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Linden Lab, best known for its Second Life virtual world, has created a new physics playground app for the iPad. In the app you can create objects, their interactions, and modify the physical properties of the apps (density, gravity, etc.). It’s kind of like imaginary virtual legos you control on your iPad.
The App Store is far from low on filtering apps that adjust users’ images in numerous quirky ways. PreggoBooth is one such new addition but it does so with some pretty neat results.
The app enables the user to see how they’d look if they were pregnant and at various stages of pregnancy. Refreshingly for such an app, there aren’t any freak results, all are quite appropriate. 3 months, 6 months and full term are possible here and the app doesn’t just place a big bump on the person’s stomach. Instead, it adjusts everything about the person making for a more realistic look.
PreggoBooth is still meant to be light hearted, however, which is why users can also adjust men to look pregnant with some startling but fun results.
The app might not revolutionize anyone’s life but it’s a fun break from life and would ideally suit something like a baby shower or even bachelorette party. All images can be shared with all the major social networks.
PreggoBooth is out now, priced at $0.99.
Poking people on Facebook is just sooooo 2010. 2011 is all about jabbing friends! Or at least that’s what JabMe‘s developers think.
JabMe is an app that lets users send jabs to their friends alongside fun sound effects. Using Push Notiications, it’s unlimited with a plethora of different sounds and jab actions. Jabs can be anything from a Kung Fu Kick jab to a Burp or a kind hearted Happy Birthday.
There’s a game element to it, too, with GameCenter Leaderboards helping users keep track of the highest number of jabs they’ve inflicted on their friends. A Jab Back action means it’s pretty easy to up the jab count and fast.
Once bored of the free supply of jab actions, users can then purchase other packs for $0.99 a pack.
It’s certainly quirky but hopefully JabMe will make for a fun messaging service for those who like to be in regular virtual contact with friends.
It’s out now.
Halloween is coming! You know what that means, right? Candy! Trick or treating! iOS apps about ghosts and zombies! In Zombies Lick My Screen, it’s (understandably) zombies that take center stage.
It’s a light hearted app in which users load up a photo and one of four zombies lick away at whatever is displayed. Users can then send a zombie Lick-O-Gram to anyone they want via email, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. From within the app, the user can take a photo, they can import an image or use one of 30 included photos, offering plenty of variety.
Besides the four different zombies, Zombies Lick My Screen also offers three cleaning modes – Lick, Clean and Reveal – to provide different effects.
Two versions of Zombies Lick My Screen are available. Zombies Lick My Screen Lite is free and comes with one zombie and one cleaning mode while the full version priced at $0.99 comes with the full complement of effects and zombies.
Released: 2011-10-06 :: Category: Lifestyle
Dogs are great. Cuddly, sweet, faithful and never judgemental. How intelligent are they though? Dog fans may now be able to figure out this very important question thanks to a new app by the name of Dog IQ.
According to the app, dogs have different kinds of intelligence just like humans do. These types are: problem solving ability, social intelligence, awareness, sense and the ability to learn and adapt. Dog IQ helps determine how mentally adept the user’s dog is by providing a well rounded overview of all of these types.
Each test offered by the app consists of 11 simple and fun questions testing the above abilities. Taken from a pool of 30 questions, there’s enough room for trying the test numerous times. Indeed it’s encouraged with a history page allowing users to monitor their dog’s performance over time.
Dog IQ looks to be a fun entertainment app to finally see if dogs really are smart or not. It’s out now priced at $0.99.
Realising that the world is a globe and thus in theory someone on the other side of the world is in the exact same spot as I am now is a very odd thing to get to grips with. Written down it sounds a little like madness so it’s no wonder that once upon a time people thought the world was flat. After all, if there’s no easy opportunity to travel the world, how could anyone realise that actually the world doesn’t stop at a certain point?
That brief, bordering on philosophical piece of rambling aside, Dig2China provides its users with the opportunity to see exactly where they would be if they were able to dig a hole through to the other side of the earth right that second. The phone vibrates as it ‘tunnels’ its way through the planet in order to surface at the other side.
Once the app pinpoints the new location, fun facts like the current time, weather and official language are shown plus there’s a Wikipedia link for further information. Dig2China makes for an ideal yet fun geography app for young and old.
It’s out now priced at $0.99.
Aren’t iPad docks predictable? Always looking roughly the same and not very exciting to show off to friends and family? So how about this one for a change? It’s called the Bentley Mulsanne. Oh yeah, and it’s a car.
Yup, one of the world’s most luxurious cars, the Bentley Mulsanne, has a new interior that includes two iPads in the back. Built in the UK, the interior in all costs an extra £85,000 on top of the basic price of £205,000 for the car alone. That makes the whole thing around $457,000.
