For today’s Daily Deal we’ve found 11 great apps to add to your iPad collection. We have 5 productivity / entertainment apps and 6 game apps in today’s bundle.
We used our PadGadget Apps Tracker to find these great deals and we’ll continue to look for the best app deals as they pop-up. Some of these apps are up to 67% off, several are even free, so be sure to check them out because they are on sale for a limited time.
- Donut Ninja – Tappi Bear () – This popular ninja game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
- Doodle Truck 2 () – This action game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
- Farming Simulator 2012 () – This farming game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $1.99 instead of $2.99.
- FLUP HD – This fun puzzle game has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
- Lili () – This very popular adventure game has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99. This app weighs in at 388 MB so please be sure that you have enough space on your iPad before downloading.
- Tin Man Can () – This cool adventure game from Chillingo has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
Productivity and Entertainment Apps
- Beauty Booth Pro () – This photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
- BoothStache () – This wacky photo app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now available for Free instead of $0.99.
- Fast Camera () – This very popular photography app has a 4.5 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $1.99.
- iStopMotion for iPad – This stop motion photo app has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $4.99 instead of $9.99.
- Speech with Milo: Verbs () – This speech therapy tool has a 4 star App Store rating and is now on sale for $0.99 instead of $2.99.
Also be sure to check out yesterday’s Daily Deal to find more great savings.
= Indicates app is Universal and will run on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
We use our PadGadget Apps Tracker to constantly monitor the App Store to find the biggest price changes on iPad apps. Our editorial team goes through the data, picks the best deals on the most interesting apps and then brings them to you on a regular basis. All app prices are checked at the time of posting but prices are subject to change without notice. When developers put their apps on sale it’s usually for a very limited time, often 24 hours or less, so be sure to check pricing on iTunes before making a purchase.
“To hear a full frequency of a recording, you don’t even have to turn it up loud!”
-Kool Kojak, multi-platinum songwriter who produced Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Katy Perry
Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with the team at Munitio, a precision sound brand specializing in lifestyle electronic accessories. Pronounced “Muni-she-yo,” as in the Latin word for fortification and defense, Munitio audio gear embodies strength, authenticity, and style. Before this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, I must admit, I wasn’t familiar with this small San Diego-based company. Now that I am, I am excited to tell you more about it and share my review of one of its flagship products, the new SV earphones.
The Munitio SV earphones are one of the most balanced pairs of earphones I’ve had the pleasure of trying out. To say I was very impressed with their exquisite, crystalline sound delivery would be an understatement. Listening to music through the SVs was a surreal experience. The complexity and clearly delineated layers of acoustics the SVs pumped out would impress even the most discerning audiophile.
The SVs captured my attention on so many levels. On the one hand, it was easy to get lost in the pristine sound quality of whatever I happened to be listening to; On the other hand, I found myself in auditory awe at all of the details and nuances I was able to hear using these precision earphones. In some instances, songs I’m very familiar with felt like I had never heard songs, which in actuality, I was very familiar with.
“More consumers are realizing it’s better to have headphones that sound good based on personal listening tastes, rather than just buying what everyone else has,” said MUNITIO co-founder Danny Massaro. “Appearance is obviously important too, so we’ve created headphones with unique style and sound identities that appeal to certain lifestyles and listening preferences and allow people to hear their music like never before.”
Their latest addition to an already stellar line up continues in the tradition of excellence! Regarding the SVs, MUNITIO co-founder, Danny Massaro had this to say, “Acoustically, each MUNITIO product is designed with its own unique sound identity that appeals to an individual’s personal listening preference. For instance, the SV is defined by an ultra-smooth frequency response curve through the mids and highs, exceptional vocal clarity and fast, accurate crossover transitions between instrumentals. Stylistically, MUNITIO products take their cues from a variety of different sources, but always with studio-grade performance, rugged industrial design and tactical functionality at the core. Some of the SVs design heritage comes from the world of high performance racing. You can see that reflected with the flat, tangle-free ribbon cable and the slotted bass port and curves of the aluminum housing earpiece.”
With so many great headphones and earphones out there to choose from, it can be a true challenge for any one company to break away from the pack and gain recognition. Add to that, that I am particularly critical of headphones and speakers and weigh my words carefully when offering my reviews of audio equipment, being raised the son of an audiophile myself. With the SVs, the detail-oriented team of professionals at Munitio have succeeded in not only impressing me, but also in taking high-end audio engineering to a whole new level.
The Munitio SVs may be some of the pricier earphones the company has to offer, but if $130.00 isn’t in your budget, do yourself a favor and check out their high quality Billets that will only cost you $70.00 and I’d say that even these lower priced models perform better than 75% of the earphones on the market today. On the other hand, if you are looking for some of the best earphones money can buy, be sure to take a gander at Munitio’s Nines ($170.00), which are their top of the line, premium sonic experience earphones.
