Fresh iPhone Apps for Aug. 22: Maxthon Web Browser, Tagwhat update, ShipFall

Aug 22, 2012
Games

We’ve got a new mobile browser for you to try on your iOS devices leading the charge in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Take a look at Maxthon Web Browser which brings tabs, download management and cloud support to make mobile browsing feel more like desktop browsing. Up next is a big update to Tagwhat, an […]

We’ve got a new mobile browser for you to try on your iOS devices leading the charge in today’s Fresh iPhone Apps. Take a look at Maxthon Web Browser which brings tabs, download management and cloud support to make mobile browsing feel more like desktop browsing. Up next is a big update to Tagwhat, an app that makes traveling more interesting by supplying you with information and tying-in to social networking. In games, ShipFall will provide you with a little tilt-based side-scrolling fun as you race through tunnels in your spaceship, trying to collect important mining minerals.

Maxthon Web Browser (iPhone, iPad) Free

Mobile browser Maxthon is looking to replace your iOS device’s default Safari browser with a number of handy features and a slick interface. Like other browsing apps such as Google Chrome, it comes with the kind of things you’d expect from a desktop browser, like tabbed browsing and a download manager to keep track of the things you snag from the Internet.

Also making Maxthon a little more useful than your average mobile browser is cloud support. Syncing to the cloud allows you to save bookmarks and other information for access from any device. The app also has a “reader” mode, not unlike the functionality of apps such as Pocket or Instapaper, allowing you to make articles as simple and easy to read as possible.

Tagwhat update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Travel app Tagwhat uses the power of the Internet to bring you all kinds of interesting and different information about any place you might visit. When you arrive, you can use your device’s GPS capabilities to help figure out where you are, and Tagwhat starts searching for information about that location. You can also tailor your results to the kinds of information you want to know about a place, focusing on things like music or art.

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Tragwhat’s latest update ties it in more intensely with social media to give you a whole different perspective on the places you’re visiting. Social integration means you can quickly post to Facebook or foursquare about where you are and what you’re learning, and you can also see what other people are posting about those locations. The update also allows you to create a “trip journal” as you travel, and to save places you want to visit for later.

ShipFall (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A simple tilt-based title, ShipFall puts players in control of a mining spaceship navigating tunnels in its side-scrolling world. It looks quite a bit like the Xbox 360 title Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, but it plays significantly differently because ShipFall is a race against the clock to snag minerals necessary to exit each level.

Each level in ShipFall has players exploring a series of tunnels, gathering a certain number of objects before leaving the level. You’ll need to avoid slamming into walls and objects to keep your speed up, while also doing your best to explore every areas as you find it in order to avoid backtracking. There are also a number of power-ups you can find to get through puzzles faster or add time to the clock.

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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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