Eight new iPhone apps worth tapping into

Nov 20, 2009
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There is no need to travel around the world to discover this week’s best iPhone apps. From a state-of-the-art navigation iPhone app to a new offering by GQ Magazine that will truly make your day, these applications deserve to be downloaded.  Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America    Don’t let the $80 price tag scare you away […]

There is no need to travel around the world to discover this week’s best iPhone apps. From a state-of-the-art navigation iPhone app to a new offering by GQ Magazine that will truly make your day, these applications deserve to be downloaded. 

Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America   

Don’t let the $80 price tag scare you away from this innovation in on-the-road navigation. Magellan, a leader in global positioning systems for more than a quarter century, has found its way onto the iPhone. Features for Magellan RoadMate 2010 North America, which has no subscription fees after initial purchase, include spoken word guidance and directions, 3D landmarks and integration with your address book. 

Google Earth

If Magellan is too pricey for your world, check out the newly released updates from Google Earth. The 2.0 version of the app – which visually scans the entire planet – synchs to maps and driving directions you create on the website. Additional new features include 13 more languages and icons that glow after being tapped to confirm your destination point.

Discover Mobile

This free iPhone app makes you appreciate having a credit card company follow you wherever you go. Discover card members now have immediate access to their account information and recent transactions through Discover Mobile. Making mobile payments is a snap. After downloading the app, just enter your Discover.com ID and password and be on your way.    

GQ | Dec 09 | Men of the Year Issue 

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Like many traditional newstand publications, GQ is trying to figure out a sustainable digital identity that still appeals to readers. For its annual December “Men of the Year Issue”, GQ released a $2.99 app that faithfully advances what appears in the print edition. “Badass of the Year” Clint Eastwood somehow looks at home on the iPhone. 

Tony Hawk: Faceplant 

Want to know what it looks it likes to skateboard like Tony Hawk but would rather not end up in the emergency ward to do so? If so, then the 99-cent Tony Hawk: Faceplant is your app. Part of a series of recently released Tony Hawk iPhone applications, Faceplant allows you to superimpose your face within videos of famous Hawk skateboard moments. The app also lets you brag online to your friends. 

Harry Potter: Spells

There is something magical about the iPhone, but with the $4.99 Harry Potter: Spells app you can turn your device into a magic wand. Use specific hand gestures to duel your way through 14 different spells. If you can’t find a friend to duel with, you can always challenge your computer. 

Surviving High School 

Have you ever wanted to relive high school, but only this time be the jock, valedictorian or prom queen? Surviving High School is a $2.99 fantasy game that allows you to create your own teenage narrative through a series quizzes and group interactions. Each week, users are invited back at no cost to experience how life would be if they made different decisions. 

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Stachetastic ULTIMATE 

Curious to see what you would look like with a porn star moustache or massive mullet, but still want to maintain a relationship with your significant other? Have some fun with Stachetastic ULTIMATE, a $4.99 photo app that imagines you in 130 different facial configurations. Like something you see? Tweet it and send it around on Facebook before doing anything drastic.

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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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