Monday, January 31, 2011

World of Goo on the iPad is Addictive and Fun


Normally when you put Goo on the iPad, you would grab a microfiber cloth to wipe it off. But when you put World of Goo icon on your iPad, the wiping won't happen for some quite some time later. That's because World of Goo is a new game for the iPad that will keep you captivated for hours.

The object of the game is to build a tower of goo to reach a pipe. A minimum numbers of goo must be sucked into the pipe in order to advance. It sounds simple, but it can be quite a challenge at time. Either way it is a lot of fun.

This game utilizes the iPad very well and is fun for all ages. It has quickly become one of the games that I play to kill time here and there. Sometimes you won't know what's going on in this goo-filled world, but there are messages left behind by the Sign Painter, whose philosophical commentaries blend together with surreal out-of-game observations.

World of Goo's concept is very similar to the old school game of Lemmings; the early '90s sensation that involved guiding suicidal green-haired characters through levels loaded with hazards. The objective here is rather similar, although instead of guiding lemmings to an exit in each level, you're leading globs of goo across similarly dangerous terrain to pipes that suck them up. This rather odd task is accomplished by selecting the cute, gibberish-spouting blobs and turning them into nodules in framework buildings that reach for the sky and stretch across yawning pits like sticky scaffolding. When your wobbly structure is close enough to the level exit pipe, all of the goo balls that haven't been used as makeshift building blocks then roll over their former buddies to freedom.

Balloons are sometimes used to help suspend the goo structures over obstacle like windmills, caverns and gears. This physics-based puzzler is one of the most innovative and addictive games to launch on the iPad. Independent developer 2D Boy has done a great job at porting his World of Goo from the concole and PC platforms

This simple building game paired with the easy of use of the iPad's multi-touch screen, makes for an addictive and fun game.

iTunes: World of Goo icon

Dead Space for iPad and iPhone

Dead Space, the new iOS installment of the popular PC and console game, is a scary break from the iOS norm.

Dead Space for the iPhone is $6.99 and $9.99 Dead Space on the iPad.
Dead Space might be the best all-around iOS game I've played, but it's not without faults. The visuals are effective and very impressive for an iOS game. The "aliens have taken over the space station" story isn't new at all, but it's pretty engaging nevertheless. The controls aren't perfectly precise, but they let you maneveur around in the game rather quickly. That is exactly what I like about this game, it pulls you quickly so it can scare the living daylights out of you.
Dead bodies are sprawn out all over the ship, some fly out in front of your face with horror movie musical cues, others jump up and start to make mince meat of you.

There are unsettling noises all around you one moment and then it quickly qet quiet, too quiet. Aliens move in fast as you fumble to get them between your crosshairs.
It all amounts to an impressively big and immersive atmosphere for your 9.x" iPad display. People who like being scared or have a sense of scientific adventure. Those who like the freedom of roaming a 3D environment without a chance of getting lost in the progress.

While Dead Space on the iPad is awesome, it could stand to be even better.
The combat is kind of clunky and the controls often causes one to inadvertently fire random shots into non threatening elements in the game.
Dead Space is more of a horror game instead of being simply a shooter.

Put on a pair of headphones, which is highly recommended and suggested by the developer, and get ready to get your scare on. Some may finish the game, but all will become lunch often either way.

This game is NOT for the smaller kids. This is recommended for Teens to Adults.

Category: Games
Released: Jan 25, 2011
Version: 1.0.1
1.0.1
Size: 291 MB
Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish
Seller: Electronic Arts Inc.
© 2011 Electronic Arts Inc.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor

iTunes: Dead Space for the iPhone
iTunes: Dead Space on the iPad

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Apple iPad's First Year; the Device Many Thought would Fail

Jan. 27 marked one year since Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad at a special event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. At the event, Jobs repeatedly referred to the device as both magical and revolutionary. Many joked about the name, referring to feminine sanitation products in their talks instead of the words magical and revolutionary. Many would eat their words and many others would scramble their R&D resources to come up with a would be iPad killer tablet device.   

