Quick Takes on Five Apps (No. 4)

I’m back with the latest installment of the Quick Takes series where I look at five apps. NHK World TV Live (iOS Universal) I didn’t even know this app existed until the tragedy in Japan. It’s a fantastic little app that streams live news from NHK in Japan, that is both fast and high quality […]

I’m back with the latest installment of the Quick Takes series where I look at five apps.

NHK World TV Live (iOS Universal)

I didn’t even know this app existed until the tragedy in Japan. It’s a fantastic little app that streams live news from NHK in Japan, that is both fast and high quality over 3G. I really dig this app.

AroundMe (iPhone)

This is not a new app to me and likely not to any iPhone user. What I want to say though is that this app is never more valuable then when you are in a city that you don’t know. Sometimes you just need to know what is around you.

Grouped{in} (iPhone)

This app is easily the most advertised at SXSWi and if you even look at the screenshots in the App Store you will be stricken with the thought: “Oh God”. Indeed, it’s ugly. Also it’s not very good at all — move along.

PlainText (iOS Universal)

When this app first came out I wasn’t a huge fan — I thought it was nice enough and quickly became happy with Writer. This trip though I downloaded PlainText again and have really started to like it. I don’t think it will replace Writer just yet, but the auto syncing has proven to be killer. I love the piece of mind that the couple of words I typed before darting into another session is stowed away safely in the cloud — without the archaic pressing of a sync button.

9 Innings 2011 Pro (iOS Universal)

It is a ridiculous little baseball game that has terrible graphics and questionable attributes to the players.1 The game play is dead simple and not revolutionary. It’s really not that good, which is why I am embarrassed to say that I happen to be a bit addicted to it at the moment. I guess none of that matters when you have fun playing the silly little thing.


  1. For instance Washburn has never in his life thrown a 98 MPH fast ball — never.