Absolutist Ltd is perhaps best well known for the fantastically popular game iBubble Shooter Pro. However as a game developer for multiple platforms, they announced this week a new Hidden Object game for the iPod, iPhone and iPad called Mysteriez.
Offered as a free universal app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, there are five artistic levels included, in which you need to find the numbers 1-40 hidden within the vintage-style picture levels. Each level features stylized borders which enable you to keep track of the numbers you’ve found or are still searching for. The added difficultly of a 5 minute time limitation per level will keep you challenged. Additional points can be awarded for speed, or deducted for inaccuracy in your searching. The app also features thematic music.
There are several in-app upgrades available at $0.99 for additional theme level packs, for those seeking additional levels. Mysteriez is currently available on the iTunes App Store, and is noted for an upgrade to fix a couple known issues very soon.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably attached at the hip to your social networks. However, I know I’m not the only one who has many that I’ve abandoned simply out of frustration of having to constantly check and update different pages or apps for each one. With this in mind I’ve put together a Favorite Four that the update-aholics can appreciate. Here are a few of my favorite iPhone apps to update multiple sites at once.
I put this one here first not because it’s necessarily the best, but it is definitely one of the more well-known. Tweetdeck is what I personally use most often since I’ve cut down my addiction to just the essentials, Twitter and Facebook, which is exactly just what Tweetdeck works with. It’s a great app for both reading and updating. While it hasn’t been updated in many months, it is still very useful and you can’t argue with free!
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-06-16 :: Category: Social Networking
The definition of simplicity. A newer app that simply allows you to post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Myspace. While as of now there isn’t the option to post photos with your status messages, it’s one of the most cleanly designed apps I’ve seen that handles multiple accounts. For the newer user this is a fantastic place to start and hopefully in future updates they’ll add more features without cluttering it up.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-01-10 :: Category: Social Networking
If you looking for the simplicity offered with something like Sociable, but you’re looking to update up to 40 Social Networking sites at once, you’ll want to get your hands on Pingle. It uses your ping.fm account (which you do have to set up separately on the site) to post to all of your subscribed networks. Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated in over a year, and probably won’t work with some of the newer iOS functions like multitasking. Still one of the best (and only) Ping.fm apps available.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2009-02-16 :: Category: Social Networking
I should start by saying this is probably for Advanced Users Only, not a beginners app. Like ping.fm Pixelpipe offers uploading to 75 Social Networking and Blogging sites. One of the best and most unique abilities of this app is the option to batch-send photos to Facebook, which is something most apps lack, and a feature I think most people would love. You’ll have to understand the settings and how to post to each type of feed, but once you do it’s simply one of the best multiple-site apps available.
SPIN Magazine and Spin.com have launched a digital subscription based magazine for the iPad that offers all the news and reviews from Spin.com – but also adds subscription based content from the magazine, pairs it with streaming music to add the experience, and gives you the ability to listen to songs straight from the app itself.
These are the sorts of innovative ideas that will launch New Media into the future, a fantastic concept from a music magazine. Instead of simply offering a digital version of the print magazine, or offering exclusive content which isn’t particular interactive, they’ve gone a step further, an interactive and user-based experience, which is built perfectly for the iPad environment.
The free app will feature a steady mix of news and articles from Spin.com for no cost, which is what you’d expect from any basic app. For $1.99 an issue (or $7.99 annually), you’ll receive your SPIN Play subscription which gives you all the content of the print version, however you’ll get something that the print users wont, 60-plus songs and 30-plus exclusive videos.
Boosting the popularity and notoriety of the bands and artists that they interview and feature is obviously paramount to the magazine. Moving forward into digital content delivery like this will definitely help. It also sets a benchmark for websites, magazines and newspapers from here on out. The possibilities to feature digital media content on a monthly subscription basis certainly isn’t a new concept, but pairing it with the ease of use of the iPad, the want for instant-media delivery, and to do it at a price point that competes with the print version is definitely setting a new standard.
