Senators Just Say no to DUI Apps
United States Senators wrote a letter to the Canadian based company, Research in Motion, requesting that their product, DUI App be removed from their store online. The app, and others like it, can report back to the user the location of police checkpoints and police vehicles. The senators made the very good point that the app endangers other citizens by allowing drunk drivers to avoid police.
One such app have ten million users, is a live database of known DUI checkpoints. Some aspects of the DUI apps that are on the market are actually incredibly useful when applied to other purposes like driving safety, but are just in bad taste when branded as a DUI app. Those services mentioned in a meeting of the Senate subcommittee for internet privacy were a taxi cab finder and red light notification system.
DUI checkpoints are often made public and often by law enforcement. No other company except Research in Motion has complied with the request made by senate.
Google Sync in Apps News
Google has announced that the Apple iOS Google Sync app has been updated with mail syncing, calendars and contacts for use with MS Exchange accounts. The feature enhancements now allow send mail as, calendar event management and the ability to search all emails including those archived. The Google Sync Service is now available during an MS Exchange account setup.
Search emails including those stored in both iOS mail and Gmail
Calendar events through the iOS app can now be accepted, declined and edited
The Send Mail as feature allows the user to send as any of their email adresses
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Zillow joins iPhone
Real estate website giant Zillow.com recently released a new mortgage application for the iPhone. This application is a must-have for those looking to purchase a new home. The application features a tool that will calculate how much of a home you can afford, as well an estimate of what your mortgage rate will be.
While some of the tools may be too finicky for some users, like the sliding scale to adjust numbers, the overall ease of the application highly outweighs any cons that it may have. The best part of this application, easily, is the fact that it is absolutely free to download and use.
Texas Poker iPhone let’s you play with online players not just with a CPU. The first impression that I got at the first view of the application was a really good one. Why? It has a lot of players online. According to me that’s a big plus, who would like a poker game with just a few people that he can play with?
If there are many players you get hooked right away. You can join a table, if you are not satisfied with how your game goes, quit the current table and join another one! Another plus was that this game lets you view other players’ profiles and see what their skills are like and then you know how to take your chances at a table.
Your profile has your nickname, your picture, your cash and your level. You aren’t obligated to create an account, having the liberty to play as a guest. The Texas Poker app has top-notch graphics, and it is such a joy to navigate around the game smoothly. If you take too long to make a move, the device vibrates to remind you to hurry.
Buying chips is fuss-free with the fake money that we can earn. The game also allows us to add friends to play it together, and we can do poker-talk on it using the chat feature. We can see our friends when they are online, and get a game going. The Help button is the right on the main screen is if we need any help getting the hang of the game.
The latest release in the Plants vs. Zombies franchise is Plants vs. Zombies 2 Zombie Bible and it is full of awesome!
There are a variety of fun and addicting games available through the iPhone app store. One of the most popular is the Plants vs. Zombies 2 gamed. It has won over 20 games of the year awards from a variety of app review sites.
The point of the game is to rid the home of zombies through the use of zombie killing plants. There are over 50 different zombie filled levels currently available on the app. The developer, PopCap Games, has continued to update the game with fixes to glitches and other fun features.
The game allows users to earn points and collect coins to be used towards power ups and different enhancements. Use over 40 zombie fighting plants to get rid of the 26 types of zombies. The app costs 1.99 and will provide a fun filled addictive game for any user.
This is one of the MUST HAVE apps for baseball fans, especially those that have fantasy leagues. Bill James Baseball IQ gives you all the stats of your favorite teams at your finger tips. These are solid stats that are continually updated.
Gain access to all of the major league baseball information one will ever need. Bill James Baseball IQ gives you the chance to get the same information the managers use to choose their line ups. The data is from the past three seasons as well as the current season and is constantly updated.
Some of the different features available in Bill James Baseball IQ – AmericanEagle.com include a hit locator, hit zone and k zone. You can compare different baseball players and their stats. The app also allows users to input their own data which can be turned into charts and heat maps to track batting and pitching trends.
The app costs more than most apps at 14.99 but for the amount of features packed inside the cost is well worth it. For coaches and players it is a great way to get a visual on how players are performing. Help your team prepare for the next game with the batter pitcher match up, or the pitcher comparison.
A fun new and free app on the app store, is Flick Football. A soccer game for the fingers, flick football is fun and addicting. A great way to pass the time it is a easy game to learn and the different modes make it great for any age.
There are six different gaming modes; The big game, sudden death, vs. the clock, target practice, how to score loads of points as well as compete against the world. Each mode has a different focus, from timed scoring opportunities, to trying to find the best scoring position.
