I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.
Ahhhhhh, iPhone, take me away. With the iPhone, I can blog, soak, listen to music and read the latest novel on the eReader app from Steve Berry, The Paris Vendetta, all in the tub. Do not attempt yourself - unless you have a non-slip case.
The best-of-year lists appearing in the waning days of 2009 are a great way to identify apps that you might like and find useful. Macworld recently posted an article presenting their 2009 App Gem Awards — the best apps in 20 different categories, including 5 different types of games. Some of these we've posted about, but others are new to me. Some of the picks include CNN Mobile for news, Boxcar for notifications, and iBird Explorer Plus as best reference app.
I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series. Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year. Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight. Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.
You probably want to keep it looking new and who can blame you. It's like a new car, and you're dreading your first ding or scratch. I know, I've been there and I'm a perpetual phone dropper!
Regular readers of my columns know that I use a lot of different cases, depending on the occasion. For formal events, I might put my iPhone in a slim case and slip it in my suitcoat. But for travel, I use an OtterBox and have done so since the days of my first generation iPhone.
The appearance of Dragon Dictation, which lets you speak into your phone to enter text, caused quite a stir, especially given that it's being made available initially for free. You can read Ken Burkhalter's blog post that gives a helpful review. However, note that Dragon Search is also available, and also free. It lets you do voice searches rather than having to tap in your search terms.
By now many iPhone users have probably read about AT&T complaining that iPhone customers are using an inordinately large amount of bandwidth on its 3G network and that the company may be considering different pricing and/or usage limits. AT&T apparently pointed out that a small portion of iPhone users, like 3% or so, generate about 40% of all the data traffic, and so "penalizing" those heavy users would only be fair, or would it?
Obviously, most who read about AT&T's alleged plans probably had a very negative reaction. After all, the current costs for the privilege of having an iPhone are already far higher than we ever imagined paying for a cellphone (my bill for two iPhones is about $180 per month).