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EDUMOTION's Stop Motion- Animation Pro is a remarkably easy-to-use application that puts the power of stop-motion filming in its users’ hands. With Stop Motion Animation Pro, no special equipment is necessary to create your very own stop-motion film. Stop- motion film is created by playing many still frames in quick succession, in which a scene has been subtly adjusted for each frame. This creates the illusion of smooth motion when using a series of inanimate scenes.
I’ve already made my displeasure known about iOS products not having removable batteries so you can carry a spare. And when the battery goes bad you have to send in the device to be repaired at rapacious rates. Wouldn’t it be better for all concerned to be able to slip in a new battery when it goes dead? Oh well. Nobody listens to me.
I guess after you play or review a few high-caliber 3D action games—particularly ones with fast, stunning graphics and sound—you sort of become numb to similarly fantastic, over-the-top games. You overdose on them, or at least I do. You need to cleanse the palette, as it were. Eventually along will come a simple game, completely out of nowhere. No fancy 3D engine, shaders, or blazing polygon models. Just clever use of lighting, and in-game ambience that is so darn good, it is like discovering the wonder of your iPad for the first time. Type:Rider ($2.99) is exactly that kind of game.
Everyone expects Apple to release an iWatch some day, and until then, several players have tried to fill that void. The most publicized player in the SmartWatch field is Pebble, and I was one of their early backers. I have been using mine for several months now and have come to rely on it. My phone can be in my pocket, backpack, or downstairs, and I can still get my Caller ID displayed on my wrist. I can even reject a call and send it to voicemail. But I can't answer the phone.
Sleep. Medical research indicates that your body needs it to repair and rejuvenate, but more importantly, an unhealthy sleep condition (like Apnea), can lead to a heart attack and possibly death. You may not even know you are suffering from it, but sleep problems are not the only hidden health dangers we face. If you sit at a desk all day, recent studies indicate this could also contribute to an unhealthy condition. Enter 24/7, an app that evaluates your sleep quality, keeps tabs on your daily activity, and helps you to keep moving in a positive direction, potentially away from a hospital visit.
Mobile document scanning and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is a great example of the fusion and evolution of technology. What used to require a bulky scanner and special desktop software, almost any smartphone with a camera can now do. There are several apps in the App store (SmartScan+OCR ($3.99), Perfect OCR ($3.99), etc.), that allow you to scan and recognize printed text and images, but Prizmo ($9.99) is a scanner application for iOS that takes it one step further. It will attempt to detect and then segment these captured areas out as separate document fields, preserving the formats (image sections vs. text), translating the results into multiple languages, and even reading them out to you! Prizmo makes it easy for you to arrange and share them as needed, and is also a great business card or image scanner.
The Waterfield iPhone Wallet ($49) is a compact, leather case designed to hold almost everything you need. Your iPhone is inserted into one side of the wallet, while cash and credit cards fit on the other side of the Ultrasuede divider. The front window on the iPhone Wallet lets you both see and use your iPhone without needing to take it out every time someone texts or calls.
Griffin’s Survivor + Catalyst ($69.99) is an excellent waterproof and rugged protective case. This case will keep your iPhone stylish and well protected in the most extreme of circumstances, as well as in the course of everyday activities. And one of the best things about this case is the level of protection you get for its relatively low price compared to other high-quality, waterproof iPhone 5 and 5s cases.
Congratulations to America’s team Oracle, who just won the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race in an absolutely thrilling finish. Not only did Team USA win against fierce competition from the Kiwis, they did so in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. To come back from being down 8 - 1 in a contest where the first one to 9 wins is unheard of. Not to mention having to overcome the adversity of a crew member dying during training and a major cheating scandal that gave them a two-race penalty.
The sailing that took place in the San Francisco Bay was one of the most exciting stories of perseverance, aggressive competition, and strategic gamesmanship that the world has seen in quite some time. And all the while I was able to track the progress with the free, interactive America’s Cup iOS app. The app kept me abreast of all the latest developments in this thrilling saga, and also got me thinking about one of my all time favorite sailing and navigation apps out there, Boat Beacon ($9.99).
This was a good all-around gaming week: Three decent games, and only one featuring detested in-app purchases (IAPs). Top billing goes to Orborun ($1.99), which is a mind-melting 3D physics puzzler with multi-level high-flying courses and tricky obstacles. Gods VS Humans ($1.99) is a different strategy game that pits you against ancient humans that are trying to dethrone you as their deity—also great for the whole family. Asphalt 8: Airborne ($0.99), previously reviewed by Siva Om, is about as freaking cool a race game as you can find in the known universe.
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