Fresh iPhone apps for Jan. 11: Magisto, Phraseology, Life is Crime, Ice Wings: Skies of Steel

Jan 11, 2012
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Take the difficulty out of creating professional-looking videos with your iOS devices with Magisto, today’s leading Fresh App. Magisto automatically analyzes the film you shoot and does the editing work for you. Just pick the video and the soundtrack and let the app do the rest. Following that is a feature-laden text editor for the […]

Take the difficulty out of creating professional-looking videos with your iOS devices with Magisto, today’s leading Fresh App. Magisto automatically analyzes the film you shoot and does the editing work for you. Just pick the video and the soundtrack and let the app do the rest. Following that is a feature-laden text editor for the iPad called Phraseology that’s designed specifically for writers. Life is Crime, a free-to-play massively multiplayer mobile game leads today’s gaming offerings, followed by top-down shooter Ice Wings: Skies of Steel, in which you’ll use tilt controls to pilot a fighter jet around obstacles.

Magisto (iPhone, iPad) Free

Magisto is for iOS movie directors, the kinds of people who like to use iPhones and iPads to shoot video. It’s designed to make editing and finalizing videos you shoot with your devices quick and easy. You shoot the video, then choose a soundtrack and the app does the editing for you, automatically kicking out a finished project.

Once you’ve got your Magisto movie, you can easily share it with others using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube integration. The app also uses facial recognition to make “tagging” people seen in the videos on social networks even easier. The app works by analyzing your videos and selecting the best parts to cut together, so it gives the illusion that you’ve actually edited the film, without you having to do much work at all.

Phraseology (iPad) $1.99

Text editor Phraseology is designed for writers who use their iPads as more than just a tool for watching videos and surfing the Internet. The text editor is designed to make writing on the tablet as simple and easy as possible, keeping the interface minimal and providing the ability to save unlimited drafts, track your word count as you write, and quickly and easily cut and paste lines of text to rearrange them.

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Phraseology also includes a lot of other cool features, like a readability analysis, AirPrint support and integration with dictionary and thesaurus app Terminology. The app is even set up to edit HTML if you need to, and developer Agile Tortoise promises Dropbox support in the future.

Life is Crime (iPhone, iPad) Free

Free-to-play massively multiplayer role-playing game Life is Crime has made its way from the Android neck of the woods to Apple’s iOS platform. In it, you’ll rise through the criminal ranks, starting as a lowly thug to become an underworld kingpin. Life is Crime plays similar to other casual-type games in the App Store, requiring you to use your resources in order to complete “missions” and build your reputation as a criminal.

The more you play, the stronger you become in Life is Crime, and you’ll be able to battle other players in menu-based battles for supremacy. You’ll also need to protect your turf, which the game builds from real-world locations around you. Those locations also make it easy to find nearby players and interact with them in the game.

Ice Wings: Skies of Steel (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Take to the skies in Ice Wings: Skies of Steel as a fighter pilot in this top-down shooter. Ice Wings has you flying over levels filled with obstacles that you’ll have to dodge using its tilt controls – the further you get, the higher your score. You’ll also have to fight off enemies like helicopters to score additional points, but hit anything and it’s game over.

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The more points you drag down in Ice Wings, the more you can unlock through the course of the game, including additional aircraft to fly. All the planes have different stats and handle differently, and you can use any of the ones you unlock to take on the game’s randomly generated, infinite cityscape. Just note that you’ll need a newer device to play: the game won’t work on iPhone 3GS or older devices.

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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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