Saturday, March 30, 2013

LEGO iPad Stand



I don't normally share videos on my blog that are not my own, I prefer to try and keep everything original but this LEGO iPad stand was just too awesome to pass up not sharing. I am a huge LEGO fan and last summer I got to visit LEGO Land while I was in Florida on vacation with my daughter. I am not sure if I will order this or try to buy the pieces and build it on my own. Either way if you are a LEGO fan and own an iPad or an iPad mini then you may want to check out this video and consider buying this awesomeness for yourself!



You can buy this from the Daily Brick or download the instructions and build it on your own:

Buy it: http://goo.gl/hY2z6
Build it: http://goo.gl/Ut8lO





If you do end up buying one of these or if you already own one then please let me know in the comments your opinion on it.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Google Now LiveWallpaper





A terrific set of live wallpapers for your Android device. I currently purchased a Nexus 4 as well as a Nexus 7 (I will be reviewing very soon) and I honestly didn't care about the live wallpaper features until I downloaded this App from the Play Store. I love the design and how it looks very Google Now like, I like the way it changes the scene depending on the time of day. This is a simple yet brilliant wallpaper and I am starting to come around to the thought of live wallpapers and widgets.

Google Now LiveWallpaper features 11 different themes to choose from. You can change the wallpaper to the theme of your choice, the themes include:


  • Austin
  • Beach
  • Berlin
  • Chicago
  • Default
  • Plaines
  • London
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Woods


In addition to being able to choose one of the above mentioned themes you can also set-up the wall paper to change the background based on the time of day. So in the morning you will have a sunny sky, midnight you will have a dark themed sky. The options for Time Changes are as follows:


  • Dawn
  • Day
  • Twilight
  • Night


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This is my first official preview/review of an Android app, once I figure out how I can mirror my Nexus 7 to my iMac similar to how I do with my iPad I will get more in depth with the Android reviews. Let me know what you think of this app and this preview of this app. All comments are appreciated, thanks in advance.

Screenshots of all the themes:
Google Now LiveWallpaper


Download that App for FREE from the Play Store: http://goo.gl/UF3oI

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Lie Swatter (Walk through)




Lie Swatter is a new game from the creators of You Don't Know Jack. Currently Lie Swatter is an iOS only game but an Android version is coming soon. Lie Swatter is free to download but does rely on some In App Purchases, they are not required to play though.

Overall this is a very fun game and well worth the free download to play! Check it out and let me know what you think about Lie Swatter in the comments.

Download Lie Swatter in the iOS App Store: http://goo.gl/oetSt

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My Workflow with Automator




I have an Automator workflow set-up where I save files or documents that I am working on in a folder on my desktop that then autosaves any files added to that folder to an external harddrive that I keep connected to my iMac at all times. This ensures that anything I am working on will always be backed up in 2 places and if something happens to 1 of those files then I would always have something to fall back on.

I mostly use this for either podcast or any videos that I am editing or need to edit. An example would be the video above, once I am finished screencasting I would save this video from ScreenFlow to the folder on my desk which then gets saved to my external drive. This has saved me more than once, I have probably accidentally deleted screencast that I have recorded before I have finished editing and uploading to YouTube more than a handful of times. But because I had a backup saved on my external I never really lost any of my files.

I am sure there are other ways to setup automated workflows between folders on your computer and a folder on an external drive but this is my workflow and it works great. If you have any other methods please let me know in the comments below, all comments are welcome! I would be interested in hearing comments from +Stefan Svartling and +Bojan Djordjevic on similar workflows like this.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

LIE SWATTER for iOS




Lie Swatter is a new game from the creators of You Don't Know Jack, another terrific, fun game. I will be uploading a live hands on demo of Lie Swatter in the next couple of days, stay tuned.


Jellyvision Games, creators of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, announced their next game for the mobile platform: Lie Swatter.

Launched today on iOS devices with a future Android release planned, Lie Swatter is an irreverent multiplayer trivia game that asks, “Can you separate strange fiction from stranger fact?” To download Lie Swatter free on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, please visit: Lie Swatter by Jellyvision Games, Inc.

