I don’t know who started it but the Facebook trend of using your tagged photos to make a single-picture spread has certainly become viral. To keep up with the virtual Joneses you’ll need your own souped-up profile page, and to help out, developer Opera Apps has provided all the tools you need in Profile Pro.
If you’re not familiar with the idea at hand, you probably don’t use Facebook much. With the popular social networking site’s latest redesign, users now have the option to show their tagged photos at the top of their profile page. Certain enterprising souls began using this to create whole-page photo spreads, a process that’s quite complicated when done manually.
Profile Pro is a streamlined utility iPhone app that makes this process much easier. The iPhone app comes with four pre-made profile sets for users to throw on the wall, but Profile Pro also supports uploading photos from either the iPhone’s camera or photo library. You can manipulate photos how you like using smooth touch gestures and the handy mock-up Facebook profile. The iPhone app even supports adding Picnik style effects to your photos, in case you have a thing for sepia tones.
Once all is set and ready, users are free to save the photo and then upload it straight to their Facebook page. The process is streamlined and simple, meaning you’re only a few clicks away from a brand-new face—Facebook page that is. I did have a few problems saving photo effects, but this is the only bug I encountered in an otherwise rock-solid app.
Remember those puzzles you used to play as a kid? The ones with all the confusing grids, and the bizarre narrative clues that had you putting X’s and O’s on the spots where so-and-so did this-and-that but not there-and-there? If you don’t, PunkStar Studios’Logic Puzzles HD is the perfect time, place, and iPad app to help you remember!
Logic Puzzles HD is based on an older style of puzzle that many of you may or may not remember. In the words of the developers, it’s a cross between a crossword and a sudoku puzzle, but with logic clues tacked on for good measure. You’re presented with a grid of people, places and things, and you’re charged with using the clues to determine who did what where.
For example, one of the puzzles involves a group of rowdy schoolboys, and its your job to discern who fought who and where they fought. The clues are just obvious enough to get you started, but hard enough that you’ll very quickly find yourself scanning the board for X’s and empty spots for possible O’s. If you like puzzle games, then Logic Puzzles HD will be a great deal of fun. The combination of relaxing note-taking and hard puzzles makes for an excellent offering, especially on the iPad’s spacious screen.
We’ve all been there: It’s late at night, you’ve had too much to drink and so has everyone else. You crack a bad joke, and next thing you know, there’s a two-hundred and fifty pound man barreling towards you with a glass bottle. However, if you’d had Urban Krav Maga: Fighting & Self Defense Techniques by developer Urban Krav Maga, this entire situation could have been avoided.
The Urban Krav Maga iPhone app attempts to be an all-inclusive self defense bible with a twist: The iPhone app focuses on the most common forms of street attack. Forget complicated stances, forms, or lengthy classes—Urban Krav Maga has all the best ways to avoid being glassed in the face, kicked in the groin, or shook down, among many more. The app is simple in design, offering first a list of common ways to be attacked while out on the town.
Clicking on any of the listed assaults produces a sub-list of video explanations. From there it’s smooth sailing, as clicking on any of the videos produces a detailed explanation narrated by two beefy British blokes who really know their stuff. The included media player is the usual stock iOS fare, offering basic play, pause, fast forward, and volume controls.
That’s all the app is packing, aside from a lengthy about section which details how Urban Krav Maga came to be. The section is worth a read, as its certainly interesting to see the arts progression. But as good as the videos are, I still would have liked to see some text rundowns. Perhaps a few bulleted list points at the end, just to wrap everything up.
iOS games these days tend to be tremendously interactive, offering multiplayer atmospheres and social elements. Dice with Buddies is no exception. This iPhone app is very similar to Yahtzee, in terms of calculating dice rolls and attempting to get the best combinations to win. A “withbuddies.com” account allows you to play other friends or even be paired with a random person. And even if you don’t have an internet connection, you can play Dice with Buddies by passing your iPhone to friends as well.
If you know how to play Yahtzee, you probably know how to play Dice with Buddies. The game will take a little getting used to at first, but you’ll pick up on things quickly. There is a help page that links you to a website with gameplay assistance.
Essentially each player will take their turn in rolling the dice in efforts of obtaining victory! And, the developers have made made gameplay enjoyable and convenient, as after your roll, you may simple holster your phone and you will be altered promptly when your opponent makes the next move. No need to keep the app in the foreground or stare in anticipation, just calculate your strategy, make your move, and wait for the next notification.
One of the sorest things about the iPhone is its less than stellar integration with third parties. While the Android platform is rocking contacts sync with everything from FourSquare to Facebook, the lack of similar functionality on the iPhone certainly feels like a drag. Thankfully, a golden soul by the name of Jonathan Teboul thought the same thing: Or at least enough to create ContactsXL 3 with Facebook Sync.
If you’ve ever looked at the stock contacts iPhone app and felt like it was not pulling its weight, then ContactsXL 3 + Sync With Facebook is your new best friend. The iPhone app is first and foremost a souped-up contacts replacement, offering a wealth of features not present in the original. Most notable among these is the ability to create groups which can be used to send mass emails or texts, sorting of contacts by birthdays, creation of favorites for quick and easy access to your best mates, and a whole host of filters and search functions that make finding “that guy” easier. Another cool feature is the in-app keypad, which lets you type the few digits of a number you remember, only to have the app offer suggestions.
However, the real draw of ContactsXL 3 + Sync With Facebook is built into its name: Facebook Sync. If you’ve been itching to sync up Facebook photos, numbers, email, and personal information with your contacts back home, look no further. The iPhone app features full integration with your Facebook contacts, and adding information to existing friends is as easy as associating a Facebook account with an iPhone contact. The app does the rest, filling in blanks for location, work, birthdate, etc. Adding new contacts from Facebook is also a one-click affair, making it piss-simple to flesh out your address book. However, there are limitations: You cannot currently access Facebook emails or phone numbers, meaning you’ll still have to add those by hand.
Vibrant animations, exciting sound effects and addicting gameplay. Those are the first three words that come to mind after performing the iPhone app review for Doodle Plane. This stimulating sidescroller is packed with level after level of challenging gameplay and brilliant visuals, giving you plenty of reasons to make Doodle Plane a part of your iOS arcade.
Doodle Plane’s developers made this game fun even in the main menu. Between the background music and the animations, there is a lot for your eyes to feast on right as you open the iPhone app. Immediately, you are given the option to obtain a “Pilots License” which is a good place to start. Once you’ve obtained that license, and are familiar with the overall game mechanics, it’s time to select a plane. Choose from seven designs for planes, but all of them preform the same way. Then it’s time for takeoff!