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    1. Lifestyle
    Published on 13th April 2011 by
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    Keeping track of your weight and how much you're eating used to be a difficult and time-consuming task. The App Store has given us dozens of health and fitness applications that complete most of the equation, but they all rely on entering in the number of calories in each meal in order to keep an accurate diary of eating patterns. Recently, a new crop of apps have appeared that use a searchable database of products where the nutritional information is already known, but since it only works with prepackaged food, home made snacks and meals are difficult to enter. Aiming to solve this problem once and for all is Meal Snap, a new application that (as its name suggests) requires nothing more than a photo of whatever you're currently eating to reveal the number of calories it contains.

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    1. Games
    Published on 5th March 2011 by
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    If you grew up during the 90s playing video games NBA Jam was king. Pumping money into the arcade machine at Timezone or staying up all night trash talking your mates playing on either their SNES or Megadrive it was good times. I even remember competing in a NBA Jam tournament at my local Blockbuster Video... times certainly have changed since then but if you want to take a trip down memory lane or see what you missed out on NBA Jam is back and on ...
    1. News
    Published on 21st February 2011 by
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    So, it's here. The news app so highly anticipated it demanded its very own launch event and the involvement of several Apple executives has arrived. Does The Daily and its content live up to the hype? Let's find out…


    First things first: those looking for a truly beautiful reading experience should look elsewhere. The Daily looks good, but I very much doubt Apple's UI team had anything to do with this (rather, Apple's involvement in this app ...
    1. News
    Published on 18th February 2011 by
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    There are plenty of alternative camera apps available for your iPhone. Camera Mic takes a unique approach to taking photos by letting you activate the shutter via the microphone to unleash your inner spy or pervert.

    Upon launching the app you are presented with a rather familiar camera interface with the majority of the screen as the view finder and a couple of on screen buttons to toggle the flash, front facing camera and also the microphone shutter ...
    1. Lifestyle
    Published on 16th February 2011 by
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    So I don't know how many of you have ever gone to confession, but I have. As an ex-catholic school boy I was marched off to confession every few weeks to tell the priest my sins. That was then, this is now. I have not been to confession for over 20 years and there is now an app to make my life easier (who has time to see a priest?)

    When you launch the app you get to put in multiple users, but it does allow you to put in a password. This can be good, because as you see later your sins get saved for later reference. Then you find out for how long since your last confession and can choose which version of The Act of Contrition is best for you. You can choose the short one or if you are really hard core then go the latin version. (If you have no idea what an Act of Contrition then you are getting too deep).




    Now the fun part. You get to choose your sins. It is based around the 12 commandments and the examinations of these. So under the 6th commandment you can confess your masturbation, indecent dressing and thoughts (only tick the box once, not one for each time). If you have sinned outside the standard realm of the 12 commandments, then you can add your own sins. I wish there was a way to share these sins amongst users. This could make a great read.




    Then you begin confession and it gives you what to say. I would love to see someone walk into confession with their notes they had made beforehand, just to make sure they have them all. It steps you through the list and allows you to skip some if you want.



    1. Music

    Nomis 

    Published on 10th February 2011 by
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    How many times have you found yourself browsing on the iTunes Store or anywhere on the web for new music releases? I'm looking for the latest releases all the time and it's often only by coincidence that I find something from a favourite artist of mine, which makes me think about all the music I must be missing out on. Apple itself has tried to fix this in the past with their own “My Alerts” feature in the iTunes Store, but isn't particularly prominent or intuitive. Nomis is the latest solution, and may well be the greatest too.


    As soon as you open Nomis you know this is an app where its developer knows interface counts for everything. I've chosen to mention this first because the app is probably better defined as a widget – much like Apple's own Stocks or Weather apps, Nomis has two main navigation and one information screen, so if your interface sucks it's going to become very apparent, very quickly. Nomis is based on your library, and like many library-based apps it employs a wood panel design. New releases are accompanied by glossy artwork on the left side of the screen and a subtle “NEW” banner across the top, arranged by date of release.


    An album overview fills your screen when you tap on any listed album. It has a ...
    1. Games
    Published on 9th February 2011 by
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    If you haven't heard of Dribbble, it's a basketball metaphor using, social network for designers. The idea is to share 400x300px 'Shots' (screenshots) of what you're working on. It's chock full of amazing and inspiring work that you clearly want to look at on your phone.

    Since Dribbble released their API, three* iPhone apps have been released. Travveling is my favourite.

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    1. Games
    Published on 8th February 2011 by
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    Who'd have thought building goo scaffolds could be so much fun? 2D Boy's masterful puzzle game, which made indie history on Wii and PC in 2008, is now available on iPad. It's an unadulterated port of the full game, and I'm happy to say that its transition to iPad has made for an almost perfect game. It's actually far more suited to multitouch than a Wii remote or mouse, and can even be easier to play on more challenging levels, thanks to the speed of touch input over peripheral-wagging for this style of game.

    Gameplay


    The premise of World of Goo is simple. Each level starts with a bunch of itchy-looking goo balls who want to go home. There's a little more to the story than that, but I won't spoil those few great twists here. For now, their home is a glass canister which they can only reach through a pipe. That pipe is the target for each level, and its location and the obstacles you must conquer to reach it*change every time. The goo balls have a handy tendency to stick together and make great building blocks, so that if you manipulate them correctly to reach the pipe (by building towers and other structures towards it), the goo which wasn't used up in construction can run along your created path and pass through the pipe to go home. There's a target number of goo balls to collect in the vat/vial for each level, so you have to be thrifty with the number you use in construction, lest you find yourself short on goo in the end (only the goo you don't use up are able to pass though the pipe and count toward your score).





    [caption id="attachment_12294" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="The first few levels are easily conquered"]

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