Fresh iPhone Apps for Apr. 18: Conference Me In, CarrierCompare, Sketch Nation Studio, Sky Gnomes

Apr 18, 2012
Games

Make your work days a little easier with Conference Me In, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, which works to help make accessing conference calls easier. Another app utility, CarrierCompare, is meant to help users determine which cellular carriers work best where they live and work, to make it easier to pick one when the time […]

Make your work days a little easier with Conference Me In, today’s leading Fresh iPhone App, which works to help make accessing conference calls easier. Another app utility, CarrierCompare, is meant to help users determine which cellular carriers work best where they live and work, to make it easier to pick one when the time comes. Today’s leading fresh game, Sketch Nation, allows players to make games of their own and even sell them on the iTunes App Store. Finally, Sky Gnomes puts players on a racing vehicle to fly past other gnomes in daily tournaments.

Conference Me In (iPhone, iPad) Free

People who frequently find themselves on conference calls will want to take a look at Conference Me In, a free app that makes making and joining conference calls a whole lot easier. Because conference calls often require participants to use both the dial in number and a conference code, getting all the way into a call can be tough, especially while driving or finding yourself otherwise occupied. Conference Me In allows you to save all the necessary numbers for a call onto your calendar, and dial straight into the call with one button.

Conference Me In also allows you to organize your conference call appointments to keep them straight and easy to remember. You can save all the information for a conference call to your calendar, access multiple calendars from within the app, and even email out call information to others from inside the app.

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CarrierCompare (iPhone, iPad) Free

Now that Apple’s iPhone and iPad are available with service from multiple carriers, a lot of users have more choice than ever before as to which service they use for their new devices. CarrierCompare is meant to make figuring out which carrier to use easier by testing service in various areas. It’s a pretty simple method for checking data speeds, requiring only that users flip their phones over to a 3G or 4G connection.

CarrierCompare works by gathering the carrier data from other users to serve as a basis of comparison for your test with your carrier. Users who have ever made use of speedtest.net on a computer will see similarities: CarrierCompare sends out a signal and tests how fast it comes back and how strong the connection is. All the tests are location-specific, so you’ll be finding out not which cellular carrier is best, but which may be best in your area.

Sketch Nation Studio (iPhone, iPad) Free

Make your own iOS games with Sketch Nation. The app allows you to quickly create your own simple arcade titles that are actually pretty similar to some of the games you might see created by full-on app developers in the iTunes App Store. With Sketch Nation, however, you design the look and feel of the game, creating the art work for it from right within the app, and setting the rules within the games’ basic framework.

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Sketch Nation can allow you to create your own vertical jumping or endless running-style title in seconds. With the simple mode you’ll just draw the assets yourself and plug them in; with the more advanced modes, you can make determinations about how different elements in the game interact, like setting the strength of power-ups, for example. You can even create games and sell them in the App Store, pulling down half of the game’s profits after Apple’s cut.

Sky Gnomes (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Racer Sky Gnomes puts players in the role of – you guessed it – gnomes, as they speed through the air as quickly as possible. Each race has gnomes plummeting straight down through the air toward the ground below, picking up speed by hitting snowflakes and dodging balls of ice as they fall. Players snag coins along the way in each race, which can be spent to upgrade their vehicles and take down more tracks.

Sky Gnomes features daily tournaments that send allow players to compete with each other for the top rankings on each course. The more objectives you complete on each of the game’s courses, the more you’ll be able to upgrade your racer and try new courses. The game also tracks your skill level to place you in the right league with players at similar levels.

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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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