I for one look forward to the new digital playground that this could start, and hope that most other publishers who are thinking of launching digital versions, or even current publishers looking towards the next best upgrade for future versions, should look to Spin Play as an example of ‘doing it right’.
So, you’ve one one of the best devices for taking photos, videos, saving, sending and sharing whatever you want with the world, but there’s just one tricky problem: uploading them. I think we can all agree that iTunes syncing is just about everybody’s least favorite way to get media off of an iOS device. After that, uploading everything individually to each site you use can be a pain in the neck.
When you’re just sending one pic or video to Twitter or Facebook it’s pretty easy, sure. What about when you want to send a lot? Or want to send to multiple sites? Most of us have several online depositories for our stuff (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, need I go on?) that it’s sometimes more difficult to upload than is worth the trouble.
Enter Pixelpipe – my new favourite uploader, which takes away the annoyance of using multiple site-specific apps. One of the major drawbacks I’ve found with 99% of apps that upload to Dropbox, Flickr or even Facebook is the tedium of having to add an individual photo or file, one at a time, to each site.
This alone makes me loathe having to update my Flickr account (as I usually have 25+ pics to upload). Pixelpipe is the first app that I’ve used that successfully allows me to select multiple photos or videos from my iPhone with one tap, to upload all at once. If this were its only feature, I’d still recommend it, but that’s not all it does.
Created to be the one Go-To tool for all social networking, this app can send information to 75+ sites, like Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress.com, Tumblr & more for your blogs. Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook for your statuses. Or Dropbox, Evernote, and FTP for your storage. The list of sites goes on and on. Uploading your 720p HD videos over Wifi or Data is also included, although there is a 100Mb limit to prevent crashes, so watch out for that.
The British Academy of Film and Television offers a select amount of Video Game awards to highlight the best of the video game industry. For the first time ever, an iOS game has won, beating out games on more traditional handheld platforms like the DS and PSP. In addition, Chillingo/Zeptolab, the developers of Cut the Rope, beat out large companies like Sony, Nintendo and Warner Bros. to take home the prize of Best Handheld Game at the award ceremonies on March 16, 2011.
Cut the Rope is a physics based puzzle game that has sold more than six million copies worldwide on the iTunes App Store. No stranger to awards, it had already been given the honor of being listed in Apple’s iTunes Hall of Fame as well as our very own Best Apps Ever Awards. It’s also been noticed by the Game Developer’s Choice Awards for Best Handheld Game and PocketGamer’s Best iPhone Casual/Puzzle Game and Most Innovative iPhone game. The accolades keep pouring in!
One of the most popular games of the year, it’s easy to see why it’s getting such attention. Overall, this is fantastic news for iOS game developers, as they receive more praise from mainstream award and media outlets for their fantastic work. I, for one, hope that this trend continues and that iOS receives more legitimate credit as a capable and robust platform for games, not just as a mobile device, but as a gaming handheld it its own right.
Cut the Rope is available on the iPhone for $0.99; however, there is a ‘lite’ version to test before buying as well as a free Holiday themed ‘gift’ app which was released in December. Cut the Rope HD is also available on the iPad for $1.99. If you haven’t played this game yet, now is the perfect time to catch up on what all the award-wining fuss is about!
Last year, when Apple announced they’d be bringing iMovie to the iPhone 4, months after they had released the iPad, I was hoping beyond hope that they’d offer it on the tablet device. But no. Not until they announced the iPad 2 earlier this month would they give iPad owners the option to use iMovie to edit, save, and now even create videos on their iPads.
Now, finally with the launch of the New and Improved iPad 2, Apple sets the new version of iMovie loose, just mere hours before the iPad 2 will be on sale nationwide at 5:00pm. So, as soon as you get home from buying your iPad 2, you can install the updated version which should work with your faster, better, lighter device.
