Have to post up on 3 apps I am enjoying on the iPad (and iPod touch) this week. I admit I have finally succumbed, and am now drinking the iPad Kool-Aid. The iPod touch screen was too small for eBook reads. Anyway, wanted to showcase 2 games and an excellent sound composition app am checking out this week. Flap Flap, forwards the weirdly addictive bird saga of other games like Tiny Wings--with a decidedly more platform feel...
Would you be surprised if I told you this was another physics game starring a cute protagonist? Throw in the quest for candy and you’re already starting to think “Cut The Rope”. Have no fear, faithful readers. This game is as far from Cut The Rope as far can get (if far can get very far, that is). For the most part this is about bringing the protagonist to the candy, and not the candy to the protagonist. Forgoing your parents’ childhood rule about sticking your tongue out at people you’ll have to use that incredible appendage to crawl, climb and swing towards your goal. The level design is quite ingenious at times, and the overall experience is quite original to the platform. Now if there were just some social integration to be found…
Weather applications are as popular as sound board and Sudoku programs in the App Store. Is there room for yet another weather app? AppThat, the creator of Shine - Weather At A Glance, thinks so. Read on to find out what I think.
Shine delivers exactly what the name of the application says it does. Rather than overload users with screens filled with radar maps, bar charts, histories, videos and dancing icons, Shine is as easy and almost as fast as the native iPhone Weather application. However, unlike the Apple-bundled Weather program, Shine offers 36-hour weather forecasts so you know exactly how to plan your day.
Phone Life magazine will be giving away free issues at the Loop Business Expo & iZone Expo on Wednesday June 1st, 2011 in Boston. If you are in the area stop by and check it out, admission is free! Below is a description for the show's organizers:
I saw a press release today for an app called "ZombieBooth." This was a little weird because I had downloaded the app earlier on my non iOS tablet, as that had a camera on it. There is an iOS version also which works on your iPad2, Ipod Touch 4 or your iPhone which have cameras on it.
Basically, you can see what people would be like if they were zombies. These are not just pictures. There is animation involved. It really is pretty freaky, but it's fun.
The press release is below. You can see what the app is all about. The link below is to the free Lite Version. There are paid versions also.
What is up with the darn bird games. I love em, and can't stop playing them. Tiny Wings, Angry Birds, and now what? Flap Flap? ...Really? Wow, I never thought that games featuring our feathered friends (other than maybe the skeet shooting kind) could be so much fun! Anyway, read on for PR about yet another game (now in the review queue) in the avian pursuits genre...
"Major update for Norwegian indie game Flap Flap; Now with new game mode - Cloud Jump!"
Foodies is a physics game that doesn’t look much like other physics games, and in a world filled with games that want to be just like Angry Birds or Cut The Rope, that’s a good thing. It’s even got a novel control mechanic that both makes sense and more often than not works well. There’s even a cute protagonist and an amusing story, for those of you that need either one of those things (or both). My main issue at this point is that there is a fine line between creative and cruel, or challenging and frustrating, and Foodies likes to play on that line quite frequently, even in the lower levels. Oh, and it would be nice to be able to turn the insulting kids off as well.
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.
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