Echoism App Challenges Your Identity

Price: Free   Score: 7/10   By S. CampbellEchoism - False Behaving Animals

Ever wondered about what makes you, you? What are your identifying features, and how much do they contribute to making you look like you? It’s not something that we think about every day but is now the subject of a a new iPhone app called Echoism.

Developed by False Behaving Animals on behalf of artist Julian Wolkenstein, is a project that explores this very idea. Based upon principles of symmetry, and the notion that symmetry begets beauty, Echoism is an unusual yet refreshingly unique application.

After taking a frontal portrait photograph of your face, the app splits the photo into two and horizontally flips one half. These halves are then recombined to create two symmetrical, but different new identities. Its all you – but not quite! It really is a strange feeling seeing your features on ‘someone elses’ face.

A free download and very easy to use – check out Echoism and find out what makes you who you are.

Echoism [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.


Control Your PC Using Your iPhone with JumiOne

Price: Free   Score: 9/10    By S. CampbellJumiOne - Desktop/Remote/Keyboard/Mouse, Remote Webcam & Media Remote for PC - JumiTech

Developed by JumiTech, JumiOne is an ingenious app that transforms your iPhone into a multi-featured remote control device for your PC.

Acting as a platform by which you can utilize programs, webcams and other media on your PC from your iPhone, JumiOne is like a remote access desktop that you can fit in the palm of your hand. JumiOne can connect to any number of PCs via 3G or WiFi connectivity.

The JumiOne app is itself a free download but there is a cost associated with each of the features, which are available as in-app purchases at the following prices:

  • JumiMouse+ – $3.99
  • JumiCam – $4.99
  • JumiFly – $1.99
  • JumiGamer – $4.99
  • JumiAmp – $3.99
  • JumiPresenter – $0.99

With these purchases, you can turn your iPhone into a remote mouse and keyboard for your PC, a live-stream cam/spy system, a joystick for gaming, a controller for your music and movies via Winamp and a platform by which you can access your PC’s own programs.

One of the most comprehensive remote-control apps on the App Store, JumiOne is well worth a look for extending the utility of your home or office PC.

JumiOne [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.


Make VOIP Calls over 3G and WiFi with is-Phone

Price: $9.99   Score: 8/10    By S. Campbellis-phone for iPhone - iscoord

Developed by isocord, is-Phone is a new app that allows you to make VoIP calls using your 3G or WiFi internet connection. Compatible with any SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) provider, is-Phone is a fully-featured call app that with the potential to save you a lot of money on your next phone bill.

is-Phone enables you to make and receive calls, hold calls – even record calls. There is the facility for three-participant conference calling, call transfers and call waiting. A whole host of security and network features that mean your calls are private and your personal information is safe. IP PBX features like call forwarding are enabled on the app – just check your SIP provider to see what is available to you.

To get started you need a SIP account. See here for a list of free SIP account providers in several languages. After entering your login details into the account section of the app you’ll be able to get started with making calls. Simply navigate to the ‘Calls’ tab and enter in the number you’d like to dial. During the call, you can access a number of features such as mute, transfer, record, speaker and conference.

Once your call is finished, you can find details of the call – and all previous calls – under the ‘History’ tab, including contact names and call durations. You can add, view or manage your contacts in the ‘Contacts’ tab or add people to your favorites under that corresponding tab.

A solid VoIP app, is-Phone will no doubt save you much more than the $9.99 asking price. Also available for iPad

is-Phone [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.


DanceSteps Teaches Users How to Dazzle on the Dance Floor

Price: $1.99     Score: 10/10     By A. PapachristosDanceSteps - Anthony Boudouvas

Ballroom dancing has been sweeping the nation.  With ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ heading into its twelfth season, I think it’s safe to say that dance fever isn’t going to fade any time soon.  But while you watch celebrities and their dance partners strut their stuff in front of the judges, you can finally learn some of those dance moves yourself right from your portable Apple device.  DanceSteps by Anthony Boudouvas teaches users the basic steps of four of ballroom’s most popular dance styles, giving users the confidence to get their groove on in proper form.

DanceSteps starts users off with four initial rhythms – Salsa, Rumba, Samba and Waltz – featuring two basic steps for each style.  In “Learning Mode”, users can practice the steps by moving their feet back and forth at their own pace, without beats, so they may get used to the footwork before adding in distracting music.  As you practice, colorful clouds will appear, providing useful notes to help both the male and female partners.  Learn how partners should hold each other, where body weight should rest and many other useful tips.

Thanks to the exceptionally simple interface, males need only hold the device in the default position, while females simply need to rotate the device upside down to view their footsteps (marked in red) from their perspective.  And, if you happen to be practicing with a partner, even better!  Couples can just put the device right between them to learn the steps together.  Once you’re comfortable, just tap the play button to begin practicing along with the rhythm.

