In Vegas Pool Shark Lite, the free app of Vegas Pool Shark, you’re given one version of play (straight pool) and a choice of three appropriately shady opponents. They each have a different skill level, from beginner to advanced. The higher the level, the more money you get for beating them. What is the money for? Who knows? Basically bragging rights.
Although the game features all 16 standard pool balls, the object of the free game is simply to sink three balls before your opponent does. Play control is intuitive using your finger to pull the pool cue back and releasing it to strike the ball, with the quickness of your release equating to the force put on the ball. You can put top spin and bottom spin on the cue ball in an attempt to put English on your shots, but this does take some getting used to. The first time I tried it, the ball barely moved a virtual half an inch.
The app uses the standard iPhone pinch and spread options to zoom in and out on the pool table so you can further configure your shot pattern. It’s not too difficult to eyeball your shots, especially once you’ve practiced a few times. It seems like you always get to go first, which is good because at times your opponent seems to run the table at will and there is nothing you can do to change this fact. My best advice would be to sink your three before he or she even has a chance.
The sound effects are minimal and not too annoying, relying mainly on the sounds of balls striking each other and a trumpet sound to tell you that you won or lost at game’s end. A happy trumpet means you won. A somber trumpet means you lost, plus your opponent will be wearing a big smile, which is actually pretty funny to see.
The full version also contains an eight ball mode and a practice mode.
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Air Mouse allows you to control your Windows PC or Mac running OSX using your iPhone instead of the mouse and keyboard. It takes a little legwork to install, since the application requires you to visit the developer’s website at www.airmouse.com to download the server application. You’ll also need to have your phone on the same wireless network as your computer in order for it to work. This makes it good for using at home, but it could be blocked by firewalls if you try to use it at the office.
I tested this app using a laptop running Windows XP Pro and a MacBook Pro. Installation was easy and both machines and required no customization. Once the software was running and launched on the iPhone, the app immediately found each computer on the network and synched up.
Controlling the Air Mouse does not actually involve moving your phone around in the air, as the name might suggest. (In fact, I tried this and absolutely nothing happened.) Instead, all you need to do is shift your finger on the touch screen to move the cursor around and tap the screen for a mouse click. Convenient arrows even allow you to scroll, and a yellow glow will show you exactly where your finger is on the screen.
Don’t feel like sitting up to type on your computer? No problem. There’s a full QWERTY keyboard on the bottom of Air Mouse’s screen.
While it’s not the ideal way to control the computer, unless you are adept at typing on a tiny screen, the Air Mouse would be great to use during presentations or when you’re demonstrating something in front of a group and you want to keep your lap free.
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Camera bag is an app that lets you apply several different filters to the pictures you take with your iPhone’s camera. It’s like carrying around a bag of lenses without the neck, back and shoulder pain.
There are seven filter options to choose from. I will go over each one.
Helga makes your picture look like it’s an old movie still, blurring the edges and brightening the center of the shot, while Cinema crops your photo into a widescreen format for a more modern look.
Lolo again goes old-school, increasing the image’s contrast and making it grainy, like an old Polaroid, complete with the bright white, square-shaped frame. Ansel makes your photo black and white and gives it a white border, perfect for those dreamy nature shots.
Next there are the year applications, named for the era they represent. 1962 ratchets down the contrast and the brightness of the photo, similar to an image in the newspaper, while 1974 takes on more of a sepia tone, giving your pic a retro look.
Lastly, there is Infrared. It makes your image look like it could have been taken with a heat-seeking lens.
You don’t have to choose between the options. You can use view all of them on the same photo simply by moving your finger from side to side on the screen to see each format. Choose one or more to save or delete them all if you wish. If you’re usually proud of your work, you can set up autosave to keep all your images automatically.
I really enjoyed using this application, as did my friend who is a PhotoShop whiz. It’s great for any photography buff, no matter what his or her skill level.
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TV Guide, eat your heart out. This listing app is a faster and more streamlined way to see what’s available to watch, and of course, it’s much more portable. You create an account, tell the program where you live – or where you’re at currently – and you’ll get a list of network and cable providers in the area. Once you choose the one you’re using, the program will provide you with a list of everything that’s on, including the channel number and the time. The easy to use interface even features network logos, making it a cinch to find the program you’re looking for.
To make your selections even easier, the app allows you to save favorites based on the shows themselves, featured actors, genre, user ratings and more. Not sure about a title you’ve never seen before? You can read what others have to say and possibly see a preview video of the show.
And I.TV is not limited to television either. You can look up the movie listings in local theaters too and take advantage of the same search and favorites options as you do for the television listings.
It’s a great app to use if you’re a perpetual channel flipper or if you need an easy way to see what should go on the DVR. Also, it’s perfect for travel. There’s no more hunting for your favorite stations in the hotel’s cable guide.
Note that you cannot view TV shows themselves or record them through this app. It is simply a way to see what is playing.
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Ambiance, The perfect iPhone App for noisy Airports, reading in crowded coffee shops or Packed Subways. Ambiance now offers 45 different Ambient sounds to help you fall asleep, drowned out loud distracting noise around you so you can concentrate on whatever it is you may be doing.
With this particular App some of the sounds even with volume all the way up are hard to here, so I did all my review testing using my headphone which I believe is the only way to use Ambiance. I did several tests from falling asleep to riding the Subway this morning to the SBA Offices and found this App is pretty cool and effective even though it is such a plain simple Application.
I found it quite remarkable that listening to birds cherpping could relax me yet allow me to concentrate on filling out the forms I needed to and be completely unaware of any surrounding noise.
Ambiance allows you to set a timer so it will automaticlly shut off after a certain time. You can adjust volume levels, Show front controls, Set alarms or to just go quite after timer ends, you have the option to delete any sound and customize the sounds in the playlist and choose weather to fade volume or not at timers end..
My overall thoughts and rating in Good, I would recommend this iPhone App to anyone who works around machinery or loud offices, riders on the subway, and anyone that deals with loud places to consider Abiance at $.99 it wont break your pocket and it is worth a buck for sure.
Happy Sleeping And Reading To All Who Purchase This App! Purchase This App!
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The Mobile News Network, Powered by the Associated Press, helps you keep up-to-date with what’s happening anywhere, in your hometown and across the globe.
Personalize your news to meet your needs. Choose from entertainment, sports, election coverage and finance – all the news at your fingertips. The mobile News Network is the most comprehensive news offering available for the iPhone.
Select local news from your trusted local newspapers and broadcasters and combine it with the best of the Ap`s videos, photo galleries, and national and international coverage.
Even on the go, you won’t miss a story. Read, share, search and save breaking news. it’s local. it’s comprehensive. it’s perfect for the iPhone.
My overall thoughts on this News App is good. I like it and I really like that it is FREE, I travel a lot thought the US and Caribbean and it is pretty awesome that I can always find out what’s going on at home with the Baltimore Ravens and see local events taking place at the destination in which I’m traveling to. This is iPhone App was one of the first five Apps I purchased and is one I use regularly.
So I would recommend this App to News Geeks, The Curious, and pretty much everyone because it is a Good App and it is FREE.
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