In this week’s personally approved app roundup: Alternative browsers, allowed! Old games, emulated! Your international reputation, protected! And more…
Here’s how it works: You sing into your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) microphone along with background music. A live pitch meter will let you know if you’re in tune or not. All pretty standard stuff for a karaoke game.
But what’s extraordinarily clever – and technologically impressive – is that Glee doesn’t just automatically autotune your voice as it is output through the headphones, but also generates live autotuned harmonies from your own voice. It takes your mediocre singing and turns it into overproduced pop pap – and it’s fantastic.
It’s made by Smule, too, which vouches for its general quality. $4.
We’re talking vignetting, saturation, the usual retro lomo-esque effects that are very popular nowadays, as seen in the Hipstamatic app – which has the same developers as Swankolad. The app “pours” the chemicals into the bath, and once you dim the lights the photo starts to develop. Putting that in-app purchasing to work, you can also buy other chemicals for even zanier effects, at a further $2.49.
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, and check out our Favourite iPhone Apps Directory. Have a great weekend, everybody!