This is what we’ve all been waiting for! Leaked months before the release!
This is what we’ve all been waiting for! Leaked months before the release!
Omigosh, I have a new app I’m TOTALLY addicted to! It’s Dragonvale! I downloaded this months ago, at the prodding of my nieces who love the game, but having my hands full with Pet Hotel and Pocket Frogs, I never really got around starting another of this type of apps. Plus, I downloaded SOOO many other like Tap Zoo, Zoo Story, Pet Shop, Monster Pet, Magic Zoo, Tap Jurassic, Dino Zoo…name it, I have it on my iPhone! But I was never hooked on any of them after a few days of playing them. I keep coming back to my old faves Pet Hotel (which I am awesome at, if I may humbly add) and Pocket Frogs, which I’ve limited to just completing the weekly sets, which doesn’t leave much to do.
Until Dragonvale. Omilord, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night just to check if an egg hatched or if a habitat was finished, or if a big tree was cleared. There’s just so many things to do with your coins — buy a habitat, buy an egg, buy treat farms, grow food, clear plants and rocks, breed…I can’t get enough of it! And I love seeing the dragon evolve! I guess it also reminds me of my Pokemon phase. Basta, I’m so loving this game. So now I have 3 apps that I check every few minutes. I’m just in level 9. But I’m due to buy my 2nd island, and I just unlocked the Sun and Moon habitats! I can’t wait!!! Anyway, if you want to add me as a friend, my codename is “bujakjak”.
Just a couple of years ago, if you were to look up the term “techno idiot” in the dictionary, my picture would accompany the definition. I actually thought that if you left a floppy disk in the slot, it would melt. I was always afraid of technology, even as a kid I’d shy away from hi-tech stuff. But when I finally got into photography in 2008, I knew I had to step it up. Everyone told me that I needed some techno savvy if I wanted to take the hobby seriously. Having just started this blog a couple of months earlier, the time was ripe to bloom, however late. So this explains why despite my age, I consider myself a Steve Jobs baby. I never got to learn Windows. I had a computer, but I stuck to emails and surfing. It wasn’t until I got my first Apple product, the iBook G4, that I truly learned about computers.
I started out with the simple tricks on iPhoto, uploading pictures and organizing them, and soon I was taking more classes and learned other stuff like Lightroom and Photobucket. As for my blog, thanks to my blog guru Karen Pamintuan, she taught me the basics of blogging, like how to upload photos and videos and links. Before I knew it, I wanted to do more, much more on my blog and other computer stuff, and although I’m still far from what you would consider a techie, I must say I pretty much have come a long way. I never knew any other computer, never knew any other OS, as much as I knew my Mac. For the longest time, my iBook was also my desktop, since I abandoned my real desktop ages ago. Then I decided to get a proper desktop, so I invested in my trusty iMac, on which I learned most of what I know about computers now. Now I can troubleshoot most of the simple problems, I back up on Time Machine, and I can do the most basic HTML, at least on my blog.
And don’t get me started on the other gadgets. I’ve been through the iPod Photo, the iPod Video, and my current, the iPod Classic 120G. I still have my iPod Touch (which I ironically never touch anymore), and of course, my new body part, my beloved iPhone. I don’t even know what I’d do without it. Especially with my two life-support apps, Pet Hotel and Pocket Frogs, not to mention my apps on Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Instagram, I’d be an emotional wreck without it.
