In this week's world dominating iPhone app roundup: Radio champagne, poured generously! Your computers, turned into wirelessly controlled zombies! Death foods, avoided! And more...
Where Is My Phone: While this app's name implies that it has some kind of phone-finding capability, Kyle discovered very quickly that this app is about farts. And other noises! But mostly farts:
Turning your iPhone into a remote controlled whoopee cushion is what I had in mind. Little Worlds, the makers of the app, apparently also had it in mind, including more than one variety of fart among the dozen or so sound effects included with the download.
Here's what's going on: "Where is my Phone" listens for your whistle and then plays the sound effect of your choice (or your own recorded soundbite) when it hears it. The makers claim it can recognise you Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah-ing from up to 30 metres away, and I had no trouble in activating sirens, explosions and the rest just by whistling on the other side of the room.
Not bad for a$1.19, athough you'll have to get comfortable with the prospect of planting your iPhone, which is not cheap, in various risky places for sound gags, which decidedly are. Anyway, far be it from me to put a price tag on a good fart joke.
Logitech Touch Mouse: Air Mouse Pro is one of the coolest apps in the App Store, bar none. With it, you can control your computer's mouse, enter text via the iPhone keyboard, run apps, control media - it basically turns your iPhone into a wireless control centre for your laptop or desktop, without the awkward experience of using a full VNC client. Logitech Touch Mouse is that, except with just the mouse and the keyboard. So, 75 per cent of the functionality, for 0 per cent of the price.
NewEgg: To have built a PC or purchased any kind of computer component in the last decade is to love NewEgg. Now they have a free app, which, if downloaded, raises your risk of impulse-buying a new Mini-ITX power supply buy roughly 400 per cent.
Don't Eat That: There's a tremendous concept here, not fully realised. What Don't Eat That can do now is tell you what pretty much any listed ingredient on a food label is, and perhaps whether or not it conflicts with some allergenic, philosophical or preferential problem you've got. It also introduces you to new reasons not to eat specific ingredients - they're carcinogenic, bad for kids, etc. What it can't do, though, is take a single food item and break it down for you, which is what you really want it to do. If you have the patience to enter ingredients individually, and don't mind an app that errs (way) on the side of caution with some of its recommendations, you'll get a lot of use out of this thing.
This American Life: This American Life is the best thing on the radio right now. (ATTENTION RADIOLAB FANS: You will have failed if this statement nets me less than 20 hate mail letters.) So when I say that the TAL iPhone app does nothing but play you lots and lots of WBEZ's flagship show, I mean that in the best way possible. Half of what you're paying for here is utility: you can access any and all TAL shows whenever you want, as well as live streams. The other half of what you're paying for here is the show: anyone who's listened to their podcast over the last few years knows it costs them a lot of money, and this app is intended to help pick of the bandwidth tab, at least a little. To this end, it helps that it's very, very good. $4.
Assassin's Creed 2: Takes the franchise into somewhat odd side-scrolling territory, but manages the transition well. If you have trouble with onscreen controls in general, maybe pass on this one. If you don't, and you're an AC fan, it's worth a look.
This list is in no way definitive. If you've spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us your first-hand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our Favourite iPhone Apps Directory and our original iPhone App Review Marathon. Have a swell weekend everybody.