I can’t believe I have not done today’s app before. Netflix is the standard for streaming movies, and with apps available for Android, Windows Phone and iOS, it is a must have for any Netflix user. Netflix has recently made some controversial changes to it’s price structure, but if you still have streaming get this app now.
Netflix is available on so many devices…
Most of my life, for the past 18 years, has revolved around my son. He’s 18 now, but on September 11, 2001 he was 8. I was the stay-at-home dad. Get the kid ready in the morning, get him to school, and pick him up after school. Like most parents, I wondered what his future would be like, what the world of my adult son would be like. Well, he’s an adult now and I never could have imagined how the world he would grow up in would change that morning.
I never watch TV in the morning, but that day was different. I’m not sure why I turned on the news that day and, after reading some other 9/11 posts, it seems that is a common thread. People that normally would not be watching news in the morning turned on the TV _that_ morning. By the end of the morning, the entire country seemed to be watching – connected by tragedy, anger, fear and loss. As the news channels did 10 years ago, today they are playing those scenes that I can see in mind, even when the TV is off. The sense of loss is just as great today. The feeling I had 10 years ago, as I watched the towers fall, is almost paralyzing.
In the days, weeks, and years that followed we were also inspired. Inspired by the heroic acts of the first responders, and the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others. That is the world I see my son growing up in now. A country that was forever changed, but united. I’d like to take a moment to thank the firefighters, law enforcement personnel, military, and civilians that help to make this country safe for future generations.
Below is an infographic summary of the tragedy of 9/11 and the past 10 years…
When someone mentions Def Leppard, or Heart, almost everyone knows who they’re talking about. Two of the greatest rock bands of all time. Last Wednesday, Def Leppard was at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Citywalk with Special Guest Heart – the opening act was Evan Watson. The short version: Great Show! The long version: It was a damn great show!
I have not been to the Gibson Amphitheatre since it was called Universal Amphitheatre, and that was a long time ago. I’m happy to say that this place rocks. I’ll talk about that more later, but lets get into the concert a bit…
Today I am picking something for the Android users. I have been watching this product for a long time, and the reviews rock. Beautiful Widgets from LevelUp Studio is exactly what it sounds like, a set of Widgets for Android devices such as clocks with weathers, weather widgets. It also includes a nice collection of toggle buttons to change the status of your device’s features. The toggles buttons include Brightness change, Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, Silent, Silent with Vibrate, Mobile, Plane mode, 4G, Auto-rotate. Since this pick is based on appearance, you really need to check it out for yourself.
Below is a video of the product:
FREE APP ALERT!!
Today I have an iOS app from famed game developer id Software. Rage HD is a rails based first person shooter (FPS) that is set in the world of TV Game Shows. This is not primetime TV. Mutant Bash TV is a show where the contestant, that’s you, kills mutants. The problem is they are also trying to kill you. The game is really a teaser for the upcoming console and PC game arriving later this year. I am not normally a rails-shooter fan, but this is a nice interpretation of the genre. If you have never played a rails shooter, imagine you are at an amusement park on one of those rides where the car takes you through and turns you around while shoot the targets. The old arcade game Time Crisis is also a great example.
In Rage HD most of your movement is scripted, but…
Today’s pick is a game called Cut The Rope from ZeptoLab. In Cut The Rope, your goal is to feed the monster Om Nom. He likes Candy, but you also collect stars at each stage, and break bubbles along the way. Sounds easy, but there are obstacles and enemies that make a simple feeding more difficult. The best way to describe the game is to say it’s award winning:
Best Handheld Game — BAFTA Awards 2011
Most Innovative Game— Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Casual/Puzzle Game — Pocket Gamer Awards 2011
Best Handheld Game — Game Developers Choice Awards 2011
Best Puzzle Game — Best App Ever Awards 2010
The thing that caught my attention about this game were…
If you have read more than a few of my “App of the Week” picks, you’ll most likely guess I’m into photography. I love to pull out a camera anytime I can, and the old saying that “the best camera is the one you have with you” is true. When I use a DSLR, I take my shots and then process them in a variety of software packages – Lightroom, Aperture, and Photoshop etc. One software package I use, as a plugin inside all of those, is the Nik Software Complete Collection. Their software is nothing short of amazing, and if you use any of the photo processing software I mentioned I suggest you try their trial versions. You’ll end up buying the stuff. The problem is, sometimes the camera I have with me is the iPhone. Sometimes I just want to take a photo and post it online or email it to someone. That’s where today’s pick come in…
It’s amazing what you can get for free.
There are so many services for smart-phone users today that offer free apps. Games, social media, or reference, there’s an app for almost anything. But live TV on your phone? My cable bill costs more than my first car payment, and the car payment ended after 4 years. But now, you can get live TV on your hip…. free (well, nothing is totally free, as you will see below)!
Keeping up on news and trends has changed. Today you find news on Twitter, or Google+, but CNN is is still a staple in broadcast news. CNN has released an app, available for Android and iOS, that brings the cable news station to you, wherever you are.
Watch your favorite CNN shows, watch CNN TV live – 24/7 with video coverage of live events and video clips, or become the reporter by recording and submitting video or photo iReports. CNN’s app even ties in with the major social media tools to let you share stories via e-mail, SMS, Twitter and Facebook.
So what’s the catch?
When I looked at the Android Market this week I saw today’s pick, and I could not believe the ratings. StarDunk from Godzilab is game for both Android and iOS. They claim more than 4 millions downloads on iOS, and the Android Market shows between 500,000 and 1,000,000. That’s a ton of players!
Think Basketball in space. Stardunk is a multiplayer, online basketball game where you play against players from around the world, in realtime. It has a bonus system, awards, unlock-able balls (each with different capacities), and killer performance. 60 FPS on the iPhone 3GS and iPod 3rd gen with enhanced graphics and next-gen shaders. The only question is can you get to the top of the global leader-board.
StarDunk is free, and is available for iOS in the iTunes App Store where it has 4 stars from 15584 ratings! Android users can hit the Android Market where StarDunk has 4.7 stars from 8447 ratings.
This week’s pick is the latest, greatest, most amazing, spectacular… ah screw it. It’s just another social media thing. Google+ is Google’s latest entry into the social media arena, and this time I think they have succeeded. Google+ is still in a closed, invite only BETA, but if you know someone with an account they can send you an invite. As of this post, the people I have sent invites to have been able to get in instantly.
Social media sites can be hard to explain. Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Buzz, and the list goes on with names that did not survive. Let’s start with this: