Everybody loves emoji, the popular Japanese picture characters that make messaging fun. Short of jail breaking or upgrading to a new iPhone, how do you get an emoji keyboard to liven up your text messages, emails, and in calendar events?
Articles and Reviews by Jennifer Beam
Start your summer travels off right with apps that make planning and packing a bit easier. One option that may be useful is Visual Travel Checklist, which was released last month and is on sale through the end of July.
Craft projects are one way to help ward off summer boredom and Disney’s Family Fun Magazine has long been a source of ideas for all ages and skill levels. Conveniently enough, there’s now an app for that.
Tiny Mammal, the developers that created the “artful” weather app for iPhone and touch recently released an update that includes full iPad support. To celebrate, Weather Doodle is available in the App Store on all devices for the sale price of .99 until May 23.
Featured in the App Store as a current top paid app and receiving rave reviews, Foodies is worthy of its “sweet” accolades. A unique game taking a different approach to touch screen control, Foodies features “Snacky Sam,” an adorable orange blob engaging in the deadly sin of gluttony.
Remember wacky wall-walkers? Telling as this question is, it is the first thing that came to mind when playing Squibble – a relatively new 2D platformer built with handheld intuitiveness for easy play.
Collecting goes virtual with Stamp Art Fever, the first stamp collecting game that recreates specific aspects of stamp collecting while embedding elements of a good game. Players try to build their virtual stamp collection by buying, trading, and bidding on any of over 100 different stamps.
Cheesy pirate puns aside, Pirate Strike is a dodgy little game that is both simple and deceptively frustrating. The concept is simple – keep your pirate from being blown up by cannon fire.
One of the beautiful things about the iPhone is the endless utility apps that allow you to customize how you use your phone and improve ease of use. One such option specifically designed for people who actually use their phone to call people is Speed Dial Images.
As evidenced by the number of views of many viral videos, checking out user-created videos on YouTube is a favorite pastime of millions of people. If you don’t have a lot of time to invest in browsing YouTube videos, there are apps for that.
Mogul (n.) – Entrepreneur, industrialist, tycoon, iPhone user with Movie Mogul installed.
Movie Mogul for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad is branded as a game, but is more like a choose-your-own-ending book than a game, that pits your movie production knowledge against an imaginary movie making process.
If you’re convinced text messaging is the best way to communicate with friends, family, and even co-workers, then having a utility app that manages your messages may be useful. SMS management is the purpose behind Top Utility SMS for iPhone, a messaging app that incorporates groups, favorites, and GPS location into the iPhone’s messaging capabilities.
For busy people, their phone may be a source of stress perpetuating the “always on” way of life, but with the right app, can’t it also be a source of inspiration? Maybe. Given that there are a few different schools of thought when it comes to the power of meditation and mental preparation for life balance and success, the answer to whether or not an app can help you develop focus and concentration is best left to the experts.
GPS based social networking is not really a new thing (think 4 Square and Facebook check-ins), but it’s a growing trend that existing and future social networking platforms alike will evolve in their own ways.
Want free apps with no strings attached? Heck, who wouldn’t want to discover freebies in the App Store? With Monster Free Apps and their mantra “So good it’s scary,” you have the opportunity to download paid apps for free.