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Weekly App Store Picks: June 6, 2009


The week may be drawing to a close, but here at TheAppleBlog we’ve got an array of apps to get your through the weekend.

As ever, I’ve got four notable new iPhone releases from the App Store to tell you about. Before we jump into the apps, though, let’s take a look at the week that was with a quick news roundup.

The week kicked off with a bit of a downer as news broke that Apple will be charging for re-downloading premium apps that you’ve already purchased for iPhone. It’s not a big deal — it seems downloading via iTunes will still be free — but it’ll be an inconvenience to users who are prone to deleting and re-downloading apps while on the go.

Next up, Microsoft is well and truly on the warpath with its forthcoming Zune HD, and what’s more, it’s gunning for the iPod touch. The new device will have a touchscreen, web browser, Wi-Fi, HD radio and, I think, looks rather scrummy. Delicious-looking it may be, but I still don’t know if that makes it a true contender.

Our own Henry Balanon stepped up to the plate with a seriously impressive iPhone development resources article. He managed to squeeze in 43 different links to various resources around the ‘net. Coders should head on over to the article and bookmark it immediately; it’ll prove useful as a reference tool.

Another new feature coming to the iPhone has been doing the rumor-rounds: Apple is integrating geo-location within Mobile Safari. Are location-aware web sites the next big thing? Setting aside Google Latitude, I’m not entirely convinced. Hit up the article for Darrel Etherington’s take on the matter.

Pipping Apple’s new devices to the post, Palm’s Pre should be hitting the shelves today. Owners of the Pre will be pleased to hear that Palm’s new devices will sync seamlessly with iTunes.

To celebrate the recent release of Dave Matthews Band Revenge for iPhone and iPod touch, I’ve got three promo codes to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, leave me a comment explaining why you’d like to play this new game.

Moving on to the picks, this week I’ve been looking at Put Things Off, Jaman Free Movie Fridays, Pocket Alan, and Terminator Salvation Lite.

appicon_put_things_offPut Things Off ($2.99)
My essential iPhone tool for staying organized is Evernote, however, sometimes I seriously consider switching; especially in the case of Put Things Off — an app that packs in the functionality I need, with great visual design, too. The app allows you to focus on the tasks you need to get done on a given day, filtering everything else out of your immediate to-do list. The aesthetic strikes the right balance between satisfyingly tangible, with office-esque paper trays, and functional. My favorite feature is the auto-nag mode: putting off a task for too long moves it to your “Today tray,” forcing you to complete a given item rather than endlessly procrastinating.

appicon_jaman_free_movie_fridayJaman Free Movie Fridays (FREE)
Never turn down a free dinner, and never turn down a free movie, either. Free food almost always tastes scrumptious, and free movies can make for unexpected fun. In the case of this app, Jaman bring you a new movie to watch every Friday. There are a few big names in there, like the complete collection of classic Superman cartoons and black-and-white spook-fest Nosferatu, however, you won’t find the latest Transformers, Terminator, or Star Trek films on the list. Most notably, though, there’s a great selection of independent full-length features, alongside new short films.

appicon_pocket_alanPocket Alan (99 cents)
It’s interesting that Apple seems to have no sort of process in place for protecting the intellectual property of copyright holders. Interesting but, in this case, lucky for us, as Alan Partridge has unofficially arrived on the iPhone in the shape of a handy soundboard. Essential classics such as, “Ahaa,” and, “Jurassic Park,” are there, alongside oft-forgotten, but no less amusing sound-bites, including my favorite, “Jackanackanory.” Plus, fans of Partridge with friends named Daniel will be be able to make good, repetitive use of the, “Dan,” button. Cheap and fun, nothing more than a novelty item, but a perfect toy for fans of the show.

appicon_terminator_salvation_liteTerminator Salvation Lite (Free)
Gameloft seems to have surpassed itself with its latest movie-based game. Terminator Salvation packs in convincing 3D environments, reminiscent of console games, alongside a well-designed control-system and game mechanic. Of course, the real joy is trudging through the distopyian, post-apocalyptic devastation, offing shiny silver terminators with a variety of weapons. TheAppleBlog’s David Appleyard checked out the iPhone version of Terminator Salvation a few weeks back. If you’re looking to try out the game without spending five bucks on the full version, download the Lite edition today.

That’s all the picks for this week. I’ll be back in seven days with more news from the week and picks from the App Store.

In the meantime, what apps have you been using this week?

43 Responses to “Weekly App Store Picks: June 6, 2009”

  1. Some very creative apps here! I wonder how they are doing as far as sales and all that. I personally use the “Put Things Off” app almost everyday, very useful app and for $3 bucks — definitely worth it in my opinion. Highly recommended for other procrastinators like myself! Don’t really understand the appeal for the Jaman Free Movie Fridays though, watching movies on the iPhone is torture the screen is way too small!

  2. I wuold like the promo code because I already bought it. Midway through the download my iPod crashed and I go charged for the app but was never able to get it. Please cosider letting me have one of the codes to TTR DMB. Thanks in advance!

  3. Oboewan

    I would like to play TTRDMB because (a) I like DMB (I own several of their CDs, so I better like them or else I just wasted a ton of money) and (2) I like TTR (I have downloaded every free track and have been known to stay up until 2am playing it).

  4. Thomas Roughton

    I would love to play Tap Tap DMB because I like the band’s music and am a huge Tap Tap fan. I cannot spend any money for about 10 weeks, and by then they will have probably released a new band’s one.
    I am also running low on apps which I haven’t clocked, and would enjoy the opportunity to hone my Tap Tap skills.

  5. Esteban

    Hola, I want to get a DMB TTR apps because TTR2 is wonderful, DMB is great, I don’t have credit card and want to have an iTouch comercial app installed in my iTouch.

  6. I am interested in the promo code for the DMB version of TTR because they just both freaking rock, and I’m running on a limited use of apps since my mom doesnt have the money to spend on entertainment. This ipod touch was donated thru a Secret Santa and the wifi connection thanks to a neighbor in my apartment. Thank you so much for your generosity and good luck to everyone & congrats to the winners!

  7. qloes

    I deserve Tap Tap Dave Mathews Band Revenge because I’m a huge fan of DMB, and love TTR, and can’t buy it by myself because my parents won’t let me.

  8. I want to get Tap Tap Dave Matthews Band because I’m a Tap Tap Revenge addict and just recently bought TT Coldplay and drained all my money. I’d work for more but being too young that will not happen. I’ve never heard of DMB before and their song “Funny the Way It Is” on TTR2 is one of my favs. So it would really be nice to get the app free. It was on sale, but.. still to expensive for what I’ve got. :( Anyway… Anxious to see who will get em!


  9. Beyoncé

    Hey TAB,

    I would love to get a copy of Dave Matthews Band Revenge because I have no idea what good music sounds like.

    Dangerously in Love,

  10. Damon

    Hey TAB,

    I would like to win a copy of DMB Revenge because I have, to be honest, never heard any of their music and would love to try it out while having a fun time tapping to it as well

    Cheers, Damon