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App Junkie Rocks Trident

Posted on 06 July 2011 by @brihannajoi

Falling Stars by Trident Vitality Gum for iPhone
By: Kraft New Services, Inc.
Price: FREE

 

Now sponsored apps are sprinkled around the App Store, whether trying a new

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App Junkie Gains Remote Access

Posted on 22 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

Splashtop Remote Desktop for iPhone
By: Splashtop Inc
Price: $1.99

 

Junkies, the land of iOS is a vast and beautiful one, we can all agree. It definitely has quite a lot of strengths. But like anything else, there are some weaknesses. For one, the lack of Flash ability. Now I know, or I keep hearing, that Flash is on it’s way out, but there are still so many that use it. Much of the sites that do are still very popular. There’s nothing I hate more than to click a link for a video on my iPhone only for the error that it is not compatible. Now there have been a few apps that have tackled this problem in the form of a browser, but my favorite multi-function app that tackles this problem and several others is Splashtop Remote Desktop.

The Splashtop Remote Desktop app works with Splashtop Remote software to give you access to your computer remotely. This allows you to access your computer from a totally different location, whether it be for a file you left for work or to watch Hulu from your computer’s browser. You can also listen to music and run your programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Work on anything right from your phone! The best part is that it will do this on not only WiFi, but 3G and 4G as well! Just sign in with a GMail account to use the internet to discover your computer.

The setup is minimal and super easy. Download the software for your version of Windows or Mac and then the app from the app store. Once the software is running and app is configured you are off and running. Now the software must be running and your computer be on for you to gain access, but when you do, it works really well. There are built in touch control shortcuts for scrolling, drag and drop and right click. There is also a little button in the bottom right corner to bring up the keyboard. It is so simple and works exactly as advertised. I also think it works great if you’re one of those that use your computer as and entertainment center. It gives you a true universal remote to play your internet videos and music.

Now the description for this app does say that it streams “smooth, high-res video and audio”. I had no trouble hearing and understanding any audio for sure, and I could type in Hulu and definitely watch a video. Was it smooth? Not exactly. Now maybe if you have movies stored on your computer, running them would be easiest as you would be using the computer to process, but the buffering made the online videos lag. Of course this all depends on your network and process speed of your computer and Splashtop does recommend a computer with dual-core CPU for best performance. With the right hardware this app could definitely make the iPad a definite multimedia dream.

Overall Splashtop Remote Desktop is a great multi-task app that anyone could find useful for a number of reasons. Get it now as they celebrate their #1 app status in 49+ countries and have knocked the price from $4.99 to $1.99! Splashtop also comes in iPad and Android versions, all which are also on sale. Junkies, add it to your collection and never be more than a click away from your home PC.

Rating: 4/5

 

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App Junkie or Twitter Junkie?

Posted on 16 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

TweetDeck for iPhone
By: TweetDeck, Inc
Price: FREE!

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App Junkie Fights To-Fu

Posted on 08 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi for iPhone
By: HotGen Ltd.
Price: 0.99 – Intro Price!

 

Games are plentiful and come in a wide variety in the app store these days. Every week a more creative one emerges. With all the new features mentioned for the forth coming iOS update, it makes me wonder whether Apple will join the gaming console forces. There are several apps I wouldn’t mind seeing on the big screen, and I’d have to say this one would make my list.

To-Fu is not just a vegan treat, but a small malleable martial artist as well. With 100 challenging levels to master, he needs your help to become the “Master of Chi”.

To do this you stretch To-Fu with your finger, aiming for the spot you’d like him to land. Sounds simple enough, but add challenging obstacles, booby traps and a variety of surface types to the equation and you have quite the task on your hands.

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi is very simplistic, which is what I like most. It is challenging enough to keep me entertained but easy enough for my 4 year old to understand. It is truly a game everyone can enjoy. The retina display graphics compliment the design of the game and create a hero that is very likable, even for a block of to-fu.

Add To-Fu to your game list today for the sweet intro price of 0.99. Junkies, To-fu may not be great to eat, but it’s sure fun to play with!

Rating: 5/5

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App Junkie’s Home Movies

Posted on 01 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

Viddy for iPhone
By: Viddy, Inc.
Price: Free!

How creative are you? Think you can make a stylized, interesting video in 15 seconds? This is the question asked by Viddy.

