Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Launch Your iPhone's Camera in Record Time [jailbreak]

Ever have an awesome photo opportunity pop up and you miss out on it while fumbling to get your camera app open? Yeah, pretty sure everyone has. Here's how to fix it: QuickDo [$7.99 + 3-day trial]!

Now, i'm not going to get into every great function QuickDo has to offer. It does offer a lot; but, where it truly shines, is its app shortcut abilities. QuickDo is able to have app shortcuts ON THE LOCK SCREEN!! New-born baby doing something cute? Home button click, camera icon tap, and your phone is magically unlocked and the camera app is launched and you're now taking a pic! Take a look at the picture below to see the camera shortcut on the lock screen.

These are the shortcuts i have for my most used apps and the apps that, when i need to get to, can get to in a hurry: camera, sms, email, settings and foursquare. I usually switch foursquare out depending on what app i launch the most. And i like to get into settings a lot to turn off vibrate while in silent. It isn't limited to just five shortcuts, too. You can load up more, you just have to scroll to the right in order to access the ones after the first five. And if you set QuickDo up with a shortcut to the camera app, you will be able to take pictures faster than anyone else!

Here's a video of how to set up the other features, as well as the shortcuts.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Free App Alert: Liberty Wings

Found out about this one and it will soon be on my phone. Game-play footage looks sharp and even changes up the game controls throughout the game to, i'm assuming, keep it fresh. Check out Liberty Wings and download it if you dig it.

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FourSquare Infographic of the Day

I've pretty much stopped checking in on foursquare, but this is pretty cool. Enjoy.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

APP BATTLE!! HeyTell vs TalkBox

We all know about heytell now, but i recently found out about talkbox; very similar to heytell but with an IM interface. I really liked the different interface on talkbox and gave it run with The Queen of all Ryans; THE ULTIMATE TEST!

The Queen also enjoyed the IM interface and it was right quick to add buddies. In heytell, you have to email or text message your friends to get the app. Talkbox lets you add friends by simply inputting a user-name. The only other way, in talkbox, is to shoot them an email or post to your facebook wall or tweet that you use the app. I do prefer the extra option of sending the text message in heytell.

I was fine with it all and was ready to jump over to talkbox and ditch heytell all together. The final test, however, is if The Queen was going to use it or not. Final judgment!! Heytell WINS!! Flawless victory!! The Queen prefers heytell's HUGE 'Hold and Speak' button over talkbox's very small one that is at the bottom of the screen.

So, at the end of the day, nothing changes for little old me. I also don't have to pester my friends to get a different talk messaging app after they just accepted one so very recently. But i figured that, since both are free, you might like the choice. What will you be using?

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Fun App: HeyTell

The Queen of all Ryans (aka my wife) got an iPhone from Santa this past Christmas (16Gb black 3GS ios v 4.1 jailbroken and unlocked on t-mobile family plan). She really doesn't use her iPhone as a fun social game playing device as much as i do. On a good day she really just text messages people, does some lite facebooking and gets violently angry at some birds.

So, with little hope of her getting interested in it, i decided to give her a little heads up on a new app i came across called HeyTell. I was also in need of a larger friend list in the app. I love the ease of use and the interface of the app. The Queen, however, flipped head over heals for this app! She LOVED that she could just send a message to someone QUICK! She pings me the most, too, so this app is perfect for her! Other pro's include, but are not limited to, listen to a message at your convenience; replay that message, either one that you received or sent, over and over; send invites via text message or email to other android/ios friends; play the message from 1 iphone into another iphone that has Talking Carl installed and post that recorded Carl post to facebook. That last one is just pure bonus tho. The day i got this app i got my buddy to get it and he fell in love with it as well because he was trying to play a game on his PC and i was annoyingly texting him, to just install this app on his iphone of course. Then he just had to talk his message and took a fraction of the time to do so.

Get it. Its free and works on ios and android devices as of this post. sure it doesn't work on blackberry, but the only people that own a blackberry are the people that work in big corporations and get it from verizon. So even they will be getting iPhones soon! Might as well just jump on the bandwagon early. :)

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

New on my iPhone: Squeezy

The controls are a little tricky, but its fun for me and my kids! The graphics are beautiful as well.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

New #1 IOS Game: Bubble Ball

Had to pull myself away from Bubble Ball [iTunes] long enough to post about it. Great stuff so far! This game is so great, in fact, that it managed to bump Angry Birds [iTunes] off its "perch" as the number 1 game in the app store. Oh, and it was also designed by a 14-year-old. Check out the trailer below then get it for yourself! This is a free AND universal app. Enjoy!

via Distructoid

*update* I guess I should have waited to keep playing it before I posted such a rave review. While it is fun, the objects were some what frustrating to get control of sometimes. Also, it is a SHORT game. Compared to Angry Birds, it only has one world and only 21 levels to it. So this is probably just a fad for right now with the internet boosting it popularity, but a nice break from Angry Birds.

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