Top 8 + 6 – Essential iOS Apps (of the Week)

There are a literary hundreds of thousands of apps for iDevices. There are some iOS apps that I think are essential – apps that would be useful for most people –  however due to various reasons I do not want to write an individual ‘App of the Week’ post about them.

The following list features these 8 essential apps – and more.

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Question for 2011: Can there only be one? How many smartphone and tablet OS will the market support?

How many smartphone and tablet OS will the market support? The only thing that seems certain right now is that currently there are too many.

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Quick Tip: Plinkett Reviews

This has been around for a bit but I’ve just discovered it: RedLetterMedia / Plinkett Reviews of Star Wars and Star Trek movies.

Some elements are a bit strong and some are a bit strange (not safe for work and not suitable for small children), but if you decide to go along with it, you’ll probably enjoy it ­– at least if you like Star Wars but are not a huge fan of the prequels.

I’ve watched the three reviews of the Star Wars prequels so far, think they are hilarious and had lots of fun. And I also learned something about film making.

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My Personal Guide – How to get apps for free or cheaply

There are these app where you think: “This looks interesting, but 8 bucks is definitely too pricey”. Of course you can buy them when they are on sale (sales are quite frequent in the app store), but how do you ensure not to miss an opportunity?
This post shows you two ways how to get apps for free or cheaply.

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Top 5 – Sci-Fi Games

There are a lot of good Sci-Fi games (and unfortunately far more terrible ones). The following ones are my favorites (in no particular order) – as always highly subjective.
As you can see from the age of some of these games, I’ve done this for a while.

Master of Orion (PC, 1993)

I instantly fell in love with Master of Orion when it came out for PC in 1993. It was like Civilization in Space. Lots of options, nice graphics (for a strategy game in 1993) and solid gameplay. I also loved the second part which came out three years later. The third part however was not so great.

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App of the Week: Two alternative Browsers – Mercury & Terra

This time there are two apps of the week: Mercury and Terra.

Both are alternative browsers for iDevices. While Mercury is a universal (paid) app, Terry is iPad exclusive and free.
As Apple wouldn’t allow anything else, both browsers are based on WebKit and are basically a kind of front-end for Safari. However both have additional features which Safari lacks.

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Quick Tip: Qwiki

“We’ve all seen science fiction films (or read novels) where computers are able to collect data on behalf of humans, and present the most important details. This is our goal at Qwiki.”

Qwiki will display a narrated slideshow on the topic you’re interested in, in a way like a truly multimedia encyclopedia.

This is both unique and pretty amazing. However the site is still in Alpha status and this is pretty apparent in some entries. Give it a try.

http://www.qwiki.com/

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Top 6 – Geeky Video Podcasts

There are a lot of interesting geeky video podcasts. The following ones are my favorites (in no particular order) – as always highly subjective. All of them are also available via iTunes.

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Trying gdgt

I’ve know about gadget centric website gdgt.com for a while. I’ve just created an account and I’m currently building my gadget list. While it looks like geek heaven, let’s see if it can hold my interest.

You can find my profile and gadgets here:

http://user.gdgt.com/MartinsSciFi/

Update: Added ‘My Gadgets’ page to the blog.

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My Favourite Stuff of 2010: 2 x Top 5

It’s time for a short review of 2010: My favourite five posts (on this blog) and my favourite 5 new things (mostly gadgets) of the last year.

Top 5 Posts

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