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The First iPhone Clock App I Actually Paid Money For

FlipTime is a clock and calendar app designed to look and work and go *clickclickclickclick* like the old-school flippy information boards at train stations and airports. Simple, but watch and see why I paid 99 cents.

[iTunes, omletworks via Soup]

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Get Girls Half-Naked in Your iPhone

I’m not a fan of the Suicide Girls—although I’ve a crush for Gwen, a waitress at the Blackbird Parlour who looks like one, only prettier—but I love their iPhone application.

It works like those naughty pens with pin ups that fascinated me when I was 11 years old. They were one of my first fetishes: Turn them around and the girl will go from dressed to naked instantly. The ones I was obsessed with used water and floating french lingerie, which disappeared magically, thanks to Archimedes’ principle, at the flick of the wrist. The day I saw one of these, I became obsessed with pin ups and corsets… but I digress here.

Instead of water, the Suicide Girl application uses the gyroscope in the iPhone. When you flip the iPhone the girl will get half-naked, turning around at the same time. I wish I could tell you that if you flip it again, she would get completely naked, but no, it doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t even allow you to pinch either, which is basically the main reason why the pinching gesture was invented. You know, Steve got one of the first iPhones and asked the dev team why the hell he could touch Diane Keaton’s boobies but he couldn’t pinch her. And right there, the pinch gesture was born.

I know. Too much wine for lunch. [iTunes App Store]

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The First Fuzzy Shot of the Sirius iPhone App

The Sirius XM iPhone app hasn’t arrived as quickly as predicted, but according to CEO Mel Karmazin’s PowerPoint presentation, it’s at least in the final stages of planning.

The exact details are unclear from the slides, but it appears that a $2.99 monthly streaming fee may apply. Additionally, there’s a shopping cart in the app. Exactly what will Sirius XM subscribers be buying?

We’re guessing more details will surface shortly, but what do subscribers in the audience think? Is this an progressive move from the company, or a somewhat sad, last ditch effort to stay alive? (My guess is that it’s a bit of both, but if they think that subscribers will buy music a la carte for use in a single app, they are nuts.) [Sirius Investor via Silicon Alley Insider]

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App Review: FLIP

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FLIP Forum Review by llofte. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

If Tetris and Bejeweled were to have a child, they would give birth to FLIP. This is a puzzle game of flipping and tilting your iPhone around to manipulate gems. There are 3 very distinct game modes: standard, puzzle, and speed.

Standard Mode

In standard mode, gems fall one at a time from the top and the objective is to mach like-colored gems by having them touch. Tilting the iPhone left and right moves the falling gems appropriately. These controls are fairly sensitive and it’s easy to move a gem farther than intended. I found that the more vertical I hold the iPhone, the less sensitive the controls tend to be. If you flip the iPhone 90 degrees, all the gems will fall to the new bottom. This is what makes standard mode a true puzzle in my opinion. For example, in the above screenshot, it initially looks like there’s no way to match 4 gems. But if I flip to the right, I will get 4 red gems to match up. This makes the dynamics of the game interesting and challenging. As you progress, the falling speed and the amount of gems you need to match increases. You get bonus points for multiple matches at once called “link combos” and for matching more gems than required for that level. The game ends when a gem is unable to enter the game because the stack is too high.

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Puzzle Mode

In this mode, you play through a series of what eBattalion calls “think-puzzles”. Each level begins with multiple distinctly colored gems in a specific location. On the grid, there is a colored square for each gem. The goal is to get the gems to their matching square. When you get a match, the square eats up the gem and turns white like the rest of the grid. You’re given a certain number of allowed flips to complete each level. If you finish without using all the allotted flips, you earn extra points. If you do not complete the puzzle with the allowed flips, you lose a life. The game ends when you lose all your lives. You are also given a certain amount of continues. Using a continue lets you continue from the current level, but erases your points.

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To control the gems, you must (of course) flip your iPhone around. Moving gems square by square is not an option; they all fall in the direction that you tilt your iPhone. Again, the controls are pretty sensitive and it’s easy to accidently make unintended moves. I found it easiest to play this mode with my iPhone as flat as possible looking down on it.

Speed Mode

The object of this mode is to match up all the like-colored gems in each level before you run out of time. What makes this mode challenging is that you must have all the gems of one color matched up before they clear. The controls and layout is exactly like puzzle mode. The quicker you complete the level, the more points you get. The game is over if you do not complete the puzzle in time. Unlike puzzle mode, you do not have any lives. You can use continues, however, but this erases your points.

