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.

Features

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.

Features:

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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Unit Conversion Simplified: Convert Units Instantly with ConvertX

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

ConvertX - Units & Currency Converter - Mallow Technologies Private Limited

 

Price: $.99
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Remember painstaking working your way through unit conversions in high school? Having to convert distance, temperature, weight, mass and more for hours on end? Or, have you needed to know the exchange rates for the English Pound, Japanese Yen, Canadian and American Dollar, yet had to dig all over the Internet just to locate the latest info? Say goodbye to those days and grab ConvertX, from Mallow-Tech, a serious app for quick and easy unit conversion for the iOS.

Functions:

I can’t think of any type of unit conversion that ConvertX doesn’t offer. Typical options like length, mass, acceleration, weight,frequency, temperature, volume and energy are offered. However, all sorts of unique and awesome unit conversions are also included, such as computer data transfer speed, age of planets, prefixes, pressure and stress, and weight on other planets. Not only that, but (perhaps most useful in today’s global economy) is the currency conversion option. Most major currencies are included, like Euro, Dollar, Rouble, Pound, Yuan/Renminbi, and Yen. There’s also the Krona, Dirham, Won, Ringgit and several more, appealing to all kinds of international travelers. Of course, you’ll need to be connected to a network for ConvertX to fetch the latest currency exchange rates. Once you’ve done this, it will save the rates for offline use, but I recommend staying online as the rates often fluctuate.

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Liquor Hub Offers Snark, Scotch, and Sound Drinking Advice

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Liquor Hub - Proof66 LLC

 

Price: $.99
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Drinking is not always as easy as it sounds. There are mountains of varieties, brands, flavors, and bottles to choose from, making a simple task—say, enjoying your evening—quite difficult. Thankfully, the kind people at Proof 66 have given your iDevice Liquor Hub, which offers everything you need to make an informed alcohol decision.

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What Liquor Hub attempts to be is that cool friend who knows everything about booze, only pocket-sized and not as lush. The app seeks to be an all-out dictionary of alcohol, providing reviews of almost every brand known to man: All of which are categorized within the app’s “Guru” by location, occasion for drinking, best brew of the year, color, gift potential, etc. There are a mountain of specific categories that will meet your every drinking need. Similarly, booze can be searched for using either the spirits tab along the bottom—if, say, you’re only interested in good vodka—or using the search bar.

If you’re out and about in the supermarket or liquor store and you wonder just how good that expensive brand of scotch could be, Liquor Hub might easily be your first stop for an answer. The app even features a barcode scanner. Finding out if a liquor is recommended or not is only a quick UPC scan away. Never again, will you have to be stuck with a bad bottle of brew. Not only that, but the intertextual menus offer up a wealth of snark and sass that makes the experience even more enjoyable.

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Customize Your Interior Design with Legrand Arteor Colour Selector and HPM Linea Colour Selector Apps

 

 

Reviewed By: Philip Chan

Price: Free
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Interested in customizing your house with unique electronic accessories, but aren’t sure how they will fit in with your wall colors? Want to get started with home automation, but don’t know what colors to choose for electronics? Check out the Legrand Arteor Colour Selector and HPM Linea Colour Selector Apps, available for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. You’ll be able to take a virtual tour of their electronics line and preview how it will look on your walls!

Linea Colours, from HPM (an Australian electronics company founded in the 1930s) offers a wide range of unique electronic cover plate accessories. These consist of light switch faceplates, dimmer, fan controls, power plug in points, Tv/phone/cable cord faceplates. While many homes have rather drab and standard light switches, Linea Colours offers an impressive selection of creative colors to best match your dream interior design.

Legrand is a sister company, with an emphasis on home automation. For a glimpse of the splendid home products they offer, check out their website or visit the Arteor website for even more options. Be sure to see the SCS Touchplate, or the 10’’ Arteor Touch Screen, both truly futuristic and offer great aesthetic electronic additions your dream home!

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Linea Colours and Legrand Arteor offer a great range of colorful electronic faceplates for light switches, outlets and other plug ins. These colors show up great on both iPhone apps and definitely stand out from more generic light sockets and other electronic accessories. The screen images are sharp and crisp, and really help in designing your favorite interior set with matching colors for the walls.

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Chiffre: Slots for Two, Chips Not Included

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

Chiffre - Acclamatix

 

Price: Free
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Have some extra time on your hands? You know what sounds good? A round of slots complete with high stakes, all in tension, realistic presentation, and the option to add another cohort from the line for dual-spinning fun. If that sounds familiar—or even just appetizing—Chiffre, by developer Acclamatix, has everything you need to get the dials rolling.

Gameplay:

If you have ever seen a slot machine played—that’d be Pokies for all you Aussies, mates—then you know exactly what Chiffre has to offer. At the heart of the game are three rotating dials which present an image on each side of their faces. Match up two of them (or three if you can) and you win a big payout. For each pull you’ll be charged the stake, which can be changed, and if at first you don’t succeed, the dials can be held or nudged for another round of play.

Players can choose to go all in and bet their whole budget. However, the game doesn’t end if you lose it all, which I found a bit odd. But who can argue with free play time? No matter how you slice it, Chiffre is everything you’d expect from a good slots simulator, and it’s every bit as enticing as you’d like it to be.

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