a game with BALLS – Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 8/4/11

Name: a game with BALLS

Description:
The use of a spheroid object in play is believed to date back to the beginning of human history. Games involving balls appear pictorially on Egyptian monuments, while there is evidence that the Greeks and Romans used ball-like objects in simple contests. All of which, of course, has merely been a lead-up to the release of this dramatic Android app, a game with BALLS.

Following the Bouncing Spheroid Object
In this game you must use small objects to repel larger objects, both of which are primarily balls. With arcade-style gameplay harking back to the days of Asteroids and Space Invaders, you must use your trusty cannon to repel incoming balls of all shapes and sizes by firing two sizes of bullets.

Simple Gameplay, Complex Mechanics
To aim your cannon, choose your preferred control style: tilt or touch. You fire by tapping the screen, with one finger shooting small balls and two fingers launching the larger artillery. As you would expect, the larger balls carry more impact, but they also use up your supply of bullets faster (keep track using the bullet icons at the bottom of the screen). Also, your score is based on the number of shots fired, so shooting a strategic small ball is often better than a pair of big ones.

The object is to make sure none of the falling balls, squares, or other objects collide with your cannon. Knocking the balls to the sides will keep you safe, but watch out for a rebound as one enemy ball collides with another. Your balls also bounce around the screen crazily. The resulting melee is chaotic, which is why this is called a game with “BALLS,” not “balls.”

Graphical Diversity
The game features four colorful themes: CLASSIC, etherVISION, Indigo NOTIONS, and bubblegum ODYSSEY. Each theme offers different gameplay mechanics, colorful backgrounds, songs, balls, and more. It’s like getting four different games in one.

Each game is rated on how many minutes and/or seconds you lasted and how many balls you repelled. Climb the leaderboards and collect achievements on OpenFeint and X Game Center, then post your results on Facebook and Twitter. Show your friends who really has the best BALLS game.

Download Link: http://goo.gl/yRV73 (Amazon.com)

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iCooking Barbecue – Free Amazon Appstore App for 8/3/11

Name: iCooking Barbecue
Description:
This grilling season surprise your guests with unique new barbecue favorites. iCooking Barbecue offers dishes that will be a welcome change from the typical burgers and hot dogs. If you don’t think you’re a grill master, it’s time to reevaluate your skills. These easy-to-follow recipes will turn your backyard into the new place for the best barbecue.

Beyond the Burger
Simply searching for a recipe will make your mouth water. Vivid photos of each dish, and a search-friendly interface make it simple to peruse a variety of delectable options, from bacon-wrapped scallop kabobs to Asian-style beef patties. Search All Recipes to view every dish. If you’re set on grilling something specific–let’s say, beef–search recipes by type, and filter your search to eliminate all non-beef options.

Grilling the Goods
Once you’ve decided on a recipe, iCooking Barbecue lists all of the ingredients you’ll need, provides step-by-step instructions if necessary, and includes a nice photo of the completed dish. The app also lets you save your own original recipes as well as share your discoveries with friends and family via e-mail. Don’t forget to add dishes to your Favorites list for those that you and your guests just love.

Download Link: http://goo.gl/niZ3H (Amazon.com)

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Old Android App Beta

I was wondering if anyone would download and test the official Old Android Android App.  If you would install it and give me honest feedback of what you think.  Either in the comments or via email – OldAndroidSite@gmail.com.  Thanks!

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Sporcle – Free Game of the Day from Amazon Appstore

Name: Sporcle
Description:
If you rule the local pub on trivia night, or just dream of the day you will, Sporcle is the perfect app for you. This popular quiz game for Android has got all the bells and whistles. More importantly, it’s got great quizzes!

A Quiz for Every Occasion
“Oh sure,” you’re thinking. “Another app with 10 or 15 lame quizzes.” Au contraire! Sporcle for Android has hundreds of inventive and challenging trivia games. Running the gamut from Entertainment to Religion, from Sports to Literature, there’s a quiz here for anyone and everyone. You can browse through 15 different categories or simply select a random quiz and start playing.

Here’s just a small sampling of the types of trivia tests you’ll find on Sporcle: “50 Largest U.S. Cities.” “Name that Sitcom.” “Ancient Wonders.” “Baby Names from Shakespeare.” (?) “Guess Your NBA Team.” “SNL Cast Blitz.” “Famous Biologists.” (??) And on and on.

These aren’t your grandpa’s multiple-choice quizzes, either–each one has a written answer that you must provide. Time limits make the experience even more challenging, and more fun.

How Do You Measure Up?
Sporcle scores your performance on every quiz and stores the information right in the app, so you can track which ones you’ve taken and how you did. You can also get more in-depth statistics on each game, seeing how your performance stacks up against others who have taken that quiz. And don’t worry; each quiz reveals the correct answers once you’ve completed it, so you don’t have to wonder. You can also take the same quiz again if you like.

