New and Interesting Augmented Reality (ARKit) Apps for iPhones and iPads

Augmented Reality

Robert Scoble published a list of ARKit Apps (Augmented Reality). I found it interesting and listing it here, in no particular order, for the records. You need an ARKit-enabled iPhone or iPad to play with these apps.

  1. Sketchfab – drop 3D objects near you.
  2. Orb – pull out basic shapes and then sculpt, rotate, and paint them to create your own Orbs.
  3. PuzzlAR: World Tour -puzzle game.
  4. Holo – see the quality of holograms.
  5. Army of Robots – you must destroy the robots that are invading your REAL WORLD.
  6. Paint Space AR – draw in the air with all sorts of brushes and colors.
  7. Math Ninja AR – get kids involved in learning math.
  8. World Brush – paint with brushes on the world around you.
  9. Follow Me Dragon – Say hi to your new dragon! He breathes fire, does tricks, and follows you anywhere you go!
  10. Insight Heart – explore the human heart; rotate and scale the high-resolution heart floating in front of you.
  11. Monster Park – Dino World – Would you like to make a hilarious photo with dinosaurs, those who ruled the Earth long time ago?
  12. Nitro Nation – For those who live life 1/4 mile at a time, Nitro Nation is the most addictive drag racing game!
  13. aCen – a target shooting game.
  14. Fitness AR – explore your Strava bike rides and runs in augmented reality.
  15. powARdup – a fast-paced arcade survival game.
  16. Magic Sudoku – aim this app at a sudoku board game and it’ll solve it for you.
  17. Dronetopolis – Fly a virtual drone around.
  18. Dance Reality – Learn to dance in AR.
  19. My Very Hungry Caterpillar – caterpillar game.
  20. Conduct AR – a train game.
  21. Color BlastAR – find the paint buckets and treasure chests hidden in your room and start blasting life-sized zombies with color.
  22. AR Runner – gets you to run around.
  23. Splitter Critters – Split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship.
  24. ARrived – The player assumes the role of a deity who must lead followers through key decisions and interacts with real environment in order to guide them reach prosperity and to all kinds of crazy stuff.
  25. GIPHY World: AR GIFs+Stickers – Get ready to fill the world around you with GIFs & stickers in glorious AR powered 3D!
  26. AR Sports Basketball – basketball game.
  27. AR-Basketball – basketball game.
  28. Drive Ahead! Minigolf – Minigolf.
  29. Mammoth Mini Golf AR – a wacky caveman themed world of mini golf right into your home.
  30. Stack AR – Stack up the blocks as high as you can.
  31. CARROT Weather – a crazy-powerful weather app that delivers hilariously twisted forecasts.
  32. Zombie Gunship Revenant – zombie shooter where you take control of a heavily-armed helicopter gunship and obliterate zombies from the sky.
  33. Pigeon Panic – run haphazardly into large flocks of pigeons.
  34. Phantogeist – first person shooter game.
  35. The Machines – bring an AR battlefield to life in front of your eyes.
  36. YuME: Alice’s Dream – a story about a dream within a dream – story, puzzles, games.
  37. Domino World – create incredible virtual domino courses quickly and easily in the world around you, using an assortment of tiles, props and toys.
  38. shARk – lets sharks enter your world and swim with you.
  39. Twilight Pioneers:Dragon ARena – a story about a dragon soul controller fighting with the Dark Lord.
  40. AR Balloons – pop Balloons in augmented reality.
  41. Knightfall – places you into the world of Knights Templar as they seek to defend the city of Acre from an invadaing army.
  42. The Box – every day you get new functionality.
  43. Mancala FS5 – a board game.

Entrepreneur Interview Series: A Sit-Down with Screenius genius co-founder Seth Cohen

Screenius may sound like the ominous description of an evil-genius iPad app hell-bent on world domination — but it’s far less maleficent than that. Screenius is a newly-launched iPad app that is joining the ranks of Angry Birds, Doodle Jump and Pocket God.

Screenius is another infotainment tool — one that helps you funnel your video choices through its ‘video valet’ services. This video-funnelling tool reduces the ridiculously-large amount of online video choice and whittles it down to a bearable size to offer you just two choices.

Quite genius if you think about it. If you were to go to a Ben and Jerry’s and stare at their 75+ flavors your eyes would glaze over as you tried to choose. Go to McDonalds however and your choice between their simplistic Chocolate or Vanilla is practically child’s play. “People can be paralyzed by too many choices,” points out Seth Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Screenius.

Screenius is more than just a video-viewing app though. It’s an intelligent app that learns your tastes as you go. If you watch TED Talks and The Colbert Report clips regularly, it won’t pop-up with Justin Bieber’s new Christmas hit or Jersey Shore reruns (both of which YouTube erroneously suggested to me last week, shudder). In addition to learning your likes the app includes review posting, sharing, and short menus for video browsing.

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[Updated] 25+ Fun Holiday iPad/iPhone Games and Apps for your kid

My daughter turns three this December (2011). She has had an iPad since her Second Birthday. Here are the top Games and Apps my daughter loves to play. I hope your kid will like it too and keep them happy, while having fun during the Holidays.