However, hope is not lost for us iPad 1 owners, 9to5mac Reports on how to get the new iPad friendly iMovie to work on your first generation device, and perhaps most importantly, without jailbreaking!
Here’s some interesting news from Canada. French Canadian, Montreal based newspaper La Presse is offering a free iPad to subscribers of a three-year contract for the print and digital edition of their newspaper. It’s part of a new three to five year business plan put forward by the president and publisher of the paper, Guy Crevier, as a way to lean into the ever growing popularity of digital media.
The plan also includes the recent hire of Sylvain Leduc last year as the executive vice president of digital business, who was put in charge of overseeing the Digital Edition of La Presse. The the vice president of marketing of the newspaper, Jean Durocher may be looking at The Daily as inspiration for a ditgitally based business model. However, the Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. funded iPad-only news source is currently free, and after March 21 will only cost $0.99 per week. Compare that to the subscription pricing La Presse, and factor in its much more limited readership, and the offer might not be as appealing as they hope.
When you break down the costs, it seems more like a discounted 3 year subscription with the purchase of an iPad. The subscription rates (as published on La Presse website) vary, but the most expensive option is the Monday-Saturday ($2.99/week) plus Sunday ($1.59/week) editions for $4.58/week (including taxes). Should the subscription prices not change, that would cost you about $714.50 over three years.
Assuming they’re offering the lowest iPad model (16Gb Wifi-only), the pricing is currently $419.00, and even that has come down from the initial $549.00 launch price of the iPad. so, you’re essentially paying for an iPad plus an extra $300 for the subscription. Who knows over the next two to three years what the pricing for the iPad might look like, increasing the pricing of the newspaper that you’ve already subscribed to.
While this may make for an interesting marketing proposal for the newspaper, and in the end a push for the business into the digital realm, I don’t think that this makes much sense for consumers. In the end it seems more like a marketing gimmick than a business revitalization to me. However, in the end people hear ‘Free iPad’ and may jump all over the bandwagon.
An easy to use Comic aggregation app from AFK Studios. Completely redesigned recently to better suit comic viewing and offer a fluid and easy user interface. One of the best ways to read comics on the iPhone or iPad.
With the 25th Anniversary of Marty McFly’s adventures now upon us (and only 5 years until the ‘Future’ of 2015, the setting of Back to the Future II, arrives), Telltale games has announced the launch of the Back To The Future: The Game. First coming out on Mac & PCs, later this month, but will then be available on the iPad.
Picking up shortly after the events of the third Back to the Future film, Marty and Doc embark on a completely new cinematic time-travel adventure. The story unfolds across five exciting episodes, with a new installment releasing each month.
While there is no information yet available about the pricing and launch information for the iPad version, the PC and Mac version are available for pre-order on www.backtothefuturegame.com for $24.95. Lets hope that the iPad version will be less expensive.
Also on that site, you can also watch the three part video series of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Back to the Future consultant Bob Gale, who wrote and produced the original trilogy, as well as for the Animated TV Series. Also hear from the rest of the game team sharing an inside-look at the production. The videos also shows first footage of Christopher Lloyd returning to the role of Doc Brown in the recording studio and talking about his experiences making the game. Finally, you’ll also get a look into the casting for the voice of Marty, for the game.
You can also sign up for announcements about upcoming product information about this or other telltale games projects www.telltalegames.com/mytelltale/register/, but we’ll be keeping a close eye, and any further information about this game will definitely be announced, so stay tuned!
Take an adventure with the American Museum of Natural History as they present Cosmic Discoveries, a new free iPhone app that offers a host of beautiful images, interesting stories and fascinating information about the world around us.
This app is presented as a part of an ongoing celebration for the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space, in New York City. As one of the most popular and revered Science Institutions in America, you can rest assured that they have put a worthy amount of energy into creating an app that will appeal to students, scientists and everyday space enthusiasts alike.
