Recipes – Interactive Recipe Database with Over 70 Thousand Recipes
Stitcher Smart Radio – A Plethora of Podcasts
Stitcher Smart Radio was one of last week’s Featured Apps on the Android Market, and is also available on the iPhone. What’s special about this app? It has a plethora of Internet radio stations and podcasts, and the developers have provided enough bandwidth for online listening. The majority of content is in English, but there are music stations as well. Whether your goal is education or entertainment, there is sure to be a something that will fit your needs on Stitcher Smart Radio.
IMDb – World’s Largest Internet Movie Database Now Available as App
The most effective way to learn English, or any language for that matter, is to work with material you actually find interesting, so you’re not just passively trying to absorb boring grammatical rules. That’s where IMDb comes in – as the world’s largest online movie database, it has an abundance of information on films, trailers, plot synopses, actors (including biographies and filmographies), screenshots, related news, etc. IMDb also provides info on television series, including listings and actors. Entertainment industry fans who want to learn English are in luck – with this app they can stay up-to-date on the latest films and TV shows while strengthening their language skills at the same time.
World Stock Index Viewer & ChartPro – Monitoring International Stock Markets
The following two Android Market apps are recommended for smartphone users interested in international stock markets or wanting to research different American indices (EMA, MOM, OBV, ROC, SI, MACD, etc.):
World Stock Index Viewer is an app with an interesting interface – it displays weather icons on each of the 5 major continents to indicate rises and falls in global indices.
ChartPro is a tool for monitoring the U.S. stock market, with live quote updates and technical analysis charts for users to learn about investing.
World Stock Index Viewer’s interface is quite unique. If the market is up over 2%, a sun is displayed in the area. If it is down more than 2%, users see a thunderstorm icon. The graphics are appropriately representative of investors’ moods....<Read more>
Big Time Gangsta – Experience the Thrills of the Streets
While most games are centered on a valiant hero who needs assistance to do something good, well-known developers Glu Mobile have put out the Big Time Gangsta app, where the focus is street survival and criminal deeds. The goal of the game is to become the biggest gangsta of all by stealing money, weapons, turf, and people (to become crew members). The app is reminiscent of the Grand Theft Auto series, with shootouts at every turn.
The game opens with a street view of your city. A gun icon indicates the building is currently occupied by someone else, which also means it’s available for takeover, if you have enough cash....<Read more>
SKY.FM Radio – Best Internet Radio App for Background Music
SKY.FM Radio comes from the same developer as an app we reviewed earlier this month, Digitally Imported Radio. SKY.FM has over 35 stations, all of which are uniquely programmed and focus on playing music. Channels cover a variety of genres including Pop, Rock, 70s and 80s, Classical, Piano, Jazz, New Age, etc. The selection is decent, the connection is stable, and buffering times are short, making SKY.FM a good-quality Internet radio app.
BBC News – Secret Weapon for Study Abroad Applicants
BBC, Britain’s public broadcast station, is known for its abundant sources and quality content. As such, teachers often recommend BBC News to students studying for the IELTS, and now there is an app from BBC on the Android Market that provides smartphone users with an option to read on-the-go. Learners can peruse news articles, or train their listening skills by watching BBC news clips or tuning in to BBC’s Internet broadcast.
This is the official BBC app – the interface is smooth and the homepage can be dragged left or right to browse through headlines.
BeyondPod Podcast Manager – Learn English while Reading, Watching, or Listening to the News
RSS feeds allow users to subscribe to news sites and blogs, and podcasts provide audio or video feeds like news videos, broadcasts, language education material, etc. Both functions have been available on smartphones for a while now, but Taiwanese smartphone users either have never tried them or do not use them on a regular basis. Although this could be attributed to the lack of feeds available in traditional Chinese, more likely than not these free sources are not being used to their full potential mainly because finding and organizing feeds can be a bit of a hassle.
Cartoonatic: Instantly View and Record Artsy Videos
Is there only one way to record videos on the iPhone? After installing Cartoonatic, videos can be filmed in a variety of styles. The difference between Cartoonatic and video editing apps is the live preview feature – users can actually see the style effects as the video is being recorded, instead of just applying them after the fact.
Upon starting up the app users are immediately presented with the recording frame. A single tap switches between filters, which are mostly cartoon and sketch style.
Introductory Spanish Apps
Spanish passion, Spanish customs, the Spanish trill…even if the opportunity to visit Spain is unavailable, Spanish lovers can still experience the charm of the language via their phone.
The following two Android Market apps are recommended for building a solid foundation in beginning Spanish: Alfabeto (Spanish Alphabet) Flash Cards, and Spanish English Dictionary.
First, let’s introduce Alfabeto: with flash cards for each letter of the alphabet and pronunciation recorded by real speakers, learners can analyze the basic sounds of the language in detail.