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See How it All Ends From the Beginning in ‘Spoiler Alert'

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Spoiler_Alert_IconStart the New Year off right with a change of scenery. Instead of playing a game from beginning to end, why not try playing it from end to beginning? Sounds crazy, but you’re able to do just that in Spoiler Alert. Gamers have already had a chance to enjoy this console style game on other platforms, but tinyBuild has finally brought this title over into the iOS world.

Put your console gameplay to the test in this retro style game. Once you start playing Spoiler Alert, you’ve already conquered it. The real test is to see if you can retrace your steps to see how it all started. In your quest to see the story from the beginning, you must accurately retrace your steps or you create a time paradox. When this happens, you must restart this stage from the beginning and work your way back again.

The idea is to have as few time paradox’s as possible on each level, which will result in the shortest amount of time completing each stage. Levels aren’t very long, so it’s not impossible to make your way through each world fairly quickly. If each level were as long as those in Super Mario Bros, you’d be pulling your hair out with frustration. Rest assured, they aren’t.

Each new world introduces new villains as well as fun scenery to check out. Spoiler Alert reminds me of playing video games as a kid, but with tons better graphics. I love the nostalgic feel of Spoiler Alert, but I’m glad they made it look visually pleasing too.

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Indie App 'Pyramid Jumble' Grabs Your Attention

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Pyramid_Jumble_IconWith Kevin out of the country for a few days, he asked me to step in and deliver some content in his absence and I’m honored to help out. If you haven’t read my articles here on DGB, you can get a taste of what I’ve posted by clicking here. The website I run is iOSetc.com where we focus on making life better one app at a time. In our quest to making your life a little better, we seek out indie apps you may not know about to expose you to something you might not find on the front page of the App Store. One indie app we’ve recently reviewed is called Pyramid Jumble. This word puzzle game offers up numerous challenges amongst many different categories.

My love for word jumble games goes way back to my teenage years when I’d get my hands on a newspaper. I’d always skip over the crossword puzzle section, which I still do today, and find the word jumble. I always got a kick out of trying to figure out the four or five words which then gave you letters to help solve the mystery phrase for the picture associated with the puzzle. When I was contacted by the developer of Pyramid Jumble, I immediately was drawn to it from my love for word jumble games.

Pyramid Jumble starts with three categories you must solve to collect three different colored gems. These gems are used to unlock other categories in subsequent rows. Once you solve a certain percentage of words in any given row, you unlock another row of categories.

In most cases, the categories don’t change too much from row to row, besides getting a little more difficult. There are cases when the category changes in the next row you unlock. I got a little too comfortable with some categories and was surprised when a new row was unlocked to find a new category. My strategy was thrown off a little bit.

When you’re stuck on a word, Pyramid Jumble can give you a hint. It does come at a price though. When you elect to reveal a letter, Pyramid Jumble takes away some of the allotted time you have to solve words in this category. Bonuses are given when you solve words efficiently without using hints. When you use a hint, you lose the time bonuses so make sure you use your hints wisely.

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Make Moments Count

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out Kickstarter.com, you should really take some time to look over some of the great ideas entrepreneurs all looking to bring to the marketplace. I’ve always gotten a kick out of being the first person to check out a product and Kickstarter is the perfect medium to experience this. For some reason I feel the need to help out new or young entrepreneurs. This must stem from hearing all the amazing stories my mother told me when she came home from work, which is a non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurship. I guess you could say I’ve always wanted to find and support the up and comers or the little guys in the business world.

A Kickstarter project I backed a while back was for a new company called Moment. We all use our smartphones nowadays to snap millions of pictures a day. The overall quality of the camera equipped on our devices have improved drastically over the years. Although camera quality has improved, they don’t offer any options to switch out lenses. Moment knew a lot of people were looking to improve the overall quality of their photos and designing lenses to help us achieve this was their top priority.

