I’m not really a fan of jailbreaking. Some of my friends have attempted to jailbreak their iPhones, iPod Touch and first-gen iPads. Even though they were successful, the common complaint I heard from some of them was that the jailbroken device became more unstable. I think that’s a poor tradeoff. But from what I’ve been hearing about a vulnerability in the current iOS, it looks like jailbreaking will actually be a solution. [Read more…]
Apple’s devices are so versatile that manufacturers keep thinking of various things to attach to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone actually thinks up of a way to attach a coffee machine to an iPad or iPhone. Before that glorious day arrives though we can just ogle right now over an oscilloscope that attaches to your Apple device. [Read more…]
Don’t you just love those POV camera shots that’s often used in reality shows, especially those reality competition series like The Amazing Race? It really puts you right in on the action and you get to see what the competitor is seeing as well, which makes the action more engaging and immersive. [Read more…]
Many people call the iPhone the Jesus Phone. The title is a bit lofty but I do understand why iPhone fanatics are zealous about their favorite device. It really does a lot of things and it does it quite well. [Read more…]
I work at home and one of the important things about working at home is to have a dedicated workspace in your house. It could be a home office or just a little corner where you can shift to work mode whenever you enter this zone. But even though I have a dedicated workspace at home I sometimes get the urge to just bring my laptop to another part of the house to give myself a little change in scenery. [Read more…]
I love listening to music. In fact, I can’t go out without making sure I have my usual gear – two iPods for all of the new music I need to listen to, a Sansa Clip+ that I use for FLAC files, two in-ear buds and two headphone amplifiers. Yes, that’s my normal gear for just going out to run errands. [Read more…]
We’ve heard rumblings about it in the last few months and last June 7, Apple officially unveiled the latest version of their very popular mobile operating system — the iOS5. There is big reason to pay attention because iOS5 is installed in iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices, combined this will mean that iOS5 is installed in a big majority of smart device, and we all know how rabid the following is for these Apple gadgets. Consider that over 200 million iOS-run Apple products have been sold worldwide and you will know that the world’s attention is on this new operating system. [Read more…]
The iPhone 4 has received more than its share of bad rap because of how fragile it is. Unlike its predecessors, this iPhone 4 can easily break with a single drop. And we know just how likely it is for users to drop their iPhone 4. In spite of the fact that it is easily one of the most prized possessions of many people, one just can’t avoid dropping their gadget every now and then. With other gadgets, there is always a second chance. They might still work even after a drop. With the iPhone 4, there is also that chance, but it is more likely that you would have to buy a new one. (Make it the iPhone 5 when it comes out.)
Recognizing this issue, Griffin Technology has come up with a solution for clumsy iPhone 4 owners: the Survivor Extreme-Duty Case for iPhone 4. If their tests are to be believed, then you can drop your iPhone 4 – even kick it! – and still be able to use it properly. That is, as long as you have the case. It is supposed to meet – even exceed US and UK military standards! Check out these numbers relating to the tests the case has passed.
- Shock/Drop: Concrete floor from 6′ (1.8m)
- Wind/Rain: 1 hour at 200mm/hr
- Vibration: 18 hours at 20-2000 Hz
- Sand/Dust: 3 hours at up to 18 m/s
Pretty impressive, don’t you think? Words and numbers don’t mean much until you’ve seen the case in action, though.
As the disclaimer at the beginning of the video says, don’t try any of those things at home. While the Survivor case is meant to protect your phone, it just is plain silly to tempt fate!
Anyhow, the frame of the Survivor case for the iPhone 4 is made of polycarbonate that is shatter-resistant, and to add more protection, it is covered with silicone, which is shock-absorbing. As for the screen – which might very well be the most sensitive part of your device – it is also protected by a clear protector which will not be a hindrance to normal usage.
For a mere $49.99 (at the Griffin Store). You can choose from white, black, olive green, and pink (yes pink!). If you want it cheaper, try Amazon and eBay.
Go ahead and bring your iPhone 4 to the beach or to wherever you’re going. With this case, you can rest easy.
