Whether you live on the left or right coast, some point in-between or even in another country, you’re probably feeling the pinch at the gas pump these days. Once again, iOS to the rescue! Here’s a peek at a handful of apps for Apple’s mobile devices that can help you suffer a little less next time you fill up.
Geocaching, a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers of "treasures", is making a comeback and there are plenty of apps out there to help you get started. Now that the sun is coming out and the snow is melting away, put on your explorer gear and get to hunting for buried treasure!
In honor of Skynet going online, we decided to pay special attention to machines and the chaos they create in this week's Game Time. Sure, there's a bit of irony in an Apple-centric mag covering the possibility of machines being evil, but we consider it our duty to our readers to report our findings.
Remember summer nights when you were young, lying in the grass and finding patterns in the stars? (There’s a country song in there somewhere…) Pictorial runs along those lines; it's an educational/puzzle game where you take seemingly random stars and drag your finger until the stars become lines and eventually form a picture.
If your iPod feels a little stale, Discovr might be a good way to freshen it up. Enter the name of any artist and their icon appears, surrounded by icons of six similar bands. Double-tap an icon to learn more about that artist; to spawn more bubbles of more artists, a single-tap will do (and honestly, that seems backwards -- we’d like it the other way around).
Last week, app developer Outfit7 announced a milestone with more than 100 million apps downloaded. So how do you follow up a feat such as this? By introducing your latest and greatest character, then having it skyrocket to the number one entertainment app within 48 hours.
If you’re sitting there waiting for your favorite iPhone app to get a universal update (or even a separate “HD” version for the iPad), you’re probably not alone -- here’s a lineup of 10 apps guilty of depriving us of some big-screen iPad love.
With all of Suda 51’s penchant for socio-political psychobabble, surrealism and punk-rock sensibilities, universal Frog Minutes is not the kind of game one would expect from his company, Grasshopper Manufacture. Frog Minutes is Grasshopper’s iOS debut, and when it was announced as a charitable project whose proceeds would aid victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami to hit the developer’s native Japan, all that was known about it was its name and amphibian-based logo. With Grasshopper’s pedigree and following, they probably could have released a game about navigating Japanese tax software and people would still buy it, and in some ways the quiet Frog Minutes is almost as mundane -- it’s an unexpected little app that involves, you guessed it, catching frogs.
So you're going on vacation soon and you don't really want to spend your hard earned cash on apps before your journey. How about some free apps -- and a nifty new, helpful service from Google -- to get you all squared off for your trip? This week's Free App Friday features Google's new "What's Around Here?" Labs plug-in, free audiobooks for the plane ride there, an airport map on your iPhone and an app that let's you see what your pilot's seeing!