Anyone who gets to read my blog regularly would know how much I am into Apple products. Apple used to be THE brand of choice of the elite, the cut above the rest who used Windows. But soon, the very same people started to poo-poo the whole Apple craze, instantly shunning its mass appeal and labeling it as pop hysteria and therefore would tout the lesser known rivals as more superior, but I’m not into that technology brandism; I really wouldn’t know which one is better anyway. All I know is, ever since I got my iBook and the conga line of gadgets after that, I’ve been less afraid of learning new things, the internet became my best friend, and I’ve been able to find my online presence especially in the form of this blog and in my photography. So my Apple gear is sentimental to me. I have a hard time letting them go. I’m still keeping my iBook and my iPod Touch even if I hardly use them anymore. My MacBook is ESSENTIAL to doing our radio show in the morning. It’s the laptop I use to do the Top Ten and to write the news. Funny, I left my MacBook at home for the first time, on the day Steve Jobs died. Even before we got the news, I realized how much I depended on my laptop to do my everyday tasks. I guess it’s the perfect analogy for Steve Jobs. Having him gone is like leaving your iPhone or your laptop at home. You suddenly realize how important they are to your daily routine. I hardly go through a day without logging on to the net for work, for my blog, to check on my Pet Hotel, to read my regular websites, etc. I would feel naked without my Apple gadgets. And now the world feels stripped of the genius of Steve Jobs.
This is a pretty old app, and this is actually one of the first few apps I ever bought, but somehow I have never really gotten into it, until now. A lot of you might have it already, but in case you don’t, get it so we build our Instagram community! For those who don’t have it yet, it’s like Twitter, where you follow people and have people following you. Only instead of just words, you post photos, with captions if you wish, and it enters your feed, and the feed of the people who follow you, just like on Twitter. People can also “like” your photos and post comments, just like on Facebook. So it’s pretty fun! You can post based on artistic merits of your photos, or simply anything you found interesting enough to take a picture of. Just like on Twitter, the personality of the friend will reflect on the photos they post.
So follow me on Instagram, my user name is chicogarcia and just search for it. And I’ll check out your pictures as well! I can’t promise to follow you back, but if I’m intrigued, I surely will. I only have a few photos posted, since I just started this week, but I’m having so much fun I promise to post much more. It’s a nice exercise, you get very conscious of the things you see, and you’re constantly like: “What’s a nice image to post on Instagram?” For photo buffs, it’s a nice way to sharpen your “eye”, learning to find the extra in the ordinary to come up with something extraordinary.
Here’s a couple of what I have so far:
So come on, do your own photo-diary of sorts and join us on Instagram! I’m a late bloomer here, but now I’m so addicted!
A collaboration of William Wilkinson, Oliver White, Noah Kalina, and Adam Lisagor. Inspired by Noah Kalina’s Everyday project , this app reminds you to take a picture of yourself, every day and make a movie of your face. The app was created by U.S. photographer Noah Kalina, who stuck with the project for six years and clocked 2,190 images of himself getting older. He then made a six-minute film splicing the pictures together. It has now had nearly 19 million views on YouTube. So whether you had a bad day, or had your facial warts cauterized, or gained weight or lost weight, puffy-eyed from crying all night or blooming because you’re in love, it will all be documented because you’re prompted to take a photo of yourself every single day to make an album of you ageing. The app helps you orient your face the same way every day by creating a template for your face based on the first photo you take. So as the months roll by, you can turn all your photos into a film (the app will automatically do that for you).
As for me, I started the project yesterday, so now I have a whopping 2 pictures of my face. The more the photos, the more interesting the movie. My main target is to reach 365 days, a whole year’s worth of evolution. Then I hope to post it on YouTube or something. I guess it would be more interesting for girls, who go through so many haircuts (some unfortunate) throughout a year’s time, but it’s all good. I’d love to see how much I actually age in a year’s time. I’ll try to cheat and moisturize heavily, but I can defy time only so much. So, April 6 2012, I’ll be posting the results of my 1-year Everyday Project!
Here’s Noah’s video of 6 year’s worth of photos (he did his manually, no app to help him out).
Here’s my Day 1 photo:
Okay, I’m so sorry I’m going all Apple d’ Apps on you, but this is the one thing that’s been consuming my every waking hour for the past 3 days. My attention span on apps has always been quite short. I have yet to find the type of app that really retains my interest for more than a week at the most. You know how there are different types of apps right? I’ve always wondered what type of app I’d really like. There are the word apps like Text Twist, the puzzle apps like Finger Physics, the matching apps like Bejeweled, the fighting apps, the Mario-type apps, and hundreds more. Even current favorites like Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and Cut The Rope would pique my curiosity for the first few hours of play, then I’d lose interest eventually.
