MotionX GPS Drive is a GPS navigation app for iPhone from the people who brought you MotionX GPS.The most appealing thing about the MotionX GPS Drive is pricing. It is either $3/month, or $25/year. If you want live voice directions MotionX comes with a full free 30 day Live Voice Guidance package. The race to be the best bang for your buck is looking better and better every day.
The user interface is one of MotionX’s main strengths. Functions are laid out in pages, with arrow buttons to slide through the rotation. A very Apple-like function: Hold down an arrow button and a list appears allowing you to jump directly to a page. There are separate pages for maps, compass view, waypoint and track lists, a stopwatch, and GPS status. It is great. They also manage to squeeze social networking in the app. You can share waypoints, tracks, and photos via Twitter, Email, or Facebook. The application can access your iPhone contacts and your music from the iPod app.
Gizmodo gave this app a very strong review and I would like to stress that I agree with them… more...
Growing up, I cherished my little bears and the TV show, “Teddy Bears” just won me over with their cute and innocent behavior. The game I got my hands on changed my perception of these cute bears for the rest of my life.
The description says it’s a shooter that pits you against a horde of mercilessly affectionate bears (the Huggables) that want nothing more than to hug you…to death. You play as some sort of special forces bear with an assault rifle who rides unicorns and steals pots of gold.
You start off behind enemy lines with only your gun and what looks like a Unicorn horn crossbow to defend yourself against the swarms of Huggables. The enemies make a beeline to hug you, and their rainbow souls beam up when you kill them with a headshot. Regardless of how you kill them, they’ll spill colorful blood that can be any colour of the rainbow.
The controls are cool. You pan the screen using one finger, but you shoot by tapping with another one. You can switch weapons and reload using the icon in the top-left corner of the screen.… more...
I love applications that take advantage of Apple’s push notification feature. I am constantly receiving notices on my iPhone that remind me of everything. One of the applications is called NotifyMe.
NotifyMe is a simple application that uses Apple’s push notification service to notify you of reminders set within the app. Reminders can be set for any time and assigned a category. You can also have reminders recur daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, and yearly.
What I love about NotifyMe is the fact that is has a very simple, well designed interface that lets you quickly get to setting a reminder.
From the main screen you can add a reminder and see upcoming, passed, and recent reminders. It is very simple.
Most of my reminders came in right on the specified time. Unlike many of the reminder sounds from some of the applications I’ve tested, NotifyMe is rather loud and although annoying, it is also a good thing to keep me in check. I just wish you could choose from different notification tones.
I really like how the app is customizable as well. You can set the app… more...
TomTom is one of the worlds largest GPS hardware and software maker, so it makes since that a lot of people were anxiously awaiting the TomTom GPS app for the iPhone.
I managed to get my hands on this iPhone app and I absolutely love it!
The app only works on the iPhone 3G and 3GS and require the 3.0 iPhone firmware. This application features landscape views, 3D and 2D views, night and day views, and a plethora of points of interests.
Since the app does not use an internet connection to collect maps, the application installs all data onto your iPhone at a whopping 1.25GBs of US and Canada maps so make sure you have plenty of space.
Since it is so large, the download and install process is rather long, but once installed, I simply launched the app and was welcome with a list of options. The app is surprisingly fast and smooth considering the level of detail. The connection was also pretty fast and I was connect in less than 7 seconds.
You can tap routes and draw your own waypoints, and also find restaurants, call to… more...
Apple has banned another App from entering its App Store. The App in question, uMonitor, allows users to check the status of their Torrent downloads on their computer. However, the App does not allow users to download Torrents on to their phone.
The App was denied after sitting in review limbo for well over four months which is far beyond the normal time frame Apps are usually approved but then again, this App touches a sensitive subject in the tech community: Torrenting. While using the protocol itself isn’t considered illegal, the fact that it has become synonymous with downloading pirated media usually causes concerns. However, Apple assumes you will use the App to abuse a third party’s rights while in reality, it just monitors your current downloads.
A quote from Apple reveals that the Cupertino based company believes that whoever downloads this App would automatically use it to download media that would otherwise require being bought and to infringe on third party rights:
“We’ve reviewed µMonitor and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used… more...