It Gets Better
One of the best things about Sporcle is the “connectivity” it provides. You can see comments from other players about each quiz and compare your score against theirs right on your phone–but that’s just the beginning. You can then go online, create an account on Sporcle.com, and have even more fun. On the site you can comment on quizzes you’ve taken, rate them, view all kinds of statistics, invite and connect with your friends, post your results to Facebook and Twitter, and more. You can even create your own quiz.

Even if you just stick to the app, there’s more than enough to keep you busy and entertained for a long while. It features dozens of quizzes pre-loaded in every category–and you don’t have to have network access to play them. Just download the Android app and start exercising your brain. With Sporcle, there’s always a new challenge waiting for you.

Download Link: http://goo.gl/YqGHn (Amazon.com)

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Memory Card Folder Organization

So you decided to plug your Android phone into your computer and load up some music or ringtones, but you are unsure where to start. You may have not created any folders on the card yourself but you are probably overwhelmed with all the folders that are there. Android does (or arguably doesn’t do) a good job at keeping all of it’s files organized. But how are they organized and what do all of those folders do?

Well, according to The Law of Android* the folders that are important to the Android OS are as follows:

Music/ – Media scanner classifies all media found here as user music.
Podcasts/ – Media scanner classifies all media found here as a podcast.
Ringtones/ – Media scanner classifies all media found here as a ringtone.
Alarms/ – Media scanner classifies all media found here as an alarm sound.
Notifications/ – Media scanner classifies all media found here as a notification sound.
Pictures/ – All photos (excluding those taken with the camera).
Movies/ – All movies (excluding those taken with the camcorder).
Download/ – Miscellaneous downloads.

Therefore, these are the main folders that he Android OS will look for media. You can also (which I recommend) put these folders (aside from the Download folder) into a folder called Media. This just keeps the root of your SD card less cluttered.

(Another way to see these files is to download a file manager.  For starters I would recommend ES File Explorer, for a free one….)

Hopefully this helps!

*Something I just made up – kind of reminds me of Isaac AsimovLaws of Robotics.

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Guitar Hero 5 Mobile – Amazon Free App of the Day 8/1/11

Name: Guitar Hero 5 Mobile
Description:
Crank up the amps and step into the spotlight with Guitar Hero 5 on your Android device. Command the stage and rock out with up to 20 of the hottest jaw-dropping tracks from iconic rock bands. Drive the crowd into a frenzy on lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums. Guitar Hero 5 features songs from Blink 182, No Doubt, Nirvana, Vampire Weekend, Sublime, Bush, David Bowie, and other popular bands. From the popular Guitar Hero franchise comes one of the most epic, full-featured rock ‘n’ roll band games available for your mobile phone. Unleash your inner rock legend with Guitar Hero 5 and upgrade to the full version to unlock even more rock.

Rock Your Phone
• Test your skills with 2 game modes and 3 difficulty settings for tons of replay value

• Change your rocker in the Appearance menu; choose between Eddie and Pandora

• Check out the leaderboards and become the best rocker in the world

• Select the guitar or drum kit you want to use and unlock more as you play

• Unlock 31 unique achievements and earn a cool guitar pick for each one

• Feel like a true rock star with awesome rockers, crowds, and venue effects

Shred Like a Star
Watch as your character rocks out on stage and increase your score by achieving note streaks. Rack up massive combos by hitting 10 or more correct notes in a row. Keep an eye on the Rock Meter to see how hard you’re rocking. Earn enough points and tap the blue star on-screen or shake your handset to unleash your Star Power. Bring your rock star status to another level by doubling your multiplier.

Tips and Tricks
• Earn an encore by rocking the fans and completing all songs in a venue

• Improve your score by playing all available instruments for each song

• Try out your talent in Practice mode to improve your skills

• Unlock new instrument designs by beating an encore song

• Get the highest scores by playing on Expert mode

Get Schooled in the Ways of Rock
Tap the green, red, and yellow notes as they reach the nearest fret bar to successfully play each chord, drum beat, or bass line. When playing the bass or the drums, a purple bar will appear as well as the other three notes. Tap any of the colored notes to play this note to strum on the bass guitar or stomp on the kick pedal as the drummer.

Lead the Boards Online
Once you master the single player experience and complete every high quality song, you’ll still have to prove that you’re the best in the world. Prove that your fingers are the fastest on the frets by tapping into the leaderboards section to download the latest high scores. Career mode scores combine your point total on drums, bass, and guitar for each song to make up your overall score online.

