Fresh iPhone Apps for Nov. 30: Project, Astro Planner, Lifelike Clock Pro, and more

Nov 30, 2010
Tech

There’s been a lot of talk about Project, a new iPad-only entertainment and culture magazine produced by Virgin — and now it’s available in the App Store. Read about it, and a few other cool things we’ve found, in today’s Fresh Apps list below. Project (iPad) Free Project is Virgin Digital Publishing’s much-anticipated iPad-only multimedia […]

There’s been a lot of talk about Project, a new iPad-only entertainment and culture magazine produced by Virgin — and now it’s available in the App Store. Read about it, and a few other cool things we’ve found, in today’s Fresh Apps list below.

Project (iPad) Free

Project is Virgin Digital Publishing’s much-anticipated iPad-only multimedia magazine. It focuses on entertainment, international culture, and business and travel. Think something like Wired, but made by Virgin and designed to be very slick on the iPad.

The app is free, although monthly issues of the magazine will be available for $2.99 via in-app purchase. It also features music, photo galleries, videos and daily content updates.

Astro Planner (iPad) $3.99

Space nuts will get a kick out of Astro Planner, which at first doesn’t seem like much of a planner, unless you’re planning some kind of deep space expedition.

Astro Planner lets you look through various celestial objects like nebulae and galaxies, linking to NASA’s Skyview servers to access in-depth information about each one. Astronomers can also plan their night telescope sessions by creating lists of objects and their locations in the night sky. But if you’re without an amateur observatory of your own, Astro Planner can still fill your iPad with all kinds of images from space.

Lifelike Clock Pro (iPhone) $0.99

One of the functions I use the most on my iPhone is also its most basic — the alarm feature. Lifelike Clock isn’t a whole lot different from the iPhone’s basic clock app, but it does seem to be quite a bit better.

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The app features a high-quality retina display and the ability to set the clock in “nightstand” mode to override the iPhone’s lock so you can check the time, anytime. You can set various alarms with songs from your phone’s music library and even shuffle or rotate which song plays every morning for your wake-up call. Even better, you can check the weather forecast right from the app first thing in the morning, so you know immediately on waking up what the day will be like.

Zapper Movie Reviews Lite (iPhone) Free

Ever been at the video store, wondering what a movie is and having no idea from the cover or description? Zapper Movie Reviews is what you should reach for the next time you’re in that situation. It’s a bar code scanner specifically designed to give you information on DVDs and Blu-rays.

Scanning a movie quickly brings up a bunch of information about it, including reviews and summaries, and best of all — trailers, which you can watch straight from your iPhone. Now you’ll always know whether a movie is worth taking home.

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Phil Hornshaw

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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