New iPhone apps worth downloading: Squrl and Resultly updates, RunSanity

Nov 29, 2012

Search your way through all kinds of video with a new update to Squrl. Today’s leading app makes searching through everything from YouTube to Netflix quick and easy. Next up is Resultly, an app that creates notifications for anything you want, sort of like Google Alerts for your life. Finally, RunSanity takes the endless runner formula and throws in the ability to compete against friends.

Squrl update (Free)

What’s it about? Squrl is a search app for finding videos, able to scour YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and more in just a few seconds.

What’s cool? The latest update for Squrl brings in a lot more streaming capabilities and reorganizes video navigation to improve efficiency. Squrl lets you input your subscriptions services such as Netflix, Hulu and others, and it also includes the ability to search through a number of live streaming TV channels and sites, like Huffington Post Live, Bloomberg, and This Week in Tech. You can also send your favorite videos using social networking capabilities that link the app to Facebook and Twitter.

Who’s it for? If you like to watch a lot of online videos, and especially if you have access to different subscription sources such as Netflix and Hulu, Squrl might be an easy way to navigate it all in one place.

What’s it like? Google’s YouTube app is no longer built in to iOS 6, so you might want to pick that one up. Netflix is also pretty robust for subscribers to that service.

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Resultly update (Free)

What’s it about? Resultly is like a Google Alert generator that’s a lot more specific. You can add any interest you want into the app, like finding an apartment in a certain place for a certain price, or wanting to know when news stories about time travel are published. Resultly will notify you if anything pops up on the web.

What’s cool? Resultly sends article alerts while looking out for deals on iPhones, local sales,  stock price changes, apartment availability in your neighborhood, and more. When one of your interests gets a ping, it can notify you on your iOS device, send you an email, or both. The app recently overhauled its user interface and squashed a few more bugs.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for certain key information but don’t want to keep making the same searches around the web every few days to find out what’s changed, check out Resultly.

What’s it like? Try AmazonLocal for keeping up on deals around your area, and MyApartmentMap if you’re in the market for a new place to live.

RunSanity ($0.99)

What’s it about? RunSanity is a side-scrolling running game, in which your goal is to grab coins and get as close to obstacles as you can without hitting them to rack up points.

What’s cool? On its surface, RunSanity is just another running title, but while it handles the basics competently enough, it has a few additional cool social capabilities that make it stand out. The game allows you to compete against friends in Challenge Mode, in which you and others run through the same level trying to beat one another’s times and scores. The app uses a “ghost” system that lets you see how your friends did on a level, giving you the chance to compete with them indirectly. There’s also a full single-player game, with multiple characters and 20 levels through which to test yourself.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a fan of running games, and have friends who are too, RunSanity is a solid pick.

What’s it like? There are lots of running titles out there, but Jetpack Joyride and Canabalt are among the best.

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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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