The Cardinal App: Your Music Is The Message
July 30th, 2010 | Daniel Lemmon

This review comes with a preface regarding social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. If you’re not a participant on either, then sorry kids, this app isn’t for you. But for those of you who are connected, then this has a little more bearing on you.

I’m relatively new to the social media world in the grand scheme of things. But what I’m not new to is the music scene. One of my greatest passions in life is music. The creation, enjoyment and proliferation of music drives my soul. So when I first opened up Cardinal Music I had one thing to say: where have you been all my social media life?

This application is beautifully simple in purpose and design and you get exactly what you expect from it. It provides a simple way to share the music you’re currently listening to on your iPod Touch or iPhone with your social media streams. Coming preloaded with a couple of different messages to display, the artist, song title and album or combinations thereof, the user can also add their own messages, or edit the preloaded ones, and you can set one as a favourite message for easy tweeting. read more

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The Flap Jack Finder: A Local Surprise
July 13th, 2010 | Connor Turner

If you’ve been keeping a casual eye on the Calgary iPhone Development community over the past two years, chances are The Karo Group’s The Flap Jack Finder was your first introduction to a locally developed and calgary-centric iPhone application.

I know for me, it was the first hint that there was a iPhone development community brewing in my own back yard.

Launched last year to a tremendous amount of support and success, the Flap Jack Finder is a simple iPhone app designed in parallel with to help Calgarians find the best Stampede Breakfasts. If you’re not from Calgary, you probably won’t understand the significance of the Stampede Breakfast mentality. But for 10 crazy days in July, hundreds of Stampede Breakfasts pop-up in our fair city with companies and organizations serving up doughy pancakes, crispy bacon and some times intoxicating OJ to the masses. With that many events crammed into such a small amount of time, it can be almost impossible to keep track of all the Breakfasts.

So cue-up The Flap Jack Finder. read more

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29 Apps & Growing: A yycApps Update
July 10th, 2010 | Connor Turner

Things have been quite busy for over the past few months, so we thought we’d send you a quick little update on the growth of this site, the development of the Developers page, and the growth of the community in general.

The first big news is that we’re finally starting to catch-up on the massive back log of Apps that we’ve recieved from the Calgary iPhone Development Community. As you can see from our recent posts, we’re slowly working on adding new reviews, but more importantly we’ve add 29 apps to our Calgary Developed Apps page.

The listed apps include everything from major local app successes (Sigma, Tapforms, Own This World) to small independently developed apps (Birthdays, myDomains, XForm) to everything in between (Stylmee, Poker Genius, Beefy Boards, etc.,). read more


Sigma For The iPhone
June 15th, 2010 | Connor Turner

Fresh off the heals of their first release Hottie Hookups, Big Stack Studios have launced the insanely addictive ‘Match 3’ puzzler Sigma.

Since it’s launch this month, Sigma has been garnishing a great amount of buzz within the apps community. Including breaking the illustrious Top50 apps in the US iTunes store. (As I write this review Sigma is sitting at the 26th spot, ahead of some illustrious competition)

In regards to gameplay,  Sigma is a dramatic step in a different direction for the ‘Match 3’ genre, where users control and manipulate two rotating columns to create colored blocks combinations. While I could wax poetic about it’s addictive nature and fluid control methods, I thought it would be better If I used this post to describe the game from a true ‘Match 3’ puzzle guru – my wife.

You see, I am not much of a puzzler fan. (Although I found this game incredibly addictive for the two and a half hours I engrossed myself with it). But on the other hand – my wife is the ultimate puzzler guru.

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Forget About Facebook, Download The Birthdays App.
June 13th, 2010 | Connor Turner

Without question, one of the universal benefits of Facebook is the friendly reminder when a friend or family member’s birthday approaches. For many, this is the basis for why we find Facebook so beneficial. But with the growing backlash against Facebook’s privacy issues and the growing number of users abandoning the service, wouldn’t it be nice if there was an independent tool for the iPhone which could help you remember this important task? read more


The Comic Book Bin App
May 22nd, 2010 | Connor Turner

Fresh off the heals of the Calgary Comicbook Expo is a new app for all levels of comic enthusiasts from The Comic Book Bin.

The Comic Book Bin AppFor those unfamiliar with The Comic Book Bin, it is a Calgary based online mecca for everything comic related.

Started up in 2002 by local entrepreneur Hervé St-Louis, the Comic Book Bin is a self proclaimed independent site where respectful and well-researched discourse on comic books is promoted, free of petty feuds, personal attacks, gossips and industry chit chat – Essentially if you’re a comic book fan, this is your online home.

Early this month, The Comic Book Bin made a massive splash in the online world with the release of their new iPhone App. The Comic Book Bin App is essentially a massive mobile information hub which allows users to find local comic book stores, the closest comic book expo and search the Comic Book Bin’s impressive catalog of comic book reviews and editorials.

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