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Actor Tom Hanks has released his first iPad app which is an accurate recreation of three manual typewriters. It could have easily been a gimmicky app that is used once or twice, but this is something different. The attention to detail and the overall aesthetic of Hanx Writer makes this an app you’ll enjoy typing with for hours on end.

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Tom Hanks worked with Stuart Westphal of Hitcents to create the app and the end result is remarkable. Tom Hanks has a self-disclosed obsession with traditional typewriters, telling USA Today that his collection once held 200 typewriters.


“I suppose some people who get the app may just be looking for a different sound, but really it’s for people searching for a more personalized experience when writing on an iPad,” he says. “There’s also the opportunity here to take your iPad to a coffee house and be really obnoxious with all the clickety-clacking.”


As you might imagine there is very little you can do to customize Hanx. Here is a list of included and extra features:



Hanx Prime Select (free typewriter)
Hanx 707 ($2.99)
Hanx Jolden Touch ($2.99)
Alternate background colors
Black Ribbon
Red Ribbon (included in Writer’s block bundle)
Blue Ribbon (included in Writer’s block bundle)
PDF export options

Here’s a video demonstrating all of the free and purchase options:



Developer Stuart Westphal tells USA Today:


“He mainly said don’t make it gimmicky, so it had to work with a Bluetooth keyboard, which is really where you get the full effect of seeing a blank white page slowly fill with black type,” says Westphal, noting that the partnership with Hanks was spearheaded through a connection with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. “Tom wanted people to want to sit down and write a poem or screenplay with it.”



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The Elevate iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app refines your communication and critical thinking skills. The methods used to cultivate your skills are engaging activities in an appealing interface. It is appropriate for professionals, but it is also appropriate for kids as young as middle school. The free download from the iTunes App Store gives [...]
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ASTRONEST - The Beginning ASTRONEST - The Beginning
Rating: 4.5
Price: free  

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One of gaming's most beloved strategy titles, the sci-fi themed Astronest is making a comeback in a big way - as a free to play title on iOS. With ten chapters, 100 stages, and a universe to conquer, Astronest welcomes back players who remember it fondly, and offers new players an experience like none other.

Astronest takes place in a dystopian future. The planet Earth has been depleted of its resources and contaminated by pollution, forcing humanity to seek out space as a safe haven. A rich source of cosmic energy, the Cosment, was discovered, which allows these spacefarers to restore planets to a livable state. Unfortunately, there are two factions desperately trying to obtain Cosment, Terra and Neos, and their inability to make peace has made the universe their battleground.

Players can opt to play as either a Terra or Neos commander, with the ultimate goal of conquering the universe. To do so, they will need to hire the most courageous and clever heroes, research the deadliest weapons, and build a fleet worthy of intergalactic domination.

Finish reading Astronest: Lengendary Sci-Fi Strategy Looks to Ignite Intergalactic War.

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Scram 1.1

Device: iOS Universal

Category: Games

Price: $1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)



Description:


Lights fail in its presence.
They flicker off, one by one.

It sees you.
It's coming
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for you out of the dark.

You run, dodging over, under, past debris.

This has to be one of those dreams.

Where you run, and you run, and you run,
and just before the thing gets you, you wake up.

But what if it isn't?

What do you do if you can't wake up?

You run.

Faster.

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Experience Scram, an atmospheric first-person 3D-running experiment brought to you By Implication.

Features:
• Immersive 3-D Graphics and Visual Effects
• Simple, Fast-Paced Gameplay
• Original Theme Music
• Leaderboards
• Game Center Achievements
• Retina Display Support
• Twitter Integration for iOS 5 Users
• Universal Compatibility

Visit us at byimplication.com
Follow us on Twitter: @byimplication
Like us on Facebook: fb.com/byimplication

What's New

This update brings Universal (iPad/iPhone/iPod touch) compatibility, and a number of graphical enhancements.

• Support for the iPad and iPad 2
• Minor timing and balancing adjustments
• Field of View shifting / Tunnel Vision — speed up to see this. We welcome feedback on this particular effect.


If you have an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S, you're in for a treat.
We take advantage of the fancy A5 CPU to give you:

• 60 frame per second rendering — silky smooth motion!
• Depth of Field — pretty awesome and subtle effect. Speed up to see in action.
• Blur effect on impact


Scram

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Throughout the month of October, Bandai Namco Games America and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are running a special Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon campaign to raise important funds for the charity.


These funds will help to fight the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the US, and allow the NBCF to help those affected by breast cancer via

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early detection, education, and other helpful support services.


ms-pac-man-3ms-pac-man-2“Awareness and early diagnosis are critical in the fight against breast cancer,” James Kucera, Bandai Namco’s head of mobile, said. “We are proud to lend our voice to the fight with Ms. Pac- Man and Bandai Namco’s Pink Ribbon Campaign.”


If you want to take part and raise some money, just download Ms. Pac-Man or one of the other Pac-Man titles featured in the campaign, and then download the exclusive new themed 69p/99c maze that’s for sale.


