App News – Bad Date Rescue & Precision Decision

A new app called “Precision Decision” is designed to help users make better decisions.  The user enters the decision to be made.  The first step is adding criteria.  The second step is to add choices.  The third step is ranking the choices in each criteria metric.  The last step is to click “decision,” and the app gives an answer based on the input.

The app is 99 cents, and is available at iTunes.  It is designed for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices using iOS 3.2 or later.  According to co-developers and founders of Precision Decision, Nicole and Dustin Harr: “It helps users make an objective and thoughtful decision, or validate a decision they’ve already made.  It’s easy to use, instantly insightful, and fun to share with friends.

A new app called “Bad Date Rescue” has been released eHarmony.  The app gives an incoming call to the user, and provides scripts for reasons to leave early.  The user chooses a number from the address book, and the app will show a display of that person on the screen.  If a picture is available, it will show the picture.

The app can be preset to call at a specified time, and disabled if the date is going well.  There is also a “quick rescue” function which triggers a call within a few minutes after activation.  The app is available for iPhone, and is free.

NBC has made two apps available for watching the Olympics.  The first app is called “NBC Olympics Live Companion.”  It is designed for use as a “second screen” to view stats and back stories of competitors.  It will also provide on-demand video, news, and information on each of the 32 sports.

The second app is called “Olympics Live Extra.”  It will have alternate camera shots and full event replays.  Both apps support “TV everywhere,” in which cable subscribers need to log in with information from their provider.  Once logged in, they can choose between 3,500 hours of Olympic programming.

Both apps are free, and can be used on iOS and Android devices.

Apple has just created a “Food and Drink” category in the Apps Store.  The category already has 3,839 free iPhone apps, 2,798 paid iPhone apps, 1,017 free iPad apps, and 1,112 paid iPad apps.  According to MacStories, the apps range from “Drinking Games” to “Jamie’s Recipes.”  The category doesn’t include food-related games, coupon clipping, or shopping apps.

Since the acquisition of Chomp, which is an app search engine, the App Stores have changed their search algorithm.  The addition of categories is part of the process to make searching for apps easier.

Next Issue Media has partnered with five major US publishers to create an all you can read magazine subscription app.  The app is called “Next Issue,” and it includes magazines from Conde Nast, Time Inc, News Corp, Meredith, and Hearst.  The app will have a flat fee of either $10 or $15, and will include digital versions of 39 magazines.  The user will also have access to back issues.

Amos Studios have developed a new app called Scam Detector.  The app lists most of the current, popular scams, and the user simply enters keywords to find any scams related to them.  The app contains nine different categories of scams: travel, telephone, face to vace, auto, and five sections of internet scams.  The internet categories are: housing, online auctions, employment, financial, and social networking.

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices, and costs $0.99.

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has developed an app called “Ultimate Dinosaurs.”  The app uses augmented reality to create a realistic projection of what dinosaurs looked like, based on the scientific information currently available.  The user points the smartphone at a marker in the museum and receives an augmented reality view of the prehistoric animal.  There are also iPads mounted throughout the museum which contain the app.

The app, which is free, and available only on iPhone and iPad, is part of the “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibition.  According to Royal Ontario Museum Assistant Vice-President of Marketing Tracy Ruddell: “We can see what they would have looked like with skin on when they were alive and how they would have moved and behaved.”  He would later explain that “Augmented reality allows us to do things with objects that we could never do in the physical world because, of course, we still have to preserve the specimens.”

A  new mobile commerce app was released last week.  The app is called QUICK, and it allows users to buy and sell items across multiple marketplaces, social networks, and classified, on their mobile devices.  The app allows users to buy and sell through the QUICK Mobile Marketplace and popular sites such as Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook.

The company lists features such as Automated product descriptions from scanning bar codes or taking pictures; Friends-Only Pricing, which allows sellers to set special prices for Facebook friends as a “loyalty reward;” streamlined communication, user-friendly templates, and automatic synching.

The app is available on Android devices at the Google Play store.