Apps of the Week: Twitter Gets Official Windows 8 App, Pawn Stars Lands on BlackBerry


iPad App of the Week

Delicion does it big when it comes to dietary trends, accompanying pretty much any and every request that might get thrown at you if you’re hosting.

The app itself is free, with various collections of recipes available as in-app purchases for $1.99 or more. For starters, every recipe featured in the app is gluten, grain, and soy-free. Having someone over with even more specific requests than that? No problem. Using a drop down menu, all of the recipes can be made vegetarian, vegan, Paleo, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, or low-carb. If that doesn’t cover all the bases, I don’t know what does.

The recipes are presented step-by-step, with high-res pictures showing you exactly what the dish should look like at each point. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that detailed nutritional information is included for each recipe, which is complemented by notes from a dietician. You can make and customize shopping lists for each recipe, too.

Delicion is available now on the iTunes App Store for free.


iPhone App of the Week

Clashot the app won’t do much in terms of photo editing, but you won’t care much if you start making cash from the pictures you take.

Clashot has been developed in conjunction with Depositphotos, a website that accepts user submissions of photos. If you’re a writer and you’re familiar with something like Suite 101 or Associated Content, this is the same kind of deal, just with photography. You’ll create a contributor account with Depositphotos, then start uploading your shots in the hopes that you’ll start scoring downloads.

Your photos will become stock photos, for use in ads, articles, ads, and other kinds of ads. Mostly ads. If someone pays up to download your picture, you’ll get a cut. Most purchasers, Depositphotos hopes, will have subscription accounts allotting a given number of photo downloads per day. If most subscribers don’t use up all of their allotted downloads, Depositphotos should make a tidy sum.

As for you, your cut will depend on your status as a contributor. There are green, bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels, which offer higher yields per download the higher you go. Your level depends on the amount of downloads your account has earned. Files purchased via subscription will net you between $0.30 and $0.35 per download, while pictures purchased via SMS prepayment will net you between $0.24 and $0.28 each.

Using the app is easy enough – once you have an account (the only pain here is submitting scans of ID documents, like a passport or a driver’s license), you can snap photos and upload them to your account without limit. If you like taking photos, might as well give it a shot. The account and app are both free, and who knows, you might end up being one of the lucky few to make a decent sum using the service

Clashot is available now on the iTunes App Store.

BlackBerry App of the Week

It’s all in Spanish, but if you don’t speak any, don’t worry. You don’t need to call your buddy who’s an expert on the Spanish language to play this Pawn Stars game.

It’s a pretty simple time trial – two items pop up on screen, you need to try to pick the one with the highest value. If you’re a faithful watcher of Pawn Stars, you shouldn’t have a problem mastering this game. The faster you go, the more points you earn.

Pawn Stars is available now for free on BlackBerry World.


Windows 8 App of the Week

Better late than never – the official Twitter app has finally arrived on Windows 8, and is ready for download.

The app has a simple interface, with the hit-or-miss horizontal scrolling interface in use when using the Discover or Me tabs. All of the tools available on the website – Home, Connect, Discover, and Me – are here, and work more or less the same as on the website, just with a clean, Windows 8-style, mobile-friendly interface. The one piece of functionality missing is that you can’t choose a location for what trends you see. Also, if you were hoping to be able to switch between multiple accounts on the fly, you’ll be disappointed. If you want to do that, the pro version of MetroTwit will do nicely.

Composing new tweets is easy enough, and the app is well integrated with Windows 8’s search function, which will scour the Twitters for whatever topic you are searching for.

Overall, Twitter for Windows 8 is clean, works well with the touch features of Windows 8, and is relatively low on functionality – so, what you would expect from a Windows 8 app. You can get it now for free on the Windows Store.

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