New iPhone apps worth downloading: Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer, Recall, Lexatron

by Marty Gabel

Here are three great iPhone apps to enjoy. As it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our first app, Early Detection Plan could (literally) be a lifesaver, encouraging women to ensure they’re proactive about their breast self-exams. Recall is an app that helps you remember the things that your friends have recommended by sending you timely reminders. Finally, we’ve got Lexatron, an interesting take on multiplayer crossword games which adds a new strategic edge.

Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer (Free)

What’s it about? This app from the National Breast Cancer Foundation enables women to be proactive about their health and perform routine breast self-exams.

What’s cool? The app offers reminders via push notifications to perform routine breast self-exams, clinical and mammograms and is tailored to each woman’s age and health history. It’s also full of information about breast exams, mammograms, risk factors, signs and symptoms and gives clear instructions on how to perform as self-exam.

Who is it for? October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As many as one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, but when it’s detected early in its localized stage, the 5-­year survival rate is 98 percent. Any app that can help raise awareness about cancer and offer support and guidance is a good thing.

What’s it like? The National Breast Cancer Foundation also offers its accompanying Breast Cancer: Beyond The Shock app to help victims and their families understand the disease better and get input from health professionals.

Recall - Reminders for Recommendations ($0.99)

What’s it about? It’s great getting recommendations from friends and family, but what’s the point if you never actually remember them?

What’s cool? It’s easy to quickly add music, movies, TV shows, apps and books to your list. Recall searches a variety of sources and you can then schedule when to be notified. Cleverly enough, if a movie, TV show or album isn’t yet out, the app will remind you when it’s released. Also, it’s possible to add non-media recommendations, too.

Who is it for? Recall is great for people who get bombarded with recommendations but always forget them later. It’s also nice the way you can simply browse top charts or new releases of various media, which adds an element of discovery to the app.

What’s it like? Flickd is worth a look, especially for movie recommendations because it connects with the Netflix API instead of just offering movie DVD release dates like Recall. However, Recall lets you set reminders for more than just films, of course.

Lexatron ($0.99)

What’s it about? Lexatron offers an intriguing take on the Words With Friends/Scrabble format by adding a ‘racing’ element to proceedings.

What’s cool? Lexatron is a two-player word race. You each take turns making words like in Scrabble, but you need to reach the opposite side of the board before your opponent. At some point, you might get blocked by them, too. In that case, use a bomb and keep going!

Who is it for? Clearly, Lexatron is great for word game fans, but also for those who may have tired a bit of the standard Words With Friends format. You can play online against Facebook friends or random opponents and are allowed to have 25 matches running at any time.

What’s it like? The notion of Scrabble-meets-strategy makes Lexatron quite original. Purists may want to check out the original Scrabble app though, or stick with the established (and dedicated) user-base that Words With Friends already offers.

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