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How To: Create A Custom iPhone Ring Tone Without iTunes

Posted by Rob Rich on January 31st, 2013

There are a lot of iPhone users out there who enjoy being able to personalize their ring tones, myself included. But sometimes that can be easier said than done, especially when users can’t sync to iTunes for whatever reason. However, there's a way around this issue that’s both easy and incredibly effective with a minimum of cost (about $6 total) and absolutely no jailbreaking involved!

First and foremonst, two apps need to be installed: ToneConvert and GarageBand. Be warned; GarageBand is a big install that takes up close to 700 MB.

Once both apps are installed and ready to go, the rest is easy. Open up ToneConvert and you’ll see this screen:

Select Browse for audio file. For the purposes of this example we’re going to be visiting www.audiko.net just like in the video. Mostly because it’s a fairly massive source for pre-sized audio files.

Now it’s time to select a sound or song. I’d prefer to search for something myself, so let's look for the Godzilla roar.

After picking the file, tap the Preview button. This will call up two choices: Play or Download. Hit Play first to make sure it’s the desired sound, then go ahead and Download it.

It’s time to Convert it!, then hit Copy to Pasteboard. And that’s the first half of the process.

With the sound file is saved, it’s time to open up GarageBand. When opening the app for the first time, you should see the Instruments screen. Scroll over to the right until reaching the Audio Recorder.

Tap the Tracks icon in the upper-left corner. It’s the one that looks like a few broken lines next to the arrow.

Now tap the empty track and select Paste. You can use GarageBand to further customize your ring tone but for the purposes of this demo we’re going to keep it simple and stick with the default sound.

Tap the arrow in the top-left corner and select My Songs in order to save the project.

From the My Songs screen tap Edit in the top-right portion of the screen, and select the new song. Tap the Sharing icon in the upper-left corner of the screen (it’s the one that looks like a box with an arrow sticking out of it).

Scroll down and select Share Song As “Ringtone”.

From the Export screen you can name the tone whatever you’d like, then hit Export to finish the job.

Now it’s simply a matter of going into the phone’s Settings and Sounds tab to adjust the ring tone settings. Tap on the particular sound you’d like to replace, which in this case is Ringtone, and select the new tone.

And you’re done! Now you can download, adjust, or otherwise create your own custom iPhone ring tones without the use of a computer, iTunes, or a jailbroken device. So, what ring tones are you planning on making for yourself?

Get Ready to Start Bumpin’ Uglies

Posted by Rob Rich on June 19th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Ham in the Fridge, those responsible for the well received if a bit disturbing 5 Minutes to Kill (Yourself), have been up to something. They’ve been lurking in the shadows, left to their own devices, doing something altogether unseemly. They’ve been Bumpin’ Uglies. I’ve recently had the chance to talk a bit with Brett Hummel (Creative Director) and Drew Pearson (Director, Business Development) about their odd little creation and have come away from the discussion feeling more than a little excited. Not that kind of excited.

Bumpin’ Uglies isn’t quite the depiction of debauchery that many would expect given the (awesome) title. Uglies are, in fact, these small lima bean-looking critters who are about as smart as a sack of dirt and can only get around by way of being flung. Players have to guide their ugly through a given level (32 total at the moment), gathering shinys and coins along the way, until they manage to collide with the ugly waiting at the other end. Hence the bumping. This creates a temporary whirlwind of activity, followed by the production of a number of “bumplings” possessing traits from both parent uglies. And some recessive genes, naturally. Coins gathered throughout each level can be used to unlock new level packs (3 available at launch with more to follow), more ugly parts for further customization, and special boosts (4 types available at launch) that can be used to make getting around a bit easier.

Bumpin’ Uglies is slated to release later this summer for free. If it sounds like a game worth playing (and it should), head on over to the Kickstarter page to lend a financial hand. Come on, you know you want to.

Roblade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on June 18th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: A ROUGH DRAFT
The potential is there, but this arena brawler with robust robot customization needs some streamlining.
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Wave Crasher Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on February 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HANG ELEVEN
Ride the waves (sound and otherwise) in an unexpectedly entertaining fashion.
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Mamba Nation Battle Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on November 21st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FIGHT!
Mamba Nation Battle lets players create their own cartoony likeness (or not) to show off and admire. Then have them fight other cutesy creations in brutal one-on-one combat. What's not to like?
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Taskbook Review

By Kevin Stout on August 2nd, 2011
Taskbook is a to-do app that mixes powerful features with a simple and easy-to-use interface.
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Playlist Alarm Clock

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Philo on August 3rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar ::
Finally—a great app that uses your own music as an alarm clock. Inexpensive, easy to use, and not annoying, this app is great if you like using your iPhone/iPod Touch as an alarm.
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