Bargain iPhone Games

September 19, 2010 by  
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Looking for new iPhone games? Here are a few of this week’s best bargain apps. But hurry, get them soon before the sales are over!

Pocket Frogs – Collect, breed, and discover new species of beautiful frogs! It’s actually quite adorable. Take your frog out to the pond so it could eat dragonflies in the air. The more they eat, the happier they are. On the way, you may find fun virtual gifts on the lilypads! It could more gold coins, potions, stamps, or additional frogs! Play online or offline. And you can find your friends via Plus+ social gaming network. Universal Version (Free)

Tetris – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know how to play Tetris. It’s a classic! Geometric pieces drop down and you need to rotate and move them to fit in rows below. Get four rows at once and you got a super powerful Tetis! The updated graphics and colors are beautiful! It’s currently on sale for both the iPhone and iPad at its lowest price ever this weekend. So get it before it’s gone! Apps are normally $2.99 and $7.99 for the iPhone and iPad, respectively. iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPad Version ($2.99)

Mr. Runner – First there was Mr. Space which was a highly addictive, fast-paced game. The object was to place Mr. Space in a safe area before the walls and ceilings could drop on him. Mr. Runner has the same concept, except you’re running and stopping in safe spots before the celling collapses. Very fast-paced as well, and it’s free! iPhone Version (Free)

TwentyFour! – It’s almost time to head back to school! This app would help sharpen your brain for those difficult math problems. You’re given 4 numbers on the screen. You need to place the +, -, *, and/or divide signs between the numbers so they end up equating to 24. It’s quite a challenge! Get as many as you can for a higher score! Normally $1.99, this app is on sale for free this week. iPhone Version (Free)

Shrek Forever After – Based on the original movie, this game is super fun! The game ties the movie together very well. Shrek heads into the forest to retrieve all the kids birthday presents that Donkey dropped. He gets attacked by Robinhood and his merry men. Punch your way through to reach the next level where Rumpelstiltskin awaits! It’s a face moving game with beautiful graphics. A definite buy for any Shrek fan. Hurry, it’s only 99 cents today so get it soon!
iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPad Version ($5.99)

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge is a story-adventure game about a pirate exploring and island. Walk around and talk to people on the island by selecting various messages. The answers and replies are quite hilarious. The graphics have been remastered and look amazing. Normally $7.99, but on sale for 99 cents just today! iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPhone Lite Version (Free) | iPad Version ($4.99) | iPad Lite Version (Free)

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Bargain Back-to-School iPhone/iPad Apps and More!

September 12, 2010 by  
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It’s almost time to head back to school! I thought you could use a few games as well as educational apps for the start of the school year! Here are this week’s bargain iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad apps:

Games

Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion – Help each member of Linkin Park find their stolen tracks in this 8-bit/high resolution world! Walk around in the various city districts, completing missions, destroying evil-doers and help retrieve all the music tracks back! Enjoy 8 Link Park tracks in their original and 8-bit formats and unlock a brand new exclusive song! Normally $4.99, but on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!
iPad Version (99 cents) | iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

WordsWorth – Race against the clock and make as many words as you can in this honeycomb-gameboard. Score extra points if you find the bonus world. One of the few games updated to work with Apple’s new Game Center, you can now see your scores ranked on the worldwide leader board as well as just among friends! It’s currently 50% off for a limited time. iPhone Version (99 cents)

Toy Story 3: Operation Camouflage – is a hidden object game that ties in with the movie. Two modes available – Easy and Hard. Hard mode is played with a timer, while Easy is without. Normally $1.99, but on sale this weekend for 99 cents!
Universal Version (99 cents)

Lite Brite – this apps brings back so many memories for me as a child. Although I never owned a Lite-Brite, the commercials of the popular toy kept playing ver and over again on TV that I really wanted one! It’s a black board where you get to stick colored pegs in to make images that glow in the dark. Well, now I can own a piece of my childhood right on my iPhone! Complete colorful projects and even create animation with the app! iPhone Version (99 cents)

Coin Push Frenzy – Remember those quarter-pushing machines at arcades and casinos that would eat up all your quarters as they push one or two down? Well, now you can play the same game right on your iPhone, without gambling much money! Drop you coins and push down surprise mystery boxes, bonus coins, and more. Collect various virtual gifts from the mystery boxes and store them in your trophy room! iPhone Version (Free)

Geared HD is a fun game of physics where you place cogs and gears in a way so the end contraption turns! Tap and place gears down of all sizes. Normally $2.99 for the iPad version, but it’s free this weekend only!
iPad Version (Free) | iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

Entertainment and Lifestyle Apps

Appshopper is my favorite place to find bargain iPhone/iPad apps! They finally have their own app so you won’t miss another sale again! Create a wishlist of the apps you want and you’ll be notified when their prices drop! If you’re an app-addict like me, this is a must!
Universal App (Free)

Romantic Dinner Date Recipes – flip through recipes to cook for your sweetie. Once you find something, add it to the shopping cart and your ingredients will be listed nicely for you to go purchase! So go make something yummy for your sweetheart now!
iPhone Version (Free)

Percolator is a new photo app that allows you to transform your photos into dazzling multicolor mosaics! Import or take a photo and your image will instantly be a colorful mosaic of round circles. Great app for inspiration for designers and graphic artists. Currently at introductory price of 99 cents. iPhone Version (99 cents)

I Am T-Pain is absolutely fun and hilarious. Sing and the app will auto-tune your voice so you sound just like T-Pain. Plug your iPhone into speakers and it becomes a fun karaoke app! The recently updated version has an option to T-Pain your voice messages using the T-Pain Dialer. This will send voice messages to your friends as a fun prank. ;) Normally $2.99, it’s on sale this week for 99 cents. iPhone Version (99 cents)

New York: The Best of New York by Baffled By Travel, 2010/2011 Edition – If you’re planning to head to New York anytime soon, this app is a must. It highlights some of the best some of the best museums, eateries, nightlife, shops, hotels, and attractions in NY. Explore each of NY’s cities, and add favorite items to your profile. Once you’re in the city, use the “where” option to find things near you. Normally $7.99, it’s Free for a limited time!
iPhone Version (Free)

Back-to-School Apps

EMD PTE Periodic Table – If you’re taking Chemistry this fall, or need to review the periodic tablet of elements, this comes in pretty handy. Click on the elements to get more information on it. The app is universal, working on iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!
Universal Version (Free)

3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool is perfect for students taking Biology. Learn about what makes up the cell structure with a 3d model, as well as stain your own cell by selecting colors for each structure. Have fun rotating the cell around and finding the Golgi, Lysosomes, and Nucleus! iPad Version (Free)

NASA is a fabulous app if you want to dive deep into space exploration. Explore each of the planets closely. Read tweets from space, read NASA news, see thousands of images from space, and much much more. Internet connection is required.
iPad Version (Free) | iPhone Version (Free)

Molecules – View 3D renderings of molecules. Rotate, zoom, and pan the molecules with your the touch of your fingers. You can even download additional molecules at the RCSB Protein Data Bank. It’s the perfect app for the scientist in the family!
Universal Version (Free)

iStudiez Pro is a great app for college students. It’s like a student schedule/daily planner all rolled into one. Add class schedules, prioritize assignments, add notes, and more. Push notification to alert you of upcoming tasks and homework. Gorgeous interface. It’s a student planner good enough to accommodate even the most hectic student schedules. It’s a little more on the expensive side, but definitely worth it if you’re a student. Try out the Lite version before buying! Universal Version ($2.99)

History Maps is a collection of various historical maps. Maps included range from as early as England in 700 to the mid-1900s. Perfect for the historian in the family.
Universal Version (Free)

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iPhone and iPad Apps on sale for Labor Day Weekend!

