Saturday, March 31, 2012

How to Get Free iOS Apps

First of all, I must say this is an informative guide only.  I do not recommend doing this.

Also you must have a Jailbroken Device.

1. Open Cydia

2. Go to Sources, Edit, Add

3. Enter

4.  Search "AppSync"

5. Select and Install Correct Version matching Your iOS
          -  To find your iOS version, go to settings > general > about > look for version

For device only skip to step 12. For Device and computer continue to step 6.

6. On Your Computer Go to

7. Search For the App You Want

8. Scroll Down and Click a Download Link.

9. When download has finished, move file into your iTunes Library
          - This location may vary for some but mine is Music > iTunes > iTunes Media > Mobile Apps

10. Double Click the Downloaded File to Add it to Your iTunes Library

11. Sync for Device

If you want to know how to do this without your computer keep reading

12.  Back on Cydia Searc Intallous and Download That

13.  Go to Your Home Screen and Open Installous

14. Search the App You Want and Touch Download

15. Touch a Download Link

16.  When it is Finished It Should then Install

WARNING: The apps that you download on your device only will be erased when syncing your device.
To avoid this, either use steps 6 - 11 first or before syncing follow steps 6 - 11 to keep the apps from being erased.

Just remember I do not recommend doing this and this is only for information.

Gnome Tech is on Twitter!

Would you love being kept up to date with all the latest from Gnome Tech? Well, that day has come because Gnome Tech is now on twitter!!!! Show your support and follow us @gnome_tech thanks for your ever growing support!!

Best Android Tablet Keyboard

Android tablets come in many shapes and sizes but there is one Android keyboard that I find superior above all the rest for android tablets. This keyboard is called thumb keyboard and it is amazing! What it does is separate the keyboard onto both sides of the screen making it exceptionally easier to type on while your device is in portrait mode. It also still keeps the spacebar and certain common letters on both sides which other keyboards lack. Overall this is a great replacement for the stock android keyboard that works exceptionally well on 10 inch devices.
Which keyboard do you prefer? Share your opinions in the comments below.

iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: Fibble

Fibble - $1.99 iPhone, 4.99 iPad

Fibble is very fun game by Crytek GmbH.  It is kind of a strategic mini-golf type game.  The object is to get the Orange blob thing into the hole.  You do this by putting your finger on the blob and pulling it back and releasing.  The blob runs into other characters throughout the course which help you to get closer to the goal.  You can collect coins and stars to increase your score.  Each level has a different goal, for example, complete the level in one flick and get at least 68,000 points.  The graphics are very nice but not perfect.  It is a very creative game and makes you want to keep you playing.  If you are willing to pay a little bit of money then pic up this app for lots of fun!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Why I Will Never Go Back to Android

        Android is awesome but iOS is awesomer, if that's even a word! When I first got my iPhone I was a little reluctant to purchase it due to the fact that I had been using an Android device and had grown extremely fond of the huge display on my Droid X and the huge customizability that Android had to offer. But after about a week of using my iPhone 4s I had become fond of the smaller screen size and the less customizable iOS platform. But there are a few major reasons why I made the switch. First is that iOS is extremely stable and I have not seen any major problems while using the device. Secondly is that I really liked the amazing camera which has since put my point and shoot into an early retirement. But the third and most important reason that made me switch is the app store, I love how there are so many apps that are so well designed and optimized for iPhones which has made me never get bored while using my phone. But Android is still an amazing platform that has much to offer.

Especially with the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich Android has become a more enticing choice for the average user. The Google Play Store formerly known as the android market has seen huge growth over the year and even though it doesn't have as many apps as the app store it is gaining ground very quickly. But really the OS your going to use comes down to your personal preference. Android is a little more appealing for users that understand phones a little better and have the knowledge to know how to work it. iOS on the other hand is really more for people who want a reliable and easy to use experience.

What OS do you prefer, Android, iOS , WP7, or maybe you are still tied to the ever aging blackberry OS? Share you opinions in the comments below.

iPhone App of the Week: Snapguide

Snapguide - Free 

Snapguide is a free application made by Heavy Bits.  It is a huge database of how to guides made by people just like you and me.  When you open the app you are presented with a couple slides about the app.  The app allows you to sign in with your Facebook or Twitter which is always a nice feature.  The how to guides range from origami to making beeswax and honey lip balm.  You can even create your own guides right one the app!  You guides can be liked or shared through social networks.  You can also be followed, or follow other guide makers.  It has a search feature in order to find exactly what you want.  The amount of guides is not huge but it is growing everyday.  This is a very useful app to learn news things and to teach other people.

