City Warfare – Foursquare Location-Based Virtual Water Fight Game Wins UK Student International Award
July 1, 2010
To most of us, the name Thomas Fletcher would probably mean nothing unless it coincidentally happens to be that of a friend or relative. However, the afore-named Bath University student has just stumbled across a $2,500 paycheck and his very own Apple iPad.
The 19 year old is the developer of a location and text-based mobile game, City Warfare, which allows players the pleasure of causing complete text based mayhem in a location of their choice from the real world. Of course, not literally but within the game you can use a variety of water bombs or water pistols for that matter to cause uproar in your opponents hometown.Continue reading »
June 30, 2010
Arguably one of the coolest things that the combination of video capture and processing power can give you is AR (or Augmented Reality) which is essentially when the view of reality is modified to enhance your perception of the reality – be that with more information, or the ability to manipulate digital elements in real life.
The snappily named MWL2010 iPhone app is the latest of these, and is one that pushes new boundaries by being the first designed exclusively to run on your iPhone for a live exhibition which in this case is Marketing Week Live 2010 (hence the ‘MWL’ in the name) which was held at Kensington Olympia on 29th-30th June.
This app is special because of the way that it allows users to access a whole new stream of information whilst walking round the expedition by using the iPhone’s image capabilities to find out exhibitors websites, contact numbers and even Twitter feeds simply by pointing their phone at the company’s logo.Continue reading »
June 27, 2010
This week members of the UK press had the privilege to attend the official launch event for the AR.Drone, a remote control ‘quadricopter’– a coup for Britain, launching ahead of Parrot’s mother country, France.
Following the buzz from E3 2010 we eagerly awaited the presentation and – more importantly – our own chance to play with one!
Five years in the making, the Parrot AR Drone team are very proud of their latest creation and rightly so. By utilising on-board Wi-Fi the drones are controlled through networked iPhone and iPod Touch devices. What’s more, the drones are also capable of interacting with each other to allow multiplayer action.Continue reading »
June 21, 2010
Orange are very much on the festival bandwagon right now, with news of their Power Wellies for charging mobile phones last week, and now they have announced the launch of their new and improved GlastoNav application for your mobile phone. This is perhaps currently one of the most relevant mobile phone apps on the market with Glastonbury Festival kicking off next week.
So what is the GlastoNav app all about then? Well, as you may have predicted from the name, it is in fact a navigation app for the festival itself. Users are allowed to select the performances they are most keen on seeing and using the application to find your way to them.Continue reading »
May 29, 2010
If you’re in to crosswords, then you’ll definitely want to check out Crossword Pro, an iPhone app which offers 600 puzzles for you when you’re on-the-go.
Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Crossword Pro offers an intuitive interface that’s easy to use and requires no learning curve – you can be completing puzzles straight away. There are 600 puzzles on offer, and three difficulty levels to choose from: Normal, Difficult and Genius.Continue reading »
May 27, 2010
Did all of you iPhone users think that you were being left out in the cold, with the all the recent talk of mobile Sat Nav apps with Google releasing their Navigation for Android mobile phones? Think again, because there are an abundance of Satellite Navigation apps on the App Store to make use of your iPhone’s GPS, and one of the better ones is NAVIGON’s MobileNavigator.
Available for various regions, including the British Isles and Europe, Mobile Navigator offers a feature-filled Sat-Nav system that certainly didn’t disappoint in testing.Continue reading »
April 28, 2010
After what seems like forever, Apple finally announced the dates of WWDC 2010 today!
The event will take place from June 7th – 11th, with what appears to be a very iPhone-centric theme. Tagged “The center of the app universe”, the Mac seems to have been left behind this year, with iPhone development well and truly front and centre. Don’t believe me? Just look at the picture!…Continue reading »
April 25, 2010
woZZon is an application which is available for the iPhone, and shows you what’s going on around where you are. Created alongside an already impressive woZZon website, they’re now offering an app which is made incredibly easy with a well designed interface and a host of searching options.
When you first open the iPhone app, you can choose to either browse or search through events. Choosing where you want to view events (this is set to ‘Near me’ by default, but you can also alter the location manually) and when they’re taking place, you’re given a list of available categories to browse through ranging from music to museums. All you have to do is select a category and see all of the results appear on your screen, giving you a multitude of events to choose from.