September 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Hope you’re having a great Labor Day Weekend! Some apps are on sale this weekend, so get them before the prices go up!

iPhone/iPod Touch Apps

Pizza Shop Mania – Put your pizza-making skills to the test! Get behind the counter and churn out pizzas to the customers in this face-paced game. If you love time management games, you gotta put this on your must-have list. It’s Digital Chocolate’s sequel to the hit Chocolate Shop Frenzy. Normally $2.99, it’s currently on sale for free! The lite version is linked in case the sale is over by the time you read this. iPhone Version (Free) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

FlipWorld is a cute little platform game where you get to control gravity! Flip and turn your device and send your little guy safely across the screen. Watch out for monsters though. Tap on the screen to hop right over them. The longer you can keep this up, the more points you’ll get! The game is normally 99 cents, but is free now! iPhone Version (Free)

Rhythm Racer 2 – Race through the musical superhighway and capture bonus points along the way! The futuristic background and fast-pace music makes this game hard to put down. Best of all, it’s free!
iPhone Version (Free) | iPad Version (Free)

Plancast is an adorable way for you to share your plans and events with your friends. Just enter the event info or click on “count me in” to join an event. The app is free and has a beautiful new interface!
iPhone Version (Free)

Boggle – is just as fun as the real board game.. if not more! Shake up the game board of letters and make as many words as you can before the time runs out! Normally $2.99, the game is on sale for 99 cents! The iPad version is on sale as well.
iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPad Version ($1.99)

Woopra is an amazing comprehensive real-time web tracking and analysis software. They recently created an iPhone app so you can check your website analytics on the go. Great interface and very intuitive. A woopra account is needed to use. You can create a free account at Woopra.com. Upgrade accounts also available for sale. iPhone Version (Free)

The Game of Life Classic Edition – Any idea what your future holds? Why not play the Game of Life? Just like the old board game, but much more fun! Roll the dice and see if you own a house, have a few kids, or have a career change. Earn money as you go. Player with the most wins! Currently on sale this weekend only! iPhone Version (99 cents)

JotNot Scanner Pro – Turn your iPhone into a document scanner. You can email, send document to Evernote Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net, and more within the app. Normally $4.99, this app is on sale for 99 cents this weekend.
iPhone Pro Version (99 cents) | iPhone Free Version (Free)

Line Art – dazzle your eyes as you touch and tap with this app as colorful particles respond to your touch. They move in quickly across the screen and leave behind a trail of colorful lines. There are 10 interaction modes on the iPad and 5 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Universal Version (99 cents)

Big Box Visual Effects Pro 3200 is a fun and visually stimulating! It displays over 30 different effects including Plasma, Rain, Waterfall, Firework, Illusion, Space, Starry Sky, Acid Rain, Lava, Fire, Sand, Energy, Electricity, Dust, Smoke and more! Lots of beautiful colors, music, and is a universal app. Normally 99 cents, but free this weekend! Universal Version (Free)

Universal Apps (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad Compatible)

Twitter- the official app has gone Universal! The iPad version was recently added and it looks lovely! At first glance, it looks simple until you pinch and expand tweets to see more info. The layout is in a columns and pages design that you have to try out for yourself. The app remains free, so get it now! Universal Version (Free)

Epic Citadel – Recently announced at the last Apple special event, this app was used to demonstrate the next steps in iPhone/iPad gaming. Walk around and explore the realm of the Epic Citadel and search for all its beautiful secrets. This game was created using the same tools and technology used to develop high-end console games. Take a peek at what’s to come for iOS devices! Universal Version (Free)

iSQL Lite is for the database programmers on the go! The app displays commonly used SQL commands. It’s a great reference tool when you’re looking for the right SQL command. The lite version has only SQL commands while the full version (on sale this weekend) also includes examples of PL/SQL. Universal iSQL Lite (Free) | Universal iSQL (99 cents)

iPad Apps

Friendly Facebook Browser is what Facebook should look like on an iPad! It displays your newsfeed, photos, and profile very nicely. You can read comment, chat with online friends, write messages, etc just like you would in the Facebook website. The layout is optimized for the iPad. Normally $4.99, it’s now only 99 cents for this weekend. iPad Version (99 cents)

14 Bargain Apps for your iPad and iPhone!

August 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Here are 14 bargain iPhone and iPad apps that will surely add some fun to your devices!

Scrabble – word game addicts, get this before the price goes up! It’s Hasbro’s classic word game right on your iPhone. Play against the computer, your friend next to you, or even your Facebook friends. Add up points and aim to get the triple letters and triple words all across the board. The person with the most points at the end wins! But hurry, this sale won’t last long! You can play the free version as a Facebook app. iPhone Version (99 cents)

Where’s Waldo – This app brings me back to my childhood when Where’s Waldo books were all the craze. The iPhone version is just as much fun! Search for Waldo and his friends in various scenes. You’ll find them in the funniest places!
iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPad Version ($2.99)

Diner Dash: Grilling Green is the first time management game made specifically for the iPad. If you enjoy the Diner Dash series, this one is a must-have. Many new features have been added for the new multi-touch options. Not only are we waiting tables, you have to keep the customers happy and also help grandma with the cooking. Talk about multi-tasking! The game is normally $4.99, but is on sale for a limited time for $2.99. iPad Version ($2.99)

Hexalex – Another word game that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This board is a bit different though. Instead or square pieces, you’re putting pieces down on a hexagon board. Words can go down, sideways, or even diagonally. Play against the computer, or up to four people. iPhone Version ($1.99)

Jojo’s Fashion Show 2 – This one is for the fashion addicts! Create various outfits for your models and send them out on the runway. Be sure to dress them up in the style asked by the judges. Do it quickly to progress to the next round! Full game is free for a limited time.
iPhone Version (Free) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

Fotopedia Heritage – Travel around the world and back in this wonderful little app. It’s an amazingly beautiful way to navigate, explore, and discover the 890 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Swipe to see a new photo from around the world. Tap on the ‘i’ icon to read more about the location. It really is like a Wikipedia with photos! It’s also universal and absolutely free! Universal Version (Free)

Pinball HD – If you’re an avid pinball fan, this is a must-have! The game features 3 pinball tables — Wild West, The Deep. and Jungle Style. Each table has its unique gameplay. Plays in both landscape or portrait mode. The graphics on the iPad version could be more clearer, but it’s definitely worth the sale price for this week! Normally $2.99, both the iPhone and iPad versions are 99 cents. iPad Version (99 cents) | iPhone 4 Version (99 cents)

Color Stream – If you’re a designer, you may be interested in this app. It’s a nifty color palette tool. You can take photos in the app and it’ll pick out 5 colors from the photo for you and give its hex numbers. Very simple to use and no need to pull out Photoshop to take a screenshot. This app was $2.99, but is currently on sale for free! I also linked a lite version in case the price goes up when you read this article. iPhone Version (Free) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

The Crystals of Atlantis Deluxe – It’s very similar to other match-3 games that you played before. Goal is to make crystal matches so your historical artifact pieces fall down to the lower level. Special power-ups are given for matches of 4 or more. Gorgeous graphics; a definite must-download! iPhone/iPod Touch Version (99 cents)

