Archive for the ‘iPhone’ Category

‘Plants vs. Zombies 2′ Debuts for iPhone and iPad

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

plants vs zombies 2 iconThe sequel to Popcap’s incredibly popular tower defense game, Plants vs. Zombies has arrived. Plants vs. Zombies 2 features many of the same lovable and deadly plants from the first game along with new plants, zombies, power ups, and locations.

Here’s the official Plants vs. Zombies 2 trailer that gives some brief peeks of some of the new plants and other features:

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is free to download so there’s nothing standing in your way of getting it even if you’re watching your budget. If you still want more details before you dive in, check out the review over at TouchArcade where it’s earned five stars and deemed a “fantastic” sequel to the first version, which also earned five stars.

I just downloaded Plants vs. Zombies 2 this morning and am looking forward to playing it later (I shake my fist at you, work!). I absolutely loved the first version and expect to adore the sequel as well.

  • Games

    Plants vs. Zombies™ 2

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    Rating:
    4.50 (2303)
    Version:
    2.7.1
    iOS Universal

    App Store Best of 2013 Play the sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure with over 30 Game of the Year awards. Meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days....

‘AppShopper Social’ for iPhone Updated to Show Friends’ App Lists

Monday, August 12th, 2013

appshopper social iconOur own official app here at AppShopper got an update on Friday to fix a few bugs and add a much-requested feature: the ability to view your friends’ app lists. Previously, you could add new friends and see their apps in your Stream but there was no way to separately view the apps of a specific friend. But now you can tap on a friend’s name in the Friends tab and you’ll see the apps he or she already has or has added to their Wish List.

You can apply filters and sort your friends’ lists as well and add any apps to your own Wish List or mark them as owned.

If you add me (my AppShopper user name is Marianne), here’s what my profile looks like:

AS social profile

If you haven’t tried AppShopper Social yet, you can use it to track apps you want to buy and get notified when they go on sale, just like you can here through the AppShopper website. For an overview of how our handy dandy Wish List feature works, read this article.

We’ve got more features and updates planned for AppShopper Social so stay tuned. If you like our app, please consider leaving us a review in the App Store and if you have any technical issues or feature requests, please submit them through this contact form.

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    AppShopper Social

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    Rating:
    3.50 (154)
    Version:
    1.1
    iOS iPhone

    AppShopper Social lets you share your app interests with your friends and see what apps your friends are interested in. Or add any of your personal AppShopper friends to see their app interests. ...

Imgur App Arrives for iPhone and iPad

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

imgur iconThough there are several unofficial Imgur apps available in the App Store today, Imgur has just released its own official app. If you’re not already familiar with Imgur, it’s truly one of the best sites to facilitate procrastination and get a good laugh on the internet today.

Anyone can upload pictures anonymously to Imgur and you can choose to share the images you upload through social networking services (though if you do that, it’s no so anonymous anymore). Others can comment on pictures and like or dislike them and the most popular images are shown on Imgur’s home page. Imgur says that more than 1 million images are uploaded every day.

imgur gallery  imgur single photo

The universal Imgur app is available in the App Store now and is free to download.

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    Imgur

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    Rating:
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    Version:
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    iOS Universal

    All your favorite Imgur features made simple for your mobile device. Imgur (im-ij-er) is the go-to destination for viral images. Backed by a funny and friendly community, Imgur is the best place to...

7-Minute Workouts? There Are (Many) Apps for That!

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

uovo 7 minute workout iconA couple of months ago I read a New York Times article on the 7-Minute Workout and how it appears that even very short (but intense) workouts can be as physically beneficial as longer workouts. The New York Times refers to an article in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal that advocates an intense 7-minute regimen of exercises that alternately targets the major muscle groups of your upper body and legs with short breaks in between. Using just your body weight, a chair, and a wall, you can lose body fat, improve your overall fitness, and more according to recent research.

These seven minutes aren’t meant to be pleasant but they apparently can be very effective. But staying on track during this short but intense workout can be a challenge and developers saw fit to give you the guidance and motivation you needed to get through them with iPhone apps. There are a bunch of 7-minute workout apps in the App Store now and a few of the paid ones just went free recently.

The main screens of each app described below, in order

Ivory Consulting’s 7 Minute Workout – With Voice Prompts debuted in the App Store just last week at $.99 and its price just dropped to free yesterday. It will guide you vocally through all of the exercises with 20-second and 10-second countdown notices and announcements of the next exercise you need to complete. It includes links to videos showing each exercise but doesn’t include any text descriptions. It has basic calendar and reminder functions to track your workout completion over the past 30 days and remind you to do the workout again tomorrow.

