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December 2010 App Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 10th, 2010

The App Hall of Fame (the original App Hall of Fame, not the Apple knock off) is an independent initiative launched by 148Apps that includes selection committee members from over 40 web and print publications.

Our goal is to archive the very best mobile apps by honoring only 12 applications per month. To be eligible, applications must be available for download from the App Store for at least 6 months. Applications are nominated and voted on monthly by the selection committee with the applications that get the most votes being inducted into the hall of fame.

We want you to join in on the celebration. We'll be giving away copies of the newly inducted applications to subscribers of our mailing list later this week. Subscribe now for a chance to win.

We are very proud to announce the December inductees into the App Hall of Fame:

Skype from Skype Software S.a.r.l
Words With Friends Newtoy Inc.
Canabalt from Semi Secret Software
Netflix Netflix, Inc.

Drop 7 from Area/Code
Zen Bound 2 from Secret Exit Ltd.
Space Invaders Infinity Gene from TAITO Corporation
N.O.V.A. from Gameloft

Jet Car Stunts from True Axis
Boxcar from appremix
Peggle from PopCap Games, Inc.
iBlast Moki from Godzilab

Apple Lists 2010 Top Apps

Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 9th, 2010

As the year winds down and we look ahead to the next decade it's time for all those wonderful end-of-year lists we all get so excited about. Today we have some exciting news, as Apple has detailed all the top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPad, as well as the top grossing apps on each platform. Here's the full rundown, for your edification.

Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps

1. Angry Birds
2. Doodle Jump
3. Skee-Ball
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
5. Fruit Ninja
6. Cut the Rope
8. The Moron Test
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. Pocket God

Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

1. Facebook
2. Angry Birds Lite
3. Words With Friends Free
4. Skype
5. Tap Tap Revenge 3
6. The Weather Channel®
7. Paper Toss
8. Bing
10. Talking Tom Cat

Top 10 Grossing iPhone Apps

1. MLB.com At Bat 2010
2. Angry Birds
3. Call of Duty: Zombies
4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
5. FriendCaller 3 Pro
6. Zombie Farm
7. TomTom U.S.A.
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. Doodle Jump

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Netflix On The Small Screen

Posted by Chris Hall on August 26th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Netflix today released an update to their Netflix app that makes it compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. Those of you who have been dying to watch your favorite movie or show will now be able to do so with the free app.

“Apple has changed the game for mobile devices,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer. “We’re excited that our members can now carry Netflix around in their pockets and instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix right to their iPhone or iPod touch.”

The app works on all phones with iOS 3.13 or later, and supports WiFi and 3G. You'll obviously take a pretty nice quality hit when watching things on a 3G network, but it's not like you are going to be watching the latest and greatest action movie on your iPhone. I'd wait to watch The Expendables on your big screen when it arrives on Netflix.

Membership plans start at $8.99 a month for one disk at a time in the mail and unlimited streaming, and there is a free 30 day trial for anyone starting up a new account. If you've never had Netflix before, just know that you won't have full access to their 10 trillion movie library with the streaming service, just a still large portion of the movies that they have on demand.

Go download the Netflix app right now: the movies are waiting!

[Source: TechCrunch]

Favorite Four: Apps for a rainy day

Posted by Ryan Wood on April 19th, 2010

April showers bring May flowers, and while May is just around the corner, the rainy days are in full force. What better way to get through a rainy day then by using an iDevice? Here are a few apps that we think will be the perfect companion.


There has already been a lot of coverage on Netflix, but it truly is an MVP of the app store. As of this print it’s an iPad only app, but there are confirmed reports of Netflix making a debut on the smaller iDevice lineup eventually. It’s a sure fire bet that watching a movie or television show on a rainy day will help to pass the time.

Alternative: For those that don’t have an iPad, or those not subscribing to Netflix, the YouTube app, NBC.com through the Safari Web Browser, and the Pandora app are a couple alternatives to provide some entertainment. Unfortunately the video streaming offerings have been limited up until Netflix. With Netflix expected on the pocket sized iDevices, and rumors flowing on Hulu’s debut on the iDevice line up, you can expect that to change sooner than later.


Maybe it’s just me, but I can play Tetris for hours without getting bored. Whether it’s the WiiWare version of Tetris, my old cartridge version, or the app version, I can’t get enough. Nothing beats relaxing on the couch watching some TV and playing some Tetris.

101 Classics (or other free book app)

I used to be an avid reader, but responsibilities have really limited the time I can devote to it. When I did read more, there was a vast collection of books I used to read. With an app like 101 Classics, large quantities of books are collected into one app for free and easy access. Make some hot chocolate, grab a blanket, and pop up a copy of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the next time it’s raining.


