iOS apps of the day [May 10, 2012]

Today’s Apps

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iOS has over 600,000 apps. With so many apps out there, app discovery (aka finding new and useful apps) is extremely difficult. With our iOS Apps of the Day initiative, dotTech aims to change that. Everyday we post three apps, allowing our readers to discover new apps, daily. Enjoy! [Subscribe to our iOS section to never miss an article: RSS Feed | E-mail]

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Apps for May 10, 2012

iHappyDays Pro

iHappyDays Pro helps keep track of all the birthdays you can’t seem to remember. This app has the capability to import your contact list so you won’t have to key in everyone individually. It also displays the days remaining until the birthday or anniversary is about to happen. This will also remind you your friend’s or family’s birthday in the event you might have the chance to forget about it.

Price: $0.99

Version discovered: 2.0

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.0 and up

Download size: 1.1 MB

iHappyDays Pro on iTunes

TouchArcade – The Best New Games

TouchArcade will help you find the games you want from the iTunes store. When  you are browsing the list you can bookmark the app you want, and it will alert you when the app goes on sale, has an update or has a review posted. With this app you can get daily news, previews, and reviews on the best iOS games, search for any of the best games in any genre whether it is paid or free, find hidden gems as well as the hottest new games before anyone else, track games for reviews, sales, and updates especially getting notified when an upcoming game is released, and even check out what people are talking about in a forum discussion about the latest games.

Price: Free

Version discovered: 1.0.1

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 4.2 and up

Download size: 5.1 MB

TouchArcade – The Best New Games on iTunes

Blacklist for iPhone – Unwanted Call Blocker

Blacklist for iPhone – Unwanted Call Blocker is an app that will block the incoming calls that you don’t want to receive. You have the option to block any caller coming in whether it is a friend who won’t leave you alone to your ex and even that annoying telemarketer. You can switch the sound off  for the blocked incoming calls, and all blocked numbers are stored in a log you can browse. You also have the option of installing a ringtone just for the numbers listed in the app. New telephone numbers can be automatically listed in the database. You not only have the option of blocking incoming calls, but you can also block the SMS as well so you can be totally left alone from those unwanted texts as well.

Price: $0.99

Version discovered: 3.0

Requires: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad; iOS 3.0 and up

Download size: 1.8 MB

Blacklist for iPhone – Unwanted Call Blocker on iTunes
In light of recent developments, this link has been removed since this app doesn’t deliver what it is supposed to do.

dotTechies: We have tested all the apps listed above. However, iOS Apps of the Day articles are not intended as “reviews” but rather as “heads-up” to help you discover new apps. Always use your best judgement when downloading apps, such as trying trial/free versions before purchasing paid apps, if applicable.

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4 comments

  1. StuInOwingsMills

    @Robert:

    Thanks for following up. I had no axe to grind here. Your blog piqued my curiosity regarding the app and I didn’t like what I found.

    Anyhow, Robert, forget a career in politics. You withdrew your “heads-up” and demonstrated that you have too much integrity to be a politician… ;-)

    If you hear from the Apple Store or any other follow-up, please post to close the circle.

  2. Robert
    Author/

    @StuInOwingsMills: Thank you very much for your comments concerning that app, and I looked a bit closer at the “blocked” person that this app created. All it did was create an entry in my contact list called “Blocked Spam Texter.” So I wonder, how on earth can an app create an entry in your contact list and put the word “blocked” in the first name calling it blocked. I seriously think that app really needs to be taken off the App Store because it does sound like a “too good to be true” app. That app doesn’t deliver like it is supposed to do.

    I’m going to write a review on this in the app store, and hopefully the people at Apple will see it and pull the app from its store.

  3. StuInOwingsMills

    @Robert:

    i haven’t ‘invested’ in Blacklist but I did spend time studying the reviews and ratings and my gut tells me that most likely this app is a scam.

    Prior to the Mar 2012 Update, there were 296 ratings of which 28 were 5 star and 249 were 1 star. Since the update, the app received 526 ratings; 456 5 star and 59 1 star. A trivial 2% ratings were in between.

    According to written comments the app is ‘complete awesomeness’ or an awesome complete fraud.

    In studying the comments since the March update, all the 5 star raves were writteb btwn May 8 and 10.

    Further suggesting a fraudulent promotion, about a dozen 5 star comments written by happy users with different names end with ^ ^ rather than exclamation points. Very curious, imho…

    Robert, I truly appreciate your effort regarding your column.

    I have read your disclaimer and your intent that you are providing a “heads up”. But you also state that you have tested this app. Please read the negative comments and test again.

    Best…

    StuInOwingsMill

  4. Robert
    Author/

    Blacklist for iPhone UPDATE: I just got a text from a text spammer so I added the telephone number to my list with the name “Spam Texter 1.” What it does is that it added it to my contact list with the word “Blocked” before that. Since it did have a database icon, you would assume that the database was within the app. There were some reviews about it not working so hopefully this will be a good app to block unwanted calls.