Know anyone who likes to adventure, who loves the great outdoors or who is into roughing it? If you do, then you’ll want to bookmark this article about a great, ultra-rugged Bluetooth speaker from Philips.
Philips needs little introduction of course, as one of the pioneers and leaders in the world of hi-fidelity sound systems. Now the company that has for decades now, consistently raised the bar as to what we can expect high-quality audio reproduction to sound like, introduces to the world, the ultimate ruggedized portable Bluetooth speaker solution.
The Philips Shoqbox 7200 is a powerhouse of sound, packing 2, 4-watt neodymium drivers into a compact and super-sturdy structure that is both stylish and highly functional and durable. I was extremely impressed with the Philips Shoqbox. It has everything you could want in a rugged speaker and none of the things that you don’t want. It is drop-proof and shockproof and lightweight, measuring right at 7 inches by 3 inches. It is also splash proof, meaning that minor exposure to water won’t damage it, and if it did happen to fall in the water and become completely submerged for a brief moment, if all your port covers are sealed properly, your Shoqbox should theoretically be just fine.
I have to say, I haven’t done a full submersion test with the Shoqbox. I am simply defining what the term “splash proof” indicates in terms of a device’s waterproof-ness. For the more technically inclined, the Shoqbox’s protection level could also be described as meeting an IP-54 rating, with its superb protection from the ingress of objects, debris, dust and liquids.
The Shoqbox is also feature rich, and the only rugged Bluetooth speaker to integrate both gesture control and voice feedback into the device. The gesture control allows you to play and pause and skip tracks with simple, swiping hand motions, and the voice feedback will keep you informed of the battery level. The lithium battery is good to go for 8 solid hours of sound escapades between charges and, as if all that weren’t enough, it has a built-in microphone so that the speaker can be used as a speakerphone!
Like most small Bluetooth speakers, it can receive a signal up to 30 feet away from the source. The Shoqbox also comes with a 3.5mm line-in jack for the times when Bluetooth is unavailable. You can also connect two Shoqbox speakers wirelessly for amazingly crisp, clear and loud stereo sound.
When it comes to sound, this thunderous speaker will blow you away. It’s a fantastic speaker compared to all the other Bluetooth speakers in the market rugged or otherwise, so when you take into consideration it’s rugged durability, I’d say the Shoqbox has few rivals in the world of rugged Bluetooth speakers when it comes to toughness, sound quality or portability.
With its convenient carabineer bolt and dense rubber bumper surrounding the speaker’s grill, this speaker will keep up with even the most adventurous and extreme of us. Whether in the wild, the forest, the desert, the rainforest, the beach or the mountaintop, camping out, or even just for a family weekend picnic, the Shoqbox is one of the best portable and heavy-duty speaker options you will come across.
At this special time of year, it’s worth note that even if you personally don’t care for spending time out in nature, the Shoqbox would make a great holiday gift for any outdoorsy and adventurous souls in your life.
The Philips Shoqbox is available HERE for $180.00.
This week I played 3 awesomely cool games at the $1.99 level and below…Galactic Phantasy Prelude is a space shooter RPG in the same class of game as Galaxy on Fire 2 (SD version recently went free and hit #1 in nine countries). Atomic Frogs, a physics puzzler that requires deft timing and aim to launch your frogs through the various obstacles. Last is a free to play shooter called Dead Trigger, which brings the joy of shredding Zombies to iPad in exquisitely detailed apocalyptic strokes. So, without further adieu, let the WIPTW game review madness commence!….
If you like space opera, with a lot of backstory, features, multiple avenues of advancement (play it safe, or play a pirate), Galactic Phantasy Prelude might be your game at a mere 99 pennies. Though GFF is not free to play, you can still advance via IAP, which kind of rankles. I wish developers would decide on one model and stick with that. Make the game free with IAP or make the game paid without it. Other than that somewhat annoying aspect, GPP does a great job in almost all areas. You complete game missions and ad-hoc challenges, and in between can either be an honest Joe or Jane and run merchandise between planetary systems, engage in mining (boring), or go to the dark side and steal from other hapless victims fun.
So far the early combat experience is very predictable, but I admit to not having advanced that far past the first few levels. The graphics just plain pop on this game. Kind of a cross between typical 3D engine and anime-style imagery, the shading and perspectives are outstanding and unique. In-game music is a quaint tinkling for a 3D space shooting game, and better fitted to a platform type (or maybe just redone completely). Your character is a space orphan become stolen ship captain, and his best friend crewmate going on a grand adventure. The story and plot development is mindly interesting.
