Picture this....you are sitting in bed, you want to listen to your "Sleepy Time" playlist (a mix of Celtic and Hawaiian music) but you also want to check the weather for tomorrow, your calendar and read a chapter of "Julie & Julia" on your eReader app before the Sandman arrives.
With the current iPhone/iPod docking stations, you can't hold your iPhone while it's docked, but you can with the NAO Music Station. How is that possible?? BlueTooth and Wifi. Listen and control your playlist right from your iPhone while listening to the sweet sounds emitting from your speakers.
Rainy Day. Beautiful Girl. Not enough light. Uh-oh. What do I do? I open my SmartCam app and take the picture. Problem solved.
The SmartCam app automatically adjusts the photo intelligently to bring out the best in the photo. It's simple, easy and quick to use. See directions & video below.
Bottom Line: Worth the $2.99, if you use your camera frequently - or would like to. I give it 7 out of 10 iPhones.
How to take a High Contrast Photo
Everything from handy gadgets like cell phones and iPods to user-friendly weaponry like Tasers have changed the way we work, play and police.
On the heels of the iPad's launch comes the AppFund:
AppFund is a seed fund focused on the development of Applications for Tablet devices such as the Apple iPad. We are looking for Apps that capitalize on the dynamic and mobile nature of the iPad and similar Tablet devices.
We believe that the iPad is a transformative device that is going to have wide ranging uses and applications in enterprise environments, entertainment, content, social networking, games and small business.
The fund will provide as little as $5k to get an idea started to up to $500k for full scale development, marketing, and deployment.
This American Life, the popular public radio show produced by Chicago Public Radio, has released an iPhone App.
The This American Life App gives unprecedented on-demand access to the full show archive going back to 1995. New episodes are added automatically and users can search by episode or contributor — including David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and dozens more. Episodes can be streamed for free or purchased from iTunes for offline listening. Additionally, all episodes of the This American Life television show on Showtime can be downloaded for a fee.
The data used was given to us on an exclusive basis from analytics firm Flurry. Indeed, three-quarters of the apps in the App Store are “paid apps,” which was used to calculate the average app price and the subsequent revenue figures in the previous version. However, only one-quarter of the apps actually downloaded are “paid apps,” so the average price per transaction (paid + free downloads) is actually much lower than the average app price in the store.
I never liked being called "Jack of all trades" because the assumption that follows is "Master of none." In reality, I consider myself to be a Renaissance man, capable of performing well in multiple fields, such as programming, marketing, design, teaching, and writing. This has served me well as an entrepreneur. The iPad is in a similar position. The iPad may not be the best eBook reader because it doesn't use e-Ink which aids screen legibility and battery life, but it's pretty darn good. The iPad may not accept DVDs or SD cards, which my current portable video player does, but it's pretty darn good. The iPad might not be the best video game platform because it lacks physical buttons, but it's pretty darn good.
Star*Burst from Super Happy Fun Fun is one of those time-killer games for when you just want to align colored gems (under a bit of pressure) without thinking too hard about it. It employs aspects of some other very popular games, with smooth and engaging backgrounds/music, but the starting levels do become a little monotonous. There are some issues I feel with the control scheme, and a minor glitch, but I enjoyed it regardless of these minor detractors.
Many games are based on engines from other games, and so will have a similar flow or look. Some games will have a layout, gameplay setup or theme that is similar to another game (e.g. the author noted that it worked well in the other game). Star*Burst obviously borrows heavily from popular conveyor belt-style games like Guitar Hero, Tap Tap Revenge, etc. The strategy is refreshingly different here as instead of requiring a simple point-in-time response, the game requires you to think a bit about aligning the objects (above the conveyor) coming at you. As gems roll off the belt, you use the paddle to grab them. You can hold up to 5 on the paddle safely. Another tap sends them into a slot above. As you stack up colored gems, you score points and meet level goals by aligning same colors (goals appear above the gameplay area). Alignment can be in the horizontal, vertical or diagonal, and higher point bonuses are earned for intricate patterns (the "Star*Burst--star shaped patterns being among the highest). Seems simple enough, but as you progress, the pace and color change frequency increases and gems invariably fall off the board before you can get to them. Miss enough and you lose...
A couple of interesting twists are included in gem manipulation. Once gems are placed in the matrix above, they cannot be moved, but you can chose to toss a gem to the back of the coming queue (to rearrange the order coming down the belt). Some gems have explosive characteristics, removing other gems in the vicinity when they explode, and wild card gems will match to any color. You can also post your Star* Burst achievements to facebook. The music, graphics and screens do a decent job of keeping you immersed, but I have a couple of gripes. One is the same general gripe I have with touch or iPhone games that fill the entire screen (with no other control options but screen taps). Edge of screen taps are often not effective in moving the paddle to the far left, right edges or corners. There is also a noticeable pause in the game when a match is made. I am not sure that was intentional, but the conveyor stops moving when this occurs.
These are minor issues, and I think Star*Burst will be worth your time if you are really into color matchers. You can grab Star*Burst in the app store at the link below...
The free Photoshop.com Mobile app has been downloaded 6.5 million times since last October. You can use it to edit and share photos via an easy-to-use interface. The latest version, released a few days ago, offers a new sharpen tool, support for a variety of photo borders, and playback of video hosted on Photoshop.com.