“Lie Swatter is the further evolution, or devolution, of our brand of twisted trivia, and another chance to prove to your friends that they’re dumber than you are. Plus you get to squish bugs. Deceitful, lying bugs.” said Mike Bilder, General Manager of Jellyvision Games. “We’ve built Lie Swatter from the ground up as a quick, turn--based mobile gaming experience that we think both YOU DON’T KNOW JACK fans and insectophobes alike will love.” Note: No bugs actually harmed during game. We love all creatures of the Earth.

Lie Swatter is a free-to-play, turn-based mobile trivia game. Players may find opposing players via Facebook Connect, email, and username, or play a random unsuspecting foe if they prefer. Integration with Apple’s Game Center is also planned.

In each of the three rounds, players pick a category and are presented with seven statements... and then the swatting begins. Players find and crush ridiculous lies with a satisfying splat, while avoiding odd truths like “Christmas trees kill an average of 13 people a year.” Not feeling confident? Jellyvision Games has you covered with Category Zappers and Helpers, available for purchase with in-game tokens. Don’t worry, Jellyvision Games won’t judge you for artificially enhancing your performance.

Lie Swatter represents Jellyvision Games’ second mobile effort and a further demonstration of the developer’s focus on the social and mobile gaming world. Expect content updates and special categories to be announced soon.

For more bug splatting action, follow Lie Swatter on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/LieSwatter and www.twitter.com/LieSwatterGame.


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How to set up Services list in OS X





This is just a quick video on how to use and setup Services and your Services list in OS X. I seen a couple of days ago on Google+ someone I follow was asking about this so I figured I would make a quick video showing how to do so.


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If you are looking for a good book on OS X tips/tricks, I recommend checking out this David Pogue book on Amazon: OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual


How to disable the Infrared Remote in OS X




If you have an Apple TV and the remote interferes with your Mac you have close-by you can disable the remote function very easily. I recorded this video quite some while ago, I think I might still be running Snow Leopard in the video. You still disable the infrared sensor the same way with Snow Leopard, Lion, and Mountain Lion.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Topps Pennant (Baseball Part 3)




I previously reviewed this application about a year ago on Total iPad and forgot I had done so. I wanted to add this to my baseball series of reviews I was doing and realized I had already done a video review of Pennant.

Topps Pennant is an app for the diehard baseball fan. You can statistically track every box score in the majors from 1952. It auto updates each day to give you up to the day box scores from current games. I love this app, it is one of my favorite baseball app on the iPad. I highly recommend it for any baseball fan. It is currently $0.99 and is a universal app for both iPad and iPhone.

MLB 2012 Topps Baseball Retail Card Factory Set

FEATURES:
With Topps Pennant, you can:
• Chart your favorite Major League team's performance and how they stacked up in the league from the current season back to 1952
• Relive your favorite baseball memories such as your first game, the games played on the day you were born, the game when you met your favorite player, and more
• Debate and solve questions around key historical moments
• Check out box scores and play-by-play for all of last night’s games in the 2012 MLB season



You can download Pennant from the App Store for only $0.99 here:
Topps Pennant - The Topps Company, Inc.
Topps Pennant - The Topps Company, Inc.

Baseball Series Part 1: MLB At-Bat '13
Baseball Series Part 2: Baseball Trade Rumors

Baseball Trade Rumors (Baseball Part 2)




A couple of weeks ago I said I was going to review my favorite baseball applications leading up to the start of the baseball season. I got a little sidetracked due to life but I did not forget that I said I was going to review them all so here is part 2, Baseball Trade Rumors.

If you are wanting up to the minute news on the latest trades or rumors revolving around your favorite players or teams then you will want to check out Trade Rumors. I have been a long time reader of the Trade Rumors website and having this information on my iPad is awesome, getting push notifications is even more awesome. Especially if you are a fantasy baseball player then you will find this app super useful because it will keep you up to date with all the baseball transactions and roster moves.

Baseball Trade Rumors is a universal iOS application and will work on the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Trade Rumors was updated in January and now fully supports the iPhone 5. I mostly use Trade Rumors on my iPad as that is where I do all my baseball related research for my fantasy team as well as keeping up with the Giants and Yankees.



