• The AppAdvice Top 10: Best Free iPhone Apps Of 2011

    The AppAdvice Top 10: Best Free iPhone Apps Of 2011

    Here at AppAdvice we are constantly trudging through the App Store to bring you the best app news, reviews, giveaways, and, well, advice. Even though we do spotlight certain apps throughout the year, we realize there are still a lot for you to digest.

    So, to bring you, our readers, an even more curated list of apps, we decided to give you our top 10 apps of 2011. This particular list shares our favorite apps of the year (yes, they had to have been released this year) for the iPhone. Luckily for you, they’re all free. So, before you ring in the new year, check out the best apps of 2011.

    The Best Free iPhone Apps Of 2011

    Cards

    Apple released this app so that we could use our iPhone to mail cards for holidays or just because. These cards are fully customizable and guess what? You create them and a physical copy will be sent to whomever you wish. It’s only $2.99 to send a card in the U.S. and $4.99 to mail one internationally. You can’t beat that! That’s less expensive than buying a card in the store.

    Path 2.0

    We know Path was originally released in 2010, but when version 2.0 was released this year, we were so blown away — and it was so different — that we couldn’t leave it off of the list. After all, it’s an entirely new app. Path is the social network for keeping up with only those most near and dear to us (or far and dear to us). Path is about quality, not quantity. Plus, the app design is probably the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen (okay, okay: almost).

    Flipboard

    Once the most popular way to read your news on the iPad, this app finally made its way to the iPhone this year. Flipboard allows you to create your own content by adding RSS feeds, social networks, and even services like Flickr. It works seamlessly, using gestures, by flipping the pages up and down. You also get to work your thumb muscle — this is a win/win.

    Spotify

    This is the music app to have. Forget managing your tunes with the iPod app, Spotify has you covered. Choose from millions of songs to stream right on your iPhone. Although the app is free, you initially have 48 hours to try all of the premium features with no charge. However, you can extend your trial period to 30 days, if you follow their steps. If you decide you want to keep those features around after that, and we think you’ll want to, you’ll have to pay $9.99/month.

    Greplin

    This is more of a hidden gem that most iOS users probably don’t know about. Greplin allows you to add social feeds, RSS feeds, email accounts, and much more into one searchable database. Just type in a word and this app will search through all of these databases at once — it’s like a personalized life search. Greplin is one of those apps that you don’t necessarily need often, but it’s definitely good to have it on hand when you do need it. And trust us: at some point it will save your butt. You can sign up for a free Greplin account here.

    Instagram

    We can’t forget Instagram. This social photo-sharing app is the app of its kind. Even if all of the fancy filters just aren’t your thing, you don’t have to use any. Instagram is the best way to share photos with your friends and social networks on the go.

    Temple Run

    We here at AppAdvice cannot put this game down. It’s so simple, but extremely addictive. Just swipe up, down, left, right (B, A, select, start … just kidding) and avoid the obstacles, while collecting gold, in this endless runner. Crazy monkey men are chasing you, so don’t fall! Who knows what they will do if they catch you …

    Hanging With Friends Free

    You can’t possibly own an iPhone and not know what Words With Friends is. Well, this is its cousin. Its close cousin. They may or may not have an incestuous relationship. Hanging With Friends Free is the ad-supported version of this head-to-head hangman game. What makes this app a keeper is the social aspect; being able to play against friends as well as people from all around the globe will keep you coming back for more.

    CardFlick

    This app allows you to share business cards — digitally. You can design your own business card in the app, add whatever information you want (including your photo), and you’re all set. Just flick the cards to anyone around who has the app. This idea is pure genius — and saves tress, too! We only wish more people used it. So, get to it! Share your business card with us.

    AppsGoneFree

    And what better way to end the best free apps list then to include the app that will help you find even more free apps to add to your iPhone. That’s right: Our very own AppsGoneFree will help add to your app addiction and not subtract from your wallet.

    Appy New Year!

    The AppAdvice Team

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  • Save Yourself The Hassle Of Being Late To Work On A Snowy Morning With Winter Wake Up

    Save Yourself The Hassle Of Being Late To Work On A Snowy Morning With Winter Wake Up

    Do you ever worry about getting up early enough to make it to work on time when there was bad weather overnight? Many people that live in cold climates have been caught off guard by waking up to a slick and sloppy mess, which can cause them to be late for work. Winter Wake-up by Boondoggle may help us rest a little easier during these winter months.

    The app is very simple in its function. Winter Wake-up will wake you up early if there is snow or icy weather overnight. This will give you enough time to brush off your car, shovel the driveway and hit the snowy roads in time to make it to work.

