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DrReichelsIQTest

Dr. Reichel’s IQ Test HD

So you think you're smart? Let's find out how smart you really are. Don't worry, there is no need to feel embarrassed or smug about your IQ. However, I did find that taking this test was very humbling. Dr. Reichel's IQ Test HD for iPad (there is an iPhone/iPod touch version too) is very well done. You should plan for about 45 minutes to get through the whole test and let's just say I was quickly reminded of what it was like taking tests in grade school. The clock is ticking and you have a series of all kinds of tests to get through.

You will be tested on 

  • Comprehension
  • Linguistic Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Logic and Reasoning
  • Abstract Thinking
  • Working Memory <-I suck at this
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Spatial Judgement
  • Processing Speed and Accuracy 

I found the test to be challenging, but fair and at the end I was slightly disappointed in my score, but I did OK. You have the option of having nice background music playing or not. The music is designed to relax you and help you think, but if that's not your thing you can turn it off. You do get to review the ones that you got wrong at the end. I suggest taking the test whenever you are fresh as opposed to the end of the day like I did. As I reviewed what I got wrong the next day, some of them were obvious to me and I thought to myself, "duh! You knew that one." My weakest area was the Working Memory section. I think I got them all wrong in that test and I don't think I would have done any better the next day :)

This App is well executed and while it was grueling taking it I actually want to try it again. Also if you've got one of those "know-it-alls" in your midst, this will at least keep them busy and quiet for 45 minutes. :) I'd also be willing to bet money that they don't do as well as they think they would.

The App worked perfectly and I can't find anything wrong with it besides the hard questions. LOL

You can get Dr. Reichel's IQ Test HD for iPad for $3.99 here from the iTunes

You can get Dr. Reichel's IQ Test for iPhone/iPod touch for $2.99 here from the iTunes

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scan

Scan: Fast QR Code Scanner for iOS

You might have started noticing that when you look through many of today's popular magazines, you'll not only see the usual ads, but you'll also sometimes see a barcode.

qrcode

These QR (Quick Response) codes are designed to be scanned by YOU! With an App on your device you can use the device's camera to scan the code and usually it will take you to the website embedded in the code so that you can find out more information about the product you're looking at. Perhaps its an article and they have a video on their website that's impossible to show you in print. There are lots of use cases for these codes and it sure beats writing down URLs. 

Scan is Fast and Free

One of the first Apps that turned up in my search for a QR Barcode scanner for my iPhone was "Scan". Scan is a free app dedicated to doing one thing. It lets you use the camera on your iOS device (yes including the iPad 2) and quickly scan the code in front of you and fire up the link in the built-in browser. That's pretty much it! It works. You also have the option of sending the page over to Mobile Safari if you want more Safari options than the built-in browser gives you. Scanning of the code is FAST. Usually by the time the camera hits the code I hear a beep and it's firing up the page in the browser. It was so fast in some cases that it was hard to even capture a screen shot of it working. 

While the App does exactly what it claims and it's hard to argue with Free, there is one thing I'd like to see added. If I see a code while flipping through a magazine I would think that in most cases I'm interested in the information but may not have the time in that moment to dig deeper. I'd really like to see integration with the "read it later" services like Instapaper and "Read It Later". On the plus side the App DOES have a Scan History. The only problem with it is that it shows the URL which is often a short URL like a bit.ly instead of the name of the site/ad. This could be improved. Otherwise there is no reason not to get this App. It works great!

You can get Scan for FREE here from the iTunes

 

Generate your own codes here.

Cydia

How To: Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1

Jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1 is out!

A little while ago I wrote a “how to” article on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 4.2 and below. A few weeks ago, Apple released iOS 4.3 then more recently iOS 4.3.1. The jailbreak team has been hard at work since the release of 4.3 on a jailbreak and Sunday 4/3 it went live! This jailbreak is a little different than the one that I showed last time. As Apple iOS software updates, so too must the jailbreaking method.

