If you are the kind of person who loves to experiment with food, create new recipes, or follow them, then you will greatly appreciate this app right here. The app is named 20 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver, and it has been brought to you by Zolmo. For those of you who do not know who Jamie Oliver is, he is a celebrated chef and TV personality from the United Kingdom.
The app description in the App Store is a unique one, with a letter from Jamie himself, describing the app.
The app itself is a very appealing one. It contains 60 “brand new recipes” by Jamie Oliver and each of the recipe will take approximately 20 minutes to prepare, hence giving the app the name 20 Minute Meals. The app shows step by step pictures describing the procedure required in the preparation of each recipe. It makes extremely easy for anybody to follow these steps. The app also features a shopping list. This feature helps you in sorting the ingredients, required to prepare the dishes, by aisle. Now you can shop for the ingredients easily next time you are in the supermarket. The app also includes 21 exclusive video clips by Jamie. These videos spanning over an hour show you useful kitchen tips and tricks. These may be anything from sharpening a kitchen to how onion can be chopped better.
The app has been designed well and is easy to use. There is also a voice prompt which keeps you motivated. You can also add ingredients to the list and share it with your fiends. The measurements are in both metric and U.S. Imperial to help you with measuring out ingredients.
Usually, the problem with these kinds of apps is that you have to download the individual contents while the app remains just an empty shell to be filled with. This would mean you would require Internet connection every time to use the app. 20 Minutes Meals however, solves that problem by making available all the content within the app so that you can work offline without the need to wait for the content to download every time. An amazing app over all.
When the video game title Mario Bros was launched in the 1980s, every game lover was addicted to it. The signature background score became synonym with video game music and the Mario and Luigi became house hold names. Titles like these had a huge fan following for a long long time. They do even now. Mario and other famous titles were created by Nintendo, the console and gaming giant and hence are available only for Nintendo’s hardware. Does that mean iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users will never get to enjoy these every green game titles?
If recent reports are to be believed then there is some hope left. According to Bloomberg, Nintendo investors have been pressurising the company to start offering some of their famous game titles on Apple’s mobile devices. Some of the game titles include Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, and Zelda.
Nintendo shares reached a new height about a month back after Pokemon Co, which is a former unit, announced that it is developing a game for Apple’s mobile devices. Going by the report, JPMorgan Chase & Co sent reports to it’s clients saying Nintendo might start making titles for other hardware. The Nintendo shares however, came back to their previous value as soon as Nintendo made it’s own announcement saying that it had no plans to start making game titles for products of other companies.
Nintendo’s plan seems to be to rely on it’s new gaming console Wii U. Also, they are offering their handheld gaming device, the 3DS handheld for discounted prices after it’s poor performance in the market.
Companies like Sega and Atari, who were at one time major players in the gaming console industry, now offer apps on Apple’s App Store. Companies like Sony and Microsoft, who have their own gaming consoles, have brought their services to mobile devices. Sony has services similar to PSP on Android and Microsoft is making available XBox Live on it’s Windows Phones.
Is this an indication towards the times that are to come? Will we see Nintendo offering it’s titles on hardware of other companies like Apple or RIM, or will they come up with their own smart phone to to provide a base for their titles?
A few months back, Facebook Inc acquired a small group messaging service company called Beluga. Facebook had planned to use the acquired company’s talent and its technology in it’s groups and messaging team. The first product after acquisition is out and it is Facebook’s messenger app.
The Facebook mobile app is not very efficient. It has issues with sending messages and posts not getting posted. The push notifications are not very accurate and It often faces problems with it’s frequent crashes. Facebook’s new stand alone messenger app might hold the key to a solution to all this problem. With Facebook Messenger, we will now be able to send and receive Facebook messages and group messages. The difference is that it will happen in real time.
With the release of this app, messaging from Facebook can be finally put to use for more than just casual chatting.
The app itself is simple and easy to use, and looks familiar. The app opens into a screen showing all of your open conversations with your Facebook friends. A new message can be composed with a single tap and the best part is the group messaging feature. This feature is perfect for group discussions. Now, planning a party or an outing with friends is easy.
Other features such as sharing photos and location has also been made available.
A couple of features are unique to Beluga and thus have left their mark. These are, plotting your friends’ location on a map if they have turned on the feature and the ability to turn off notifications for a set period of time. Also, the notifications on this app is quick and accurate.
Facebook is now in a favourable position to give a good fight to Google.
The app is available for free on the App Store.
The introduction of the notification functionality was one among the many good things that happened to iDevices lately. From notifications about incoming calls to notifications about the available updates to your presently installed apps, it does it all. A part of the notification functionality is the notification badge. I am talking about the red circle with numbers inside them, which sometimes appears at the top right corner of app icons such as the mail app, message app, app store, etc.,
These round symbols notify the user about number of things that are pending, or mails or messages that are unread, or things that can be updated, etc., The purpose served by these little round symbols is justified, and I personally feel that these notification badges are very useful.