Paperless Lite: Lists + Checklists – here’s a beautiful way of keeping lists and checking them off. Add a cute little icon for each type of list. Very simple and. Straight-forward. Free version allows up to 15 items in a list, paid version allows more. Try it out for free!
iPhone Lite Version (Free) | iPhone Version ($1.99)

Price is Right – Never been a contestant on Price is Right? But now you can with this app! See how well your know your prices and play various games to get to the showcase showdown! New in this version is customization of your player’s avatar. It was $4.99 but is currently on sale for 99 cents! iPhone Version (99 cents)

Pocket Creatures – Here’s a virtual pet you can carry around with your on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or even iPad! Teach, play, and explore the world with your new virtual pet. Normally $2.99, now on sale for 99 cents.
Universal Version (99 cents)

Zombie Infection – Action-adventure game where you fight your way through hordes zombies. Amazingly realistic graphics that’s a must for zombie lovers. Be aware of realistic violence. Game is available on both iPhone and iPad platforms. Normally $6.99, this is a sale too hot to miss! iPad Version (99 cents) | iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPhone Lite Version (Free)

Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition – Your favorite monkeys are on the loose again! Keep your monkeys rolling in orbs as you collect bananas and race to the finish line. Mini-games include Monkey Base, Monkey Target, Monkey Golf, and Monkey Bowling. Have an endless fun time with this accelerometer game! This iPad game was $14.99 but is now on sale for $3.99. iPad Version ($3.99) | iPhone Version ($2.99)

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Top Bargain iPhone and iPad Apps for August!

August 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Need some new apps for your iPhone and iPad? Here are some free and bargain apps you need to know about!

James Cameron’s Avatar for iPad – Enter the beautiful, yet dangerous world of Pandora. The game takes place two decades prior to the movie and you get to be the first experimental avatar. Experience your new powers in your new body as you and the Na’vi become one. The graphics are just amazing and is like watching the movie as you play. Definitely worth every penny. Once $9.99, this beautiful game is now only 99 cents, so get it before the sale is over. The iPhone/iPad version is not on sale, but there is a lite version you can try. The game is huge, so be sure you’re on wifi before downloading. iPad Version (99 cents) | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($4.99) | iPhone/iPod Touch Lite Version (Free)

Vevo – stream and watch full music videos right to your iPhone or iPod Touch! Also view videos of your favorite artists and conviently purchase the songs and videos from iTunes. You can also learn fun trivia about your favorite artists. It’s currently iTune’s pick for App of the Week and is the perfect app for for the music lovers. iPhone/iPod Touch Version (Free)

GetGlue – checking into things is all the craze now. It’s been applied to geolocation, but here’s a new idea. Why not check into things, such as the show or movie you’re currently watching, or the song you’re listening to, or even what you’re thinking about? That’s GetGlue for you. Check into your favorite things and share them with your friends. You can leave reviews and comment on your friends check-ins as well. Connect your Twitter and Facebook accounts to easily find friends. Best of all, real earn stickers for checking in and leaving reviews. Once you earned a lot, send a request to have your stickers mailed to you. Pretty nifty! iPhone/iPod Touch Version (Free)

RedLaser – Quickly scan barcodes to find out what the item is and the best place to purchase it. Search results return a list of stores/websites where you can purchase the items starting from the lowest price to highest. So find the best deal and shop away!
iPhone Version (Free)

FoodSpotting 2.0 – Foodies rejoice! If you love taking pictures of food, you’re not alone. Join the community of Foodies called FoodSpotting! Take photos of food, post your reviews, and share with your friends. This updated app makes it easy to upload and view yours and your friends’ activities. Check it out for yummy goodness! Feel free to add me as a friend on FoodSpotting and share food tips! iPhone Version (Free)

Magic Pictures HD – View amazingly beautiful photos scroll by as you interact with the scene. Images scroll either up and down or sideways depending on the photo. Use your fingers to interact with the particles (could be snowflakes on a winter scene or water droplets on an ocean scene) and move pieces around. Options include interacting with moving particles, listening to relaxing ambient sounds, and a digital clock. The collection currently includes 106 high resolution photos, taken by Tobias Tomsch. It’s a must-have for photography enthusiasts and makes the perfect digital frame. It’s specially priced now for just 99 cents! iPad Version Only (Free)

DailyBooth App – This app is great for you DailyBooth-ers out there. DailyBooth is a community of users who take random photos of themselves everyday. And friends can comment back with a photo (or text). It’s very similar to Twitter, except with photos! The interface still needs work, but it’s really nice for Version 1.0. Before the app, you would need to email your photo and it’ll appear on the website. Now with the app, simply select and upload. You can also see your recent replies and your friends latest activities and photos. It’s a must-have if you’re part of the DailyBooth community. iPhone Version (Free)

Discover — Wikipedia in a Magazine is a great app for browsing Wikipedia. Discover new and fun information everyday in a beautiful interface. Data is pulled from the Wikipedia website but is displayed in a fun interactive magazine. View in portrait-mode for a magazine-like experience, and landscape-mode for a more book-like experience. The app requires a data connection to work and saves your search and viewing history so you can get back to older articles. Definitely a fun app if you want to discover new and interesting things. iPad Version Only (Free)

City Story is a cute new game where you build your own city, adding shops, houses, parks, factories, and more! Make money by producing goods from the factories. Share you city with your friends by creating a free Storm8 account. It’s similar to games like We Rule and Sim City. The game is free and universal. The one thing I find lacking in this app is the social part. There’s a login system called Storm 8, and you can invite your friends on Facebook, but it’s not enough to tap into all the friends I have on other gaming systems. Universal (Free)

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Top Bargain iPhone and iPad Apps for July

July 26, 2010 by  
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Here are some top bargain iPhone and iPad for the week of July 26th, 2010! Be sure to get them before the sales end.

Ancient Frog – A unique and elegantly designed puzzle game that will leave you feeling calm and a sense of zen as you play. Guide the frog around on waterdrops on various leaves and plants to capture a tasty treat. Over 100 puzzles to play. Normally $4.99, it’s on sale now for just 99 cents! Both iPhone and iPad versions are on sale this week!
iPhone Lite Version (Free) | iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPad Version (99 cents)

Finger Physics: Thumb Wars – A great followup to Finger Physics, this physics-based puzzles will tickle your brain! Definitely a great casual game with levels lasting a few seconds. With 9 tutorial levels and 10 basic levels, the free version gives you a great feel of the overall game. If you want more puzzles, consider purchasing the full game.
iPhone Lite Version (Free) | iPhone Full Version ($1.99)

Pix ‘n Love Rush – So retro and so much fun, this game will take you back to the time of pixels and short attention spans! Help the little critter make it through the levels by moving, jumping, and shooting. Collect yellow pieces and avoid or shoot purple ones. Rush through all the short levels quickly and safely. iPhone Version (99 cents)

Super 7 is an entertaining math game. Draw a line between numbers to add up to 7. The drawn line will bring them closer. Numbers can also collide with one another to add up to a bigger number piece. Prevent numbers that add up to more than 7 from colliding with one another. Your score is based on how many 7′s pieces you can create. Normally $1.99, it’s free for a limited time! iPhone Version (Free)

Flipboard is an amazing and beautiful interactive magazine designed just for you. As you flip the pages, you will see personalized pages filled with your friends Tweets, Facebook updates, and posted photos. At least that’s who it would work if you were allowed to connect your account. They’re currently still working on the accounts portion, but it’s definitely worth the download. I suggest adding the “Tech Influencers” to your content list to get tech news, tweets, and announcements. iPad Version (Free)

Office Heroes – If you enjoy games like Farmville or We Rule, you may like this too. Instead of spending time outdoors, you can create and customize your own indoors office! Design your avatar and decorate his/her office with computers, furnitures, and more! Facebook account is required to play. iPhone Version (Free)

Fruit Memory HD is a beautiful memory match game. Match fruits by taking turns flipping the cards. Can play up to 4 players at any one time using 12, 28, or 40 cards. The game is designed for young children. Beautiful user interface and graphics, making the app very easy to use. Normally $1.99, it’s currently on sale for 99 cents. iPad Version (99 cents)

ABC News for iPad – read and watch the news in a whole new way. This iPad-specific app displays a globe of news that you move around with your hand. Select the news item you want to read and click to bring up the full article. There are also options to browser and search for news on specific topics. Globe view option can also be turned off to display a website/magazine layout. iPad Version (Free)

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Green Eggs and Ham and more!

