Political grassroots campaigning has found a new meaning in the internet age and a new app by Obama for America includes the iPhone in the equation. With Apple's iPhone sales being higher than anyone expected and the app store being a success, this free app comes at a good time.
Articles and Reviews by Anna Axster
iShooting Gallery by Norwegian game developer EMV Software is a fun and straight-forward game that delivers what it promises and turns the iPhone into target practice at a carnival.
With three levels of difficulty and a time trial mode, the game offers challenges for beginners and more advanced players alike.
Measures Unit and Currency Converter is an iPhone conversion app by German developer Neuwert Media, which includes all of the standard conversion categories but differs from other apps mainly in its interface and usability.
Upon opening iBowl a warning on the instructions page reads: "Before playing, make sure objects and people are out of the way." This message is a first hint at how much fun this game is.
Brought to the iPhone by large game developer Social Gaming Network (SGN), makers of iGolf, iBowl delivers.
With so many conversion apps available at the app store it's hard to choose. MyConvert by developer Lu A Oo is based on the earlier iConvert and it includes several user-requested units, which make it slightly different than some other conversion apps out there.
Reign of Swords by US/Asian game developer Punch Entertainment is a complex turn-based strategy battle game with multiplayer functionality. Reign of Swords is similar to a tabletop war game with its extensive rules and figures.
Congress+ by market research company Cohen Research Group is a great reference app for the politically minded user or for anyone working in US politics like party officials, activists, political professionals or lobbyists. Unlike other apps like Elections or Campaign, Congress+ is a more professional application, which provides information on all members of congress, from their photo, name, title, state and party affiliation to their official bio, their office address, their capitol staff, their committee assignments as well as their website and contact information. Furthermore the user gets to browse campaign news (Google) and use links to campaign websites.
a2zpro is the successor to a2z from UK iPhone app developer Westernits and it is a truly innovative tool as far as conversion apps are concerned. Upon every opening of a2zpro the exchange rates are updated for the currency converter, which provides 154 categories with live data from Yahoo!. The currencies work slightly different than in other apps since the user selects the currency and amount and the other 153 conversions are shown underneath (no from-and-to selections are needed and the page is not limited to only a few units).
Converter, by developer Unitconvertr, is a simple and easy-to-use conversion tool that supports 172 units across 15 categories and turns out to be a more colorful and elaborate version of the free conversion app Units.
Campaign by app developing company Gorloch Interactive is a source of news articles focusing solely on the presidential campaigns of Obama and McCain. Before getting started the user has to provide their political affiliation, choosing either democrat, republican or undecided. This can later be changed in the iPhone settings. Having to make that choice suggests that republicans and democrats require different news sources, which is unfortunate but true.
Units, like its namesake, is a handy conversion app but while the name is the same, the features are very different. First off Units costs $0.99 while the app is free and the price does not equal better quality.
Units by UK developer TheMacBox is a great and easy-to-use conversion app, which provides most units that anyone who is not a professional engineer would ever need. The main page of the app allows you to select the desired unit, leading the user to the next page, which shows several conversions at once with the option to edit the list of conversions for some units like currencies.
According to numerous accounts Apple has released the Beta 1 of the iPhone 2.2 firmware to developers for testing. The new version is accompanied by a beta for the new iPhone SDK (build 9M2611).
Uber-developer Gameloft brings Backgammon Classics to the mobile world, a fun new take on a well-known board game. At $4.99 the app is one dollar cheaper than its competitor Backgammon by developer PosiMotion and it can be fairly addictive if you have some time to kill.
The Chanel Haute Couture Show for fall/winter of 2008/9 will be welcomed by the Sex and the City fanbase as well as other fashionistas but it promises more than it delivers. I was expecting to see the entire show but the video of the label's fall/winter show in Paris only offers a one-minute trailer, showing only six designs as well as head designer Karl Lagerfeld at the end. So for anyone who wants to see the spectacle of the entire show this might might be a slight let-down but since this app is free there is no risk involved.