Bringing a whole new kind of motivation to your workout! Zombies Run places you in the middle of a zombi infested world where you must run to stay alive. Earn achievements and find items as you cover distances, and listen to the story unfold as you help a town survive. It’s a niche app, but if you’re looking to make more of your morning run, then this is worth the investment.
Available for iPhone £2.49/$3.99
The tower defence genre may have skyrocketed in popularity in the last couple of years, but only one title has truly captured the attention of both casual and hardcore gamers, and this is it! One of the funniest and most addictive apps ever with plenty of long-term appeal.
Available for iPhone and iPad £1.99/$2.99
Guaranteed to make you feel hungry after only a few minutes of browsing, Great British Chefs will also try its best to turn you into a kitchen master. Its superb recipes, detailed videos and excellent expert advice make it a great app for cooks of all levels. A great companion for you in the kitchen.
Available for iPhone and iPad £2.99/$4.99
Bloomberg is a must for city traders and anyone with an interest in stocks and shares. With wonderful visual aids and stylish menus, this pulls in data from all corners of the web to bring you up-to-date analysis and financial info. This app will empower your stock knowledge.
Available for iPhone & iPad for free
Few creative apps offer the wide range of tools and applications that Procreate can boast with a perfect combination of depth and ease of use. Paints, inks and abstract shapes are available, each with customisation options, so you can achieve the effect you’re looking for. If you’re itching to sketch or paint a masterpiece on your iPad, then download this now!
Available for iPad £2.99/$4.99
This augmented reality app enables you to explore the stars, planets and constellations in the night sky in real-time in order to track their movements and alignments. There is a staggering amount of information to be learnt. It’s like a pocket-sized Patrick Moore.
Available for iPhone £1.99/$2.99
Track your fitness, get pep talks, instant feedback, and even start competitive challenges with your friends all through this one app. When it comes to fitness programs, Endomondo is the most social experience you’ll get from a fitness app.
Available for free on iOS and Android.
Solve the riddle or puzzle of each stage by generating objects and characters. Type anything you like and it will appear magically and even interact with other things. Scribblenauts is a wonderful tool for the imagination to run riot and an essential download for all smartphone gamers.
Available for iOS and Android, £0.69/$0.99
Thanks to a committed and enthusiastic community of food lovers, Foodspotting is an essential destination for when you want something great to eat anywhere in the world and want some help deciding. Find a great dish yourself, take a picture of it and share your thoughts with the world.
Foodspotting is available for free on iOS and Android. Get it now!
With a wide range of tools inspired by real-life utensils in the art world. ArtRage is about a comprehensive a painting tool as you’re likely to find. Use all those tools in exactly the same way on your iPad as you would on a real canvas, mixing and blending your strokes with some amazing results.
Worth a look if you feel like unleashing your inner artist!
5 apps I found that are good for learning & education. In no particular order.
Suitable for everyone from first year primary school to 80 years plus! This app covers all of the numeracy basics, through to the more advanced stuff, and presents it in a clear and engaging chalkboard format. As you learn you can test yourself with a series of quizzes.
Worth a download if you want to sharpen your numeracy skills.
Out now for iPad - £2.99/$4.99
50 million downloads in it’s first 50 days is what OMGPOPs reinvention of Pictionary for the mobile-age achieved on iOS. Draw Something is the smartphone game of 2012, already winning multiple awards in the short time it’s been on the market. Makers and seed funded start-up OMGPOP, caught widespread attention and were swiftly bought out last month by social game giant Zynga for $180m.
Just in case you haven’t heard about or played Draw Something before:
Two players alternate turns between drawing a picture for each other to guess. The person drawing chooses one of three words to draw, the three choices are of varying difficulty - the higher the difficulty, the higher the stakes. Each player earns one to three coins if the drawing is guessed correctly. Earning enough coins buys you additional colours to use or ‘bombs’ at your disposal. Bombs help you out if you’re stuck, either by making the word easier to guess or giving you more options when choosing what to draw.
It’s an upgrade of the Facebook ‘Poke’!
Unlike many of the other big games on iOS that require a short investment of time (eg. Cut the Rope, Angry Birds), Draw Something creates the most informal of communications between users. By this I mean that Draw Something is an evolution of the Facebook ‘poke’ feature…. It’s a way of saying ‘hey’ to a friend without words. Sending a friend a doodle for them to guess is an extension of validating friendship - letting the other person know that they’re on your radar.
From a personal perspective, I am hooked on Draw Something! I’ve integrated it with my Facebook, and I’m playing against friends that I haven’t spoken to for months…. or even a couple of years!
Games of this nature have certainly existed for a few years already, however they have generally only found success directly on the web (eg. Farmville on Facebook). I predict that we will see more games in the near future, looking to further blur the lines between gameplay and the social graph directly on your smartphone.
In the meantime, I’m just enjoying Draw Something and I don’t care how lame it makes me look!
Draw Something: available for iPhone and Android (free and paid versions)
Picture: my attempt at drawing ‘weights’ on the Draw Something iPhone app for my sister to guess!
Facebook has made previous acquisitions of technology start-ups, such as Beluga (which integrated as Facebook Messenger app) and Hot Potato (which became Facebook’s check-in feature, Facebook Places), however it is fair to say that yesterday’s Instagram deal is the biggest to date.
What I see as the key differentiator that made Instagram so appetising, is that Instagram were not afraid to move to Android, opening up their app to the majority of smartphone users, not just keeping it on iOS.
At the time of launching the Android version, a loud minority of iPhone users snobbishly whined that the influx of Android users was turning the app into some sort of visual ghetto. As an iPhone & Instagram user, I feel that opening up any app to as many users as possible is only a good thing, as it can make the community richer and more involved.
Instagram were right to ignore the objections to their Android expansion, and what the extension demonstrated was that Intagram were keen to allow their photo sharing experience enrich as many lives as possible. This was the point where Facebook had to take note. One of Facebook’s main uses is the ability to share and store your pictures online. If Instagram had continued to grow at the impressive rates it was currently achieving (zero to 30m+ users on iOS in less than 18 months), surely this would have a detrimental affect to Facebook to some extent.
Facebook of late have been promoting themselves as a platform for other technology services and apps to plug in to - they’re building a ‘social web’. What the Instagram acquisition shows is that if you become prominent in Facebook’s ‘social web’, you may just fetch a nice $1 billion price tag.
Co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger will join Facebook following the takeover. It will be interesting to see if Instagram will stay as Instagram or will be re-branded and fully integrated into Facebook. My hunch is the latter.