Football is incredibly popular across the world, with the English Premier League leading the way. However because of broadcasting rights it’s not always possible to see match highlights in a timely manner (especially in the uk), but fortunately the broadcaster ESPN have released the ESPN Goals app which is dedicated to bringing all the Premier League Goals to your iPhone.
The ESPN Goals App is completely free and is a great way to watch all the Premier League goals, when matches are underway match video updates are provided at regular intervals so you don’t even have to wait until the end of the match before you can see the goals. Shortly after a match has finished a complete highlights package is available for that match, and shortly after, a highlights for all that days matches becomes available.
The video quality is good and works well over 3G, so you can watch the highlights when mobile.
The ESPN Goals App is a great App, free of charge and is available from the App store.
As part of Apples 12 days of Christmas promotion SEGA’s popular racing game, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing was available free of charge from the App store today. As a fan of Mario Kart I thought I would check it out to see how it compares.
Sonic racing is a fun little distraction that has more then a passing similarity to the Nintendo Classic Racer. Using some iconic and some not so iconic SEGA games as inspiration you can race using a selection of familiar characters through race courses based on worlds from games, from Sonic to Crazy Taxi to House of the Dead, famous worlds have been turned into interesting race tracks.
The games controls are simple to get to grips with and make the most of the iPhones hardware. Steering your vehicle is performed by tilting your iPhone, whilst you accelerate and break using 2 on-screen virtual buttons.
In a similar way to Mario Kart weapons and power ups can be collected by driving through on track hotspots, once collected these can be triggered by pressing an on-screen icon.
The games graphics are simple, attractive and effective although not as detailed as in the latest batch of top iPhone games, and despite several single player and multiplayer modes the game play lacks the charm and depth of Mario Kart.
2 Multiplayer modes are included, local and online, allowing you to race against another online racer. This works well although extra modes would have been welcome.
Indeed Sonic Racing is ideally suited for younger or casual gamers, and whilst it might not be a Real Racing its not designed to be, it’s a simple, quick and easy racer, and currently a real bargain in the App store.
I’ve previously written about TVCatchup in this article, it’s a fantastic free service which allows UK viewers to watch freeview TV stations on the iPhone. The website service has worked on the iPhone for a while but now the service is available through a dedicated App.
By removing the need to use a web browser on your iPhone the App simplifies the process of accessing the Channels and importantly switching channels is now significantly easier.
The App provides an online Electronic Program Guide, which provides now and next information for all the available stations.
As with the web service the Video Quality is excellent and looks great on a Retina Screen especially when using a WIFI connection but even when using a 3G network the video remains very watchable.
TVCatchup has been one of the most useful services available to iPhone users and with the launch of the Dedicated App it’s now more accessible then ever.
To install the app search for TVCatchup in the App store.
The BBC is known for producing high quality TV and Radio content and they have also taken a world wide lead in developing Video over IP technology with it’s iPlayer facility.
It’s been possible to watch videos through the BBC iPlayer website for quite some time using the iPhone’s Safari Web Browser, but now the BBC have released a free dedicated iPlayer app for the iPhone which makes the process much simpler.
The iPlayer App allows you to view both live and archived BBC TV and Radio program’s through your device over either a Wifi or 3G network connection, with program’s being presented in an easy to understand timeline channel by channel.
There a 7 days of archived content available to be viewed, listed by day and time and currently being broadcast shows are marked as live and are viewed through the same easy to use and understand interface. The video and audio quality is very high and on the small retina screen of the iPhone 4 or 4s video looks almost broadcast quality, even on a 3G connection.
The BBC App is now available through the Apple App Store, and provides a great way to catch your favourite BBC shows.
A quick word of warning if you are using the iPlayer App over 3G make sure you are aware of your network providers Data Allowances.
Many people use their iPhone to listen to music, either through music stored on their device or through streaming services like Spotify, but many people still enjoy live radio broadcasts and there are several ways to listen to the Radio on your iPhone.
The iPhone doesn’t have an FM radio built-in but it can utilise it’s Internet connection, either wifi or 3G, to deliver radio stations to your handset.
