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4 years ago

Consistency, consistency, consistency

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Consistency, consistency, consistency

When someone starts writing it's not unusual for them to want to creative, to be un-boring, so when they have a character talk, that character "intimates", "whispers", "suggests", "exclaims" and otherwise enjoys every imaginable bit of literary variance the author can throw at them.

More seasoned writers tend to just stick with "said". When a character talks, it's "said", "said", "said". Over an over again. Page after page. Turtleneck after jeans. "Said", "said", "said". It's used so often it just disappears, the mechanics disappear, the author disappears, and all that's left is the character.

Apple's iOS has a pretty consistent user interface. It's not perfect by any stretch, but it's more consistent than its competitors. Occasional page curl in Maps aside, the basic ways you move around the iPhone are the same, Apple app after Apple app. (And anything that's not tends to get hidden away so power users can "discover it" and mainstream users can live their lives never having to be bothers by its existence).

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4 years ago

Fruit Ninja for iPhone- app review

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Fruit Ninja for iPhone- app review

My latest favorite iPhone game is Fruit Ninja. The premise of Fruit Ninja is simple; slice fruit, don't miss any and don't slice a bomb by mistake. Sound easy? Think again grasshopper! After beginning a game, fruit flies up from the bottom of the screen. You use your finger (or fingers) to slice the fruit. If a fruit falls back off the screen without being sliced, you receive an X. Three X's and it's game over. To make things interesting, bombs are thrown into the mix as well. So, not only are you trying to slice a lot of fruit coming at you and not missing any, you have bombs that shoot up as well. The challenge is, if you slice the bomb, it's instant game-over.

When it comes to difficulty with this game, it is a nice and smooth curve. The issue is that once you get good at it, it would be nice to start at a higher difficulty. However, Fruit Ninja always starts you back at the beginning. Your efforts are not at a loss though, the game has plenty of achievements via Open Feint and unlockables. Different colored swords and backgrounds can be unlocked if you have the dedication and skill of a true ninja.

Fruit Ninja also has two different play modes. First is Classic. This is the primary play mode I have described above. Score points by slicing fruit while avoiding the bombs. Zen mode is fun and fast. There are no bombs, but you have a time limit to slice as many fruits as you can. This is not hard, what is hard to is to slice with combos to rack up more points. Check out the Open Feint leaderboards and you will see what I am talking about.

I can't say enough about this game. It has great art direction, animation and fun. When you lose, it even gives you facts about fruit. This is a near-perfect game, I love it!

[$0.99- iTunes Link]

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4 years ago

iOS 4 features: Spell-check and text replace

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iOS 4 features: Spell-check and text replace

Spell check, which debuted in iOS 3.2 for iPad, is now a system-wide addition to iOS 4 for iPhone and iPod touch as well. Words that the OS thinks you've misspelled will be underlined in red (familiar to any Microsoft Office or Mac OS X user). Tapping on them will give you a popup containing a recommended replacement. Tapping the popup replaces the misspelled word with the (hopefully!) correctly spelled one. Combined with the iPhone's existing, fairly stupendous, predictive auto-correct, it's a powerful combination.

What makes it even more powerful is the addition of "replace" to the cut, copy, and paste popup. This is also something that debuted on the iPad but moved over to iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 4.

As an added bonus, if iOS 4 autocorrects a word and you immediately backspace, a popup will appear offering to replace the correction with the originally typed word.

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4 years ago

How to set up Frash Jailbreak Flash player for iPad

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How to set up Frash Jailbreak Flash player for iPad

It's no secret our beloved iPads will not be running Adobe Flash natively anytime soon. That however hasn't stifled the communities desire to at least try it out. Be it good, bad or just downright ugly; @comex has come to the rescue of those with inquiring minds by putting together what he considers and alpha build of Frash. Frash, being a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android taken from the latest Froyo builds. It's been a while now since the actual release took place. Given that, I decided since I have a jailbroken iPad I would give it a try and see if Flash on iPad was something so compelling that it would add to the already awesome experience and the following is what I came up with.

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4 years ago

Regarding Apple deleting threads from discussion groups

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Regarding Apple deleting threads from discussion groups

The internet is abuzz with news that Apple has deleted discussion threads involving the Consumer Reports tests concerning iPhone 4 antenna issues.

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4 years ago

iPad live podcast #12: Appy Birthday Two

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iPad live podcast #12: Appy Birthday Two

App Store turns 2, hack-proofing your iTunes account, tethering iPad to Android 2.2 Froyo and Palm Pre Plus, Enterprise adoption increases, and what's with Apple's 3x3cm touchscreen?

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4 years ago

How to use iPhone 4 FaceTime behind a firewall

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How to use iPhone 4 FaceTime behind a firewall

FaceTime might be easy but network traversal can be hard, which is why Apple has posted a knowledge base article to help you get your FaceTime behind a firewall.

If the Wi-Fi network router that you are connected to uses a firewall or security software to restrict Internet access, contact the network administrator and reference this technical article. To use FaceTime on a restricted Wi-Fi network, port forwarding must be enabled for ports 53, 80, 443, 4080, 5223, and 16393-16472 (UDP).

The Wi-Fi network administrator can refer to their router, firewall, or security software documentation for information on configuring port forwarding.

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4 years ago

Skype vs fring - Fight!

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Skype vs fring - Fight!

A war of words is a brewing between fring and Skype on both company's respective blogs. It was just last week Fring updated their application to include 2-way video calling so that all of you iPhone 4 owners out there could video chat with your cross-platform buddies. According to the official fring blog users can no longer communicate with their Skype friends and fring is encouraging users to invite their Skype friends to join fring.

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4 years ago

Case-Mate Barely There Case for iPhone 4 - quick look [sponsored]

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Case-Mate Barely There Case for iPhone 4 - quick look [sponsored]

The TiPb store just got the new Case-Mate Barely There Case for iPhone 4 in stock, so I decided to take a quick look at it. As you'd expect by the name, it's super thin and doesn't add any perceivable bulk to iPhone 4. Same token, while it will protect against scrapes and bumps, there's no padding to help you out in case of a high fall.

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4 years ago

Consumer Reports tests, confirms iPhone 4 antenna problem in weak signal areas

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Consumer Reports tests, confirms iPhone 4 antenna problem in weak signal areas

Consumer Reports has run lab tests and confirmed what many real-world users likely already know -- in areas with weak signal, touching the iPhone 4 external antenna band at the bottom left side can cause a loss of voice and data connection.

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