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Other Features

  • If you exit the application while in the middle of game, FLIP returns to exactly where you left off when you relaunch.
  • Can disable the music and listen to your own
  • Easy directions to include your scores on the global scoreboard (must visit their website)

Conclusion

FLIP is a great little game (actually, three games), especially at only $0.99. I find myself playing when I have a few minutes to kill as well as when I have time to obsess over it for awhile. I would love it if a future update had an option to adjust the sensitivity of the controls. I often find myself losing a life or game because the game reacts when I barely move. I was initially disappointed that there wasn’t an option to disable the accelerometer and have gesture controls, but it didn’t take long to realize that the game wouldn’t be the same with gestures… besides, its name is FLIP for a reason!

Pros

  • 3 game modes
  • Fun and challenging
  • Time killer

Cons

  • Sensitive controls

TiPb Review Rating

TiPb Forums Review: 4 Star App

FLIP is available for $0.99 from the iTunes App Store.

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Appigo Todo, UFC Undisputed, Word2Find, Tweetero, iStat – TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they’re iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they’re fair game.

So who’s on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

James’ Pick: Appigo Todo

As a heavy Outlook (and therefore Exchange) user, one shortcoming even the highly anticipated 3.0 upgrade does not address is the management and synchronization of tasks. Although I was initially disappointed, Todo by Appigo has filled the void quite nicely. Todo is a robust app that can organize multiple todo lists, projects, and even manage your shopping list. One great feature of Todo is the ability to sync with Toodledo, Remember the Milk and even has a free desktop sync client. For more information, see the uber review as put together by TiPB’s very own Matt Sawyers (msbaylor on the forums). [$9.99 – iTunes link]

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Jeremy’s Pick: UFC Undisputed 2009.

[Ed: Not an iPhone app, but Xbox 360/PS3 and what’s held Jeremy hostage lo this last week!] I’ve been waiting for this game for a very long time and my patience has paid off. Must have for any gamer who loves mixed martial arts. Anyone out there who thinks they can take me… You know how to contact me. ;)

Leanna’s Pick: Word2Find

This is a quick little game that tests your vocabulary and unscrambling skills. You are given 6 letters and must produce as many words from them within the time limit. There is always at least one word that’ll use all 6 letters. Word2Find is one of those games you can get away with playing while in class or a meeting… not that I would ever do such a thing… [ $0.99 – iTunes link]

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Matt’s Pick: Tweetero

Yes, Tweetero is a Twitter application and while is has all the usual standard Twitter actions, what put this on my radar was that it allows you to save Tweets that you can send later. Of course it doesn’t have all the nifty features of say, Birdhouse, but it is nice to have the
option to save, edit and send later (or even send all saved). The interface is rather simple and the Home layout is reminiscent of Tweetie, best of all this little gem is free! [Free – iTunes link]

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Rene’s Pick: iStat

iStat is by Bjango, whom you may know by the name iSlayer on the Mac, makers of the awesome iStat series of widgets of the same name as this app. Confusing? Maybe, but the app itself is as simple as it is awesome. It shows you all kinds of nifty stats and measures about your iPhone (and even lets you free up system precious system stats or email your UDID at the touch of button), but here’s the killer feature — it shows you stats for any Mac you’ve connected to as well. Want to know how hot your MacBook is running in the living room or what your Mac Pro is doing in the office without getting up? iStat makes it easy. If you have an iPhone and a Mac, and any sort of geek-cred, you need iStat. Best of all, it’s at sale price right now!

[$1.99 – iTunes link]

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Your Pick?

You’re part of team TiPb too, so what’s your pick? What app was your absolute fav last week? Let us — and everyone — know in the comments!

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This Week In iPhone Apps: Deer Carcasses and Browser Tabs

This week, we revisit some classics from your (and your grandfather’s) childhood, iPhone browsing gets upgraded, and I play what it probably the best 3D multi-animal hunting game available for the iPhone.

Boulder Dash!: Whether you’re just leaving college or having your third kid, there’s a pretty good chance that you played Boulder Dash as a kid. The official 25th anniversary iPhone edition is as faithful as you want it to be: you can choose either classic, spritey graphics or a modern, cartoonish look, and opt for either an overlaid d-pad control scheme or a new swipe-based system. The game looks great and both control system work a treat, so collecting jewels on the iPhone feels about as natural as it did on the Commodore. $4.99.

