There are many crowded categories in the App Store, but few so overflowing as Photo & Video. Make way for Camera Awesome, a slick iPhone app from online photo service SmugMug that “awesomizes” mobile images. That verb doesn’t exist in the English language, but after using Camera Awesome, you’ll agree that it should. The free app one-ups paid competitors by packing powerful features inside a gorgeous UI and integrating with the sharing services people actually use.
We've got shooting games and media players and cameras and health on our minds today as we gear up for the weekend with these fine discounted apps. Get healthy, log that health record, and make a short silent film about it, all on your phone and all for free. So dig on in and see what's good.
After torturing us with its hit sadistic physics-based motorcycle platformer, Trials, developer RedLynx is now going after the casual crowd with MotoHeroz. Its bright visuals and cutesy misspelled title might cater towards the prepubescent crowd, but MotoHeroz is as punishing as the developer's previous output. Luckily, as it was in Trials, a generous checkpoint system ensures that replaying a stage for the hundredth time is just as refreshing as the first.
Infinity Blade II has been on the App Store for a few months now, but there's been something lingering even further off in the distance: ClashMob. We first heard about this intriguing feature shortly after the game was announced alongside the iPhone 4S last fall, with developer Chair Entertainment promising that it would add a new kind of social gaming functionality to the gorgeous hack-and-slash affair. It's finally available today, alongside a small stack of other improvements.
Using QuickTime Player, you can record audio from a connected device, such as a microphone, but not from an application. Workarounds for app recording exist, but they are typically pricey and complex. Piezo is neither. It’s the kind of app that looks like it’s visiting from an iPhone, and it’s as easy to use as any iOS app.
It takes a certain measure of courage to admit you've still got a model of the Millenium Falcon sitting in your closet next to your collection of Darth Vader figurines, an autographed picture of Carrie Fisher in a metal bikini, and a family of stuffed Ewoks. But you don't have to worry about ridicule around these parts; we're down with the Force. Even better news: so is the App Store. Check out this sampling of Star Wars apps from a galaxy not so far away.
Regardless of whether you’re looking to rent or buy, house hunting can be simultaneously one of the most thrilling and stressful tasks you’ll ever tackle. Between budget, location, condition, and countless other factors, there are tons of moving parts to consider when you’re scoping out a new place.
I’ve never been too paranoid about privacy. I use a club card in the grocery store, fully aware that my purchase habits are being tracked--but I don’t care if I can save a dollar on cereal. My car flies through the tollbooths at the Bay Area bridges thanks to my FasTrak device, which I guess could be used to track my movements if I ever murdered someone. Don’t worry; I’m not planning to--it’s just that I remember that happening on Law & Order once.
Podcasts have always been the unloved child in the iTunes ecosystem. Native iOS management is woefully under-baked, requiring syncing through a computer or manually downloading individual episodes through mobile iTunes. We’re post-PC, yet these retrograde options linger. One particular stand out among third-party solutions is Instacast HD. The bigger, younger sibling of the iPhone's Instacast, this iPad-only option isn't just super-sized, but souped-up, working best in tandem with its iPhone partner.
It's hard not to get totally obsessed with game shows. From The Price is Right to Wheel of Fortune, each is laced with decades of history, a whole load of prizes, and hilarious on-air flubs. Thankfully, many of the top TV game shows of today and the past are available as iPhone and iPad apps, letting you experience the sensation of guessing trivia questions and letters from the comfort of wherever. It's not quite the same as actually being on the show, but it's quite a bit more cost-effective!