The default screen, which appears upon startup, presents the dance floor with black footprints indicating the male movements and red footprints representing the female.  The rhythm controls reside in the bottom left corner, while the ‘i’ brings you to the page that allows you to pick the dance style, while explaining how to use the application on the right side of the screen.  Tap the blue arrow to learn more about each dance’s origins and history.  And, if you master these dances rather quickly, the application will never go to waste, for the developers promise there are more rhythms on the way!  Now all you need is to achieve celebrity status and you will surely have the upper hand during competition!

DanceSteps [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.2 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.


American Ball Brings Arcade Skee Ball to the Palm of Your Hand

Price: Free     Score: 7/10     By A. PapachristosAmerican Ball - Sigma Game Limited

Thanks to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, classic arcade games have made a comeback, bringing such games to the palm of your hand, no tokens required.  Now, with American Ball by Sigma Game Limited, users not only enjoy a good game of skee ball, but the tickets you win can then be used toward virtual furniture to decorate your virtual arcade room, putting a spin on the old-fashioned experience.

When you begin, American Ball will ask if you’d like to connect with Facebook, to which you may answer yes or no.  Once you reach the main menu, you will see an array of buttons: Start Game, More Games, Facebook Connect, and Ear Free Tokens.  Earn Free Tokens guides users to a page of third party application promotions.  If users install and open any of the apps that appear on this page, they will then earn the amount of tokens marked next to each application’s name.  Free apps reward you with fewer tokens than those you must pay for, awarding tokens according to the cost of the application you installed.  More Games, as expected, links to the developer’s site and their other available games.

To start, users will begin with a turntable that lets them choose to access their 360 Bar, Tournaments and Redeem.  Tap the checkmark, then the tiny start button at the bottom to begin.  Each game you play takes two of the 300 tokens you are initially given, giving you nine balls per game.  Then, just swipe upward toward the end of the lane like you would when tossing a regular skee ball.  The counter to the right will track how many balls you have left for the given game.  American Ball tallies your score at the top, while keeping count of your tickets in the bottom left corner and remaining tokens in the bottom right corner.

Once you’ve collected enough tickets, you may begin redeeming them for furniture to decorate your virtual 360 Bar.  When you connect to Game Center and enter online tournament battles, other players can actually come visit your 360 Bar and vice versa, making the gaming experience quite interactive.  And with over 50 3D collectibles to gather, your virtual game room is sure to look spiffy in no time.

Unfortunately, however, it seems that you will inevitably have to pay for more tokens once you run out.  Yes, users can use the Earn Free Tokens button to gather more tokens, but there’s always something odd about such free offers that makes me a little wary.  Considering numerous applications have been chastised for the way they trick users into spending money with in-app purchases, I’ve become cautious in all respects.  Of course, users are given 300 tokens to begin, but when one considers how few tickets they receive, plus how many tickets it takes just to buy a virtual rug, you’re going to play a lot of games just to decorate your room.  On the bright side, you’ll have a lot of fun doing it!  Despite any issues with tokens, game play is extremely entertaining and I only wish I could play an unlimited amount of games without having to worry about invisible, imaginary tokens.

American Ball [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 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.


PDF-It: Effortlessly Convert and Share Files

Price: $2.99     Score: 9/10     By A. PapachristosPDF-It - Cocoalena Software

Documents are a tricky topic when it comes to today’s current Apple devices, but for those who wish to turn their photographs into PDF files, hope is in sight.  With PDF-It by Cocoalena Software, users can now scan, convert and send PDF files simply by using the built-in camera on their device.  This handy invention proves ideal for those who wish to convert to all digital media, especially when on the go.

Now, users need only take a quick picture of whatever they wish to reproduce.  For those who wish to read a newspaper or magazine article later, just take a quick snapshot of the page and convert the image into a PDF document.  Using email, quickly share your newly made document with others or send it to yourself in order to access the file on your computer at a later time.  Also, iTunes allows file sharing that allows users to link these documents with their iTunes account for easy access later on, as well.  PDF-It also employs AirPrint technology, which works in magical ways to connect with an AirPrint-compatible machine and print your PDF file right from your device.

Gone are the days of ripping pages from magazines just to peruse them later.  In fact, users may wish to use said technology to quickly scan business cards or copy their class notes off a white board, making the files accessible and transferable without ever having to deal with their physical being.

The simple interface makes navigating PDF-It just as easy as creating files.  The top bar allows users to navigate between images and actual files, accompanied by an edit button to the top right.  The bottom navigation bar, however, is where most of the magic happens.  First, you will find the email and print button, which will want to use once you have created your files.  The camera icon opens your device’s camera feature so you may snap a new picture.  The ‘+’ icon allows users to choose a picture from their photo library.  In fact, users can create a multi-page file containing an array of images from your photo library, new images and descriptions.

The gear icon represents the application’s settings.  Here, users can choose whether to include your image description in the file.  They can also choose to have new photos taken automatically save to their photo library.  In regard to the images, users may also set the picture’s resolution (low, medium, or high), the difference inevitably altering the size of the file.  And, to stay updated on all the updates, the information tab gives you a quick rundown of the new features added in the latest update.  With so much to offer, and such quick, dependable speed, PDF-It seems to be a great way to transfer data easily and efficiently.

PDF-It [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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