There are 21 different achievements to be gained throughout the game. The game has been featured on the app store’s top ten and has a rating of 4.5 out of 5. The updates are continuous and the game play is smooth. Graphics are pretty good and the camera angles used to shoot are accurate.
Guerilla Bob is a new app available for android phones that is quickly gaining a lot of popularity. It is a multi-player game and is also available on the apple line of smartphones and tablets. The multi-player feature allows people in the local area all to be on the same game at the same time. It has simply controls including a virtual joystick as well as automatic aim when tapping the right hand of the screen.
- Easy to play
- Great Controls with a Virtual Joystick
- Global Scoring
- Leader Boards
- Local Area Multiplayer
The more bad guys shot and the longer that Bob stays alive means the more points the players will receive. It’s a fun game and its simple platform makes it enjoyable and not too complicated. The graphics of the game are awesome, and the game play does not slow or lag. It is a part of the OpenFeint global leader boards and all scores can be uploaded to see where users rank in comparison to other global players. Price is $2.99.
This is a great way to spend your day playing all of your favorite carnival attractions. The Carnival Games for iPhone allows you to let go of your stress and get excited about the country fair. You will be able to customize your character and also earn tickets for all of the games that you end up winning. You can then use those tickets to go get yourself some pretty cool prizes. All you have to do is tap the map to be able to see all of the different attractions. There are also new friends you can meet and hidden challenges to enjoy.
- This game really will bring the carnival to life in your mobile phone because you will get to enjoy over 10 different games that you would find at the local fairgrounds celebration
- The first is the star shoot out where you will have to shoot down all of the stars in order to win a prize
- You can also try your hand at the balloon darts booth where you will have to have a steady hand in order to pop all of the balloons
- Spilled milk is yet another attraction where you will need to knock down all of the milk bottles in order to win
- There is also the test of strength that you will be able to try out that will allow you to see how hard you can hit the target
- There are the bumper boats (a personal fave) where you will get to swim around and throw your weight into the other unsuspecting carnival attendees
- There is a shooting gallery to see what kind of a sharp shooter you are
- There is also the clown bonk where you can slap stick the big painted guys
- Other games include fun ones like the great swami, the wild west, the frog leap, and also the nerves of steel
Who doesn’t like a trip to the carnival? This is a pretty fun game that was put out by 2K Play. This allows you to participate in the fun little carnival games over and over again without having to pay five bucks a pop. Granted you won’t come home with a life-sized stuffed animal but it is still a pretty fun game to play. This app has over ten different carnival games that you would find down at the county fair and you will see how addicting it can be to prove that you are better than the average gamer walking down the street.
This app has been given a rating of 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars by the reviewers and users that are over on the iTunes website. This app can also be downloaded onto your phone after you purchase it for a price of $2.99.
Those rednecks may get a hard time out in the real world but when aliens come to invade, it’s a whole other story. They can defend the farmhouse like it’s nobody’s business. In the Rednecks Vs Aliens iPhone app you will have to stop all of the aliens from coming and ruining your livelihood. You will have to kill your enemies, get some cash, and upgrade your defenses so you can take on the next wave that is sure to be coming in. You will be able to use some pretty cool weapons such as the potato gun, the mayonaisse that never gets eaten, the lawnmower blade launcher, and much more. You really will have to use all of the tricks in your arsenal to preserve Earth from these space invaders!
- This game has a variety of different weapons and guns that you will be able to use to fend off the green visitors. This includes over 10 different gun types at your disposal
- Your house is your best defense so you want to make sure that it stays safe. Be sure to use the 7 house upgrades to help you kill the green men
- As the waves of aliens continue to come in you will have to endure 8 different kinds of them in order to preserve peace and world order
- There are also three different power ups that are of the special variety
- When it comes to the guns of the game there are potato guns, lawnmower blade launchers, and even flaming tennis racquets
- As for normal types of guns you will be able to use the AK-47, the 12 – Gauge Shotgun, and also the .357 Magnum
- Then there are the crazier weapons that include the likes of the toilet seat, the banjo boomerang, and even some old leftover mayonnaise bombs
This is the perfect storm of red neck goodness along with out of this world alien invasions. We all know red necks have no shame in real life so what wouldn’t they use to try and stave off alien invaders? This is a creative game with decent graphics and pretty fun gameplay. You will have to be smart about your weapon choices and quick with the finger in order to kill them all.
This app has been given some pretty good ratings and is currently sitting at a 3 out of 4 star rating as decided by hundreds of different iPhone app users. The game is also pretty inexpensive to purchase and will only cost about $0.99.