By Mike Riley on Wed, 01/11/2012
By Mike Riley on Wed, 01/11/2012
By Jim Karpen on Wed, 01/11/2012
It's nice to see an app by fellow blogger Todd Bernhard, president of No Tie software, win an award at CES. Getting recognition was AutoVerbal Pro Talking Soundboard, a $9.99 app that allows people to communicate who are unable to speak due to conditions such as stroke, surgery, cerebral palsy, and autism. The app has hundreds of photo buttons representing common words or phrases. Users can also program a variety of buttons to speak custom messages. In addition, users can type anything and it will be spoken using text-to-speech.
By admin on Wed, 01/11/2012
Nukes is a fairly typical game in which you have to have careful timing to hit a moving object. The layout has you controlling one 'world' at the bottom of the screen and than another world at the top. When it is your turn to fire a nuke the enemy world at the top of the screen is spinning either clockwise or counter clockwise and you have to hit 'launch' to shoot your missal at one of the cities on the other world. If you hit the city it removes one of the 'lives' of the enemy. You get one shot, then the enemy gets one shot.
By admin on Tue, 01/10/2012
Murder detective is an interesting detective type game with quite an extensive story line. The game play is similar to old school text based games but it has images to go with it and simple tap to choose your options. The story seems a little bit to common in that a drunk cop with family problems has to solve a murder, but I suppose it is done so often because it works well. The story line seems quite extensive, I've played for a couple hours now and it still seems to have quite a bit to go.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 01/10/2012
In pinball, 'tilt' is a bad thing, but Technocel just launched a new brand/subsidiary called TYLT and it's a refreshing, overdue shift from their traditional line of black/gray boring but necessary power accessories. Indeed I wasn't planning to attend their press conference because what new or interesting products could they come up with? Longer coiled cables? Eco-friendly packaging? Ho hum.
Surprise, surprise, surprise! It looks like Ikea or Frog Design had their way with the product line and the TYLT products could easily find a home at the Museum of Modern Art, let alone the Apple Store.
By Todd Bernhard on Tue, 01/10/2012
If you have ever tried printing from your iPhone or iPad to your home printer, you know how it's not straightforward. You need to use a supported printer, like a newer HP model with ePrint, or you need a specific app (usually free) from your printer vendor, such as Epson. That might be acceptable for home users, but imagine an enterprise with dozens or hundreds of iOS users printing to dozens of industrial strength printers. You can't easily replace all of those printers, financially or functionally, and you can't necessarily force all of those employees to download and use printer-specific apps for each printer.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Mon, 01/09/2012
Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 40 apps!
By Eric Pankoke on Sun, 01/08/2012
So far the iOS platform has severed my adventure gaming needs well in terms of how the device can handle such games, yet while it’s not unheard of it’s still uncommon to find anything original in this department. Thankfully there are a few developers who like to buck the trends, however, and as a result we get cool offerings like The Secret Of Chateau De Moreau. Now I’ll warn you that the game often feels like a soap opera – albeit an interesting one – but if you look past that facet you’ll discover, murder, mystery, romance and a host of interesting characters. I also like how the game strays from the normal adventure game convention when it comes to moving from room to room.
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 01/08/2012
This week I played 2 very different games, and wanted to get this posted up before the madness of CES begins in earnest. Several iPhoneLife personnel, including yours truly, will be stalking the show floor again this year, so if you happen to see one of us, come and say hi (look for the iPhoneLife patch). The first game is a $1.99 version of Whac-a-mole called TapTalpa, and the other is an interesting abstract board game called CubeSieger (lite versions available). They are both a little odd-ball, and I have to admit that at least one of them needs more work before it deserves to cost $1.99 on the app store.
By Nate Adcock on Fri, 01/06/2012
Coming soon to an iOS device near your face comes another tap shooter called Professional Police Trainer 2 (P.P.T.original here). You always wanted to draw down on a bad guy but let's face it, that would be scary. Plus you'd have to get up off the couch. Anyway, for all you crack shots of the P.P.T. realm, the updated version will be out soon, and you can get another taste of lawman adrenaline from the comfort of your Lazyboy! Read on for full PR info...
