Web App Wednesday – Gravity Swarm

I am not a “gamer” per se.  I do enjoy a bit of mindless distraction now and then however.  It is for that reason that the iPhone is a great gaming device for me.  Technically, that makes me a casual gamer, and this weeks Web App, Gravity Swarm, is a great casual game.

Gravity Swarm is like the classic game Asteroids, with touchscreen controls, and on steroids.  I found myself playing it for about 10 minutes while commuting the other day, and it helped the time pass flawlessly.

In the game, you play the triangle (I said it was like Asteroids) that is really a space ship.  The polygons (which are a lot like Asteroids) are flying around trying to destroy you.  Your mission is to blast them into small polygons while avoiding them.  Eventually, you will have completely blown them up and new polygons will attack.  What I like is how you control the game with your finger.  Your ship is constantly firing, and you use the touchscreen to direct and control where you move and where you fire.

Give Gravity Swarm a try. If you are a hardcore gamer, this might entertain you in between hardcore gaming sessions or while on the bus.  If you are a casual gamer like myself, it will be classic fun.


iTunes $.99 Movie of The Week

This week, for less than a buck, you can enjoy a man’s man. Clint Eastwood is available over at iTunes for rental this week, and wouldn’t you know it – he is on sale. If your interested, browse over to iTunes to pick up “A Fistful of Dollars” (Warning – iTunes link).

I love this movie and most other “Spaghetti Westerns”. There is something about western remakes of classic Japanese samurai films that make me understand the deeper meanings of all things good, bad, and ugly.

Here is the official product description:

A mysterious gunman (Eastwood) has just arrived in San Miguel a grim dusty border town where two rival bands of smugglers are terrorizing the impoverished citizens. A master of the “quick-draw” the stranger soon receives offers of employment from each gang. But his loyalty cannot be bought; he accepts both jobs…and sets in motion a plan to destroy both groups of criminals pitting one against the other in a series of brilliantly orchestrated set-ups showdowns and deadly confrontations.

So, if you are looking for a good (western) time, check out “A Fistful of Dollars” over at the iTunes store. It is Rated R and is available May. 20, 2008 – May. 27, 2008.


*Semi* Official 3G iPhone Images

iPhone caseiPhone case manufacturer EXO has released images of their new line of iPhone cases, and lo’ and behold, they feature the new 3G iPhone. You will notice that it features a beveled, tapered edge and an additional sensor near the ear piece, and a redesigned speaker grill.

Now, keep in mind that these mock-ups could be mythical.  In fact, it is completely possible that the whole 3G iPhone conspiracy is mythical.  The iPhone in my pocket could even be a myth.  I doubt it though, and I doubt that these mock-ups are too far off of the real thing.  Generally, iPhone case manufacturers get the inside scoop on these things.

If they are true, or even close.  The new iPhone will be a tad bit sexier, sleeker, and a little more phone-like.  We shall see in a matter of weeks.


Google Reader for iPhone – New and Improved

Do you use Google Reader?  I do; I use it on my desktop daily – even hourly.  It has become my preferred way to keep up on my blogs and news.  I haven’t ever really given it much of a chance on the iPhone – until now.

On Monday of this week, Google launched  a new and improved beta version of their RSS Reader for the iPhone or other smartphones.  When I gave it a shot, I was impressed.  It looked and acted almost identically to its desktop brother.  It also takes advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen to allow a user to browse through items, expand items, and scroll through the news.

If you try it, visit their discussion forum to give feedback on their experience.  One of the best things about Google is how ready they are to respond and react to users experiences.


Looking Forward to 3G on AT&T

The new iPhone, which is at this point is almost a given, may not be all that bad.  According to a recent Computer World test, AT&T’s 3G data network is the best.

They tested the services of all the major carriers via a laptop connection, and in all measurable areas, the AT&T service reigned supreme.  What’s more, AT&T is upping its 3G speeds in 2009 to be even faster.

At these speeds, the new iPhone will be a serious contender for a laptop replacement unit.  After all, I only use my Macbook now for document typing and blogging on the road.  My desktop mac does all the heavy lifting in my household, and the casual browsing is all done on the iPhone.

Just how much different will the 3G iPhone experience be?  Well check out the video below.  It compares the current iPhone with a simulated 3G iPhone.  How you may ask?  They simulated the 3G throughput via WiFi to a Mac connected to the web via HSDPA.  If the simulation is even close to reality, 3G will be great.

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Web App Wednesday – Mostly

EcardsThis week’s Web App isn’t a Web App.  It isn’t even an App; it is, however, one of the best ideas I have heard for a practical use for an iPhone ever.