FEATURES:
  • Select only the players or teams you want, and receive a push notification for every related new rumor
  • Be the first to know about any official trade or free agent signing with our Transaction push notifications
  • By popular demand: filter the main news page to show rumors for one specific team, or only the transactions
  • View the 40 latest stories, easily refreshed via pull-down
  • Log in through Disqus and leave comments on MLBTradeRumors.com


Download Baseball Trade Rumors in the iOS App Store for only $2.99:


Baseball Trade Rumors is also available on Android in the Play Store.

Part 1 of my baseball series: MLB At-Bat 2013



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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Two-step verification for Apple ID



Apple today announced two-step verification for your Apple ID. I just hope it works as good as it does with my Google login. I don't have as much confidence in Apple when it comes to stuff like this as I do with Google. Even though I personally feel Google does security better it is great to see Apple offer this to its users. This is a step in the right direction and a much needed feature. Currently two-step verification is only available in 5 countries.

If you are not sure how to set-up 2-step verification then please read the Apple FAQ: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570

When you set up two-step verification, you register one or more trusted devices. A trusted device is a device you control that can receive 4-digit verification codes using either Find My iPhone notifications or SMS to verify your identity.

Then, any time you sign in to manage your Apple ID at My Apple ID or make an iTunes, App Store, or iBookstore purchase from a new device, you will need to enter both your password and a 4-digit verification code as shown below.


After you sign in, you can manage your account or make purchases as usual. Without both your password and the verification code, access to your account will be denied.

You will also get a 14-digit Recovery Key for you to print and keep in a safe place. You will use your Recovery Key to regain access to your account if you ever lose access to your devices or forget your password.


Wizard Ops Tactics Revealed



Strategy and Magic Collide in Phyken’s New Title



Independent and critically acclaimed developer Phyken Media revealed Wizard Ops Tactics, an action packed strategy game for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android. Players will find their favorite Wizards in all new environments and equipped with outrageous powers to battle against friends in nonstop, Wizardly action!

Wizard Ops Tactics lets you step into the robe of Wizard Commander as you assemble the best Wizard Army. There are over 140,000 unique Army combinations to choose from, with countless unlockable spells and enhancements. Assemble your army to fight across multiple battlefields, each with unique objectives and perilous hazards. Wizard Ops Tactics gives you options on how to play on the battlefield. Play with an actual friend via the Pass N’ Play feature or head to the online battlefield to compete against friends to see who has the strongest army.

Wizard Ops Tactics will be at GDC Play in the South Hall, Gateway Ballroom with comedian and sound FX extraordinaire Michael Winslow (Police Academy, Spaceballs). The game is coming soon to the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android compatible devices.

For more Wizard Ops Tactics spells, check out www.wizardops.com.
Follow the game on Twitter www.twitter.com/WizardOps.
Like Wizard Ops on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WizardOps




About Phyken Media
Phyken Media, formed in 2010 and based in Orlando, Florida, is a developer of interactive experiences and games. Their team is experienced and battle tested over a wide variety of previous releases. Wizard Ops Tactics, a magical turn based strategy game for iOS and Android is their second title.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Google Now coming to iOS?


Could Google Now be coming soon to iOS? It sure looks like it. This video was posted on YouTube then quickly removed, I grabbed a cached copy of it and uploaded it myself. Hopefully I don't get in trouble for that. :)

It looks as if Google Now will work inside the Search app for iOS. Now is a terrific feature on Android, I am not sure how terrific it will be on iOS. Having to open an app and then swiping up to get the weather takes much more time than just swiping down from anywhere to access the weather widget built into iOS in notifications. Google Now does much more than that but honestly I have used an Android phone for 2 months now that is all I ever use Now for, a quick check of the weather. Most of the other information I get from Now has not been really useful to me, it is cool that it is learning my habits but the information I was getting was not really useful to me on a day to day basis.

Have you tried Google Now? Are you excited to see this on iOS? Let me know via Twitter @iCrizzo.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown



Currently in the iBooks store you can download The Da Vinci code by Dan Brown for free. It is a terrific book if you are into these kinds of things. Although it does have a lot of religious stuff that may not sit right with some people, if you don't mind fiction books that deal with these topics then grab it now, free.

