Become Breast Aware with Dr. K’s Breast Checker

Price: $1.99     Score: 10/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Become Breast Aware with Dr. K’s Breast Checker

Breast cancer affects thousands of women each year, spanning all age groups.  And while many continue to get regular mammograms, early detection in the form of frequent and thorough self-examinations could be the key to saving one’s life.  With Dr. K’s Breast Checker by Lingopal Holdings Pty Ltd, users will learn how to correctly conduct a proper breast check and how to proceed if they find anything suspicious.

According to Dr. K’s Breast Checker, nearly 1 in 4 women with cancer specifically have breast cancer, and with nearly 200,000 new cases reported last year in the United States alone, one can see that a great many of these cases occur in highly developed countries across all age groups, young and old.  Breast Checker promises to not only provide important tips, but will also alert and remind users to check themselves regularly.

Upon first startup, users will need to initially agree to the terms presented.  Once you reach the main menu, you will see four buttons displayed across the bottom of the screen.  The first button, History, is where you will find all the information about you past self-examinations.  The results will be here for reference so you can compare your current findings to past exams in order to determine if there was indeed any change in your breasts.

Under Settings, users will be able to set reminders for both annual mammogram visits and self check-ups.  Users can set how often they’d like to be reminded to check their breasts, from every 20 to 99 days between self-exams.  Then, set the date you’d like to initially be reminded and a time that would be most convenient.  Most women choose to examine their breasts at the end of their menstrual cycle (if they still menstruate), which may be a great way to both choose a starting date and to remember even without an alert.  Users may also set an alert to remind them to schedule a yearly mammogram as well.

Using Check Now, users will then do just that.  To begin, choose whichever breast you wish to examine first.  Each diagram is then broken into different regions.  If you feel a lump or abnormality in any of the regions, simply tap within its outline to add a lump marker.  Tap Done in the bottom right corner to move to the next breast, where you will do the same thing.  Next, you will be taken through a questionnaire that asks you various Yes or No questions, such as if there has been any change in your breast size or if you are experiencing any nipple discharge.

The ‘i’ button will explain any How To’s you may need clarified, as well as an explanation on what it is to be Breast Aware and the importance behind such awareness.  The top right hand corner also features a button – the Share button.  Considering the statistics, take the time to share Dr. K’s message with your girlfriends on Facebook, Twitter or via email.  Take one moment to make another woman breast aware and you could save a life.

Dr. K’s Breast Checker [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Notes Plus – Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording on Your iPad

Price: $3.99    Score: 9/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Notes Plus   Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording on Your iPad

Developed by Viet Tran, Notes Plus – Handwriting, Typing, Shape Drawing and Sound Recording is a powerful note taking app for iPad.

Allowing you to both type and record hand-written notes with ease, Notes Plus has much more flexibility and features than the iPad’s stock standard Notes app.

Notes Plus features include:

  • Close-up handwriting
  • Palm handling
  • Typed text mixing
  • Shape auto-detect
  • Voice recording
  • Easy editing & organizing

To start typing with Notes Plus all you have to do is tap the screen with two fingers. If you want to make a handwritten note you can put finger to screen immediately and the app will smooth out your text. You can pinch to zoom in on the note so that you can achieve smaller handwritten text, and uses two fingers to scroll across the page.

With Notes Plus you can draw a circle around text to select it, then tap and hold to drag the text. Notes Plus features auto shape detection and if you draw a circle, triangle or rectangle on the note a smooth-lined shape will be laid down of the size you specify. This shape recognition enables you to easily create text boxes to help separate your notes.

There are several options for editing both handwritten and typed text. You can change line thickness, stroke opacity and stroke color for your handwriting and change font type and color for typed text. You can also change the paper type, from ruled to grid to plain.

A unique feature – the palm pad – allows you to create an area on the screen where you can rest your palms while writing/typing so you don’t get any accidental strokes. It’s a nice touch.

