Fresh iPhone Apps for Oct. 28: Bloomberg TV+, Mint.com update, Bike Baron, Civiballs

Oct 28, 2011
Finance

Spend the weekend with an iPad getting your finances in order with Bloomberg TV+, an app that’ll stream all kinds of great finances-related TV shows from Bloomberg’s TV network, and the updated Mint.com Personal Finance app for budgeting and monitoring your finances. Both can help you out with your money, and when you need to relax […]

Spend the weekend with an iPad getting your finances in order with Bloomberg TV+, an app that’ll stream all kinds of great finances-related TV shows from Bloomberg’s TV network, and the updated Mint.com Personal Finance app for budgeting and monitoring your finances. Both can help you out with your money, and when you need to relax with something lighter, pick up 2-D dirt bike stunt game Bike Baron and ball-rolling physics puzzler Civiball.

Bloomberg TV+ (iPad) Free

Get all your financial news streaming to your iPad thanks to Bloomberg TV+, an app that taps into Bloomberg’s 24-hour TV network. You can use the app to watch TV from the network live at any time, or stream various other shows after they’ve been aired. It also includes featured videos from the network, and special interviews with notable financial professionals.

Bloomberg TV+ allows you to stream various shows on demand and see live graphics and other information to go along with the shows you’re watching. It also provides extra content for shows you wouldn’t normally get to see if you were watching on TV, and the ability to download shows for offline viewing later. Plus, social networking integration means you can share the things you like with others on Facebook and Twitter.

Mint.com update (iPhone, iPad) Free

Manage your money with the help of your iPad and Mint.com’s freshly updated app. Mint.com includes lots of ways to plug in the numbers that make up your personal finances, giving you the ability to measure your expenses and your finances and budget effectively for your life. It’ll even create easy-to-understand graphs from your data.

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Mint.com allows you to save your finances and view all your transactions, as well as add more transactions on the fly as they’re happening to get the most accurate picture of your money. You can use the app to access your finances whether you’re connected to the Internet or not, and let the app send you reminders to pay your bills on time. It’s a great way to organize your finances and keep track of what you have and what you spend.

Bike Baron (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

With awesome 3-D graphics in a 2-D game, Bike Baron is one of those punishing dirt bike games in which you have to navigate a tough course and do stunts along the way to score points. You control your bike in each level with two buttons that represent gas and brake, and two others that let you lean forward and back. The goal is to hit jumps and use your lean to steady yourself before you crash. But you’re going to crash a lot.

Each Bike Baron level, of which there are 40, tests you in three different ways: speed, stunts and skill. You’ll need to earn stars by collecting coins or avoiding crashes in order to open new courses so you can move on. The game also features a level editor with which you can create your own courses to share with others, and Game Center support for leaderboards and achievements.

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Civiballs (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Physics puzzler Civiballs is really about one thing: getting balls into jars. In each of the game’s levels, you’ll have colored balls that need to be moved into their corresponding jars, using the tools at hand. Sometimes that’ll mean hitting one ball with another that’s rolling, or cutting a chain holding a ball that’s swinging, or directing a ball into a cannon.

Civiballs packs 60 levels that include all kinds of contraptions and generally require you to activate different elements in the correct order to clear it as quickly as possible. It also includes Game Center support, providing achievements to earn and leaderboards you can use to see how you stack up against other players.

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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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