Ever wanted to check the price of airfare, but there is not a computer around? Or maybe you just want to get out of town. inZania has two apps in the iTunes App Store designed to help you find the cheapest and best airfare.
The first app is called Cheap Escape. This app is very simple and easy to use. You simply enter in the airport that you want to depart from, and the app finds the cheapest airfare from that airport to many destinations. You can browse pricing to many different locations. This app does not, however, display the flight information for you. When you tap on a city, you can then email the flight to yourself or open it up in Safari.
The second app, Airfare, offers more functionality and is more helpful, I think. Airfare allows you to search for flights more specifically. You can search one-way or round trip flights in much the same way as you can on Travelocity, Expedia, or other such websites. You enter in the cities you want to fly to and from and the dates you want to fly. The app will find the cheapest flights (including Southwest flights). This particular app is nice because in the search results, it displays the airline, price, number of stops, total travel time, and the departure and final arrival times. Once you have found a flight that interests you, you can once again choose to email it to yourself or open it up in Safari.
These two apps may not be the easiest way to book your travel, but they are are great way to research pricing and flight times.
Cheap Escape is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Airfare is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: www.techtravelr.com
Update: It appears as though Mad Libs has been removed from the App Store.
Did you ever play mad libs as a kid? I remember trying to come up with the most off-the-wall words I could and then laughing so hard wih my friends that none of us could read the mad lib back at the end. Mad libs are easy to do and fun for people of all ages. You just need to know your parts of speech (ie. noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, etc.) You come up with words that fit each part of speech asked for and the words are inserted into a story or text. Then, you read it back. Hopefully, the words don’t fit and create a funny story to read.
This Mad Libs app by inZania allows you to create mad libs by yourself or with your friends. You can choose your own story by title or complete a random mad lib. You don’t see the story until all of the words have been entered. After you have read your mad lib, the app keeps track of them. You can go back and read the funny ones again and again. You can also create your own mad lib and submit it.
If you need a good laugh, mad libs will do it.
Mad Libs is $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer Website: http://inzania.com
Note: This app is no longer available in the iTunes App Store.
Every kid knows how to play the game of 20 questions. In my experience, it is a great way to pass the time during long car rides on family vacations. A couple of years ago, the game reached new levels of popularity with the release of a handheld 20 Questions game by Radica. It is fun to see if it can guess what you are thinking of. It is surprising how often this little device can guess the right answer.
Now this popular game is available from inZania for the iPhone and iPod Touch. After playing the game a few times, I found that the app did indeed come to the right answer much of the time. The questions are very similar to the ones used in other versions of the same game. I am still not sure why the question, “Does it bring joy to people?” is included, but what do I know? Also, as with other 20 question games I have played, you have more options than the straight yes and no answers that we all used as a kid. I guess the computer needs a little advantage since it doesn’t really have a brain. You start the game after thinking of something for the app to guess. The first question asks you to identify the thing that you are thinking of as an Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Other, or Unknown. Each question after the first falls more into the yes/no type of question. You have more answer options, though. To each question you can answer Yes, No, Unknown, Irrelevant, Sometimes, or Probably. These other answer options can really come in handy because sometimes a straight yes or no would be a little misleading.
In the off chance that the app is not able to guess what you are thinking of, it may ask if it can ask more questions or it may also ask you to type in the answer so that it can learn it. I am not sure how that works, but it is a neat idea. I did type in the answer once because it could not guess a remote control. Then, I played the game again with the same object in mind. The second time it guessed a remote control using a different set of questions. If you like playing 20 questions, this is a great version of the game. Even at $2.99, it is cheaper than buying a handheld game.
20 Questions is available in the iTunes App Store.