July 19, 2010 by  
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Do you like green eggs and ham?
Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?

The highly anticipated and best-selling children’s classic Dr. Seuss eBook — Green Eggs and Ham — is now available on the iPhone and iPad in a universal app. Along with “Green Eggs and Ham,” Oceanhouse Media has also released Hop on Pop, an early reader favorite, as well as the short story, Gertrude McFuzz.

The Dr. Seuss eBooks offer three modes of reading — “Read to Me”, “Read It Myself”, and “Auto Play.” You and your child can read have the eBook narrate the story as they swipe and turn the pages, turn off the narration, or even have the eBook auto-play the entire book.

Like the other Dr. Seuss eBook apps, they’re universal, looking beautiful on both the iPhone and iPad. High-resolution graphics have been added, making them look amazing on the iPhone 4.

Follow the links to purchase the new Dr. Seuss eBooks!

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Bargain iPhone and iPad Apps for July 4th!

July 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

I want to wish you a very Happy July 4th! Why not celebrate with a load of new apps on your devices? I’ve rounded up some of the best bargains this weekend has to offer. But hurry, these deals may not last long after the fireworks show!

Pac-Man Apps – This year marks Pac-Man’s 30th Year anniversary! There’s an explosion of iPhone and iPad apps available that starts our favorite arcade character, Pac-Man. Apps have all dropped to 99 cents for just this weekend, so grab them while you can!
Pac-Man – iPhone | Ms. Pac-man – iPhone | Pac-Man Championship Edition – iPhone | Pac-Man for iPad | Pac-Match Party – iPhone | Pac-Match Party HD – iPad

Mr. Space – This game is simple yet so addicting! The ceiling comes down on Mr. Space and you must lead him to safety. There are small space that he can go to be safe. So how many levels you can get through without getting swished! Each game consists of 3 lives. Try it out, it’s free this weekend! iPhone Version (Free)

Oregon Trail – for the older Mac users, this game will bring back a lot of nostalgic feelings. Now head westward in a fully colored and animated version of the game! Take a historical adventure and make critical decisions to make it safely to the West. This game is normally $4.99 but is on sale for a limited time for 99 cents iPhone Version (99 cents)

WolframAlpha – Love information? Now you can access expert knowledge no matter where you are. Computer solutions to difficult math problems, balance complex chemical equations, get help with a crossword puzzle, and much much more. This app was at one time selling for $49.99 and is on sale for just 99 cents this week. It’s universal, so you’ll be able to use it on your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! Universal App (99 cents)

Skobbler – Want turn-by-turn navigation without the high costs? Check out Skobbler! Set your destination and let it guide you there. Note, this is a free app so don’t expect too much. It can guide you to your destination, but the UI may still need a lot of work. Absolutely worth the download! iPhone Version (Free)

GodFinger – originally a game for the iPad only, you can now play it on the iPhone and iPod Touch! Create and shape your very own planet! Take care of your followers and they’ll farm gold for you. Play God with just the flick of your finger. Requires a Plus+ network login (free) and the game is absolutely free. There are options to purchase extra gold and awe (game’s money) if you like, but not required iPhone/iPod Touch Version (Free) | iPad Version (Free)

Farmville – for those of you who are already addicted to Farmville on Facebook, you’ll be happy to know that it’s now available for the iPhone. Take your farm with you wherever you go! The game does lag during startup and the graphics needs work, but if you’re an addict, go for it. Facebook account is required. iPhone version has a special limited edition Snow Leopard (but it’s really expensive.) Note: iPhone gifts and invites to friends are not working properly. You may want to gift and invite via Facebook version instead. iPhone Version (Free)

HoloToy – While you’re waiting for the new Nintendo 3DS to come out, get a taste of the 3D effect on your iPhone or iPad! HoloToy a series of 3D games you can play on your iDevice. Believe me, it’s not like anything you’ve seen in the app store before. New games are added frequently and best of all, it’s only 99 cents! Universal App (99 cents)

PingChat! 2 – Don’t have a SMS plan? Use PingChat and send messages to your iPhone friends for free! This new version allows you to send multimedia files such as photos and videos, just like MMS. Push notifications will alert you of new messages. Very similar to SMS but without the extra costs! iPhone Version (Free)

Farm Frenzy 2 – You get to play a farmer and grow grass, feed chickens, collect eggs and take your produce to market in this fast action game! Each level has a goal you need to reach. Normally $2.99, it’s on sale this weekend only for 99 cents! iPhone Version (99 cents) | iPhone Version Lite (Free)

Scrabble Play Scrabble with your Facebook friends on the go! You can have up to 4 people per game. There are many modes of game play: Quick Play (against the computer, pass and play, or solo), via Facebook friends, and via Wi-fi (need another friend with the Scrabble app on their phone). Normally $4.99, the app is on sale for $1.99. iPhone Version ($1.99)

Tap Resort – Create your own resort island! Build shops, beach hotels, and more to attract tourists. Earn money when your tourists are happy, which in turn you can purchase more buildings and decorations for your islands. The graphics and sounds are adorable. Collect money and level up to create more resorts on other islands. It’s a nice game to get lost in when you’re not lying on the beach yourself. Best of all, it’s free! iPhone Version (Free)

Redlaser – whether you work in a supermarket or not, you’ll find this app to be a lot of fun! Scan barcodes to find where you can purchase that item for the lowest price and email even yourself that list. The scanning ability on this app is super fast and does not have to be in focus for it to recognize the code. Go comparison shopping now! iPhone Version (Free)

Chicktionary by Bing – Normally $1.99 for the iPhone, Bing is offering this app for free! The catch is to download the Bing app and do a search on it to unlock all the puzzle. Not a big price to pay for a fun word game. The object is to make as many words as you can with the letters on the hens. The funny animation and sounds make you feel like you’re on Old McDonald’s farm. iPhone Version (Free)

TripDeck – Planning a vacation? Let TripDeck help you organize it. Store your flights, car rental info, contact numbers, notes, and more in this beautiful app. Easily email your trip itinerary to friend and family right from the app. Tracking live flight status does require a $4.99 upgrade. Syncing with TripIT is also available. iPhone Version (Free)

Spinzizzle – If you love Press OK’s game graphics, you’ll love this game as well. The object is to spin disks to make balls fall into particular slows. Collect as many balls as you can of the same color to rack up a high score. Beautiful graphics and animations, and relaxing music. Normally $1.99, but on sale this weekend. iPhone Version (Free)

Hulu+ – Watch your favorite Hulu shows right on your iPhone. To watch newer shows, a $9.99 subscription is required; currently invite only. But this app works great if you want to watch some of the older shows on the go. Wifi or data connection is required. Universal App (Free)

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Dr. Seuss Apps for your iPhone and iPad!

