Articles and Reviews by Barbara Holbrook



Tanzen is Another Tangram Puzzle Game for iPhone Entertainment

Buy TanZen - Relaxing tangram puzzles on the App StoreTanzen and Tanzen Lite are classic tangram games packaged for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Tangrams have been challenging folks for centuries. At first glance, how hard can it be to fit 7 geometric shapes into a shaded puzzle area. Actually, it's more difficult than it sounds.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


Picoli Creates Simple Photographic Effects With Minimal Work

Buy Picoli - easy photo and image editor on the App StoreThe iPhone's built in camera is adequate, but I tend not to use it because the photos are a little too soft and a little too muddy. It's fine for a quick pic to use for a contact list, but they're not the kind of photo I want to keep around. Until now. Enter Picoli — a simple, quick photo editing app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Interview with Gareth Lancaster about Hiqup

AppCraver caught up recently with Gareth Lancaster developer of Hiqup for the iPhone and iPod Touch.. 1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone? Gareth Lancaster: I started developing Hiqup at the end of June, but I'd downloaded the SDK a little while before.

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Ambiance Update Adds More Sounds and Advanced Options

Buy Ambiance on the App StoreMatt Coneybear recently released an update to his already audio-filled app, Ambiance. This sound machine for iPhone and iPod Touch has a collection of soothing "environment enhancers" such as rain, waves, swamp and freeway.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,


Kyodai: Matching Puzzle Game is Ultra Cute

Kyodai game for iPhoneWith it's shiny cute graphics and bright colors Kyodai by Rockifone is a fun distraction once you learn the rules. Thankfully there is a "Hint" feature which I used liberally as I looked for patterns as to why some matches cleared and others just blinked annoyingly.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:


Interview with Andrew Bennett of nrme

AppCraver caught up recently with Andrew Bennett, CEO/President of the company that developed the nrme app. 1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone? Andrew Bennett: We started thinking seriously about nrme when the SDK was rumored in late '07/early '08.

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iFestival is a Great Start, but Needs More Participation

If you love music festivals then iFestival is a promising app that you should keep an eye on. Even though it was just released September 9, this iPhone app for music-lovers and concert-goers already feels polished and ready for the masses.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.0/5 | Category:


Pro 21 Blackjack is Awesome for Both Beginners and Card Sharks

Buy 21 Pro: Blackjack on the App StoreWhen getting ready to purchase a blackjack app, I seriously debated about whether to download the ad-supported 21 Pro Blackjack Sponsored or to up the ante and pay for 21 Pro Blackjack.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: , ,


Disappearing iPhone: What to do when iPhone doesn't show up in iTunes

I upgraded my Mac over the weekend and finally installed Leopard. The whole process was simple and went off without a hitch — I thought. This morning I downloaded a few new programs from the App Store, plugged in my iPhone to sync.

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Interview with touchGrove of LED Football Game

AppCraver recently caught up with Mark Helmuth of touchGrove, the makers of LED Football. With a little help from the technical guys over at Neon Surge, he answered some questions about the process of creating an iPhone app.

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Interview with Brad Dunnington about 21 Pro Blackjack

AppCraver recently caught up with Brad Dunnington of Avalinx, the makers of 21 PRO Blackjack. He answered some questions about the process of creating an iPhone app. 1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?

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Interview with John Ellis of iToony and Tag Show

AppCraver recently caught up with John Ellis the developer behind iToony and Tag Show. He answered 10 questions about the process of creating an iPhone app. 1. When did you start developing apps for the iPhone?

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Interview with Colin Billings of Stitcher

AppCraver caught up recently with Colin Billings, Director of User Acquisition & Experience at Stitcher, Inc, the San Francisco-based team that developed the Stitcher radio application for the iPhone.

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Bloomberg is a Must Have App for Business Professionals

Buy Bloomberg on the App StoreFor financial market news, Bloomberg is second to none. The iPhone app is an excellent resource for stock quotes and business news on the go, and provides a template on how a good news service should be ported to the iPhone.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: , ,


Flipbook is Fun for all Skill Levels

Buy FlipBook on the App StoreFlipbook is a fun app that is much more sophisticated than it lets on. For an iPhone app with such a low price, Flipbook contains an incredible level of features -- color and brush size controls, layers and onion-skinning, undo, the ability to load pics from and save images to your photo library. These are robust tools.

Barbara Holbrook rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:


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