Moment has delivered on their quest to bring us high quality lenses for our smartphones. They have two lenses to choose from, telephoto and wide. The telephoto lens offers 2x the magnification so you can get twice as close without distorting or degrading your image. A lens like this is perfect for adventure and travel photos. The wide angle lens lets you capture amazing landscape and tight interior shots with ease. This allows you to get more out of your image without bending it.

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In order to use these lenses, you must attach a mounting plate to your device. When the Moment lens first launched, they were available for iPhone 4 through 5s. When the iPhone 6 was released, it took them time to design and manufacture the mounting plate for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Thankfully that wait is now over and they’re currently shipping mounting plates for both iPhone 6 models. I just received my mounting plate the other day and I’m excited to be using my Moment lenses once again!

Moment recently released the Moment App, which you can download for free in the App Store. This app allows you to take better photos by letting you accurately control the light and focus in your images. You can’t correct a bad photo and the Moment App is there to make sure you start with the best possible image.

In September I wrote a full review of the Moment lenses after I spent some time snapping a bunch of photos with them. I can honestly say they do make my photos much better and they come with me nearly everywhere we go. They were super handy while making an iMovie for our daughters first trip to Disney World.  I did miss them a bit after getting my iPhone 6 Plus while having to wait for a new mounting plate to be developed. If you’re looking to take your photos to the next level, check out my full review of the Moment lenses and make sure to take advantage of the holiday deals they’re offering so you can save some money, which is always nice this time of year.

Leaked Pictures Show Protruding Camera on Fully Assembled iPhone 6

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Last week, we saw pictures of the rumored protruding camera on the iPhone 6. The technical specifications also came out and claimed that the camera would extend up to .77mm beyond the device.  We have yet to really see a fully-assembled iPhone 6 that shows the claim until now.  Gizmobic got their hands on some pictures from ithome that show us an iPhone 6 with the protruding camera.  The pictures also reveal to us other rumored changes.

The front of the 4.7" iPhone 6.

The front of the 4.7″ iPhone 6.

The front of the phone shows us the larger iSight camera (with hopefully a higher resolution), the two elongated volume controls, thinner bezels, a taller and wider display and curved glass. The glass was originally expected to be made of sapphire, but it appears that due to high costs and limited supply, the sapphire may only be available on higher-end models and not in full production until 2015.  For the iPhone 6 models being announced in two weeks, we expect them to use Corning Gorilla glass. New reports also claim the 4.7″ phone’s display would have a resolution of 1472 x 828 pixels and the 5.5″ phone’s display would be 1704 x 960.  This calculates out to the 4.7″ phone having 350 pixels per inch (ppi) and the 5.5″ iPhone would have 360 ppi.

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'Album of the Day' Will Save You Some Cash [App Review]

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AlbumOfTheDayIconIf you’re like me, you enjoy looking for a lot of cool stuff to fill up your iOS device. Whether it’s amazing apps, music, or photos, you simply enjoy engaging with your iOS devices. There’s a great new app available in the App Store that allows you to capitalize on great deals on music. If you follow iOS Etc on Facebook or Twitter, you know we report about apps that are being offered for free or on sale for a very limited time. Well, now you can use Album of the day to receive notifications on some great music from Sony Entertainment that’s being offered for a discounted price.

Album of the day is amazingly simple to use. Simply open the app and the most current album on sale is displayed with a current count down showing when the deal expires. In addition to this, you’re able to find out more information about the artist and the album on sale. For example, one of the albums recently on sale was Billy Joel: The Hits. For those requiring information the artist and the album were able to read, “‘The Hits’ is the place to start: a definitive collection on an iconic pop-rock songwriter.” Furthermore, the description provided in Album of the day illustrates Mr. Joel’s songwriting styles and the overall style of music he provides listeners. The information area is a great place to gather some details about the artist and the album before navigating over to iTunes to purchase.