Firstly there’s a great free App called StreamItAll Radio which will let you listen to your favourite Radio Station. StreamItAll contains a massive database of online Radio Stations from around the world, you can simply tell it which country you live in to get your regional channels or you can manually add channels from any region in to your channel list.
I use StreamItall to listen to BBC Radio 2 on my iPhone and the quality is on par with any FM or DAB radio I have listened too.
Alternatively there are dedicated apps which allow you to listen to specific (mainly commercial) radio stations. The functionality of the dedicated apps tends to be more diverse then in StreamItAll, often including news articles, discussion forums or Twitter Feeds and even catch up Radio Facilities, although of course you can only listen to one station or family of stations through each dedicated App. A fantastic example of a dedicated radio channel app is the Talksport Radio App, which is feature well & works really well.
Most radio apps will work over 3G Internet but it’s important to remember that most Mobile Networks set a limit on how much data you can download before you get charged extra. Make sure that you know exactly how your Data plan works, have an unlimited data plan (eg The One Plan on Three) or use Wifi to listen to Radio Stations on the Internet.
We carry smartphones with us everywhere we go, and as Apps become more sophisticated they are becoming genuinely useful and life improving tools, it’s easy to see why more specific and dedicated professional tools are becoming available and here’s a great example, the Intravenous Infusion Controller App.
The Intravenous Infusion Controller App (AKA IV Therapy Helper) can be used by those who do IV therapies to set and check the flow rates during the IV Therapy.
With the app complex manual calculations can be bypassed and the App can directly enter and set various IV orders, such as the flow rate (mL/hr), the drip rate (drops/min), or the total volume (mL) and time(hr, min).
With a comprehensive feature set the Intravenous Infusion Controller App can set flow rates easily and exactly, with the drip time interval displayed on screen along with audio cues to alert you when the treatment time is coming to it’s conclusion.
Estimated IV injection times are calculated helping plan treatments and to help ensure the administration of the proper IV flow rate.
With this App the iPhone becomes easily portable device that can support their ability to determine the correct metrics when it comes to the setting, monitoring and managing of IV flow rates.
If you require an App to assist you with IV flow rates then the Intravenous Infusion Controller App can be found in the Apple App Store or by clicking here.
There are times when it’s useful to identify the relationship between yourself and some of your contacts, eg to identify and label your spouse in your contact list, this could be useful in an emergency situation and it can prove to useful to instruct Siri to issue a voice command to a specific relation.
Eg “Tell my Wife I have left work” will send a text message to the contact you have assigned as your Spouse. This is quite an easy task to perform although the options aren’t always visable.
To Assign a Relationship to a Contact on the iPhone:
1) Firstly make sure that there is a contact created for yourself, including your email address, iPhone phone number etc.
2) Edit your contact and click on the add field option
3) Choose the related People Option and the relationship option should appear, it defaults to spouse but you can change the relationship option by selecting the relationship description
4) Press the blue arrow to the right of the contact field and choose the contact details of the person you want to assign with a relationship.
You have now assigned a relationship to your contact
The iPhone 4S is a fantastic piece of technology, however a few users have expressed a slight disappointment in the decreased battery life compared to the iPhone 4.
Fortunately there are a couple of settings that can be altered to increase the battery life of the iPhone 4s running iOS5
When you pull down the notification tab, the Weather widget is displayed as standard.
This activates the GPS receiver within the iPhone which uses addition battery power, however it’s possible to easily turn off the Weather Widget within the iPhones settings App.
To turn off the Weather Widget in iOS 5:
- Open the settings App
- Click on the Notifications section
- Select the Weather Widget
- Turn the Notification Option to off
As Standard the brightness of the iPhones Screen is managed automatically depending on the ambient light levels, however it is possible to save battery life on the iPhone by manually turning the screen brightness down.
To manually turn the brightness of the iPhones screen in iOS 5.
- Open the settings App
- Click on the Brightness Section
- Turn the Auto-Brightness option off
- Drag the brightness bar down to about a quarter.