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Photo Double Fun solves a number of camera concerns!

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There are a lot of apps that let you take a picture using the iPhone's built-in camera... but I recently discovered Photo Double Fun which lets you use BOTH the front and rear cameras, simultaneously, to take photos as well as videos!  Why is this so cool?  Suppose you want to document that you were at a specific location, seeing something in person.    The Photo Double Fun app combines the two images into one, and if you use their free version, it adds a watermark and you can only store a couple of photos at a time, without upgrading.



Review: Chop Chop Slicer by Gamerizon

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The ever expanding Chop Chop universe has provided a wide assortment of entertainment, from the “infinite running” game to a platformer with physics puzzles, and even a few sports games in between.  The latest entry has decided to take on the likes of Fruit Ninja and Food Processing, and in a world that made sense this could easily topple some thrones.  I don’t know if that will happen, but if you have any passion towards games that throw countless items at you for you to slice into pieces, you really owe it to yourself to get Chop Chop Slicer.  You won’t be disappointed.



Review: Mooniz by Mooniz Interactive Ltd.

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As certain genres of game continue to get overly bloated in the App Store, the first question on my mind is always “what sets this game apart?”  In the case of Mooniz, I’m not sure how to answer that question.  The game is fun and is certainly a solid entry in the ever growing category of matching games, but it doesn’t really do anything that I haven’t seen before.  I’m also a bit concerned about the difficulty level given that this is supposed to be a casual game.  Still, the bouncy music and colorful mooniz that make up the world of Mooniz somewhat make up for the brutal nature of the game play.



Trip to Hong Kong: Survey of iPhone scene in the East

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I recently took a vacation in Hong Kong with my family and I was pretty excited to check out the iPhone scene over there. There were several Chinese-language magazines that covered only iPhone and iPad related stuff, but what caught my eye was this magazine called ‘iPhone’. I bought the magazine and snapped a photo of the cover here.

If you were wondering, like me, how the lady sitting on the sports car could be related to the iPhone scene, I can tell you: “Plenty!”.



iStart German and Chinese language courses now available!

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Last year I reviewed the iStart Spanish version of the portable language courses from Mirai Language Systems (Japanese also offered). The app is really well done, and just found out they have recently released iStart German and Chinese! You can get more information from the PR info attached below, or go to the previous app store links to grab them (free lite versions available for both).



Coding tips: creating PNG (JPG) and QuickTime files – a benchmark video generator for iOS + OS X

UPDATE (09/12/2012): I've created two truly 1080p versions of the counter video. They're HERE (non-streaming-optimized) and HERE (optimized for streaming with Subler). The former has a H.264 level of 4.2 (the latter is 4.1) and, consequently,  can't be played in their Web browser. (Neither 4.1 nor 4.2 1080p60 can be synched to iOS devices directly. Playback from third-party apps using hardware decoding works, of course.) HERE's a 4.1-level version of the same file.



iPhone App Review: Sticker Worlds: An Adorable Game Likely To Stick Around

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Sticker Worlds, a new iOS application from developer Snepo Research, is designed to gently amuse little ones and occupy small hands. 

Five imaginative worlds provide the backdrop for children to build creative landscapes using brightly colored two-dimensional digital “stickers.”  Hundreds of items and characters let creativity spread its wings. 

 

 



App Review: Seembee allows you to finally stop worrying about document management

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There are a myriad of document management apps available in Apple's App Store; some of these apps rise above the rest, heads held high, and accomplish their set goal. Other apps of this type are as much a failure as that Super Mario Brothers film that we all like to pretend never happened. With Seembee, Appsli Business Development has created an app that they believe will simplify document management and storage once and for all, and I believe they've succeeded at accomplishing this lofty goal.



Another fine fix by me: I've managed to update iMkvExtract!

UPDATE (08/19/2012): version 1.2 of iMkvExtract has been released in the meantime. It, unlike the previous (by me, updated) version, works just fine under Mountain Lion and doesn't need to be manually updated any more. That is, you no longer need to do what is explained in my 14-month-old article below.

Original version follows:



Pulse Review - Feeds at your fingertips!

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I like Flipboard, but recently have started using Pulse, and in this review, compare it to the other great news and RSS aggregator/reader for iPad. Each is excellent in it's own way, though I must admit, the side-scrolling rows that Pulse collects your feeds into are perfect for quickly scanning through content. However, I like the large splashy news displays on Flipboard and the magazine-like page turning...ahhh, 2 awesome readers, so what's a geek to do..?! Use both...

 



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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