Skype have just launched their official iPhone client in the UK! Woop!
My first reaction was definitely one of â€˜wowâ€™ â€“ the interface is slick, and a quick phone call to their â€˜test serviceâ€™ (didnâ€™t want to wake anyone!) revealed the call quality to be excellent, although it seemed that a little part of my test message was dropped.
Only problem I can see with it is the lack of cell network support, Iâ€™d really like to be able to make calls on the go without having Wi-Fi nearby. Other â€˜nice to haveâ€™ would be the use of background processing on the iPhone, but that is Applesâ€™ fault obviously. Maybe push notifications could be used somehow in this app? We shall wait and seeâ€¦
And they say small things amuse small minds? Never been more true!
Found an absolute gem in the iPhone App store the other day: Flight Control [iTunes link]. Hereâ€™s my go at a little review!
The UI is much smoother than Iâ€™ve seen on many iPhone games, simplistic menu options and tutorials make this game so easy to dive in to. The basic idea of the game is to guide planes onto a runway (you can probably see why I like it already!), whilst making sure they donâ€™t collide with each other. Itâ€™s harder than it sounds!
There are 4 types of aircraft in this version: light aircraft, helicopters, medium and large jets. All of which move at a slightly different speed â€“ the controllers nightmare! Iâ€™m sure nothing this drastic would occur in real life though (aircraft landing within split seconds of each other?!), or else Iâ€™d only be able to land 66 planes before killing someone!
The use of the touch-and-drag interface on the iPhone coupled with clever use of the on-screen graphics and onboard sound make the game extremely easy to use, it takes mere seconds to get started.
Overall, Iâ€™ve no regrets on spending 59p on this app, and I canâ€™t wait to see how it will be expanded on in future releases
P.S. I wanted to include some screenshots, but no matter how hard I try, the iPhone wonâ€™t let me take them off the internal memory 🙁
Woop! Iâ€™ve had one of my projects (Twit2MSN) published by the good people at Messenger Plus! Live 😀
The script can be found at: http://www.msgpluslive.net/scripts/view/520-Twit2MSN
I hope to be able to get version 1.2 done this week, and get that published soon
Been trying out the â€˜Boffinâ€™ tool from Last.fm this evening â€“ and Iâ€™m astounded!
Basically, it scans your PC for music, groups it by tag, and then lets you play only music with a specific tag. For instance, Iâ€™ve had â€œTranceâ€ selected for a while now, and it just keeps shoving on amazing tunes I didnâ€™t even know I had!
Obviously, its on an Alpha release, but the technology demonstrated behind it is superb. Didnâ€™t take long to scan my entire music library, and did a pretty good job (so far) of getting the tags and grouping them.
Its also nice to see what my music library mainly consists of (hope the picture works!):
Canâ€™t wait to see this incorporated into the main Last.fm program!
Downloaded the new Prodigy album yesterday, and Iâ€™m currently in two minds as to whether I like it or not.
The title track is pretty awesome, and â€˜Omenâ€™ is epic (I owned that before), however a lot of the other stuff just isnâ€™t their style, neither old school Prodigy or new-electro Prodigy.
Iâ€™d say I do regret buying this one, but its definitely one to get for free (not that I encourage that!)
Found time this afternoon to make a couple of quick upgrades to the website 😀
The â€˜blogâ€™ link will no longer go straight to blogger, but will instead parse the feed within my own site. Iâ€™ve also removed all the nasty characters (I think) that the RSS feed seems to put in, but Iâ€™m still having trouble with the actual styling of some posts, apparently ones that come from my phone! Iâ€™ve also not quite finished a way of viewing older posts, that should be here soon.
Keep your eyes peeled for more stuff soon!
I really should get round to writing here more often!
Spent quite a lot of last night writing up a summative essay for Intro. to Management, a lot of bullshit went into it though! Iâ€™m currently procrastinating instead of walking the 40 minute round trip to hand it in. Really canâ€™t be bothered!
48 hour production in college this weekend â€“ and all the PA Committee â€˜freshersâ€™ are involved, Iâ€™ve just had an email saying Iâ€™m doing all the mixing for the band â€“ joy of joys! Should be a fun weekend anyway, can see me being drunk for the majority of it though!
Also been told Iâ€™m ringing in another quarter with DUSCR next week, I think Iâ€™ve scored more this term than Iâ€™d done in the 8 years before uni!