Although I'm hardly a sports fan, I do like to keep up with the occasional game here and there. It's sometimes hard to avoid the topic of "the big game" during social gatherings. So it's easier just to know the highlights rather than fight it. With that said, Sportacular is AMAZING! I can't see how anyone who is even mildly interested in sports, not having this App.
Sportacular has it all
When I first looked at this App it was basically a score keeper for your favorite teams and that was nice. Since then it has become so much more/better. One thing right off the bat that makes this App sing is the Push Notifications. You can choose your game and have Sportacular automatically alert you to things like score change, game start, game end, quarter end, etc. Sportacular doesn't stop there. You can get all the stats you would ever want. You can see overall which team is the "favorite" to win. You can see scores for games past as well as the schedule for upcoming games. Like I said, this one has it all.
HotelPal is out with a new version, mainly a bug fix version but does include a more major feature. As Terry wrote in his review of TripDeck the other day, he asked for a "TripDeck Pro" app that could combine HotelPal, TripDeck and FlightTrack Pro. This isn't quite that, but it is on the way. HotelPal will now allow you to quickly add your reservations into TripDeck, adding some tighter integration between the two.
As usual, you can get the update from AppStore.
I wouldn't dare start in on the "are newspapers dead" debate. I will say that the only time I actually touch a physical newspaper is when I pick the one up on the floor outside my hotel room on the way out. It's not that I don't like to read newspapers, it's just that they are not my first (or second or third) source for news. With that said, I get most of my news over the net like many of you. However, just because I don't necessarily read the daily paper, I do appreciate much of the reporting that's done by the same organizations.
USA Today on my iPhone
Most major newspaper agencies have mobile friendly websites. It's almost a give that users catch up on the latest happenings on their smart phones. While a mobile friendly site is nice on the iPhone in Safari, a native app is even better. USA Today is probably my favorite paper to read when I travel. So it's only natural that I would want to check out their App. I have to say that it's very well done. The design of it compliments the physical paper, but also takes advantage of the iPhone OS. I can quickly jump to a story that interests me, read it OFFLINE if I'm on a flight and I can easily share it with others via social networking sites and via email or text messaging.
AroundMe is one of those applications that you simply take for granted. It just works! AroundMe is a location based App that can show you the nearest Bank, Bar, Gas Station, Hospital, Hotel, Movie Theater, Restaurant, Supermarket, Theater, Taxi and even Apple Store. I've been using this App pretty much since day one and I realized that I never really gave it a review. I did review similar apps and I remember back then that someone recommended AroundMe as an alternative. I downloaded it, installed it and have been happy ever since.
AroundMe just got a whole lot better
It's one thing for an App to work as advertised. It also cool that an App has a feature that the rest don't have such as the nearest Apple Store. However, the latest version of AroundMe adds something that just made my day. AroundMe now has the ability to hand over the address of the location you found to the Navigon GPS App for quick turn-by-turn routing. AroundMe has always featured an integrated Map, but now they've taken things up a notch by integrating with my favorite GPS navigation App, Navigon Mobile Navigator.
I don't get to live concerts very often and it's usually because by the time I find out one of my favorite artists is coming to town, it's too late to get good tickets. So when my buddy Scott turned me on to iConcertCal I had to take a look and see what this App had to offer? It's almost like magic. I know I shouldn't be surprised anymore by the ingenuity of some App developers, but every time I see an App like this I just smile and think, "how clever!"
iConcertCal knows who's coming to town
Chances are you have many if not all of your favorite artists in your iPhone or iPod touch. You probably have at least one song by each one if not several. iConcertCal scans all of your artists and then uses your location to present you with a list of upcoming concerts in your area (or area that you indicate) that feature your favorite groups. It's so automatic that you really don't have to do anything. You can even buy the tickets by taping the Tickets icon and it takes you to Ticketmaster and directly to the page featuring that particular concert.