June 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Oceanhouse Media does it again by creating more wonderful children’s Dr. Seuss storybook apps!

In honor of World Oceans Day and the book’s 50th anniversary, the “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” eBook app is now available for your enjoyment. Written for children between the ages 9-12, the book is filled with over 60 pages of lovely animations and storytelling! You can purchase it in the iTunes store for $3.99.

Have a graduate in your life? They’ll love Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” eBook. The beautifully illustrated book contains over 50 pages about twists and turns your child may find in life. The reading level is for ages 4-8 and is also available in iTunes for $3.99.

As if that’s not enough, there’s also a fun and addictive stacking game app called “Up with a Fish!” It uses the story of “The Cat in the Hat” where you help The Cat balance all kinds of things in the house. Capture all the items and score big. The game ends when you miss 3 fishbowls. It’s also available for a low introductory price of just $0.99!

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Top Bargain iPad and iPhone Apps for May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Here are this week’s top bargain apps for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad!

The Simpson Arcade is just awesome! If you enjoy the Simpson, get this one and help lead Homer to the donuts! He beats up the entire neighbor for them! The game is optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but I really enjoy playing it on the iPad in 2x mode. The graphics look great and the controls are even easier to use. Get it now since it’s on sale for 99 cents! It’s normally $2.99 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Free Version

We Rule Gold is a version of We Rule that comes with 10 free mojo with your account. Now with more items to build, and tress to grow, you can make your kingdom bigger and better than before. There are new orange groves that produce fruit, ruby trees, a prison, and much more! Now up to level 40! The new version of the game is available for the iPhone and iPad for free. iPhone/iPod Touch (Free) | iPad Version (Free)

The Guild Comic #1 and #2 are finally out as digital comic apps! Guildies from all around the world can now rejoice! These new apps of “The Guild” comics are based on the web series created by Felicia Day just hit the iTunes app store! Each comic is only 99 cents each. These are optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch, but it they look fine on the iPad at 2x as well. Purchase Comic #1 ($0.99) | Purchase Comic #2 ($0.99)

Square is an app that allows you to start accepting cash and card payments right on your iPhone or iPad. No contracts, monthly fees, or hidden costs for this new service. You can manage your money effortlessly with the app’s easy and intuitive interface. For more information, see SquareUp.com. Download for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (Free)

Pebble Jump is a sweet little puzzler where you’re given a pebble board with a few pebbles in it. The object is to hop over pebbles and have the last pebble land in the red area. The game is normally $1.99, but is on sale this week for 99 cents. iPhone/iPod Touch Free Version | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | iPad Version ($0.99)

Dizzy Bee and Dizzy Bee 2 Help guide the Dizzy Bee and help him safe all of his fruit friends by tilting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Collect flowers along the way for extra points, but be sure to avoid the evil baddies! The gameplay is a lot of fun — one of the first games I played that used the accelerometer, and the artwork is fabulous. Of the two games, I like Dizzy Bee 2 more because of the extra difficulty levels. But if you’re someone who like to play games in series, get both apps or better yet, get the Arcade version that contains both games. Dizzy Bee 1 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Dizzy Bee 2 iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) Full Review

Bed Bugs is an adorable game where you help the sleepy walker through a series of bad dreams. Squash all the bad monsters (bed bugs) but be careful of the faeries! Each level has unique monsters that are defeated a certain way. The graphics are beautiful and you can see some of pictures of Dizzy Bee hanging on the walls. :) The app is currently on sale for 99 cents. Free Lite iPhone/iPod Touch Version | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Full Review

Flippin’, formerly “Flipside” is perfect for those who enjoy fast-pace games. Imagine if Tetris was crossed with match 3, with better colors, sounds, and graphics and you got Flippin’! Matching pieces fall with a symbol on each side — near side (your side) and far side (you opponent’s side). The object of the game is to create at least 3 matches on your side. You have the option of flipping the pieces over by tapping on them. You can also drag falling pieces over to different columns. Match pieces horizontally or vertically to get points!
iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | Full Review

Igloo Games Arcade – this is probably the best deal. It contains all of the 4 mentioned games above AND is a universal app. So you can play it on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! The iPad version has additional modes — play in two player mode against or with a friend, as well as play two different games (with two players) at the same time. Definitely worth the $2.99, especially if you have an iPad. Purchase Universal App ($2.99)

PingChat! 2 is an instant messaging service for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and soon Blackberry and Android phones. This new version allows group chat, message confirmation, and multimedia support for photos, videos, voice notes, contacts, and maps! PingChat is normally $0.99 for iPhone/iPod Touch and $2.99 for iPad, but this version is free for a limited time! Download PingChat! 2 for the iPhone/iPod Touch (Free)

Supermarket Management is a fun time management game where you’re in charge, and you’re managing all the services in the supermarket. Get carts for the customers, stock up food, cut the deli meat, and run the cash register! Normally $2.99, it’s now on sale for 99 cents for just this weekend! Purchase iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($.99) | Free Version

Baby Memory Cue HD is an adorable memory match game. You can choose from 6 game pieces to 22. Your child can have fun finding matches to their favorite animals. It’s normally $1.99 for the iPad, but is free this weekend. Download Baby Memory Cue for the iPad (Free)

Igloo iPhone and iPad Games On Sale!

May 29, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Igloo Games just announced a huge sale on their apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! You can now get Dizzy Bee, Dizzy Bee 2, Bed Bugs, and Flippin’ for the iPhone and iPod Touch for just 99 cents each. Or you can purchase Igloo Game Arcade (a universal app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) that contains all 4 games for just $2.99!

Dizzy Bee and Dizzy Bee 2 Help guide the Dizzy Bee and help him safe all of his fruit friends by tilting your iPhone/iPod Touch. Collect flowers along the way for extra points, but be sure to avoid the evil baddies! The gameplay is a lot of fun — one of the first games I played that used the accelerometer, and the artwork is fabulous. Of the two games, I like Dizzy Bee 2 more because of the extra difficulty levels. But if you’re someone who like to play games in series, get both apps or better yet, get the Arcade version that contains both games. (Full Review)

Bed Bugs is an adorable game where you help the sleepy walker through a series of bad dreams. Squash all the bad monsters (bed bugs) but be careful of the faeries! Each level has unique monsters that are defeated a certain way. The graphics are beautiful and you can see some of pictures of Dizzy Bee hanging on the walls. :) The app is currently on sale for 99 cents. (Full Review)

Flippin’, formerly “Flipside” is perfect for those who enjoy fast-pace games. Imagine if Tetris was crossed with match 3, with better colors, sounds, and graphics and you got Flippin’! Matching pieces fall with a symbol on each side — near side (your side) and far side (you opponent’s side). The object of the game is to create at least 3 matches on your side. You have the option of flipping the pieces over by tapping on them. You can also drag falling pieces over to different columns. Match pieces horizontally or vertically to get points! (Full Review)

Igloo Games Arcade – this is probably the best deal. It contains all of the 4 mentioned games above AND is a universal app. So you can play it on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! The iPad version has additional modes — play in two player mode against or with a friend, as well as play two different games (with two players) at the same time. Definitely worth the $2.99, especially if you have an iPad.

