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EA Brings Back Lite-Brite – for Your iPhone

I know you remember playing with a Lite-Brite at some point during your childhood. Even those kids who never owned one ended up creating cute little works of art at a friend’s house. Those colorful tiny pegs were the bane of every mom’s existence… and created hours of enjoyment for those of us who were under the age of twelve. Who am I kidding? I’m a few years past twelve, and I’d still play with one of these if I had one here.

Electronic Arts is making it simple for you to keep your kiddo busy during a car trip or a wait at the doctor’s office. We promise not to tell anyone if you occasionally play with the Lite-Brite app yourself! The app will allow you to animate what you’ve done and even share it with friends via email, facebook or your photo reel.

You’ll find classic design templates plus many new ones. Choose to play around in free-style mode to let your inner creativity soar. Unlock more designs after completing a set number of drawings. Add colors with the swipe of a finger or pinch to zoom in or out. There’s even a Time Attack mode to challenge yourself… see how fast you can complete a template and match your score against your friends.

I love finding apps such as these for my iPhone. What cool apps are you playing with these days?

How to Watch Xvid Movies

CineXPlayer is the simplest way to watch all of your Xvid movies on the iPad. The app allows you to transfer your Xvid content to the device without needing to convert. Play them even when you have no Internet connection, such as while traveling. Enjoy a cinematic experience and then swipe to delete when you’re ready to get rid of a specific title. It really IS that easy!

For the most part, the app works very well. The majority of reviewers on the App Store have rated it four stars or more. However, Engadget reports that there are some issues when trying to play certain file formats. That is to be expected, and the app developers ask for feedback. “You may occasionally come across an Xvid movie you will not be able to play. Please use our support contact if you encounter such a problem.”

Microwave Gadgets Safely with an iPad

How often have you wondered what would happen if you stuffed your old phone into the microwave and turned it on? More sparks would fly than you could possibly imagine, I’m sure. The light show that would ensue likely would be of the magnitude found in the latest thriller at your local theater. Even though it may look cool, the threat of injury is too high to ever actually do something like this. That is why the new Microwave It app will become your new favorite toy.

The app allows you to (virtually) place any of ten included items into the microwave to watch them pop, sizzle and explode. Choose between aluminum foil, a CD, a large fluorescent bulb, ribbon, a halogen tube, a standard lightbulb, a marshmallow, paper clips, soap and steel wool to begin your heated journey. Expansion packs are available to allow you to toy with things such as an LED light string and a potato chip bag.

Keep in mind that while the app is 100% safe to use, it is NOT a good idea to actually place any of these items into a real microwave. In other words: Don’t try this at home!

iPod touch Myself

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Yes, I had it sitting there on my desk for a few days. Had to let the thing ripen, ya know? Anyway, this morning, in front of the live virtual audience (were you there?), I opened ‘er for the first time and copped a feel.

Initial impressions? Generally good, although I’m a bit disappointed there’s no LED flash and no ability to view actual battery usage percentage… but it shoots damn nice video. I will likely give this new iPod away at some point, as I have with older models. Stay tuned for details on that in the near future.

I’ve had iPod-like capabilities with my iPhone 4. This model interested me for one specific reason – the cameras. I’m often out and about, and need to record or capture something. If I want to record something that is on my iPhone, I can’t use the camera that is on the iPhone! The iPod touch will work perfectly for this, don’t you think?

I have to say that the little Finger Tips booklet that comes with my Apple products is cool as hell. The name is great and the tips inside are usually great, as well.

It was easy to tell that this is the 64GB model. It weighs approximately 32GB more than the 32GB model, and about 48GB more than the 16GB model. Thankfully, there’s a math app floating around in iTunes somewhere. It took a lot of fingers and toes to figure that out.

The first thing I noticed when taking the new iPod touch out of its box for the first time is how slim this little baby is. I was actually surprised by the thinness, even though I had read the specs for myself. Knowing the thickness of a new gadget doesn’t really give you a feel for what it’s like in the hand… until it’s IN your hand!

I will definitely need a good case for this, and a screen protector. Fingerprints drive me completely batshit! I also like to have good protection, so let me know what cases you recommend for this newest iteration of the iPod touch.

The nice thing about already having an iPhone and more than 800 apps is that I can sync everything right to this new iPod touch. As soon as I sync it with my iTunes account, all of my apps and data will be automagically placed onto the device.

My next question for you is: what should I do now with the iPod? Is there something I’m missing? Is there more to it than this?

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The Alphabet Game

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Are you a fan of word games? Test your reflexes and hand-eye coordination with Alphabetic. There are several different challenges which will unlock badges as you meet them, and you can customize your own experience. If you can tear yourself away from this addictive little game, you can disable the timer and slow things down to help younger children learn their ABCs.

The object of the game is to locate all of the letters in the alphabet before your timer runs out. It’s not as easy as it sounds because the game has tons of cool animations that it uses to display the letters. This makes it harder and harder to find them quickly.

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Become an Acrobat with Mirror’s Edge for the iPhone

Mirror’s Edge is the newest app to come from the folks behind EA Mobile. The game transports you to a place which appears on its surface to be perfect. As we all know, nothing is ever as it seems. You’ll have to become an acrobat to combat the evil that is hiding around every corner.

