It has been time since we featured a game in the App of the Week section. This week, Asphalt 5 and Asphalt 5 HD caught our eyes. Asphalt 5 is for the iPhone/iPod touch while Asphalt 5 HD is for the iPad.
Asphalt 5 is a car racing game with extraordinary graphics, improved accelerometer controls and lots of different cars and tracks to choose from. The App is developed by Gameloft, a popular company which has a lot of games up on the App Store.
You have a huge number of cars to choose from, including cars from leading manufactures such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and Ducati. The HD graphics allows you to see every detail and complete engrosses you into the game. While driving your Lamborghini or Ferrari, you could even play music from your iPod touch or iPhone and completely enjoy your drive.
iPad, the device that brought glory and money to Apple is now owned by a million people. On the first day itself, Apple sold about 300,000 iPads and today it has sold about a million iPads in just a month.
Compared to the iPhone, this is really an enormous achievement which has been registered as the iPhone took 74 days to reach a million users. What really matters is whether the iPad sales would continue to grow or would come to a stop? Even more, what would be its share of the overall market in the next few years? All Apple fan-boys and nerds already own one and other technology geeks in general are most probably waiting for the next generation or other tablets.
We all love to share pictures online. Whenever we return from a picnic, vacation or a holiday, we share our pictures with our friends and colleagues online. Sharing pictures online has become so much fun with the help of services such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. Picasa Web Albums is another great way to share and save your pictures on the cloud.
Picasa Web Albums now gives you better ways of sharing your pictures with just a single click. Upload your albums to the cloud (Picasa Web Albums) and share your pictures easily via Twitter, Blogger or even Google Buzz.
Picasa Web Albums now has a new option in the sidebar – Post on. The ‘Post On’ option allows you to share a single picture or even a complete album on the above mentioned services.
The ‘Link to this Photo’ option is updated and you could allow your friends to view a particular picture only, without revealing the complete album.
Every week we highlight an extension which would enhance your experience with Google Chrome. This week’s extension is Untiny. A very handy application for everyone. Tersely done and beautifully put, this extension is to the purpose and very useful.
With the help of this you could quickly and efficiently change a shortened URL to its normal form. You just need to put the shortened URL and hit the Extract button and it would immediately reveal the shortened URL’s destination. Shortened URL’s are sometimes a pain and could lead you to malicious websites which could infect your computer, especially if you are on a PC.
Getting a sneak peak of the complete URL would help you further make your decision. Though the Chrome version is not feature rich, compared to the Firefox version, it works good. It supports almost all major URL shortening services. Go ahead and Grab it.
There are loads of Twitter clients available for any device and the truth is that the best are the paid ones. Twitter did launch its own official App for Blackberry’s and now it has launched its official Twitter App for Google’s Android. Recently, Twitter acquired Tweetie because of which any day we could see an official Twitter App for iPhone appear on the App Store for free.
In a 1700 word letter, Steve Jobs explains to Apple’s customers and critics why Apple does not include Adobe’s Flash on their devices. According to him, there are many technical aspects which lead to this conclusion.
Jobs handles the situation very carefully and firstly elaborates on how Apple and Adobe were close friends and later they both grew up and had their own ways. Gradually, he gets to the end and stabs Adobe. Ouch! From heartbreaking messages sent from his iPad, Steve is in to complete letters.
He explains Apple does not include Flash because, Flash is closed, unreliable, insecure, decreases performance and battery life, bad for touch and flash has major technical drawbacks and even because Adobe is painstakingly slow to adapt to Apple’s Mac Platform.
Today, Jobs once again proved the fact true, that though Apple take on their competitors after some time, but when they do, they are the best at it! At the end of the staggering 1700 words article, Steve, the grand master, takes Adobe straight to the ground by saying -” Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind.
UPDATE – Reportedly, Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen came out yesterday to defend its Flash software and the developers who build it. He said that Jobs point of view was completely different and instead he should leave it to the consumers to decide what is best for them.
LabPixies, a leading developer of personalized web gadgets “widgets” including iGoogle, Android and the iPhone has been acquired by Google. Widgets help users improve their experience with a website and LabPixies was the very first developer to develop widgets for iGoogle. Later on, with the coming of the Android platform, LabPixies even started to invest in it and contributed by developing widgets for the Mobile platform by Google.