Download:


Monday, March 18, 2013

How to restore your iPad from a previous iCloud backup



If you have been backing up your iPad to iCloud and you need to restore from a previous backup, below you will find step by step instructions on how to do so.



First you will need to open the Settings app on your iPad, once inside the Settings app navigate to the General tab, with the General tab open you will need to scroll to the bottom where it says Reset and tap that.

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Now you have several options to choose from, the option you are wanting to choose is Erase All Content and Setting. Once you select this you will be prompted to continue, basically asking you if you are sure you want to reset the iPad. Click okay. Once the iPad reboots you will see the screen go black with the white Apple logo, after that you will see the gray screen with iPad in big white letters, you will have to do the following:


  • Pick Language.
  • Pick Country.
  • Enable or Disable Locations Services (either is fine).
  • Connect to iTunes or Setup Wi-Fi Network (select Setup Wi-Fi Network). You will have to enter your SSID name for your network or you will be prompted to choose your Network if it is not hidden/private. Then enter your password if your network has password security enabled.
  • Once you have connected to the network the iPad will now activate.


After the iPad is activated, you will have several options:

  • Setup as a new iPad.
  • Restore from iCloud (THIS IS THE OPTION WE WANT).
  • Restore from an iTunes Backup.


Choose restore from iCloud, you will now be prompted to login to iCloud using your Apple ID (your Apple ID is your email address registered with Apple) and your password. Now that you are signed in you will be prompted to Agree to the Terms and Conditions for using iCloud/iTunes, select agree and proceed.

After agreeing to the T&C you have a couple of options for restoring:


  • Restore form the Latest Backup.
  • Other Backups, here you will find a list of older iCloud backups as well as iTunes backups.


Choose the iCloud backup you are wanting from the list, with that selected tap the blue Restore button on the top right. The restore will now start.


Okay, you have now successfully started to restore your iPad from a previous backup. A few things to note, since you are restoring wirelessly, it maybe take quite a while depending on:
* How many apps you have on your iPad
* If you have a lot of videos or music
* Pictures (these do not take that long but if you thousands of pictures it might)
* Data stored within the apps
* Some Games take quite a while, depends how large they are, example: Real Racing 2 HD is over 1GB in size
* Remember you are having to wait for every app on the iPad you had installed from that backup to re-install on the iPad


Be patient, it can take up to several hours, my last restore took about 2 hours, restoring from a backup from iCloud is slower than restoring from an iTunes backup connected to your computer with a cable.

If you have any problems or a question, feel free to send me a message on Twitter @iCrizzo

I previously posted this article on my Total iPad website.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Doodle Jump Celebrates 4 Years of Success





Doodle Jump, the perennially acclaimed chart-topping mobile gaming sensation from Lima Sky, turns 4 years old today.

March 15, 2009 seems like prehistoric times for mobile gaming, and only the very best have remained best sellers. Far more than a simple anniversary, this event is a fan-made milestone. It marks more than 5 billion games of Doodle Jump played. In that time, Doodle has made enough leaps to bounce an astronaut back and forth between the Earth and the Sun 6 times. He’s blasted nearly 60 billion nose balls (more than 900 million boxes of tissues). Like Kevin Durant staying above the rim, Doodle Jump continually stayed at the top of the mobile game charts, with the last officially released Apple’s All-Time chart placing it as the #3 Top Paid App of All Time. None of this would have been possible without the support of an energized, enthusiastic, and just plain wonderful audience of Doodle Jumpers.

To celebrate the occasion, Lima Sky has made Doodle Jump for iPad FREE for a day and released a FREE version of Doodle Jump for Android today which was developed from ground-up by Lima Sky and optimized for Android. It comes with a number of performance and graphical improvements, with more to come in future updates!

But it’s certainly not all the future holds – Doodle Jump fans can expect even bigger things. The year started off with the launch of an amazing Doodle Jump Arcade version for arcade machines with ICE/Raw Thrills, and in upcoming months the long awaited Xbox 360 Kinect version will finally launch. Outside the digital realm a whole slew of official toys, apparel, stationery, accessories, and more is coming real soon. This is the year of Doodle Jump!

