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Got a garden or lawn? I have and it’s amazing how fast weeds grow and bugs appear to eat away at things faster than I can plant them. Spectracide, known for its many weed and bug killing products, has just released an app to help identify what’s going on and how to fix it.
Bug & Weed Identifier by Spectracide® is free to download and offers some key features. First of all is the Pest Guidebook which tells the user how to figure out what bugs and weeds are involved. There’s then Capture & Compare in which the user can take photos and place them side by side with those in the guide, or even email an expert for help.
Identifying isn’t all that the app offers, however, with the ability to provide advice of what treatment to use to eradicate them, and also which retailer to go visit.
It’s simple yet useful for the keen gardener, quickly giving them a way of defeating the scourge of weeds and pests.
Bug & Weed Identifier by Spectracide® is out now.
Last month we reported that EA had pulled Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store following reports of large-scale bugs and crashing. We have now confirmed from an EA spokesperson that the game will not be returning to the App Store, and the Aftershock servers will be shut down on March 31, 2012.
“In the interest of bringing consumers only the highest level of quality mobile entertainment, EA Mobile has decided to suspend development and support of Battlefield 3: Aftershock and refocus its resources on other titles,” said EA in a statement. “The Aftershock servers will be live through March 31st, 2012, and customers who have already downloaded the game can continue to play until then.”
The EA rep we spoke to also confirmed that the company has no immediate plans for future Battlefield titles on iOS. So anyone hoping for a mobile fix of the shooter franchise is out of luck for at least the near future.
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Some might call it the circle of life, other will call it the food chain, NomNom Combo calls it a game. In this new “king of the jungle” matching game, players match animals together and then match the prey animals with the predators in return for in-game currency. This obviously isn’t a typical matching game. Honestly, how many matching games out there have a problem with blocks eating other blocks? In NomNom Combo, players aren’t just focused on making matches, they are also concerned with making matches in a way that will keep their predator’s bellies full.
Players start each game by placing animals like flies and frogs as tiles on the game board. If a player places a fly next to a frog it will run in the opposite direction until it hits the edge of the board. If the fly is placed in such a way that it can’t run, or runs into another frog, then it is eaten by the frog and the player is awarded a certain number of coins. However, placing three flies close together will turn them into a mouse, making it impossible for a frog to eat. To eat the mouse the player must match three frogs and make a snake. Three mice turn into a rabbit, three snakes turn into an eagle continuing through sheep, manatees, wolves, and so on through various predator and prey combos. Though not quite evolutionarily sound, this progression to larger animals is what makes the game more puzzle-like than other matching games.
Players can’t just place animals on the board randomly making matches. At the start of each game they are awarded a certain number of random animals to place. They’ll need to plan out their placements so they can “evolve” the biggest predators and prey in tandem and in placements where the predator can eventually get at the prey. Coins are awarded for each prey animal that is eaten and these coins are used to buy more animals to place, continuing the game.
NomNom Combo is certainly a unique matching puzzle game. It’s both fun to play and challenging to master. The balance between matching and strategy makes the game a great choice for players looking for a challenge.
Note: NomNom Combo is currently only available in the Canadian App Store and will get a wider release later this quarter.
After a launch plagued with bugs and lag, as well as numerous negative reviews from both the users and the press, EA has chosen to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store. The news was broken by IGN, who obtained the following statement from EA.
“EA Mobile is committed to delivering mobile entertainment experiences that are on par with the content and quality users have come to expect from their favorite EA gaming brands. To this end, we have decided to remove Battlefield 3: Aftershock from the App Store and are currently re-evaluating the app in response to the consumer feedback we’ve received. We thank all the fans who have downloaded the game to date.”
We’re glad to hear that EA has done the responsible thing and pulled the title. Even though the game has done some damage by being available but virtually unplayable for two weeks, we’re hopeful that EA can figure out what went wrong and get the game back up in a timely manner. As yet there is no word if users who already downloaded the game will have their purchases refunded or if they will be compensated in some other manner.
I don’t exactly hate bugs, I just don’t like having them in my home. Unless they’re a pet. No really, we used to own a giant millipede. His name was Oscar. Anyway, if one does get in, I generally try to usher it back outside by way of a glass and a piece of paper, but sometimes I have no choice but to squash ‘em. For anyone who isn’t a weirdo bug-lover like me, there’s Dirty Bugs, a cartoony bug-punching game by Foggy Studio.
The game itself is a simple one, not unlike some of the most successful App Store titles: swipe all over the screen to swat down bugs, but make sure not to let any get by and don’t hit the bombs. Swatting down insects will cause them to go from happy little bugs with bright, smiling faces to bugs that look like they just went ten rounds with a heavyweight boxer. It’s a cute touch.
At the moment there’s only one “farm,” but there’s the promise of more (farms, bugs, etc.) in the future. Those interested in smacking some creepy-crawlies can check out Dirty Bugs right now for free.
Unfortunately this app has been released before it is ready. I could not get it to work with any POP3 email accounts (and have read customers saying that IMAP didn't seem to work), and I also could not get it to work with GMail. I also tried Hotmail accounts and other generic accounts. None worked with this application in my experience.
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Apple today posted the first update to the iPhone OS for both generations of iPhones (original and 3G), and the iPod Touch. The updated only lists mysterious bug fixes. Some users are reporting that it gets rid of the lag seen in Contacts and the Camera. We’ll be trying it once a few more brave souls have and report back. Hopefully it will address some of the more serious bugs as well.
[originally spotted at TUAW]
So developers are blaming Apple, Apple isn’t commenting, as they never do. But the deal is that for any iPhone OS 2.0 users there is a major stability issue that is causing data loss to watch out for.
Here’s how it happens — you are running an app and the screen goes blank and your iPhone or iPod Touch restarts. You see the Apple logo and it looks like the device is restarting. And the Apple logo doesn’t go away. And it still doesn’t go away. So, let’s try restarting again– hold down the power button for 8 seconds and it goes blank. Start it again. Same thing happens — seems to be stuck in the boot up process.
What do you do? Well the only thing that seems to work is to force a restore from iTunes. For info on how to do that, see this Apple support article. So after you give your phone the death grip and breathe a sigh of relief as the restore process starts you begin to wonder what happened?
I have a theory and it’s just a theory. I have no way to prove this. But I think the crashes are being caused by lost memory. Applications may not be properly cleaning up after themselves, known as releasing memory, when an application ends. This lost memory is building up over time and causing the crashes as other applications can’t get enough memory to work properly.
What you can do to keep this from happening. Probably not much, it’s mainly up Apple to fix what is causing this. There are some things you can do that might mitigate the problem or help you recover when it does happen.
First, if an application crashes and you are returned to the application list, don’t just go on with what you are doing. It’s a good idea to restart the phone to help it clean up lost memory. To do this, hold down the power button for a few seconds and slide the shutdown slider. Wait a couple seconds and hit the power button to boot back up.
What you can do the help recover if your phone does crash is let that agonizingly slow backup process in iTunes complete. This will help so that you won’t lose all your preferences (and your high score in Poker Dice!) when your phone needs to be restored. It’s time consuming, but hopefully not as time consuming as setting everything back up though.
So, about an hour later, hopefully your restore has worked completely and that includes the backup restore process. If the backup restore process doesn’t work you will still luckily retain any synced contacts, calendar, etc.
To me this problem is just an indication that Apple has pushed out the 2.0 update a little early. They had deadlines and didn’t make things as bullet proof as 1.x was.
All apologies to Pink Floyd for the title.
Pink Floyd – Careful With That Axe Eugene