Deer Hunter 3D: A hunting video game! What kind of bizarre nerd bumpki—oh, wait, this is actually pretty fun. Deer Hunter 3D for iPhone, licensed from the Walmart-famous Deer Hunter PC franchise, takes you on hunting trips to various locations to shoot various animals with various types of guns. It looks great, and the aiming system—the core of the game—is executed well. The walk-aim-shoot routine seems repetitive at first, but the game has enough unlockable content to keep it interesting for a while. $5.99.

Nightglow: This browser brings proper tabs, more gestures and a few other little odds and ends to your iPhone. Its tab switcher is definitely faster than Safari’s, though the app as a whole can be a bit sluggish, and the screen grab feature, which lets you explore the page while still maintaining focus on a text field, is sometimes useful. It kinda reminds me of one of those old Internet Explorer tabbed shells from 2003: it’s mildly attractive for power users, but wouldn’t be necessary at all if Safari was just a little bit better. $0.99.


Pickin’ Stix
: A vintage vintage game, this app asks you to do precisely one thing. Doing that one thing is easy, and strangely gratifying. It feels like it ought to be free, but $0.99 isn’t so bad.

HDR Camera: No, you can’t take DSLR-grade, hyper-realistic dynamic range photos with your iPhone. You just can’t. That said, HDR Camera does do a convincing fake. The app coaxes some decent pseudo-HDR imagery out of the iPhone’s sad little camera, albeit with filters and effects you could easily just apply in Photoshop. Its $1.99 pricetag is too high.

UpNext 3D NYC: If your life revolves around NYC, there really isn’t a better way—wait, let me rephrase that: a prettier way—to navigate the city on your iPhone. If it doesn’t, UpNext 3D’s exquisitely detailed view of the city is still great eye candy. It does everything you could want from a mapping app: subway schedules, local listings and basic mapping functions and restaurant reviews. Tapping buildings even tells you what’s inside (but only sometimes). Sorry, Brooklynites, it’s Manhattan only for now. $2.99.

This Week’s App News on Giz:

Card Master Pro iPhone App Exposes Brian Lam’s Poor Gambling Skills

8Bitone Chiptunes Synthesizer App Lets You Mix It Like Mario

Kindle 1.1 for iPhone Now Available

New Slacker iPhone App Works Harder to Smack Pandora

iPrivus Brings Reverse Call Lookup App To The iPhone

This list is in no way definitive. If you’ve spotted a great app that hit the store this week, give us a heads up or, better yet, your firsthand impressions in the comments. And for even more apps: see our previous weekly roundups here, and check out our Favorite iPhone Apps Directory and our original iPhone App Review Marathon. Have a good weekend everybody.

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Article: Weird + Small Apps: iHoop, Need For Cheese, Ohmz, RedLaser, Run From Hell + Slot Japan!

After a couple of weeks in which our Weird and Small Apps column skewed way more small than weird, the wacky is back for our latest edition. Between the insane iHoop and the less crazy but still amusing Need 4 Cheese, Ohmz, and Run From Hell, there’s a lot to tell you about this week; a bar code scanning and lookup tool called RedLaser and an odd Japanese slot machine simulator called Slot Japan! fill out the list. Though none of the titles…

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Kindle 1.1 for iPhone Now Available

If you are into the whole book thing, go and download the latest update. It’s worth it.

• Read in portrait or landscape mode
• Pinch to zoom images in books
• Select alternate background and text colors to improve
reading comfort in low light conditions.
• Tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages

You know what would be really funny, Jeff? That Apple introduces a 10″ iPod touch at WWDC. [Kindle for iPhone]

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Review: Sega of America Sonic the Hedgehog

The basic premise of the early Sonic games was simple: have fun running around and jumping in large, open environments, collecting rings until you reach the exit on the far right side of each large map. Rather than funneling you into a single straight path, Sonic’s stages were often both long and tall, with multiple routes to the exit, and different sorts of obstacles in your way. One route would take Sonic through a loop-de-loop—previously…

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News: Tapulous releases Dave Matthews Band Revenge

Tapulous has teamed with Dave Matthews Band for the release of Dave Matthews Band Revenge, the company’s latest artist-specific rhythm game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Dave Matthews Band Revenge features ten songs, including two singles from the band’s upcoming album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, themes, graphics, and effects inspired by the band’s videos and discography, four difficulty levels, each with unlockable boss…

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