    Winter Wake-up works like an ordinary alarm clock; the early wake up feature is available only if you need it. You can choose how early you want it to wake you up, depending on the conditions. There is even a setting that will just let you sleep in if the snow is so bad that there is no way you could go anywhere.

    So far, users have been complaining of some error messages within the app when trying to set the alarms. There aren’t many alarm sounds to choose from, and you cannot access your iTunes library through the app. Also, the display does not currently work as a bedside clock.

    Hopefully, a few tweaks will bring this app up to par, because the concept is very useful for those of us in snowy climates. Winter Wake-up is a free app, so it may be worth the download to see how it works for you.

     
  • Intelli-Diet Is Great For New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions

    Intelli-Diet Is Great For New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions

    intelli-Diet App | Weight Loss App by Barracuda Partners, LLC icon

    intelli-Diet App | Weight Loss App ($3.99) by Barracuda Partners, LLC is a great app for the beginning of 2012. After the holidays, many New Year’s resolutions involve shedding a few extra pounds; intelli-Diet is here to help.

    This app goes beyond simple calorie counting and helps users create a well-balanced diet of whole, natural foods, based on their preferences. Similar to a dietician, intelli-Diet plans daily meals with exactly what foods and what quantities to eat.

    The app requires a little setup when first used. Users must enter their information such as weight, height, date of birth, gender, etc. Intelli-Diet then calculates their Body Mass Index (BMI) and lets them know where they are on the scale (e.g., underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese).

    intelli-Diet App | Weight Loss App by Barracuda Partners, LLC screenshot

    Users also set their target weight and the app will calculate the target weight BMI. Intelli-Diet projects an approximate date for when users will reach their target weight. This depends on the level of exercise selected. Users must also enter a wide variety of diet preferences. They select their food preferences from the five categories: protein, carbs, fat, fruit, and veggies. Diet plans will only include foods selected in the food preferences, these can be changed at any time through the settings tab.

    Intelli-Diet creates a daily food plan and a weekly food plan for users. The meal plans include five meals: breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. Users enter times for each meal based on their schedules and intelli-Diet will remind them to eat at the time of each meal (these reminders can be turned off at any time).

    Meal plans are highly flexible. Individual items can be changed by tapping on the food item and selecting an alternate. Users can also refresh each meal or the whole day to see different food options. The quantity of each food is also displayed along with each item. After users eat the food, they can check off the item on the daily plan. Meal plans can be emailed through the app.

    The kitchen tab allows users to modify meal plans based on what foods they have available. Unavailable foods are shown in the shopping list, which can be emailed for grocery trips. Finally, the weight tab serves as a weight loss tracker. Users can add their weight along with their diet info and see their progress in a chart or table view.

    Overall, intelli-Diet is a great all-in-one diet app for iPhone users. If you’re looking for a helpful diet app, be sure to check out intelli-Diet in the App Store.

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  • iOS Apps Gone Free: TweetyPop, Siege Hero HD, Snapseed, And More

    iOS Apps Gone Free: TweetyPop, Siege Hero HD, Snapseed, And More

    Experience Twitter in a whole new way with TapFactory’s interactive 3D iPad app, TweetyPop. We also have a first-person physics-based puzzle game, and a powerful photo editor.

    All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

    iPhone:

    B.A.N.G. Invasion ($0.99 -> Free, 146.2 MB): This genre-mashing arcade game has you playing as Obry Gunpowder, an ingenious mechanic who has the power to decide the fate between two warring lands by blasting his opponents into pieces using his giant manowar. Manowars can be equipped with a variety of weapons, which can be purchased using the coins earned during battle. The game includes a main campaign, local multiplayer, power-ups, and four environments.

    B.A.N.G. Invasion is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 71 ratings.

    Monster Trucks Nitro 2 ($2.99 -> Free, 39.5 MB): Bigger really is better, at least when it comes to side-scrolling racing games. Take control of one of four powerful monster trucks and try to navigate the many massive obstacles in order to be the first to the finish line. You’re able to control the angle of your truck by tilting your device, and you can control the speed via a slider at the bottom of the screen. The game also includes 28 tracks with 3D environments, destructible objects, and online leaderboards.

    Monster Trucks Nitro 2 is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 4651 ratings.

    7 Planets ($1.99 -> Free, 17.0 MB): A logic puzzle game where you must roll wooden balls all around the screen in order to get them into their correct rows. The trick, however, is that when one ball is moved, all of the balls in that row or column move with it until they are stopped by a wall. Your score is based on how long it takes you to complete the puzzle and how many moves it took you. The game includes Game Center integration as well.