It’ll be worth it to someone, though, with the iPad area including full internet access and the possibility to stream TV shows or movies to a large drop down LED screen. Each iPad also comes fully equipped with a bluetooth keyboard dock and the devices fold away into the back of the seat when not in use. It’s very cool stuff indeed with even a Mac Mini thrown in and an iPod Touch controlling the audio system for the car.
If you’ve got a spare half a million lying down the back of the sofa, this could be the ideal media solution with a neat car thrown in. Oh and mind if I come along for the ride? Thank you in advance!
[Source: Daily Mail]
Without this one indespensable app, the world may have fallen into complete chaos. In fact, now that it’s here we’re almost positive that we’ll never be able to even consider a time when we weren’t able to locate the nearest Girl Scout Cookie sale on our phones. It’s like thinking of an age without the internet, TV, electricity or even fire. Unfathomable.
What’s obviously been done in good spirit by the Kellog Company, makers of this application, is so very easy for us to tease. But this is certainly a fun, easygoing application meant to entertain and take shots at boosting sales. Sure, we jest, but the Girl Scout Cookie lovers that download this app for a simple chuckle may actually use it once or twice to find their nearest fundraising pack of children. They’ll even be presented with the reserved hours of said cookie sale with this application. They’ll run out to buy the baked treats by the box, and when that happens: mission accomplished.
Beyond just finding cookies, this application lets users look up nutrition facts and remember the tricky names that belong to the treats they love so much. You’ll also be able to take a personality test that links you to your destined cookie (look to the cookie…).
Useless for some, incredible for many, this Girl Scout Cookie locator is an excellent, if not a slightly ridiculous, addition to the App Store. Before you go criticizing too hard, just remember that this product is little more than a marketing tool. And a good one at that. We only wish the entire thing was presented with more of a sense of urgency. Perhaps even a simulated cookie radar would have been a nice touch. Just spitballing here.
Hit the “Find Cookies Nearby” button and go enjoy a Samoa. You earned it.
Halloween is just around the corner (you know, like this weekend), and we all know you will be carrying an iPhone with you from door to door on your candy raids. Maybe you will even have some minions with you doing all the dirty work of begging for candy. Why not put the phone in your pocket to good use and capture a few of these memories in style? A few tips to get you rolling are as simple as:
Snag pics of the kids early
Before you embark out into the night, capture a few shots of everybody in their costumes early. Not only will this net you some much better lighting conditions, but it also allows you to capture photos before everybody is antsy to dive into their buckets of tasty treats. Keep the photos interesting by using various angles and remembering to keep the rule of thirds in place. Keep in mind that head-on shots of kids are ok, but children offset by the pumpkins they carved while standing in front of a big pile of colorful leaves is much more enjoyable. Bonus Tip: You can add on a bit of face manipulation with apps like Kid Face Halloween Edition for that extra bit of Halloween photo fun!
Free studio space in decorated homes
Some people just love to decorate for Halloween. All these decorations mean you have plenty of fun and exciting studio space, minus all the overhead of rent and utilities. Those homes with fun décor are often prime with setups to really enhance your photographs. While you may not want to spend three hours at the same house posing and setting up various shots, you can spend a moment to capture a more intriguing shot. Put the significant other under the giant Black Widow hanging from the tree. Lay the kidlets out in a fake cemetery. People go to great lengths to decorate, why not put those efforts to good use for some memorable Halloween photos. Bonus Tip: Share your best setups with family and friends on Facebook or Flickr while you walk from door to door.
Make use of fun lighting
It maybe dark outside, but you have plenty of great lighting opportunities while out and about collecting the candy tax. Orange, red, and even black lights can turn a drab photo into something exquisite. This is especially true if your child, or even yourself, is wearing something that is black light sensitive. Turn off the flash on the iPhone 4 to help keep these unique colors in your photos. Bonus Tip: you may want to consider stabilizing your phone before taking a photo to help reduce blur.
The most important tip for everything you try to snag on the iPhone this weekend: Have fun. I mean you are out getting free candy and taking great photos. If you are not having fun, you might be doing something wrong!
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Released: 2010-09-17 :: Category: Photography
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Social Networking
There's something sweet about a simple concept executed well. Such is the case with The Incident, which offers up a fun time with well-crafted retro sensibilities. It's sure to appeal to a lot of iOS gamers.
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Gameloft takes on the unenviable challenge of porting an entire console game to the iPhone. The result is a playable, though not perfect, console-quality experience that brings all the scope and action of the original, but suffers from complicated controls.