Download Link: http://goo.gl/uaEli (Android Market)

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Car Locator – Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/31/11

Name:
Car Locator
Description:
A radar-style screen and Google map make locating your car easy. If you’ve ever gazed out at a sea of parked cars and realized that you have no idea where yours is, Car Locator is here to help. This GPS-based app for your Android device remembers your car’s location and leads you right back to it. It also keeps track of how long you’ve been parked, lets you know if you need to feed the parking meter, and more.
Park, Save, and Go.
Setting Car Locator to remember your car’s spot is easy. When you park your car, just open the app (or use the handy widget straight from your home screen). You’ll see your current location on Google Maps, along with a cool-looking radar display that signifies your car with a red dot. Just double-tap the location of your car on the map (or simply shake your phone) and Car Locator will remember where it is.
Along with the visual help, Car Locator features a “sonar” function that emits a beeping sound: The closer you get to your car, the faster it beeps. This can be very useful in a crowded parking lot (or if you want to pretend that you’re piloting a submarine).
Download Link:http://goo.gl/mtdSK (Amazon.com)

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Golf Frontier GPS – Free Amazon Appstore App of the Day 7/30/11

Name: Golf Frontier GPS
Description: Get your game on with this fully functional golf range finder and course map. Golf Frontier GPS provides accurate course detail for nearly 15,000 downloadable golf courses, and the best part–no subscription fees and every coarse download is free, always.

Your Golf Game with an Improved View
The feature-rich interface indicates carry and reach distances for the current hole. Distance arcs are placed at 100, 150, and 200 yards (or meters), however, you can calculate distance from anywhere on the map by adding new map points: Just long tap anywhere on the screen in map view. The one-touch interface makes marking and measuring shot distances simple. Does it make the actual shot simple? Well, that’s up to you.

GPS Conveniently
Auto hole transition moves to the next hole without being prompted. As you approach, GPS adjusts with you. It’s there to aide you, not burden you. Go on with your golf game seamlessly. The GPS sensitivity adjustment allows you to configure your settings for optimum accuracy. Additionally, adjust the battery life setup to get the most from your battery for those long days on the course. Use the Most Frequent mode for ultimate accuracy.

Any Course Can Be a Golf Frontier GPS Course
If you can’t find your desired course, you’ve got options: First, check the course library. Golf Frontier is always adding new courses. If they haven’t added it yet, send an e-mail and make a request. Don’t want to wait? Feel free to add it yourself. Golf Frontier GPS allows you to create your own GPS course map using their robust online map editor.

Golf Frontier GPS is dedicated to producing the highest quality Android GPS application possible, and they’re happy to respond to your comments and concerns.

Download Link:http://goo.gl/fpJ6V (Amazon.com)

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Alternatives to the Android Market

So you have an Android phone that you want to be able to make your own, or you may feel a little restricted by Google’s Android Market.  What other options are out there?  I do a lot of talking and linking to things in Android Market, but I also talk and link a lot about the Amazon Appstore. The Amazon Appstore (among others – see below) is an alternate place to download apps for Android and along with the below list gives you the freedom to get your apps from anywhere.

I will cover a handful of app stores below. Feel free to check them out and comment about your experiences.

Name: SlideME App Store
Description:
SlideME is a great alternative to the Google Android Market, and is the site that has made recent (geek gamer) news because of the user yongzh getting booted out of Google’s market and pulling all of his apps and moving over to SlideME and releasing them for free. He is the author of the (insert-classic-system-here)OID games like, NESOID, SNESOID, GameBoid. Just for those apps alone you should go check out the SlideME appstore.
Download Link: http://goo.gl/P8VoU (SlideMe.org)

Name: AndSpot.com
Description:
AndSpot takes a unique approach to the idea of an app store. One that all you power users out there will love. They have a monthly service that gives you UNLIMITED Android app downloads for a low low monthly rate of $8 per month. It is in Beta so you have to sign up for it and wait to get an invite.
Download Link: http://goo.gl/2EEMd(AndSpot.com)

Name: Aproov
Description:
Aproov is a web based app “store” that specializes is only Free apps. This is great if you are someone that spends a lot of time looking through the regular market’s free section and struggle with it because it is not designed for just free apps, where this app store is designed just for that.
Download Link: http://goo.gl/Y930E (Aproov.com)

Name: OnlyAndroid (Mobihand.com)
Description:
OnlyAndroid is an app store that has an option that is similar to the Amazon Appstore. It offers a “deal of the day” on an android app or service. Although it is not a free app, but it also does include services, for example the deal for today (7/29/11) is a 15 month subscription to the SmrtGuard service which gives you data backup and a lost phone finder service for 50% off. It is definitely a site to keep tabs on because they might offer a great deal on that certain app you have been eyeing.
Download Link: http://goo.gl/kNGYB (onlyandroid.mobihand.com)

Name: Amazon App Store
Description:
Amazon Appstore is the alternative appstore that I am obviously a huge fan of mainly because of the feature they offer every day that gives you a FREE app that you can just download. No strings attached. They have a great selection of apps and almost all of the apps have a sale price that is cheaper than the “normal” Android Market.
Download Link: http://goo.gl/BRkOt (Amazon.com)

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