    7 Planets is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 6 ratings.

    Through the Cliff hd ($0.99 -> Free, 16.7 MB): Help Ross drive across the hillside by removing obstacles in his path in this physics-based puzzle game. Just tap on boxes and other obstacles to remove them and have other pieces fall into place to give Ross a clear driving path. Then tap on Ross and watch him drive safely to the other side of the screen. Collect the coins that fall from the boxes to earn bonus points. The game includes two environments and 40 levels.

    Through the Cliff hd is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3-star rating with a total of 36 ratings.

    alchemist rose – iPhone ($1.99 -> Free, 1.1 MB): An interactive entertainment app that allows you to create awe-inspiring designs by simply touching and turning your iDevice. A tap on the screen will change the current color of the orbs, and tilting will change the rotation. Tapping and tilting at the same time will yield even more unique results. The app includes 10-finger multitouch support, variable speeds, video-out support, and much more.

    alchemist rose – iPhone is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 16 ratings.

    Universal:

    Snapseed ($4.99 -> Free, 26.5 MB): A pro-level photo editor that allows you to enhance, transform, and share your photos while on the go. It includes a wide variety of features that will allow you to make quick adjustments or tinker around for a while, including auto correction, crop, tune, filters, frames, and straighten. Edits can be applied with great precision since the app includes gesture and multitouch controls. Photos can be shared via social networks, saved to your library, or printed via AirPrint.

    Snapseed is available for free today only (12/31). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 1345 ratings.

    Chicks and Turtles ($0.99 -> Free, 17.3 MB): A simple pick-up-and-play platform game that requires you to save as many chickens as possible in a limited amount of time. Tap the left and right buttons at the bottom of the screen to get your chickens safely across the bridge of turtles. Collect treasures and other items to boost your score. The game includes OpenFeint integration as well.

    Chicks and Turtles is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 29 ratings.

    Siege Hero HD ($3.99 -> Free, 21.9 MB): Siege Hero offers a new perspective on the physics-based puzzle game genre. Instead of chucking stones from the sides of the screen, you’ll be taking out your foes via a first-person perspective. Just tap to throw stones and watch entire structures crumble. You can tap and hold to zoom in as well. The game includes hundreds of levels with star ratings for each, the ability to unlock 10 more levels by gathering loot, and Game Center integration.

    Siege Hero HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 2214 ratings.

    Fat Jump ($0.99 -> Free, 47.8 MB): This unique endless climbing game requires you to direct a green creature as high as possible without overindulging on tasty and rather unhealthy treats. Tilt your device to steer your hero safely to each platform and try to collect healthy foods while avoiding the fatty ones, because if he eats too many he’ll be weighed down and eventually crash through platforms. The game includes a handful of environments, random platform placement, power-ups, and Game Center integration.

    Fat Jump is available for free today only (12/31). It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 11 ratings.

    iPad:

    TweetyPop – Twitter, Reimagined. ($0.99 -> Free, 5.7 MB): Get a whole new perspective on the world of Twitter with TweetyPop. TweetyPop displays all of the tweets from your feed as message bubbles set in a 3D space environment. As you read each one, just flick it off the screen to move onto the next. The app includes multiple account support, inline image viewing, Instapaper and TextExpander integration, and much more.

    TweetyPop – Twitter, Reimagined. is available for free today only (12/31). It has a 4-star rating with a total of 118 ratings.

    Alchemist Rose – iPad ($4.99 -> Free, 1.0 MB): An interactive entertainment app that allows you to create awe-inspiring designs by simply touching and turning your iDevice. A tap on the screen will change the current color of the orbs, and tilting will change the rotation. Tapping and tilting at the same time will yield even more unique results. The app includes 10-finger multitouch support, variable speeds, video-out support, and much more.

    Alchemist Rose – iPad is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 40 ratings.

    That concludes today’s issue of Apps Gone Free. If you like staying on top of these daily deals, don’t forget to check out our free AppsGoneFree app. It provides all the deals each day, and even an archive of past deals that are still active.

    Developers:

    If you are a developer who would like to get your app included in our “Apps Gone Free” daily lists, here’s our basic set of rules:

    • It must have at least a three-star average rating at the time it goes free.
    • The app must not have been free numerous times (3+) over the last six months.
    • The free version of your app must not include ads.

    To submit an app, simply send a request to tyler@appadvice.com with the subject “Apps Gone Free.” Please include the name of the app, a link to it in the App Store, when and for how long you intend to offer the app for free, and anything else you would like to share. We will take it from there.