Last week, I announced the release of GrooveMaker for the iPhone and it seems to be going well in the App Store.
The application is a great music-making tool and you know it is big when Fox gets its hands on it to create music cues for upcoming TV shows this fall.
Just to recap, you can create professional full-length tracks and grooves for your music compositions, ambient soundtracks, movie scores and even dance parties or workouts. Wherever you need to groove.
Everything in GrooveMaker is done in real-time, without ever having to stop the music. You can add, remove, and replace single or multiple loops as you listen. Remixing is a breeze and a totally new experience. Full track sequencing is as easy as drag and drop, and puts you in control of the groove. It is fun and easy to use and I recommend it to anyone.
I manage to get my hands on the club edition. If you are a fan of Techno, Trance, or House, then this is the GrooveMaker edition for you! If you have used the free edition of GrooveMaker, you won’t… more...
How do you know when an application is hip? When it has Twitter and Facebook built into it!
Abaq.us announced the availability of MyGeoDiary for the iPhone and Facebook Connect integration into its website and iPhone app.
Geared towards the outdoor lifestyle crowd, MyGeoDiary enables users to upload GPS tracks recorded during outdoor activities such as running, biking and hiking to a web-based user profile. It is really engaging and I like the feedback.
Tracks, waypoints and pictures can be shared with the MyGeoDiary community, embedded in blog posts, and distributed to users’ Facebook and Twitter profiles which is a cool way to share your results. Not to mention, there is Flickr integration as well!
With Facebook Connect integration, MyGeoDiary users will be able to sign in to the service with their Facebook credentials and have their MyGeoDiary content integrated into their Facebook activity streams.
You’ll find MyGeoDiary for the iPhone in the Travel section of the App Store in the “Health and Fitness.” If you were lucky enough to snag it while it was free, then I hope you are enjoying it. For those that weren’t so lucky, you get to… more...
Have you been craving a way to make music on your iPhone/iPod Touch? I sure have, and I think I have the perfect application for you to use!
GrooveMaker is a revolutionary application that allows you to create electronic, hip-hop, and dance tracks in real time like a professional DJ. I was able to put my own DJ skills to work with this fun app and never realized how exciting it could be to create tracks on a device smaller than the 24 inch screen I have at home.
The look of the application can be a little intimidating, however, I can assure you it is much easier than it looks. I’ve used Sony’s Acid software and of course, Apple’s GarageBand and it is a completely new experience on the iPhone/iPod Touch.
What I like about this application is the fact that the pre-installed loops can be automatically remixed on the 8 available tracks in ways that are unique each time. You can literally make an endless amount of mixes that give you more variety. The application allows you to make professional full-length tracks as well. Want to make some… more...
How many of you love visual voicemail? What about visual voicemail that you have more control over?
YouMail’s free iPhone app is what you might be looking for. YouMail is a subscription- based service that starts at $3.99 a month. The app ties into YouMail’s Web-based service, which allows users to manage their voicemail from a browser. The service in general is pretty cool, allowing you to forward your voicemail to anyone, choose from a variety of status greetings, and transcriptions. YouMail will transcribe your voicemails for you so not only can you hear them, but see them as well; On the computer and the iPhone app.
Voicemail can be saved, recovered and organized within the iPhone application. The iPhone app connects with the desktop version of the application, allowing users to sync messages and block unwanted callers. The iPhone app also allows you to change greetings as well. While using the cool transcription feature, I ran into a few voicemails that were totally off, but by using context clues, I could generally make out the voicemail. Other voicemails were dead-on. I guess it… more...
I was starting to wonder when the MobileMe iDisk application was going to be released. If you were beginning to worry as well - worry no more because it is out!
What can you do with this application? Here are a few things:
- View files on your iDisk
- Access Public folders
- Easily share files from your iPhone
- Quickly access recently viewed files
- View iPhone-supported file types-including iWork, Office, PDF, QuickTime and more.
Of course, you have to be a MobileMe subscriber to utilize this application, so if that is you, I suggest you go check it out. Not a bad app at all.more...