Music, gaming, and video-making apps highlighted the last week. Here are what we consider the Top 10 for April 10-16, 2011.
App Advice’s iPhone Of The Week – Viddy
Toy photo apps are certainly in vogue thanks to apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram. Now Viddy has arrived in the App Store. The free app lets you shoot a short video clip, or choose one from your library, then add effects to it. These videos can then be posted for others to see using different social networking sites.
Bose Corporation has just released a radio app for the iPhone and iPod touch, which is currently available to download for $2.99. Bose AM/FM provides users with easy access to local radio stations, and can even suggest alternate stations when your favorites aren’t available.
The popular online music service, 8tracks, has just released a free app – 8tracks Radio. Now, iPhone and iPod touch owners can access the service’s library of user created mix tapes on the go, on their iOS device.
Key features of the application include the ability to listen to curated music playlists, and follow the DJs you like the most. You can search for playlists – or “mix tapes” – by artist, and also by tags (such as “rock,” “jazz,” etc.). Additionally, a “Featured” section provides playlists by big brands – like Rolling Stone magazine.
Fahrenheit – Weather and Temperature on your Home Screen
Fahrenheit – Weather and Temperature on your Home Screen by International Travel Weather Calculator is an impressive new weather app with something very clever to offer. It uses the latest technology to show the current temperature right on the home screen. Apple is notorious for not letting apps operate outside their guidelines, and this is especially true when it comes to the functionality of iOS. So how have the developers beaten the system?
App Store Link: Fahrenheit – Weather and Temperature on your Home Screen ($.99, universal); original article
Resident Evil Mercenaries VS.
Capcom just released a new Resident Evil game for the iPhone earlier today that should excite fans of the series. The game in question is an online multiplayer title with squad-based gameplay called Resident Evil Mercenaries VS. and supports up to four players at a time.
The proliferation of video-sharing sites makes remembering where you saw that perfect video that much more difficult. Now a new service, Squrl, has come online to organize our digital lives like never before. It lets us collect and organize videos from different providers all in one place. Best of all, the universal Squrl app makes viewing those videos on the road possible too.
Streets of Rage 2
SEGA has just released Streets of Rage 2 – a classic “retro” game from the early ’90s – in the App Store. Currently, the game is available to download for $2.99.
If you’re a fan of SEGA’s iOS games, you’ll definitely want to check out Streets of Rage 2. The game, which made its debut on iOS yesterday, features a gripping storyline and a multiplayer mode (via Bluetooth).
The new killer Tweetbot twitter client – which is developed by Tapbots – is now available worldwide. Many believe this application will prove to be incredibly popular, despite the availability of the free Twitter app for iOS.
This week’s release of NAVIGON MobileNavigator v1.8 brought a handful of features, both handy and just nifty, to the turn-by-turn navigation app. The update list includes new NAVTEQ map data, augmented reality POI searching, TrafficCheck, and traffic light camera warnings.
The most unique addition to NAVIGON MobileNavigator through this update is the Reality Scanner. Navigon’s Reality Scanner is an augmented reality point of interest browser. For those unaware, augmented reality is the manner of placing virtual objects amongst real objects. In this case, hold your iPhone as if it were binoculars. As you pan around, nearby POIs will be displayed in relevance to their actual location, similar to the Monocle feature of Yelp.
The popular universal sharing app for iOS, Handoff, has recently been updated. Now, users of the app can enjoy added support for third party browsers – such as Atomic Web Browser - and other apps, like PasteBot and Instapaper.
If you’re not familiar with the app, Handoff allows users to send things like URLs, map references, and phone numbers, from their computer to an iOS device.