The Appolicious 10 Fresh iPhone apps of the week Vol. 3

Jan 28, 2010
Tech

While we finally got a glimpse of the iPad this week, all of the excitement did not stop several major brands and developers from releasing fun and creative iPhone apps. From new offerings courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres and an elite golfer not named Tiger to an app that will improve your mental fitness, we bring […]

While we finally got a glimpse of the iPad this week, all of the excitement did not stop several major brands and developers from releasing fun and creative iPhone apps. From new offerings courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres and an elite golfer not named Tiger to an app that will improve your mental fitness, we bring you our 10 Fresh iPhone Apps of the Week

1. Ellen

Enough about the Jay and Coco controversy! One of the funniest talk show hosts in any part of the day is Ellen DeGeneres. This new, free iPhone app contains monologues, pics and tweets from the hit Ellen show. Ellen is one of scores television-based iPhone apps that will be tailor-made for the iPad and provide a richer experience on a 9.7-inch screen. 

2. Guerrilla Bob

One of the most anticipated games to be released so far in 2010, Guerrilla Bob is a lightening fast shooter-game that combines sparkling visuals, fast action and great humor that will drive you bananas. Guerrilla Bob more than justifies its $2.99 price-tag. 

3. Phil Mickelson 

 While one notable PGA colleague is now best known for playing the field, Phil Mickelson has long been praised for his short game on the golf course. The $4.99 Phil Mickelson: Secrets of Short Game iPhone app is nice to have in your golf bag next to the 7-iron and pitching wedge. 

4. TripTracker

Road warriors now have a new best friend in TripTracker. The free iPhone app includes push-alerts for flight itineraries and a suite of related services including weather reports, hotel information and travel maps. 

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5. Climate Counts

Hoping to put your money on companies that are environmentally-friendly? The free Climate Counts iPhone app helps you identify and directly support companies that are conscious of their climate footprints and invest in innovations that reduce their impact on global warming. 

6. Family Tracker

With an interesting mix of Orwellian intrusiveness and practical communication, Family Tracker lets you know where your spouse, children or parents are at any particular time (at least if they are carrying their iPhones.) The $4.99 iPhone app allows you to track family members via a web browser or on the app itself.

7. Project 72

Created in 72 hours earlier this month by four young lads in Venice, California, Project 72 is a 99-cent iPhone app that casts you as a pilot who cruises the galaxy while avoiding asteroids and satellites. Make sure to refuel every chance you get in this surprisingly well-crafted game. 

8. iMicroscope

File iMicroscope under the gee-whiz category for cool applications. The $2.99 iPhone app (at least that is its introductory price), enables you to take real photographs through any optical microscope. A five-minute tutorial available on the app explains how it all works. Microscope not included! 

9. Inside the Office

 Finally, an app for “that’s what she said.” Based on the popular NBC show The Office, this 99-cent game features more than 1,000 trivia questions about the travails of Michael, Pam, Jim and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin. With two modes of gameplay, compare your scores against other fans all over the world (including those elitists who will only watch the BBC version). 

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10. Lumosity Brain Trainer 

Who among us couldn’t use a little more mental fitness? The free Lumosity Brain Trainer iPhone app offers seven different brain games specially developed to test and improve our cognitive abilities. The first five sessions are free. Thereafter, a Lumosity subscription is required. 

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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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