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Apptitude: Keep an Eye Out for These 'I' Apps

Aug. 8, 2013

Tech stuff with names starting with "i" is ubiquitous, but Apple Inc. hasn't cornered the market, as demonstrated by assorted "i" apps, plus an "eye" app.

I Love Lucy -- Slot by Williams Interactive is $2.99 for Android and Apple devices. It's a mystery to me that some folks find slot-machine apps compelling. But clearly, some like the gambling, even if it is simulated, and you get to hear the I Love Lucy theme while playing. You can join timed tournaments to play with others online.

Ideology, free from Silver Talon Studios, is an Android app that, after a series of questions, lets you know if you're an ideological liberal, conservative, moderate, libertarian, or utilitarian.

You'll be asked to agree or disagree with statements such as "The government should be allowed to stop curse words from being said on television" and "Marijuana should be fully legalized nationally."

I came out a moderate, described as tending "to believe that a middle ground exists for every issue." Well, maybe.

Searching for "eyewear" revealed the free Google Goggles, the Google search function that works by taking a picture. In addition to recognizing landmarks, objects, and famous paintings, Goggles reads bar codes and the QR code boxes frequently printed on ads and product packaging. Google Goggles also can read and translate text in several languages.

An "icon" search turned up apps for customizing screen icons, such as Pimp Your Screen, which has versions in the App Store and Google Play.

Also, there was Orthodoxy, by JJT Web, a free app for Orthodox Christians and available in iPhone and Android versions. Icons in this context are the faith's sacred, miracle-working images. Many of these paintings are cataloged and described in the app, along with histories of churches and saints' biographies.

"Ike," the U.S. general and president, is the subject of several apps, including Dwight Eisenhower QuickQuotes, a 99-cent iPhone app by Tan Teck Hean that catalogs aphorisms, proverbs, and one-liners by the 20th century's top hot and cold warrior.

For example: "Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates," and, "Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal."

These sayings you may search, save as favorites, or post to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Source: (c)2013 The Philadelphia Inquirer. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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