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: ★★★★★

Screenshots:



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


Who Deserved it Most?

July 25, 2009

Who deserved a B4 Software award the most? Vote here.


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!


Things That are Disappearing

July 23, 2009

Hey Jeary here. Do you remember in school learning about card catalogs, and cassette tapes? I do. I was on the internet and saw a head liner that said, “100 Disappearing Things“. I thought I would look and I just thought it was crazy how all of these things would be something my children (when I have some) would ever know about. I think I will name 20 of them so you can know a few. To see more then just click on the link above.

Audio-Visual Entertainment

1.Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.

2. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.

3. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.

4. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.

Computers and Videogaming

5. Recording a song in a studio.

6. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.

7. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.

8. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.

The Internet

9. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.

10. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.

11. Phone books and Yellow Pages.

12. The time before PC networks.

Gadgets

13. Sending that film away to be processed.

14. Typewriters.

15. Answering machines.

16. Pay phones.

Everything Else

17. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.

18.Writing a check.

19. Cash.

20. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.

Do you see all of this. Can you imagine your child never knowing what these were. I can’t if you were to ask me. Keep the views coming to my site also. If you want a shirt you can go to this link and find some shirts to buy.

-The Jeary