(a quick note, this doesn’t work on iPad2 yet but every other iOS device)

PkgBackup

(If you have not previously jailbroken your device and this is the first time, skip this paragraph)

I mentioned this before but here I want to give you a more in depth how to on this App before you do your jailbreak. If you are already jailbroken, and running a lower iOS version, download this App from the Cydia store and run it before you do the iOS 4.3.1 update. This App costs $7.99 but it is worth EVERY penny, trust me. PkgBackup backs up all of your Cydia Apps, All Folders, All App locations, All Folder locations, etc. When you launch it make sure that you have the “backup” button selected at the bottom of the screen and then press the refresh button right next to it. This will refresh all available packages to be backed up. After the packages have been refreshed, press the backup button in the lower right hand corner of the screen. This will backup all of your packages as a contact. Make sure that you attach your iDevice to iTunes and backup your contacts so that there is a copy of your packages in iTunes as well. Now once you update your iDevice and re-jailbreak it all you have to do is install PkgBackup and hit the restore button.
 

The Jailbreaking Process for iOS 4.3.1

The makers of the Jailbreaking program have changed. There are now two choices for jailbreaking your devices in the current iOS version. You either have redsn0w or PwnageTool. I prefer the second version for ease of use however it is only for Mac users. You can download it here. If you have a PC you’ll want redsn0w, which can be found here. One more thing you will need to download before you can start this process is the custom firmware for your device/iOS version. You can find it here. I know the list looks intimidating, but just read what each one says. You will want to select your device (iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch) and in our case iOS version 4.3.1. Scroll down the list until you find yours and click it. It will ask you where you want to place the downloaded file, put it in a location easy to remember so we can access it later. All right, we’ve got everything we need and we’re ready to start. I’m going to run you through the process of using PwnageTool but the redsn0w process is very similar.

Make sure that you don’t have your iDevice plugged in and launch PwnageTool. It will look like this:

By default simple mode is selected at the top of the screen. Leave it on this selection. Within the dialog box below select the device that you are planning on jailbreaking. For me it was the iPhone4. Press the blue arrow in the lower right corner to move to the next screen.

PwnageTool will search for the firmware that you downloaded earlier. Once it is found it will show it in the dialog box as shown below.

Select the firmware by clicking it (a green check will be placed on top of the firmware when it is selected) and again, click the blue arrow in the bottom right corner. A dialog box will appear telling you that a custom file will be put on your desktop to restore with. Click ok. You will also see a box asking if you have cell service that you activate through iTunes. Click yes if you are using your normal carrier like AT&T or Verizon.


PwnageTool will then tell you to connect your device to the usb port. Be ready to press buttons on the device. The dialog box will tell you what buttons to press when.

After you follow the on screen prompts your device will become unlocked, a dialog box will appear that tells you to close PwnageTool application, start iTunes and restore with your custom firmware bundle. What it doesn’t tell you is that to do this you need to know a keyboard key combination. When you launch iTunes you will see the RESTORE button in the middle of the screen. While holding the OPTION/ALT key press restore. This will bring up a window allowing you to choose your custom built file from PwnageTool. It will be located on your desktop. Select this file and click ok. This will restore your iDevice with the jailbroken software.

The next step is a screen within iTunes that gives you two options. Setup as a new Phone or Restore from previous settings (this will have your iPhone name under the selection). Choose the second of the two options. After restored, navigate to the Apps tab and sync your Apps. This will take a few minutes to complete but it will restore all of your Apps to your iDevice.