Notes Plus also allows voice recording so you will never miss any important information at your next interview, meeting or lecture. Simply tap on the microphone symbol to being recording and tap on it again to stop. Voice recordings are attached to pages and a play button will appear if there is a recording on a particular note.

Once you’ve made your notes, you can export to PDF, email PDF or upload to Google Docs, giving you flexibility in how you share and distribute your notes.

Bottom Line: Notes Plus for iPad is a full-featured note taking app that offers a lot more note-taking power than Apple’s default Notes app. Well worth the $3.99 if you need to take detailed notes on-the-go.

Notes Plus [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Own an iPad? 15 Free Copies of Moto Mania to Give Away! First in Best Dressed

With thanks to developer William Garrett, The iPhone App Review is giving away 15 free copies of the $0.99 Moto Mania for iPad. Race your way through dozens of levels in this physics based ragdoll dirt bike game. Tilt your device and use the accelerometer to lean your rider to perform back flips, front flips and to stick that perfect landing.

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Dodge Through Traffic With Crazy Taxi!

Price: $0.99    Score: 6/10    By S. Campbellbadge appstore sm Dodge Through Traffic With Crazy Taxi!

Developed by Michael Venn, Crazy Taxi! is a straightforward 2D scrolling racer. The object of the game is to navigate through traffic and pass ever-closer checkpoints before the timer runs out.

The game starts after selecting a car to drive and choosing a custom color for your ride. There are six cars to choose from, but I couldn’t notice any difference in the way any of them drive, so the extra choices don’t really add much in terms of gameplay. I started out with the VW Golf, then changed to the Bugatti Veyron – probably the fastest car on the planet – to no noticeable effect. If you want to customize your car, there are six colors to choose from before you begin the race.

The race itself is set against a desert background, which unfortunately, never changes. After placing one thumb on the “gas”, you start to move forward and other cars begin appearing on the road. Some vehicles you can maneuver around by tilting your iPhone from side to side, others have to be jumped over. That being said, it’s easier to forget about the steering altogether and just power down one lane and hop over everything that comes your way. This makes for a very boring game – as all you end up doing is tapping the “jump” button at regular intervals.

Crazy Taxi! gets to a point where it’s essentially impossible to go any further – the cars just don’t go fast enough to get to the later checkpoints in time. This leaves you feeling like the game is going to end no matter how “good” you are at it. There’s also no real reason to keep playing – I went from the VW to the Veyron after one game. There was nothing to unlock, nothing to achieve, just the one level and no other game options.

I like the concept of Crazy Taxi! but this game needs some work before I can recommend shelling out the $0.99 asking price.

Crazy Taxi! [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Dive Deep, Uncover Hidden Worlds with Atlantis Oceans

Price: $1.99     Score: 7/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Dive Deep, Uncover Hidden Worlds with Atlantis Oceans

When one thinks role-playing game in a modern context, their mind immediately zeroes in on first-person shooter games.  With a vast majority of games featuring war-related themes, the concept of adventure and exploration has fallen by the wayside.  However, Atlantis Oceans by Sunrise Software attempts to revitalize such games as you plunge deep into the oceans of the world to unlock the mysteries of the lost Kingdom of Atlantis.

Users will start by being asked to enable their OpenFeint account or create a new account if they do not already have one.  This will allow you to access the worldwide leaderboards.  Users will then immediately move on to the introduction, which reveals that you must travel to all corners of the earth to retrieve the keys that will unlock the Kingdom of Atlantis.  Once complete, tap the ‘See Help’ button to reveal a general tutorial explaining the various controls you will need to know.  You must also proceed through the tutorial in order to finally reach the main menu, which displays many buttons: Campaign, Challenges, Warehouse, OpenFeint and Options.  Also, the blinking question mark in the upper right corner allows users to revisit the tutorial at any time.