The iPad has changed every aspect of my life, from how I do my job to how I communicate with others, and it accomplished all that in a way so natural it left me feeling liberated.  My laptop has become imprisoned at my dining room table. My back has been freed from carry a huge load.  I can now attend conferences and no longer have to get there early to commandeer a seat with a view and a power outlet. I no longer have to worry about burning a hole in my bedspread or burning my thighs. I would say it has been very magical; it made my laptop disappear from my travels.    

Let's take a look back at The Year That Was for the iPad.

Jan. 27, 2010: The iPad is announced at a special event by none other than Steve Jobs himself, after years of speculation about the existence of an Apple tablet. Consumers will have to wait to get their hands on the device, however, as the Wi-Fi versions are expected to ship within 60 days in the U.S., and the 3G version will come later, with a 90-day release window. Many wonder whether the iPad will take off, myself included.

Mar. 12, 2010: iPad preordering begins from Apple.com for U.S. residents. Much debate ensues about which model to order, and many probably changed their minds more than a few times before finally making a commitment. (I still regret not opting for more storage—I have the 16 GB Wi-Fi only model.) The iPad does very well in preorder sales, but still, no one predicts the level of success it will ultimately achieve.

Apr, 3, 2010: The first iPads arrive at customer doors. The lucky few who'd preordered well in advance spend the day setting up or comparing native iPad apps with scaled versions of iPhone ones. But the real winner is Apple, which reportedly sells roughly 300,000 iPads on launch day alone. I haven't gotten mine; let's see what the 3G version is all about first.

Apr. 21, 2010, at 8:44 AM, I wrote:

"I too am waiting on the 3G. I have a 16GB iPod Touch and I have 165 apps, 1799 Photos, 10 Movies/Videos and 1800 songs.  The 16GB = 14.6GB on iPod.  I have 563MB available.  Based on my usage, I have to at least get the 32GB unit."


Apr. 30, 2010: The Wi-FI + 3G iPad goes on sale in the U.S., with service initially available only from AT&T. While the 3G-capable iPad originally gets off to a slower start than its cheaper, Wi-Fi-only relative, it now seems to be the more popular version, according to some surveys. Shortly after the 3G version's introduction, the iPad begins to show hints of its impact on mobile OS market share, even before its international release.

May 14, 2010:  on Friday I walked into an Apple store and purchased an iPad. I sent my first e-mail from my new Apple iPad. I actually dictated the message with my voice using the dragon dictation program.  I went with the 16GB WiFi only model for 2 reasons: 1. I know the iPad 2 will be released about a year later and I wanted to minimize the investment cost, 2. My wife said we didn't need to spend money on the iPad, so I had to use my golf league money to get an iPad. So my hand was forced; 16GB WiFi only model it is then. I added about 4 apps then I jail broke it with Spiritjb.com so I could multitask. 


May 28, 2010: International iPad sales begin nearly two months after the device's initial U.S. launch. Countries that introduced iPad sales on May 28 include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. The launch was delayed by one month after the initial U.S. response overwhelmed Apple's supply chain. Just prior to the international launch, analysts estimated that weekly iPad sales began to outpace those of the Mac.

July 20, 2010: Apple announces that 3.27 million iPad were sold during Apple's third financial quarter of 2010, the first quarter it was available. Consider that Apple sold 3.47 million Macs during the same quarter, and that the iPad wasn't available for the full three-month period, and it becomes apparent that at this point the iPad is indeed outselling the Mac.

Aug. 2, 2010: Apple takes third place in global portable computing market share, when the iPad is included. Much of that increased share appears to have been gained at the expense of netbooks.

Aug. 18, 2010: iPad supply finally approaches demand, making device scarcity less of an issue for customers looking to purchase one. Around the same time, the iPad comes to China, reaching a huge new potential market. Apple steps up production to meet the demand generated by expanding to new markets.

Sept. 1, 2010: Apple announces iOS 4.2 for the iPad, which will finally bring such features as multitasking and folders to the device. The long delay between the release of 4.0 for the iPhone and the official announcement of 4.2 for the iPad still strikes me as one of Apple's biggest missteps with the tablet, but it doesn't seem to have hurt sales.  I eagerly await news on whether the Jailbreakers will crack this version before I upgrade.  

