Put Crowd Sourcing in The Palm of Your Hand With Localmind

Localmind - Localmind

Reviewed by Phil Charlton

 

Price: Free
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With this creative iPhone app you can get all the latest info on what’s happening around the world from people who are actually there using Localmind.

The overall idea for this app is for users to check-in through either Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook and then once inside you can look for other Localmind users anywhere in the world. Once you’ve found a user in a place that you’re interested in you can ask them for information.

Usability factor

Once you’ve checked in via one of the various social sites this app throws you straight into the action. Now this would normally make things confusing but in this case anyone who has used the primary iPhone maps app will be half way there. The main screen opens into a map of your local area where you are shown as a blue dot and other users on Localmind will be shown as a yellow marker. To further simplify local navigation and searching there are two buttons at the top of the screen; one centers you on your current location and the other shows you other Localminders in your local area (up to 25km).

The whole point of using this app is to ask or answer questions and this process been made very quick and easy. Ask your questions by simply tapping on the yellow Localmind marker of someone in a location that you’re interested in, tap ‘Ask’ and then ask away. The bottom of the screen is the main navigation area and lets you view the questions you have asked and questions users have sent you as well as updating your profile and returning to the main map screen.

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Qik Video App Puts Your Live Video on Facebook and Twitter

Qik Video Connect

Qik Video Connect PLUS - Qik, Inc

Price: $2.99
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If you can’t beat em’, join em! This philosophy paid off quite well in Skype’s decision to acquire their former competitor Qik, and their latest app for the iPhone and iPad 2 adds a social element that takes video streaming up a notch.

Get ready to start broadcasting your own videos live and direct to your favorite social sites, an iPhone app Wayne’s World would have “schwinged” over, with Qik Video Connect.  Now you can share your live broadcasts on your Facebook and/or Titter accounts and share events as they happen! This app works over 3G, 4G and WiFi.

Raising the bar within this realm, the Qik Video Connect app also allows you to create news feed so that you can keep up with your friends live broadcasts.

Qik Video Connect is more than a broadcasting app, as you can also make two way calls, record video mail, and even edit video from within the app.

Qik Video Connect iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPad 2. 

The iPhone app reviews rating:

It works over 3G, 4G speeds, and Wi-Fi, although the latter may offer the most reliable support. 

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Have Fun with Go Car Go!

Reviewed By Jackson S.

Go Car Go - Caravan Interactive, Inc

 

Price: $.99
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Go Car Go is a new iPhone app released from the minds of  Caravan Interactive, Inc. It features a fun and interactive way to use your imagination and creative skills to construct a car that will make it’s way through a series of obstacle courses.  You have to use your ingenuity to create the perfect car in weight, size, and parts that are given to you.  All of the materials are affected by the environmental conditions of the course.  If you build a car too heavy, it won’t get up the hills; but if you build it too light it could topple over.  This game is simple and quick enough to hold your interest, and fun enough to entertain you for hours.

Graphics

The graphics in Go Car Go are a funny throwback to stick art on index cards.  It’s kind of like drawing a crude animation on multiple cards and flipping through them to create the motion.  The graphic motion is fast and fluid.  This game is so fun and humorous the silly graphics just add to the overall feel.

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MayDay Light – The Best iPhone App You May Never Use

Reviewed By: Tommy Thompson

MayDay Light - Meidad Pariente

Price: $1.99
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It’s time to drive.  Maybe you are going to work, maybe you are coming home from a party, or maybe you’re trying to get to the church on time for your wedding!  In any event, there is always the risk of you or your loved ones getting into an accident.  Hopefully it will never happen but what if?  Are you prepared?  MayDay Light, an iPhone and iPad app by Meidad Pariente, is a built in messenger service that is activated only when you are in an accident.  This is a great app to have but one that hopefully you will never have to use!

Easy Rider – User Friendliness:

This iPhone app is very easy to set up as the menus and buttons are easily manipulated and entering your initial information is a snap.  There are just a few lines of data to input and the terms and conditions to accept and then you’re off and running!  You have up to five contacts to enter if you want and you can change the outgoing message to anything you choose or leave the default message in place.  Once the set up is complete the app is essentially a hands free monitor that is only used if (hopefully never) you have an accident.  If there is a false alarm the app has a large button to head off any message sending.  And if a phone call interrupts the Mayday Light app it is easily turned back on.

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Boynton’s Going to Bed Book Comes to Life and Delights Children – Young and Old

Boynton Going to Bed Book


The Going to Bed Book - Loud Crow Interactive Inc.

 

Price: $1.99
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As a child, my mother would often read Sandra Boynton books to me. When I was well, they were inspiring, and when I was sick, they were comforting. Nothing, however, has been more comforting to me then reading Boynton books to my own children. I watch as their eyes light up, as their smiles widen when they view the adorable illustrations, and as their imaginations soar from classic tales, which never grow old.

I was delighted to learn that Sandra Boynton was partnering with Loud Crow Interactive to develop her first ever app in efforts of bringing her book’s to life via the iPhone and iPad. These efforts came to fruition recently with the launch of the Going to Bed Book app.

The Going to Bed Book Comes to Life:

The magic of Boynton was taken to a new level for myself, as well as my son, with the delightful interactivity of the app. You may tilt the iPhone or iPad, and the characters, as well as the environment responds, in harmony. You can witness the boat sway as the adorable cast waddles back and worth. And, by simply touching the screen, a variety of magical elements unfold. For example, as the cast is ready to “brush, and brush, and brush their teeth,” your child can turn on the water, which eventually causes steam to coat the screen, wherein your child has the pleasure of drawing  on, or wiping away the steam. Your child may also help the cast brush their teeth with a side to side swiping motion.

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Blossom – Irrigation Contemplation!

Reviewed by Tommy Thompson

Blossom - Braintonik

 

Price: $.99
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Ah, the joys of gardening. It’s a sunny day, there are just a few clouds drifting overhead, the grass is green.  Ready – Set –  Water!  Whether you have a green thumb, or just plain fat thumbs like me, you will really enjoy a rather addictive iPhone app game called Blossom by Braintonik!

Water on the Brain! Addictiveness:

So your garden is laid out nicely.  You’re going to have beautiful blooming flowers soon.  All you have to do is lay down a few feet of PVC and you’re set!  It looks so simple.  But this little floral brain twister proves to be quite a challenge. Just when you’re ready to start planting flowers in your own back yard the next level brings you back to reality!  After a bit you will get the hang of rotating the pipes and making those flowers bloom but don’t get too confident!  This is one of the best parts of the game in that it keeps you coming back for more!  With the Blossom iPhone app you get access to over one hundred “gardens” to water you could be playing for quite a while!  In addition, the game has a built in clock and each puzzle is numbered.  Did you say garden number 48 in three minutes and ten seconds?  I can beat that!  Or can I?

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