As you may already know, there are far more adventurous possibilities for theming your iPhone if it is jailbroken. Having been dissatisfied for some time with merely swapping wallpapers, I explored various theme packs on Cydia. This requires time and patience as some themes don't work well with other plug-ins and recently, I've stumbled upon PerPageHTML, which is a very cool alternative to Winterboard for those of us who like to install cool themes on their iPhones.
The app store is chock full of games from the dawn of time, back when blocky pixels (we didn't know there were any other kind) were cutting edge, and many games were played more in the player's imagination than on-screen. Since many a geek of that era now owns an iPhone, our legacy has followed us to new generations. Enduro is about as raw a retro title as one can stand, and is one of those games that almost questions the wisdom of resurrecting some of this stuff (upon firs blush).
I like to gather novel uses of the iPhone and recently did an article for the magazine on a couple dozen apps that let you use the camera for doing things other than taking pictures or videos. Now I'm starting to be fascinated by the various ways the motion sensor can be used. A new app called Move'n Call ($1.99) lets you make a call with just a wave of your hand. As the video shows, first you train your iPhone to recognize a gesture and then you associate that gesture with a contact. Then to call the person, you simply make that gesture and your iPhone dials the contact.
More retro action is now available in the App store from SEGA. Check out Golden Axe 3, featuring head-to-head team play (using BT), and more hack and slash challenges for you and your friends. This completes the main versions ported for the series, so grab it here for $2.99...enjoy!
Samurai Tale is a simple combat game, and it had the potential to be rather interesting, especially if you’re looking for something with fighting that doesn’t have the complexities of a Street Fighter type game. Unfortunately, there are enough little things wrong with it that the game becomes somewhat mediocre as a whole, and given the number of quality games available on the App Store, that’s not a good thing. I would love to see some more work put into this to help it rise above its current level, because I’m one of those that really likes a casual fighter from time to time.
There are a lot of apps that claim to do speech recognition. In reality, what those apps typically do is record your speech and upload that recording to a server that does all the heavy lifting. Examples include the very popular Dragon Dictation, Vlingo and most importantly, Siri, which was actually acquired by Apple. This method can be effective when you have a fast network connection but the Holy Grail of speech recognition needs to be performed in-app.
There’s something about an underwater setting that promotes peace and tranquility – unless, of course, you’re a fish with a vengeance and can blow killer bubbles. In Treasure Reef you play Herby, a fish trying to find the legendary treasure of Reef Island. Unfortunately there are these nasty creatures called Creeps that will do whatever they can to make sure you don’t get that treasure. You have 28 levels to prove them wrong and find out what the legend is.
Playing games on my iOS devices is always very entertaining, but if it is something that can make me think hen it is really exciting. One such game is Chillingham Manor by Synqua Games- Chillingham Manor is a well-designed puzzle game that is easy to play while on the go.
This game far exceeded my expectations on the first look. After seeing the screenshots and icons I thought the game might come under the action category involving zombies and ghosts. But after exploring the game I discovered it was actually a puzzle game with a fancy design and interface. There are zombies, ghosts, bats and much more on the screens makes the game feel haunted, but the game play is still just a puzzle game.
In Part 1, I wrote about the ActiveSLEEVE, an accessory that lets you wear your iPhone on your arm. It's a great gadget, but what if you want to access the touchscreen while the device is 'at hand'? Or what if it's colder weather and you need a jacket. Enter the WEARCOM SOMA-1 from Alphyn Industries. The SOMA-1 Wearcom pullover is a remarkably well-made jacket that just so happens to have a flip-open velcro covered capacitive-touchscreen-friendly pocket on the forearm. Even if you don't use the gadget pocket, this quality garment could be your everyday jacket.
In the current 'How To' issue of iPhone Life Magazine, I wrote a column entitled 'How to get a grip on your iPad'. As a follow-up, i will be recommending options to wear your iPhone (or iPod touch) on your sleeve, literally! My iPhone is almost always attached to my belt, via a belt clip and case. But there are times when you want your iPhone more 'at hand.' If you're jogging, especially in the summer, you may not have a belt and might want your iDevice on your wrist or arm so you can listen to tunes.
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..."
Apple's first ad for iPhone 4S highlights Siri; Also, more Siri humor
Apple's first ad for iPhone 4S highlights Siri; Also, more Siri humor