If you know what you’re looking for already, you can search for the name or keyword of an event and narrow it down to a specific category for more accurate results. Simply tap ‘Find now’ and results are given to you based on your search criteria.Continue reading »
April 22, 2010
Short stories have always found it difficult to attract the attention of book publishers due to low demand for them on the market compared with full novels, however, Ethel Books think that customers would rather read short stories on a device they already own, such as the iPhone or iPod Touch, than buy an e-reader such as the Amazon Kindle to read full novels on, or using the Kindle iPhone App.Continue reading »
April 20, 2010
Ocado was the first UK online supermarket application available for the iPhone back in Summer last year, and they’ve now released an Ocado on the Go app for Android, including many great features that are missed out on the iPhone version.
Ocado iPhone App
When launching Ocado for the first time on your iPhone, you’re required to sign in to your online account. If you don’t currently have an account, you can’t create one from within the application so you’ll have to register before using the app. Once you’re in, you’re presented with a simply laid out home screen which allows you to quickly access delivery slots, view your orders and start shopping.
When shopping, you can browse through various categories which are further split in to sub-categories to help navigation. Browsing through products this way is somewhat time consuming as there are so many things to get through. Navigation of products is particularly awkward here, and the user interface could do with an update. Even some of the sub-categories are far too long to easily navigate through to make things easier. Want to search through French White Wine? Good luck sorting through the 82 sorts on offer.Continue reading »
April 16, 2010
Digg recently released their very own official iPhone application for all those dig loving smartphone users out there. A few days later, they also released their app for Android, which is great to see from such a big social news site, here’s what I thought of the Digg apps for both of the major mobile platforms…
As a Digg user myself, I found the iPhone version of the app to be really usable, and despite negative reviews in the App Store claiming that it was extremely prone to crashing often, it didn’t crash on me once in my testing, where I used it for a solid 30 minutes browsing through top stories and recent additions. Whether it’s as stable on other iPhone’s and iPod Touches I can’t say, but my experience was certainly a positive one.
The layout of the application is extremely simple. When you open it, you can choose between top, recent and upcoming stories at the bottom of the window. At the top of the screen you can narrow down your choices with the usual topics to choose from, ranging from technology to entertainment.Continue reading »
April 15, 2010
ZombieBooth is an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch by MotionPortrait, that allows you to take photos of yourself or others from your phone and turn them into bloody, gruesome zombie animations.
When you load up the app, you can choose from two choices: “New” or “Open”. Selecting new allows you to choose an image from the camera roll or photo library of your iPhone, or you can open existing zombies. When you’ve loaded an image of your choice, it will be uploaded and then loaded on to your device. You are then presented with a living, biting, blood filled zombie on your screen, it’s that simple.Continue reading »
April 13, 2010
Well there’s a shocker… after the Opera Mini Web Browser was submitted to Apple for approval in March, it has now actually been approved and landed in the App Store! It’s the first browser not based on the WebKit browser engine that’s been allowed on the Store to rival Safari on the platform, and may open the doors for a number of other browsers in the future such as Mozilla’s Fennec project, which currently only caters for a small number of platforms.
The approval of Opera Mini on the iPhone certainly came as a surprise to me and many others who thought that the bid to get an Opera web browser on the iPhone was a foolhardy one that was no more than a publicity stunt. The key to Opera being accepted? It’s a proxy browser, so all compression of data happens on Opera’s servers after the web page request has been sent. It’s then sent back to your phone where it’s displayed.Continue reading »
April 13, 2010
If you’ve used or seen much coverage of the Apple iPad, you’ll have already seen Apple’s iBooks app which allows you to purchase and read e-books on their recently released tablet device. This is also coming to the iPhone with the OS 4 update in the Summer, but if you can’t wait until then, you could try Amazon’s Kindle app for the iPhone and iPod Touch…
Like Amazon’s Kindle for PC/Mac desktop application, if you’ve already purchased books on the Kindle store these will be available for download in ‘Archived Items’ after signing in with the app. This is painless as expected, and you’re good to go in seconds. Once everything is sorted, you’ll be able to see all your books in the ‘Home’ page of the application, with your books organised by recent, title or author.
