12 August 2011

I personally think Apple should stop suing copycats and focus on what the do best pampering their developer community with even sexier advantages and an easier ecosystem. It’s what still sets them apart from the rest of the crappworlds from their competitors…. although not for long

James Alliban‘s newest app is one of those that still make the iPad the most powerful portable toy out there. The Brit technologist who had brought us Fracture & Construct a few months ago, has now come up with a new painting app with a realistic twist… “Composite“.

An app which allows you to remix your surroundings to create artistic compositions. Inspired by the collages of Robert Rauschenberg, this iPad 2 app gives you the opportunity to paint pictures using the live front and back facing cameras. Simply point your device towards your subject and start painting to reveal it.

$2 for what promises to become another must for digital artists…. and you can grab it on iTunes of course (maybe Android market one day…). More info on his blog post.

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Idea Flight

3 June 2011

Conde Nast is certainly trying luck (and succeeding) at developing useful apps in this overcrowded app world. Their latest idea is about flying while presenting…. or something like that:

Idea Flight is basically an app to share PDF (only for now) presentations on iPads. And why would you use it? Mmmmm that’s a really really good question, but as business tablets are the next office universal form factor (maybe substituting laptops one day…) it makes a lot of sense to share your ppt in a room without hard-printed copies or a visioconference + projector: it gets messy believe me.

Unfortunately this app while being free for visualising presentations (like a PDF reader) is 8$ to upgrade if you want to become a “Pilot”.. so not that handy….

A few other neat tricks like wi-fi or bluetooth iPad real-time sharing (up to 16 iPads), LinkedIn integration (passenger list) or locked/unlocked modes are great features that should definitely be extended to other identity modes & file formats… power points… excel spreadsheets… open office…. you know… the tools that 90% of the business people use?

Enjoy the limited flight in the meantime.

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New Yorker goes iPad

9 May 2011

It was just a matter of time before Conde Nast made the iPad move for their less digital-oriented (Wired, Arstech) publications, so starting today one of our favorite cultural references, The New Yorker, will have a subscription equivalent for the Apple slate.

Maybe one day all these publications that keep appearing for Apple will arrive to Android (sooner or later they will), but until then, the iPad keeps being the partner of choice for launching the digital versions of most publications.

What doesn’t change is the necessity to subscribe to read it ALL… so as with many other iPad mags before, the weekly edition is also available through In-App Purchase on the App Store (with access to the web-based edition for $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Cheap? Mmmm well, if you think it’s cheap you can always go for the duo…  print and digital bundled subscriptions for $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

Ahhhh the inevitable road to hell is now more clear… I mean, towards content digitalization.

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Sr. Mistu

25 March 2011

Sr. Mistu has ran out of olives for his pizza, and instead of going to the local supermarket or the local grocery store where they’ll very probably sell some imported Greek or Spanish (or even Italian!) nice juicy (or salty dry) olives ,well… he’s got a lot of free time (and customers can wait) so…. he’s decided to embark on an epic journey that will take him around the world… and maybe further away. Isn’t he brave?

Mmmmm yeah well, maybe not the best plot to build a game on, but the simplicity of the game together with the amazing graphics by Marc Sallent and Cinta Vidal make Mr. Mitsu a highly recommended game (for iOS devices… again).

Basically, you and Gaido (his little guide dog) will go with him in this adventure teaching the dog the correct path that will then be walked by Sr. Mitsu to go to the following level. The game went on sale last week … for a dollar!

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6 November 2010

Much to our regret Apple and their iDevice platforms (Pod, Pad & Phone… so far) keep having the best community of developers supporting them. And when it comes to “artistic” gaming… (un)fortunately even more…

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