Articles and Reviews by Fred Krueger
Apple describes the update as "Bug Fixes". No word yet on whether this fixes any of the 3g connectivity issues.
Appcraver: No noticible speed difference, but given the fragility of the software, we recommend the install.
I had high hopes for "Pop Quiz", being a big fan of both Trivial Pursuit, and "Who wants to be a Millionaire", but this is yet another app to escape Apple's quality control. First of all, there are only 100 (that's correct, 100) questions.
Simplify media is a combination desktop / iPhone app that allows you to connect to your entire music collection (includling songs that you haven't uploaded to your iPhone)
AOL Instant Messenger for iPhone is a fine product, and works just the way you would expect it to -- with one major flaw: unless the application is open (and currently you can have exactly one application open at a time), you don't get alerted when you receive a message.
Crash Bandicoot, now published by Vivendi Mobile, is originally a PlayStation game developed by Radical Entertainment which has sold over 40 Million copies.
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Cart 3D is a racing format set in the make-believe "Wumpa Islands"; the objective is to race around the track, avoiding oil slicks and enemy fire, and targeting "crates" containing goodies like extra lives and exotic weapons, such as surface to air missiles.
"Restaurant Nutrition" is one of the worst executed, most pointless apps in the entire app store. Let's start with the premise: the app is designed to show you the "nutritional value" of meals in fast food chains such as Arby's and Burger King.
PegJump is an iPhone version of the traditional game where you jump over pegs trying to leave exactly one peg. The graphics are good, the price is right (Free), but the app could be improved with a few sound effects.
My iPhone died 12 hours ago, resulting in a frozen Apple logo that is now termed the "Apple Screen of Death". Doing a hard reboot (holding down both the home and sleep keys) didn't work -- and iTunes failed to recognize it, making a complete restore impossible.
According to the Washington Post, one of Appcraver's absolute favorite applications, Pandora, is on the verge of shutting down.
"We're approaching a pull-the-plug kind of decision," said Tim Westergren, who founded Pandora.
Enigmo, an iPhone app from Pangea Software (makers of Cro Mag Rally), is an extremely original game involving moving drops of water between vases. The idea is to grab certain accessories (for example, a drum, which makes the water bounce, and redirect the drops so that they move according to plan.
Urban Spoon is a small Seattle startup (three employees as of last year: see this coverage), focused on the restaurant review space. Unlike Yelp, which relies on social/user reviews, UrbanSpoon took the approach of incorporating existing review data from trusted sources like CitiSearch.
Where, by Boston based "uLocate" is an example of a company trying to do too much in an iPhone application, and failing miserably. Clearly, "uLocate" is the kind of ambitious big company that felt that it had to "own" the mobile space, and by doing so had to create the ultimate app combining every type of local information available from locations of StarBucks outlets, to comparison shopping for unleaded gas, concerts and even star charts (of the astronomical kind).
Cro Mag Rally from Austin based Pangea Software (makers of Enigmo) was long distributed as bundled software on macs. Now, thanks to the iPhone, this old game gets a new lease on life.
Like Moto Racer, the controls here are the accelerometer (tilting the iPhone steers the car), and a virtual gas pedal / reverse.The game is a pleasure to play, with lots of levels, great music and a funny touches.
Chris Pirillo, a veteran internet commentator and organizer of the "Gnomdex" conference has launched a version of digg specifically for iPhone apps at iphone.lockergnome.com. The site does not appear to have much traction yet, but Pirillo has a huge following among hard core techies -- so Appcraver will keep an eye on it, and reach out to him to see what apps he personally "diggs".
For non-scientists, Molecules is interesting for about a minute or two. The app comes loaded with 3-d models of four molecules, including insulin and DNA, which you can then move around and rotate with your fingers.
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