Viddy is a video sharing app from Viddy, Inc. Much like Instagram, it is all about creating and sharing with the world, but instead of a still picture, you get 15 seconds of video.

After creating an account, you are ready to record. You can record straight from the app or choose a piece of video that has already been recorded. Once you’ve filmed your 15 second masterpiece you can begin adding effects. There are tints, vintage looks and junked and scratched film cells. Each effect also comes with a music track. You can adjust the volume on the music including turning it completely down. You can also customize the opacity of the added effect. Once completed it’s time to share.

Aside from submitting your video for the Viddy community, you can add Facebook, Twitter and other social accounts. Even your location can be added once linked to Foursquare.

Shared videos can be liked and commented on like a mini YouTube. You can follow other users which will show in your stream and see the most popular and trending videos. The interface is very user friendly, especially if you are an Instagram fan.

I really like the concept of Viddy. It is definitely not as complex and feature rich as the Vimeo app, but it’s not trying to be. It’s a simple shoot and share idea that gives you an instant gratification and encourages you to create. And it does all this without bogging down your phone. There has already been an update of improvements with more to come. I expect to see more effect packs along the way, and I cannot wait.

Junkies, get Viddy and your phone will thank you.

Rating: 4/5

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App Junkie Loves Custom Radio

Posted on 25 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Slacker Radio for iPhone
By: Slacker, Inc.
Price: FREE!

 

Junkies, apps for music seem to be everywhere these days. Some far exceed others. Some crash incessantly and are more trouble than they are worth! But there are a few rare gems out there. One of these gems is Slacker Radio.

Slacker Radio is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and, more recently, iPad. Now, I am a longtime fan of Slacker Radio, my favorite feature over other apps being not the music, but the comedy stations. And not just censored comedy collections, but explicit as well. Their selection is varied and rarely do I hear repeats. Slacker Radio allows you to listen to their over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own. This app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. And now there are brand new features added just this week.

You can now browse the songs and artists on Slacker stations and make your own custom stations within the application. Search or simply browse station and artist pages for new music. Slacker also offers subscriptions with additional features. A Slacker Premium Radio subscription, gives users the ability to create playlists as well as play songs, albums and artists on demand, a feature I would gladly pay for! In addition to being able to stream on-demand content, Slacker Premium Radio subscribers can also cache stations, playlists and albums to their device to listen without a network connection! No Wi-Fi or wireless needed. Enhanced music discovery featuring artist bios, album reviews & lyrics is also included with paid subscriptions.

With all these features, there

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Musical App Junkie

Posted on 18 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Magic Piano for iPhone
By: Smule
Price: FREE!

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App Junkie Discovers Blips

Posted on 04 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

blip.me for iPhone
By Camino Real, Inc.
Price: FREE!

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App Junkie: Game Edition

Posted on 27 April 2011 by @brihannajoi

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App Junkie Turned Indie Filmmaker

Posted on 06 April 2011 by @brihannajoi

Vimeo app for iPhone
By: Vimeo, LLC
Price: FREE!

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App Junkie Needs GPS!

Posted on 23 March 2011 by @brihannajoi

skobbler US for iPhone
By: skobbler GmbH
Price: Free!

 

Ok App Junkies, so you are lost, again. Despite the free Google Maps application that came with your iPhone, it has sadly let you down. What is the point of this new technology if you can’t even get to where you are going? And even if you do get there, good luck maneuvering without a navigator. Trying to look at the map on your phone and drive through traffic is not an easy task. But where oh where is there a turn by turn voice navigation app that you don’t have to pay out the nose for? Well I have found it my friends, and it’s name is Skobbler!

Skobbler is the first free voice assisted turn by turn navigator app to offer true street level navigation. A companion to the Skobbler website, the app allows you to enter an address and navigate there without having to look at your phone. There are several voices to choose from, all which are pretty pleasant, and it gives adequate warnings for upcoming turns or exits that might be coming up.

The best thing, is it’s all free! No subscriptions or in app purchases. Just sign up for an account and you’re off and navigating. How does it stay free you ask? It uses the OpenStreetMap mapping system which is an open source, similar to that of Wikipedia. This kind of set-up allows you to improve the maps yourself by reporting any errors directly through the app! Of course, because the map is created by users, there may be a chance you find areas that are not fully mapped out, especially if it is more rural. But the more you update those areas around you, the more accurate the map becomes. Skobbler also updates its maps during each use and it only uses a tiny share of your iPhone

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App Junkie Loves to Tango!

