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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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This American Life iPhone App

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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.



Star*Burst from Super Happy Fun Fun

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 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...

 



My Favorite Multiplayer Games

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

Despite the iPhone’s lack of a d-pad and other hardware controls, it is very popular as a gaming device. Part of its popularity is due to its excellent connectivity features, which include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and Push notification. These features support wireless multiplayer games, and there are currently more that 200 of these games available in the App Store.


There are two main types of wireless games. The first type, local games, allows two or more users in close proximity to play against each other. The second type communicates over the Internet with a central server allowing users on the other side of town or around the world to play against each other. Both approaches have their respective strengths.


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Photoshop.com Mobile — new version of free app released

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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.



Cindy Downes: My Standouts!

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

DragonDictationChoosing the Best Apps for 2009 is a difficult task for me. In nearly every category, I find several that stand out from the crowd. I finally decided to choose the ones that I use the most. Here they are:


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Dragon Dictation

Free; dragonmobileapps.com


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