Google Play Link (Free): http://bit.ly/DoodleJumpPlay
Amazon Link (Free): http://bit.ly/DoodleJumpAmazon
App Store Link (iPad Free Today): http://goo.gl/hl8F3
App Store Link (iPhone/iPod Touch $0.99) – http://goo.gl/hl8F3

About Lima Sky
Lima Sky, creators of the bestselling Doodle Jump, is an award-winning video game and app development studio. It was founded in July 2008 by Igor Pusenjak, a graduate and faculty at the MFA interactive design program at Parsons School of Design in New York, and Marko Pusenjak, a veteran mobile applications developer. As one of the world’s leading independent publishers, Lima Sky is dedicated to creating entertaining and innovative games across multiple platforms.



More info about Doodle Jump: http://totalipad.com/doodle-jump-hd-for-ipad/

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sync music from iTunes to your iPad





A quick iPad tip showing how to sync music to your iPad or remove music that you currently have on your iPad and replaced it with music that you do not have on your iPad but do have in iTunes on my computer.

I know that Apple has tried to make managing media on the iPad a tad bit easier recently but I get asked quite a bit about managing media, particularly music on the iPad. I thank Irene Koehler for giving me this idea. Hopefully it helps someone who doesn't understand about syncing music from iTunes to the iPad. I will be honest, with iTunes 11 I have gotten lost myself a few times.

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Repix for iOS





I have had the pleasure of using Repix for the last week before it officially launched and I can honestly say this is a fantastic application. Beautiful, fantastic, awesome, superb, those are some of the words that come to mind when I think of Repix. Repix launched today and you can download it in the iOS App Store for free. Repix works with both the iPad and the iPhone.
Repix inspires users to paint unique remixes from photos
Repix is not just filters it is better filters! Filters that actually let you get creative but the great thing about Repix is that you do not have to be an artist to create a masterpiece. It is simple to create or get creative you just need to play with the brushes and find that right touch to add to your photos. Of course you can easily apply just 1 filter effect to your images and be done with it but where is the fun in that? Repix gives you total control over the effects that you add to your images, you can mix and match effects or you can add 1 effect to a portion of your image and add another effect to another portion. Again, you have total control!




Not only do you have up to 21 artistic brushes to choose from you also have the ability to crop your images or adjust the following aspects to your images: Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Vibrance, Temperature, or add some Vignetting to your image. All these settings will allow you to add some extra special touches to your masterpiece.

When you are finished adding your desired effects you can share your amazing new photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or you can email them to a friend or family member. You can also save your photos to your camera roll which will then allow you to Photo Stream them either to another device or to a shared Photo Stream.

For a better understanding of how this application works, please check out the video above where I go into more detail!

Repix

Pricing for the Repix brushes are as follows:

FREE:

1. Cartoonize
2. Charcoal
3. Edger
4. Dotter
5. Flares
6. Drips
7. Posterize
8. Silk
9. Bleach
10. Undoer (not a real brush)
11. Eraser

PAID:

COLOR BRUSHES (set €1.79/$1.99/£1.49)

1. Sepia
2. Hollywood
3. Vintage
4. Freshen

ARTISTIC BRUSHES (set €1.79/$1.99/£1.49)

1. Hatching
2. Daubs
3. Van Gogh
4. Spray

LIGHT BRUSHES (set €1.79/$1.99/£1.49)

1. Glow Smoke
2. Stars
3. Sparkler
4. Glow Line

OR UNLOCK EVERYTHING WITH MASTER'S COLLECTION FOR €4.49/$4.99/£3.99



FEATURES:
  • Remix photos using Repix’s impressive selection of style brushes.
  • Carefully hand-crafted Brushes include state-of-the art effect, color boosting and artistic styles.
  • Repix comes with real-time RebecaTM processing engine that seamlessly integrates the power of the CPU and GPU enabling insane performance.
  • Studio-grade technology alongside a slick and intuitive interface to inspire new levels of creativity.
  • Choose images from camera roll or import from Facebook.
  • Share creations with #repix to Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or Facebook.
  • Free to use with a selection of brushes, with an option to purchase more brushes.
Don't take my word for it though, you can go download Repix for free right now for both the iPad and iPhone:
Repix - Remix & Paint Photos - Sumoing Ltd


Repix website.
Be sure to check out the Repix video on Vimeo.
Check out some of the awesome artwork on Tumblr.

