Hellotxt Continues to Update, Just Like Your Status

Price: Free     Score: 10/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Hellotxt Continues to Update, Just Like Your Status

Like your favorite social networking sites are always working enhance your online experience, Hellotxt by Buongiorno continues to expand its range of features, making it the most comprehensive application of its kind.

Having been introduced to Hellotxt months ago, I immediately raved about its expansive nature and its ability to simplify an otherwise confusing array of social networks that basically allow you to live your life for millions to see.  But regardless of the conundrum that is the concept of social networking, Hellotxt has always done a beautiful job of helping users navigate over 50 social networking sites all within this single application.  Users need only make their own Hellotxt account in order to sign in and begin using the application.

Post to numerous popular websites right from the main screen, access your news feed, which compiles every update from all your networks all in one place, and add more networks to you ever-increasing list.  Connect to the most popular sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Foursquare, or peruse the alphabetized list of the remaining (but slightly more obscure) social networks available.  This social dashboard will help condense all pertinent information in one convenient place.  Click on links, post comments, and tag you geolocation just as you would on the social networks actual website.

Plus, users can even doodle their status!  In fact, as a part of their expansion, Hellotxt now allows users to doodle on their friends’ Facebook photos, and then post their silly creations to their friends’ wall.  Users may even shake their device and Hellotxt will provide a funny post suggestion.  As part of the update, Hellotxt now offers native language translations in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch, bringing the beauty and simplicity of Hellotxt to more than just those who understand English.  And if Hellotxt continues to offer more features as it has successfully done already, there is no reason why this application won’t soon take the place of all those individual social networking applications cluttering your device!

For a more in depth review of Hellotxt’s significant features, please refer to my previous review of the application by clicking here.

Hellotxt [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Pop Art Brings Andy Warhol to the Palm of Your Hand

Price: $0.99     Score: 6/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Pop Art Brings Andy Warhol to the Palm of Your Hand

With Andy Warhol’s unique contribution to the art world having garnered so much attention since its introduction, such techniques have been recreated a countless number of times.  Now, with Pop Art by Adam Freeman, users can use their portable device to create colorful, Warhol-like photographs just as they would with Photo Booth on a Mac computer.

The moment you start up Pop Art, the application will ask whether you wish to use your camera to take a new photo or if you would rather choose an old picture from your existing photo albums.  For those who use an existing photo, simply sift through your albums and tap the photo you’d like to use.  It will then be processed by Pop Art and placed in your Camera Roll.  The same will happen if you choose to take a new picture with your camera.  Snap the photo and tap ‘Use’ once you approve so your photo may then be morphed into pop art.

As with Warhol’s typical pop art, your photo will appear in four different frames, all featuring different color schemes.  Because the image automatically saves to your Camera Roll, users need only go back to their album to select the image to begin editing the colors to their preference.  The slider allows users to adjust the intensity of the colors and contrast, while the Auto button can be turned on to see how the application believes your colors should appear.  Though each frame has its own predetermined color scheme, users may edit these color choices by using the Pick button to sort through the 80 available color choices.  The Save button, of course, will allow you to save your changes.

Unfortunately, while playing around with Pop Art, things did not seem to work exactly as expected.  Initially, I took a quick snapshot of myself, allowing it to be processed by the application, after which the photo was automatically placed in my Camera Roll album.  With no distinct instructions, I simply attempted to retrieve my photo by tapping on it, hoping that I would then be led to the editing screen, which I was.  However, my original image, featuring my face in four separate frames, had been quadrupled, leaving me to stare at my face in 16 little squares instead of just four.  Curious to see what would result, I saved this image to see what would happen the next time I opened it for editing, and once again, these 16 faces were quadrupled.  Judging by this consistent occurrence, one can deduce that the original image will be the only one to remain normal, meaning all edits will distort its authentic look.  I would like to say I misread the directions, but with no written instruction, I can only assume that this constant quadrupling indicates a glitch in the application itself.

Pop Art [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Whapee Chronicles What’s Happening Around the World

Price: Free     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Whapee Chronicles What’s Happening Around the World

While news programs focus on international happenings that affect the entire world’s well being, there remains the tendency to fixate on the unrest and conflict that exists amongst the nations.  However, for every person you see on television or read about in the paper, there are millions more just like you and me.  With Whapee by WHAP International GmbH, these everyday people can post photos of themselves and whatever may be happening around them, sharing bits and pieces of their lives with curious strangers all around the globe.

The introductory page presents users with a synopsis of Whapee’s intentions and purpose.  You see, Whapee allows users to take simple snapshots of whatever may be going on at the time and then post these pictures to their servers.  Users need not register, only snap and share.  The basic idea centers on bringing users a free, completely anonymous service that allows people all over the world to see what is going on wherever photos are being uploaded.  Whapee is not some newfangled social networking site, nor does it wish to display your daily life for all to see.  Instead, Whapee only wishes to focus on the current moment.  To do so, they periodically remove old pictures, for they do not care to rehash what happened last week, last month or last year.  They embody the concept of living in the moment.