Offering over a thousand images of impressive quality, gathered from a host of different sources, space agencies, the Museum’s own collection and observatories worldwide. Each photo offers information about its subject, including astronauts, planets, stars, and nebulae. Also, it features photos from here on earth – our history, our technology and so much more to do with our discovery of outer space. All of this is presented as a mosaic with a familiar shape – Saturn. You can also share each photo with a friend right from within the app!
There are also 9 different ‘Stories’ included in the app. Learn about Comets, Pulsars, Galaxy Clusters and more! With illustrations, these stories offer detailed and educational information to anyone wanting to know more about the space around our planet, and to help understand the complexities of our universe. This would be a wonderful addition to any astronomy or cosmology class at any level. This app can function as a handy reference or as an interesting introduction to the topic of Space.
The American Museum of Natural History is no stranger to the App Store — if you liked their Dinosaur’s App, then you should definitely check this one out!
The new Earthscan App offers a wide range of information about, and how to use, sustainable energy sources. Not just general ‘climate change’ information, this project is very much specifically for Sustainability and offers loads of resources on the topic. Earthscan was recognized as the best Independent Publisher of the Year, and has been offering detailed and educational information on climate change and sustainability for 20 years.
One of the top features this app boasts of is its ‘Earthcasts,’ which are interactive and live web seminars and lectures. They are hosted by acclaimed industry professionals and offer insight and education into the issues of Sustainable resources and global climate change. Of course, you’ll get Earthscan’s News Feed directly in the app; also included are Facebook and Twitter feeds to keep you up to date minute-by-minute.
Another resource within the app is a section called “Blogging for a Sustainable Future,” which includes a host of posts and articles by a diverse community of bloggers who write about all topics of Sustainability, Resources, environmental technology and education.
Lastly, you can plan your own schedule around environmental events, there’s a full calendar listing of conferences, lectures, seminars and book launches which you can schedule into your Sustainability Events Diary within the App. You’ll probably find that there are quite a few more events happening nationwide than you expect, if you’re in the field or visit these lectures, conferences and seminars often, this could be invaluable to you.
Overall, this is a comprehensive app that takes an educational and organized approach to this ongoing issue. If you’re already familiar with Earthscan’s website and publications, than you’ll definitely want to pick up this app. If you’re simply interested in learning more about our world, and details on the future of Sustainability and new technologies, you should definitely pick this up. Since it’s free, there’s no reason not to check it out!
If you’re looking for a very, very silly app that will entertain both kids and adults alike, you might want to check out the new Unicorn Disco app by Unicorn Labs. These are the guys behind Unicorn Shots – a very popular photo editing app, which creates funny and silly scenes with photos. Now, they’ve added an ability to use your own music and some animation in this fun new app!
It’s not a game, per se, and it’s not a photography app, either. What this app claims to be is a ‘companion’ app to help you enjoy your music in a fun and hilarious way. You can create custom characters to suit your own personality or music style, and have them dance in real-time to the music that is playing.
If you want to create a character with your own face or a face of a friend or family member, you can import the photo, properly set it up, and then go ahead and add outfits and wigs to make your character extra silly. There’s lots of different options to choose, from cuddly animals to scary monsters. You can even import your pet’s face, or a celebrity! You can use the shortcuts built it to start and stop the music at any time, or even randomize the entire outfit and background, giving a fun new combinations. Surprise yourself and your friends with this entertaining and very wacky app.
Once you’ve had your fun, you can always create a snapshot and send it to a friend. You could create a bunch of different versions of yourself dancing to the tunes, or grab a pic you had of one of your friends, dress them up, and send them a photo as a gag. With the variety of costumes and wigs, it works out that this is a good time to release this app – just before Halloween! You could make Halloween-themed dancers, and have them dance along with ‘Thriller!’