Oct. 4, 2010: The iPad is named the fastest-selling electronics device ever, beating out the DVD player by a wide margin. It will later be beaten out by Microsoft's (MSFT) Kinect, the motion-detecting, hands-free Xbox 360 controller, but 3 million units sold in 80 days is still impressive, record-holder or not.

Oct. 18, 2010: Apple sells 4.19 million iPads during its fourth financial quarter of 2010, the first full quarter it was available. That brings the total number of iPads sold during 2010 to 7.46 million at that point and pushes iPad revenue past that of the iPod.

Nov. 22, 2010: Apple finally releases iOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone, bringing folders, multitasking, AirPrint, AirPlay, and free Find my iPad to the tablet. The update also changes the function of the physical orientation lock switch, making it a mute toggle, a move that was met with user displeasure.  I am still eagerly awaiting news on whether the Jailbreakers will crack this version before I upgrade.

Jan. 6, 2011:  Apple is a no-show at the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas NV.  They are not there to promote the current iPad nor talk about any future tablet that are working on.  Plenty of others are there with non-iPad killers and soon to be released (vaporware anyone) products with only prototypes to display at the show.     

Jan. 18, 2011: Apple sells 7.33 million iPads during the fourth quarter of calendar 2010 (the holiday season and the company's first fiscal 2011 quarter), nearly matching sales of the previous two quarters combined and beating most analyst predictions. To say that nearly 8 million iPads is a good first year for a newly introduced device would be a massive understatement.

Jan. 26, 2011: Apple ranks third overall in global PC sales, if you include the iPad. Whereas previous studies saw Apple dominating the mobile PC industry, these most recent figures put it ahead in all categories, mobile or otherwise.

We marked the calendar from when the iPad was announced.  With plenty of iPad 2 rumors and iPad 2 features being discussed, we are sure to see plenty of more from Apple as the annual anniversary for the shipping date approaches. Will this year's golf league money again pay for the next iPad in the line?  Will I ever get back out to swing the clubs again?  Is April the shipping date for the new iPad or will Apple wait until the Motorola Xoom, with Android Honeycomb, starts shipping to announce their next tablet?  Only time will tell. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Music for Working out with a Connected iOS Device like iPad or iPhone

On Jan 27, 2011, at 8:49 PM, "Sherry T." wrote:

Can someone tell me in "baby" steps how to add music to the IPod program on my IPhone?  I want to order some walking music CD's to listen to when I'm out walking to exercise.  I want actual walking music that is set to a certain tempo to get your heart rate where it should burn calories so I don't want to listen to regular music CDs.  Does anyone know of walking music that can be purchased from iTunes?

Sherry,
Like you I want to have upbeat music to walk to.  I used load my iPod up with music from my CD collection. Using iTunes, you can insert a CD and have the program rip the music to your library.  Then using the Genius feature, you can create playlists from upbeat songs to make a list of songs that can be used for working out.  This works fine for existing music collections.  Alternatively you buy a few songs from the iTunes store and do the same things to create playlists. 

Because many devices like the iPhone and iPad are connected to the Internet, you have other options for your listening pleasures.  If you have a data plan on your iPhone, I would suggest trying Pandora Radio (iPad App Link or iPhone App Link).  Pandora allows you to create 100 stations.  To create a station, you just start with a song, artist or composer's name.  I would suggest trying a song like "All I ever wanted" by Basshunter (Album Link) or by using Basshunter to create a station.  Use the thumbs down icon to eliminate songs that don't maintain the beat speeds you like.

I workout at my clubhouse which has free wireless Internet. Using my iPad, iPod Touch or Android Smartphone, I listen to Pandora stations that have created to keep me motivated to keep moving. Like Netflix (iPhone App Link or iPad App Link), Pandora exists on every connected device I have: TV, computers, iPad, iPod Touch and Smartphone (waiting for Netflix for Android).
Try it and let me know how it works out. 

