In a world where GPS and location services are improving our connectedness, its iPhone apps like Kuipp, by developer Kuipp, LLC, that make sure the envelope gets pushed. This excellent, local, and question-based iPhone app is an upstart with a lot of promise—and a lot of answers to boot! Let’s delve deeper with my iPhone app review and explore the benefits of Kuipp.
What Kuipp offers is a unique service that might have been hinted at in other social networking tools, but hasn’t been fully realized until now. The app allows you to create a custom profile, specify your current location, and then ask questions about local events, sales, restaurants, and music—or anything else that might bother you, too. The iPhone app delivers these questions to the public via a questionnaire spread. If anyone else in the area has a good reply, they can quickly shoot off a comment and clue you in. It’s a simple concept, but one that has boundless benefits: Not to mention a certain cool factor.
Users are required to setup an account with Kuipp, which is usually a drag. However, the app allows you to use Facebook connect to do the dirty work, saving you any unnecessary pain. Once inside you’re free to ask questions or answer them at your own pace. You can also follow other users, or search for your friends on Kuipp via Facebook, Twitter, or Email. The app offers a multitude of other minute features that smooth the experience, like the ability to send private messages between users. Kuipp even rewards you for answering and posing questions, earning you profile points, achievements, and new avatar unlockables. This adds just a bit more incentive to answering questions, and its just plain fun, too.
There have been a lot of fun photo booth style iPhone apps to hit the AppStore, now that the iPhone is sporting dual cameras. Dog Yourself Photo Booth, by developer Single Digit Labs, falls in this category, offering a novelty photo editing feature in which your photos’ faces can be replaced by, of all things, dog heads.
When give the chance, Dog Yourself will scan any supplied photos for faces, and then replace those human mugs with 3D dog heads. The result is an (hopefully) hilarious mix of human bodies with cute, cuddly, and scary dog faces. Users can either rely on the app’s built-in software to recognize and arrange the canines, or they can manipulate the heads themselves. Once a pic has been edited, users can then either save the photo to their iPhone, email it to a friend, tweet about it on Twitter, or spam it straight to their Facebook wall.
For the most part, the app’s face-recognition works very well. The app warns you to avoid face-obscuring objects like hair, hats, or sunnies, and rightfully so—Dog Yourself had a great deal of trouble finding faces when someone’s mug was covered up. However, when revealed, the app found most faces I shoved at, and was even able to correctly place a dog head to match. Saving to either my device or to the cloud was a cinch as well, and I encountered no bugs, crashes or lag during my testing of Dog Yourself.
All baby iPhone apps are not created equal. And when you are on the road, in a store or sitting with a not-so-patient little one in a waiting room, you want to an iPhone or iPad app that can help, and fast. Cue Baby Rattle Toy from SelenaSoft, Inc. From teeny to toddler, this app is bound to enthrall your kid faster than you can say, “Pass me the rattle.”
Within seconds of downloading Baby Rattle Toy for my iPhone app review I knew I had to get this app in the hands of a baby. Sure, I could appreciate the bright colors, sound effects, interactive graphics and response, and even dig the dancing tunes, but it was much more fun to watch my neighbor’s one-year-old go to town. Sure enough, in no time flat he was shaking my shiny new white iPhone back and forth, cooing ecstatically at the bouncing sun on the screen shooting stars in every direction, and touching to create new sounds and characters pop up on the screen.
Thank goodness for that aluminosilicate glass screen, though I can see why he wanted to shake it. Baby Rattle Toy responds to touch and shaking with so many fun sounds, vibrations, music, on-screen motion, new characters and graphic effects even I had a good time playing with it. The idea is that all these graphics, sounds and vibrations give your child something to focus on, listen to and interact with resulting in less fuss and more fun.
I predict the locking feature will be a parent favorite. To access anything else on the iPhone you have to press the white information button and hold it while running two fingers down the middle of the screen. Safety first, I like to say. And maybe an OtterBox case before I hand my iPhone back to the neighbor’s kid.
Join more than 2 million members of the advocacy group ONE in fighting disease, improving education and taking a stand against poverty worldwide. Yeah, you can do all that right from your iPhone, thanks to ONE Campaign, the new iPhone app from Radical Media.
The ONE Campaign iPhone app helps keep users abreast of important global topics and what they can do to help. Find out about ONE’s latest initiatives and current calls to action on the “Latest” tab. Once you sign in to ONE, create a new user profile or link ONE to your Facebook account, that’s your first stop.
I found a lot more than I was bargaining for during my iPhone app review of ONE Campaign. In addition to news and articles, the app is full of videos, success stories, and blog entries from ONE. My favorite feature is in the “Connect” tab. Political activism gets a whole lot closer to home in the ONE app. It puts you in touch with ONE’s regional field director in your area, has an entire events list of ways to get involved in person, and even has an option to place a call from the app to the President requesting aid for vaccinations across the world.
With ONE Campaign for iPhone there’s no excuse for bowing out. You’re three taps away from making a difference. That’s really something.
Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls iPhone Video App Review
Reviewed by Luke Patrick
Do you feel like your day could use just a bit more jigsaw-puzzling action? Do you also happen to enjoy attractive women in skimpy bathing-suits? If so, then Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls by developer XIMAD, has everything you’re looking for on the iPad.
At its heart, Magic Puzzles: Bikini Girls iPad app is a jigsaw puzzle game. The iPad app offers solid puzzling mechanics that lend themselves to a surprising amount of depth. For instance, the user is free to choose a puzzle of either forty-two, seventy-two, one-hundred and forty-three, or two-hundred and eighty-eight pieces. A 288 piece jigsaw puzzle is certainly nothing to laugh at, and with the added option to rotate the puzzle pieces, one could easily spend hours spinning, straightening, and arranging bits of the final image. Oh, and the women involved are certainly very attractive!
We’ve all been there. You plan a spectacular day outdoors to get some fresh air, soak up some rays or spend time with family and friends. The day comes. Your barbecue is primed. You have SPF 50 all over you and your kids and then… it starts to rain. Avoid unpleasant surprises with WeatherCals US – Local Weather in your Calendar iPhone app from developer Joules Media.
When I enabled WeatherCals for my iPhone app review it instantly interfaced with my existing calendar. Users can select up to seven markets to tie to the calendar. There are 100 US cities to select from in WeatherCals. Simply scroll through the list to identify the nearest weather node. Tap on the city you are interested in to view subscription options and a general weather forecast for the next seven days.
Once you have enabled WeatherCals open your existing calendar. The next seven days should each have an all-day event listed with weather conditions. Click the event for more details, including forecasted temperatures, wind speed and direction, highs and lows, precipitation predictioins, sunrise and sunset times, and even the day’s expected UV index. Tap on “Show All Notes” for a link to Foreca’s mobile weather site which has even more friendly weather features for you to peruse.