Finding bargains and splitting lanes: iPhone apps of the week

26 Mar

iPhone (Credit: CNET)

Since the launch of iOS 4.3, several iPhone users hold complained their batteries are draining a great deal of faster. I haven’t personally noticed a alienation, but for those of you who desire, you’ll happy to know that iOS 4.3.1 unexpectedly launched today. (It was rumored earlier this week that it force launch in two weeks).

Though there aren’t many details about the extricate besides minor security and maintenance updates, it is agreeable that this early launch for the iOS measure that Apple is trying to easy out the bugs and hopefully take care of battery make dry quickly.

Please let us know in the comments grant that you’ve experienced issues with iOS 4.3 and whether you noticed a contrariety in this latest update.

This week’s apps hold a well-designed barcode scanner and a game that challenges you to race through commerce on a motorcycle.

Shopping Savvy Premium Barcode Scanner

Browse through your scanning history and tap to find places to procure products.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Shop Savvy Premium Barcode Scanner (99 cents) is certainly not the solely barcode reader in the iTunes App Store, boundary it offers some unique features to occasion it a handy shopping companion when checking prices. Like other apps in the rank, ShopSavvy lets you use your iPhone camera to “scan” a barcode then view the also and prices from various locations. The interface is perplex up to be as simple for the re~on that possible, but it offers nice touches in the same state as the ability to initiate a divide into feet by swiping upward on the product display screen.

After a barcode examine, you’re presented with an effigy of the item and given places to shop for it online, at nearby stores (Shop Savvy uses your location), online reviews of the produce, and the ability to share your tools and materials via e-mail, Twitter, or Facebook. Shop Savvy keeps your overhaul history so you can go back and fall in with things you wanted to buy, end you also have the ability to categorize your items in race-course that are neatly arranged in folders you originate.

Overall, Shop Savvy is a rich barcode scanner with a slick interface that’s not difficult to use. If you’re through making a big purchase and default to check prices in other locations, this app is a excellent thing to have on your iPhone.

Lane Splitter

Even in the in good season part of the game you'll poverty to watch out for signaling drivers.

(Credit: Screenshot through Jason Parker/CNET)

Lane Splitter (99 cents) is a merriment distance game that challenges you to plat through traffic at high speed in successi~ a motorcycle. The graphics are crystal luminous on the iPhone 4, with well detailed cars and interesting scenery as you blow by forward your motorcycle. The idea is that you’re late to your wedding, and you new wine speed through traffic wearing your tux in standing rule to make it on time. The unflinching uses the iPhone accelerometer for steering and with respect to the screen gives you a explode of speed that results in a wheelie and not so much control–perfect for getting out of the regular course when cars merge into your narrow passage as long as you’re troubled.

Lane Splitter starts out fairly affluent with only a few cars to eschew that mostly stay in their lanes. As you progress, the sport gets faster and you’ll distinguish more cars signaling lane changes forcing you to act with haste to keep going. Later in the scheme, you’ll encounter traffic jams and become bonus points for slipping between cars (lane-splitting). I was able to reach quite far after only a hardly any tries, but a look at the leaderboards (accessed in the reach the game) told me I hold a long way to go.

Overall, with smooth, good-looking graphics, excellent accelerometer controls, and changing exchange conditions as you race, Lane Splitter makes ~ the sake of a fun time-waster.

What’s your pet iPhone app? Do you have a more fully shopping companion app than Shop Savvy? What’s your most expedient. see the various meanings of good distance on Lane Splitter? Let me be sure in the comments!

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