New iPhone apps worth downloading: Indigo, Tonido update, Caveman Wars

Feb 25, 2014
Tech

Fire up Siri alternative Indigo and make use of voice commands that let you do all kinds of things with your iOS device. Indigo (Free) What’s it about? Personal assistant app Indigo gives users voice control of a number of functions on their iOS devices, like the ability to find directions, translate emails, watch YouTube […]

Fire up Siri alternative Indigo and make use of voice commands that let you do all kinds of things with your iOS device.

Indigo (Free)

What’s it about? Personal assistant app Indigo gives users voice control of a number of functions on their iOS devices, like the ability to find directions, translate emails, watch YouTube videos and more.

What’s cool? Indigo provides users with a Siri-like personal assistant in app form, and like its Apple-owned counterpart, the app can do a whole lot of things with voice commands. The app can access a number of different features, like playing YouTube videos, translating emails into other languages, find directions and open maps, set appointments and alarms, and more. Indigo also gives you the ability to start calls using voice commands and fire up web searches, and the app syncs over the cloud, so you can use it (and seamlessly continue commands) across multiple devices.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a Siri alternative that can handle lots of voice-enabled functions, check out Indigo.

What’s it like? Other useful personal assistant apps include Iris and Evi.

Tonido update (Free)

What’s it about? Access documents, files, photos and music from your computer on your IOS device with Tonido, which creates something like a personal cloud just for you and your stuff.

What’s cool? Your computer has a whole lot more storage space than your phone or tablet, which makes Tonido a handy app to have. The app lets you set up a connection between your computer and your device, so you can access things you’ve got saved on your computer, like photos, music and documents. You can also stream videos from your computer and use your Internet connection to create music playlists so you can listen to what you’ve got saved on your computer and keep your device’s hard drive clear. The new update to Tonido adds improvements that let you search your computer for songs by artist and track title, and allows you to automatically upload photos you take on your device to your computer.

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Who’s it for? If you need a means of accessing files and streaming media from your computer to your iOS device, try Tonido – just note that you need the service’s desktop app to go with the app.

What’s it like? For other apps that let you access your hard drive remotely, try Air Playit and Younity.

Caveman Wars (Free)

What’s it about? Bearing a board game art style, Caveman Wars tasks players with defending their caveman settlement from attacking neanderthals, using various weapons in a card game-like format.

What’s cool? Caveman Wars is a combination of quick reflexes and smart planning. A casual defense game, it takes on a hexagonal board game in which cavemen appear to attack your hut settlement. The only way to fight them off is with various weapons like rocks and ice spells, which you fire at them by tapping them. The catch is that the weapons you have access to are determined by a 50-card deck you build ahead of entering Caveman Wars’ levels, and the cards you draw are determined randomly – meaning you might quickly need to change weapons based on what becomes available, or finding yourself running out of what you need at a key moment, requiring a change of tactics.

Who’s it for? Fans of strategy and wave defense games that are a bit more on the casual side will find Caveman Wars to be deep but easy to pick up and play.

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What’s it like? More defensive strategy games are available in Sentinel 3: Homeworld and Kingdom Rush.

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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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