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Touchscreen BlackBerries don’t have a lock screen, and developers abhor a vacuum. We’ve covered bLOC before, but Slide2Open has an extra feature going in its favour – it doesn’t look shockingly ugly. With Slide2Open you can pick any picture you want for your lock screen and you can see the time, battery status and if there are any new messages waiting at a glance. Once it’s installed you can leave your phone in your pocket safe in the knowledge it won’t dial someone by accident. When you actually want to use your phone, just slide and you’re in. It also supports nighttime mode, so it won’t jump in front of the clock when your phone is plugged in at night. And best of all, it’s totally free if you don’t mind ads at the top or you can go ad free for just 99p.
Are you a cheater? A liar? A weasel? Then do we have an app for you! My Folder is a fake app, complete with a fake folder button, to try and catch out those people sniffing around your phone. Its first reason for existence is as somewhere that you can hide photos, videos and contacts that you don’t want easily accessible to anyone that picks up your phone. You can add content easily, but you do need to remember to then go into your camera roll, for instance, and delete the photos from there manually. Its second function is that it can catch out those people trying to poke around your phone. If they enter the passcode incorrectly, it secretly takes a photo of them, which you can then view once you log in. It’ll even tell you where the attempted break-in happened. For 69p, you can sleep safe in the knowledge that your naughty photos are safe from prying eyes.
It’s November! Or as those participating in moustache growing to raise funds for prostate cancer charities, Movember. But what if you’re genetically incapable of growing such facial hair? Help comes from the most unlikely of sources, in the form of a Windows Phone 7 app. Mustachio is a free app that will moustachify you. Just take a photo, pick the moustach you want to adopt, and move and rotate to find the optimal top lip positioning. From there, you can save it to your camera roll, and thanks to Windows Phone 7 easy sharing options, you can spread it around the internet whilst those hairy men are still cultivating bum fluff. And since it’s a free app, remember to put your donation into the nearest prostate cancer charity box as thanks.
Not long now! Not long til the big day! Only a certain number of shopping days left! I am, of course, talking about Halloween, and what a wealth of apps there are out there dedicated to this special day. Whilst not the most imaginative title, Halloween is an app that has everything you need to have a spook-tacular time. Sorry. Not only does it have a countdown to the day itself, but there’s a whole wealth of sounds you can employ to really frighten people. Hook your iPhone up to some speakers and then play the Psycho music every time someone tries to take a shower. Employ your best crazed killer look, and play Jack Nicholson’s classic line from The Shining on a loop. There’s also some music loops for a more general haunted house feel, although there is an in-app 69p upgrade if you want that. There’s also the chance to impress your friends with some Halloween trivia. And the best bit is the totally non-frightening price - completely free.
Imagine a world, where whales can fly, they collect bubbles and their biggest fear is falling back into the ocean and being whacked by a massive octopus monster thing called Baron von Barry. That, in a nutshell, is Whale Trail. Gameplay wise it’s a bit like Tiny Wings, but set in the air. You hold down to move your whale up, release to go down. And that’s it. You need to keep hitting the bubbles to stay airbourne, while avoiding the lighting zapping clouds. Fly to close to the sea or run out of oomph and you’ll fall back in and get boshed by the aforementioned massive octopus monster thing. Oh, and it has an infuriatingly catchy theme song by Gruff Rhys. Seriously. It’s cute, and mental, and massively fun, and mental, and hugely addictive. Oh and mental. Did I mention it was completely mental?
Hi, this is Will from Frackulous and this is the new Nokia Lumia 800. As you can see, it looks pretty much like you'd expect a Windows Phone 7 to look. It has a 1.4GHz processor, the camera is 8 megapixel, it has a 3.7in screen. It's pretty nice - there is a range of interchangeable covers a bit like those old Nokia 3200s and overall at the moment it's pretty much just your standard Windows Phone 7 so it'll be interesting to see what Nokia does on future handsets when it can actually have some input into the operating system but as it stands, it's pretty nice - it's fairly thin, it feels good in the hand, it's got a nice screen, it's running the latest Windows Phone 7 Mango update. It'll be available in Europe in November and overall it's probably the best Windows Phone 7 handset so far.
Google is all over its launches at the moment here in the UK. Hot on the heels of Google Books comes Google Video, which brings you movie rentals to your Android handset or tablet. There are currently around 1,000 titles, but they are recent and decent movies, and they cost between £2.49 and £3.49. The market gives you a chance to view a clip and read a synopsis, and once you’ve bought something, you’ve got 30 days to watch it. Start the video, though, and you have to finish watching it in 48 hours. In your movie library, there’s also a tab for similar films, so if you’re a lover of Reservoir Dogs it’ll push you towards the likes of Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Whilst Netflix is getting its act together regarding movie rentals on your phone, this is a pretty good solution. Will it stay front of the pack? Time will tell.
UK based Android owning book lovers, rejoice. There’s now another way to get your literary fix, thanks to Google Books. Previously available in the US only, the store boasts thousands of latest releases, as well as two million books that are out of copyright and therefore free. You can access the shop from your library, and there’s also been a books section added to the main Android market, alongside apps and games. In the shop, you can download a sample of the book, view reviews, and of course purchase, with books arranged by things such as top selling, new fiction and top free. There’s not a lot of functionality in the reader itself - you can change font size but not colour, and there’s nothing like a in-app dictionary or notetaking functionality. Like the Kindle app, it’s cross platform and because it’s cloud based, you can pick up your reading spot across devices as long as you’re connected. Is it enough to tempt you away from the already existing likes of the Kindle app? Um, probably not. Sorry Google.
Here’s a strange one. Is it right to rely on an app to work out whether you’re ok to drive after drinking? Or should you use a more tried and tested method, such as counting your drinks, or even not drinking? I’m undecided. This app is from Becks, the beer company, and it uses your own reaction times and steady fingers to determine whether you’re ok to drive. You have to hold your finger on the key and keep it inside the circle whilst it moves around for 20 seconds. You’re then either recommended to order a cab, or they suggest you’re ok to drive, but that you should still order a cab. This last bit doesn’t quite work - the app was developed in Europe, so it tries to direct you towards taxis from Poland. An expensive method of getting home, I think you’ll agree. Free, it’s a questionable solution to an age-old problem.
If only Apple was in the habit of giving out its sparkly new iPhones. Sadly, they are not, so there is a good chance that you, like me, will not be in possession of the new iPhone 4S. But since it looks the same as the iPhone 4, is there a way you can soup up your phone to make it behave like the new one? Well, Vlingo is a good start. Whilst Apple is shouting about the voice recognition capabilities of Siri, this app has been doing that stuff for a while. It’s not advanced enough to be able to tell you whether you need an umbrella, but it will let you dictate texts, dial friends and update your Facebook status. It’s also very simple to use. Just tap the button, and give your instructions, and then confirm it’s done the correct thing. The app does learn over time, so it’s worth taking the time to correct its mistakes. It’s also completely free, so if Siri was the thing tempting you towards the iPhone 4S, it represents a saving of about £400.
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Did autumn Santa not bring you an iPhone 4S? Fake it with pretend Siri in the form of Vlingo voice recognition on your similar looking iPhone 4. More: Vlingo on iTunes App Store
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