Friday, September 30, 2011

Tarzan Ball is a tricky hook-and-pull physics game

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So, you're a ball. A Tarzan Ball, to be precise. You've earned the nickname thanks to your astonishing ability to shoot out a lengthy 'vine' (I hope it's a vine) at objects, and then pull yourself towards those objects.

That's a handy ability to have, especially since you've got no legs, no arms, and no other means of transportation. In Tarzan Ball, the rope is everything. But you don't just swing around the screen aimlessly - that wouldn't be much of a game now, would it?

Instead, your goal in life is to collect "targets". Each level has one of these "targets" hidden away somewhere on the screen, usually behind some kind of barrier. Once you navigate close enough to the target, you can shoot your rope at it and just reel it in. That's when you pass the level.

You can't die in this game, but it can still be very frustrating. It's actually one of the tougher games I've posted recently. Still, if you enjoy physics games, this one is quite nicely made.

[This is actually the sequel to IQ Ball, which we covered last year! -Ed]

Tarzan Ball is a tricky hook-and-pull physics game originally appeared on Download Squad on Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:18:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/02/21/tarzan-ball-is-a-tricky-hook-and-pull-physics-game/

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LEGO embracing the digital age with Life of George iPhone and iPod touch game [video]

LEGO embracing the digital age with Life of George iPhone and iPod touch game [video]
Well known children’s toy company LEGO is bringing its toys into the digital age with the upcoming release of “Life of George”. The game consists of three main parts, a pile of LEGO blocks, a play mat and most importantly an iPhone app. The idea of...

Well known children’s toy company LEGO is bringing its toys into the digital age with the upcoming release of “Life of George”. The game consists of three main parts, a pile of LEGO blocks, a play mat and most importantly an iPhone app.

The idea of the game is to build the models shown on the iPhone with the actual Lego blocks. When a player thinks they have completed the model they need to take a picture with the iPhone or iPod touch. The app will then calculate a score based on the speed and accuracy of the finished model.

The game has twelve levels all based around a character called George, a software engineer. Each of the twelve levels has ten models to build; so plenty to keep your little ones entertained. There is also a “My Life” mode which allows players to create their own designs.

The game will be available in October, exclusively in the U.S for around $23.

Source: Macworld



Mommy Bus Pet Carrier

Oh Paris Hilton, eat your heart out! I attended a local “Puptoberfest” (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like) �last weekend and came across this vendor– the Mommy Bus. �The bus�is a fashion pet carrier designed for small dogs and cats up to 15 pounds, 15″ in length, and 13″ tall. �It’s a top-entry carrier [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/09/29/mommy-bus-pet-carrier/

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Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5

Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5
4th October is still a week away and I’ve to admit that I’m not a very patient person, especially when it comes down to Apple product announcements. I spend several hours every day hoping to unearth Apple’s most closely guarded secret – the iPhone 5 specs. There’s a great sense of anticipation about the iPhone [...]

iPhone 5 with A5 Processor4th October is still a week away and I’ve to admit that I’m not a very patient person, especially when it comes down to Apple product announcements. I spend several hours every day hoping to unearth Apple’s most closely guarded secret – the iPhone 5 specs. There’s a great sense of anticipation about the iPhone 5, truly reflected by a recent report from inMobi which reveals that 41% of current mobile users in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada plan to buy an iPhone 5—potentially making it the most successful launch from the consumer electronics giant to date.

The inMobi survey also indicates that nearly 50% of the surveyed users said they’ll purchase the iPhone 5 within the first six months of the launch. The general mood is that Apple will unveil a new device (iPhone 5) running on a new operating system (iOS 5). If Apple decides to launch a product update instead (an improved iPhone 4), only 15% of consumers are likely to buy the new handset.

As many as 52% BlackBerry users, 51% of current iPhone users and over one in four (27%) Android owners are reportedly planning to switch to the iPhone 5. The report suggests that BlackBerry users are the most disgruntled lot, as many as 28% of current BlackBerry smartphone owners plan to switch even if Apple unveils a product update such as the iPhone 4S. Those are startling numbers and it could effectively mean that Apple’s smartphone share could climb again, giving Android devices a run for their money. The holiday season is not too far and Apple might benefit from its traditional practice of launching a new iPhone around June each year.

Most iPhone 5 prospect customers want an improved battery life; increased processing speed; higher-quality screen resolution; and stronger phone service. However, two critical questions – how many distinct iPhones (a low-end iPhone 4S and a high-end iPhone 5) and their specs are likely to be answered only next Tuesday. Apple is a market leader in terms of innovation and customer loyalty and the recent inMobi survey is a testimony to the company’s supremacy.

The clock is ticking for the new iPhone launch next Tuesday and I totally hear it every second. What about you?

This article, Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5, was originally published at simonblog.com.



O'Reilly helps Japan, offers entire e-book catalog for 50% off, today only

O'reilly make some of the best computer books in the world. They also sell them as DRM-free e-books in a bunch of formats, including PDFs and Mobi for Kindle.

