Focalware On Sale Through the End of January

 You might remember Focalware from our review here. Well the folks over at Spiral Development wanted us to let you know that Focalware is now ON SALE for only $4.99 (half off) until the end of January!

Also they wanted to clarify the Compass support

With the 3GS model, Focalware uses Apple's internal compass to show the actual current position of sun and moon. With all earlier phones and the iTouch, we use a fixed compass graphic where the user moves the sun and moon for different times. Since we do not try to animate the compass in non 3GS devices, they are no less accurate with the results. The calculations are the same on any model. Typically non-3GS users rely on an external compass.

You can get it here from the App Store:


Doodle Jump – Be Warned: Insanely Addictive!

It's Friday, so it's that time again. Time to send you into your weekend with a game to play. Doodle Jump is a cute game that quickly becomes one that you'll want to play over and over again. The concept is simple. Using the built-in accelerometer in your iPhone/iPod touch you tilt your device side-to-side to navigate your jumping Doodle character from one platform to the next. Of course the higher you go the higher your score will go. As you might also expect the higher you go there will be objects to help you like propeller beanies and jet packs, as well as object to get in your way like monsters, fragile platforms and even alien ships to carry you away. If you get a really great score you can even share your score directly to Facebook or Twitter and challenge others to beat it via email too. To get a feel for the game check out this video:



The Bottom Line

Just buy it! It's good clean fun. It's a great time waster that doesn't require a lot of thought or strategy. I have to thank my daughter for turning me on this app :)

Doodle Jump - BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive!

MobileMe Gallery App

Apple has just released a FREE App to allow users to access and see their own MobileMe Photo/Movie Galleries as well as the galleries of any other MobileMe user that you happen to know the user name of. This will be great for having instant access to not only your photos, but the photos of friends and family. Also if you want to invite others to look at your photos you can navigate to a particular gallery and simply hit the Email button in the upper right corner to send a link to anyone to get directly to that gallery on the web.

One tap access to your photos

Although you can certainly have all your photos on your iPhone, but chances are you're probably going to have many more photos from events and occasions past that you want to see. So now instead of keeping them on your iPhone or iPod touch you can upload them to your MobileMe Gallery (mobileme account required) and see them in the app. Keep in mind that you'll also need an internet connection to access. them. However, once the photo(s) has been viewed it can be viewed offline from that point forward.

This is cool, but what makes it cooler is seeing the photos of others without having to go to their sites and navigate to their galleries. Now you can just tap the name of a friend and see any new photos that have been uploaded. For example you can see my photography by putting in the name "terrywhite".

You can get MobileMe Gallery here from the App Store:

MobileMe Gallery


Anyone that travels by air will tell you that the restaurant and services can vary drastically from airport to airport. Some airports have a really good selection and others don't. Some have the restaurant you want, but it's way the heck on the other side of the terminal. Also if you're looking for other things like whether or not the airport has Wi-Fi or where is the closest ATM machine, an app that has all of this info in one spot would be very handy. 

GateGuru has all of this and more

One of the biggest problems is not knowing what's on the other side of security. Often times directory apps such as Yelp or AroundMe stop at the TSA line. There's no way of knowing what's near YOUR gate. With GateGuru you can either use the built-in Location services support to show you your current airport or simply key in the airport code/city to find the airport you're headed to. This will help you plan accordingly for an airport that you're on your way to especially if you've never been there before. 





It's funny how one of the first apps I looked for when the App Store first opened was a unit converter. It's not that I do unit conversions everyday, however when you need one you need one. So I found one that worked pretty good and I stuck with it. I mean after all, a unit converter either works or it doesn't. It's like a calculator. Back then I thought only thing that separated one from another was the various conversions available. The one I had did all the types of conversions I needed so I wasn't really shopping for a new one.

What makes one converter better than another? The Interface!

Once I really started getting into apps I could really see that although you might have a basic utility that does the job, user interface plays a very big role. For example, look at the number of tip calculators out there (by the way my favorite is BigTipper). Calculating a tip and splitting bills is pretty basic stuff. So what separates one from another is the interface and the speed at which you can use the app. This is what led me to Convertbot. Convertbot is actually FUN to use because of the user interface.



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