All of the proceeds that Bandai Namco Games America makes from the maze will be donated straight to the NBCF.


ms-pac-man-4ms-pac-man-5If you do download one of the included apps, you should also notice that it boasts a new Pink Ribbon-themed interface and artwork, and the ability to invite your friends to make a donation to the NBCF.


Below is a full list of the included titles. Click on the links to download them.


iPhone and iPad


Pac-Man – £4.99 / $6.99

Ms. Pac-Man – £2.49 / $3.99

Pac-Man Lite – Free

Ms. Pac-Man Lite – Free

Ms. Pac-Man for iPad – £3.99 / $5.99

Ms. Pac-Man for iPad Lite – Free


Android


Ms. Pac-Man – £2.34 / $3.99

Pac-Man + Tournaments – Free


This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.


Apps mentioned in this post: Ms. PAC-MAN, Ms. PAC-MAN for iPad, Ms. PAC-MAN for iPAD Lite, Ms. PAC-MAN Lite, PAC-MAN, PAC-MAN Lite




[ Bandai Namco Games America has launched a Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon campaign to raise money for the NBCF is a post from 148Apps ]
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TripIt - Travel Organizer (no ads) 3.8

Device: iOS Universal

Category: Travel

Price: $3.99 -> $.99, Version: 3.8 (iTunes)



Description:


Get peace of mind while traveling, by having all your pl
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ans in one place. No more frantic searching for confirmation emails in your inbox - or worse yet – hunting down that pesky manila folder. TripIt is an easier way to organize and share travel. TripIt “automagically” takes all your trip details and creates one truly helpful itinerary that’s there when and where you need it – on your iPhone or iPad, sync’d with your calendar, and online at tripit.com. When you receive a confirmation email from anywhere you book, simply forward it to plans@tripit.com. TripIt instantly recognizes reservations from 3,000+ booking sites including cruises, restaurants, concerts and more. You can easily share trip plans with family or colleagues directly, or let Facebook and LinkedIn contacts know when and where you’re headed. Also available: TripIt Pro, which is like having your own personal travel assistant for $49/year. Especially helpful for frequent travelers, TripIt Pro monitors your flights for potential airfare savings, and sends you status alerts and other helpful reminders while you’re traveling.NOTES:+ TripIt Pro members should download the FREE app, not this one+ iOS 4.0 and newer is required for this update+ Auto Import is not required to use TripIt; it's an optional and popular feature----------------Read what the experts say…“…tips for maximum flying efficiency and minimum misery - #1. Use TripIt.com ” – New York Times "This is the best travel app I can imagine" - Fast Company“TripIt continues to lead the pack in organizing travel itineraries” – Inc. MagazineFind out why TripIt was awarded “Best Travel Mobile App” by the Webby Awards in 2011, along with…· Travel + Leisure “Best Travel Websites & Apps” – 2011· Fortune “Best 5 Apps for Business” – 2011· Inc. “Business Travel 50: Best Travel Organizing App” – 2011· Lifehacker “Our List of the Best iPhone Apps” - 2010· CNET “10 Favorite iPhone Apps” - 2010· PC Magazine “Top 40 Free iPhone Apps” – 2010· TIME “50 Best Websites” in 2009· Michael Arrington’s “Products I Can’t Live Without” (TechCrunch) – 2008, 2009· PC World “Top Travel Sites” - 2008

What's New

✩ Pro users now able to add, edit and delete reward programs in the app.✩ Pro Alerts dashboard improved to better manage unread alerts.✩ New users can learn about the benefits of TripIt with a new in-app tour.✩ Various bug fixes.


TripIt - Travel Organizer (no ads)

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Zen Training Review
By on January 22nd, 2013

Our Rating: ★
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★★☆☆ :: NOT SO ZENFUL
Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad



Zen Training is a color-matching game that aims to provide players with a peaceful gaming experience, but it falls short in a few areas.



 


Developer: Josh Presseisen

Price: $0.99

Version: 1.01

App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S


Graphics / Sound Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Game Controls Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Gameplay Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars


Overall Rating: 3.19 out of 5 stars



Relaxing color-matching games are a weakness of mine. They are simple on the surface, but the challenges that these games present help to keep the mind sharp. Zen Training looks like just another color-matching game on the surface, but it has its own unique gameplay style to make it stand out from the rest.


It’s not hard to learn how to play Zen Training. The goal is to spin a beautiful tree around in order to match five falling colorful gems to the appropriate five stones at the bottom of the tree. These stones and gems must be matched in order to create order and harmony. Players earn points for successful matches, but missing too many causes the day to turn into a dreary night and players eventually lose the game.


Successful matches results in leveling up and also provides gamers with the chance to play bonus levels. These bonus levels differ each time and can range from spinning the tree as many times as possible in a specific amount of time to stabilizing the falling gems. Of course, leveling up also means that the game gets harder. More symbol gems fall from the sky at one time, the gems start to become unbalanced and the speed at which they fall increases. While challenging, the frantic gameplay means that Zen Training is not so peaceful after all.


