An app for all seasons and the best mobile offerings of October

Nov 1, 2011
Tech

While there are hundreds of mobile applications that can tell you what the weather is like, our favorite app of October informs users of what to wear under any conditions. Other great new releases for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices include an addictive scribbling game which invites players to literally draw or write in […]

While there are hundreds of mobile applications that can tell you what the weather is like, our favorite app of October informs users of what to wear under any conditions. Other great new releases for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices include an addictive scribbling game which invites players to literally draw or write in features to solve puzzles, an app from a classic comic book publisher, and a library of interviews with some of the most acclaimed leaders in business and finance.

swackett (iPhone, iPod Touch Free)

As the leaves change and we inch towards winter, weather patterns are becoming less predictable. How in the world can we figure out what to wear on any given day. Sure, apps like The Weather Channel can provide a comprehensive forecast, but they don’t exactly tell you whether it’s wise to wear a hoodie or bring that scarf with you to the office. Enter swackett, the free app that not only tells you what it’s like outside, but also gives you a visual cue of what to bring out with you. Great for users doing a final check before rushing out the front door, swackett also includes information on humidity, dew point and wind conditions. Users who want to bypass advertising can also download a premium version of swackett for 99 cents.

Scribblenauts Remix (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad $4.99)

Let your inspiration flow with this popular puzzle game that recently became available to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The Scribblenauts series, which was originally developed for the Nintendo DS, translates well to touchscreen devices. Players help the main character Maxwell solve puzzles by drawing or typing in tools like blocks or bridges to help them get from one frame to the next. Scribblenauts has 40 levels to tap into. Start playing the game from home on your iPad and continue after you leave the house on your iPhone without having to reset the game. Seems worthy of a smiley face scribble to me!

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Marvel Comics (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)

Although the free Marvel Comics app has long been available to owners of Apple’s iOS devices, Android users had to wait until now to access what is arguably the best comic book collection available. It’s worth the wait. Available for Android smartphones and tablet computers, Marvel Comics has a great collection of titles suitable for children and adults alike including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Spider-Man. The panel-by-panel view feature of the app really showcases the beautiful illustrations of the comics. Note, while many older and classic titles are available for free, newer comics are downloaded separately mostly for 99 cents a pop.

Adobe Reader (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android Free)

Because of competitive issues between Apple and Adobe, it is difficult for users to view content published on Adobe’s Flash-based file type on any iDevice. This new free app lets users access, read and print PDFs easily. It is a must have if your company shares information via PDF and/or if you enjoy downloading printable restaurant menus from the web. Not surprisingly, Adobe Reader applications have long been available on Android and other mobile platforms.

Bloomberg TV+ (iPad Free)

For decades, Bloomberg has published some of the most valuable and interesting business and finance news on the planet. Thanks to the free Bloomberg TV+ app, users will be able to access a lot of this world-class content all in one place. The app provides around-the-clock access to Bloomberg TV, including on-demand downloads of popular programing like the Charlie Rose show. Bloomberg in October also released free Radio+ apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Have questions or comments about a mobile app? Contact Brad Spirrison at [email protected], or visit www.appolicious.com and www.androidapps.com to learn more.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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