Apps of the week: OmniFocus2, Shade, Total Conquest, and more…

iPhone 5 appsNow that Apple has released iOS 7 for everyone, at least 18 percent of us will be checking out what new features all of those iOS 7 updated apps have, while some lucky Apple fans will be testing out the slow-mo camera and Touch ID of the new iPhone 5S.

Whether you are looking for new apps to compliment your new iOS look, or just want a good old fashioned strategy game, we have a list of apps and games that will make your weekend go by way too fast…

Gestrument LE

Gesturement LEYou don’t have to be a music maker to make music on the iPhone. These days, there are plenty of apps that let you create amazing sounds, beautiful songs, and shredding guitar riffs without having to know a single note on an instrument. This app lets you make interesting and unique sounds by dragging your finger across an XY axis. Choose from dozens of different presets and fine-tune your favorites to create musical variations that will make your friends think you’ve been taking lessons in secret. This app is available for $0.99.

Google Wallet

Google WalletTired of being asked if you use Square Wallet? Don’t like Paypal? Google’s iOS payment app makes it possible for you to send money to anyone in the U.S. with an email address. You can add your loyalty cards, offers, and more, making it easy to redeem them in a store. The app uses location-based technology to let you know about nearby sales and offers from Google Offers. Send others money and make purchases online using your debit or credit card. This app is available for free.


ShadeIf you are unimpressed with Apple’s floating cloud animation in the native Weather app, maybe you are looking for something simpler. Shade offers a very basic, but informative look at the day’s weather. With just a glance, find out how hot it is by seeing the color of the screen. Check out simple graphs showing temperature and precipitation. Tap and hold the grid to see a more detailed look at the hourly predictions. Get an idea for what the weather will be like over the next seven days. Add multiple locations to keep track of weather in your friend’s town. This app is available for $1.99.

Pet Peave Monsters

Pet Peaves PetsI’ve already said so in my review of the game, but this little virtual pet game is definitely addictive. I can’t stop playing it. My little monsters are so cute, but also super ferocious. Hatch and raise an adorable monster by feeding it bugs, playing with it, and teaching it to catch. You can even play it a mix tape and watch it dance. Once fully grown, send your Peave into battle against up to four other monsters. Using local Wi-Fi, fight Peaves against each other on multiple devices and watch as they move from one screen to another. This game is available for $0.99.

Total Conquest

Total ConquestGameloft has just launched a new empire building game that takes place in the Roman Empire. As Governor of a burgeoning town, you must decide whether to join allegiances with another town, build your own army, or roll over and let the more powerful army win. You will be able to build and manage your own unique city, defend your city with towers, traps, and walls, and hire citizens to make your army strong. Use your strategy planning skills to overthrow neighboring cities and defend your own land. Team up with friends through Facebook and Game Center to win multiplayer Legion Wars. This game is available for free.


LoungeBuddyIf you regularly travel by air, you probably find yourself waiting to transfer from one plane to another. LoungeBuddy helps you find a social place to hang out while waiting for your ride. This app displays all airport lounges in the busiest airports around the world. You’ll be able to figure out whether you need a special pass to get into a lounge, how much a drink costs, and whether the bartenders are friendly. You can also submit your own experience to help the app add more lounges to the list. If you are looking for a specific amenity, filter the list to find what you need. This app is available for free.

OmniFocus for iPhone 2

OmniFocus 2The Omni Group has recently updated its line of iOS productivity apps to be compatible with Apple’s newest mobile operating system. Instead of simply updating the previous version of OmniFocus for iPhone, the company has decided to launch a whole new app. This app lets you organize tasks by goals and then work toward the goals more efficiently by grouping tasks. Create new tasks, plan your day, get notifications, connect to Siri for extra assistance, break larger tasks up into smaller, more manageable goals, get a forecast of your week’s projects, and more. This app is available for $19.99.

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