You really don't need another social network. You also don't need another reason to make drinking beer fun. But there's something cool about tracking the beers you've drank, if only to see how many more beers you have to try. Untappd does just that.
iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out!
SwiftKey X is a replacement keyboard for Android phones and tablets, which "learns" your typing style by scanning text messages and Facebook updates. Now it can read blog posts, too, getting an even better idea of how you write.
The informative and often inadvertently amusing iPhone BBFC app is now on Android, if you need specific knowledge of the strength of swearing a film contains. Shame it still doesn't give timecodes for when nudity occurs, though.
Quora, the excellent Q&A site, just released an iPhone app that makes it dead easy to get your questions answered and learn new things. If you ever used Quora, you know how smart their community can get.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which is the most "scholarly of encyclopaedias" according to Wikipedia (heh), is about to release a new iPad app. It costs about £1.30 a month to subscribe to their knowledge base, which is cheaper than the £750 odd for the print set but far, far more expensive than Wikipedia's freeeeeee.
Flickr, who should have jumped on the Instagram filter train earlier, has finally put out an Android app and along with letting you scan photostreams, upload pictures, share photos to other social networks, you can also take filterized pictures. Woot!
Now look, we’re not ones to judge. Shadowgun is a third-person shooter that’s blatantly, obviously a complete Gears of War rip-off. Developers Madfinger Games have been rummaging around the dustbins behind Epic HQ, and they’re using the old imitation/flattery chestnut to dance around the inevitable opprobrium.
It’s a universal truth, commonly acknowledged, that the first Katamari Damacy game on the iOS platform was a big pile of pants. By any other reckoning, I Love Katamari should have been a slam dunk; the psychedelic day-glo visuals, the irresistably giddy soundtrack, the frankly mental design of each stage... It all seemed a perfect fit for a portable device with an accelerometer. It couldn’t fail. It just couldn’t.
It seems unpossible but Smozzy is an app that promises to let you surf the web on your Android phone without a data plan. Wait...what? Yeah. Smozzy uses a combination of SMS and MMS to pull off the trick.
IMDb just released a new trivia app for the iPhone that's sure to be a great time spender/waster for any TV and movie buff. There are hundreds of fun little questions that'll work the part of the brain you fried from watching all those movies and shows.
VLC used to be the premo app for anyone who wanted to play any sort of video (movies, tv shows, etc.) on their iPad. Sadly, it was pulled from the app store. Luckily, there's It's Playing. It's like VLC except you can download it RIGHT NOW.
We've been waiting for the Facebook iPad app for a little while now, especially since TechCrunch's preview this past summer. In fact, it was done by then, says former Facebook developer Jeff Verkoeyen. The only thing that kept it from us was politics between Facebook and Apple.