Saturday, September 15, 2012

Check out the all new YouTube app


You may be aware that Apple is removing the current map and YouTube apps from the next version of the operating system, iOS 6. Google has to release these as individual AppStore app if they are to be available to iOS users. 

New App, Better Features
The official YouTube iPhone app is here (for Android, too). Get more music videos, easier navigation and sharing, and the ability to browse while you watch.
Watch YouTube everywhere

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Astraware Word Games for iOS

Astraware, a privately held limited company registered in England and Wales, have created games for handheld devices for over 9 years. This makes them one of the oldest handheld software companies in the mobile business. They have a proven track record of writing high quality software that runs and plays well on various handhelds including Palm OS, Blackberry, Windows mobile, Android and Apple's iOS devices.

Astraware has one of the most stringent quality assurance processes in the handheld software industry, meaning that every new or updated product available on this site has been tested on a range of smartphone devices to check that they run correctly.

Astraware was founded in time when trial or demo versions of mobile software was the norm, but today's mobile app stores make this more difficult to practice. Most new developer use the app store and cash paying customers to test their products after buying them. Astraware is different, they so maintain a team of external volunteer beta testers, who are as passionate about their games as they are, and they try out new software 'in the field' on their handhelds alongside the other real-life software and data they keep.

In my Palm OS and WebOS days, Astraware's games were staple items on my devices. I still have a couple of these devices around and the kids still pull them out to play games - many of which are Astraware titles.

As of 2nd December 2011, Astraware have stopped selling Palm OS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Symbian S60 games on their website. We will provide support for these platforms for a limited time. For more information, please read this article.

I am currently enjoying Astraware's Word Games app.

Five brain-teasing word games in one easy-to-use pack!

5 games in 1 easy to use pack
Daily puzzles for competing against players worldwide!
Multiple difficulty levels and play modes
Delightful doodles to activate as you find words
In-game dictionary
Original music soundtracks by Jon Weinel

Love word games? Then look no further - get Astraware Word Games - 5 different brain-teasing word games in 1 pack!

Astraware Word Games includes a new puzzle every day of each game type - Shuffle, Wordsearch, Hexxed, Gridlock, and Spellmaster! Each day download our featured daily puzzle for each of the mini-games, complete them and submit your score to see how you compare against players worldwide! Aim for the most points to top the global leaderboards.

The 5 games are:

Shuffle - Make as many words as you can with the letters provided including the 5, 6 or 7 letter target word to unlock the next level. The more words you get, the bigger your score. Use the Shuffle button to mix the letters up and help yourself spot more words!

Hexxed - Make words by tracing your finger through the tiles to make a chain within the hexagonal grid! Two play modes - limited tiles or limited time. Create long, interesting or unusual words to keep your word power score up and earn more tiles or time!

Wordsearch - Find all the listed words within the grid of letters, horizontally vertically, or diagonally! Play using the standard dictionary, or choose from over 8 special lists of themed words!

Gridlock - Make words by tracing your fingers through the letters to make a chain. As you make words this lights up the tiles. Light up the whole grid to level up! Use special tiles to boost your word power, score bonus points and more.

Spellmaster - Challenge your spelling skills against words of increasing difficulty. Choose the correct spelling from a choice of 4 words, 3 of which are misspelled!

While the graphics are not spectacular (how pretty can you make words anyway?), they are good enough.  This game is all about finding the words to increase your score.

The game is available for the iPhone and iPad.  Clicking the links will launch the Appstore for you.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Kickstarter Project - The Humantoolz Mobile Stand

This is a very cool looking stand for the iPad 2 and iPad New. It has met it's $80,000 Kickstarter goal, but still have 7 days.  Lightweight and strong, it may be the perfect stand for those who want a stand without adding a case or bulk. Perfect for a naked iPad or one with a smart cover.

 UPDATE: Now available also for iPad 2.

              **** See the new rewards posted for iPad 2 owners. ****
You deserve a more versatile iPad® stand. As an active iPad user, you likely carry your iPad wherever you go and use it in every conceivable fashion. This take-the-iPad-everywhere utility is great, yet it is why today's iPad accessory cases and stands have become a major source of frustration. They only support limited viewing angles via clumsy and awkward configurations. Equally problematic, today's case-stands are heavy, cumbersome and unattractive. You deserve a better solution.
We have created a stand truly worthy of the new iPad featuring a minimalist all-aluminum design that offers the most natural, mobile-friendly fit to the iPad.

The Humantoolz Mobile Stand is incredibly versatile in its support of unlimited viewing angles and ability to operate in both landscape and portrait modes. It offers perfect four corner and rear surface protection while working with the Apple Smart Cover® for superior all-around protection. In short, it is the most versatile mobile stand for the 3rd generation iPad and now iPad 2.
Endless viewing angles. By using the same precision hinge technology found in MacBook Air® notebooks, the integrated kickstand supports any desired viewing angle in smooth and precise fashion, time after time. Support for any angle allows people of all heights to gain an optimal, comfortable view of their iPad while seated or standing and regardless of the distance to the iPad.