For the full review: http://totalipad.com/repix/



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Starcraft II - Heart of the Swarm (Intro Scene)





In my opinion this is one of the best intro scenes to any game I have ever played. The game is just as fantastic as well.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Temple Run: Oz





Temple Run: Oz was launched yesterday on iOS and this TR [1] is inspired by the movie Oz the Great and Powerful that is releasing in theaters this weekend, March 8th, 2013. With TR: Oz some new features and twist are added to the same style of TR game play. You still swipe up to jump, down to slide, and left/right to turn in either direction. The twist comes in the format of the environment and how the backgrounds change and force you to be more alert than the previous versions of TR.


What do I mean by the changing environments? Well in this version of TR you have the option to explore different locations that do not come pre-installed in the game which you must download, for free I might add. Also in TR: Oz the roads will collapse on either side of you so you have to be careful of that. Then you have obstacles that will tumble into your path while you are running, such as boulders. There are also snapping vines grabbing for your ankles while you are being chased by flying evil baboons.


I was really impressed with the gameplay of TR: Oz it was much smoother than that of TR2 in my opinion. TR2 had a lot of lag and freezes that I do not notice with TR: Oz. The graphics seem much improved as well and since this game is based off of the Wizard of Oz or rather just OZ, you have the yellow brick road and all that comes with it. Be prepared for tornado holes and hot air balloons!


TR: Oz does offer some of the dreaded In-App Purchases which I am not very fond of. I will not get into why but I just wanted to point out that you can purchase coins and/or gems to help you unlock the power-ups in the game. Some of the power-ups include:


  • Magic Magnet
  • Fireworks
  • Coin Bonus
  • Double Coins
  • Head Start
  • Stumble Proof
  • Run Multiplier
  • plus more…

As I mentioned above there is a level that you have the option of downloading that does not come packaged with the game. The level is called Dark Forest and is a cemetery level. You can also download HD Assets which I am assuming is meaning retina graphics? I really couldn’t tell much of a difference between the HD Assets and the non-HD Assets. To be fair I only played 2 games before I downloaded the HD Assets and I honestly didn’t pay attention to the graphics of the non-HD graphics. My thinking is that they are offering these 2 downloads to keep the game at under 50MB so that the game doesn’t require Wi-Fi to download. TR: Oz comes in at 45.9MB from the App Store so I am assuming those extra features would have put TR: Oz over the limit.


Oz: The Great and Powerful Junior Novel Disney Book Group


Another thing I wanted to make sure I mentioned was the social sharing feature of the game. If you have your Facebook account logged into on your iOS device, before playing TR: Oz you might want to jump into settings and turn off “Autopost” to Facebook which is turned “On” by default. You will have the option of sharing to FB even though this is turned off but you will have to do it manually after each run. You can also share to Twitter, by email, by text message, and save a screenshot to your camera roll. TR: Oz also has Game Center built-in so you can compare your high scores with that of your Game Center friends.


If you link your Facebook account to the game you will also be able to compete in weekly challenges for “distance” and “score” in the game. There are also Weekly and Legendary challenges that you can compete against or try to achieve each week. Some of the challenges are currently:


  • 1,000 coins
  • 3 Gems in a single run
  • 5x multiplier
  • Pocket Change (collect 2500 coins)
  • much more…

Overall this is a superb game and I have no problem recommending Temple Run: Oz. Temple Run: Oz is a universal iOS game and will run on your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod Touch devices that are running iOS 5.0 or greater. If you are a fan of Temple Run then you will want to grab this title today. Temple Run: Oz is only $0.99 in the App Store:






  1. TR short for Temple Run, just because it is easier and faster than spelling it out 50 times.  ↩


This was originally posted on Total iPad.

