Tilt-based controls mean that Steve’s quest is simple to learn but great fun to master. It’s got a great ‘one more go’ vibe to it.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-02-02 :: Category: Games

Veggie Meals

New recipes are fun to discover and nutritious meals are all the more satisfying. Veggie Meals offers 55 easy to cook vegetable based recipes, catering for both vegetarians and vegans. Salads, soups, pasta, stews, burgers, pies and bread and desserts are all provided for here with attractive photography and informative step by step instructions sealing the deal.

$3.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-31 :: Category:

Tweet Land

Tweet Land isn’t th usual kind of racing game. It’s one that changes according to the real world and the tweets that world events invoke. Each experience with Tweet Land is different, changing according to real-time events. It makes the old school looking game feel that bit more exciting and the ideal game to drop in on a daily basis to see what’s changed. Plus, there’s the opportunity to escape tsunamis and zombies, all in the same game!

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-31 :: Category: Entertainment

Five For Friday: Week Of January 27

Things are ramping up on the App Store with Christmas well and truly behind everyone. While most of these apps and games will be covered in reviews, we take a look here at five of the best from the last week.

Orphion

Turning an iPad into an unique musical instrument by the same name, Orphion creates a fantastic sound that’s reminiscient of a string instrument and percussion. Like all musical instruments, it takes some practice to master but it’s immensely tactile and doesn’t take much effort to see some great results. Surely the ideal app to spend some time with over the weekend.

$4.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-01-21 :: Category: Music

Super Snake HD

Games featuring snakes have been around for as long as cell phones. Super Snake HD offers a fun twist on the usual format with 100 levels of puzzles and power-ups keeping things fresh and fun. There’s even head to head multiplayer functionality so that friends can join in. It’s a fine reintrepretation of a classic game.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-06-16 :: Category: Games

Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet

An ideal way to learn a classic play in a simple, study guide style manner, Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet offers over 2 and a half hours of unabridged text, animated re-enactments and the classic play broken down into easily digested sections. Biographies of each character and key theme discussions go a step further to helping analysis of the play. Ideal for those studying at the moment and those who just want to learn more.

$7.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-25 :: Category: Education

$14.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-01-25 :: Category: Education

My Little Monster

On a lighter note, My Little Monster lets players return to their youth with a dinstinctly retro appearance as the player takes care of a monster while training it to take on 31 enemies. Simple yet nostalgic, it’s smile inducing.

$0.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-25 :: Category: Games

NewsFlash

News moves fast in the world and it can be tough to keep up. NewsFlash lets the user quickly catch up with all the breaking news from many leading publications, all merged into one single news feed. Easy to use and understand, it’s a great time saver and highly informative.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-12-06 :: Category: News

Five For Friday: Week of January 20

Another Friday, another week drawing to a close and that means one very important part of the day: the Five For Friday! Here’s our roundup of five of the best apps and games that have been released on the App Store in the past 7 days.

iTunes U

Lauded as a great way of providing education right to an iOS device, iTunes U gives access to complete courses from many leading universities and other schools. More than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books and other resources are accessible from within this app with the ability to browse collections from institutions such as Stanford, Yale, Oxford and the New York Public Library. Notes and highlighting functionality makes everything easy to review through this informative app.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Education

Puzzlejuice

We’ve all seen puzzle games that involve colored blocks falling from the top of the screen, in need of arranging to clear them. We’ve all seen games that provide a similar experience but with letters and words needing to be created. How about a game that combines both? Puzzlejuice is exactly that, making for a very potent mix of fun and brainteasing.

$1.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-19 :: Category: Games

Timelapse Video Recorder

Ideal for those with a creative eye, Timelapse Video Recorder enables users to create time lapse videos quickly and simply. One tap of the screen records the video with similarly easy to use buttons available for adjusting video length and speed up relevant sections. It’s smooth and set to produce some great results, all at 60 frames per seconds for maximum smoothness.

$1.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-01-16 :: Category: Photography

OnLive Desktop

Harnessing the power of cloud computing with remote PC desktop utilization is how OnLive explains this app and that’s pretty much exactly it. OnLive Desktop enables iPad users to view, edit and create documents using Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint all through this form of PC virtualization. Users can easily transfer files between the app and other devices and the experience is lag-free and simple to use.

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Smash Cops

Fun should always be had on the weekend and Smash Cops should supply bucketloads of it. Reminiscient of classic game, Chase HQ, Smash Cops is all about taking out runaway felons in races spread over 20 missions and 4 different mini games. Fast and furious, Smash Cops will be great for Burnout and Need For Speed fans.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-01-12 :: Category: Games

Five For Friday: Week of January 12

January is in full swing now and the same can be said for the App Store which is offering boundless potential as always. As is customary on a Friday, we’ve taken the opportunity of highlighting five of the best apps and games that have hit the store in the past seven days. Hit the break for all five of the apps you might have missed.

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