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2012 Doomsday - Because it Never Hurts to be Prepared

Posted by Rob Rich on February 13th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

When it comes to 2012, it's hard to know what to think. Some people are certain that the world is due to end by the end of the year. Others think is a load of bull. Then there are a few folks who just seem to be caught in the middle, unsure of what to make of the whole thing. I don't claim to know who's right in all this, but at least now there's an app that can appease anyone who wants to know more.

2012 Doomsday is an app specifically designed to inform. It's got info on what's theorized to happen on the big day, lots of videos about 2012, details about the Mayans, what kinds of supplies to stock up on and other general survival tips. Depending on an individual's take on this business it could be their go-to guide or simply something to consider a fascinating "what if" scenario.

2012 Doomsday is currently available for everyone, skeptic or not, on the App Store for $0.99. I'm not claiming that it'll make a difference in the grand scheme of things, but I suppose there's nothing wrong with being prepared. Just in case.

Band of the Day Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on September 21st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED DISCOVERIES
Discover and explore a new band through tons of content every day.
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Share Just About Anything During a Call With Thrutu

Posted by Rob Rich on August 1st, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Videos, games, photos, GPS functionality and more. The iPhone can do a heck of a lot, especially considering the fact that it's a phone and not a PC. One thing it's not quite adept at is integrating a lot of that into the actual "phone" part. Enter MetaSwitch and their clever little app, Thrutu.

Thrutu makes true on-the-phone multitasking possible. Users can take and share photos, contact information, their current location and more with a tap or two. The mileage one gets out of this largely depends on how they tend to interact with people over the phone, but certain aspects of its usefulness are pretty obvious. Sharing location info makes random, and even planned, meet-ups much simpler than "I'm standing over by the big duck." Getting a friend's opinion remotely on a new outfit can be done instantly. It even cuts down the time needed for those "Let me get you the number" situations.

It's important to note that Thrutu does require some initial setup. Users have to register their phone number in order to use the service, and it can only work when both ends of the conversation have the app installed. Fortunately, it's also set up to sort through contact lists for Thrutu users (with default contact lists still available), and there's a handy Invite button for anyone without it.

Keep in mind that, because Thrutu is designed to send various amounts of digital information, it also requires a 3G or wi-fi connection. There are bound to be some areas where it's largely ineffective (like when on a camping trip or on the subway) and some contacts who just won't be able to make proper use of it. Then again, if these people have a smart phone chances are they have access to at least one of the two.

Thrutu certainly shows enormous potential, both as a personal use app and one for more business-oriented users. There are a few small hoops to jump through in order to get it going, but once everything is set up it's smooth sailing. The real trick is to get everyone using it. I guess that means I've just done my part.


feX for Facebook

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Johnathon Broekhuizen on July 23rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: SIMPLE
Keeping up with the Jones' just became a hell of a lot easier with feX for Facebook. Instantly keep your contacts from Facebook in perfect harmony with your iPhone. Huzzah!
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