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Review: COGS by Chillingo

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I do not like sliding puzzle games.  I find them boring, tedious, and ultimately frustrating.  Thankfully, some developers seem to feel the same way and are actually making attempts at turning the genre into something fun and compelling.  The developers of COGS have succeeded in a big way.  Each puzzle is different, and they managed to infuse the third dimension into the game play in such a way that it not only doesn’t destroy the premise, but actually enhances it.  Add to that some nifty contraptions rendered in stylish graphics and you have yourself a winner with COGS.  If you’ve been avoiding the slider puzzle genre as it’s permeated the App Store, now would be a good time to try one out.  Just don’t get your hopes up that any other slider puzzle will come close to this one in terms of enjoyment.



At last: a working (!) full (!) AVRCP (Bluetooth remote media control) for the iDevice!

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As many of you A2DP (high-quality audio) freaks know and also been pointed out in my dedicated articles (last, iPhoneMVP-frontpaged one HERE), full AVRCP hasn’t been supported on the (otherwise, A2DP-capable) iPod touches and iPod’s, not even as of the latest, just-released 3.1.3 firmware.


Qik, get this app!

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Jumping into the middle of the iPhone video camera fray is Qik Video Camera ($1.99) by Qik Inc.which is amazing, and has edged my other favorites iVideoCamera and ShowTime out of the lead.



Fizz brings new Baseball Manager Sim to iPhone

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"Fizz Software Ltd -- February, 2010 --Following on from the huge success of Soccer Manager (a Top Ten game in the UK and across Europe). Fizz Software Ltd is delighted to announce that Baseball Manager 2010 for iPhone and iPod Touch is now available from the Apple App Store." Hit the links to learn more about this new sim from Fizz, or read on for more info from the press release..



No more paper mileage logs for me!

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With MileBug, I can keep track of my mileage on my iPhone instead of buying those paper mileage logs every year.



Love those camera apps!

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I love all the different camera apps that are available for the iPhone. It seems each one has something different to offer. Camera Plus Pro is no exception.



Fairy Card App - Better than Horoscopes

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Do you read your horoscope?  Do you want to know what the future holds?  Ever played with a Ouija Board?  Ever had your "Cards" read?  If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, then you want the Fairy Cards app. 

The Fairy Cards are a Celtic version of the Tarot.  They are spookily accurate.

Bottom Line: If you are a believer - download!!!  Worth $1.99.  I give it 9 out of 10 iPhones.


Single Card Reading

 

 

 

Celtic Cross

Material, Spiritual and Emotional Reading

 Past, Present & Future Readings

 

http://web.me.com/nathaliefons/http%3A__www.irishfairycards.com/Welcome.html

 

About the Cards from the website:

 

Fairy  Cards is a celtic version of the tarot, which allows the user to do five different readings, using a set of cards created by Jaya Moran, from Ireland,  who, for many years, gave tarot readings, having acquired a deep knowledge and wisdom whilst living in India.

With each reading the user gets in touch with the wisdom of Irish Folklore and its legends about Fairies, Elves, Gods and Goddesses of Ireland, the magic of nature and its sacred places, full of inspiration and healing properties.

With this set of cards, each reading helps the user to see the bright side of any situation, thanks to a good sense of humour and light-hearted stories, full of the wisdom of the enchanted Fairy world. It also guides the user towards acceptance of himself/herself and recognition of his/her life conditions, and then guides the user to make positive changes.
 
Fairy Cards also allows the user to play the I-Ching, adapted to the Fairy world.The Fairy Cards are numbered from 1 to 64. In the I-Ching, 64 is the number of all possible combinations of interaction between male and female energies in our lives.  Also the Fairy Cards  give an equal honouring of these energies  as well as a deep understanding of nature in all aspects - elemental, human, and divine. Each possible combination in the I-Ching is interpreted by one Fairy Card.
The I-Ching is played with three coins, and can help the reader to answer questions and make wise decisions.


It's fun, try it!
 


For only $1.99 (USD)
 
FOR IPHONE AND IPOD TOUCH

 

 

I-CHING

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The Irish Fairy Cards are numbered 1 through 64. This is the number of all possible combinations reflecting the balanced interaction of male and female energies in our lives. An equal honoring of these energies will be found in the cards as well as a deep understanding of nature in all aspects - elemental, human, and divine.

 

In China, numbers were used as a means of divination, sourced from the universal superconsciousness. This system is known as the   I-Ching, which means Change. The Fairy Folk love movement and change and for this reason have prompted me to include it in the game. These little people are working hard for the restoration of harmony on our planet. Their wish is that all of the submerged mysteries, particularly those of the Goddess, Mistress of Chance and Change, be made available to everyone at this time.
 
 
WHEN TO USE THE I-CHING
 
The fairies say it is a particularly strong method for finding out what existence has to say on an important issue. Try it and see!
 
 
THE I-CHING
 
The I-Ching is made up of 64 hexagrams. There is an Irish Fairy card to correspond to each of these hexagrams.
Each hexagram is made up of six lines reflecting male and female principles. The six lines divide in two to form an upper and lower trigram of three lines each.
To create a hexagram, you will need three coins. Decide which side of the coin is Heads (H) and Tails (T).
Upon throwing the coins, there are four possible combinations that can happen. These are as follow:
 
H     H     H     (three Heads)
T     T     T     (three Tails)
H     H     T     (two Heads and one Tails)
T     T     H     (two Tails and one Heads)
 
 
HOW TO PLAY?
 
Focus yourself.
 
If you play with real coins:
Juggle the three coins in your cupped hands, asking the question in silence or aloud. You will need to make a total of 6 throws. Throw the coins in front of you and see which combination you get, building the hexagram from the bottom upwards, entering your results clicking the text field corresponding to the throw you are doing (enter H for each coin that appears as Heads, enter T for each coin that appears as Tails). The first throw will be the bottom line of the lower trigram and the last throw will be the top line of the upper trigram.
 
If you play with the virtual coins:
Just press play six times and the results will be entered automatically in the corresponding text fields.
 
Once the results are  entered, you can check the card you get for the combination you obtained by clicking the Detail Disclosure button (>), on the right, beside the text fields.


SmartCam App Saves the Day

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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.

 


Without SmartCam

With SmartCam

  

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

 



211me Brings the Power of iPhone Apps to Hollywood Celebs


211meThere is little doubt that Twitter, Facebook, and other Web 2.0 technologies have changed the face of marketing and advertising as we know it. The power of the tweet has been realized by just about anyone with a cell phone, but most especially by those involved in the entertainment industry.


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Access and Control Your Desktop Computer from Your iPhone

In his article in the Fall 2009 issue of iPhone Life, “The Best iPhone IT Administrator Utilities” (iphonelife.com/issues/Fall2009/BestIphoneITAdministrator), Nate Adcock listed a number of programs that can be used to access your desktop remotely. This article elaborates on these applications.

The applications described and compared in that article and this one are mostly meant for accessing one’s desktop apps running on a computer in an enterprise environment. We are not looking at apps designed specifically for remotely controlling multimedia playback.


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