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The developer calls it musical geometry, and that’s a great description. The idea behind the app is that you have a faucet dropping out balls at a particular tempo. You draw lines for the balls to bounce off of. The faster they are going when they bounce, the higher the pitch of the sound they make.
As you can imagine, if you get enough lines to restrict the balls and direct them in the right direction, you can get quite a sound going. The app is at it’s most musical when you have just a few lines. The sounds it can make in these cases is pretty interesting.
Soundrop is free, and it’s very fun. I’ve found myself more than once wrapped up in Soundrop for more time than I want to admit. Give it a shot, it’s a Universal app that works on both the iPad and iPhone. Though the app really shines on the iPads larger screen.
And did I mention it’s free?
KaleidoVid is a fun little app from App Cubby and Polar Bear Farm. Two developers that spend their time making serious apps decided to take a little break and create something fun. Seems like a great idea!
The app is really pretty simple. It’s like those little cardboard tube kaleidoscopes we all had as kids. Fire up your iPhone (this app requires a camera), and point the camera at something colorful. The app takes a triangular part of the image and reflects it just like the ones you had as a kid. I guess the difference is those cost 75 cents, this one costs $500.
The app lets you grab the screen at any time and save it as a unique image or share it on Twitter, Facebook, or via email. Pretty good way to create unique backgrounds for your iPhone too.
The app is available now for the crazy price of just $0.99.
Plants Vs. Zombies was a huge hit for Pop Cap on the desktop, and quickly became the number one selling game in PopCap's history. PvZ is a great, yet simplified tower defense game modified with thought for the iPhone.
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They did it last year, and now it’s back. The Great App Bake Off 2009. Developers, put down your keyboards, xcode testing tools and virtual paintbrushes, and instead pick up those baking trays and oven mittens, because today my friends, you’re about to cook for your pride, your glory and .. cool stuff! Yes, the Great App Bake Off is back. A time of the year for App Store developers to stop, think and ask themselves that all important question: “Can I actually bake a cake?”
But it’s not just for developers! Oh no, you can enter too, and there are prizes involved – lots of them. Hosted by Gavin Bowman of Retro Dreamer, also the developer behind the App Store hit Sneezies, The Great App Bake Off is a (so far) annual event which sees anyone from anywhere baking for the fun of it! Here’s how it works. You pick an App Store application of your choice, and then you bake a cake which resembles that application. Whether it be in the shape of the app’s main character, or a mouth-watering version of the app’s current App Store icon – You simply have to bake it and take a few shots of it.
It’s simple: pick an App, bake it, send us the pictures, win prizes.
Checkout these awesome first entries into the contest below. The first depicts the cool App Store icon of the app Story Tracker, and the other sees one of the main character’s of Elf Command, come to sponge! .. I mean life!
Once you’ve done that, there are two ways you can send Gavin and the team your cake entries. You can either e-mail them to appcakes at retrodreamer.com, or you can tweet them as an @reply. You’ll find App Cakes on Twitter @AppCakes.
But your awesome bakery efforts will not go unnoticed. Far from it! Apart from the delicious reward of eating your (hopefully) scrumptious creation afterward, you’ll be entering to win yourself a tonne of cool App Store goodies, including all of this:
- A £50 iTunes Gift certificate provided by Chillingo
- A $50 iTunes Gift certificate, provided by Antair
- A $15 iTunes Gift certificate and promo codes for Sneezies and Eyegore’s Eye Blast provided by Retro Dreamer
- 2 promo codes for Story Tracker provided by Andrew Nicolle
- Promo codes for Rocket Santa and Star Fusion provided by Bytesize Adventures
- 5 promo codes for Serving Sizer, provided by Creative Algorithms
.. With more on the way!
I’m told by Gavin that he expects this prize pool to grow over the next few weeks, as more and more developers take to their kitchens and get involved, and the contest gets more coverage. Of course, all prizes will be distributed over the best entries when judged in January. The closing date for new entries into The Great App Bake Off 2009 is January 4th .. so get baking!
Timeloop is a cute & crafty cartoon time travel game that has you thinking of what puzzles need to be solved in order to save the poor scientists! The concept is quite ingenious and provides one of the better experiences on the app store.
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Urban Ducklings may sound like the subtitle of a really bad Howard the Duck sequel, but it’s actual a pretty nifty new casual arcade game. Thanks to the Iphone’s unique controls, Urban Ducklings gives the classic “cross the road” genre a new twist (pun intended).
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I was skeptical at first, but this game is surprisingly fun. I found myself saying "just one more time" way too many times. For only a buck, you get some entertaining trademark infringements, entertaining screams of demise, and happy fun time.
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