MLB At Bat 2013



Baseball is my favorite sport to watch and keep up with, I follow baseball during the season and keep up with it even in the off-season. Over the next few weeks leading up to the start of the Major League Baseball season I plan on doing reviews of all the apps that I use, the magazines or books I read on my iPad, and the podcast I follow and listen to on my iPad. This will probably be around a 10 part series and while there are literally thousands of great baseball books and apps that I could talk about I have chosen the few that I personally think are the cream of the crop!

To start off this series I think that I should start with MLB At Bat as I feel that it is the most important baseball app to have on your iPad. My reason for it being #1 is because it gives you everything in one place, plus it is the only app that allows you to watch and listen to games of all your favorite teams.

MLB At Bat 2013 has brought some much need changes to the iPad version of the application. They have finally added all the great features that were in the iPhone version of the app but were missing from the iPad version. Of course the iPhone app still has a few features that the iPad version doesn't have but for the most part they are equal apps.

New in At Bat 2013:

  • Multi-platform live audio access for At Bat 13 subscribers (portable to Mac/PC with a valid MLB.com account).
  • Universal support for At Bat 13 subscribers, accessible on iPhone, iPad and other supported smart phones and tablets.
  • Batting, pitching and fielding statistics.
  • Classic games library.
  • Re-architected (sic) navigation's.
Of these new features I think the statistics are the most important feature added to the iPad version. Last year I was continually having to use At Bat on my iPhone just to see the stats for players. Not that I mind having to pick up my iPhone but I am an iPad guy and it sucked having to use 2 devices to use 1 application.

The navigation's are also much improved, the changes give At Bat an overall cleaner look and feel to the application. You now have this pop out menu on the left with all your sections of the app available to you. Everything from the News to the Fan Cave. Let’s say you want to view the News section, you can choose to view the MLB news which is all the teams or anything happening in baseball from the WBC stuff to the off the field situations that might be going on. You can also view News by team or even designate a favorite team which will always appear at the to of the drop down in the News section. This is not a new feature but the re-design is much nicer.

Statistics

As I said this was a must needed feature on the iPad version of the application. The stats sections breaks down like this:
  • Search by MLB, AL, NL, Batting, Pitching, Fielding, Position, Time-frame, All-Time, Spring Training, Regular Season, World Series, LCS, Division Series, Wild Card, Year.
  • Batting Stats
  • Pitching Stats
  • Fielding Stats
  • Historic: All-Time - Batting, Pitching
  • Historic: Season - Batting, Pitching
  • Player Stats
  • Team Stats
As you can see the Statistics section is really robust and even more robust than what was offered in the 2012 iPhone version of At-Bat. They have really went all out this year and you can really tell they put in a lot of work to develop an awesome application and add features that should have been built into this application several years ago.

The Other Sections:

  • GAME DAY - This is where you are going to find all the games that are on tap for that day, you can also change the date and go back and check out the box scores, game wrap, plays, and highlights from the previous days games. You can back track all the way to the first game of the season if you wanted.
  • Scoreboard - This is where you will find you daily scores for any game that is currently in progress or you will also find who is the playing and what time the game will start at. Another great aspect is you can see which 2 starting pitchers are slated to start the game.
  • News - The News section is all the latest happenings in baseball from either the previous day or things that are currently happening around the game. You can view the News section either by MLB which covers the entire league or you can view by the team. The content here is the same content you will find on the mlb.com website or the team website hosted by mlb.com.
  • Standings - Want to know what your current teams record is? Want to know how many games out of first place your favorite team is? This is where you will go to find that information.
  • Team Schedules - This section is self-explanatory, here you will be able to view the schedules for your favorite team. One of the really great features of this section is you can download your teams schedule to your iPad and it will load it into the calendar app on your iPad which is handy if you want to set up notifications on your calendar.
  • MLB Fan Cave - This section is not active as of today, while there are videos and some blog post up that are covering some of the Spring Training stuff this section will not go into full effect until the season actually starts. If you do not know what the MLB Fan Cave is then check out this link:
  • 2013 Player Preview - This is a new section to the iPad application and a great one at that. Much like the stats section of the app this is a break down of the top players in the game by ranking. You can view the list by either top 100, top pitchers, top batters, etc.. For a full break down of the Player Preview section please refer to the video above.
At Bat offers a few customization features in the application. You can setup your start screen for whenever you open the application, say you want to set it up to always show the news or the box scores, you have that option. You can also designate a favorite team(s) for the News section of the application, anytime you launch news your favorite team(s) will be affixed to the top of the News drop-down menu and noted with a “star”.