They say that knowledge is power. “They” tend to be those people always looking to get a hand up in Trivial Pursuit, but a little extra knowledge can’t hurt anyone. With the “Surprise Me!” feature in Articles, you can relax inside, check out the rain, and educate yourself on little random pieces of the world one Wikipedia page at a time. Available on the entire iDevice line-up, this app is sure to equip you for battle the next time Trivial Pursuit night comes up.

Honorable Mentions:

Rainy Day apps really are just boredom fillers, and to that end there are hundreds of possibly apps available. An epic RPG Series like the Final Fantasy (One or Two), Zenonia (One or Two), and Inotia (One or Two) are great options. Point and Click games such as Nick Chase, The Secret of Monkey Island, and Broken Sword, or any number of apps have the potential for filling that void. Take a look at the games I offered here or figure out a specific genre of game you are looking for and check out 148apps vast database of reviews to find something that provides a great product to fill your time with.

If you would like a specific recommendation for a genre, shoot me an email at [email protected] and I would gladly toss you one. If I don’t have a lot of experience in one genre, 148apps has a plethora of talented staff members who might.

Redbox App Makes Renting DVDs Even Easier

Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on January 15th, 2010
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The world of movie rentals is vastly different than it used to be. First, Netflix brought web-based movie mailings to dominance with its cheap subscription service. But the one problem with Netflix is that you can't get movies instantly—some titles are available for online streaming, but the quality and selection are both poor. Redbox takes a different approach. Its DVD rental kiosks can be found at more than 19,000 locations such as Wal-mart. Most significantly, they're dirt cheap: $1 (plus tax) for a twenty-four hour rental, and you can grab them right then and there. Needless to say, Redbox has gained quite a following.

The new Redbox iPhone application aims to make things even easier. Using the free app, you can select the nearest Redbox location, search for a movie, and then reserve it, so you don't have to worry about someone else snagging a new release. Renting movies certainly doesn't get any easier—or cheaper—than that. Unfortunately, the app is still a little rough around the edges. Lag is irritating, and the search feature could use some work; location services don't seem to work quite right. The app also replicates the features found on the standard Redbox website, though this is probably intentional; Redbox joins a steady flow of apps that aim to provide mobile access to the same technology accessible from your computer's browser. I often use my iPod instead of my laptop, and Redbox is apparently working to perpetuate that trend. Mobile access to full features is something that I can eagerly support.

Redbox isn't perfect, but it's definitely a neat tool for movie buffs. I can see it now...standing in line at a Redbox kiosk with the app, and reserving a movie just before the bloke in front of you tries to rent it. Victory is sweet, and easy rentals are sweeter still.


iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on August 31st, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THE UGLY TRUTH
If you need a solid app to make you seem like a movie trivia buff, pick up MovieDNA... just don't let people see the awful pink color scheme.
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i.TV Fuels the TV Addict With Their 2.0 Update

Posted by Jeff Scott on August 19th, 2009
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

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[/caption]i.TV announced today that their massive 2.0 update has been submitted to the iTunes App Store. This update includes a striking new feature that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a remote control. Initially the app will only support Tivo devices, but the framework is there to allow other remotes to be added. You can now view the TV listings and instantly switch to the channel it's on, schedule it for recording by your DVR, or download it from iTunes.

This is on top of their already impressive feature list of this all-in-one TV addicts app. Features include TV listings, show information and user ratings, Tivo recording, NetFlix queue management, iTunes and YouTube integration, movie showtimes and ticket buying.

More details on the new release:

Introducing i.TV 2.0
New look, iTunes, alerts, and remote control

Remote Control: i.TV now combines the TV guide and the remote control on an iPhone or iPod touch. Remote controls are powered by the i.TV Remote Control Framework, which allows third parties to develop remote controls for use on the i.TV platform.

TiVo remote: TiVo is the first to introduce a soft remote on i.TV. You can now change the channel, fast forward, record and most importantly play your favorite shows and movies, with just a tap on your iPhone or iPod touch.

New look: i.TV now has a simplified and streamlined user interface.

iTunes: From within i.TV, discover related TV and movie content and then tap to download from iTunes.

Push notifications: Set alerts for when your favorite TV shows air. Never miss a show again.

Here's the into movie that shows you the new interface of i.TV 2.0.

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Movie Brain

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Tom Hesser on January 29th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Movie Brain is like having IMDB in your pocket, but better because it doesn't require the internet! A must-have for movie buffs.
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iFlix - NetFlix Queue Manager

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Tom Hesser on November 26th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Elegant film rental app allows easy queue management on the go.
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