I’m not sure what started the whole stick figure craze, but I do know that some of the most prolific stick figure videos I’ve seen have come from the Xiao Xiao collection, a series of kung fu stick figure Flash movies made in 2002. I believe a couple of them were interactive, but to me the interactive ones didn’t really keep the feel of the series. Now Clickgamer has released Stick-Fu to the iPhone, and I think we finally have our interactive spiritual successor to the Xiao Xiao series. While a couple of things keep this from being the cream of the crop, it’s none the less a fun romp that does that concept of stick figure gaming much justice.
Researchers at the University of Utah have released three iPhone apps designed to "help scientists, students, doctors and patients study the human body, evaluate medical problems and analyze other three-dimensional images"
* ImageVis3D Mobile lets iPhone users easily display, rotate and otherwise manipulate 3-D images of medical CT and MRI scans, and a wide range of scientific images, from insects to molecules to engines. This free app is based on computer software from the university's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.
I love seeing these new sorts of gadgets. And it always makes me wonder, What will they think of next? In this case you can use your iPhone to unlock or lock your car doors, start your car, open your trunk, or press the panic button — all from your iPhone, and all from wherever you are using the Viper SmartStart app. Say you're in a movie theater and realize you forgot to lock your car. Press a button on your iPhone, and it's done. It has virtually unlimited range, and you can control multiple cars from your iPhone.
I've been looking for this app, especially after I unloaded my land line telephone. No more faxes for me! I simply scan my documents using Scanner Pro and my iPhone, adjust if needed, and then e-mail, store on my iDisk or print.
I can scan one or more pages of any size and then combine them into a multi-page PDF document to share. Allows for vertical or landscape layout. Editing features include correcting for color, brightness and/or contrast. I can reorder the pages within the document and even set a password for security.
MyPhotoBooth (v 2.0) brings back memories! Remember the days of the photo booth on the boardwalk, when you and a friend would sit in the booth all scrunched up together on a single stool, say cheese, and in a few short minutes, out would pop four photos on a strip? Now, you can create your own photo strip using your iPhone!
This one offers more flexibility and it's faster. The strips can be vertical or four squares in a larger square.
Last Thursday Apple released the free Photoshop.com Mobile app, and it already has about 2,400 ratings and 675 reviews. The app lets you do basic editing such as crop, rotate, and flip photos. You can adjust exposure, saturation, and tint. Special effects include Vibrant, Pop, Border, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, and more. Most of the reviews are enthusiastic. The negative ones are disappointed that it doesn't have more of the features of the desktop version. Some people are never satisfied. You can also create a Photoshop.com account and store up to 2GB of photos for free.
Forbes reports that Apple joined Nike, PG&E and others major corporations resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been lobbying against climate change legislation.
Catherine A. Novelli, vice president of worldwide government affairs at Apple wrote in a letter Monday to Thomas J. Donohue, the business group's president and chief executive. In it she said:
Has anyone read a Vook lately? A revolutionary new way to read a book online or on your iPhone, combining text and video in a magazine format. Check them out at vook.com.
Over the weekend T-Mobile made it official: Sidekick mobile phone users have irretrievably lost their data stored on Microsoft servers. It seems that Hitachti was hired to do a SAN upgrade and, stunningly, Microsoft did not back up their servers.
Or so says a great article on CNet. The free game 2012 is a tie-in to the movie and is fairly simple. But, according to the article, it uses a feature that may never have been tried before. The object of the game is to get to Tibet (digitally, of course). You do so by answering some tough trivia questions. And here's the innovation: you can use "lifelines" like in the TV game show by using your iPhone to call friends for help — directly from within the game.