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Top Bargain iPhone and iPad Apps

May 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, iPad, Reviews

Here is a list of this week’s top bargain iPhone and iPad apps! Hope you find something you enjoy!

DizzyPad HD – has finally come to the iPad and it has gotten even more challenging! Help guide your little frog across the pond by leaping on moving lillypads. Watch out for the water! In the classic mode, the lillypads are spinning is circles. This brand new iPad version also has three extra modes available as in-app purchases – sliders, memory, and two-player battle. iPhone/iPod Touch ($1.99) | iPad-Only (Free)

Super Juicy HD – love popping bubbles? How about beautiful colorful ones with special powers inside of them? This game will have you tapping matching colors of bubbles to rack up your score. There is some physics involved, so tilt and turn your iPad to make more matches!
Lite for iPhone/iPod Touch (Free) | iPhone/iPod Touch Version ($0.99) | iPad-Only ($0.99)

iHTMLPlus – If you’re a developer and need a way to view the source code of a webpage, this app is for you. It splits the screen into two — one for the code, and one for the website. You can scroll and move either side. A very simple app but definitely worth getting. iHTMLPlus is compatible with the iPad only and is available in the app store for Free.
iPhone/iPod Touch Version (Free) | iPad-Only Version (Free)

WarChess – Love chess? Then you got to play WarChess! Not only do pawns and knights move on the board, but they also physically attack the other side. This app requires an internet connection and you’ll be battling someone online at random. WarChess is available in the app store for Free! iPad-Only (Free)

Photopad by Zagg is a great image editor app for the iPad. Crop, draw, paint, rotate, scale and add various filters to your images. It’s very convenient to make quick edits to your photos and images. Photopad is available in the app store for free!
iPad-Only version (Free).

Aqua Forest 2 – Morning Dew is a beautiful puzzle game where you to collect the morning dew from plants into small containers. The water droplets will fall from leaves and you have to tilt the device capture it in the container. Your score is based on how much of the water you capture in each stage. The app is regularly $4.99, but is on sale for free!
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free for limited time)

BoardBox – love board games like checkers, chess, reversi, go, backgammon, tic-tac-toe, chinese chess, and other variants of these games? Now you can get it all in one app! It’s currently on sale for just 99 cents when it’s normally $4.99.
iPad-Only ($0.99)

We Rule Red is the version of We Rule with 10 free bottles of mojos. Use the mojo to help make your plants grow faster, or shops be more productive. I suggest downloading this even if you only play We Rule on the iPad. The extra 10 bottles of mojo will help!
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free)

Tap Tap Revenge 3 Boost – Tap Tap your way to the top of the charts! This app is the same as the original Tap Tap Revenge 3 except your account is credited with 5000 coins, 25 credits, and a special avatar item.
iPhone / iPod Touch Version (Free)

iPad User Guide is available for free in the iBooks store. To download it, launch your iBooks app. It should be featured at the bottom right. This manual will let you get to know your iPad better. If you don’t have iBooks yet, download it for free (for the iPad) and then search for iPad User Guide in the app!

iTimeLapse Pro – this app allows you to capture and edit time lapse videos right on your iPhone! Very simple to use and you can add minor effects to it as well. It’s normally $2.99 but is on sale this weekend only for Free!
iPhone Version (Free)

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5 iPhone Apps to Celebrate Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! This should be an occasion to celebrate everyday and you can use the following iPhone/iPod Touch apps to do just that! Love Mother Nature and you’ll be surprised at how much she’ll love you back.

.The Power of Green by Con Edison Here’s a beautifully made app that has great tips on how to save money in your home and office while going green! Tips include Weatherization, Heating, Cooling, Water Heating, Lighting, and Appliances. Included are 101 flashcard tips, 6 videos, and a checklist for you to keep your updates.

.21st Office This app tests if you’re working in the 20th or 21st century! It asks you a series of questions in topics of Commuting, Business Meetings, and Reading. Then it examines your working habits and gives you a summary on what currently do, and how you can improve. There’s also a lot of great tips added by the community.

.GoodGuide is an app that helps you find safe, healthy, and sustainable products while you shop. How does it work? Simply scan the barcode of the item with your phone and the product’s details will display. These details include ratings for health, environment, and their social responsibility.

.The Lorax – Dr. Seuss is a wonderful ebook that’s perfect for Earth Day! It’s about a character who cuts down all the trees in the forest to make clothes. The Lorax warns him that his actions are hurting everyone, but he doesn’t listen. There’s a great moral to the story that will certainly engage young minds to help Mother Nature more. It’s a great story with beautiful animations and a narrator who reads to you!

.iRecycle an excellent app to find your nearest recycling centers and green events. Simply type in the item you want to recycle and it will find the nearest location that would accept it. Links to green tips and articles from Earth911.com can also be reached within the app.

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Freebie Friday! (For 3/26/2010)

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Freebies, Games, Reviews

Yay, more freebie iPhone / iPod Touch apps! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks! Of the ones listed, definitely get We Rule asap and add my kingdom right away. ;) Enjoy!

We Rule | Free Download
Build your kingdom, make your own rules, and design it however you want. It’s a live kingdom with peasants and workers walking around, going on with their day to day routines. Create farms and be sure to harvest your crops, sell, and collect experience points. The best part of the game is probably visiting neighboring kingdoms for a dash of inspiration, or maybe compete on who has the better kingdom. My gamer name is ‘daynah’ — feel free to come visit my kingdom!

Piyo Blocks | Free Download (For a limited time)
Get ready for some pixel-matching fun! Piyo Blocks is an adorable and addicting match
A fun pixel match-3 game with cute baby chicks. Swap the baby chick blocks and level up by capturing the target number of piyos. You can also create combos for even extra points. It was $1.99 and is free today only!

Gibson Learn & Master Guitar Application | Free Download
This is a handy app if you’re interested in learning how to play the guitar. It comes with a chart with all the chords for reference, as well as some free videos lessons. Musicians may also find this app helpful as it has a professional quality chromatic tuner that allows you to tune any instrument, as well as a metronome to keep you on the beat. Very nice app and it’s absolutely free.

Touch Pet Dogs | Free Download
The newest version of Touch Pets Dogs 2.0 looks amazing. There’s a new social view where you can see your friends (neighbors) and all their virual dogs! New room themes have been added so each house looks a little bit different. The more dogs you own, the bigger your house is in the neighborhood. ;) My gamer name is ‘daynah’ — feel free to have a playdate with my pets!

Words with Friends Free | Free Download | Full Version
This is not a new game, but lately, my friends got me addicted to Words with Friends. It’s a word game that’s very similar to Scrabble. Each player is given a tray of letters, and the object is to put them on the board to make words out of them. Various points are given out depending on how many letters were use, how much each letter is worth, and/or where it was placed on the board. It’s a fun casual game played at both the players’ pace. Free version has ads after you submit a word, but you can purchase the full version for $2.99. My gamer name is ‘daynah’ if you want to play!

Huff Puff Volley | Free Download
Here’s a very cute badminton game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The animal characters play against each other on a volleyball court. In this version, your character is an adorable pig that can blow the birdie over the net. You can blow into the iPhone mic or tap the birdie to move it. Tile your phone left and right to move your character. I think the game is cute and fun, but the controls are not the best.

