New iPhone apps worth downloading: Reverb: Discover, Read, Share & Collect, Hero911, Team Monster

Nov 26, 2013
Tech

Find personalized news that’s of interest to you with our first app worth downloading today, Reverb. The app brings you news stories you want to read and makes searching for those stories a matter of just tapping the topic you’re interested in. We’ve also got Hero911, a law enforcement-only network designed to make responding to […]

Find personalized news that’s of interest to you with our first app worth downloading today, Reverb. The app brings you news stories you want to read and makes searching for those stories a matter of just tapping the topic you’re interested in. We’ve also got Hero911, a law enforcement-only network designed to make responding to school shootings as fast as possible. Finally, there’s Team Monster, a Pokemon-like title in which players explore islands and find monsters they can train to fight.

Reverb: Discover, Read, Share & Collect (Free)

What’s it about? Personalized news app Reverb brings users stories based on topics listed on their “Word Wall,” providing lots of news about subjects that interest them and which they can easily share with others.

What’s cool? Reverb makes it easy to find news stories that are particularly of interest to you. The app works to personalize your news-reading experience as much as possible, providing you with a “Word Wall” of topics that you’re interested in and which you can use to quickly find stories on specific topics. You can also loop in things like your Facebook and Twitter feeds to see what stories your friends are sharing, and also filters news stories for what’s happening in your area or is relevant to where you live and work.

Who’s it for? If you’re looking for a new, fast and interesting way to get your news, check out Reverb’s approach to the situation.

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What’s it like? Other solid ways to get hold of news, as well as read it, include Flipboard and Pocket.

Hero911 (Free)

What’s it about? Hero911 brings law enforcement officers information about school shootings as they’re happening, with the hope of reducing response time to those incidents by looping in more law enforcement officers, including those who are retired.

What’s cool? When a shooting happens at a school, one of the most important factors at play is response time. Hero911 looks to reduce the response time for law enforcement officers responding to a school shooting by creating a network of officers in a given area and notifying all of them when an incident is occurring, not just those who might be on call. The network is restricted to law enforcement officers, but can include those who are retired to create a larger pool of officers, or potentially ping plainclothes officers who are nearby. The app provides alerts and maps to the schools, and also notifies 911 of what’s happening and reports the number of officers, including those in plainclothes, who have responded.

Who’s it for? This one is restricted to law enforcement officers as defined by the law, but it aims to bring as many of those officers together for their fast response capabilities.

What’s it like? Law enforcement officers will also find US Cops to be a useful app to have with them.

Team Monster (Free)

What’s it about? Build a team of monsters and take them into battle in Pokemon-like role-playing game Team Monster.

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What’s cool? Like many other similar titles, Team Monster is all about exploring a strange island filled with interesting creatures. Your goal in the game is to catch those creatures, train them, and put them to work fighting monsters. There are more than 100 monsters to find throughout the game, and as you level them up, they’ll become more effective in battle and allow you to go farther and explore more. You’ll also build up your base camp on the island with new buildings and structures for increased benefits over time. Team Monster lets you combine monster to create new ones with different abilities, and you’ll travel to multiple islands over the course of the game, where you’ll unlock new storylines.

Who’s it for? Fans of monster fighter games with a side of simulation and management mechanics should check out what Team Monster has in store for them.

What’s it like? Check out Monster Warlord and Monster Life for two more great monster battle titles.

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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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