Over at ‘t is Goud, an intelligent and witty iPhone user has a stupendous plan for slimming down his wallet and organizing his life.  You see, his wallet was like mine – completely filled up with random and limited use membership or club cards.  I have my BestBuy card, Borders card, Blockbuster card, and every crapmart card I can think of.  I can hardly find them when I need them, and I am ruining my sciatic nerve by constantly sitting on my wallet.

The guy over at ‘t is Goudhas scanned in his cards and stored them on his iPhone for ready access and use.  BRILLIANT!  When he needs the card, he opens his iPhone and “whips” out the right card.  No clutter, no pain, and no problem.

I tried this, and it worked with both my Blocbuster card and my BestBuy card.  I plan on scanning in the rest soon.  This concept really pushes the concept of an E-wallet, but I think it is very good.  Thanks for the great tool, it is better than any Web App I have ever seen.


iTunes $.99 Movie of The Week.

The greatest trick the 3G iPhone ever pulled is convincing the world that it didn’t exist, but I digress, this is not your usual 3G iPhone rumor that you have come to suspect.

Have you seen “The Usual Suspects?” (Warning, iTunes Link) If not, you have missed a darn fine movie. Here is the product discriptions:

Winner of two 1995 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay, this masterful, atmospheric film noir enraptured audiences with its complex and riveting storyline, gritty, tour-de-force performances (including an Oscar-winning turn by Kevin Spacey) and a climax that is truly deserving of the word stunning. Also starring Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak and Pete Postlethwaite, this ‘thoroughly engrossing film (HBO) is so gripping and diabolically clever (The Wall Street Journal) that it becomes a maze you’ll be happy to get lost in (Los Angeles Times)! Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that the mythic crime lord not only exists, but was also responsible for drawinghim and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harborleaving few survivors. But as Kint lures his interrogators into the incredible story of this crime lord’s almost supernatural prowess, so too will you be mesmerized by a lore that is completely captivating from beginning to end!

I highly recommend this film, if you are into gritty crime dramas, you will not be disappointed.  Get it May. 13, 2008 – May. 20, 2008 for only a buck!


Not Another 3G iPhone Rumor

This is not another 3G iPhone rumor.  After all, there is more to iPhones and iPhone blogs than rampant speculation that some new hardware revision might or might not be coming.  No sir, this will not be another 3G rumor post.

There is a rumor that there will be a staggering announcement at WWDC 2008, and it WILL NOT be a 3G iPhone.  Switch To Mac has posted a scoop that Steve Jobs will be announcing some new product at WWDC, perhaps a multi-touch mobile, lightweight PDA/Notebook replacement product.  They seem to think that Apple will be releasing a new generation of mobile device, inspired by, but not the iPhone.

Oh, by the way, they are also reporting that the 3G iPhone will be release in May – that means THIS MONTH!  That’s all I have to say about that though, remember, this is not a 3G iPhone rumor post.


Are You Sitting Down? A 3G iPhone is Coming.

3G iPhone

I know, it is such a suprise, but it seems that *yawn* a 3G iPhone is in fact coming.  This screenshot was dug out of the newest firmware revision by the fine folks over at macupdate.com.

Woo hoo…

Ok, so it is not a surprise, and it is not even official. I don’t know why Apple is dragging their heels so bad on this announcement.  I know that Steve Jobs just loves his *one more thing* speeches, but the world has stolen his thunder on this one.

It would appear that since the 3G settings can be switched, battery concerns are still a part of the iPhone story.  It looks like there is no new battery technology, just a new radio.  My guess is that a 3G iPhone might make it one day on a charge with the 3G radio going strong.

So, my question is… will the 3G iPhone be worth it?  With the new firmware being applicable on current devices, and little else being new on the new phone, is it worth purchasing?

I would love to here your opinion.

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Personally, I will probably get one.  I am a geek like that; what about you?


Must See iPhone?

Guess what I am doing right now?  I am watching 30 Rock on my iPhone.  I didn’t buy it on iTunes, I didn’t get the Torrent, it is just right there streaming on my little screen.   Despite what I think, I am not special, NBC is just kind.

NBC has reworked their website and is offering an iPhone optimized experience, complete with video streaming through quick time.  There are some one full episode right now, but I am assuming more are coming, but there is a ton of slips and selections.  Also, I have had mixed results with the streaming, I am assuming it will get better in time.

Check it out, just point your iPhone to nbc.com, and watch away.  Hey, it might be a bit slow with a limited selection, but it is free!