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The Greatest Modern Casual Games May 18, 2011

Posted by mjpower4 in Android, Apple, apps, ipad, iphone, itunes, Mobile Phone, Technology, Video Games.
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Casual games that have taken over the world:

Angry Birds
It’s a physics simulator, really – and not a particularly accurate one. Draw back your finger to aim a bird in a catapult at a tower of pigs who have stolen their eggs. Didn’t quite get them all? The pigs snuffle and giggle worryingly – you really must try again just to get that last pig. This iPhone game of never-ending pig-bird war has sold more than 12m copies.

Plants vs Zombies
The zombies are coming, and all you have to defend your house with are an array of badass plants, from peashooters to repellent garlic. My best moment? Discussing with a friend’s six-year-old son where to put the magnets and coffee beans to disarm zombies on pogo sticks. Now that’s entertainment.

Words with Friends
“I’m playing Scrabble with someone in America,” said a friend’s mother, “I don’t know if it’s a man or a woman, but they come up with some good words.” Words with Friends isn’t quite Scrabble, of course – some of the tile values are different, but the ability to connect with friends or strangers through the word game is astonishing.

Cut the Rope
Another game which is genuinely “for all ages”, I’ve shown Cut the Rope to five-year-olds and 70-year-olds and been met with enthusiasm all round. The premise is simple: there is a sweet on a rope, and a hungry-mouthed creature waiting at the bottom to eat it. Cut the rope to drop the sweet into its mouth. But avoid the spikes. And the spiders. And remember to use the bubbles. Hours of fun.

A great polemic on Apple’s iTunes April 25, 2011

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Great editorial on Apple’s iTunes – http://m.engadget.com/default/article.do?artUrl=http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/25/editorial-hey-apple-why-does-it-take-an-hour-to-put-an-album-o/&category=classic&postPage=1

iPad vs idoughnut April 7, 2011

Posted by mjpower4 in Android, apps, ipad, iphone, itunes, Technology, Windows Phone 7.
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An iPad = idoughnut analogy –

For anyone that wants to know an iDoughnut is the latest device that Apple are bringing out. It trashes the old paradigm of how people eat unhealthy snacks and revolutionises it in cool new ways. It has sugar on the inside so your hands don’t get sticky. You can only get one type of jam filling because apple wants to protect your consumer experience and people dont want all those other types of jam flavours anyway. That’s the old model and apple’s doughnut making competitors just don’t get it. Its all about the ‘experience’ not how many flavours you have. What is this experience? Whatever Apple choose to define it as, stupid! It comes with a ‘cool’ new napkin to hold it in whilst eating. The napkin tells the iDoughnut when its about to be eaten and attaches itself to the iDoughnut magnetically. Why? It makes it seem cooler, you moron, that’s why!

And guess what else? Its itunes compatible. That’s right. If you want another iDoughnut just log onto the worst piece of software ever created by man, one-click and its done. Or you can go to the Apple store and queue up for hours to get one, and be high-fived and applauded on your way out by members of Apple’s star-trek uniform-wearing ‘genius’ brigade like you’ve just won the sodding World Cup. Also stick in an HDMI lead and watch yourself eat your iDoughnut on your HDTV. Prices range from £800 (no jam, no sugar) to £1600 (strawberry jam, some sugar).

Thanks megaGenius

iPad 2 Review March 24, 2011

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Great review of the new iPad 2 by Gsmarena

http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_ipad_2-review-581.php

My latest iphone app reviews February 17, 2011

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Well now well into my third week with my iPhone 4 – and to be honest still loving it. Have continued to try new gaming apps and have a few views on some of the apps below:

1. Plants vs Zombies.
I gave probably mentioned If not droned on about this game before. To be succinct it is probably the best game on the iOS platform. Yes even including those Angry Birds! The game dynamic, skill levels and difficulty is just right and the challenge is almost perfect. I would certainly fork out for this again in the HD version if I had an iPad. Improvements more levels etc please…..

2. Tiki Totems
A simple physics puzzler and can be obtained either free or in premium versions. Now superseded by TT2 mint.

3. Stick Cricket
Even the free version is a decent challenge but the premium version at 59p is cheap and always make you work and helps pass a quiet lunchtime.

4. eBay Selling
Currently have my first two items listed and the process was very smooth. Just needs the ability to edit your listing when active for it to be perfect.

5. Tunein Radio
Better even than the Blackberry version. The only downside is that it now costs 59p but hey I’m a cheap skate. It works seamlessly well.

6. Pulse
A great newsreader and essential for aggregating your news on the move and works really well and can easily incorporate links to FB or Twitter.

7. Fragger
Tried after liking the lite Desert Strike version. The main prob is that the DS levels are the first pack and if you are stuck on a level as I was then you have purchased the game for no added benefit. It would have been better if the first two packs were unlocked and to be Frank freely ripped off.

Favourite apps of the week February 6, 2011

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Well it has been an exciting first week with my new iPhone 4. Plenty to try and my face apps of the first week are:

1. Plants vs Zombies
without doubt my favourite game and a great learning curve with great graphics and gameplay. Supremely addictive!

2. Facebook
It”s integration is seamless and more tied in and intuitive than the BB version. No problems with duplicate FB contacts either so win win.

3. iOS
None of the repeated duplicated contacts from Google that plagued my contact integration on BB os5. That in itself is worth the price of buying into Apple.

More next week and maybe a final Twitter client (fingers crossed).

What Twitter app? January 30, 2011

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Had my iPhone 4 for almost a week and not certain which Twitter app I will be using as my default app. Have looked at the following:

Tweedeck – Buggy and forever throwing me out of app. Despite Tweetdeck’s claims their Facebook integration is appalling and is forever logging you out and asking to log in when you are already in frustratingly bug ridden.

Twitter – this looks good but will have to check functionality.

Ubertwitter – Nowhere near as good as the blackberry version and too many forced closures – maybe an option if try can sort functionality.

Seismic – Too busy developing for android and blackberry shame.

Will try – Echofon and report back

Oh for the simplicity integration and functionality of Blaq on the BB.

What Twitter app? January 30, 2011

Posted by mjpower4 in apps, Blackberry, iphone, twitter.
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Had my iPhone 4 for almost a week and not certain which Twitter app I will be using as my default app. Have looked at the following:

Tweedeck – Buggy and forever throwing me out of app. Despite Tweetdeck’s claims their Facebook integration is appalling and is forever logging you out and asking to log in when you are already in frustratingly bug ridden.

Twitter – this looks good but will have to check functionality.

Ubertwitter – Nowhere near as good as the blackberry version and too many forced closures – maybe an option if try can sort functionality.

Seismic – Too busy developing for android and blackberry shame.

Will try – Echofon and report back

Oh for the simplicity integration and functionality of Blaq on the BB.

Change that there blog to My iphone Life……. January 28, 2011

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Well the day has finally dawned when my foray into BB is to end. I have decided that an apple life is for me now. My shiny new iPhone 4 32gb is here and is absolutely mint and although text entry is lengthier the phone is just more fun!

Will give break down of first week in a couple of days with apps etc.

Best Apps 2010 January 3, 2011

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Here is a couple of best of app lists:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/26/top-40-iphone-apps-2010/

http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/07/30-best-iphone-apps/

http://techcrunch.com/2009/08/15/the-35-best-iphone-apps-of-the-year-so-far/