Byte The App: Must See Apps Of The Week 2/16
The app stores are teeming with new releases, but who has time to go through them all? We do. Bringing you a selection of the most interesting, creative, and innovative apps each week. Submit your suggestions for next week in the comments below.
Twikao [iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad]
If you’re tired of the near endless ways the human face can express emotion and you’re after a more simplified, text-based way to show how you feel, then use this app that can turn your face into an emoticon. Just take a snap of your mug, and the software will do the rest. If these textual portrayals look unfamiliar, it’s because they’re based on the Japanese double-byte character codes called kaomoji. But it means you get to choose from over 100 emoticons to express yo self. :)
Collaborative sketching may be a term that’s unfamiliar to most of us, but should you need a tool to do such a thing, this is it. It allows up to four iPads to simultaneously share ideas, doodles, insults, and blue sky thinking across the vast expanse of continents, all in real-time, mirroring the actions across all devices. You can voice chat, too.
Using the Flipboard idea of collating content from your social networks and fav websites, this app allows you to actually design the end-product yourself with the likes of Vimeo, YouTube, and RSS feeds at your disposal. You can then make magazines, portfolios, or books adding different levels of interactivity and various layouts.
Scalado has created an app that let’s you identify and remove unwanted objects—like extended family—from a photo. You take a shot and then the app gives you the option to take out unnecessary objects like passing cars or people just by tapping the screen. Or it can be set so it automatically takes out any moving objects it detects.
Eufloria is an “ambient strategy game” set in space that lets you roam around exploring the cosmos, colonizing asteroids, and growing plants on them. If all the killing and fighting of games like MW3 are leaving you shell shocked and fatigued, this will be a nice antidote. But you still get to exercise your authority by getting creatures to do your bidding and also battle AI opponents. [via]