Here is the list (not in any particular order):

Note: (*) indicates apps for both iPad and iPhone.
  1. ABC Food ($1.99) (*) — My daughter loves playing around with the foods, peel them, cut them and watch the video. There are over 150 photos and videos on more than 70 delicious foods.
  2. Alpha Writer ($4.99) (*) — Montessorium’s Alpha Writer is an interesting and engaging fun app for kids. It will help your kid learn to read, write and spell phonetically, while composing words and creating stories.
  3. Intro to Letters ($4.99) (*) — My Daughter loves tracing through the letters.
  4. Intro to Math ($4.99) (*) — Another great app from Montessorium, pretty much in the lines of Intro to Letters.
  5. AphaTots ($0.99) (iPad) — Another fun app for your kid learning the English Alphabets with lots of fun stuffs while she learns.
  6. Little Red Riding Hood ($0.99) (*) — My daughter loves this 3D interactive fable, performed by the Bean Bag Kids. Pea, Pinto, Cocoa, Jack and Vanilla have made a show for your kid. Complete with beautiful scenes of this classic bed time story, it is told in an absolutely new way, that will amaze babies, toddlers, kids and parents.
  7. Cookie Doodle ($0.99) (*) — My daughter loves baking cookies through this app. She would fancy-play treating us to various cookies and would promptly help herself to her cookies.
  8. Frogger Decades ($0.99) (*) — My daughter loves this game, perhaps because of the frog. In general, she loves animals of all sorts. The idea of winning don’t really matter to her but just jumping through the obstacles is what really gets her excited.
  9. Grolly’s Animal Adventures (Free, In-App $3.99) (iPad) — The free version gives you one chapter but you’ll feel guilty depriving your kid of the full fun. The In-App purchase of $3.99 is worth it. Another app with animals and my daughter went tapping all over it.
  10. Hickory Dickory Dock ($2.99) (*) — Anything to do with Rhymes, with well-done graphics is sure to get a kid’s attention. Hickory Dickory Dock is another of my daughter’s regular app. No, she have no clue on how to read a clock.
  11. iTubeList (Free) (*) — Youtube is a gem for Videos for your kid but there are lots of videos which are not suited for her. The Youtube App that comes with your devices will lead them to those videos which you want to avoid. iTubeList is an app that helps you curate videos for your kid. It comes pre-loaded with some great videos for your kid.
  12. JibJab Jr. Books (Free, Subscription) (iPad) — Highly interactive and interesting fun app for your kid. The app is free and comes with one book built in for your kid to try it out. You can subscribe to its monthly release of new books or buy each book separately and let your kid take part in the story.
  13. Kids Song Machine 2 – Around the World ($2.99) (*) — My daughter loves this colorful, fun app. It offers an interactive tour through the most beautiful places in the world that will delight your kid.
  14. Let’s Create! Pottery ($4.99) (*) — Not really a kid’s app per se but my daughter can keep herself delighted playing and making pots. She’s yet to learn to burn it after the clay work.
  15. Make it Pop ($1.99) (*) — Anything that pops, burst are interesting to kids and this one is not an exception. Your kid can learn shapes, letters, colors, and numbers while popping bubbles, balloons, fireworks and popcorn.
  16. Peekabo (Free) (*) — How can a Kids App list be complete without a Peekabo. A simple, easy and fun app for your kid.
  17. Racing Penguin, Flying ($0.99) (*) — My daughter beat the free version in one of her early attempts and I had to buy her the full version. She loves helping the Penguin get across without being eaten. However, the levels have become tad difficult and she can’t get past many levels. Anyway, she does not really care about winning, she just loves to play.
  18. Smoody ($0.99) (iPad) — She can’t get past much but she just loves slicing and cutting through. Nice game.
  19. Solipskier ($0.99) (*) — It was not really meant for her but she somehow likes it. She loves it, though I have never seen her succeeding in the major Hurdle Jump.
  20. Sprinkle: Water Splashing fire fighting fun! ($1.99) (*) — Another interesting game, where it needs thinking and motor skills. Fun game for your kid.
  21. SPY Mouse ($2.99) (iPad) — My daughter loves Tom & Jerry. So, it was rather natural for her to like this game. Show your kid the first initial steps and let her take it away.
  22. Talking Ben, Tom and Gina (Free, In-App Purchases) — She loves all the talking Ben series – Talking Ben the Dog, Talking Tom & Ben News, Talking Tom Cat, Talking Tom Cat 2 and Talking Gina.
  23. Where’s my Water? ($0.99) (*) — A little complex but she just loves muddling for the water to pass through. I’m not sure she even get past through any more levels further.
  24. Bord ($0.99) (*) — Let your kid run wild with the chalks, let them draw whatever their finger swipes and taps.
  25. Kids Can Drive ($0.99) (*) — Kids love to drive and this app is a fun to drive, honk, change wheels.
  26. Toontastic (Free, In-App Purchases) (iPad) — A fun app for the family, play with your kid, create stories and let your kid have fun doing it along with you.
  27. Phone for Kids (Free) (*) — Well, kids love the phone and this is a fun app for your kid.
  28. Real Animals HD ($4.99) (*) — Awesome collection of very interactive animals. Your kid will love both the Zoo and the World options. You can also download the free version, try it first and then buy the in-app purchase.
  29. FlickPig ($0.99) (*) — Help your kid get started with the Pigs racing down the tracks collecting coins, fruits and what not. Let her learn how to flip the pig on top of another to get more collectibles and avoid obstacles. She will love those snorting pigs.
  30. Egg Punch (Free) (*) — She’ll love this funny looking chick inside an egg bouncing around obstacles trying to get through the holes. Teach her to collect the feathers and bounce of rabbits.

