- Omnifocus now compatible with Siri after update
- Vital Signs Camera by Philips lets you check your heart rate with an iPad 2
- Audium brings pretty interface and gesture controls for music on your iPhone
- Three for Free: Burn the Ropes World, XenoCube SD and TrafficVille HD
- Super Crossfire HD in Review – Who Needs Scrolling?
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 01:54 PM PST
OmniFocus, the greatest Getting Things Done system ever created, was updated earlier today and the robust iPhone app now supports Siri, your favorite virtual assistant. Using something the Omni Group calls “iCloud Capture”, Omnifocus imports Reminder data from your iCloud account and into your Omnifocus inbox. It’s something of a workaround as the data isn’t transfered seamlessly (i.e in the background), and you’ll have to manually open the OF app before anything gets moved into your inbox. Still, it’s definitely a great start for iPhone 4S owners who rely heavily on the Omnifocus platform. More info after the gap, along with demo videos by David "MacSparky" Sparks showing you how this newly minted union all works.
The Omni Group, OmniFocus for iPhone, – $19.99
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 12:56 PM PST
From battery monitor to playing doctor, Philips’ newly released Vital Signs Camera app lets users remotely check their heart rate and breathing rate via the camera of the iPad 2. That’s right, no extra monitoring equipment or accessories are required. Simply set the iPad 2 on a table, get in position and the app does the rest. Your heart rate will be measured by the small color changes on your face (what Philips calls “micro-blushes”), where as breathing rate is calculated based on the motion of your chest. The results can then be shared online via Twitter, Facebook or email. More for kicks than anything (so don’t expect the app to replace a visit to your docs’ office), Vital Signs will set you back a buck, and don’t forget that you actually need the iPad 2 to run it. Check out the demo video after the break.
Philips Innovation, Vital Signs Camera – Philips, – $0.99
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 11:04 AM PST
If you’ve ever found the interface on your iDevice’s iPod Music app rather boring, you may want to spice things up a bit with Audium, an extremely simple yet elegant music player for the iPhone.
Aside from its comely design, Audium’s gesture based interface makes it a pleasure to use. Divided into two panes, swiping the lower one left/right will scroll through all your albums. A simple swipe down on a cover reveals the Album name, and a double tap begins the playback. The current album played is always displayed above, where more gestures can be used for controlling playback – Double tap for pause/play, up/down swipes for volume controls and left/right swipes for previous/next track. Naturally, you won’t be able to browse by way of individual songs, but if you have a large collection of albums and want to experience your iMusic via gestures, Audium will get the job done nicely at only $0.99.
Mic Pringle, Audium, – $0.99
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 09:24 AM PST
Burn the Rope Worlds - The followup to the hit Burn the Rope, Worlds comes packed with 100 new levels, 4 themed worlds and an all-new Endless Burn mini-game. The premise: burn as much rope as you can, though the fire only burns upwards – meaning you’ll have to tilt & turn your iDevice around to keep the flame alive.
TrafficVille HD - Think Flight Control (Review) minus the planes and line drawing. Supposedly the first “traffic control” game for iOS, you must manage multiple lights and vehicles and ensure that the flow of traffic keeps humming along. It’s universal, so it can be enjoyed on both your iPhone and iPad.
XenoCube SD - A unique take on the Match 3 genre, it’s almost like you’re playing Bejeweled on a rubic’s cube. And being that the playground’s a cube, you can rotate it to make your matches (thus giving it a 3D feel to the game). Power ups, explosive effects and 5 game modes should excite all Match 3 fanatics.
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 07:27 AM PST
Long before there were glorious multi-screen scrolling shooters, games like Space Invaders and Asteroids blazed a trail of their own by making single screen shooters with simple mechanics addictive. From time to time modern developers have tried to recapture that magic with varying degrees of success, but for me none have really done the concept justice. That is, of course, until Super Crossfire HD came around. The mechanics and visuals are old school, but things like particle effects and adjustable stats give it a modern flare. Even if you resigned yourself to believing that there is no going back once you tasted the "freedom" of a scrolling shooter, you need to give this one screen wonder a try.
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