The stand will hold its position at any angle to support touch input for all of your iPad apps. The HumanToolz Mobile Stand even has a "keyboard stop" location that allows you to securely place the iPad at the optimal on-screen typing angle.
Landscape or portrait?  Both, of course.  Unlike most iPad cases and stands, the HumanToolz Mobile Stand supports both landscape and portrait orientations.   Simply rotate your iPad 90 degrees and adjust the HumanToolz kickstand.  Now you gain the much-needed flexibility to view documents and websites tailored to portrait viewing. 

Stable across all surfaces.  We designed the kickstand to be very stable everywhere you use your iPad.  This includes uneven, wobbly airline tray tables (even with turbulence), on a pillow, sofas or even in your bed. 

Works with the Apple Smart Cover to provide 360-degree protection.  Adding the HumanToolz Mobile Stand provides perfect protection (without lots of bulk or added weight) for the rear of the new iPad from everyday handling.  

The 4-corner, high strength aluminum design protects each corner and prevents the entire rear of the iPad from making contact with harmful surfaces.  As an added advantage to this combination, the magnetically attached Smart Cover remains easy to remove when not needed. 
Super mobile.  The HumanToolz Mobile Stand is ultra lightweight at 0.15 pounds (or 2.5 ounces) – that's about 50% less than the weight of the Smart Cover and up to 90% less than alternative cases!  The stand is as thin as 0.06 inches (or 0.15 cm) at each corner and 0.21 inches (or 0.54 cm) at the hinge. 

Secure, natural fit.  The Mobile Stand attaches securely as though it was part of the iPad's original design.  It is designed to stay on once attached.  You never need to remove it, though you easily can if needed.  Plus the stand improves how well the iPad feels and fits in your hands.  It curves ergonomically above the central hinge area for natural finger placement when holding your iPad.  And the high strength aluminum's finish is gorgeous, beautifully matching the back of the iPad.
Quality design worthy of the new iPad.  The stand is made of high quality aluminum alloy commonly used in the aerospace and automotive industries.  The high pressure molding process yields mechanical and aesthetic qualities that are aesthetically impressive, functionally sound, and extremely lightweight. Secondary precision machining ensures accurate tolerances to within thousandths of an inch, critical for optimal fit to the iPad.  The net result is an exceptional quality look and feel.

Attention to details.  We spent countless hours working through every design detail to ensure the Mobile Stand is a joy to use.  Incredible care has been taken to ensure how the stand will perform each and every time you open the kickstand.

And while some of the stand's attributes will go unnoticed once attached to your iPad, each element plays a critical role.  

For all your apps.  Watch movies.  Make FaceTime calls.  Email.  Play games.  Browse the web.  Get work done.  And more.  The Mobile Stand enhances your comfort and interaction with any app. 

Attaching the stand is a snap.  The Mobile Stand attaches securely to the iPad in seconds.  Once the top corners of the iPad are aligned with the stand you simply snap the corners into place.  
Simple. Smart.  Right here in the USA.  Simple, smart designs form the foundation of the HumanToolz philosophy.  We apply that same philosophy to choosing our suppliers and manufacturing partners.  From initial ideation to design to prototype to assembly, we have partnered with US companies to make the Mobile Stand a reality.  Manufacturing assembly will take place in Tennessee.  The result is a world-class product representative of the innovation, ingenuity, and quality found in the USA. 
Our current status.  We are in active development which is proceeding quite well with great support from our partners.  However, our company is still small so we need your help to complete production tooling, ramp up manufacturing, purchase essential components, and begin distribution.  With your support the HumanToolz Mobile Stand will begin manufacturing in September for initial deliveries in October.    
We have created some incredible rewards so please check them out.  And please share our project with all of your family, friends, and colleagues that appreciate great products, are thinking about buying an iPad 2 or the new iPad, or already own an iPad 2 or the new iPad. 
Finally, we want to especially thank the team at Product Development Technologies (PDT) who has provided us with invaluable design support.  As part of our "core team," PDT has helped shape our original concept into a highly functional work of art.

Thanks in advance for all of your support!!!

Apple, the Apple logo, Smart Cover, iPad, and MacBook Air are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.  All rights reserved. 


Is this compatible with all generations of iPad?  We support the 3rd generation iPad and also the iPad 2.  We carefully and precisely optimized our design for the new iPad to ensure a great fit.  UPDATE (August 12): We are pleased to announce our team has validated support for the iPad 2.  We achieve this by modifying the silicon pads on the under side of the stand columns to create a second configuration for iPad 2 owners.  Check out the iPad 2 rewards!       
Can the stand be removed?  Yes, if necessary it is quite easy.  That said, the Mobile Stand has been designed to easily snap onto the iPad and remain in place.  Once you place the Mobile Stand on your new iPad you simply will not want to remove it. 
What about international shipping?  Overseas shipping is complicated and expensive especially for small quantities.  Our reward amounts only cover shipping within the United States.  Backers outside the USA will need to pay an additional cost for international shipping which varies by reward primarily because of the shipping box size and weight.  Please see the individual pledges for more information and be sure to add the international shipping charge to your pledge amount as appropriate.  We appreciate your understanding and support!


Carl W. Brooks

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