Once you begin, you may choose to either take a photo and upload it to the server, or browse photos that have already been uploaded.  Because Whapee can detect your location, you may choose to sift through photos posted locally.  Users may also choose to search for photos from a specific location, or just browse photos from the other side of the world.  When you decide to upload your very own photo, do not hesitate, for no personal, identifiable information will be transmitted to the website.  You snapshot shall simply be accompanied by whatever text you include (if any), your geolocation, the date and time the photo was taken, and a unique serial number to identify the uploads from your iPhone.

All Whapee asks is that users maintain standard online decency by not posting anything offensive, nor are they allowed to post photos of people without their expressed permission for they ask all users to respect the privacy of others.  Images that are the property of others, as well as advertisements or marketing materials are also prohibited and the website reserves the right to remove photos at any given time if necessary.

Though I’m not quite sure how quickly this idea will catch on, as I admit this was the first time I had ever heard of Whapee myself, there certainly seems to be an intriguing concept behind the website that could attract more participants once they discover the site.  Most interestingly, Whapee seems to encourage users to live for now, not for yesterday or tomorrow, which may just be the refresher some people need, for we place too much focus on remembering the good ol’ days or planning ahead.  Instead, perhaps we should look at Whapee as a reminder to enjoy the moment were in right now, and then share that joy with the rest of the world.

Whapee [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Animal 360: Pics, Sounds, Puzzles and More

Price: FREE     Score: 9/10     By M. Schustermanbadge appstore sm Animal 360: Pics, Sounds, Puzzles and More

For kids, animals are endlessly fascinating. I’ve kept a number of apps for children on my iPhone just for my friend’s three year old daughter, and it’s been an interesting study in what works and what doesn’t. Animals, great pictures, and loud noises? That’s going to be a win.

Animals 360 is an app created by YED28 that mixes education with fun. As with most free apps, there is an advertisement bar running along the bottom, but I never had to deal with pop-ups or anything else. On the main menu, you can choose to view photos, take a quiz, do a tour, or play with a puzzle.

The images are beautiful, and the sounds are great too. In photo mode, you can swipe up and down to view different pictures of the same animal, or swipe side to side to view different animals. Tapping the list icon in the upper right corner allows you to find any animal in an alphabetical list, complete with picture thumbnail.

There are three “tours” available – farm, safari and forest. Each is a long panoramic with a beautiful background that features all of the animals found in that setting. The quiz is cute as well – you get the animal name you’re looking for, along with the sound it makes, and choose between four pictures of the animal. The only slightly clunky thing I noticed here was that I had to wait until after the animal noise stopped before it recognized my touch – something a child might find frustrating.

The puzzle was my favorite part. Any one of the dozens of pictures in the app appears, and you can select whether to divide it into a 12 or 35 piece puzzle. Once it’s scrambled, you can swipe the pieces around in order to form the puzzle again.

This one is a surefire hit with the kiddos – seeing as the price is right, I’d recommend giving it a shot!

Animal 360 [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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4 Free Copies of Tower Assault! Curse of Zombie Island to Give Away. First in Best Dressed!

With thanks to developer Rogue Pirate Ninja Interactive, The iPhone App Review is giving away 4 free copies of the $2.99 Tower Assault! Curse of Zombie Island for iPhone and iPod Touch. An innovative slant on the tower defense genre, Tower Assault! pits you against hordes of hungry zombies in 40 action packed levels.

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Tower Assault! Curse of Zombie Island [iTunes link] requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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Everyday Spanish Makes Travel, Conversing Easy for Non-Natives

Price: $.99     Score: 8/10     By A. Papachristosbadge appstore sm Everyday Spanish Makes Travel, Conversing Easy for Non Natives

To travel the world is one of the greatest luxuries a person could ever enjoy.  But when you finally get the chance to venture out, the impending language barrier is the last thing you want standing in between you and the fun journey ahead.  With English – Spanish Phrasebook – Everyday Spanish by RosMedia, users will find a fantastic phrasebook that speaks to you, helping you master the basics any traveler needs to know when exploring a foreign country.

Like its German, French and Polish counterparts (which you find mentioned on the very last tab), Everyday Spanish helps users who want to get a grasp on the basic foundation of the Spanish language.  Designed for those with little to no knowledge of the language, these applications focus on words, phrases, questions and answers that will help anyone function in a foreign country.

When you start up the application, you will simply find a page that reiterates the App Store description of whichever language you choose, which would be Spanish in this instance.  The next tab, labeled Spain, offers some basic information about the country itself.  Learn about its capital, government, population, currency and more.  Even browse a few select photographs of major cities throughout the country.  And while Everyday Spanish seems to focus on Spain, I do believe that these lessons will seamlessly translate to any Spanish speaking culture, for they truly represent only the basics not specific to any certain dialect.

The next page, the Phrasebook, is where users will want to focus their attention, for it is here that they will find all the available categories, including Useful Expressions, Greetings and Polite Expressions, Time, Weather, Personal Details, Shopping and much more.  Choose any section you wish and you will see that nearly every category begins with basic words pertaining to the topic, followed by phrases and questions also associated with the topic.  You may listen to an audio clip of each word or phrase, as well, in either English or Spanish.  This way you may learn the proper pronunciation so you won’t necessarily look like a tourist.  (Though you probably still will, whom are we trying to kid?)

Everyday Spanish [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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