Under Options, users can adjust their music, joystick, blood and vibrate preferences, choose whether to play left-handed or right-handed, and even enter cheat names.  In the upper right corner of the screen, users will see a flashing link that allows them to contact the developer if need be, while the link in the bottom left corner allows users to watch the introduction again in case they missed something the first play through.  The OpenFeint button, of course, brings users to the leaderboards, where they can monitor their achievements and compare their high scores against players all around the world.  The Warehouse button displays all the things you have collected during your adventures within the game.

Challenges and Campaign are directly linked, for you must play the Campaign mode in order to unlock the various challenges available at the diving sites.  As explorer Francesca Carlyle, you will begin your search in Egypt, where you will grow accustomed to the environment and gain experience by collecting fish and selling them to earn gold at the market.  Though you have been given a complete set of equipment, the more gold and experience you gain, the more equipment becomes available to you.  Use your gold to upgrade your gear so you can swim deeper, collect more fish and swim faster than before.  One simply needs to pay attention to their health, oxygen and depth levels in the shark-infested waters to remain afloat.

While the graphics aren’t exactly the most advanced, users will this to actually be an endearing quality, for Atlantis Oceans does not depend on snazzy graphics, but challenges and accomplishments.  (Plus, watching Francesca’s zombie arms flail as she walks up and down the stairs provides a good giggle.)  Instead, users will become addicted to the mission, doing their best to obtain everything they need to carry out a successful mission.

For a video demonstration of what Atlantis Oceans has to offer, click here.

Atlantis Oceans [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Love Sushi? Learn Even More with Teach Me Sushi Expert

Price: $4.99     Score: 10/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Love Sushi? Learn Even More with Teach Me Sushi Expert

Sushi can be quite addictive.  As far as healthy, filling meals go, sushi is often a favorite for many, leaving people always hungering to try the many different types available.  Luckily, Teach Me Sushi Expert by Teach Me Sushi satisfies such cravings.  As a follow-up to Teach Me Sushi, Teach Me Sushi Expert expands upon the lessons taught through the original, allowing users to learn even more recipes for delicious, homemade sushi.

Users will start with the main menu, which allows you to scroll through every category offered.  The list begins with an Introductory video, followed by a list off all the sushi types you can learn to make: Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Crunchy Tuna, Temari, Philadelphia Roll, Volcano Roll, California Roll, Vegetable Nigiri, and Naruto Roll.  At the bottom of this menu, users will find Ask Jake, which features a video answering the four most frequently asked questions they have received since the original Teach Me Sushi was released.  (If your particular question has not been answered, simply visit the More tab, which provides easy access to Teach Me Sushi’s Facebook fan page, Twitter and email, where you can ask a question and get a response within 24 hours.)

Each sushi category will contain its own video, featuring 5-minute long instructional sessions on how to prepare the given sushi, totaling over 45-minutes of video combined directly within the application itself.  These eight videos teach users how to make these advanced rolls, as well as the step-by-step instructional photographs included with each tutorial.  Whether you learn best by demonstration, or comprehend lessons better with pictures and written directions, Teach Me Sushi Expert has you covered.  Each roll even includes a tabbed section that tells users a little more about that specific type of sushi.

However, Teach Me Sushi Expert doesn’t just stop there.  Peruse the bottom navigation bar and you will find multiple other features that further assist in your sushi-making endeavors.  For instance, the Shopping List Calculator helps you determine exactly what items you will need and how much of each depending on the number of people for whom you are making sushi.  The Equipment tab provides users with a list of all the necessary tools they’ll need before they can begin, including a tab that allows Teach Me Sushi Expert to tap into your GPS location and locate the nearest store where you may buy these necessities.  And, the Rice Timer provides a precise countdown so you will never have to guess whether your rice is sufficiently prepared or not.

As a fantastic addition to your sushi lesson collection, Teach Me Sushi Expert builds upon the great features of the original to bring user even more sushi varieties to quell their addiction.  For a video demonstration, click here.

Teach Me Sushi Expert [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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