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WOW! Another Jam packed episode, or should I say milk packed? This week Christine and Ally look at Trendstop Trendtracker for all your fashion needs, Secret Ada for the codebreaker in you, BillMinder for the forgetful, Unicode for those funky people who want more in their tweets and then a quick shout for Spotify paid for service app and The Guardian Newspaper. Both apps that Christine thinks are worth your cash.
To start us off Ally brings us a fashionable find …
Trendstop Trendtracker Developer: Amoja Ltd. v 1.0.3
this app gives you all the latest information on all things fashionable. It tells you of the latest shows and how you to can be into the latest trends. It’s a free app and is worth checking out because it has the latest up to the minute news on all the catwalks, amazing photo galleries, and trend analysis (whoulda thought)!
Next we take a look at Secret Ada, and the inspiration comes from Ada Lovelace. This will be celebrated on March 24th 2010. Take the Ada Lovelace challenge on March 24th to write a blog post about a woman in Technology. Boing Boing for more information.
Secret Ada Developer: Panopy V 1.0.5
I initially wanted to review this app because of the tie in with Ada, but once I started to play in – well I discovered, I really like cracking the code. This is a great cryptogram puzzler, and it’s very educational because you reveal quotes about profiles of inspiring women in technology. As I mentioned it isn’t the most beautiful designed app out there, but I would forgive it’s visual flaws because it is actually one of those games that you pick up and start to decypher the code, and you can’t out it down until you do!
Also it’s not impossibly hard as some of these games can be. It has a ‘check in’ where it will tell you about your progress and how many you have got correct. This only kicks in after a certain idle game play time so if you don’t want it to check as you go – get solving a bit faster!
There is also an in app link so you can nominate women.
Worth a look at and it might be a nice one if you have any daughters as well so that you can talk about the thinking behind it and solve the quotes about Ada together.
BillMinder Developer: Return7, LLC V. 2.2.7
Billminder is an app that should help you to keep on top of your finances. It has helpful graphs so you can see where your cash is going (just how much are you spending on apps) and you can set up push notifications so it will remind you when a payment is due. That is an in app purchase but one that would be worth the money if you use this type of app. Lots of features so worth having a try.
unicode Developer: Dendrocom V. 1.0.1
This is a simple app that does exactly what it says. It’s not an app trying to be all things to all people, it just does what it says. UNICODE. If you want to be able to share common symbols then this is the app for you. Just click on the symbol you want and it copies it for you. That’s it, nice and easy. It will take your most recent ones, a whole app screen worth actually and save them as your faves.
That’s the way I like it, an app that is functional, easy to use and does what it set out to.
[EDITORS NOTE: this app has just been updated, March 2010 and it has a different icon, and a larger list of symbols to use.]
Sheep Launcher Plus Developer: Kronos Games V. 1.4.0
Cute little game where you can launch animals up and up and up. This is in the Doodlebug style so if you are a fan then this app will be for you.
Spotify Currently UK only Developer: Spotify Ltd. V 0.3.20
I almost have no words for this app I love it so much
The app is free but you can only use it if you are a paid member. And you have to be a monthly paid member, the daily pass wont work. If you do decide to take the plunge, as I did, then the app is pretty simple. All your created lists appear, you can search on the fly, and you can have your lists to play for offline listening. This was a big selling point for me. It works on an iPod Touch and for long car journeys you can just select it to be playable for offline then enjoy your music all the way. Also for me I was on a long trip with my son and he forgot to update his music,so he was able to use the app on my iPhone, make his own list of songs as we were driving and then could play it. If it was iTunes, or other lists or song download services then this would have been nearly impossible, or at least more effort than it was worth.
Spotify made it a total breeze. Completely loving this service and sorry it does still seem to be UK based subscriptions.
Offline reading is one feature that will make this a popular choice. I didn’t look too closely at this app when it came out because I wasn’t sure it would interest me, but a friend showed me theirs and I was really impressed. You can configure some of the settings to display which sections you want as a priority and you can favorite areas, or stories. Ally does point out that actually we can’t tweet the stories from it yet which I hope they will add soon. Having said that, I enjoy just reading it.
You can also read items by journalist, there are some wonderful image galleries, and audio and podcasts too. There is an amazing little tags bar on the articles that you can click too which you can then click to read more related stories. This is a really amazing feature and you really feel like it takes no effort to search for articles and it is comfortable to read. This surpassed my expectations and I can’t wait to see it on the iPad.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s apps, there are so many that we want to bring you! Also a big thank you to all the developers getting in touch with us to have a look at your apps, please keep them coming it’s appreciated.
Once again, we will miss Hattie and wish her the best with everything she is working on. It’s been an amazing year of apps and hats and we have had some great laughs!
Lastly, we wanted to give Ally a big shout out for helping us with the show this week and for the next one as well:
“Ally’s career began treading the boards and she remains a drama queen at heart. She describes herself as “Pac-Girl of the App Store”, munching and crunching her way through apps. Her love affair with the iPhone began 15 months ago and has yet to wane – so much so, that her boyfriend has offered to be Best Man at the wedding and hopes they’ll be very happy … ”
You can Tweet her at @allysimone
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