Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New SG apps

Here's a quick round-up of new SG apps:

Dr Tan Cheng Bock (free): The Presidential election is certainly heating up. While Tan Kin Lian has long had a presence online and Dr Tony Tan practically controls Straits Times coverage, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, the third Tan, has an iPhone app that links to his videos, his Facebook posts and his blog. My vote goes to Dr Tan mainly because he plays the ukelele.

Straits Times (free): You may have heard that the Straits Times has released an update for their app that now links to the full story. The app is a universal app, meaning that it is now also optimised for the iPad. The stories are free for a month, and after that you will have to pay for access. Pricing is not yet available.

The newspaper is a pleasure to read on the iPad but there are downsides. Downloading the entire newspaper takes a while and I can't say it was a great idea to make the home page a boring link to the last seven issues of the Straits Times. Unfortunately for advertisers, ads seem to take a long time to load. Advertisers should really also consider a separate ad for the iPad and iPhone. What might look great on the iPad's big screen looks unreadable on the iPhone.

All things considered, a pretty good app and something I would definitely considering buying a subscription too. (Note that if you want to read the full paper online, the iPhone or iPad app is the only way to do it for free at the moment. ST's website still requires an account to get full stories.)

Deal.com.sg (free): There is nothing that Singaporeans like more than getting a good deal. So it is not surprising that Groupon clones like Deal.com.sg are doing well. Deal.com.sg now has its own iPhone app so you can keep track of the latest offers. Of course, Groupon also has an app.

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1 comment:

Bags You Ever Want said...

'Panda Love' is another Singaporean iphone app. Rated 5-star in singapore and 4-star in the US itunes store. Cool game!