Posted on 16 March 2011 by @brihannajoi

Tango Video Calls for iPhone
By: TangoMe, Inc.
Price: Free!

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App Junkie Cannot Take Your Call!

Posted on 09 March 2011 by @brihannajoi

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App Junkie Goes Hands Free!

Posted on 02 March 2011 by @brihannajoi

Vlingo – Voice App for iPhone
By: Vlingo Corporation
Price: Free!

Okay App Junkies, here is an oldie but a goody. If you are like me and are always looking for ways to make your phone more productive, then this app is for you. One of the first productivity apps I downloaded was Vlingo voice application, and boy did it replace a number of apps I had already purchased!

Vlingo voice app lets you do multiple things while staying hands free. Text, search and update your status all with the sound of your voice. You can even dictate an email and voice dial. Simply say,

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App Junkie Loves TV

Posted on 24 February 2011 by @brihannajoi

IntoNow for iPhone
By: IntoNow
Price: Free!

IntoNow is one of the newest apps to come to us for a fresh way of social networking. These days we must tweet and update just about everything in life, and what isn

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App Junkie Alters Reality

Posted on 09 February 2011 by @brihannajoi

RjDj for iPhone
By: Reality Jockey Ltd.
Price: Free!

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App Junkie Is In Balance!

Posted on 26 January 2011 by @brihannajoi

ExpenSense for iPhone
By: On2Sol
Price: $1.99

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App Junkie Browses The Web

Posted on 20 January 2011 by @brihannajoi

Opera Mini Web Browser for iPhone
by: Opera Software ASA
Price: Free!

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App Junkie Loves Media

Posted on 04 January 2011 by @brihannajoi

ZumoCast for iPhone
by Zecter Inc.
Free!

So you have an iPhone. Awesome. You add your music, your apps and pictures, only to basically max out the phone’s capacity. Great. What about other media? What about loading movies for on the go? Why should you negotiate what stays and what goes based on the space on your iPhone? Well now you don’t have to.

ZumoCast, from the makers of ZumoDrive, turns your Mac or Windows PC into a media streaming server that you can access through any web browser or iOS device. You do have to set up an account and download the software to your computer, but the process is pretty painless. And unlike some similar applications, you don’t have to upload the files you want to access.

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App Junkie Gets Fit

Posted on 21 December 2010 by @brihannajoi

adidas miCoach app for iPhone
by adidas International, Inc.
Price: Free

In the health care and fitness section, there isn’t much of a selection as far as apps go. If you’re looking for a way to effortlessly track and analyze your workouts, this is a great way to go. Adidas miCoach is a free fitness iPhone app that logs your time, distance, and training with GPS technology, plus audible coaching prompts. It integrates with Adidas miCoach website, which lets you store, display, and share your workouts. The miCoach app works for running, walking, cycling, and other outdoor activities. You can even toggle the GPS feature off for workouts indoors. After your account is activated online, there are several training plans to choose from. Whether you choose to de-stress, condition or lose weight, you can customize your workout to a schedule that fits you. Pick the days you would like to train and get reminders by e-mail. Audible coaching cues are highly customizable, and the default settings read off your mile times, total distance, pace, and total calorie burn. There are several voices to choose from in various languages. You can even select an athlete’s voice like Reggie Bush or Andy Murray.

Once you’ve set your schedule, you can log into the miCoach app to begin. Choose a scheduled workout or a free run. You can also do an assessment workout that will measure your current fitness level. Once started you can listen to playlists that are already loaded on your iPod. The voice coach will come on to begin the workout. It will also give you updates during the workout including distance traveled and calories burned. You can set the frequency of these updates in your settings.

I was very impressed with this app. I liked the easy usability and simple interface. The tracking features are nice and love that you can customize the workout. Though I used it for an indoor workout without the GPS, I was able to manually put in my distance and calories that were monitored on my eliptical. Syncing to the website was also very easy. Once finished with the workout it prompts you to sync progress and automatically uploads to the site. You can see visual graphs of your progress and even share them to your Facebook.

Overall, the Adidas miCoach app perfectly compliments it’s website and is a wonderful tool to get healthy, especially for free.

Rating: 4/5

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