Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander



I Know, UNO, We Know

Buy UNO ™ on the App StoreUNO, from Gameloft, is an old-time card game that's especially ideal for families with children. The rules are simple, at least for the standard game. I know many adults who play UNO as well, although I don't think any of them are brain surgeons or rocket scientists.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Allrecipes Is For People Who Like to Play With Their Food

Buy Allrecipes Dinner Spinner on the App StoreMy wife uses the Allrecipes Web site as her go-to source when she's looking for something new to cook. Me, I just keep everything in my head and prepare meals using whatever is available in the kitchen.

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Flutter's Multimedia Messaging Service Isn't What it Appears to be

iPhone users have wanted a multimedia messaging service — the ability to send images, audio and other media — over cell phone networks from day one. Flutter, from Juice Wireless, at first glance seemed like it might do the trick.

Michael Alexander rated this app 2.0/5 | Category:


T'is the Season to Do a Little Brain Teasing

Your kids can enjoy the holiday season and give their brains some teasing with Christmas Puzzles from xCube. The app comprises 20 crossword puzzles. The Christmas themed puzzles are relatively simple with an average of clues for 10 words across and 10 words down.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


When You're Lost in Thought, Use a Mind Map to Find Your Way

Sometimes, I just need someone — or something, like a deadline — to push me off a cliff to get me moving on  a project when I'm stuck for fresh ideas. It doesn't help that I also tend to be lazy and a procrastinator.

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Stolen Wallet App is a Back Up for Your Real Wallet

Buy Stolen Wallet on the App StoreI'm a nut about security, which is the reason I don't store sensitive information such as my debit and credit card numbers on my iPhone. I'm already worried someone will steal my wallet. I don't also want to worry if someone is going steal my iPhone containing sensitive data.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,


JingleJumble Makes Old Game New

Happy Holidays everyone. Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa are just around the corner and no doubt the kids in your family are buzzed to the extreme. Although it has a decidedly Christmas theme, LaunchKidz's JingleJumble will likely appeal to every kid under the age of 10 or thereabouts.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


Forecast for WeatherX is Cloudy with Low Visibility

Buy WeatherX on the App StoreWith 10-12 inches of snow in the forecast this week, and another 10-12 inches in the forecast for next week in New England, WeatherLive's WeatherX would seem like the ideal app to have. Unfortunately, this app couldn't tell you where it was snowing unless you put your iPhone outside and let the white stuff cover it.

Michael Alexander rated this app 0.5/5 | Category:


Live Life on the Edge and Nothing Will Ever Be the Same

Buy Edgewise on the App Store"Hello, everyone. My name is Michael and I'm an addict." It first started when a friend suggested I try Edgewise from Greggy Bits Software. It's a simple little solitaire game. Put a few cards here and there and when all the cards are in their neat little boxes you've won the game.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Notespark Makes it Easy to Synch and Go

Buy Notespark - sync and share your notes on the App StoreNotespark - Have you been working on your New Year's resolutions yet? You know the ones you recycled from last year and the year before? This year it's going to be different right? You're going to do what you say you're going to do and when you're doing to do it, right?

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


4 Brain Training Apps to Strain Your Noggin

Brain Training AppsIs it really possible to be too smart for your own good? Don't really smart people know how to do cool things such as develop iPhone applications? Me, I wouldn't know how to land a man on the moon if my life depended on it.

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Gesture Dial: Speedy Dialing, Emailing and Texting with a Flick of the Finger

It's hard to imagine that something as simple as an app that speeds your dialing, emailing and texting could be fun, but that's what Smallrock Software's Gesture Dial is. Here's how it works: Assign a unique gesture — by swiping your iPhone's screen — to each person in your contacts list.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category:


Cut and Paste Function for the iPhone Is on Its Way

If you poke around inside the iPhone's firmware code, you'll find commands for cut, copy and paste, according to several techno-fellows. At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, AT&T Wireless  CEO-AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega also implied the long-awaited Cee Cee Pee is on its way.

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Iron Man Takes Flying Shooter Games to a New Level

Iron Man, the movie, generated close to $600,00 at the box office and on DVD and like the super hero himself, the franchise continues to soar. Robert Downey, Jr. is set to reprise the role in Iron Man 2 in 2010 and in The Avengers in 2011.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


You Can't Teach Any Dog New Tricks with Wawa's Dog Whistle

Buy Dog Whistle on the App StoreHere I am, putting Wawa Mobile's Dog Whistle app to the test. I was tapped for the job because the boss knows I have three dogs. According to Wawa, I can use Dog Whistle to train my dogs to do as I command and even condition them Pavlovian-like not to bark when someone comes to my front door.

Michael Alexander rated this app 0.5/5 | Category:


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