 

Thanks,


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We help make your iPad experience Magical through information!

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Monday, January 24, 2011

iPad v. Desktop

On Jan 24, 2011, at 5:37 AM, "Mike" wrote:
My one-month-old iPad is gradually taking over many of the tasks which were previously the domain of my desktop. I now use it for on-line banking, email, reading my daily newspaper, servicing my Yahoo Forum. However, the last item is a bit of a problem - there are certain things which I need to do with the Forum which I find need to still be done on the desktop. For instance, I cannot change the photo/illustration on the Home Page, as I cannot browse the photos on my iPad from within the Yahoo Forum. I find that I can't playback mp3 files or import .pdf files. However, the biggest drawback on my iPad is the lack of a really workable printing function. I can't understand why my state-of-the-art Epson wi-fi printer can only handle photos (via Epson iPrint) and why AirPrint is limited to a handful of HP printers. Why doesn't Pages respond to my Epson?

Mike,

There will always be a few things that have to be done on the desktop; however, it doesn't have to mean that you have sit at the desktop.  You can use Logmein Ignition ($29.99) or TeamViewer (free) to allow access to your desktop from the iPad. There are other apps if you and the desktop are connected to the same WiFi network, but these two allow remote access even if you are outside your home or work network.  I use Logmein because I have used it for many many years, I already have all of my computers setup for it, and I bought before I knew about TeamViewer.  These will allow you to do those things, that have to be done from the desktop, from the iPad without leaving the couch or bed.

Check out this application on the App Store:

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LogMeIn Ignition

LogMeIn, Inc.

Category: Productivity

Updated: Oct 29, 2010

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TeamViewer HD

TeamViewer

Category: Productivity

Updated: Nov 16, 2010

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Regarding the mp3 and PDF issue, I need more information. The iPad clearly supports both formats, so I need to know how you are trying to access them and what is happening. I access both form types from email messages, the web via Safari and my directly loading them to the iPad from iTunes and wirelessly. 

I am not a big printing person, so I have not upgraded to 4.2.x (plus it is not Jailbroken yet) to get the AirPrint features. I have a 3rd party Printing app, but never use it; it now utilizes AirPrint, but allows a client to exist on the desktop that handles the print functions.

Take a look and read the reviews on these two apps and see if they might help.

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Print n Share for advanced printing

EuroSmartz Ltd - $8.99

Category: Productivity

Updated: Jan 17, 2011

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PrintCentral for iPad

EuroSmartz Ltd - $9.99

Category: Business

Updated: Jan 17, 2011

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Carl W. Brooks
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Knowtilus Navigator

On Jan 19, 2011, at 3:46 PM, pdw wrote:

Anyone use this browser? I am playing with it and it is pretty cool:

Knowtilus is a different web browser for iPad. Elegant, visual and simple, but powerful and innovative.

Enjoy the unique multiview browser feature or the Text to Speech with animated avatar that can read aloud web pages. Other useful features: Reader, RSS, Translator, Sketches, Offline Library, Social Sharing, Visual Bookmarks and even an useful Writing Tool.

12 REASONS TO LOVE KNOWTILUS

1. Multi-view: With Knowtilus, navigating the web is a new experience with the new multiple browser views feature. You can see simultaneously 1, 2 or even 3 websites on the screen without switching apps or browser tabs! You can hide/show the tabs and use the full screen mode with the Text editor.

2. Text to Speech: Knowtilus can read aloud any web page or selected text using 27 high quality voices. You can also edit your own text and read it aloud! Great for language learning or listen to online news, RSS feeds, blog posts, etc. 

3. Writing Tool: Knowtilus has embedded an elegant, easy to use text editing tool. Write posts, notes, to-do lists, reminders even full articles while surfing the web. You can write your content in plain text, HTML or Markdown syntax. Share content between the web and the writing tool. Very interesting for blogglers, journalists, students, etc 

4. Readability: Knowtilus has an add-on that makes reading web pages simpler and more enjoyable. Knowtilus strips the superfluous information and shows the main content in a single column of easy-to-read text. You can save that clean content to read it later in offline mode. 