However, say you own an iPad. The beautiful, sleek device with an attractive large screen. Everything on the screen so neatly arranged with the wallpaper in the background and the well spaced icons. Well, you know what i am talking about. Now, if a notification badge appears on top of an icon, some may consider it to be a spoiler of iPad’s beauty.
If you are are one of those persons who finds the notification badge annoying, you may find this app particularly useful. iOS, natively provides no option to turn off notification badges. The only option left is to turn to a Cydia tweak. Your iPad needs to be jailbroken for this, of course.
The app which comes to the rescue is called BadgeClear!. This app is extremely easy to use. Once the app has been installed we can get started with removing the notification badges. Tap and hold any icon on the springboard and all the app icons will start to jiggle. This usually is done to rearrange te icons or to delete any app, but with BadgeClear installed you will now also be able to remove notification badges. The badges have to be removed one at a time though. Tap on the badge which you want to remove and a pop up asks for a confirmation. Once you tap ‘ok’, the jobs done. Now move on to the rest of the badges.
This app is available for $0.99 in Cydia through the BigBoss repo.
Facebook has been facing some challenge from Google lately. Google+ was recently launched and it has a few features which Facebook does not. Google+ supports free video calls. Facebook was not too far behind and made available it’s own video calling feature. The video calling, however, works only on the desktop version of the social networking site. If you have the Facebook app on your iPad, it still does not support video calling.
The iOS app Talktone, however, provides a partial solution to this. You still cannot make video calls to Facebook friends, but through the app you can now make voice calls. The Facebook voice call feature was added in the apps latest update. Once the app is installed, you need to set it up with your Facebook account and invite your friends over to make calls free of cost.
Once you send an invite to a friend, he receives a message on his ‘Wall,’ which reads:
“<your friend’s name>, I am calling you on Facebook from Talkatone. You can get it on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and call me back for free.” This may seem somewhat tacky, but considering the app is a free download, there is nothing to complain.
With Talktone, you can do more than just make free calls to your Facebook friends.
You need to log in with your Google Talk account. After that it will let you make unlimited calls for free to all numbers in the U.S and Canada. You can also send text messages for free.
The calls can be made either over a Wi-Fi network or over 3G. The developers of the app also claim to provide “Unbeatable FREE support within 24 hours.”
Now you do not need an iPhone or a 3G network to make calls. You can make long free calls with you Wi-Fi enabled iPad as well.
Boxee is a video streaming app available on the Apple App Store. You can call it your own personal YouTube on iPad, in the sense that you can watch all your videos and videos from your friends anywhere and anytime. This cool app for iPad was first unveiled at the consumer electronic show and now it is available on the App Store.
Do you find getting videos from your personal collection on to the iPad a major headache, what with all the converting and syncing and stuff? Now you do not have to spend your precious time on converting videos. You can now directly stream videos over a Wi-Fi network directly from your computer. Extremely convenient don’t you think? The app also provides an option to view the video later with the tab provided for it, called “watch later”. So, now you can watch your favorite videos at anytime on your favorite iPad.
Boxee is not limited to streaming videos from you computer, of course. You can view videos from the net. Videos posted by your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr can be directly pulled in by your Boxee app and you can watch it on the iPad immediately, or may be later by putting it on the queue.
Another amazing feature on the app is it’s AirPlay like ability to stream videos wirelessly. If you feel like sharing your videos with your family or friends who have come over to your place, they do not have to huddle around your iPad any more. Stream the videos from the app to your Boxee Box and now you can watch your videos on your HDTV or any other large screen.
This cool app is available on the App Sore for free. If you own an iPad, this app is an essential download. Do not miss it.
If you own an iPad and are looking for great wallpapers to make the beautiful screen of the device even more gorgeous to look at, then you need to look no further than Trey Ratcliff’s Wallpaper Menagerie. This is an app for both the iPhone and the iPad, but wallpapers definitely look better on an iPad because of it’s larger screen.
Trey Ratcliff is a very well known travel photographer. The beautiful photographs shot by him are renowned world over. Trey Ratcliff even has a blog about photography which is very popular. You can find it at stuckincustoms.com. He even has the credit of having one of his HDR photos hanged in the Smithstonian. Apart from photography, Trey Ratcliff is also famous for tutorials on photography and techniques and file sharing.