Okay, this is not exactly a gagdet, but we do use apps for gadgets, don’t we? And of all your gadgets, which one is the closest to your heart? I realize that probably isn’t a fair question, as I ought to know that gadget lovers may have a hard time picking a single gadget out of the menagerie of devices that they own. Then again, if you were to pick a few, your iPhone is probably going to be shortlisted. So here is a special app for your iPhone in keeping with the Easter holidays: the Talking Augmented Easter Egg.
Easter has long been associated with eggs decorated in all sorts of ways. Here’s something you may not know about Easter eggs – their origins are pagan, and they were used to symbolize rebirth. They were decorated in bright colors to celebrate new life. When Christianity became widespread, the eggs were used in relation to the resurrection of Christ. Today, Easter is still considered a Christian holiday, and a lot of people still hold to the use of eggs for celebrations.
If you are looking for a different way to conduct your Easter Egg Hunt this year, this Talking Augmented Easter Egg will do the trick as well. All you need is your iPhone, iPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen), or your iPad. You still need an egg for the app to work, but you do not have to hard boil it and paint it yourself.
This is how the app works. First, you have to get a real egg from your fridge – or wherever you put your eggs. Point your device’s camera at the egg, and voila, you’ll have a digital egg that comes alive! I am not pulling your leg – the app will allow you to decorate the egg in the most psychedelic designs that you want; you can also spin and rotate the egg around however way you wish, without worrying about it breaking (although you can do that, too). Once you get your egg to its perfect state, you can even share it on Facebook. Oh, and yes, the egg talks to you. Wait till you get it to talk – the voice will crack you up for sure. (No pun intended.)
There is more to this egg than meets the eye, really. It is an app for kids and those who have kiddie spells every now and then. With this free app, your gadget can come alive in time for the Easter holidays. Get it from the App Store.
ColorBuster is a fairly simple strategy puzzle game that will easily keep you occupied as you guide Hect0r, your robot, through 50 levels of box-pushing. Don’t let the “simple” tag fool you, though. Remember, games like Tetris and Bejeweled are simple.
The game takes place on a variety of grids in deep space.
Your task is to pack all the crates of the same color into one crate, and then move them to a teleport. At the same time, you push radioactive boxes off the edge of the grid. Sounds simple, but as with all good puzzle games, the levels get harder to solve. There’s often only one way to complete a level and one wrong move could leave a block stuck.
There are two gameplay modes and two ways of controlling Hect0r.
In “Classic” mode your robot and colored blocks are “safe” — in other words, they can’t fall off the edge of the grid. In “Arcade” mode it’s possible for objects to fall off the grid. Hect0r can be controlled via four on-screen arrows (up and down on the left-hand side of the screen, and left and right in the bottom right-hand corner) or by swiping a finger in the direction you wish him to travel.
Sight, Sound and Feel
The graphics are pretty good and are perfectly acceptable for the gameplay. Granted, they’re not the most spectacular ever, but they clearly show all the vital components (ro-bot, blocks, hazards, grid, teleport). There’s a definite 8-bit / retro feel to the whole thing.
The audio, too, is pretty decent, with some interesting original music to keep you enter-tained through the levels.
It took me a little while to get used to the two control methods, but that’s often the case with any new iPhone application given that every developer has to find a new way of im-plementing controls on the touchscreen.
I wasn’t madly keen on having the virtual arrow buttons in different places on the screen. Personally I’d have preferred them closer together, perhaps as an inverted T as you’d find on a computer keyboard, in one corner. However, I know it would become second nature soon enough. Similarly, the swiping motions sometimes had me falling off the grid (in arcade mode), but I got better with practice.
One thing I really wasn’t keen on was the shading on the text. Perhaps I should’ve had my iPhone’s brightness turned up higher, but I found it a little difficult to read at times. No biggie, though, as there’s not much text except on the options and high score screens.
For $1.99 (and currently half price at 99c) it won’t break the bank to purchase ColorBuster, and you’ll certainly get plenty of gameplay from it. Don’t be fooled that the first few levels are quite easy, as the challenge soon ramps up.
If you like puzzle games that require you to think strategically and you’re not after some-thing fast and furious, it’s definitely worth a look.
Product link: ColorBuster