Unicorn Disco is for the silly, kid-at-hearts; if you’re not into this type of humor, you might want to steer clear, but if you are you will enjoy its wackiness! Check out the overly dramatic preview video below:
Wicked Walks offers detailed audio guides to some of the most haunted and spooky places in New York City, Savannah, Atlanta, New Orleans, Key West. Historically accurate and very detailed, you’ll find these Haunted self-guided tours to be equally entertaining, spooky and interesting as you travel around, learning more about the history of the old buildings, the people who lived there, and the ghosts who may live there still.
Each app offers a host of locations to visit, giving you detailed directions, pictures and descriptions. Once you have downloaded the app for your city, it is entirely self-contained and no internet connection is required. Here’s what the developers have to say:
New York City is famous for its amazing skyline, top-notch theater and dining, great ethnic communities and….ghosts. Yes, ghosts. From Edgar Allan Poe to Harry Houdini, a haunted NYU dorm to a mass burial ground, the Big Apple has it all.
Savannah, Georgia: quaint, gentile southern city? Or, a haven for ghosts? You decide. Let us lead you to nine of the most haunted sites in this charming city. Find out why Anna Powers has been miserable since the early 1800′s, where the ghost cat lives, and where Captain Flint died…and is still reported to reside.
Welcome to Atlanta’s darker side. Oakland Cemetery is the perfect place to explore Atlanta’s rich Southern history, while getting a taste of the gentile city’s haunted and sometimes violent past.
New Orleans is one of the, if not THE, most haunted cities in the U.S. Hundreds of people go on ghost tours here every day. And the bars are no exception… troubled spirits, ruthless pirates, and mis-treated slaves are all eternally trapped in these walls.
Key West is known as Bone Island, for a reason. Floods wash up more bones all the time… whose are buried under the foundation at Captain Tony’s, or in the back yards of some of these historic houses and bars?
If you can’t make it out to visit these interesting sights in person you could use this app, with all the detailed information contained in it, as a way to sightsee without traveling. This app boasts that it’s so comprehensive you may not even need to be there in person to experience the excitement of visiting these haunted and historical places.
Each city has it’s own app and they are $3.99 each. If you’re thinking of doing a special visit to some interested haunted locations this October, it might be worth your while to pick one of these up!
As the site says “Put down your iPad, pick up a knife and carve a homage to your favorite app.” App-o-Lanterns, started by a group of enthusiastic app developers and fans, is a site that’s offering a fun, unique Pumpkin Carving contest this Halloween. It’s a way for fans to show what their favorite apps are, and to express their creativity. It’s also a really unique way for developers to try and get some attention – it’s an interesting way to show off their app, all wrapped up into a contest which gives anyone the ability to win a great prize!
All you need to do is carve up a pumpkin that pays homage to your favorite App (or if you’re a developer, your own App!) and send in the photo to the site – they’ll add to to the blog and you could win one of five prizes, depending on your category entry.
There are three kinds of submissions: Fan Submission (this is from everyday joes who are just carving up their favorite app), Developer Submission (Use a App-o-Lantern as a showpiece for your app!), or Kids Submission (if you’re under 13!).
The prizes, in addition to having one of the nerdiest pumpkins on the block, are as follows. Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges.
Kids Submission: Promo codes for some of the App-o-Lantern Sponsored apps. Fan Submission: Also win Promo codes from App-o-Lantern’s Sponsors. Developer Submissions: You get 100k ad impressions within the Sponsor’s app. Best Back-story: Come up with some sort of unique take about your App-o-Lantern and you could win a Promo Code for the Story Tracker app.
But here’s the Big Grand Prize: Best In Row!
If you make your submission and you get the most Tweets + Facebook Shares from their blog you’re going to win an AppleTV!
Obviously you should head over to their site and read the full contest rules, and definitely check out the submissions so far. But more importantly, I really think that you should head out to the pumpkin patch, grab your power tools and carve up a tribute to your favorite app! I’ve already got a few ideas of my own — good luck to all the entries!