Fresh iPhone apps: Grand Theft Auto, Yelp Update, Nike Football+, Alice.com, and the $1,000 app

Jan 19, 2010
Games

Here are five fresh iPhone apps worth tapping into today. 1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars  The notoriously popular Grand Theft Auto series is now on the iPhone with Grand Theft Auto: China Wars. The $9.99 game puts you in the role of Huang Lee, and your mission is to traverse the Triad gangs of Liberty […]

Here are five fresh iPhone apps worth tapping into today.

1. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars 

The notoriously popular Grand Theft Auto series is now on the iPhone with Grand Theft Auto: China Wars. The $9.99 game puts you in the role of Huang Lee, and your mission is to traverse the Triad gangs of Liberty City in order to deliver an ancient sword to your uncle Kenny. As there is constant violence and suggestive content throughout (your character starts out bloodied and left for dead), GTA: China Wars is only available to the 17+ crowd. 

2. Nike Football+ presents: Master Accuracy 

In anticipation of FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa this summer, Nike has released a new training app for aspiring soccer savants. The free Nike Football+ presents: Master Accuracy iPhone app offers a four week training program, complete with video tips from Italian footballer legend and Juventus manager Ciro Ferrara. 

3. Yelp Update 

With a brand new update, local review site Yelp “checks-in” with the latest craze in location-based mobile applications. The free Yelp 4.0 iPhone app, similar to Foursquare and Gowalla, enables users to update their friends while visiting local establishments. The corporate path for Yelp is moving in mysterious ways. After turning down a $550 million offer from Google, TechCrunch reports that Yelp has raised more money from Bono’s venture capital firm Elevation Partners. 

4. Alice.com 

There’s a new app in town, and it’s looking good for consumers of toothpaste, toilet paper and a variety of other household products. The free Alice.com iPhone app is a mobile extension of the website that launched last June and offers free shipping and 50 daily deals for routine products that should stay awhile. 

5. BarMax CA 

Talk about setting a new bar for iPhone apps! While BarMax CA might not be for everyone, the bar exam training app is significant for its $999.99 price point. Developed in part by Harvard lawyers, BarMax is competing against costlier workbook-based programs with hundreds of sample questions and lectures available at a touch of a screen. 

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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