Stamp Art Fever – Getting Caught up in Heated Competition

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Stamp Art Fever - Francesco Chessari

 

Price: Free
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As a child, collecting stamps was one of my favorite hobbies. Fast forward many years and you will find that I still keep up with the hobby of saving old and unique stamps in my stamp book. Stamp Art Fever iPhone app, from Francesco Chessari, is perfect game app for stamp collector fans!

With Stamp Art Fever, you can collect a huge assortment of virtual stamps, share them with your friends, trade with other games, sell them through the in-game Shop or Black Market, and compete in contests against other collectors. It’s an outstanding app for the virtual side of the stamp collecting hobby and is available for free through the iTunes Store.

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You’ll need a Game Center account on your iOS device, plus an active network connection to really play this collector app at its best. Game Center tracks your achievements (currently there is 37 different possible achievements and also various points to earn) and your leader board ranking. The game doesn’t have a huge community (Game Center shows it at 1016 players as of today) but it does have a very active group of players, helping keep the game interesting.

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KidsClocks – Helping Children Learn One Tic-Toc at a Time

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

KidsClocks - Nicole Firnhaber

 

Price: $2.99
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Want your children to learn how to read a clock and tell time? It’s a snap with KidsClocks iPhone app, a smart and cute app from indie developer Kids-Appstore, for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Children will have a blast learning the basics of telling time from a standard clock, with multiple options and great graphics to keep them entertained.

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Parents can set the type of clock and time they want their children to learn, and then pass the iOS device to their kids to figure out the answer. There are options for several different styles of clocks and times in minutes, plus different use modes that are easy to switch between.

When using the Learn mode with the touch clock, children can manually touch the screen to change the time on the clocks by themselves. Alternatively, they can touch to start and stop the clock on the animation clock, allowing them to see how long a second, minute or an hour takes. Of course, I’m not sure how many children will actually sit through an hour of real-time clock action, but it’s still nice to have this option in KidsClocks. There’s also a ‘fast’ alternative to the real-time clock, helping speed things up and keep Junior’s attention at the same time.

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Live365 – Version 2.0 iPhone Video App Review

Live365 Radio - Live365

Price: Free
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Live 365, by the makers of Live365.com, is a wonderful music streaming service that offers genre-tailored music by actual, DJ-ed stations. The iPhone app is seamless and professional, offering quality music on the go from all across the nation.

The Live365 Version 2.0 app is free, with the option for an additional VIP service. What you’ll get for your money is a wealth of quality music stations. Because of its crisp packaging and fluid features, this app deserves a full five-stars and our hearty recommendation.

 

Live365 [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Weekly iPhone Apps Roundup: Top 5 Apps for April 15

Top 5 iPhone Apps
Written by Luke Patrick

 

This week brought us a slew of incredible apps at the one buck range, including ConvertX for all your unit conversion needs. Can’t remember how many kilometers it is from New York to London, but have the miles handy? ConvertX has you covered. Also in the always pleasant dollar-a-day price range is Liquor Hub, which won’t help you do any math, but will certainly find you a good bottle of scotch!

This week came packed with loads of free apps, as well. Some of our top picks are SaleLocater (which can find an incredible number of door-busting and sacrificially priced sales in your area) and Chiffre: An app to save you from a second mortgage by keeping your slots addiction at home, instead of at the casino. Also at the top of our list for this week is Audiolio, which besides sounding fun, offers an incredible note taking experience on the iPad.

And sure, all of that kept us pretty busy, but we aren’t even close to being done with this week-end review for April 15! Skip this preview, and hit us up after the break for a full list of our top five picks for the week. Here’s a sneak peak.

MobileNavigator version 1.8

 

MobileNavigator version 1.8 – $34.99

At the top of our review stack this week was the new update for Navigon MobileNavigator, which came packed to the gills with rich new features and speedy improvements. Included in their latest updates are access to over 4,000 red-light and speed cameras, live traffic updating to deliver you the quickest ride since the Batmobile, and traffic check for a quick look at traffic density along your root.

Pricing for Navigon is a bit dense, with the app starting at $39.99 in the AppStore, and various upgrades costing as little as $19.99 or as much as $79.99. However, the traffic and navigational experience offered here is superb, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better turn-by-turn satnav for the iPhone.

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Audiolio: Funny Sounding Name, Great Sound App

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Audiolio - Escape Velocity Apps

 

Price: $2.99
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Audiolio, an iPad app by developer Escape Velocity Apps, is the best thing to happen to note taking since the invention of the ballpoint pen. If you’re always checking Facebook during meetings, or sleeping through lectures at school, Audiolio will make you believe in taking notes again.

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Audiolio is, essentially, a recorder. Using your iPad’s built-in microphone, the app trolls the airwaves for sound and slaps it down for later use. This is certainly nothing new (there are mountains of recorder apps in the AppStore, even ones specifically made for voice recordings). But what sets Audiolio apart is its stellar bookmarking functionality.

As you record a lecture, meeting, or interview, the Audiolio iPad app lets you add time-stamped notes to the recording. This means you can put text plugs alongside your audio for easy perusal later. This would be particularly handy in a lecture setting, where additional asides might easily complement a heady lecture. Not only that, but pictures can also be appended to the audio, in case you’re a more visual learner. The iPad app arranges your notes chronologically, and you are free to jump to any bookmark with a touch of a finger. Want to be sure you know when the next test is? Make a bookmark when the professor mentions it. Now you’re free to return to that exact—and potentially frightening, depending on the exam—moment at any time. The app also lets you import tracks from the iPod app, allowing users to annotate songs: A feature many music majors I know would be ecstatic to have. The app is a tour de force of functionality, and it works perfectly.

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Navigon Update Implements Augmented Reality and Robust Traffic for iOS

Reviewed By: Jon Li

NAVIGON MobileNavigator USA - NAVIGON AG

 

Price: $34.99
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Navigon is a forward thinking developer that prefers to stay ahead of the pack, rather than follow trends. Thus, for those of you who own their turn-by-turn iPhone app, you may recognize regular updates and enhanced functionality are par for the course. But what I truly love is that they do not push updates for the sake of updating, rather, their updates are well thought out and implemented. Take, for example, the newly released update, MobileNavigator version 1.8. Navigon added augmented reality, deeper, more robust traffic data, and an optional safety cam.

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Navigon already impressed many with their turn-by-turn iPhone app, but they have once again raised the bar with several new features. Their newly integrated “Traffic Check” feature utilizes data from Suna to depict the level of traffic you may endure in any given area along your route.You may also opt for the in-app upgrade thus allowing you to access “Traffic Live” rendering alternative routing suggestions and more robust data.

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