By admin on Fri, 01/06/2012
This is an absolute must have for anyone who regularly uses any of the Google Docs services online. It makes it very easy to view, edit, share and much more any type of document available online. It works with PDFs, documents, spreadsheets and even audio or video documents. This app is ideal for pulling up and viewing the information you have stored in Google's cloud anywhere you go.
By Jim Karpen on Fri, 01/06/2012
Yesterday Reuters reported on an industry study that found that iPhone 4S users consume twice as much data as iPhone 4 users. This is likely due to Siri. Each time you ask Siri to do something, your iPhone uploads your request to Apple's servers, which then interpret your request and send a response. The same study showed that the iPhone 4S triples data usage compared to the iPhone 3GS.
By Adam Harvey on Fri, 01/06/2012
Every once in a while I find FaceTime, Apple’s most excellent video call feature, to be very helpful. There are occasions when I just can’t get in the same room with a client, and FaceTime is a great alternative to just a phone call.
As a form of videoconferencing, it saves lots of time and money by eliminating travel and all the expenses associated with that. Normally I use my iPad because the screen is bigger and it’s easy to keep stationary, but sometimes I have to use my iPhone. FaceTime is a bit challenging in general, but particularly so on the iPhone—not because of the technology, but because of the potential for mishaps.
By Jim Karpen on Thu, 01/05/2012
I'm looking forward to iOS 5.1, which should be coming out soon. It's expected to fix some major bugs as well as add some new features. A test version of the new software has been in the hands of developers for months, and the bad news is that it still doesn't address a serious problem with the iPhone 4S. According to many complaints online, and this humongous 114-page thread in Apple's support forum, the iPhone 4S will randomly mute the phone when a person makes a call. The person on the other end appears to answer, but they don't hear anything.
By Eric Pankoke on Wed, 01/04/2012
I feel like I should begin this review with a rhyme, but alas I have nothing so some other time. Anyway, I typically don’t stray far from games when it comes to writing reviews, because that’s what I have the most experience with. However, when I was presented with the opportunity to review this particular omBook from Oceanhouse Media I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I’m glad I did. The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Tales is not only an entertaining read (or listen, depending on tastes), but it’s actually given me a reason to sit down and spend “iPad time” with my son, whereas usually my endeavors into the iOS world are a solo effort.
By Nate Adcock on Wed, 01/04/2012
Every once in a while I post a review, and soon after the vendor responds with fixes for some of the minor issues or updates to features in the app. I'm sure the fixes were probably already in the pipeline, but I still like feeling maybe the review helped (I'm a deluded blogger, I know). Recently I reviewed SugarSync as part of an ongoing evaluation of products--a quest, you see, to find the perfect iPad-PC editing and syncronization app, and an excuse for writing more drivel in my blog here. SugarSync is a great cloud storage service, but I found some of the features of the iPad app a little light in a few areas, especially the photo uploading ability. Well, they went and enhanced it... Read on for the full press scoop...
By admin on Wed, 01/04/2012
One of the most difficult things about having children is finding good games for them which are both entertaining and appropriate. If you have an iPod or iPhone and are looking for some guidance in this area than getting the Apps for boys and Apps for Girls are really a great way to go. These two great apps are basically custom versions of apple's app store but with only apps for boy or girl children.
By Biweekly Giveaways on Tue, 01/03/2012
Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 8 apps!
And the winners are...(drumroll please): David Basarab, James Bosworth, Gregory Johnson, Joe Sparks, Chris Maycock, Samuel Bryant, Thomas Burton, and Robert E. Chan!
By Mike Riley on Mon, 01/02/2012
By admin on Sun, 01/01/2012
DRACO is a 2D top-down scroller shooter game. The app starts off with a good animation about the back-story of the game. The graphics and the music fit well into the game. After the intro video, the player, for the first time, will enter his or her own name. After which the player picks their hardness, color of their dragon and after a brief introduction to the controls is shown, the user can start the game.
The rules are fairly simple - avoid the oncoming dragons/obstacles & their fire/shots. Tilt the device in in either direction to move your dragon (tilt iPhone to the right, the dragon moves to the right, etc.) and tap the screen to shoot.