Application Review: Hundreds

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Semi Secret Software, LLC | 26.6 MB | $2.99 (Sale Price, Regular $4.99)

The developer of the extremely popular endless runner Canabalt is at it again, with a minimalism-inspired puzzle game entitled Hundreds. As with Canabalt, Semi Secret Software has taken a simple mechanic and revitalized it in order to create something completely new and bizarre. (more…)

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Device Review: Apple iPod Touch 5G

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Apple | iPod | $ 299 (32GB) $ 399 (64 GB)

After two years of being left in the dark without an upgrade, Apple announced updates for the new iPod Touch using the iPhone internals of yesteryear. Many were disappointed about the lack of an A6, but the new Touch still ends up being one of the best that Apple has made.  Read on to see more about the new Touch:
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Saturdays with Stephen: It’s Time for Something New


Behold, the current generation of Apple’s iPod line. From left to right we have the fourth generation iPod shuffle, the sixth generation iPod nano, the iPod classic (or the sixth generation iPod), and the fourth generation iPod touch. While we’re certain that there will be a substantial iPhone refresh this coming Wednesday, there is no way of knowing what else may be planned — at this event, or at the rumored October event. However, it is apparent that the iPod line needs some attention, and it’s time for something new.

Could Apple be planning on doing away with its legendary click wheel? Are we going to see a discontinuation of the iPod shuffle? Could the iPod nano replace the iPod shuffle altogether? Are we going to see noteworthy new features in a new iPod touch? What has Apple been doing for the last couple of years while letting the above iPods sit on the back burner? What could be planned for the future of the iPod? We don’t know, but hopefully we will find out soon. I think that the iPod line is due not only for a refresh, but a complete overhaul. It’s time for a new product line (or two). It’s time for the iPod to re-emerge as one of Apple’s most innovative products. (more…)

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Black Friday Deal: $20 off Custom Cases

Regular readers may remember my recent roundup of custom cases available for the iPod, iPhone and iPad. (Say that 10 times fast).  As part of their blitz(en) of Black Friday deals, Zazzle will be slashing the prices of their custom iPhone and iPad cases by $20.  Prices start at $39.95, with iPad cases running $49.95, or $19.95 and $29.95 after the discount.  Considering these are quality cases by Speck, it’s an awesome deal.  The price reduction will take place starting at 10:01 AM PST and end at 12:01 PM PST.  Free shipping may no longer be an option, unless you spend $50 or more.  Upload your favorite family photos and make personalized Christmas presents, or perhaps a picture of yourself for a loved one for Valentine’s Day.  At $20, even if the relationship doesn’t last until February, it’s not too much of a committment!

Update: due to the popularity of this deal, it will be repeated tonight until 10 PM PST.

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“Long-Form Video Isn’t Meant for Mobile”

At the Web 2.0 Summit, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke out about the effect mobile devices have on business, stating that gadgets like the iPhone, iPod, and even the iPad have “very little” effect on their subscriber base, whereas TV connected devices like the Xbox, PS3, and other set-top-boxes have a substantial impact.

I tend to agree with him—watching an entire movie on a small 3.5″ screen isn’t terribly enjoyable, and is obviously much better suited for larger television screens. Generally, the only time people watch videos on their pocket-sized devices is on long plane rides or on public transportation (when pulling out a laptop would be cumbersome).

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Indie Developer Releases Award-Winning Game: Virus Strike

Neil Ferguson, an independent game developer from London, has released his first game.  Virus Strike is a physics-based puzzle game that draws on elements of Tetris, Bejeweled and Flight Control, to challenge players to destroy viruses.  The app recently won first prize in the iPhone & iPad Game App Challenge, sponsored by Wiley Publishing, Inc, the publishers of the “For Dummies” series of books, including the book iPhone Application Development For Dummies by Neal Goldstein (one of the judges for the contest).  It is quite an accomplishment for a first release developed on “zero budget” from a programmer with ”zero experience developing iPhone games.”

Read on for my review and watch for an upcoming interview with the developer.

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Hamburger Helper High Tech

I admit I lead a semi-charmed kind of life. But I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit one of the most dreaded decisions I face on a daily basis is what to cook for dinner. I enjoy cooking (eating, anyways) but sometimes I get into a rut. I know it’s bad when I find myself staring blankly at my refrigerator and my eyes are drawn to the school lunch menu in search of inspiration. Searching food websites or flipping through magazines replete with glossy photos of impossibly difficult dishes containing unobtainable ingredients surprisingly does not make the task any easier, or fun.  However, take all the information and distill it into an iPad app and I’m so there.  Last week, Allrecipes.com, the website with over 44,000 recipes and a membership of over 3.6 million users, released a new free cooking app, Allrecipes – Your Kitchen Inspiration.  Read my review after the jump… (more…)

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CES Announces Its 2011 Innovation Honorees

This week the Consumer Electronics Association announced its CES 2011 Design and Engineering Innovations Honorees.

The awards program recognizes innovations in over 30 consumer electronics categories. In the realm of portable multimedia accessories, 15 products received honors and will be showcased along with the other recognized products at a special display at the 2011 International CES show to be held in Las Vegas January 6th-9th. Five of these items are iPad stands and/or docks.  Read on to see the full list of iDevice accessory honorees.

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Accessory Review: Griffin Outfit Gloss for iPod touch 4

Next up up to bat in our hunt for the best iPod touch 4 case is the Griffin Outfit Gloss. Available in a multitude of colors (my review unit is blue!), you will definitely be able to personalize your iPod to your liking with these. However, do they hold their own in the protection category? How about the look and feel of the unit? And, of course, is that little stand actually useful? Read on to find out!

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Apple “Marketer of the Decade”

Ad Age has proclaimed Apple the “Marketer of the Decade”, due to the success of their retail stores, the effect of the iPad on casual computing, how iAds fundamentally changed the way we use and interact with advertisements, and the way Apple handled the whole Antennagate fiasco. They certainly deserve the title, considering that they constantly create popular products.

Apple has come a long way in the past decade, and has truly created a brand unlike any other. They don’t conform to the industry standards, and really carve their own path. Love them or hate them, Apple has done a ton of good for the computer industry.

It seems fitting: Apple kicked off the aughts in 2001 with the iPod, an electronic device that went on to disrupt and forever change the music industry; then mid-decade it dropped the iPhone, a mobile device that changed the mobile-phone industry and added the word “apps” to the English vocabulary; and finally, in 2010 it debuted the iPad, a computing device with the potential to disrupt the media, publishing, entertainment and computing industries.

Congrats, Apple!

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