If you've been following tech news this week, you probably saw the story of how an Apple engineer accidentally left an iPhone 4G behind at a bar. The story has been written about all over the tech sites, so I'll let you read all the details they were able to uncover about the device from the linked story by Erica Ogg. But for a different take on what led up to the iPhone 4G being lost, check out this "shocking" video over at the Buzz Report...It's great having coworkers with a sense of humor.
This week's apps include an app that lets you explore episodes from an extremely popular radio show and podcast and a sequel to a hit arcade airplane combat game.
More than just a public-radio listening app, This American Life gives you numerous features to help you explore the archive of episodes along with detailed descriptions of each episode to make it easy to pick ones you want to listen to. One word of warning: there have been reports of crashes on this app, but they are working to iron out the bugs. I had a couple of crashes initially, but after rebooting my iPhone I have had no problems listening to shows or navigating the various features. Let us know in the comments if you have problems with this app. Overall, if you're a fan of This American Life, or enjoy well produced stories and interviews from people across the US, this app is an excellent choice.
MiniSquadron Special Edition has a decidedly psychedelic theme, with battles taking place in front of fantastical backgrounds, and an early level that even has cats flying around to distract you from incoming planes. The thing that I like about this game (as well as the original) is the amazingly effective onscreen controls. The frenetic gameplay requires you to pull off amazing looping maneuvers to deal with the onslaught of enemies, and you almost always feel in control. Overall, MiniSquadron Special Edition is an excellent sequel to Minisquadron with an enormous amount of content and plenty of fun gameplay to keep you coming back for more. Frankly, I'm amazed (but extremely happy) that it's free.
What's your favorite iPhone app? Have you had any issues with This American Life? Are you amazed that Minisquadron Special Edition is a free game? Let me know in the comments!