New iPhone apps worth downloading: Soundwave Music Discovery and Hang w/ updates, Joust Legend

Sep 17, 2013

We’ve got a pair of updated social networking apps to start today’s Apps worth Downloading list, both of which have just received bug-squashing updates to improve performance. Up first is Soundwave Music Discovery, an app for sharing the music you’re listening to and seeing what your friends like. Following that is Hang w/, a video streaming app that lets you use live video to “hang out” with other users. Bringing things home is Joust Legend, a 3-D medieval jousting game in which players use skill to take down opponents, and spend their winnings on tougher armor and equipment.

Soundwave Music Discovery update (Free)

What’s it about? Find new songs you’ll love and share what you’re listening to with Soundwave.

What’s cool? The best way to find new music is to get recommendations from friends who share your tastes. Soundwave knows that, and helps you to figure out what it is your friends are into by allowing them to share the music they like when they’re listening to it. The app shows you what other users are listening to, ranging from your friends to celebrities, and also lets you share with others the things you’re listening to as well. Soundwave tracks what you listen to on Spotify and Rdio as well as iTunes, and you can use the app to explore top-liked tracks from other users. The app’s latest update brings bug fixes to make everything run better.

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Who’s it for? Music fans looking for new ways to find great songs and bands should check out Soundwave.

What’s it like? Find new ways to get great music with Shazam and AccuRadio.


Hang w/ update (Free)

What’s it about? Mobile video app Hang w/ allows users to stream live with one another, creating a virtual hang out through their iOS devices.

What’s cool? If you’re an avid iOS device user, then you’ve probably tried Apple’s Face Time feature. Hang w/ is something of a similar concept, allowing users to stream video live to one another, effectively creating a live hang out with their mobile devices. You can use Hang w/ with your friends and other users, or stream live video from others. Hang w/ also lets you check out the latest six broadcasts of other users, and also allows you to create a channel of your own that others can follow. In its latest update, developers have squashed some bugs in Hang w/ and improved video performance for better hangouts.

Who’s it for? Fans of video streaming and Face Time-like hangouts should check out Hang w/.

What’s it like? Other solid social networking apps in the same vein include Hangouts and Google+.

Joust Legend ($1.99)

What’s it about? Hop on a house and face off against other warriors in Joust Legends, which, as the name suggests, has players joining in medieval jousts.

What’s cool? Joust Legend puts players in medieval tournaments way back in 1472, tasking them with taking down opponents in one-on-one horseback jousts. The game features fully 3-D graphics created with motion capture to depict your jousts, and you’ll have to use strategy and skill to take down other knights. Joust Legend also packs a number of power-ups and buffers you can utilize just before you enter a match in order to give yourself an edge, and you can use your winnings to buy better equipment and armor to withstand fiercer opponents.

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Who’s it for? If you’re into medieval tournaments and precision, skillful matches, check out Joust Legend.

What’s it like? Get some more jousting action out of Tall Bike Joust and Dino Joust.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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