Go sleek and geeky and shed Christmas party kilos. Get sent your body weight and stats anywhere (privately!). All you do is step on your $300 sleek WiScale and it stores all your info then sends it back to your iPhone. Full-screen graphs – a day, a week and a month – give you info like your fat and lean mass. Also matches your BMI to a healthy one to keep you motivated. Unfortunately you can’t ignore how your New Year diet and exercise plan is going any more. Granted, this won’t ship in the next few hours, but give them the app and let them know the scales are on the way.
TripIt Pro ($49 a year)
Great app to keep in touch with your travelling friends. TripIt Pro keeps all your trip details for 24/7 online/mobile/social access. It organises and manages your itinerary like no travel agent can with trip details automatically sent from email confirmations. If your airfare is eligible for a refund you’ll soon know, and TripIt Pro even sends mobile alerts or emails about flight delays, cancellations or gate changes. Memberships like VIP car rental are thrown in and you get to check out some global business lounges (worth $660). All your frequent travel points are in one place too. If you are a cheapskate, the free version is also exceptionally awesome.
Plants vs. Zombies ($3.99)
Keep your brains with wall-nuts and cherry bombs. Play the game everyone’s chatting about. Brain-eating zombies invade your home but thankfully your garden’s got plenty of hilarious plants to defend it like peashooters, potato mines, wall-nuts and cherry bombs. Think fast, plant even faster, and then you’ll stop the zombies dead in their tracks. Too slow and they get to eat your brains. It’s fun because you get challenged with lots of things like the sun setting, a fog creeping in and a swimming pool to stumble into.
360 Panorama ($1.20)
Share your 360 panoramic photos in less than a minute. Just tap the screen and this app lets you pan your phone camera a full 360 degrees. Right in front of your eyes, your panorama builds in less than 20 secs as every frame is captured. Then you get to share your fabulous photography from your iPhone or iPod, or you can email and Tweet – there’s nothing else like this app. 360 Panorama app even adjusts the light level at night so you get crisp shots.
Sygic Aura ($59.99)
Pro car nav hits the pavement with networking thrown in. This app gives you voice-guided help with city guide info, detailed maps, best places to visit and geo-tagged wiki. Whether you’re driving or walking, 3-D buildings and landscapes look lovely. The car nav makes really quick route calculations, tells you weather info, lane help, the speed to drive and where speed cameras are. You can buddy search and vote on a local restaurant or a great destination etc. with other Aura users.
Cut the Rope (99 cents)
Feed Om Nom with candy – if you can. Little critter Om Nom arrives on your doorstep in a cardboard box – he only eats candy but it’s swinging around on ropes. You have to swipe the ropes, pop bubbles, use blowers, and miss things like spiders to keep him alive. Om Nom is patient but he’s hungry and gets fed up if you fail. The challenge is to get three stars from every one of the 75 levels. Cut the Rope is a combo of physics, logic and quick reflexes, great animation and game play as every level has different rope cutting challenges to overcome.
Still the best aggregator app around. Quota checks your account details with ISPs and telcos including Virgin, Three, Vodafone, iiNet, Telstra and Optus, and checks your banking details with NAB, ANZ or Bankwest. It updates weather details, gets news and your Twitter feeds. Plus FlyBuys accounts, Tatts Lotto accounts, traffic cameras in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and Velocity rewards. If you live in Victoria, you can even track your dollars in your Myki account (new public transport smartcard). Weather patterns can be downloaded with the latest satellite feeds.
For people with media scattered over a bunch of devices. If you’ve got albums and videos from iTunes, lots of stuff downloaded or ripped from DVD, gigabytes of photos, that means a pretty large media collection. This app sorts all this out because it’s multi-device and multi-platform. First you download the client app for Windows or Mac then this easy Libox app lets you add media folders to be scanned and organised by things like artist, title, etc.
Super fast contacting! Just tap in “J” and “W” and “John Whitney” filters to the top – this app is all about getting to your contacts FAST. It uses a complicated sorting algorithm with about 10 metrics, like how much you contact someone for example. When you first open Dialvetica it displays your top contacted contact down to the least. All your favourite numbers get stored, and when you do call, sms or email a contact with multiple phone numbers or email addresses, it prompts you to pick one to use.
Mensa Brain Test ($2.49)
Find out if you’re as clever as you think you are. It’s official – the Mensa brain workout is now available on iPhone and iPod touch. In case you didn’t know, Mensa is the worldwide group of lucky people with brilliant IQs. With the real questions they use in official Mensa test papers, this quiz is just to entertain you – it’s not a serious IQ test and unfortunately – no matter how well you do – this brain workout won’t get you into Mensa.
Infinity Blade ($7.99)
Keep the kids entertained this Christmas. While you do the family thing being jolly, or getting in touch with the true spirit of Festivus let the kids have fun with absolutely amazing graphics and the game play that make this a virtual stocking stuffer you can’t go past.
Grooveshark ($3 per month)
Guys who invented this app reckon music compels us all. Music fills our sad moments, happy days, homes, cars, movies, shopping experiences etc. Grooveshark set out to change the way we find and listen to music (and change the music industry forever) plus improve the connection between people and music. They’ve done all of this and more as the app for your iPhone and iPod touch is here. Listen to a huge selection of music files on demand.
Frustrating shopping expeditions are a thing of the past. Australia’s biggest retailers – Target, BIG W, Dick Smith, David Jones, Coles, Myer, Toys R Us and ALDI - have their catalogues on Lasoo. Lasoo.com.au app lets you use your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows Phone 7 to search and Pre-Shop across the latest catalogues, plus see retailers latest products and best deals when you’re out shopping. Just use the Lasoo store locator to find your nearest store – including map, open times and contact details – and then you just shop ‘til you drop and buy whatever you want.
A happy Christmas and a great New Year from all at Lasoo!