Naturally, the app is limited by the small screen real-estate of the iPhone and iPod Touch, but everything formats really well on the device and the reading experience is quite good. Obviously, due to the nature of the iPhone’s reflective display, reading with any form of bright background is made difficult.Continue reading »
April 12, 2010
Not only have we only just been alerted to this, but it’s actually being released within the next 48 hours! It was described on the post as “what has been our best kept secret ever”. It will be called Football Manager Handheld, and as soon as you can get it from the App Store, we’ll update this post and let you all know.Continue reading »
April 11, 2010
There have been many times, several in recent days even, where I have found myself away from home, bored and looking for something to do. I have my laptop with me, but no movies to watch as they are all stored on my USB external hard disk drive at home. Therefore I am stuck. Fortunately, Pogoplug aims to tackle that exact situation by allowing you access to your USB external hard disk drive from anywhere in the world, even from your iPhone.
It is a simple concept, and is executed well by the looks of things. The device is a similar size, perhaps a little bigger than your tradition desktop external hard drive, however a neat design allows for some basic cable management as well as some decent aesthetics considering it’s really the type of product you wouldn’t traditionally associate with great looks. The clear plastic case surrounds the device which is incorporated inside a white plastic case labelled ‘Pogoplug’ for obvious reasons. For some added spice the stand is a vivid pink colour which of course, many not be to everyone’s satisfaction but for me it simple makes it more interesting.Continue reading »
April 8, 2010
With the big Grand National horse race just a few days away from us, groups of people across the UK will be running sweepstakes amongst offices and friends. To make this experience as easy as possible, The Sun have created their very own ‘Sweepstake’ iPhone app, which is available for free from the App Store.
Using the app couldn’t be simpler. You can create as many sweepstakes as you like, and choose a name for each one, making it incredibly easy to run sweepstakes for the office, your friends and any other groups of people you want to run one with. Simply tap the ‘New Sweepstake’ button, name it whatever you like and you’re good to go! You can view all your sweepstakes too, so it’s easy to go in to one and add another punter.Continue reading »
March 30, 2010
If you’ve never heard of it, iConcertCal is an iTunes plugin available for Windows and Mac OS X, an iPhone app and now a Google Android OS app. It takes a look at your music library and tells you of upcoming gigs and albums based on the bands you listen to, giving you a personalised calendar of events of things happening in your location.
The application is split into several categories. ‘My Shows’ allows you to look at concerts and upcoming album releases of bands in your library in your city. If you want to look at all the concerts happening where you are, you can view the ‘All Shows’ list which will give you a list of every concert where you are.
If you find a concert that you want to see, every concert listing includes links that allow you to pre-order tickets for the event to make sure you don’t miss out, and even offer a built-in map to the venue of the concert, giving you directions if you aren’t sure where to go! Similarly, you can also purchase and pre-order listed albums too. You can change the order of the lists, and arrange the listings displayed by venue, or even how far away they are from your current location, which is a neat integration of GPS in the app, offering a great service if you want to see what’s available around you at the time of searching.Continue reading »
March 29, 2010
We’ve given Dropbox quite a bit of attention over the past few months at Zath, taking a look at the online service and desktop application as well as their Dropbox iPhone App at the end of 2009. A few days, a blog post over at the Dropbox site gave Android users their first look at the official application for Google’s mobile OS, offering a few screenshots of the general interface.
The general look and feel of the application seems to follow closely from their iPhone app, available on the App Store. You’ll be able to access and view all the files on your Dropbox, download items to read offline and also upload files from your phone to the cloud.Continue reading »
March 23, 2010
Bliquo is a location-based application for iPhone and Android mobile phones that uses GPS to determine where you are and then shows you a selection of restaurants, cafés, nightclubs and bars in your area. It’s available for free (ad supported) or at £1.79 on the iPhone and €1.99 on the Android Market.
Once finding my location, Bliquo offered me over 500 restaurants, 500 bars and a selection on cafés and nightclubs in my area. When navigating between various categories, the speed of pages loading and details of various places was almost instantaneous.Continue reading »