Wallpaper Menagerie App undoubtedly provides some of the most stunning and and beautiful photos. Some of the photos are not optimized to be a wallpaper but still beautiful to look at. The app provides 17 wallpapers for free once you install the app from the App Store by paying $0.99. 10 photos are found inside the app after it is installed,ready to be used as wallpapers or to be just enjoyed. The other 7 come from an in app free download of the Starter Pack. This pack contains 7 beautiful landscapes. There are still 9 more packs that can be downloaded from within the app, but these are not for free and will cost $0.99 for each pack. Each of these packs again contain 7 photos. Before downloading these packs however, you can only read a short description about the pack and not preview the photos. The majority of the photos in these packs are landscape shots and a few others, and each one of them is a master piece. A total of just 80 photos are available in the app, but the quality of each and every photo is match-less.
Apart from photos, the app contains some tutorial videos as well. You will love this app whether you are into photography or are just a guy looking for some wallpapers for his iPad.
Sometimes, there are possibilities that after Jailbreaking your iPad, it might have started functioning improperly. The usual solution to any problem that might be effecting your iDevice is complete restoration of the device using iTunes. There are instances though, when even a system restore has been unable to resolve an issue.
One such issue is with photos not getting saved on to the Camera Roll of the iPad. The issue is sometimes caused after a jailbroken device has been restored back to Stock. The iPad suddenly loses it’s ability to save pictures on to the Camera Roll and it becomes almost impossible to rectify this problem, since even restore does not resolve the issue.
There is, however, a relatively simple solution to this annoyance. Before proceeding with the solution procedure, there are a few basic things you should take care of first.
You should make sure to back up all the data and sync your iPad with iTunes. Once all the data in the iPad is safe, you can go ahead do anything that needs to be done to resolve the problem
The solution lies in deleting a certain folder in the file system. The folder name is 100Apple and the complete path to find the folder is: /Media/DCIM/100Apple. 100 Apple is the folder where the Camera Roll pictures are saved. If the folder is deleted, the iOS automatically creates a new 100Apple folder. Once the old folder has been replaced, the problem ceases to exist and you will once again be able to save photos on to the camera Roll. Another question here is, how to access the 100Apple folder? This can be easily done with a simple app called iPhone Explorer. This app exposes the whole File System letting you modify the files inside. Be careful not to modify or delete any other file in the File System as this could result in your iPad getting bricked.
If you are from the generation who literally lived on computer games like the Quake and DOOM 24/7, you will be happy to hear that these games have made a come back. Not on Windows, or even computers, but on the iPad. The new age gaming device and perhaps the gaming device of the future.
DOOM Classic has now been made universal and so that you can run it on the iPad. This game belongs to an evergreen generation of games which redefined gaming at that time.
This is what the developers have to say about it on the Apple’s App Store.
“Welcome to Hell! Prepare to relive the First Person Shooter that defined a generation with the legendary original DOOM – now on the iPhone. As a space marine stationed on the planet Mars, you are all that stands between the armies of Hell and their invasion of planet Earth!
DOOM Classic includes the original three episodes as well as Episode Four, Thy Flesh Consumed, spread across 36 levels of non-stop carnage and action.”
You can now relive the gaming moments with all those crazy and blood thirsty weapons such as the Chainnsaw and the BFG 9000 and slaughter monsters like the Imp, Cacodemon, and the Hell Knight. You also have customizable control schemes to play the game how ever you are comfortable. All these have been designed by id Software co-founder and industry legend, John Carmack. You can be rest assured that the game will give you hours of fun.
Another good news is the amazing multiplayer capabilities that have been included. Now you can have endless fun in multiplayer mode. Get connected to a wireless network and you can battle against your friends in the Death match mode. You can also collaborate with your friends and take on those endless hordes of enemies. A must buy for game lovers of this genre.
After the nearly endless list of social networking sites’ apps on the Apple App Store, a new contender came into the battle. This time around it was Google+. Just as all these social networking apps have ‘fights’ in the outside world concerning which site is better, there is fierce competition within the App Stores of the mobile devices regarding which social networking app is better designed and give a better user experience.
Google+ entered the race comparatively late and has a lot of catching up to do. When the Google+ app was first released on the Apple App Store, for reasons no one knows, the app was compatible only with iPhone. When I say iPhone, it is only iPhone and not even the iPod Touch. It does not make sense since any app which runs on the iPhone automatically runs on iPod Touch as well. After all, the Touch is an iPhone without the phone.
With the new update (Version 184.108.40.2066) to the app however, Google+ becomes compatible with both the iPod Touch and the iPad. Sadly, even if the app is compatible with the iPad, it is still not optimised for the iPad. Now it just runs on the iPad where as previously it would not even open. If you open the app on the iPad, you see the app floating in mid screen. You can double the tiny app in size but it still is not good enough. iPad definitely needs an iPad only version and not an iPhone version which just opens on the iPad. It does not even have landscape mode. Hope Google soon comes up with a better app custom made for the iPad, making use of it’s amazing features.