iPhone Application Watch: iTalk Recorder, BrightKite, 99Games' Chess, LivingSocial.com
If you're looking for an audio recorder for the iPhone, then Griffin's iTalk Recorder could be for you.
The company says that this is "way more than a voice recorder", offering functionality such as variable record quality, one-button recording, pause/resume/append, and addition of text notes.
From the description, it doesn't sound as advanced as iProRecorder, but then again, how complicated does a digital dictaphone have to be? Best of all, it's free (for now, at least), so you've nothing to lose by grabbing it.
According to ReadWriteWeb, BrightKite is "one of the hottest mobile social networks on the scene". You can judge for yourself whether the fact that I've never heard of it makes that statement untrue, or (as is more likely to be the case) I'm just completely out of the mobile social networking scene (I am).
Anyway, the BrightKite iPhone application is now live -- a milestone some at least have been looking forward to. RWW gives it the once over, so if this is the app you've been waiting for, head over and check out the mini-review. Or go and get the application.
Offering play against the iPhone itself (which I'm fearing will mean I'll always lose), the chess engine is "professional strength" with a playing ability of over 2750 ELO. Oh boy.
Chess Lite, as well as being just 59p (99c), is aimed at beginning and moderate players, featuring a medium level of complexity, which Chess Pro is for those who want a challenge. It also offers advanced viewing options including 3D themes. It costs £2.39 ($3.99).
Plenty of online services are creating dedicated iPhone applications rather than relying on users to use them via the Safari web browser.
LivingSocial.com now has a free iPhone application which will allow users to browse the online catalogue, post reviews and add photos.
LivingSocial is an interest-based social discovery network for sharing reviews of books, music, movies, games, restaurants, albums and beer. It has some 6.8 million users.
- Real time reviewing: publish book, album, or gaming reviews from anywhere
- Upload photos of delicious dishes or favourite beers from restaurants and bars
- Access friends' profiles and catalogued items while shopping to get gift ideas for the holidays, weddings or special occasions
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