The gameplay is quite addicting and the soothing soundtrack helps set the tone at first, but players may eventually lose interest. I found myself bored after awhile because the game does get repetitive. More game modes, additional stones and gems, different backgrounds and even a way to include iPod music into the game would help spice things up a bit.


Hopefully an update makes Zen Training more exciting. It does have a lot of potential, but it appears that maybe it was released too soon. Anyone dying to spend $0.99 on a simple color matching game may want to consider it, but most gamers may wish to wait for a few improvements before committing to a purchase.





Zen Training
Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Buy Now: $0.99
Released: 2013-01-17 :: Category: Games
Apps mentioned in this post: Zen Training




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Kingdom Conquest LogoWhen games like Temple Run II make a splash so big in the App Store over their opening weekend, it is hard to remember other big-time launches that happened at the same time. Last week, SEGA also released the

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follow up sequel to their epic Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), Kingdom Conquest II. This epic adventure may not have made number one on the free app list in less than eight hours, but it is no slouch when it comes to serious gaming.



I’ve never played Kingdom Conquest, so I’ll be reviewing this game as its own entity. I won’t be making comparisons between the original and its sequel. This is from the point of view of a reviewer who comes to the game fresh and with no previous experience with the franchise.


Kingdom Conquest II is a triple threat when it comes to game play. First, it is a simulation town management game where players are tasked with building structures to support a growing village. Then, it is a dungeon crawl MMO where players team up with up to four others to fight against enemies and collect loot using a virtual joystick. Lastly, it is a trading card game (TCG) where players conquer other lands by using monsters they have won in random card packs.


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Let’s talk about the simulation aspect of the game first, since this is where much of the early game takes place. Players build Sawmills, Stoneworks, and Ironworks in order to generate materials that are used to build more structures. As you build more, you increase your reputation as being a strong and benevolent lord. The more people who move to your growing kingdom, the more your stats increase, making it easier for you to conquer neighboring land, successfully complete dungeon crawls, and expand your land to make room for more construction.


Almost everything you must do to expand is laid out for you in the quest log. For example, you will be tasked with building additional Sawmills, and then upgrading them. You’ll have to clear away worn fields and build monster barracks. Each quest requires a certain amount of materials or other items. The reward is always greater than the cost.


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Some quests involve conquering nearby lands. To overthrow land, construct a unit that includes one commander and at least one monster.  The commanders are purchased through earned command points. The monsters are won as random card draws in dungeons. Send your unit to fight against neighbors and bring home the spoils of war. Once you’ve defeated your foes, you can turn the new land into part of your kingdom. This part of the game works like a TCG because monsters are won randomly, like the way you find a monster in a pack of Magic cards, and then players build units, similar to building the perfect Magic deck. The battle that takes place on the field is solely based on the stats of the player’s unit versus the stats of the enemy unit. If you’ve got a better monster deck, you’ll win the battle.


You can purchase card packs with gems, Charge Points, and special tickets, like Gold or Event Tickets. Charge Points are earned by completing quests. Tickets are earned by fighting your way through a dungeon. To enter a dungeon, tap the Dungeon icon at the bottom of the screen. You can choose from seven different areas, but can only enter what your level will allow.


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Each dungeon has different levels of difficulty that generate different rewards. The best way to find an open dungeon at your level is to tap the search button and select easy, normal or hard.


Dungeons are difficult to find. Groups are usually already in battle or unavailable. If you are lucky enough to get into a group, you can run through each room of the dungeon with your new cohorts, killing enemies and looting chests.


Once you’ve successfully completed a dungeon crawl, you’ll earn tickets that can be used to buy new cards with random monsters. The monsters are then used to battle the TCG style portion of the game mentioned above.


I’ve only touched the surface of the level of complexity this game has to offer. There is so much I’ve yet to explore, but I can promise that this game will stay in my “Awesome Games” folder for a long, long time.


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What I Liked: I loved being able to play three different types of games in one. The simulation portion is fun for developing a kingdom, the TCG portion is fun for the monster collecting aspect, and the dungeon crawl portion is great for the loot you win. The whole game is tied together with quests that keep you moving forward.


What I Didn’t Like: The user interface is pretty busy. It is not easy to figure out where things are. There is actually too much to do in a single game. It takes a long time to find your way around the game. The dungeons are always too full to join. It takes forever to find one that is available.


To Buy or Not to Buy: If you like complex, quest-heavy RPGs with elements of cooperative MMO, then you’ll be drooling by the time you get through the first five levels of this game.



Name: Kingdom Conquest II
Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Category: Games
Developer: SEGA
Price: Free
Score:


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Do you need an easy tool to help you track the quality of your diet, sleep, exercise, and well-being? The Juice iPhone app has simple tools to record how you feel and what you do in your daily life, so you can better assess which adjustments you should make in your routine and habits to [...]
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