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    Of all the pressing energy questions facing the world today, probably the most perplexing is the problem of providing enough energy to power the roughly 78 million iPhones that exist in the world today (OK, not really, but it’s up there). Energy researchers can breathe a sigh of relief however, as ExxonMobile Vice President Bill […]

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  • AppGuide Updated: Apple Stalking

    AppGuide Updated: Apple Stalking

    Wondering which bar the iPhone might be in next? How many cameras the iPhone 6 might have? Whatever the case, if it’s Apple related, we want more of it right? Right. So here are my picks for all the good, bad and ugly ways to stalk, I mean, “keep up with” our dearly beloved Apple.

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  • Chinese train can hit 310 mph, was inspired by ancient sword

    For those of you business people who commute regularly by train, there is word from China about a new engine that is shattering speed records and promising to get you to your destination in considerably less time. Pictured above is the modified CRH-380A train, built by Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Co., that is shattering […]

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  • Windows Phone 7-based Nokia phones receiving Nokia Collection rollout

    It looks like Nokia is beginning to rollout some of the mobile integration with the Windows Phone Marketplace it promised last February when it announced the strategic partnership it had formed with Microsoft. This comes in the form of a silent upgrade that adds an exclusive Nokia app section called the Nokia Collection to Windows […]

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  • iWake With AppAdvice SE: Year In Review (2011)

    iWake With AppAdvice SE: Year In Review (2011)

    Good morning! Today’s special edition episode of iWake With AppAdvice is now available. Today’s special edition takes a look at what happened this year.

    Topics include:

    *The iPhone Breaks Free Of AT&T

    *White iOS Devices Unveiled

    *iPods Neglected

    *Locationgate Comes And Goes

    *Long Awaited iPad Apps Released

    *The Mac App Store Launches

    *Apple’s Competitors Baffled

    *Apple Has Its Vengeance

    *The iCloud Is Here Along With iTunes Match

    *Lion and iOS 5 Released

    *The MacBook Is Dead

    *Thunderbolt Launches

    *CD Drives Being Killed Off

    *Tim Cook Becomes Apple’s New CEO

    *Steve Jobs

    It is available through iTunes, Stitcher Radio, or you can use this RSS feed to subscribe to it in your favorite podcasting app.

    Here is a direct link for your convenience: iWake – 12.31.2011 – 23 Minutes, 39 Seconds – 18.6 MB

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    Here’s To 2012!

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  • Pocket Lists – More Than Just Another GTD App

    Pocket Lists – More Than Just Another GTD App

    Pocket Lists ($2.99) is a fully featured to-do application that has recently appeared in the App Store. Though a number of other GTD apps are already available, the reasonable price, design and feature-set of Pocket Lists makes it something rather more interesting that just another run-of-the-mill to-do application.

    As outlined in the app’s release notes, features of Pocket Lists include:

    • To-do lists
    • Quick add
    • Hierarchy
    • Multiline to-do presentation
    • To-do stream presenting all in priority & due order
    • Archive
    • Priorities, due dates, due times, notes
    • Repeating to-dos
    • Notifications (iOS 4.2 or higher)
    • Passlocked lists
    • Copy & Paste add of multiple to-dos
    • Send lists via email
    • Duplicate lists
    • Beautiful icons
    • Color-coded lists
    • Lovely UI
    • To-do search
    • Backup & Restore (via iTunes file sharing)
    • Retina-ready

    Furthermore, Pocket Lists boasts a number of “power features” which include the following:

    • “Meeting tomorrow morning”, “car service saturday 7pm”, “prepare christmas gift list on dec 20”, “cinema fri night”: Pocket Lists automatically understands due date from your input. Talk with the app the way you talk with a real person. (Requires iOS 4.0 or higher.)
    • OCR: Built-in Optical Character Recognition mechanism allows you to create to-do lists from real photos taken from your iPhone. Awesome for checklists based on what you find in print media (e.g. cookbook recipes). Supported languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian.
    • iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S are recommended for OCR because of the higher camera quality.
    • Sync with Google Tasks, Toodledo and Calendar app (iOS 4.0 or higher). All syncs can be enabled in the app simultaneously thus making Pocket Lists a great to-do aggregator.
    • “Multiplayer”: collaborate on your lists via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without Internet connection (based on Apple’s Gamekit engine). A perfect way to go shopping with your spouse, or to pack luggage together!

    If you’re displeased with your current to-do client or don’t yet use one, consider purchasing and downloading Pocket Lists. As mentioned, it’s currently available in the App Store for $2.99.

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