If this is your first time jailbreaking your device, you’re done. If you were previously jailbroken and you followed my advice (you should have) and downloaded PkgBackup you need to restore. This is easy.
First navigate to the Cydia App and launch it. Once inside of the Cydia App you need to select “Who Are You”. Unless you are a programmer, select User then tap done in the upper right corner. Once you are inside of the Cydia manager you press manage account. Choose your method of signing in to your account. Once signed in you will see an option to view installable purchases. (note: if you aren’t able to load your purchases tap on changes and refresh). Under installable purchases install PkgBackup. Launch PkgBackup, press refresh in the lower left corner of the screen. You will see all of your packages for restoring. Press restore in the lower right corner of the screen. Your springboard (iPhone desktop) will be restored.

boxcar

Boxcar gives me control over my Push Notifications

 

Most social networking Apps can already do push notifications and even the built-in Apps can do it too. The problem with all the Push Notification features built-in to most Apps is that they are either on or off. In other words you can't control when you're notified. I first discovered Boxcar as a solution for getting Push Notifications of Google Voice SMS messages and Voicemails. Although the Google Voice Apps all do Push Notifications now, i don't use the built-in ones. I still continue to use Boxcar because of one major feature – Quiet Time! You can set a time range for when you DON'T want to be disturbed each night. I really don't need to know that someone retweeted one of my tweets in the middle of the night. Sure I could just turn my phone off, but often when I traveling I leave it on for potential emergency phone calls from home. 

Boxcar does more

Boxcar also usually does more than the built-in push notifications of these apps. For example, with Google Voice I don't want to actual SMS message displayed on screen. You can turn this off in the native Message App in iOS, but not in any of the Google Voice Apps that I've seen. No problem for Boxcar, just switch it to "Private Message" and Box car will just display a generic message on screen until you go into the App that you got the message in. Also with Twitter for example I use the "bird" sound to know right off the bat that the notification is Twitter related. 

Setup is really easy and once it's setup you can turn off the push notifications of the individual apps and just use Boxcar for your source of all notifications. I could easily give this App 5 stars, but I'd like to see a couple of things. First of all I'd like to see the list of Google Voice support apps updated faster. For example, right now I'm using GV Mobile + and the latest version isn't supported yet in Boxcar. Also I guess their servers get busy sometimes and notifications aren't instant during those times. I always get them, but not immediately in all cases. If that's a concern for your most important apps then you might want to stick with the native App's Push Notifications. Otherwise, I LOVE Boxcar!

You can get Boxcar for Free here from the iTunes

There is a $4.99 in-App purchase if you wish to disable the ads.

Hipstamatic

Hypstimatic Adds Toy Camera to iPhone

Hipstamatic

I love the look and feel of analog “plastic” cameras. The unpredictability and quirkiness have always drawn me in and allowed for really fun photographs. When I saw the Hipstamatic App for the iPhone/iPod Touch I was really intrigued. With “swappable” lenses, film, and flashes I can have that fun plastic camera, analog feel that I always loved, on my iPhone.
 

That analog feel

Analog is what this App is all about. Back when I started in photography I would use plastic cameras that would leak light, had unpredictable exposures, and generally surprised you every time you developed a roll of film. Now with Hipstamatic I can have that same unpredictability, and fun with my iPhone.

Hipstamatic comes preloaded with multiple lens, film, and flash combinations, and offers many more of each via in App purchases. I have bought extra lenses, as well as the BlacKeys B+W film to try out. I really enjoy the monotone grainy feel of this film and recommend it to anyone. If you’re looking for a really cool color film, I prefer the Kodot ZGrizzled. It makes some really funky colors along with a really cool torn looking border.
 

Settings

There really aren’t a whole lot of settings to adjust inside of the App. You can change your lenses, your flash type, and film type like previously noted. You can also choose the image quality from standard, medium, and fine. Beyond that, there isn’t much else to change. The object of this App is fun. You never know exactly what you’re going to get out of it, and that’s why I love it so much.
 

Flash

From what I’ve found, this App works best without flash. It seems like any time I use the flash (no matter which virtual flash I have chosen) the center of the image becomes washed out and has a weird flare. This effect may work great for you, but personally I prefer the natural light look best.

Conclusion

This is an App for anyone that loves the analog look. With the multiple choices of lenses, film, and flashes the image combinations are seemingly endless. Even if you don’t have a specific love with analog, this App is just fun to use.

You can get Hipstamatic for $1.99 here from the  iTunes

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