App Of The Week #4

December 28, 2009

This week, the app of the week is one of my favorites. In Labyrinth 2 you tilt your iPhone or iPod Touch to get your ball into the right hole. Sounds simple, right? Well, that’s not all. In the all new Labyrinth 2 there are many more features than in the original Labyrinth. There are cannons that will blow up your ball if your not careful. Magnets can pull you into cannons or holes and make you start all over again. If you go through the laser walls you set off sirens and doors close. There is now also a feature where you can go online, enter a couple codes and create your own level packs. There are thousands of level packs to download. Though, there are tons of packs to download, I’d suggest finishing all of the official level packs. Official meaning created by Illusion Labs. I’ve created my own level packs before, and the online creator is really easy to use and i had my 6-level pack done in ten minutes. I bought this app as soon as it came out, and I would highly recommend buying it if your are a fan of the original Labyrinth, or are looking for an amusing and challenging game.

Rating: ★★★★★

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App Of The Week #3

December 18, 2009

This weeks app is an app I find very handy when your on the go, and you need your Mac in your pocket. This weeks app is Remote Tap by ReadPixel. You can see your Mac screen from anywhere. Just set up your iPhone (or iPod Touch) to the wifi connection that your Mac is on and it will automatically get all the settings. This app is one of my favorite apps on my phone because you get all the features that you would if you were sitting at your Mac. You can do Photoshop, listen to iTunes or surf the web. One feature this app does lack, however, is the ability to stream video. I’ve tried this many times, but it just never works. If it works for you, either leave a comment or send us an email at admin@bandew444.com. This is one of the greatest apps in the app store, so if you are a Mac/iPhone owner and you don’t have it… get it now! I know this is a short one… but this app will mostly be explained in the screen shots.

Rating: ★★★★★

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App Of The Week #1

November 14, 2009

This is our new thing here at B4, App Of The Week. Every Friday we will bring you one our favorite iPhone/iPod Touch apps. This week, we decided that pocket god: EP: 28, Barking Spider, Crouching Pygmy our favorite app is: Pocket God, by Bolt Creative. Their latest episode, episode 28, is titled, “Barking Spider, Crouching Pygmy”. For those of you who are not familiar with Pocket God, you get your own little islanders to play with and do what you want with. You can strike them with lightning, drown them or blow them up. You control the weather, the volcano, the fishies, the sun, the moon and even the sharks with laser beams attached to their heads. There are four different “worlds” to explore. Go to Dinosaur Island, The Graveyard, Palm Tree Island or underwater. There are mini games that you can play in Pocket God, also. There is Ooga Jump, Coconut Bouncing and Pygmy Bowling. Thees all happen while you’re playing, instead of touching a button and waiting for a different game to load. The Bolt Creative team comes out with new Pocket God episodes as often as they can to keep everything new and exciting. With each update comes new features. For Example, when they came out with the new episode, Barking Spider, Crouching Pygmy, they added a spider in the graveyard that you fight with a spear. This is one of the best apps in the app store, and you’ll never get bored… it is a must buy.

Rating: ★★★★★

Screenshots:

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Snow Leopard Is Here!

August 28, 2009

OS X 10.6

Today Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard came out, and thank god, I ordered it in advance. Snow Leopard is basically an improvement on 10.5 Leopard, and you can read about that in Mac VS. PC. Snow Leopard is faster, more efficient, and takes up less space on your hard drive. In fact, before I installed it today I had 177.2 Gigabytes left on my hard drive. Now, I have 189.46 left! That’s 12.26 GB smaller than Leopard! Apple says, “In ways big and small, Mac OS X Snow Leopard makes your Mac faster, more reliable, and easier to use.” and ” Mac experience…fine-tuned”.

The Finder has been updated, it’s mainly cocoa, though. You can also customize your spotlight searches, read multi-paged documents (in icon form) in the Finder, or watch a QuickTime movie in Finder icon form. According to Apple.com, start up is 2x faster and shut down is 1.8x, or 80% faster than Leopard.

Here’s my favorite part: QuickTime X! On QuickTime X, X standing for 10, you can share to iTunes or YouTube, you can screen record, audio record, or record with your webcam. QuickTime videos are also viewable in Exposé, so when you go into Exposé, you can still watch it. Videos in QT can also be trimmed, such as on the iPhone. The video playback is also in higher resolution and is smoother. And come on, who doesn’t love the new logo?

There is a few more things, such as Chinese Character Input with your Multi-Touch Trackpad, iChat has higher resolution, 80 % faster Time Machine backup, automatic printer driver updates & automatic time zone setup and something else that wasn’t that important. I’m going to get into that stuff, but, what I will say is, THIS is the OS (X)  you have to get if you want speed, performance, and an over all great experience with an easy to use interface (not to mention it looks way better than PC), then you want Snow Leopard.

Sources: Apple.com

B4 2009 Software Awards

July 24, 2009

So, since January when I got my Mac, I’ve been making a list of the best software, and here it is with their awards!

Best Web Browser & Audio Player:

Apple Award

safari logo Safari  4

iTunes Logo iTunes 8

Best Graphic Design App:

Adobe AwardPhotoshopCS4icon Photoshop

Maxon AwardCinema4d Logo C4D

Best Social Networking App:

Skype AwardSkype

Best Video Viewing App:

Hulu AwardHulu Desktop

Best Blogging Software:

WordPress AwardWordPress

Best Video Editing App:

Adobe Award After Effects After Effects

Best Business Apps:

Microsoft AwardOffice (Mac)

Best Video Convertor:

Squared5 AwardMPEG Streamclip

2nd annual Bandew444’s Software Awards coming in Summer 2010!


Bandew444’s Art

July 8, 2009

If you want to see some neat stuff, i don’t know if you’ve heard of it but there’s this place called deviantART. I’ve had one for a while, but i just recently started uploading things I’ve made. If you are interested in Photoshop brushes, and pictures of NOFX with colorful backgrounds, then you need to see it. There is more stuff, but I can’t remember what it is, and… well, I’m just too lazy to look at it while I’m writing this post. If you want to go, just click here.


As Stock Market Recovers, Mac is Outgrowing PC

July 1, 2009

MacBook ProFinder

2008 and 2009 have been tough on everyone, but now there is a small amount of recovery, especially for Apple.

Macs are beating PC in sales growth, even before Apple released the new Mac Book Pro in June. Apple reported shipment increases of 25% while PC shipments were only up 1%. Morgan Stanley analyst, Kathryn Huberty is predicting 2.5 million Mac sales for this quarter. Apple sold 2.2 million Macs in the second quarter of 2009, 3% less than the same quarter in 2008. Considering the current state of the economy, that 3% decline in sales is not that significant. If 2.5 million are sold, it wont be very out of the ordinary from the 2.496 million Macs sold in the third quarter of 2008. Apple’s website has also had an impressive amount of page views, almost doubling that of Hewlett-Packard (HP), who is there nearest competitor in page views.

sources: CNET News, Apple Inc.