Mashable! | Free Download
Mashable.com is an excellent site for all your social media, technology, and entertainment news. If you enjoy the site, the app is a must! Be notified the moment a new article is on a website. The interface is very easy to navigate and makes reading the articles enjoyable. Instapaper is integrated in the app so you can view articles at a later time.

Digg | Free Download
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Bargain iPhone and iPod Touch Apps

Here are two apps I think are the best bargain iPhone apps this week that are definitely worth buying.

Diner Dash | Download for 99 cents | Free Lite Version
If you enjoy time management games, then you’ll love Diner Dash. Help Flo run a restaurant by seating, serving, and clearing the dishes at each table. Try out the lite version for free, but act fast. Take advantage of the 80% off sale of the full version!

Dr. Horrible | Download for 99 cents
Any fan of Dr. Horrible will enjoy this app! Dark Horse Comics present Dr. Horrible as a comic. The story takes place with Billy being an 9-Year-Old boy, and you get to see how his criminal master-mind life got started. The story is brilliant, and the app is elegantly done. Flip pages just by tapping. Tap on settings for options to go back to a specific page or change the transition type. Very simple, and quite enjoyable. And if you don’t know who Dr. Horrible is, please go watch Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along-Blog! The 3-part webisode is free to watch online. :) This comic is a prequel to the webisode.

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MacWorld Expo 2010: Abvio Fitness iPhone Apps

February 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Links and Resources, MacWorld 2010

I thought Abvio’s Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter iPhone apps deserved Beatweek’s Best of Show Award at MacWorld Expo 2010 for their innovative way of motivating individuals to exercise. I simply loved the features they integrated in the 2.0 versions.

Are you a fitness enthusiast? If you enjoy running, cycling, or going for a walk, try out Abvio’s new line of fitness apps — Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter. These exercise apps use the iPhone’s GPS to track and visualize exercise activities as well as help improve athletic performance and health. Each of these apps are similar to one another except for the fact that they come pre-customized to suit the needs of its user — the walker, runner, or cyclist.

Some of the great features of Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter are:

  • An iPhone-centric approach, no Web site accounts, passwords, or ads required.
  • Ghost racing against previous runs, walks, and rides along a route.
  • On-device calendar of all runs, rides, and walks.
  • On-device graphs of pace and elevation.
  • On-device manual entry of runs, walks, and rides.
  • Exceptional battery conservation.

Some of the new features that were demonstrated to me at MacWorld were pretty innovative! The features in the 2.0 versions include:

  • The first apps to support use of the iPhone’s earphone remote to start and stop the stopwatch.
  • The first apps on the iPhone to speak Twitter replies using text-to-speech technology.
  • The first GPS apps to include a Twitter client for reading and composing tweets.
  • The first GPS apps to share runs, walks, and rides using Google Maps, with links as simple as http://j.mp/5ouyIC
  • The first GPS apps to use fuzzy logic to filter GPS locations for more accurate GPS location reporting.
  • The only apps among our competition to allow full export of all your data.

If you would like more information about Runmeter, Cyclemeter, and Walkmeter, see their official website at Abvio.com

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Valentine iPhone Apps

February 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate with your sweetheart than with iPhone apps? ;) Here is my top 5 Valentine iPhone App list:

Makeout Mania – fun game where you play a mischievous cupid and fire arrows at high school kids to make them kiss and fall in love with one another. There’s also a yearbook that you can read to figure out who likes who (for more points). It’s quite a funny game and is such a bargain at 99 cents. (iTunes)

Sweethearts – send your sweet a special treat, a special virtual treat that is. Necco is promoting their new sweetheart candy flavors, and what better way to do it than in a very adorable app? Create a box of 5 candies that you can tweet to your sweet. The app is free but requires a Twitter account to share your boxes of candy. (Full Review | iTunes)

Valentine’s Daymation (Special Edition Daymation Lite) — is a special day-to-day calendar with a countdown to Valentine’s day. You can leave little sticky notes in an assortment of colors. You can even put notes in the desk. This app is free in the iTunes App Store. (iTunes)
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StickerJam Hearts – add cute hearts and valentine stickers to your photos. The user interface can be improved, but it’s a nice app to use to decorate your photos. (iTunes)
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Love Poem Generator – Are you having writer’s block? Do you want to write a love poem, but just don’t know where to start? No worries, the Love Poem Generator can help you get started. Put together a love poem and email it to your sweet within a few minutes. (iTunes)

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TouchPetsDogs – 3 Pups!

January 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Games

TouchPetDogs - 3 dogs?

I’ve been playing Touch Pets Dogs for the iPhone for a long time now — every since it was released in the iTunes App store. But this is the first time I ran into this bug. I actually LIKE this bug though! Usually you can only play with at most two dogs at the same time. I somehow got three on the screen. :)

I was finishing up one of the careers that needed a Crimefighting Dog. So I clicked on partner dog and selected a crimefighting one. Then I found out I didn’t have enough money to buy the career tool, so I hit cancel. And somehow, all three dogs — two are mine, and one was a friend’s (crimefighting dog) — appeared on my screen. I was able to move and play with each one of them!

Anyhow, here’s my pet Gizmo’s career status. He’s almost done with Crime Fighting school… I’m waiting for the Alien career to be added next.

And here’s my Plus+ status for TouchPetDogs. I’m an Advanced Mega Superstar Owner… I already maxed out on the achievements. heh

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iPhone App Review: I Am T-Pain

December 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Links and Resources, Multimedia, Reviews

Written by: Al Morita

I’m a big fan when it comes to music apps, especially ones that let you be creative. “I am T-Pain” has two modes – one lets you sing like T-Pain on his songs and a freestyle mode that is worth the $2.99 alone. When connected to a speaker, the freestyle mode lets you use the app like an auto-tune machine. You have the option to have the auto-tune setting set to T-Pain or you can customize the tuning to major, minor, and even chromatic scales. This app works great for non-singers and singers alike as it automatically adjusts your voice to the nearest note in real-time.

The “I am T-Pain” app includes 14 songs to sing along with. Five of them are instrumental versions of T-Pain songs including the hits “Bartender” and “Dreamgirl.” Three are Christmas karaoke songs, and the other six are T-Pain beats you can freestyle with. You can also purchase additional T-Pain songs in the app for $0.99 – $1.99. None of the songs are installed by default, so you might spend some time downloading the songs if you have a slow connection. I found the karaoke interface to be very good with easy-to-read lyrics on the screen. If you mess up, you can easily restart the song. By default, all your songs are recorded onto your device so you can listen to them later. You can also upload your audio track to the Smule server and also add an audio player with your songs to MySpace and Facebook. They also updated the app so you can sing along to any song in your iTunes library, which is a cool feature. The only limitation in this mode is that you can’t upload it to the server.

This app has many hours worth of entertainment with the auto-tune feature and a good list of songs to sing along with. I applaud Smule for updating the app with new features and songs. They made an excellent product even better. The possibilities are endless, who knows – you might see someone using the “I am T-Pain” app at your next karaoke party. I know I will.

