Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander

Walmart Busts Out the iPhone at Last

Well, the rumors have been confirmed: Walmart is about to bust the much-talked about decision to sell the iPhone in its stores starting December 28. According to an official-looking letter distributed to Walmart employees, a pilot program begins today, that will allow up to five employees in 488 stores the opportunity to buy their very own iPhones, just so long as they don't talk about it under NDA.


iOwn Answers a Question that Wasn't Asked

Does your stuff want to come with you wherever you go? iOwn, from Fifth Floor Media, is a personal inventory system designed so that you can keep track of your household possessions, hobby collections, small business inventory and other collections of stuff in your pocket.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:

NYT App Takes All the News that's Fit to Print Offline

You would be hard pressed to find a more esteemed newspaper anywhere in the world than The New York Times. Since 1918, the NYT has won 98 Pulitzer Prizes, far more than any other U.S. newspaper. When the venerable newspaper released its free, ad-supported NYTimes app, it quickly found a receptive audience.

Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category:

Saturday Night Fever: Dance Wants You to Shake Your Groove Thing

Buy SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: DANCE! on the App Store"I'm just a love machine and I won't work for anybody you. Ahrugggaaa!" It's The Miracles. It's disco. It's Saturday Night Fever: Dance from Paramount Digital Entertainment. Tap and slide your finger across the screen in sync with the music and get your dancer to shake his groove thing.

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

Dropship: ngmoco's Takes its Games to Deep Space

Buy Dropship on the App StoreMission: Navigate your Dropship spacecraft through the most treacherous canyons anywhere in deep  space, while dodging sustained enemy fire from turrets, tanks and interceptors. When you've reached the chasm's deepest bowels, retrieve glowing, life-sustaining cargo pods and evacuate your marooned friends.

Michael Alexander rated this app 5.0/5 | Category: ,

Smart Dialler Quickly Manages Phone Numbers For International Calls and Texting

Anyone who has ever traveled abroad knows what a pain it can be sometimes to make long-distance phone calls. Quick, is it +974 for Bahrain or is it +975? Is that the number I dial for Bahrain when I'm in the U.S.

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

Not Everything in the App Store that Glitters is Real Gold

A wise man once said: "The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.” That pretty much sums up a recent article in Newsweek that reports on the fast-rising success of a handful of iPhone developers.


Smule's Says Its Ocarina Contest 'Blows'

To celebrate the success of its hugely popular Ocarina musical app, Smule, its developers, has launched an online video contest. Smule will award $1,000 to each of the best 10 video creators and T-shirts to the runners ups.


Microsoft's Seadragon Offers a Stunning Glimpse of the Future

It's not exactly one of those "When hell freezes over" moments, but it's close. On Friday afternoon, Microsoft released Seadragon Mobile, its first iPhone app. Seadragon Mobile [eventually will permit iPhone users] "to access every photo they've ever taken, every document they've ever written, every one they've ever talked to, every email they've ever sent, without ever having to hit a loading screen, without ever having to hit a next button, or page through, or scroll though a massive list of items," says Microsoft Developer Ben Vanik in a video on the Microsoft Live Web site.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:

ZeptoPad Works as Well as a Gas-Guzzling Hybrid

Buy ZeptoPad Free;Brainstorming Tool on the App StoreZeptoPad, from the company of the same name, reminds me of a hybrid car that gets only 10 miles to the gallon. It's a terrific idea, but it's hard to see why you might actually want one. ZeptoPad at its core is a sketch pad.

Michael Alexander rated this app 2.0/5 | Category:

Smart Dial Streamlines Calling Contacts

Buy Smart Dial on the App StoreGary Fung's Smart Dial is yet another take on the many different ways you can dial telephone numbers stored on your iPhone. Smart Dial is as streamlined as they come. Instead of scrolling through your contacts list to find the name of the person you wish to call, launch Smart Dial and start spelling out his or her name using the number keypad.

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

Developers Want Apple to Apply Mathematics to App Store Prices

The question of how to make money selling apps at cut-rate prices or by giving them away free in the App Store is one we've asked a number of developers such as Simon Oliver (Rolando), Ge Wang (Ocarina) in recent weeks.


Ben Stein: It's Trivial — Pursue the Answers to Steal Ben Stein's Stuff

ben-stein-trivia-game"If I were a reality show, I'd turn myself off." Ouch! That's Ben Stein slinging one of his jibes at me in his familiar monotone because I missed yet another one of his trivia questions. Ben Stein: It's Trivial is a new iPhone game that's reminiscent of Stein’s hit show, Win Ben Stein's Money.

Michael Alexander rated this app 5.0/5 | Category:

WordList Pro Boosts Vocab for GRE and SAT Exam Takers

Buy WordList Pro on the App StoreTintash says its WordList Pro is aimed at students who are preparing for the GRE or SAT. Why stop there? Anyone who wants to give his or her vocabulary a boost could benefit from using WordList Pro.

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

Atari Revives Classic Centipede for the iPhone

Buy Atari's Greatest Hits on the App StoreCentipede is no longer available as a standalone game. To relive this classic, download Atari's Greatest Hits for free to get Centipede via in-app purchase. Atari has been releasing games for home consoles and arcade machines for more than 30 years and along the way, it has continued to refine and port its games to a wide variety of platforms.

Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:

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