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Spottlife Review

Spottlife Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Spottlife is a new way to view and interact with the world's most popular social networks.

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Feed Review

Feed Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Feed is a musical iPad app that makes it possible to manipulate the live feed of sound from the iPad’s microphone or virtually any audio file to create original compositions.

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Donkeys and Elephants: Chow Down is a colorful, cartoony iOS game about munching fruit with an ever-growing donkey/elephant (Donkeys and Elephants, get it?). It also uses a database to track player animal choices and scores, then tallies them to create a global score and potentially predict the outcome of the 2012 election. Stiven Deleur and his father have been hard at work with updates and a kickstarter project since the game’s release, and have just recently “paired with a starting company” that’s taken a big interest and will potentially have a significant impact on their success. I had a few questions for the young developer, naturally.

You’d mentioned that you decided to use Corona for coding over C++ and Xcode. What was it about Corona that drew you in?
Well my first encounter with app developing was when I heard about a young person who made an iOS app, so I decided to try. I briefly looked online but the Objective-C language seemed fairly hard. There also weren’t many tutorials or explanations. A couple months later my dad proposed making an app, and he told me about corona. I decided to check it out. On their website there were lots of tutorials, guides, and even explanations to every function etc. After seeing that I thought that I could definitely make a game.

I imagine that, even with how easy it was to get started, there were some stumbling blocks. Were there any aspects to the app development process that gave you more trouble than others? Any that still give you trouble?
Everything seemed new and complicated at that time. But the major stumbling block was that corona has limitations. Not all services are available (e.g. ads, game networks, etc.) I always had to work around it somehow. Even now I can’t do everything I want.

The Donkeys vs. Elephants political theme is obviously a focus here, so I have to ask: Donkey or Elephant?
I currently do not have a very strong view, but if I had to choose it would be Elephant.

And while we’re on the subject, was it difficult for you to create a game with a political focus that didn’t seem to “take sides?”
As I said I don’t have strong views so the app is not bias in either way. Still, I tried to make sure everything was equal.

Have there been any items or upgrades that you’ve wanted to add to the store but just haven’t been able to due to balancing/time constraints/whatever?
Well one thing that I have been thinking about are clothes for the characters. It would take about two weeks of work, but currently I am working on other things so I cannot make it happen just yet.

What’s your personal favorite upgrade?
My favorite upgrade is coin multiplier! Even though its not cheap, its worth every credit because you gain money faster and can get more and more upgrades.

I also have to know: between you and your father, who’s got the highest score?
Of course I have the highest score :) It might be because I spend so much time testing the game, or because I know exactly how it works. Either way I am beating him by a lot!

Tracking player scores across the world and tallying them up must require a fair bit of work. Was it easier or tougher than you’d expected when you first came up with the idea?
Tracking player scores is actually not that hard. Its not like we hand count them (that would be hard-core!) The scores just get sent to an online database, and then they just get added up. To make that system I had to learn how to use mySQL databases, as well as a little bit of PHP.

I was also wondering, were there any plans to separate the data by region? What I mean is, seeing who prefers what on a global scale is definitely cool, but when it comes down to US elections the folks in other parts of the world don’t really have a say. So is there a chance that Donkeys and Elephants: Chow Down might give the totals for the US specifically, as well as the global data?
In the next update the data will be also separated by state. Currently the application is targeted for the 2012 US elections, so the data is not displayed about the rest of the world. However, they can still enjoy the game and be a part of the global score. If the game is a success then that feature will definitely be considered.

So how impressed are your classmates? I imagine there aren’t a whole lot of iOS developers sharing a homeroom with you.
Most of my classmates couldn’t believe it. I had to show them the app, and my name in the credits.

Once you’ve finished with Donkeys and Elephants: Chow Down, are you planning to dive right back in and work on another game or take a little breather? And if you are planning a new game, would you care to share any details?
I will still work on applications, mainly improving this one, but I wont focus all of my time on it. I am starting my freshmen year in next week, so I will need to do lots of school work. There are no plan for the next app yet, but it will definitely come

Donkeys and Elephants: Chow Down is available now for $0.99.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2012-06-14 :: Category: Games

With the Web eventually came gobs of written material and sifting through it has become a chore to find the good information. Sure, using RSS feed readers is nice, but they’re sometimes clunky and take time to curate and setup. Nick D’Aloisio, a 16-year-old kid from London, might have an answer in his new app called Summly. The app works to simplify the way people browse and search the web by automatically summarizing search results, webpages and news articles.

The interface seems easy enough in that the user simply enters a search term or enters a URL and the app automatically provides the top information from the source in a bulleted list as well as the link to the full article. And Summly seems to be onto something as researchers from MIT tested the company’s patent pending summarization technology and found that it indeed was accurate in providing precise results. Best of all, it can produce results in any language, but is optimized in English, French, German, Dutch and a few more. The app is available now on the App Store for free.

[ via Gigaom ]

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2011-12-13 :: Category: News

Bring Me Sandwiches!! Review

Bring Me Sandwiches!! Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Bring Me Sandwiches!! is a shockingly great item-gathering platformer that takes inspiration from one of the most unexpected places.

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Flud for iPad Review

Flud for iPad Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Is it Flud or is it Pulse? It's hard to tell at first, but Flud has a few performance enhancements that set it apart from its competition.

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Joining the swathe of apps updated for iPhone 4, Phantom Fish has enhanced its Byline newsreader app to make use of the iPhone 4’s Retina display. The app also takes advantage of multitasking in iOS4.

Byline takes news from sites listed in your Google Reader account and makes them available on your iPhone using their RSS feeds. The app allows users to view pages without an internet connection with its offline browsing feature and syncs with your Google Reader account so that your news is always up-to-date. The app is also compatible with Twitter, Instapaper and Read It Later.

Version 3.2 is available now on the App Store and brings high-resolution graphics for optimum viewing on the iPhone 4’s Retina Display and uses multitasking to complete syncing and caching of feeds in the background.

Byline is available for free with advertising or at $4.99 for the advertising-free version.

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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2010-06-04 :: Category: News

Push News

Push News

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Push News is a decent idea, but it needs more features to make it your one-stop way of reading the news. For now, I'd advise looking elsewhere if you want to stay up-to-date.

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Trackr

Trackr

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Trackr might be the first app to let you remotely start torrent downloads, but that doesn't mean it's anywhere near decent. This RSS reader/torrent downloader mash-up fails in both categories.

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Ant Hill

Ant Hill

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Ant Hill is an interesting, but limited, little simulation of an ant colony and the area around it. The ants swarm and meander about their environment fluidly while trying to deal with the sadistic actions of a, seemingly bored, observer.

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