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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

iPhone Applications That Can Make Your Day

Many people around the world are currently rating the newest applications for IPhone. The Iphone phenomenon is extending rapidly and you are able to find thousands of opinions, comments and rankings everywhere on the web. Now, if you already have your IPhone, the next thing to do is find the proper apps that suit your needs. Most people tend to choose all those apps related to video, music and photos, because IPhone holds all kinds of entertainment in one…still, if you want it to be a part of your working life or of your life as a student and want to be virtually present everywhere too, here is a list of applications that can make your day.

1. Air Sharing: Left the information at home? Never again. No need to take your laptop everywhere. With this free app for file storage, you can transfer or exchange your files via wi-fi and carry them with you all the time. Files are accessed from the same program (compatibility with a huge amount of formats). Compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux.

2. Wikipanion plus: How many times have you needed a definition, a date, biography and other specific information and there is no PC around? With this Wikipedia browsing application for IPhone your problem is solved. All the knowledge from the web into a hand-sized gadget. Direct connection with Wikipedia servers, so there is no no third-party servers fuss. Automatic search while you type and the last visited page opens from when you last left the application. It supports searching and browsing in more than 75 languages. Great app!

3. Tweeter: Scaled down version of the Twitter for IPhone. You can update your status remotely, view direct messages sent to you or view the public timeline. Very nice interface. Upload images and show the world what you’re doing instantly. Great for sending a picture when words don’t seem to help for descriptions.

4. Skype: All Skype functionalities in your IPhone. You can call and chat with all your skype contacts. No extra voice delays (it uses an AJAX interface). If your contact is not online, you can still call his mobile or landline. Good for saving some money.

5. Fieldrunners: While commuting, a very good way to kill time and help your eyesight as well (games which involve lots of eye movement help distinguish contrast, a capacity that people start to lose as they grow older). This Tower Defense game has free content updates. The idea is to defend and control the field using a big selection of upgradeable towers and lots of tactics against your enemies (thousands!). Try to dominate the fieldrunners and rise to the top as the Tower Defense Master. Very entertaining and probably the best game for IPhone so far.

Technology is advancing so fast that I am sure that when this little article is published there will some new apps already in the market, waiting for new users and their ratings. In the meantime, let’s enjoy the good ones that we have already discovered which are making our lives a little more pleasant everyday.

Written by Josh Downing. You can find more of his articles at
Monday, April 27, 2009

Surfing Facebook May Endanger Your Employment

The title of this post may sound slightly exaggerated, however losing a job was literally what has happened to an employee of a Swiss insurance company.

The story is simple and sad at the same time. The woman said she could not work in front of a computer as she needed to lie in the dark. However, she was then seen to be surfing the Facebook. This statement was made by her employer Nationale Suisse. This fact has destroyed the company's trust in the employee. As a result, the woman has been fired.

The fired woman says that she was indeed in bed and was surfing Facebook from her iPhone. Moreover, she accused her employer of spying on her and other employees by sending a mysterious friend request which allows access to personal online activity. Of course the company quickly rejected the accusations. According to the official information, employee's Facebook activity had been stumbled across by a colleague in November, before use of the social network site was blocked in the company.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Radial 50 - A New Take on the Arcade Legend

I must admit that Breakout remains one of my favorite games of all time. After all, Breakout was the first game that I've played on a computer back in 1980s. From a programmer's perspective, Breakout is a sort of game (along with Columns of course) that every game programmer must develop. I've played all sorts and flavors of Break out from very traditional to very odd and sometimes bizarre versions.

There is no doubt that iPhone has given the second life to the arcade game genre. While iPhone is a device with enough power to handle sophisticated 3D shooters, arcade is something that perfectly fits the wonder device. Accelerometer doesn't play the least role in this. It's a real pleasure and more action to play accelerometer-enabled games.

The folks at Roundthird have developed a cool Breakout-style game for iPhone called Radial 50. This is probably the most peculiar and novel variation of this game. "Radial 50 expands on the arcade classic by allowing players to control the paddle and ball around a 360-degree environment. The objective is different from the classic, as you are focused on defeating the central target rather than the often painful chore of eliminating all targets".

To admit I was sort of puzzled when I first heard about Radial 50. However, after watching the video I immediately admitted that Radial 50 would become one of the most addictive games for iPhone.

Radial 50 Demo from Radial 50 on Vimeo.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

$13,000 Apple Goodies for a Lucky Customer

Apple is celebrating the billionth download from the App Store in a special way. Yes, there will be a prize valued at over $13,000 for one lucky customer. Namely, the prize consists of a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro.

Downloading a new app via your computer, iPhone or iPod touch is what you need to to do to participate. If you don't own an iPhone or iPod touch, you can still participate in the promotion by completely filling out an alternative form.

As you can see the App Store is a huge success. The following figures vividly illustrate this. As of today, over 5 million applications are downloaded from the App Store every day. This is up from a rate of 4.76 million applications per day in January and 2.2 million in December. Thus, it's not a surprise that the half a billion milestone was reached on January 16th and after about three months we are talking about the the billionth download.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009

How to Fix the Skype Crashing Problem

I would like to thank everyone who posted comments on the previous post about Skype crashes. In particular I'd like to thank James who suggested updating Cydia mobile substrate. It looks that this update does fix the problem and I have not experienced Skype problems anymore.

So, if you do have a jailbroken iPhone make sure to apply the Cydia mobile substrate update. Just run the Cydia application and it will show this update in the changes section.

Happy Skyping!