Then came Pocket Frogs. Okay fine, I edited a bit. It actually started with a REALLY girly app called Bloomies. I red-facedly admit that this actually got me hooked first. I read good reviews and so I bought it and at first it looked really stupid. But once I started getting the buds to bloom and I started purchasing more bees, and I was upgrading my beehive and going up the levels, before I knew it I was checking in on my Bloomies every hour, just to water them, or check if any new buds bloomed, or if I have enough coins to make a new purchase. Of course I had to hide my little “visits” to my private garden, my girly inner sanctum of cutesy blooms. I wouldn’t know how to explain in case anyone took a peek at my iPhone screen and see those cartoon flowers that would make Hello Kitty look butch in comparison. I admit, it made me happy. The tinkle of the rain clouds when you water them and the giggle each Bloomie makes after you water them, the dainty background music, the chime-like sound the flowers make when their nectar is ready to be harvested…it just brings me to a happy place.
Then, last Sunday, I was confessing my guilty pleasure to Delle’s brother Mars, and he told me that he plays something similar, but manlier, Pocket Frogs. I’ve heard of it, but I heard it was similar to those FarmVille, FishVille, NovaVille, and whateverville else there was of that type of game, and I hadn’t the faintest idea what it was. He said it’s pretty much like my Bloomies, only instead of flowers, you had frogs. So I downloaded it, and the next day, I had 2 frogs jumping about on the screen. I had NO IDEA what the hell that was. Then I started playing around, exploring the menu, what each button does, and one by one, I discovered the joys of the frogs in their habitats or in the pond. Before long, I was way more into the Pocket Frogs than I was into my Bloomies. But of course I still tend my garden, and I plan every bit much to be the great gardener that I know I can be, but now the blooms have a competitor when it comes to my down time. I now ferry between the garden and the pond to check on my babies, just to make sure they’re okay. Who would’ve thought, that of all the apps out there, I’d gravitate towards the apps that take so long to play? I have a short attention span, that’s why I’m surprised that I’d end up hooked on these apps.
Here’s the pond:
Here’s one of the habitats:
Pocket Frogs: pocketful of sunshine! 🙂
After you use an app, how do you close it? For most iPhone users, we just press the home button, and it “closes” the app and proceeds to the home page. But apparently, we were told that it doesn’t really close it, it just brings you to the home page, but leaves the apps running. And why are we talking about this?
Last Saturday, Delle and I were hosting a wedding, and during dinner, there we were tweeting using our iPhones. When it was time to do the program, we clicked our respective home buttons, clicked on the sleep button, and proceeded to do host the wedding. After the hosting, Delle took out her phone and it was dead. She tried to turn it on, but nothing. Thinking it already conked out so soon, she was going to bring it in for repairs.
This morning, Delle announced on air that her phone died. A lot of people told her to just do a hard reset and what do you know, it did the job! Instantly, it was back in order, back to how it was working. The reason I’m telling this story, is that apparently, not closing your apps could sometimes cause your iPhone to crash. So a lot of our techie listeners taught us how to properly close our apps. I’m sure many of you know this already, but for people like us who had no idea there was such a thing, this is a useful tip.
Step 1 – Start from your home page.
Step 2 – From here, click the home button twice. It will present you with the apps that are still open. It should look like this:
Step 3 – Press any one of the open apps and hold, and it will give you options on which app you want to close by little minus signs appearing above each app. Press the app you want to close. Simply repeat as necessary.
And viola, all your apps are properly closed. People advised that it’s better to close all apps when not in use. Try it, you’d be surprised at how many apps are still open! By the way, the same applies to iPod Touches and iPads. Thanks to Sumi and Cherry for the step by step instructions!