Fresh iPhone Apps for May 13: Search Ninja, Face Up! Greetings, RoadAhead

May 13, 2011
Tech

Searches, Facebook and road trips — those are the things made better by apps with today’s Fresh Apps list. Leading the way is Search Ninja, an app that brings all kinds of search engines together to one place. Next is Face Up! Greetings, an app that interacts with Facebook and lets you send custom messages […]

Searches, Facebook and road trips — those are the things made better by apps with today’s Fresh Apps list. Leading the way is Search Ninja, an app that brings all kinds of search engines together to one place. Next is Face Up! Greetings, an app that interacts with Facebook and lets you send custom messages with photos and audio. Finally, there’s RoadAhead, an app specifically designed to help you find businesses and destinations when out driving America’s highways.

Search Ninja (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

There are a lot of specialty search engine apps in the App Store. Google has one. IMDb has one. Facebook has one. Then comes Search Ninja, an app that brings together functionality from lots of different sources to create an app that can search lots of sources all at once, and bring back the search results you need.

Search Ninja allows you to hone its list of search engines, deleting the ones you don’t use and adding new ones yourself, to make sure your search results are teh best they can be. Search Ninja also pays attention to your search history in order to give you smart search results, catering them to the things you look for regularly.

Face Up! Greetings (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

A goofy Facebook app meant to make sending messages to friends easier, Face Up! has users pick a background from one of its 28 featured images, then add a photo (preferably a close-up of a face) to the image. You can even record a greeting to go with the humorous results of your labors in Face Up!, making something truly unique for your friends’ Facebook walls.

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Greetings can go up as a picture on Facebook, or as a video that goes straight to the person whom you’re greeting via email, Facebook or YouTube. Face Up! also includes a feature that lets you change your voice for some even more interesting greetings.

RoadAhead (iPhone, iPad) Free

RoadAhead is all about knowing what you’re dealing with on a trip. The app locates you on a highway when you’re traveling and lets you know, more or less, what’s on the road ahead — tracking exits and streamlining businesses that are coming up against categories you specify.

Like Yelp but for road trips, RoadAhead provides user reviews of upcoming businesses so you’ll know what’s worth checking out, and more importantly, why. It also lets you alter your search to combine terms, like finding food and gas, or finding the best places to see sights as you go.

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