The Week in iOS Apps: Fun and games

We've got the latest version of Madden in this week's update. We've also got better ways to read comic books and listen to music. Read on.

Fun and games

We’ve got the latest version of Madden in this week's update. We’ve also got better ways to read comic books and listen to music. Read on.

Delectable Wine

The free Delectable Wine app for iPhone has always been an aid to budding oenophiles; version 3.0 has launched with personalized recommendations for the user, based on the wines the users has enjoyed, the wines trending within the DW community, and wines being enjoyed by the user’s friends. Never drink a bad merlot again.

I Just Want Coffee

In an age where recommendation apps try to point you to every possible good experience in an unfamiliar locale, the $2 I Just Want Coffee app keeps things simple—it just points you to the nearest coffee shops. Version 2.0 is similarly simple; it merely overhauls the user interface and expands the app from just the iPhone to a fully universal iOS offering.

Living Earth

The popular Living Earth, a $3 iOS app, has been updated to offer alerts for tropical cyclones, the current temp at your location displayed on the app icon in your home screen, a volume setting so alarms aren’t too alarming, and a host of smaller user interface changes.

Madden NFL 25

After all these years, Madden NFL 25 probably won’t have to do much to sell itself. But like EA’s other iOS games, it relies on a “freemium” model—meaning that to make progress in the game or unlock the full playbook, you’ll have to make in-app purchases ranging from $2 up to $100. It’s probably the ultimate test of EA’s business model.


Flickr for iPhone

Filters are still the hottest thing in sharing your photos online, and the latest update to Yahoo’s Flickr app goes all out by adding lots. You can preview the filtered effect live as your shooting, and even make custom adjustments to the filters to put your own spin on things. There are also a host of new shooting and editing tools so you get the image you want, every time. —Dan Moren

Marvel Unlimited

The free Marvel Unlimited app for iOS has been updated for better offline use—developers have doubled, from six to 12, the number of issues that can be saved for reading even when users aren’t in range of an Internet connection.

tadaa 3D

This $4 photo app doesn’t actually create 3D pictures—instead, it offers 3D simulations and animations that make your photos appear to react as you move your phone. It includes dozens of HD filters, and membership in tadaa’s community of users.

TuneIn Radio Pro

TuneIn Radio Pro, a $5 iOS app, is one of the better music-streaming apps out there. The newest update lets users stay current, allowing them to swipe up or down to see a history of their recent activity, along with recommendations for radio stations and programs they might enjoy.

US Open

The free U.S. Open app for iOS lets you follow the tennis championship tournament with live scores, live video and radio, news updates, photos, a schedule of play, and more. If you’re a tennis fan, you really can’t go without this app.

Others of note

ReadQuick (pictured) has added support for iPhone, as well Macworld and TechHive articles … BitTorrent Sync has arrived on iPhone … Twitter has updated with new features designed to make it easier to follow conversation threads.

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