iPad App of the Week: Paper By FiftyThree

Paper By FiftyThree - Free

Paper is a drawing application made by a company called FiftyThree.  When you first open the app you get some simple directions on how to use it.  After that you are presented with three books.  One it called Making Paper, the next is called Ideas, and the last is called Sketches.  Ideas and Sketches are empty and are ready for you use.  You have to ability to create new books or erase preexisting books.  When a book is touched it opens to show a very nice presentation.  The first book contains somewhat of a tutorial.  This app flows and feels very nice.  You can use five different brushes to create your drawings or sketches.  Here is the only bad thing about the app, it only comes with one brush.  The other tools for sale for $1.99 each.  The five brushes are called draw, sketch, outline, write, and color.  This is a very nice application that artists will love and for the price of free it wont being burning a hole in your pocket unless you some extra brushes.  Tell us what you think about this app in the comments below and dont forget to follow us!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Android, Most Used Mobile OS

       Nielsen posted today that 48% of all smartphones being used in the United States are powered by Android. This is a significant jump from this time last year but Apple still holds 32% of the US market. But 32% isn't bad at all considering that Android is an open platform that runs on countless numbers of devices which gives Android a minor advantage over Apples one or two mainstream devices. What OS do you use, are you an iPhone or Android fanboy or are you still tied to your good old' Blackberry? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PlayStation 4, No Used Games

Possible, But Doubtful, Design for the PS4
        Unfortunately I have to report some really bad news.  Reportedly the PlayStation 4 will not allow the use of used games.  This will happen by linking something, like a unique code for example, from the game to your PSN account.  There will be no way around this because players must be connected to PSN when starting up their games.  I see this as a very greedy move by Sony to generate more revenue.  As a PlayStation user for life this is very disappointing.  I do not like the direction Sony is moving.  It is also rumored to not be backwards compatible to PS3 titles.  Let us know what you think about this in comment section below.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Finally! Temple Run for Android!!!

 This article is going to be short and sweet because everyone already knows about Temple Run. For you Android users out there the day you all have been waiting for has come, Temple Run has been released for Android! Personally I don't care because I have grown tired of playing it on my iPhone and no longer see it as an enjoyable game that I spend hours playing. But who cares what I think you can download Temple Run now in the Google play store.

Top apps to keep you occupied on your spring break road trips iOS/Android!

For those of you who haven't already realized, spring break is just around the corner! I know that I'm not the only one who has to spend hours in a car to reach my vacation destination. In this article I will be going over my top apps that will help you survive the sheer boredom of car rides.
1. Monopoly(Android/iOS)
The game Monopoly for both Android and iOS has brought a childhood favorite board game to the major mobile platforms. The game has many playing options including the feature pass and play so you can play with whomever is crammed in the back seat with you on a single device. The game features some pretty eye catching graphics while the touch controls make it easy and fun to play. The game costs .99 in the app store and a whopping 4.99 in the Google Play Store. But hey developers have to eat too.

2. Netflix(Android/iOS)

Everyone I know uses netflix and there's a good reason for that. Netflix is the largest streaming service on the internet and streams hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows straight to a number of devices.  The Netflix app for iOS and Android devices brings streaming capabilities to your mobile phone. This app is perfect for long car rides or anytime that you need to waste a little time. The app has a very easy to use interface across both operating systems. The app is free but you must subscribe to Netflix in order to use the app.

3. Pandora(Android/iOS)

 Pandora is a common word among anyone who owns a smartphone and there is a reason why. Pandora has taken the name as the largest music streaming service on the planet. So when your about to die from boredom as you are driving in your car this spring break, you can just plug in your headphones and explore new genres of music. Amazingly Pandora is a free service but there is an option to subscribe which will get you unlimited song skips and no ads. Pandora is free and is available in both the app store and Google Play Store .

4. Scrabble free(Android/iOS)
For some reason when I think of scrabble I think of my grandmother mainly because she is the best scrabble player on the planet but the scrabble app is for people of all ages. The app includes a variety of playing options with pass and play being my personal favorite. It also includes the ability to play with friend or a random opponent and also links to your Facebook enabling you to play together. The app keeps the regular scrabble feel but doesn't hold a very high graphic presentation. Some would say that this is just like words with friends but Scrabble offers user a better experience and a more familiar user interface while still maintaining the style of a childhood classic. 
5. Ragdoll Blaster 2(iOS)
Before I begin let me say that Ragdoll Blaster 3 is available but I enjoy this game so much I haven't decided to buy the new and haven't completed all the levels. Ragdoll Blaster 2 is a physics based game by Backflip studios and has become one of their most successful titles. The game has hundreds of levels so you can play this game for hours and still have hours of game-play remaining. The game has some very well made graphics, something that I have come to expect from Backflip studios. The whole point of the game is to hit the painted target with ragdolls that you shoot out of cannons. But believe me it isn't as easy as it sounds  the game continually gets harder as you progress. This game costs .99 in the app store and I suggest you pick this title up sooner than later.  

Hunger Games: Girl on Fire App Review

        Everyone likes the Hunger Games books.  Everyone likes the Hunger Games movie.  So will everyone like the Hunger Games app?  Not unless everyone likes terrible apps!  I'm sorry to say but this app has terrible controls, no replay value, it is very glitchy, and it is just flat out boring.  You are playing as Katniss and all you do is run to the left.  The object is to shoot massive hornet looking things by touching them.  You have an option of jumping on top of the bushes or running on the actual land.  That is all you do.  About a fourth of the time the app does not respond when trying to shoot and causes you to die.  This app seems just like a marketing gimmick to sell more tickets to the movie.  This app is free, so go a head and get it but it is a huge waste of time.