MLB.TV:

Some people are confused about how this app works. Downloading the application for free only gives you access to the News at least it does on iOS. MLB.TV is a subscription that allows you to watch game via the At Bat app[1] the pricing has two tiers broken into four options:
  • Basic Yearly: $109.99 / Year
  • Basic Monthly: $19.99 / Month
  • Premium Yearly: $129.99 / Year
  • Premium Monthly: $24.99 / Month
You can also listen to games audio as well if you do not want to stream the games say while you are at the gym or jogging. Now you can also purchase just the audio only portion of the application and this will unlock many more features of the application that the free app without MLB.TV offers. Those prices are as follows:
  • $2.99 / Month
  • $19.99 / Year
This will unlock the Lite version and allow you listen to games only, you will also get the Game of the Day which is 1 game that you can actually watch via the At Bat application on your device. Are you confused yet? I hope not, I am trying to explain it the best I can but it does seem like a cluster (insert bad word here) as I am reading back what I wrote.

Lite = Free. No audio. No Game of the Day.
At Bat unlock = up to $19.99 for year, audio, 1 Game per day
MLB.TV = up to $129.99 for the year, audio and all games minus blackouts.

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If you sign up now for MLB.tv you will also get all the spring training games both the audio and video broadcast of those games. Just keep in mind that not all Spring Training games are broadcast. But enough of them are broadcast to make it worth buying MLB.tv early. I enjoy watching some of the prospect get a chance to face major league hitters or pitchers.

I wanted to mention a feature of the Android version of At Bat, on Android you have a couple of widgets that come with the app, you can setup a mini box-score as a widget on your home screen you can also setup a shortcut to get your favorite team(s) News feed. Really cool feature that I wish was available on my iPad.

Overall this is a fantastic update to an already fantastic application. If you are a baseball fan and you want to follow baseball on a day to day basis or maybe you just want to listen to games while you commute or exercise, the At Bat is the application for you. Honestly, I find myself listening to more games than I actually watch but I do watch my fair share of games during the season. At Bat makes this the perfect app as well as the only app that can accomplish this task.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Learn2Code HTML





Learn2Code HTML is a universal iOS application (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) that will teach you the basics of HTML and help you get started learning HTML.

Learn2Code HTML features a colorful layout with easy step by step instructions that will teach the fundamentals of HTML while test what you have learned in the process. There are plenty of examples of how you are supposed to implement your code in each section and a “test” that you will have to pass before moving on to the next portion. Even if you already have an understanding of HTML the built in text editor makes this app worth the cost of the app.

If you are interested in learning programming then HTML is probably a good place to start, while HTML is not a programming language it will give you a better understanding of how code actually works. Maybe you want to teach your kids HTML? This is a great way and probably much cheaper than buying a book to help get started with HTML.

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Some of the lessons you will learn:

  • HTML Frameworks
  • Links
  • Lists
  • Formatting
  • Images
  • Body tags
  • more…

The features of Learn2Code HTML:

  • 9 Tutorials
  • Lesson walk throughs
  • Built-in text editor
  • Export HTML files
  • Import HTML files
Learn2Code HTML is only $2.99 in the App Store:

Friday, March 1, 2013

Real Racing 3 Exploited




Real Racing 3 which launched last night in the United States has an exploit where you do not have to wait for repair times if you turn on Airplane mode then adjust the Time and Date settings and set your clock however many hours ahead that the repair time is needed. This exploit will work on all iOS devices. You can also turn WiFi off if you choose but I find turning Airplane mode on to be faster. The video above will explain how it works and how to accomplish this exploit. EA may decide to update the game but currently this works on this current version of Real Racing 3.

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Real Racing 3 is free to download in the iOS App Store: http://j.mp/Y1FVF8

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