This Week's Best iPhone Apps

In this week's app roundup: Nikon teaches a photography class, the NBA gouges its most devoted fans (and they like it), board games go digital, Disney gets app-y, and well, Zombie Bikini Babes From Space!

The Best

WordPress 2.0: Though this is an update to an old app, the differences are such that you've actually got to download the new version on its own — you won't be prompted. Anyway, you should, because it's got an all-new interface, a fresh comment system and a persistent restore feature, which means you won't lose any work if you get a call in the middle of working on a post. Free.

The Snow Report: Added Twitter feed, push notification and longer-term forecast features make this ski report app awesome; the fact that it's an ad platform for the North Face makes it free. (It's more than a fair trade.)

Settlers of Catan: A few months ago, Wired wrote an amazing story about a board game called "Settlers of Catan". To summarise: Best. Board. Game. Ever. Or something! In any case, it's now here for the iPhone, and the adaptation is surprisingly faithful. The look and animations are a little cheesy, an absence of cheese would have been more surprising, and almost disappointing. Six bux.

Layar Layers: Not strictly an app, but is may as well be: Layar, the do-it-all augmented reality app, allows for user-generated layers to be added. This one, which tracks bailout spending and overlays projects on a real-time camera view, is the first genuinely cool add-on I've seen.

HMSMobile Swine Flu Center: Educates you about the dangers of the H1N1 virus and lets you a) figure out if you have swine flu and b) work yourself into a nervous wreck even if you don't. $2.49.

Attack of the Zombie Bikini Babes from Outer Space: I'll let Matt explain this one:

Imagine a Zombies Ate My neighbours kind of schlock, except you're in the boots of a redneck armed with dual slingshots, firing rocks and raccoons at undead chicks in bikinis who will claw your eyes out if they touch you.

Honorable Mentions

LaLa: Stream any song once for free, or steam it as much as you want for $US0.10. It's brilliant, so why isn't it ranked? Because it's not out yet, and I have a creeping suspicion Apple might find a reason to freeze it out.

Asian Boobs: This is most assuredly not a good app. It does, however, serve as a touchstone in the sweeping narrative of how ridiculous the app approval process is, for which I am thankful.

Not For Tourists: There are just so many iPhone travel guides, it's hard to pick one over another. I'm not sure the NFT guides are the best—they could be, but it's tough to test—but they're reliably good. Shame they're $6 apiece.

Vooks: I'm not as down on the concept as Adam is—I think there's something to be said for taking eBooks beyond raw, static text. And while the catalogue is seriously anaemic right now but hey, if you see a title you like, go for it.

Alice In Chains: Yeah, forget iTunes LP: Alice in Chains' companion app for the newest album does the digital liner notes thing just fine, and hey! It works on your iPhone. $1.19.

Easy Wi-Fi: Find free Wi-Fi hotspots in the US, and simplify the login procedure for paid ones! What a great idea! Thing is, it doesn't work that well yet—account signup is buggy, and hotspots are sparse—so it might be worth waiting until it does. Free.

This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here. Have a great weekend, everybody!

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