I’m not an artist (as you can see), but with Drawing Pad, I can have hours of fun pretending I am one.
ReaddleDocs was good on the iPhone, but ReaddleDocs for iPad is even better. The iPad’s larger screen and the easy-to-use ReaddleDocs app, together, make document management a snap.
One of the coolest things about a major iPhone update, is that an iPod touch update is usually part of the deal. This time, it's going to be free (I paid for 3.0), and should be soon available to those of us at least with either the 2G/3G iPod touch (sorry 1G users). This version will add BT keyboard profile support (which won't work on my 2G touch), multitasking, and much more (100+ new features*). *Note the fine print at the bottom of Apple's page here. Not all features are supported in every case. For example, only updated iOS4 apps will support m-tasking, and not at all with my 2G...bummer!
Thanks to Kensington for sending me their Sling Bag. It's everything I hoped it would be -- and a real buy at $19.95. I really wanted an over-the-shoulder case because I take my iPad everywhere with me. The Sling Bag is fashioned like a messenger pouch so that it rests in the small of your back. It leaves your arms free, and stays in place even when you bend over to do things.
Princess Fury is a blast, but I thought there was a bit more strategy to controlling the different squads. Mostly you run around slashing the crap out of enemies, and collecting new weapons and troops to advance through the different levels. You can control your avatar--the Princess her bad self--and can muster or disperse her minions during combat. The game has a good mix of challenges, and the bosses get progressively harder (I had trouble getting past the first ogre).
I’ve always been more of a top down or isometric view racing fan than a first / third person view one, so Cubed Rally Racer should be right up my alley. The truth is that in some ways it is. On the other hand, I find it quite frustrating. The problem is, even when I get completely frustrated I find myself having to play just one more time. Oh the irony of it all. It’s a good thing this game requires two hands, or I’m not sure I’d have any hair left after a few sessions.
The crux of the problem is this: a new iPhone model comes out every year, but you have to sign a two-year contract. That means if you're lusting after the latest and greatest, you'll often be locked into your old contract and will have to pay considerably more than the price paid by new customers. If, for example, you want the base model iPhone 4 right away and your contract expires in 2011, it'll cost you $400 rather than $200. But AT&T is making an exception for iPhone users whose contract expires any time this year. You'll be eligible for the $200 price.
Asciigraphy lets you take a picture, sort of. When you start it up and go to take a picture the image you see in your iPhone is a myriad of Asci text that forms your image. Right now all you can do is take a picture using the effect. Later versions promise to be able to import photos you've already got. The first (and so far only) picture I've had a chance to take is one of my computer's desktop. Unfortunately, it's difficult to even make out what it shows. The text is too clear. Hopefully, when I get outside to take some pictures it will look better. Can't complain since it's for free. Try it. Here's my desktop...sort of.
In a recent column I wrote about the Slacker streaming music service that lets you create "stations" that stream only your favorite type of music. And I highlighted a new feature of their Slacker Radio app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad: the ability to cache songs for offline listening. But the caching feature requires a Slacker Radio Plus account. I have good news: I'm giving away five 1-year and five 3-month subscriptions to Slacker Radio Plus.
I must be getting old. I can't seem to remember which nifty iPhone App has which function. So many seem to have overlapping functions, it's hard to keep up. So...my solution has been to actually print out (on real paper) the descriptions that are found in the App store. It actually saves time in the long run. I can find the App I need to do what I want with my iPhone photos. It's not the most high tech solution, but it does work...well. Yes, paper still has its place. :)