New iPhone apps worth downloading: Swell Radio update, CellMaps Mobile Coverage, Pirate Legends TD

Aug 21, 2013
Tech

Find new stuff to listen to with Swell Radio, our first app worthy of your attention today. Swell doesn’t bring users music – instead, it focuses on informative talk radio-style content, like news, politics, science and comedy. Following that is CellMaps Mobile Coverage, an app meant to help users make an informed decision about which […]

Find new stuff to listen to with Swell Radio, our first app worthy of your attention today. Swell doesn’t bring users music – instead, it focuses on informative talk radio-style content, like news, politics, science and comedy. Following that is CellMaps Mobile Coverage, an app meant to help users make an informed decision about which cellular carrier to go with based on their coverage in a given area. Finally, Pirate Legends TD puts players in control of pirates looking to defend their treasure from attackers in a tower defense strategy title.

Swell Radio update (Free)

What’s it about? Stream tons of news and other radio shows to your iOS devices with Swell Radio.

What’s cool? Swell Radio skips delivering music streaming services to iOS users, and instead supplies them with information. The app specializes in radio stations and programs of a more newsy variety, bringing programming from the likes of CBS News, NPR, TED Talks, ESPN and BBC, among others. You can listen to shows from specific topics like news, politics or comedy, and the app will scan through your Twitter feed to provide you with recommended content based on who you follow. The big new update to Swell Radio adds features like a “like” button that lets you tag content you’d like to hear more of, the ability to program hourly news updates from specific sources, a search feature, and a sleep timer for when you’re listening at night.

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Who’s it for? If you’re a news junky or just someone who’s looking for a radio alternative to the usual music services, check out Swell Radio.

What’s it like? Get more great news and other content from Stitcher and TED.

CellMaps Mobile Coverage ($1.99)

What’s it about? CellMaps lets users compare the service and coverage of different cellular providers to determine which is best for them.

What’s cool? The purpose of CellMaps is to help you figure out just which cellular carrier is right for you, and the app helps you make that decision by providing you with as much information as it can. You can use CellMaps to check coverage maps from various companies down to the street level, and check coverage of various cellular services, such as 3G, 4G LTE and more. The app also includes a search feature that lets you find out what the coverage should be like at a given address, and a stream of info and news about mobile service that can help you make an informed decision.

Who’s it for? Gorilla Users looking to find out what cellular coverage they might have in their area can get some insights with CellMaps, but note that the data provided comes from the cellular companies themselves, and therefore isn’t a guarantee for service.

What’s it like? Check out Coverage? and 4G Finder for more potential insights on cell coverage in various areas.

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Pirate Legends TD ($0.99)

What’s it about? Protect your pirates and fight of various oncoming enemies in tower defense title Pirate Legends TD.

What’s cool? The seas are perilous in Pirate Legends, and your job is to utilize your strategic planning and a whole mess of towers to fight off those dangers. Pirate Legends is a tower defense title, which means players purchase and place defensive structures to take down approaching enemies before they can reach the player’s vulnerable base. Pirate Legends provides players with 20 different towers to utilize, as well as extra capabilities like firing their ships’ guns and unleashing a Kraken, in order to protect their treasure and fight off attacking enemies. The game includes 12 battles to fight and four bosses to destroy along the way, as well.

Who’s it for? Fans of tower defense looking for a different take will find things to like about Pirate Legends.

What’s it like? For more great tower defense, try Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush: Frontiers.

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