In a city where information is heavily monitored, where law is brutally enforced, where most people sacrifice freedom for a comfortable life, there are still those that choose to live on the edge. In Mirror’s Edge, take control of Faith Conners, a member of an underground group known as “Runners.” These acrobatic messengers are the last source of free communication in this “perfect” city. But a deadly threat has grown from within and Faith finds that she alone is the one that can stop it. Use Faith’s incredible acrobatic moves to outmaneuver the enemy –run on walls, slide down precarious ramps, ride ziplines, and leap between rooftops.

Reviews claim that this version captures the essence of the console counterpart very well – and I have to agree. It’s rare to see this happen with a mobile game. Just as with the console version, the app has a storyline which will propel you through the levels. Since there actually are levels, there’s always room to improve. Learn the best routes through each level, explore the map to find hidden bags and figure out how to master the various controls in order to have faster completion times.

It is a bit challenging to get all of the various swipes and moves down pat. Once you are used to swiping in a certain direction to control a particular function… it’s all downhill (or uphill!) from there. This is a fast-paced and fun game, and one that I will be playing often. Can you beat my score?

Brew Your Pictures With Percolator

I have been having a great time using Percolator on my iPhone lately. You can use the app to turn any photo into a seriously cool multi-color mosaic. Open it up and mix up new color palettes for all of your designs… and add more style to your old typography. Create new patterns for your websites, page layouts or illustrations. Heck, you can even use this in conjunction with other photo apps. The only real limits to what you can come up with are the ones created by the rock sitting on your shoulders.

Percolator is simple to use. You can use the camera on your phone to take a new picture or load up something that is hiding in the camera roll. Zoom in and pan around to make SURE all of your details are exactly the way you want them. The Grind setting controls those details: “Coarse produces the biggest circles, while “Fine” gives you the smallest ones. Close cropping the photo will give you a larger and more detailed finished image. When you’re satisfied with what you’ve done, simply export it to the film roll as a JPEG file.

I’m not kidding when I tell you that once you start playing around in Percolator, you’ll never look at pictures in the same way again. Even if you aren’t a professional designer or photographer, you can easily create some off-the-hook stuff to share with the world. Heck, send me links to what you’ve done with this app. Perhaps one of you should start a special photo group for this stuff over on Geeks.

SoundPrism Takes iPad Music to a New Level

SoundPrism brings music to you in a way you’ve never seen before. Created by Audanika, this iPad app will mesmerize you for hours on end. It’s being touted as “an intuitive and fun way to express yourself, giving you a tool to create emotions with.” Any app that can figure out how I feel has to be seriously awesome, right?

The thing I love the most about SoundPrism is a small blurb on the creator’s about page: “We’re not entirely sure what SoundPrism is. We think it might be a musical instrument but we’re learning new stuff playing with it every day.” This app is so full-featured and well-coded that even the inventor is continually learning to do more with it each and every day.

The app was built specifically for the iPad and its multi-touch display. When you run it for the first time, you know that this little piece of code is a work of art. Trust me on this.

Bring Art to Life on the iPad with Art in Motion

Art in Motion is a totally new type of art app. It’s based on an idea that art should evolve WITH technology. Since the iPad is the best multi-touch device out there right now, the app creators realized that it was the perfect platform for them to unleash this very awesome way for you to make something stunning. Sure, painting a picture can be wonderful. But, it doesn’t take advantage of these advancements in technology.

How IS this app different than standard art? With Art in Motion, you will be creating an entire scene, instead of just a painting or picture. Instead of drawing in scenery such as trees or flowers, you’ll customize and add orbs to your work in progress. Instead of just looking at a drawing, you’ll watch your orbs come alive. Unlike a painting, there is actual motion in what you create with Art in Motion. Heck, you can even interact with your scene. In a normal painting, the colors don’t (or shouldn’t, at least) change. With your Art in Motion creation, the colors fade, flow and change constantly.

The app has a powerful physics engine with 20 different bundled scenes to play with and study, helping you to learn how to create your own. There’s a highly-intuitive interface, full multi-touch support and very clear documentation.

If you enjoy creating things, this app may be the one you never knew you had to have. It’s an easy – and awesome – way to make something truly outstanding of your very own.

Organize Your Movie Collection with DVD Catalog

If you’re like me, you have about a bajillion DVDs lying around the house. If you’re even more like me, you have no idea what titles you already own and which ones may have been loaned out to others. The DVD Catalog app for the iPad is going to help me regain control of my library – and my sanity.

DVD Catalog is the quickest way to enter your entire DVD collection into a device. You don’t have to enter any stinking bar codes anymore. Just manually type the movie in or use the Auto Load button. Type in the movie title and let the web service find the movie and fill in all other information – including photos. DVD Catalog comes with a full slate of features, as well:

  • Animated intro with gorgeous red velvet curtains opening up to your cover flow of movies.
  • Search your entire DVD catalog by Movie Title, actors, directors, rating and year.
  • Create Username and password to connect to our free webservice.
  • Gorgeous graphics and ease of use make this app a cinch to use as well as fun!
  • If you dont like the photo of your movie, simply use the image picker and add your own.

The web service is free when you purchase the app. This will back up your catalog into the Cloud, allowing you to access it from anywhere in the world. Additionally, you’ll have a backup of your information should your iPad become lost, get stolen or stop working.