New iPhone apps worth downloading: Ketchuppp, Photopon, Batman: Arkham Origins

Oct 21, 2013
Tech

Inject some social networking into your visits to cool restaurants and businesses with today’s Apps Worth Downloading suggestions. First is Ketchuppp, an app that makes it easy to see when your friends are nearby, so you can meet up with them. Next is Photopon, which lets you turn your pictures of food and business check-ins […]

Inject some social networking into your visits to cool restaurants and businesses with today’s Apps Worth Downloading suggestions. First is Ketchuppp, an app that makes it easy to see when your friends are nearby, so you can meet up with them. Next is Photopon, which lets you turn your pictures of food and business check-ins into coupons your friends can use. Bringing up the rear is Batman: Arkham Origins, a tie-in game with the console title of the same name, and which puts you in the role of the Dark Knight to beat on some bad guys.


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Ketchuppp (Free)

What’s it about? Use your iOS device’s GPS capabilities and Ketchuppp to find out when your friends are nearby and easily meet up with them.

What’s cool? There are some cool social networking apps out there that let users use location-based information to meet up with friends, but they’re usually reliant on an outside social network to work. Ketchuppp instead ties into your Contacts List and friends lists to allow you to tell your friends when you’re nearby, without necessarily invading your privacy, or theirs. The app gives you an update when friends are close so you can get in touch and meet up, but only gives out the information you choose. It also saves battery by keeping its GPS updates to a minimum, while still giving you reliable updates when someone you know isn’t far off.

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Who’s it for? If you like leveraging you social networking connections into actual real-world meetups, Ketchuppp can help.

What’s it like? Try Foursquare and Facebook for more means of meeting up with people you know.


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Photopon (Free)

What’s it about? Turn your social networking check-ins and photos of your food into personalized coupons your friends can use at local businesses with Photopon.

What’s cool? Photopon looks to turn all those social networking moments, when you post pictures of your food or drinks or check in to places you enjoy, into ways for stores to leverage your positive experiences and for you to share them with others. The idea of Photopon is that you can turn your photo of a meal or a check-in into a coupon that others can use at that same business or restaurant. You can create personalized coupons and share the love, or just make “spoofons” that you can share with friends to goof off – and you can also use the app to make some money off your foodie Instagram photos, as well.

Who’s it for? If you’re the kind of person who snaps tons of photos of food and loves to share your experiences with friends, try Photopon.

What’s it like? Share more deals with friends using LivingSocial and Groupon.


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Batman: Arkham Origins (Free)

What’s it about? The companion app to the upcoming console and PC game of the same name, Batman: Arkham Origins sees the Dark Knight fighting bad guys in one-on-one brawls.

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What’s cool? Like its predecessor, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, Arkham City Origins again takes Batman to the streets of Gotham to fight henchmen and villains with only his fists and a few bat-gadgets. Fights are executed with a series of different touch controls to create combos and block and dodge incoming attacks, and you’ll need to use different fighting stances in various situations in order to successfully win your various brawls. You can also unlock different batsuits and other items for Batman to use, as well as in-game bonuses in the larger version of Arkham City Origins.

Who’s it for? Fans of the Arkham City games won’t want to miss Arkham City Origins, or the various cool bonuses that come with it.

What’s it like? You’ll also want to take down Batman’s foes in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown, and The Dark Knight Rises.

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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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