Amazon reportedly releasing 3 new Kindle Fire models

In the fourth quarter of last year Amazon was able to take 14% of the tablet market with its newly released Kindle Fire. Well Taiwan Economic News reported that Amazon will not only release one next generation Kindle Fire but instead will release a total of three! Now that's a pretty hefty claim, but it would make sense for Amazon to release several models to reach different users and add on to their percent of the tablet market. Taiwan Economic News said that there will be a 7 inch low-end model with a 1024x600 resolution, a 7 inch model with a 1280x800 resolution, and finally a high-end 8.9 inch model that is rocking a 1920x1200 resolution. I guess you can say that Amazon finally realized that size does matter. While the current model of the kindle fire is 7 inches with a resolution of 1024x600 so any of these rumored models will be a well welcomed upgrade. It would also be great if Amazon could manage to keep the price under 300 dollars for the 8.9 inch model but I can't be too greedy. What do you think about this report? Do you welcome the upgrade, or are you still fine with your first generation kindle that isn't even a year old yet? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spotify - The Best Way to Listen to Free Music!

Do you like listen to music? Do you hate paying $1.29 for each song you buy? Would you rather listen free? If you answered yes, yes, or yes, then Spotify is for you!  Spotify streams music to your computer for absolutely no cost.  It is like combining Pandora with iTunes except it takes away the most annoying features of both.  No more wasting money on songs and you get to pick every song you listen to!  I personally use this everyday.  I just type in a song and seconds later I am listening to it.  Spotify also automatically syncs the music that is already on your computer so it is easily accessed right along with your streaming music.  Here is the catch, an ad is played every one and a while.  Also you are limited to only ten hours of streaming per month after six months of use.  But you are getting FREE music! There is an option to pay $4.99 per month for no ads and unlimited streaming.  Also another option is $9.99 per month for premium use.  This includes mobile use, no ads, unlimited streaming, and offline mode.  Offline mode is one of the coolest features ever.  Spotify allows you to store 3,333 songs on each of your devices.  Then you can listen to them anytime you want with out having internet.  This is perfect for iPods and wifi-only iPads.  So your options are paying $1.29 per song or paying a very lost cost per month for unlimited streaming and great features. I would hope everyone picks the second option.

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(Click get free in the bottom right)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Does the iPhone Really Need to Be Bigger?

There are tons of iPhone 5 rumors floating around the internet, but the one that sticks out the most to me is that the next generation iPhone will have a bigger screen. Okay I admit that having a 4 to 4.5 inch screen on the iPhone 5 wouldn't be so bad, but I just don't think that it would work. Apple has perfected the ios interface since the first iPhone was released back in 2007. The thing is that the screen size has never changed, you have always gotten a 3.5 inch screen on the iPhone. I think this is the perfect screen size for the current version of ios. I just don't think a 4 or 4.5 inch screen would work with iOS unless Apple does some major UI changes and if they do change the UI to better fit a bigger iPhone what if they ruin the phone by tampering with a already amazing UI. Anyways that's what I think about the future screen size of iPhone. Share your opinion in the comments below and don't forget to like our page on facebook.

Top iOS Camera Apps

Today you will almost never see someone trying to snap a quick photo with their good old point and shoot. Instead your going to see someone whip out their phone to capture that once in a lifetime moment. In this post I will be going over the camera apps that I find essential to have on your iPhone all of which I use on a daily basis.

1. Instagram
 Now most people who own an iPhone are probably already using Instagram but I still find it one of the most useful ios camera app available. Instagram adds visual effects to your otherwise plan picture and can make even the most amateur picture look extraordinary. My favorite feature is the ability to add filters to pictures before you take them which will give you a better idea of what the finished product will look like. Instagram is currently available in the app store but the release of Instagram for android is imminent.

2. Framographer
Framographer is a stop motion camera app that takes multiple pictures or(frames) and creates a video. The app does cost .99 cents but it is well worth it. It does get a little boring taking hundreds of pictures to make a short film but in the end you have a funny movie that will make all you android using friends red with envy.

3. Pixlr-o-matic

Pixlr-o-matic is by far my favorite ios camera app. This app is essentially Instagram on steroids with its added features and more fluid UI. Pixlr-o-matic has a number of custom filters with the ability to add special-effects and different styles of frames. I suggest this app to anyone who wants to add true beauty to their photos. Frames is free and available in both the app store and google play store.

4. Fast Camera
Have you ever experienced a moment when something truly awesome happens and right as the camera app opens that moment fades away, I know I have! With Fast Camera that will never happen again, what Fast camera does is takes hundreds of pictures right as you click the app to open it. This app is perfect for anyone one who likes to take mid-motion action shots and for the great price of free there is no reason that you shouldn't have this on on your i-device. 


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