The crew aspect is cool. Any weapons or equipment you acquire for your ship need crewman to operate and maintain, so you have to recruit them in the various stations you visit. Crew get upgrades in ability as you advance (I assume translates to better battle performance), and lot’s of little details like this are nicely peppered throughout, from full customization of weapons and support gear all they way up to developing a full fleet of ships to explore and exploit the galaxy around you. The game played well on both my iPad mini, and my iPod touch 4G.
Atomic Frogs is a somewhat goofy but interesting physics game. The graphics however are smooth, and everything else in the right place for a problem solver. First, the idea behind the game…specially enhanced frogs that have been zapped with radiation and special jumping powers escape their lab in an eternal search for atomic water to jump and frolic in. Your job is to aim them and time their atomic blasting power, which will destroy guard robots and other barriers. The ultimate goal being to roll the frog onto a switch that releases the toxic water the frogs crave.
As you advance through the levels, you have to use different frogs for different aspects of the puzzle. Some melt metal, and some expand and float upward before exploding. On-screen taps activate the special powers. If you like games like Cut the Rope or similar puzzlers, this is the same caliber and style.
Dead Trigger is just good old-fashioned zombie-killling fun! If you read the iTunes reviews, you may note the recent complaints about game progress not saving between versions. The game is free to play, but many of the better weapons may require IAP (or viewing advertisements) to build up enough gold to earn, which is admittedly a downside, and especially so, if your hard won progress get’s blown away. Might want to keep that in mind before upgrading.
The game graphics were honestly stunning on my iPad mini, and the point is, well?… Mindless zombie murder on a massive scale! You traverse the various urban settings, shooting crap out of the approaching hoard, while trying to evade their attacks (some of which are surprisingly fast). You find power-ups and bonus items along the way. Effects are as real as any 3-D game I’ve experienced on iOS, and the game gives plenty of ways to level up without opening up the wallet (try the everyday free gold mission, for example). You can also earn gold by liking the game on Facebook, etc… Have to face the fact that this is the new “free” on the app store, but hey it is an awesome game! Madfinger should address the progress save problem, though (which I have not confirmed).
That’s it for this week’s edition of WIPTW… You can grab the games at the links above, and don’t forget to return to iPhoneLife for more great reviews, news, tips and more! Cheers!
GM announced today that three of its new models will come with a button on the steering wheel that will activate Siri in the same manner as holding down the home button on an iPhone. The cars’ MyLink infotainment system will connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth. Drivers will be able to do things such as make voice-activated hands-free calls, play songs from their iTiunes library, send a text message, use their calendar, and ask simple questions, such as the latest sports scores. And for safety’s sake, they’ll be able to activate an eyes-free mode that keeps their iPhone screen off so they won’t be tempted to look at it while driving. In addition, even if drivers don’t activate eyes-free, Siri will be limited to answering simple questions or doing simple things that don’t require the driver to look at the screen – thereby helping them to avoid the temptation to do so.
GM’s Siri Eyes Free will be available on the Chevrolet Sonic subcompact, the Spark minicar, and the Spark EV electric car. Last summer when Scott Forestall announced iOS 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, he said that Siri would also be coming to BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, and Honda. The Sonic and the Spark minicar are expected to be available early next year. The Spark EV electric car with Siri will be a 2014 model.
One interesting point is that GM’s MyLink infotainment system no longer has a CD player. Instead it relies on integrating with the driver’s smartphone. This shows clearly how music stored on, or streamed from, mobile devices is eclipsing the old media.
If you were not already familiar with the Alano family of deluxe leather cases by Portenzo, I’d describe them as a great combination of rustic, old world charm and a modern-classic appearance. These high-quality leather iDevice cases are absolutely exquisite and bring an earthy, organic feel to our all metal and glass iPads. The simplicity and practical functionality of the Portenzo cases will suit many an iPad and iPhone user perfectly. Anyone who appreciates a little old world, country flavor with their iDevices, will certainly appreciate these cases.
The Alano cases for the iPad and iPhone remind me of magical leather bound books, the likes of which you might see in Victorian, early Western or Medieval times, straight out of King’s Landing. Urban gypsies, modern cowboys and renaissance classicists (anyone out there a Hobbit fan will all feel comforted and at ease with their high-tech devices elegantly ensconced within a Portenzo iDevice “book” case.