  • Healthcare & Fitness

    7 Minute Workout (A Seven Minute...

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    Rating:
    4.00 (22)
    Version:
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    iOS iPhone

    Requires iOS7 12 high intensity workouts using only your own bodyweight. 30 seconds per exercise with 10 seconds of rest in between. View your progress over the last 30 days to keep you motivated....

Bytesize’s 7 Minute Workout hit the App Store in May at $.99 and went free last month. It also guides you through all of the exercises vocally with announcements of what’s next but doesn’t give you any vocal countdowns as you complete each one. If you want to track the workouts you’ve completed or customize the order or duration of the exercises, you’ll need to pony up $1.99 via in-app purchase to get a “Pro” version of the app.

  • Healthcare & Fitness

    7 Minute Workout

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    Rating:
    4.50 (982)
    Version:
    2.3.3
    iOS Universal

    Join 2 million others with the best 7 Minute Workout app. #1 fitness app in 127 countries. User reviews : "Beautiful, simple, perfect." & "Useful and...

UOVO’s The 7 Minute Workout provides vocal guidance through all of the exercises along with countdowns and announcements of the next exercise you need to do. You can access both written descriptions and video overviews of the each exercise easily but it lacks any tracking or reminder functionality. It was released in the App Store in May for $.99 but just dropped to free earlier this month.

  • Healthcare & Fitness

    The 7 Minute Workout - Get fit...

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    Rating:
    4.50 (80)
    Version:
    2.1.2
    iOS Universal

    The BEST 7 Minute Workout App on the market. "If you're into the 7 Minute Workout thing, I've tried a bunch of the apps, and this one is the best" (Dan Franks, Macworld editor) #1...

It’s not clear if these apps will remain free for good or if these are only temporary price drops so act quickly if this 7-minute workout phenomenon has piqued your interest. Out of these three apps, I’ll be keeping UOVO’S The 7 Minute Workout on my iPhone since it has the best vocal countdowns, which are important to me with intense, maximum effort exercises like these.

Before you try this or any type of workout, please see your doctor to make sure you’re physically able to do these without injuring yourself. And if you’re in an area suffering through the current heat wave, stay cool!

‘Google Maps’ Gets Enhanced Search and Navigation Features, iPad Compatibility

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

google maps iconGoogle Maps for iOS got a major update yesterday that makes the popular mapping app compatible with the iPad and adds several new navigation features. The 2.0 update hit the App Store last night and is free to download.

Here’s the full list of what’s new in this version:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: A new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favorite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for malls, transit stations, airports and more

This update makes Google Maps a compelling alternative to Apple’s own Maps app for iPad users. With the furor over the errors in Apple’s Maps app last year (many of which haven’t been corrected yet in my personal experience), Google is certainly keen on keeping iOS users invested in its own map data and related services. If you haven’t yet downloaded Google Maps, it’s definitely worth a go if you’ve been unimpressed or even led astray by Maps.

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    Google Maps

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    Rating:
    4.50 (369)
    Version:
    3.2.1
    iOS Universal

    The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there. • Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220...

‘AppShopper Social’ Updated with Sharing and Bug Fixes

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

appshopper social iconVersion 1.0.1 of our own official app, AppShopper Social, has just hit the App Store. This update includes fixes for sharing via Facebook and email, a crashing issue for iPad users running iOS 5, performance issues for iPhone 4 users, and other bug fixes.

AppShopper Social first debuted in the App Store in April after Apple had removed the original AppShopper app last year due to a conflict with some new App Store rules. The release of this 1.0.1 update to fix some glaring problems was delayed thanks to some issues out of our control but we hope that those are behind us now and look forward to releasing future updates with additional fixes and new features more regularly in the future.

Still on our list is a universal version to add iPad compatibility. Also, we still plan to add the ability to view your friends’ lists and easier methods to discover new friends and their recommended apps.

Of course, AppShopper Social is still free to download and will automatically notify you when apps on your Wish List go on sale (see this article for an overview of how to use our Wish List feature). Following the user appshopper will show you the most popular apps among our users as well as apps featured on our blog.

(If you’re looking for new friends, my AppShopper user name is Marianne and the site’s founder’s user name is arn. Our sister sites are under the user names macrumors and toucharcade.)

If you like AppShopper, please recommend AppShopper Social to your friends to help support future updates and new features.

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    AppShopper Social

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    Rating:
    3.50 (154)
    Version:
    1.1
    iOS iPhone

    AppShopper Social lets you share your app interests with your friends and see what apps your friends are interested in. Or add any of your personal AppShopper friends to see their app interests. ...

