Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander
Labyrinth, developed by Carl Loodberg of Codify AB, is a piece of work. It's hard to imagine so simple a concept could be rendered so realistically on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Labyrinth is a classic.
Connect - Having to make a telephone call to some couldn't-care-less corporate entity makes me think of poor old Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day, forced to relive each day over and over. Hell is not other people; hell is having to find a real live person to talk to at a ginormous company.
Chess terrifies me. I learned to play when I was only 7-years old and in the too-many years since, I can count the number of games I've won on my right hand (that's the one I almost lost fixing a combine harvester on my granddaddy's farm).
(Editor's Note: Unfortunately, due to Apple's policy on WiFi finders this item is no longer available in the App Store.)
Lars Bergstrom's WiFinder is one of those things you don't know you need until you start using it.
vlingo, the company, has just released vlingo, the iPhone app, which is similar in concept to the fast-rising Google Mobile app. Like Google's app, vlingo makes it possible for iPhone owners to vocally enter search terms into Google.
Sega's Super Monkey Ball sits fifth on Apple's newly released of Top 10 iPhone apps of 2008 in the over-all, best-seller category. It ranks as 2008's fourth best seller in the games category.
I think the iPhone's built-in camera is pretty good, as far as cellphone cameras go. The one thing it, and probably every other cellphone camera, has a problem with, is taking pictures in low light.
Editor's Note: MobileFiles has been replaced by Quickoffice Lite.
Quickoffice, which built its reputation on developing office suite apps for the Nokia S60, Symbian and Palm OS platforms, has now put itself on the iPhone.
Games like "Breakout" appeal to me because they're mindless, which describes me quite often.
Gameloft's Block Breaker Deluxe 2 is a spiffed up version of the classic Breakout game. You have various levels of block formations to bust up and there are power ups like rockets, multiple balls, magnets, shields and other and bonus items.
The first time you use Jott, a voice recorder from Jott Networks, you get the feeling that you've just seen something that's crazy, in a good way.
There's not much to the voice recorders in the App Store.
Wordbook English Dictionary & Thesaurus- As someone who writes for a living, I'm totally biased about dictionaries, thesauruses, synonym finders and the like. These are the reference tools of my trade and I'm as picky about which one to use as a soon-to-be bride in a bridal shop.
Hardcore Linux hackers have been looking for ways to make the iPhone and Linux co-exist on friendlier terms ever since the iPhone's introduction. The best they've managed so far was to get Ubuntu and iPhone to wirelessly sync earlier this year.
With less than a month to go before 2008 wrings out (pun intended since we're officially in a recession) Apple has just announced its Top 10 iPhone App downloads for the year. The list comes out only a couple of days after word began circulating in the blogosphere that the number of apps in the App Store now exceeds 10,000.
That humming sound you hear is not tinnitus. It’s the noise being generated by Nimbuzz, one of the newest apps on the App Store shelf.
Nimbuzz, from the company of the same name, enables you to call, chat and message family and friends on all the major instant messaging communities and social networks including Skype, Yahoo!
GiftCards - It's hard enough to decide what gifts to buy for family and friends without also having to worry about getting trampled to death or gunfights erupting in toy stores. It's just nuts the way some people behave.
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