Pros:

  • Excellent auto-tune feature in real-time
  • Good selection of songs with app
  • Share your songs via the upload feature
  • Ability to sing to any song in your iTunes library
  • Solid karaoke mode
  • Good recording quality

Cons:

  • Needs vocal recording level option

Learn more about the I Am T-Pain app in the App Store

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iPhone App Review: Arctic Shuffle 2

December 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

Arctic Shuffle 2 ScreenshotName: Arctic Shuffle 2 (iTunes: Full Version | Free Lite Version)
Written By: Zinc Roe Design
Category: Games
Price: 99 cents, with option for in-app purchases for 99 cents each. (two are available)

Size: 10.2 MB
Requirements: iPhone / iPod Touch
Version: 1.2
Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars

Arctic Shuffle 2Arctic Shuffle 2 is a cute and exciting puzzle game that will have you playing for hours! Chill out with the cuddly penguins as you aim and slide them across the ice to land on the target! Be sure to watch out for obstacles that can hurt your precious penguin.

The game has 10 stages in each level of difficulty – beginner, easy, medium, hard, expert — that’s 50 different puzzles to solve! In addition, there are also two optional add-on packs for 99 cents, which include 24 extra stage each.

The scoring system for each stage is based on three parts — difficulty, penguins survived, and time bonus. Your total score are tallied up and added into the online leaderboard using AGON Online service. Compare scores with all players, people near you, and your friends. There’s even an option to post your scores on Twitter and Facebook.

The challenges and adorable graphics in Arctic Shuffle 2 keeps you coming back for more! Try it Arctic Shuffle 2 Lite for free. It comes with 10 levels. If you enjoy it purchase Arctic Shuffle 2 in the iTunes app store for only 99 cents.

This article was originally published and featured in iProng Magazine.

Disclaimer: I’ve received a promo code for “Arctic Shuffle 2″ iPhone app from Zinc Roe Design in exchange for a review.

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Arctic Shuffle 2 Screenshot Arctic Shuffle Score

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Bargain iPhone Apps

December 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Games, Reviews

The holidays are fast approaching and sales are all around us! I’ve been watching the “App” Market and seeing a lot of prices drop. So where can you spend your iTunes gift card and get the best bang for your buck? Here is a list of some iphone / iPod Touch apps that I thought were noteworthy and worth your time and money:

General Games

rampchampRamp Champ, originally $1.99, is now Free for a limited time! Overall, it’s a skee-ball app with a lot of personality! Play with various ramps and discover hidden Easter eggs. Win tickets and redeem them for virtual prizes. Beautiful graphics and the music reminds me of the good old carnival days. (iTunes | Full review)

touchpetsdogsTouchPetsDogs is an adorable virtual pet game that’s perfect for the whole family. Adopt a puppy or two and teach them tricks, dress them up, and even take them on playdates with your friends’ dogs. It’s a great social game every animal lover will enjoy. TouchPetsDogs 10 was 99 cents, but is currently free. This version comes with 10 (plus an extra 8) bowls of food for the dog and is the best bargain out of all the TouchPetsDogs versions. (iTunes | Full review)

nutchuckinNut Chuckin’ is an adorable game starring squirrels. This game features original artwork, unique gameplay and custom music. Help Risoo the squirrel hop up the ladder of branches as he dodge nuts chucked at him from a few trouble-making squirrels! New Lite version is available. Full version is only 99 cents. (iTunes)

South Park Mega MillionaireSouth Park Mega Millionaire Originally $2.99, this little treat is now only 99 cents. It’s a great game for any South Park fan. The South Park boys are on a Japanese game show where they have to rollerskate their way to win millions. Filled with bleeped out profanity, this game may be offensive to some and hilarious to others. (iTunes)

cromagrallyCro-Mag Rally Featured in Apple TV ads and in the Apple store, this app and all of Pangea Software apps have been dropped in price to only $1.99 cents (originally $2.99). If you like Mario Kart and other racing apps, try this pre-historic version of the game! It reminds me of the Flintstones. (iTunes)

eliminateproEliminate Pro allows you to play head-to-head combat with friends! It’s a first person shooter game that has the feel of Doom. You can play can play against anyone with the iPhone app installed. It’s real-time and a Plus+ Network account is needed (free). There are also in-app purchases, but they’re not necessary to have fun! The game is free. (iTunes)

crazypenguinxmasCrazy Penguin Christmas is the holiday version of Crazy Penguin Catapult 1 and 2. Help save Santa and the elves from mean polar bears by catapulting penguins to the rescue. The app is currently 99 cents, but I suggest trying the Lite version first to see if you like it. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Puzzle Games

arcticshuffle2Arctic Shuffle 2 is a cute little puzzler featuring cuddly penguins. Slide them across the ice, bump them off of glaciers, and make one land safely on the target to collect points. Great quick and casual game. In-App purchases include plenty of levels to keep you busy. It’s currently $1.99 in the App store, but a Lite version is also available for free. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Finger PhysicsFinger Physics is really cute! There’s a bunch of physics-related mini games with adorable graphics. Games include creating a stable contraption with various shapes, eliminating pieces to make an egg roll to a specific destination, and many more. It’s worth a lot more than it’s 99 cent price tag. A lite version is also available for free to try out. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

Zombie PizzaZombie Pizza combines my two favorite types of games into one — puzzle and time management game. It gets your brains racking.. and on pizzas! Add hearts, brains, and other disgusting body parts onto pizzas to feed zombies before they eat you! It’s currently $1.99 in the iTunes App store. (iTunes: Full | Lite)

FroggerFrogger is great if you like the classic arcade games. Toggle between classic and new graphics. Hop your frogs to safety to the other side of the pond and get rewarded. This game requires good timing skills and just fast thinking! This game was $7.99 when it was first in the app store. Now it’s only for 99 cents! (iTunes)

flipsideFlipside is a fast-action puzzle game with various modes to play with. This game is a combination of Tetris and Match 3 games. Beautiful graphics and hilarious sounds. There’s also a ton of levels that makes the price of $2.99 well-worth it. Just a warning, this game can be quite addictive. I’ll see you on the Flipside! (iTunes)

CollapseCollapse Chaos is one of my old favorites! I use to play this all the time. Tap matching gems and combine them to earn big points. Usually $1.99, now only 99 cents. It’s a very good game if you’re standing in line or something. (iTunes)
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Educational

Little CookLittle Cook. Got a little one who loves working in the kitchen? Let them try out Little Cook and cook up their own tasty treats (without the mess!) They can select one of 7 dishes to make and a put their cooking to the test with the young critic. Create a tasty treat, and the critic will be happy and give lots of compliments. Create a disastrous meal and the critic will ask you if this was your first time cooking. I find the comments hilarious, and it’s such a great educational game for your little one. This game is aimed at ages 4-7 and is available in the iTunes App store for just 99 cents. (iTunes)

Brain Quest Blast Off!Brain Quest Blast Off! comes in various levels and are educational games in fields of math, science, and more. Originally $14.99, each grade level app is now only 99 cents. Learning has never been so much fun!
(iTunes: Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7)

Graphics

psmobilePhotoshop.com Mobile is one of my favorite image editing apps on the iPhone. There are not as many options like the desktop version of Photoshop, but it’s just enough to make editing your photos on the go, easy. Brightening and cropping photos is a cinch. I also like the effects available. My favorite is the Vignette Blur effect. Best of all, it’s free! (iTunes)

sketchbookmobilexSketchBookX is a great professional on-the-go artist tool. If you ever want to doodle while you’re out, this is the app to have. All of your artist tools are available; just use your finger or a special stylist to start drawing. This is the free version of SketchBook Mobile. (iTunes)

I hope you were able to discover some great new apps for your iPhone/iPod touch. I spend a lot of time testing out apps, so you don’t have to! :) Let me know if you like these kinds of mini-review posts.

So, what are your favorite iPhone / iPod Touch Apps?

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