Apple Celebrates App Store’s Fifth Year with 10 Free Apps

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Apple’s App Store turns five years old this week and Apple is celebrating by dropping the prices of several apps all the way to $0 for a limited time. These featured apps include the popular Over that lets you add custom captions and text to your photos as well as a number of games, like Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP and Infinity Blade II, which have never been free before.

From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we’re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time.

Below is the full list of what’s currently free. Click those Buy Now buttons to get them before the prices go back up!

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    Barefoot World Atlas

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    Rating:
    4.50 (14)
    Version:
    3.0.7
    iOS Universal

    Barefoot World Atlas puts the world at your children’s fingertips! With this incredible app, anyone can fly around the magical, interactive 3D globe and discover the rich wonders of our planet. ...

  • Lifestyle

    Day One (Journal / Notes / Diary)

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    Rating:
    4.00 (50)
    Version:
    1.15
    iOS Universal

    2014 Mac Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 Mac App of the Year, Award-winning journaling app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac: 2011 #1 Best Apps of Mac App Store, and Jan 2012 App Store App of the Week. ...

  • Food & Drink

    How to Cook Everything

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    Rating:
    5.00 (816)
    Version:
    1.9.12
    iOS Universal

    This first-of-its-kind app of the bestselling cookbook—How to Cook Everything® from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman—has 2,000 recipes, 400 how-to illustrations, and a host of features that...

  • Photography

    Over

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    Rating:
    5.00 (44)
    Version:
    2.3.13
    iOS Universal

    “This is a fantastic idea!” —Jason Fried of Basecamp "We’re obsessed." —Brit+Co "Instagram suddenly got a lot more interesting." —Uncrate Over is...

  • Music

    Traktor DJ for iPhone

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    Rating:
    4.50 (11)
    Version:
    1.5.2
    iOS iPhone

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPhone. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

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    Traktor DJ

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    Rating:
    4.50 (17)
    Version:
    1.5.2
    iOS iPad

    The world’s #1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to iPad. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds. "Incredibly well designed and packed with great...

  • Games

    BADLAND

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    Rating:
    4.50 (19)
    Version:
    2.3
    iOS Universal

    Fly and survive through the Game of the Year -winning action adventure BADLAND. Now visually enhanced for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus! Over 15 MILLION players and counting! #1 GAME in 83...

  • Games

    Infinity Blade II

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    Rating:
    4.50 (55331)
    Version:
    1.3.2
    iOS Universal

    **2011 IGN "Mobile Game of the Year"** **2012 AIAS "Mobile Game of the Year"** **Winner of the IMGA "Excellence in Gameplay" and "Grand...

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    Superbrothers: Sword &...

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    Rating:
    4.00 (91)
    Version:
    1.11
    iOS Universal

    Selected as a "landmark title" by Apple to celebrate Five Years of the App Store! *****UNIVERSAL VERSION. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is an exploratory action...

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    Tiny Wings

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    Rating:
    4.50 (424)
    Version:
    2.1
    iOS iPhone

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Tiny Wings HD

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    Rating:
    4.50 (158)
    Version:
    2.1
    iOS iPad

    You have always dreamed of flying - but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps - slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment - until...

  • Games

    Where's My Water?

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    Rating:
    4.50 (760)
    Version:
    1.13.1
    iOS Universal

    Get the GAME OF THE YEAR award-winning puzzler! Help Swampy by guiding water to his broken shower. Each level is a challenging physics-based puzzle with amazing life-like mechanics. Cut through dirt...

The App Store made its debut on July 10, 2008. (In case you’re wondering, AppShopper went live just a few months later on October 10, 2008.) There’s no question that Apple changed the smartphone landscape with the App Store and we look forward to the next five years!

‘Weathertron’ for iPhone Gives Minute-by-Minute Weather Information

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

I feel like I’ve tried about a hundred different weather apps since the App Store opened in 2008. For whatever reason, I haven’t come across an app that meets all of my weather information needs. I don’t think my forecast needs are complex but always I keep an eye on the Weather app category, hoping to find The One.

Today a new app caught my eye. Weathertron by Keming Labs just debuted in the App Store and it lets you easily find out the predicted conditions for a specific time of the day using weather data from 16 different sources.

The main view in Weathertron is broken into three sections. The top section shows the current temperature, time, and a general weather description (tapping on this section toggles to display sunrise and sunset times). The next section shows you the predicted precipitation in the form of a bar graph. The bottom section shows the temperature in a line graph. Sliding your finger left and right will scroll through the time so you can peek ahead a few hours or all the way to tomorrow to see what the predicted precipitation and temperature will be at a specific time.