They usually offer one "Deal of the Day", which is a 50% discount code for a book chosen for that one day. But just for for today, they've created a discount code -- DDJPN -- that gives you a 50% discount on their entire catalog, and they give a part of the proceeds to aid Japan relief efforts.

So far they've raised over $60,000, and the day is still young. So if you've been recently hankering after some nerdy book (or three), now would be a great time to grab one.

O'Reilly helps Japan, offers entire e-book catalog for 50% off, today only originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 22 Mar 2011 14:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/22/oreilly-helps-japan-offers-entire-e-book-catalog-for-50-off/

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Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5

Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5
4th October is still a week away and I’ve to admit that I’m not a very patient person, especially when it comes down to Apple product announcements. I spend several hours every day hoping to unearth Apple’s most closely guarded secret – the iPhone 5 specs. There’s a great sense of anticipation about the iPhone [...]

iPhone 5 with A5 Processor4th October is still a week away and I’ve to admit that I’m not a very patient person, especially when it comes down to Apple product announcements. I spend several hours every day hoping to unearth Apple’s most closely guarded secret – the iPhone 5 specs. There’s a great sense of anticipation about the iPhone 5, truly reflected by a recent report from inMobi which reveals that 41% of current mobile users in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada plan to buy an iPhone 5—potentially making it the most successful launch from the consumer electronics giant to date.

The inMobi survey also indicates that nearly 50% of the surveyed users said they’ll purchase the iPhone 5 within the first six months of the launch. The general mood is that Apple will unveil a new device (iPhone 5) running on a new operating system (iOS 5). If Apple decides to launch a product update instead (an improved iPhone 4), only 15% of consumers are likely to buy the new handset.

As many as 52% BlackBerry users, 51% of current iPhone users and over one in four (27%) Android owners are reportedly planning to switch to the iPhone 5. The report suggests that BlackBerry users are the most disgruntled lot, as many as 28% of current BlackBerry smartphone owners plan to switch even if Apple unveils a product update such as the iPhone 4S. Those are startling numbers and it could effectively mean that Apple’s smartphone share could climb again, giving Android devices a run for their money. The holiday season is not too far and Apple might benefit from its traditional practice of launching a new iPhone around June each year.

Most iPhone 5 prospect customers want an improved battery life; increased processing speed; higher-quality screen resolution; and stronger phone service. However, two critical questions – how many distinct iPhones (a low-end iPhone 4S and a high-end iPhone 5) and their specs are likely to be answered only next Tuesday. Apple is a market leader in terms of innovation and customer loyalty and the recent inMobi survey is a testimony to the company’s supremacy.

The clock is ticking for the new iPhone launch next Tuesday and I totally hear it every second. What about you?

This article, Report: 41% of Mobile Users Plan to Buy iPhone 5, was originally published at simonblog.com.



Ikea Hack: Time-Lapse Panning Tripod from Kitchen Timer

This photographic Ikea Hack is notable both for its simplicity and for the stunning results it produces. And it only gets better when you find out that it can be done for less than $5.
The hack uses Ikea kitchen timers to make timelapse panning stands. All you need to do is drill a hole in [...]

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/09/ikea-hack-time-lapse-panning-tripod-from-kitchen-timer/

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Virgin Mobile announces the HTC Wildfire S, available Oct 23 for $199

Virgin Mobile announces the HTC Wildfire S, available Oct 23 for $199

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We have seen the HTC Wildfire S a time or two, and it has landed its way on some major carriers, and today Virgin Mobile has announced that they are bringing this device to those of us who may not be so fond of contracts. Virgin Mobile will start carrying the HTC Wildfire S, in both an exclusive silver color which will be found at Best Buy locations along with a white variant to be found at Radio Shack. At a price point of only $199 for users it is quite a deal for the 3.2-inch Gingerbread machine powered by a 600MHz processor and many other great features. Looking for a new device to play around with, or replace your boring old device? Be sure to check this one out!

Source: Virgin Mobile



Exiting HP CEO To Get $10 Million Severance [Hp]

Former CEO Leo Apotheker is leaving his HP with a very generous severance package that includes a $7.2 million payment and a $2.4 million annual bonus. The company is also paying to move Apotheker back to France or Belgium. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/blvZkP5Mvn8/exiting-hp-ceo-to-get-10-million-severance

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Apple releases iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers

Apple releases iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers
While there haven’t been any new iOS betas for iPhone or iPad since beta 7, iTunes is still getting some attention — beta 9 was just released to developers. If you’re a registered dev, just hit the link below and go grab it. Source: developer.apple.com

Apple releases iTunes 10.5 beta 9 to developers

While there haven’t been any new iOS betas for iPhone or iPad since beta 7, iTunes is still getting some attention — beta 9 was just released to developers.

If you’re a registered dev, just hit the link below and go grab it.

Source: developer.apple.com