Which are your kid’s favorite apps? What good ones have I missed? Add them in the comments, it might be useful for other parents.

Kill a background app in iOS

Manually terminate a task in iOS

Perhaps, I’m one of the last few to discover that I can manually terminate an app running in the background in iOS. This is helpful when an app is acting up or not responsive or just want to kill it while testing your app.

How?

  1. Double Click/Tab the Home Button.
  2. When Multitask bar rolls up at the bottom with all your apps you ever opened, tap and hold one of the app till it start to ‘jiggle’.
  3. Now, tap the (-) for the app you want to kill instantly.

Note: This just kills that app not its associated services like notifications, etc.

iOS Battery Life Quick Fix: As usual Apple users, not Apple, fix the problem

With the rash of Blackberry blunders the iPhone really has an opportunity to steal the smartphone limelight — and what does it do? — screws it up. In the face of the global Blackberry service shortage, Apple released the iPhone 4S, and iOS 5. iOS 5 however has been coming under attack due to it draining the battery on iPhones and iPods, drastically undoing the leverage Apple could have gained over Canadian-based RIM, makers of the currently unsuccessful Blackberry.

Thanks to the iPhone 4S’s power-mongering features, the phone seems to be dying inordinately quickly. Apple, in its usual speechless-style hasn’t responded to the claims but will likely respond once they have a quick fix — or IF they find a fix at all.

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Apple’s Passcode-Based Security Fairly Useless

Apple’s security as of late is as effective as a one-armed man clapping. Not only can anyone access a password-protected iPad if it has a Smart Cover, Apple’s new brainchild Siri can be used to pilfer personal information despite a passcode lock.

Damn You Siri

A fatal flaw in Siri was recently discovered, tarnishing the reputation of the iPhone’s newest claim to fame. The flaw allows anyone to access an iPhone via voice-activated commands despite screen and password locks, access that includes personal information. By hitting the home screen button a person, using Siri, could have access to texts, the calendar and other services — all without having to unlock the home screen.

Email luckily is not accessible, “the positive thing is that accessing some of the more sensitive services in this manner, such as email, is forbidden,” says Alan Goode of Goode Intelligence, a mobile security firm. “But I could still run up a pretty impressive and annoying phone bill if I had malicious intent and if Apple missed this pretty easy to find vulnerability then what other security threats are hiding in Apple’s latest mobile OS?”.

Users can protect themselves from Siri by manually disabling the option to enable Siri at the password lock. The default setting however makes users vulnerable and should never have been the default to begin with.

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5 Reasons the Android Tablet is Better than the iPad

The Android tablet may prove to be better than the iPad in many aspects. Here are the top 5 reasons why Android Tablets will be challenging the iPad stronghold as the consumers’ preferred tablet. It’s important to keep in mind that some features that don’t matter at all to one user, might mean everything to another user. In addition, since the Android Tablet is newer than the iPad, it was able to function beyond design flaws that existed earlier. All of these devices are bigger than a cellular phone but not as bulky as a notebook computer.

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[Infographic] What people want from a Tablet

This is a guest post by Leon Baker, a consultant, working for online marketing and research agency Mavens of London.

As we all know, the tablet market has grown wildly in the last couple of years – with major manufacturers shipping millions of units – to the extent that some doomsayers predict the downfall of the traditional PC market. (Of course, it must be remembered that doomsaying is fun).

Long, long ago, back when portable devices were more limited, the issues involved in buying one were fairly clear-cut. You needed n hours of battery life, and a weight that wouldn’t pull your jacket out of shape; and they stored your address book.

Now, however, with tablets rivaling laptops in power, they are reviewed and advertised on a large number of differentiators; speed, screen size, battery life and more. But we were curious; which of these qualities were really being perceived as important?

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How to wiggle and arrange/delete apps in Launchpad in Mac OS X Lion

Apple introduced Mac OS X Lion with a gradual shift towards iOS or an iOS-ish experience. Here is how you can wiggle, arrange, delete Apps on your Launchpad on Mac OS X Lion, pretty much like how you do on you iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or the iPod).

Here’s how:

  • Launch Launchpad or do the three finger swoop-in.
  • Click and Hold on an App till they started to wiggle.
  • Now, you can arrange, group them into folders or even delete Apps.