Say you’re planning to take the dog for a walk in the evening and want to know what the weather will be like around 6:30 when you’re planning on going. You can easily slide to that time and get an exact snapshot of the forecast to find out if you’ll need an umbrella or sunscreen.

A virtual button that looks like a bar chart in the bottom right corner reveals the forecast for the next week. Tapping on the virtual button in the left bottom corner takes you to the settings where you can change the temperature scale and clock format.

Here’s a demo video showing Weathertron in action:

Weathertron is all about local and immediate weather information so it doesn’t offer quick access to weather in multiple cities like with the built-in Weather app or Clear Day or Yahoo! Weather. Also, it doesn’t offer any radar views so if you like to see live views of cloud and storm coverage, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Weathertron is a universal app so it will work on both the iPhone and iPad if you like to keep track of the weather on multiple devices.

I’m going to give Weathertron a shot as my primary weather app for a little while, bumping Today Weather to another screen in the meantime. Right off the bat, I do wish Weathertron could show me the current local temperature via a push notification badge and alert me when it’s going to rain soon like Dark Sky (my review). But I think it will still serve me well to plan daily outings with the dog and find the best times to work on my tan in the temperamental New England summer weather.

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    Weathertron — Live Rain, Snow,...

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    Rating:
    3.50 (18)
    Version:
    1.0.6
    iOS Universal

    ** Featured by Apple, New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, and more! ** Weathertron is a live infographic of the entire day’s weather. See exactly what to expect from every hour of the day —...

‘Instagram’ Gets Video Recording Capability

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Facebook held a press event today to announce the addition of video recording and sharing to Instagram, the photo sharing social networking service it acquired last year. Videos of up to 15 seconds in duration can now be captured with the latest versions of the app for iOS and Android devices. Several new filters are also available explicitly for editing captured videos.

Version 4.0 of Instagram for the iPhone is live now in the App Store and can be downloaded for free. A new video recording button is accessible in the capture screen and similar to Twitter’s Vine app, you press and hold this button to record. You can record a single continuous video or stop and start as you please to capture different scenes or angles within the same video using either the rear or front-facing camera.

When it comes to editing your videos, you can delete clips on the capture screen. Once you’ve captured the clips you want to keep in your video, you can apply one of 13 available filters and smooth out movement with the press of a virtual button that does some image stabilization magic. Before sharing a video, you can select a single scene that will act as the cover frame in the Instagram stream.

Here’s a promo video showcasing the new features:

Instagram for iPhone debuted in 2010 and it’s been a regular in the Top 200 Free iPhone Apps list since then. Earlier this year, the service surpassed 100 million users and the addition of video puts it up against Twitter’s own Vine video recording and sharing app that allows users to share up to six seconds of video.

  • Photography

    Instagram

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    Rating:
    4.00 (349)
    Version:
    6.1.1
    iOS iPhone

    Instagram Over 200 million users love Instagram! It's a simple way to capture and share the world's moments on your iPhone. Customize your photos and videos with one of several gorgeous and custom...

Microsoft Releases ‘Office Mobile’ for iPhone for Office 365 Subscribers

Friday, June 14th, 2013

If you’ve had a hankering for an official Microsoft Office app, today is your day to celebrate. Microsoft released Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers for iPhone today in the App Store. It’s a free download but requires a paid subscription to Microsoft’s cloud storage and software service.

Office 365 debuted in 2011 and offers several subscription levels for home and business users. The least expensive subscription costs $9.99 per month or $99 per year and allows the use of its software and service on up to five computers and five mobile devices.

I don’t have an Office 365 subscription so can’t tell you whether or not it’s worth the money. But if you’re considering subscribing and this new iPhone app will be critical for you, Engadget took it for a test spin and included lots of screenshots for you to feast your eyes on. According to Engadget, Office Mobile offers basic editing capabilities only, lacking the ability to add rows or columns within Excel or add slide transitions in Powerpoint though it’s possible Microsoft will add features to the app in the future.

If you don’t  want or need a subscription to be able to create and edit Microsoft Office files on your iPhone, I recommend Daviz’s Documents to Go which will also work on the iPad, unlike Office Mobile in this current iteration.

  • Productivity

    Microsoft Office Mobile

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    Rating:
    2.50 (48)
    Version:
    1.2
    iOS iPhone

    Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your iPhone. You can access, view and edit your Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint documents from...