Koder is the King Kong of Coding Apps

Koder - iCodeLabs

Koder for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

 

Price: $5.99
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Koder iPad app, by developer iCodeLabs, attempts to fill a code-sized void in the AppStore, offering a full-service code writing utensil aimed at industry professionals. The iPad app has a lot to offer any, and though it’s a tad expensive it’s certainly worth the ease of use and portability.

Functionality

If you’re a programmer—whether you’re a weekend warrior or java-soaked cubicle-rat—then you already have a pretty good idea of what Koder has to offer. The iPad app sports a smooth code-editing interface from which you’re free to slap and dash lines as you please. Koder is more or less a glorified text editor to everyone else, but with one key difference: Syntax highlighting. The app supports just about every code language you can think of (Java, HTML, C++, Perl and even ActionScript3) and will gleefully highlight strings in your work zone. This is a fantastic way to keep code organized, and to prevent those maddening screen-blurred headaches.

Another cool feature that Koder offers is the ability to yank files out of just about anywhere. The app features full Dropbox, FTP, and iCloud support, as well as local file sharing. This means you’re free to edit your code no matter where it’s hiding. Combined with tabbed browsing and stellar file management, your projects will never be lost in the woods or out of reach. The app also features an excellent snippet editor that even comes preloaded with a few good snippets in multiple languages. There’s no debugger or compiler, obviously, but for on the run code editing you could hardly do better.

 

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Sneakerology: Helping You Get Your Kicks

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Sneakerology iPhone Video App Review


Sneakerology is a brilliant resource for the sneaker-head in you. It offers street-smart resources about every shoe, shoe-maker, and celebrity model on the planet. The iPhone app also includes a nifty social-networking aspect, making it the all-out package for a shoe-fan like yourself. It’s got some room left to grow, but even now it’s the best shoe-feed app available on the market

 

Sneakerology iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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Facebook Facelift for iPad Imminent

Facebook for iPad

Courtesy of Facebook

 

An official Facebook app may be hitting an iPad near you in short order, according to an anonymous source who spoke with New York Times blogger Nick Bilton.

Facebook iPad app rumors are getting a bit thick on the ground these days. In addition to the official iPad app rumor, there is also the fabled “Project Spartan” that pits Facebook against Apple in the app market, and a Facebook mobile site makeover utilizing HTML-5 code in apps that will optimize performance on the iPad.

Fellow iPad owners will agree when I say an optimized Facebook experience is long overdue. Several third-party applications such as Friendly and iFace have slipped in over the past year or so to fill in the void, but there is always room for improvement.

Expected iPad App Updates

According to sources, the iPad Facebook app makeover will include an optimized picture and video experience with high resolution, full screen images, and an option to upload directly from the iPad’s built in camera.

 

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Mixture: Just Be Glad You Aren’t Dave

Mixture - Robert Dewhurst

Mixture for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $ .99
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One of the coolest things about the AppStore (and the proliferation of iDevices) is the myriad of bizarre, awesome, and totally original games it’s spawned. With the roof taken off game development, small-time producers are free to get creative: And developer Robert Dewhurst has done just that with his iPhone app Mixture.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Mixture sounds like it came straight out of the Hangover: You’re in charge of a (apparently suicidal) bloke whose only goal in life is to down whatever foul concoction you put under his nose. By selecting up to five ingredients, you create smoothies of questionable nutritional value. Dave (our chap in green) then throws them back. If he likes the mix, he’ll tell you. If he doesn’t, he’ll either make a face or get sick. The idea here is to make as bad a drink as possible, and to manage this you’ll have to really get creative: Dave has quite the iron stomach.

Once he’s had a sip of what you’re pouring, the game scores you based on taste, reaction, and ingredients. Scores can then be posted to Game Center, making for likely the weirdest achievement you’ve ever earned. All in all, Mixture features some genuinely hilarious gameplay. There’s nothing cooler than making a sickeningly obnoxious cocktail, and then watching Dave shrug it off with a thumbs-up. Bravo, lad, bravo!

 

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Find Them All: Looking for Animals is Like Pokemon, Only Better

Find Them All: looking for animals - Knbmedia

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Find Them All iPhone Video App Review


Find Them All Universal App

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

My iPhone app review today discovers that Find Them All looking for animals, by French developer KnbMedia, features one of the coolest educational games available on the iPad or iPhone. The iPhone app is not without its faults (pronunciation and grammar can be a bit off at times) but considering Find Them All’s stellar pricing, its strengths easily make it one of the best language acquisition apps on the market.

Gameplay

As with all educational iPhone apps, Find Them All : looking for animals attempts to do what all good parents do naturally: Distract the kids with entertainment, all while teaching them a valuable lesson. The lesson here is, of course, the names of various animals. Most children like animals, and using them as a springboard for learning new words is a great teaching method. Find Them All accomplishes this by having your child search through a landscape for the specified creature. A tiny, talking sun along the top of the screen will instruct the little to look for—say—a frog, and your child must then find and click said frog. Once accomplished, a picture card with the animal appears, and its name is repeated. This hide-and-seek mechanic is a great way to introduce new animals to small children, and the app offers a lot of other incentives to boot.

When a level is complete, all of the farm hands involved are available for the clicking, meaning your child can go back through and hear anew the name of whatever animal it liked best. Not only that, but a camera is also unlocked, allowing the youngin’ to take stunning photos, which are saved to the app’s album. This is a great mechanic, and even more of a carrot-on-a-stick to get your child learning.

 

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Bricks Buster Brings Out the Same Ball-Breaking Gameplay

Bricks Buster - TopLineSoft Systems

Bricks Buster for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

 

Price: $ .99
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Alas, there have been plenty of other Brick Breaker iPhone app clones in the AppStore. To be sure, Bricks Buster is no different. The iPhone app, by developer TopLineSoft Systems, offers the same solid gameplay mechanic with very few additions, making for a solid—if unoriginal—iPhone remake.

Gameplay

If you have ever played a Brick Breaker-style game on any platform, then you know exactly what Bricks Buster has to offer. You’re in charge of a paddle that rests along the bottom of the screen. By moving the paddle left and right, you control the movements of a single (or sometimes split) ball that bounces between you and a wall of bricks. Every time the ball hits a block, it disappears. If you let the ball fall, it’s game over. This gameplay continues until either all the blocks are gone, or you run out of extra lives.

My iPhone app review of Bricks Buster found that this mechanic is nothing new, and was perhaps most famously exhibited on the BlackBerry system. There are literally hundreds of these clones in the AppStore, and where Bricks Buster most needed to supply it fell a bit short: The game is low on new innovation, though it does add some interesting power-ups. These include wide-paddle, sticky-bar, slow-ball, and fast-ball. However, these are the only fresh breaths of air in an otherwise well-known arena. That being said, Bricks Buster is just as fun as the original, though with less shine than the classic.

 

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