5. Social Sharing: You can share any web content very easily via Twitter, Facebook or email. Just select any link, text or image and shared it with other people. You can use simultaneously Twitter and Facebook in different browser views. 

6. Offline Library: You can download full articles from websites, PDF documents or even ebooks in plain text or HTML format and read them later even if you don't have Internet connection. This is very useful when you are in the subway, commuting or areas where your don't have WIFI or 3G. 

7. Find: Search your bookmarks or keywords in Google using directly the URL bar. Easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on large web pages with the "search on page" feature. Select words on the web page and find quickly the meaning on Dictionary or Wikipedia. 

8. Avatar: Knowtilus is the first web browser that uses an animated talking avatar to read aloud content and interact with the user.

9. Translator Tool: Translate any web page from practically any language to Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, etc. More than 20 languages! You can also translate a web page and read it aloud using TTS. 

10. Visual Bookmarks: It has never being easier to organize your bookmarks. Drag and drop screenshots of your favorites to rearrange them. Search your favorites visually or using the integrated bookmarks search engine. 

11. RSS reader: Read your RSS channels like a web page and organize them as visual bookmarks. Even the Avatar can read aloud the news from your favorite RSS while you are driving in the car! 

12. Sketches: Doodle with your finger directly over web pages, create simple sketches and share them via email or your Photos library. Highlight parts of the web text with different colors. 


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knowtilus

Category: Utilities

Updated: Dec 16, 2010

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Netflix Movies you might Enjoy on the iPad

I just love the free Netflix App for iPadicon. I watch a movie at least once a week on the Netflix App for iPadicon. For you Netflix subscribers, here are a couple of movies that I enjoyed recently.  I had never heard of either film prior to watching them. 

Dragonfly

2002PG-13105 minutes

Dr. Joe Darrow's (Kevin Costner) world is shattered when his wife (Susanna Thompson) is killed while performing medical relief work in Central America, and his patients -- after their own near-death experiences -- begin delivering messages from the great beyond. On a quest to determine what his lost soul mate wants, Darrow is forced to accept the impossible. Kathy Bates co-stars in this romantic thriller with a surprising twist.

Cast:
Kevin CostnerSusanna ThompsonKathy BatesJacob SmithMeg ThalkenKathryn ErbeMone WaltonLeslie HopeSamantha SmithJoseph WillCasey BiggsMatt CravenJoe MortonRon RifkinJay Thomas
Director:
Tom Shadyac
Genres:
ThrillersSupernatural ThrillersRomantic DramasMystery,TearjerkersUniversal Studios Home Entertainment
This movie is:
RomanticScarySuspensefulDark
Format:
DVD and streaming













Exam

2008NR101 minutes

In this psychological thriller, eight job applicants in a guarded, windowless room are given instruction, exams and 80 minutes to answer one discerning question that may win them a prime position. But they soon discover this is no ordinary test. The exams are blank. With one ejected for attempting to answer the unknown question, the remaining seven must decide what they will do and how far each will go for the coveted job.

Cast:
Adar BeckGemma ChanNathalie CoxJohn Lloyd FillinghamChukwudi IwujiLuke MablyPollyanna McIntoshJimi MistryColin SalmonChris Carey
Director:
Stuart Hazeldine
Genres:
ThrillersPsychological ThrillersSuspenseUnited KingdomForeign Regions
Format:
DVD and streaming (HD available)











Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

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Dexterity Games

On Jan 22, 2011, at 9:27 PM, Tauqir R. wrote:

I am writing a write up re the iPod or iPad games to improve manual and mental dexterity for trainee surgeons. Any gamer who can guide me to the games


Maybe these games can get you on the right track.

Check out these applications in the App Store:

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DexIQ HD

Spicy Pony Games

Category: Entertainment

Updated: Jun 24, 2010

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Dexterity

Indygandhi

Category: Games

Updated: Nov 09, 2010

       

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Fast Fingers HD - The Ultimate Test of Dexterity

Jacob's Random Apps

Category: Games

Updated: Jan 06, 2011


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