Better than bleach: SoundClip brings out the brights

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Ten One Design, creator of pogo stylus and pogo sketch stylus for the iPod Touch and iPhone have brought out SoundClip, a new device that passively brightens the sound of the iPhone’s built in speaker.  According to them, it is no magic trick, just a bit of good science:

The way SoundClip works isn’t all that hard to understand. The iPhone emits a fair amount of acoustic energy through the speaker. Unfortunately, many of these sound waves are directed down and away from the user. SoundClip reflects them toward you so you can hear them better.

But how does it actually amplify? The dimensions and shape of the conical chamber create a resonance chamber facilitating the attenuation of some frequencies, and the amplification of others. The next part is the trickiest. We tuned the resonance chamber to actually improve the sound from your iPhone, resulting in a frequency response that is flatter, and more natural sounding.

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Pudge in Review: Copter Under the Sea

pudge1In my 28 year old eyes, I am able to see Disney World for what it truly is. It is a magical land of glitz and glamour. Everything is immaculate, well done, well organized, and meant to capture your eyes and imagination. Yet, once the exterior is taken away, once you move past the facade, Disney World becomes just another mundane tourist trap. In a way, I believe that Pudge follows a similar philosophy.

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Shinkansen: iPhone No Go? No Mo…

None of this with the Jesus Phone

None of this with the Jesus Phone

Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous.  However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’.  If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable.  It just won’t do mobile internet with any semblance of reliability.  Even some ‘real’ internet pages don’t display correctly, becoming a choppy and unusable mess.

The age old question still remains:  what does one do when they must reserve shinkansen tickets from sites like express yoyaku?  Answer, hop on a computer or use a phone that can only access the ‘non-real internet’.

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The Creeps in Review: Reasons 4 Another TD Game

thecreeps_review1Given the plethora of TD games (Tower Defense to the uninitiated) currently available through the App Store, there can be considerable hesitation in the purchase of a new game within this genre. In the midst of some original and unoriginal ideas, The Creeps is more than able to set itself apart from some of its more mundane brethren.

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First Look at iBlueAngel – Magic Web Browser

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This past week, Apple let through another genre of apps that were previously off limits to the App Store: Web Browsers. While the majority of them are either one trick ponies or serve a more specific purpose (hiding your surfing tracks in Incognito), I had a chance to test out iBlueAngel, a web browsing app that attempts to rise above the competition. It is easily the most fully featured of its kind at the moment, with features that include copy and paste, tabbed browsing and even the ability to save current pages for offline viewing.

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Fast Tap Camera – Finally, an easier way to take photos

fast_tapHow many of you have wished that at the right moment, it was easier to locate that shutter button on your iPhone camera? You know, like for times when your finger’s fumbling around the screen just so you could take that self portrait. Or for when someone else who’s taking that photo for you, and you have to tell them “No, not that button at the bottom. It’s the other one, just above it!”. If you’re one to have come across these situations before and/or use the iPhone camera often, then Fast Tap Camera is a must have for you.

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iBoobs is back: and Big in Japan

Before you get the idea that I am only on about ‘boobs’, I must deny that I am. However, I just keep finding the same sort of app popping up all over internet. iJiggles admittedly offers some interesting options for things for you to get off your chest but the persistence of a silly idea and then the follower apps is unbelievable. Anyway, this video is made for Japan as iBoobs main views came from the land of the samurai.

Thanks to appbank for the tip.

EYE vs. EYE in Review – Very niche game, but addictive in its weird way

eyevseye1To clarify, I’m no designer; I don’t have an eye for décor or what not; and to be honest when I heard that this game was “one in a series of design-oriented games…”, it didn’t really pump up my enthusiasm towards it. However, given that OSX iPhone platform had given rise to a new generation of applications, my curiosity got the better of me to take a look.

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