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Dominate the World with QuizUp [App Review]

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QuizUpIconTwo things always bring people to the table, food and table games. Since your iOS devices cannot put actual food on the table, it can bring you to a virtual table where others are playing a trivia game worldwide called QuizUp. This game is available for free in the iOS App Store and will gives you access to a ton of trivia questions whenever and wherever you want. QuizUp will match you up against complete strangers or your friends to compete against. There are so many great things about this free game available for all your iOS devices, so let’s get started.

One thing is for sure, there isn’t a shortage of topics in QuizUp. Currently there are over 400 topics to choose from and QuizUp wants to expand, especially if you can’t find a favorite. If this happens, submit a topic to them here. Within minutes I was able to find my favorite topic, 30 Rock. Did I throw a curveball at you on that one? You thought it was going to be about Apple or iOS didn’t you? Strangely enough, “the Critic” has other amazing interests outside of anything Apple. Seriously though, I was very impressed with how many topics QuizUp had to choose from. It was hard sometimes to finally stop and pick one since your pride is on the line against your friends and complete strangers. That’s another great, or possibly embarrassing, thing about QuizUp, you can challenge your friends to a match.

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Fully Assembled iPhone 6 Leaked [Again]

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Earlier today, I reported about the fully assembled iPhone 6 leaked by Weibo user DreamerJimmy, but now more photos have surfaced from Macfixit. This company is based in Australia and fixes broken gadgets.  The pictures line up almost exactly with the ones we saw earlier.

Front of iPhone 6

Front of iPhone 6

The front reveals the pretty much the same design DreamerJimmy leaked today.  There are thinner bezels on all sides with less space between the Home button and the display.  The left side shows the elongated volume controls on the left side with the Silent/Ring switch.  This picture, though, doesn’t show the front camera.

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Fully Assembled iPhone 6 Leaked

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The iPhone 6 is now rumored to be in mass production, which makes sense after case makers received mockups of the device.  We are entering into a new phase of leaked pictures, where we should start to see the phones fully assembled.  The other day we posted pictures of the iPhone’s metal chassis that were posted via Nowhereelse.fr and today we have pictures of the fully assembled iPhone 6 from Weibo user DreamerJimmy.

The iPhone 5s is compared to the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 5 is compared to the iPhone 6.

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iPhone 6 to Retain 8MP Camera But Use Bigger Pixels

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A new report was posted on Tom’s Guide about the improvements we expect to see in the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5s has an 8MP camera and rumors suggest there will be no change in megapixels; however the camera will have some changes.

Sun Chan Xu, a Chinese analyst for Electronic Supply and Manufacturing, shared on Weibo that the iPhone 6’s camera sensor will come with larger pixels and use electronic image stabilization. She doesn’t explain the source of her insight, but she does have supply chain sources on the inside.

Larger pixels allow the camera to capture more light so pictures are more clear and bright. The iPhone 6 will likely have 1.75 microns as compared to the iPhone 5s’ 1.5 microns (bigger pixels = better picture). In addition, electronic image stabilization will be used instead of optical. Optical zoom is currently found on the iPhone 5s.

iPhone 6 Concept Based on Leaked Pictures

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MacFan, a Japanese magazine, posted the sketches below of the iPhone 6.  These pictures show two different-sized smartphones, which aligns with the rumor that Apple is working on releasing two models.  The first one is expected to have a 4.7-inch display and the second one, a 5.5-inch display.  According to the images, the devices will be slimmer, flat and bezel-free with a single LED flash and protruding camera (like found on the iPod touch).

 

 

iPhone 6 Sketches

iPhone 6 Sketches

 

These pictures inspired Nowhereelse.fr, a French Apple blog, and Martin Hajek, a graphic designer, to work together and design a very realistic concept for the iPhone 6.  If the leaked image above is actually for the iPhone 6, the concept below is likely to be what the iPhone 6 will look like.  These designs show an iPhone with rounded corners, a sapphire glass back and a rocker-style volume button.

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

iPhone 6 concept, credit: Nowhereelse.fr

 

To stay up to date with the latest iPhone 6 rumors, check out the iPhone 6 page and follow us on Twitter. The iPhone is expected to be announced in September alongside iOS 8.