The Portenzo Alano cases are constructed of all natural materials; beautiful, stiff but supple leather, some with wood shells in which your iPhone nests snugly. You can choose from a range of colors and styles, some of which boldly display the Portenzo name and other that are more subtle. Whatever your particular flavor these cases will speak to you. I haven’t on my iPhone 5, the kind with the wooden frame, and I love it! It feels like natural leather feels, which is haunting and thrilling all rolled into a touch. And the look of it appeals both to my classical sensibilities, as well as to the side of me, which is very much the outdoorsman, who can appreciate the intrinsic quality, and durability wood and leather provide in an accessory like this.
The Alano leather cases from Portenzo are available here, with prices for iDevices cases starting as low as $45.00.
And the winners are… (drumroll please): Bob Woolman, Wayne Long, Nick Archer, Austin Scofield, Robert Rosenberg, Rachel Sari, Gary Cooper, Mark Connors, Tony Randall, James Lucidonio, Theresa Garcia, Promod Khurana, William Murphy, Tom Teigue, Juana Rodriguez, Tim Brazill, Mandela Antwi, and Noel Smith!
Congratulations! Enjoy your free apps!
Didn’t win this week? No worries! Next week we have 16 apps to give away!
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Enter into the magical world of Eliseo where fantasy and reality merge in a wonderful adventure in enchanted forests with mysterious creatures. Set in the beautiful scenery of the Fiemme Valley Eliseo is grappling with a bumbling magician to who can only be saved by drinking a magic potion. In this ebook you will find interactive creatures, beautiful illustrations original music and fantastic sound effects for an unforgettable adventure. Kwit, quit smoking is a gameHave you recently quit smoking, or been wanting to quit? Kwit is exactly what you need!Kwit uses game design techniques, game thinking and game mechanics to encourage people to quit smoking. WordBoxerDiscover better words than your opponents.What will be your strategy? Defend or attack?Feel the adrenaline rush when you discover that knockout word.Fight yourself to a top ranking in your Boxing Club! Good Luck Everyone!! Have any questions? Email Chris [at] iphonelife.com
“It was revealed in a patent filing on Thursday that Apple is exploring the use of mechanical fans in portable devices, like the iPhone and iPad, to dissipate the heat made by increasingly powerful CPUs,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.
“The invention discovered by AppleInsider is called ‘Cooling system for mobile electronic devices,’ and basically outlines a platform that uses a motor to drive two parts, a fan and an alert device,” Campbell reports. “Cooling is taken care of by the fan unit, which is situated in a cavity within the device. Air is pulled in either by a dedicated input port, or through an existing structural component like the Lightning connector plug or earphone jack. Exhaust is pushed out of the device via a similar hole in the chassis. “
Campbell reports, “It is unclear if Apple plans to use the invention in an upcoming iDevice, but it seems doubtful that such additional components can reasonably fit within the iPhone, which becomes increasingly thin with each design evolution. “
Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.
“Thanks to the rise of smartphones, portable media players are practically nonexistent. Apple is the only maker of portable media players that remains successful in the U.S., thanks to three products: the iPod Touch, the iPod Nano, and the iPod Shuffle,” James Pikover reports for VentureBeat. “Along with the iPhone 5, Apple revealed the latest generation of the Touch and Nano at a media event in October, both remade after a year hiatus.”
Pikover reports, “As much as the Touch has (or hasn’t) changed, the iPod Nano is completely new. It took Apple seven years, but it has finally perfected the miniature media player. And it’s so cute who could resist?”
Apple iPod touch (5th gen.)
Apple iPod nano (7th gen.)
Much more in the full review here.
PC Magazine reviews Apple iPod nano (7th gen): ‘beautifully crafted,much-improved player, easily our Editors’ Choice’ – October 11, 2012
PC Magazine reviews Apple iPod touch (5th gen): ‘The most elegant device ever handled – and yes, that includes iPhone 5 – October 11, 2012
Why the iPod – yes, the iPod – still matters – October 8, 2012
Apple unveils all-new iPod touch and iPod nano – September 12, 2012
The “most madcap of cab games” (if that needs to be said given the few cab games out there) is coming to iOS! Gamers with a certain vintage (and an iOS device, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch) will rejoice as Sega returns their beloved classic taxi Sim game.
To tease us, there is a very short, entirely too short, crazy short) trailer that we can drool over after the break:
The trailer is long enough to tell us that the original soundtrack appears to be back –which is exciting enough information all on its own.
This new focus on mobile gaming may mean renewed life and relevance for Sega, a company known for making some of the greatest arcade games ever played (consider the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise). Other upcoming titles include Aliens: Colonial Marines and a brand new Sonic title, Sonic Jump.
Announcements like this validate the theory that there has been an increased movement away from console gaming, news that may not be welcomed by Sony (Playstation) and Microsoft (xBox).
Do you have a favorite classic (made by Sega or otherwise) that you wish would come out for iOS?