Gone are the days when this excellent music discovery app was a free experiment. Yet Midomi's philosophy and core functionality remains unchanged. Like Shazam, Midomi returns song titles and artist information when you sing, hum, speak, type, or play a request into a stylish, redesigned interface. The four input types give you the freedom to dictate your search style (you'll never catch us crooning). While the input quality may vary depending on ambient noise, our tests were fairly accurate, and typing usually prevailed in the rare case that singing or holding the iPhone up to a speaker failed.… Read more
Supporting eight chat protocols and some neat extras, Palringo Lite can handle Apple iChat, AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber, and Windows Live Messenger. It's a good all-in-one chat app if you're determined to keep it free, but for the real theatrics, you'll need to go pro.
You'll need a Palringo account to get started, but that's easy to create from the application. Like most other chat apps, Palringo Lite organizes by contacts, messages, and groups, with other settings to help fine-tune. Push notification can also alert you to missed IMs, though … Read more
Dark and lustrous, Twitterific for iPhone serves up a glossy tweeting experience with some attractive extras. The navigation does take some getting used to and could confuse first-time users, especially those seeking buttons to retweet a message, e-mail it, or send a direct reply. These are tucked away within a separate menu (represented by an asterisk) that lights up when you tap a tweet. Like many others in the impacted field of Twitter apps, Twitterific integrates location-awareness and photo uploads, URL shortening, and support for multiple accounts.
As a matter of course, Twiterrific makes public timelines and trends available, offers … Read more
It may not be the absolute glossiest Twitter app for iPhone and iPod Touch, but the newly-renamed Echofon for iPhone is among the fastest and easiest to use. Your friends' timeline, the logical default screen, show new tweets in blue, for instant recognition. It's joined by screens to filter out tweets in which your own handle name is mentioned, your direct messages, and your favorites. There's also a search screen that can search for people and topics, can turn up trends--some of the popular topics at any given moment--and can also tap your geolocation to display public tweets … Read more
Code Breaking is a word puzzle in which users decode a group of symbols to spell out a message. Although we love word games, this one just wasn't a whole lot of fun.
The program's interface is simple and not unattractive. A message is spelled out with a series of symbols, and tiles with the letters of the alphabet are displayed below. Users drag and drop the letters onto the symbols to decode the message. If, for example, you determine that the skull and crossbones represents the letter E, you drag the E onto one of the skulls, … Read more
MemInfo lets users keep an eye on their computer's memory at all times. It gives a real-time look into the workings of computer systems. With ease and subtlety, MemInfo is a great tool for memory hogs.
The program's interface is so basic it doesn't matter that there is no Help file. There is basically no interaction here: users just view the statistics of their memory. What few commands there are operate quite simply. MemInfo embeds itself into the user's system tray and stays there. To view its information, users simply scroll over the small icon. A … Read more
UberSmart Math Basics allows users to practice their math skills using a flash-card-style activity and to test themselves on what they've learned. The program's options and layout make it a great choice for kids who are working on their math skills.
The program's interface is simple and attractive, with all of its features easily accessed. Users can view flashcards for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, all organized in number sets from 0 through 12. Users click through the flashcards at their own speed, coming up with the answer in their minds and then checking against the flashcard. … Read more
Bling Clock helps users keep track of time with simple commands and functions. This program is simple and effective enough that users of all skill levels will enjoy it.
The program's interface is sort of rough and will take some getting used to. Most options fade to black when the mouse isn't over them, which we found slightly annoying. However, when we could see things, the program was very intuitive and didn't require a trip to the Help file. The clock consists of a large black clockface and giant red digital numbers. Users can choose to run … Read more
GenSmarts allows users to import family trees from popular ancestry research programs and then analyzes the data to give users further research ideas. Although many of the suggestions may be things that users have already tried, the program has the potential to provide clues in their research that they hadn't already considered.
The program's interface is not entirely intuitive, but it opens with a welcome wizard and has a comprehensive built-in Help file, as well as links to online tutorials demonstrating the program's features. We decided to try the program with a family tree that we had … Read more
Build your skills for spelling with this interesting tutorial program. While its commands are confusing at times, the results are hard to beat. Users will be able to find help by utilizing this program.
The program has a sleek look, which gives a professional impression. However, users will be wise to look over the massive Help file for directions on how to create their own word lists, since there is no direction on how to navigate the various boxes and command buttons to do so. Users must start by creating one of these lists, so they can focus on words … Read more