Today’s Apps Gone Free: Tread Of The Dead, Land-a Panda, Notes On A Roll And More.

Today’s Apps Gone Free: Tread Of The Dead, Land-a Panda, Notes On A Roll And More

Fight off the zombie horde by throwing everything you’ve got at them in the tilt-based arcade game, Tread of the Dead. We also have a physics puzzler where you must help a lonely panda find a partner, and a note-taking app that allows you to record your thoughts on a roll of toilet paper.

All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.


Land-a Panda ($0.99 → Free, 15.1 MB): Help a lonely panda named Yang Guang meet his dream partner in this physics-based puzzle game. Launch Yang Guang from stationary and moving cannons just by tapping on them to get him safely from one side of the screen to the other. Collect the three coins in each level to impress his partner even more. The game includes seven worlds, 140 levels, all kinds of different obstacles, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Land-a Panda is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 641 ratings.

SpeakToSnooze ($0.99 → Free, 14.5 MB): Control your alarm clock without ever touching your iPhone with this handy utility app. You’re able to create multiple alarms and attach any one of the five included tones. The moment your alarm sounds, you can snooze or disable it with your voice. You can also set a “I have to get up by” time, which plays a diabolically annoying sound and disables your snooze.

SpeakToSnooze is available for free today only (09/30). It has a 5-star rating with a total of 28 ratings.


Tread of the Dead ($0.99 → Free, 49.0 MB): Try to survive the zombie apocalypse by throwing different weapons at the approaching horde in this arcade game. The camera flies over the zombies at the beginning of each level to give you an idea of what you have to deal with. Your character then chucks your chosen weapon through the air and you must guide it into the pack of zombies to take them out. You’re given bonus points for creating combos and having unused weapons. The game includes five modes, 100 levels, tilt and swipe controls, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

Tread of the Dead is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 48 ratings.

Stardust HD ($4.99 → Free, 48.0 MB): Interact with thousands of stardust particles to create beautiful works of art with this entertainment app. You’re able to manipulate the particles by tapping and dragging your fingers all over the screen. You can also adjust the amount of particles on the screen along with their size, tail length, speed, and color. The app includes a time freezing mode, the ability to snap a picture of your work, and multitouch support.

Stardust HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 10 ratings.

Notes on a Roll ($0.99 → Free, 7.8 MB): Record your thoughts on a roll of toilet paper with this note-taking app. It allows you to record text, picture, audio, and video notes. You can choose to include your location and attach a reminder to your note if necessary. The app also includes password protection, the ability to organize your notes within folders, and the ability to share your notes via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Notes on a Roll is available for free today only (09/30). It has a 5-star rating with a total of 47 ratings.


TypeDrawing for iPad V3.0 ($2.99 → Free, 2.2 MB): Draw with your words with this fun art creation app. Type a name or any kind of message you want into the empty field, and then just drag your finger across the screen to draw with it. The app includes a number of ways to customize your text thanks to its huge selection of fonts and colors, and size, spacing, and rotation options. You can also replay your drawings, and share them via Twitter or save them to your library. The app includes undo and redo, a color eyedropper tool, the ability to import photos as backgrounds, and a gallery view.

TypeDrawing for iPad V3.0 is available for free today only (09/30). It has a 4-star rating with a total of 287 ratings.

Source: AppAdvice.

Weekend iPad Wallpapers: Mountain Lion Desktop Images at iPad Retina Size.

Blue and White iPad wallpaper

This weekend’s iPad wallpaper picks are a few Mountain Lion desktop images resized for the new iPad’s retina display. The first one, shown above, is titled Blue and White – although I think White & Blue might be even more appropriate.

All three iPad wallpapers this week were shared by Brett Jordan (no relation) to our iPad Insight Flickr group. I’m hugely grateful to Brett – as he’s easily the most prolific contributor to our Flickr group, and regularly shares striking images for use on our iPad home and lock screens.


The next two wallpaper images for this week are Blue Swathes and Hills n Lakes:

Blue Swathes iPad Wallpaper

Hills n Lakes iPad Wallpaper

I think all three look great on the iPad home screen, though my favorite for today is the Blue and White image.

Blue and White iPad home screen



Source: iPad Insight

If TV Guide is too boring, Zeebox might be the best new app for your iPad/iPhone.

If your iOS devices are your main platforms for checking what’s on TV, then chances are you’ve already formed an opinion about the new TV Guide app. The new design is slick, but does it pack the punch necessary to beat out newcomer Zeebox? zeebox - zeebox

The latest addition to the TV-related offerings of the App Store comes from Ernesto Schmitt—former EMI executive. It’s not to be thought of as a Netflix/Hulu+ competitor, but rather it’s an app to assist viewers who want to check out TV listings and make their viewing experience more social. The concept behind Zeebox seems pretty sound so long as the execution is there—but even better than the idea are the early supporters, which include the likes of HBO, Cinemax, NBCUniversal, and Comcast Cable.

Zeebox sounds like the kind of app that will require hands-on time to form an opinion, but this is how Schmitt puts it into words:

“As consumers continue to flock to social media and the web to experience a program beyond what is on the screen, zeebox gives content owners and programmers a direct line of communication, feedback and engagement that has never before been possible.”

So where do you stand with your current television viewing habits? Longing for this sort of companion app or perfectly content without it? From the App Store description, Zeebox is like “having a quiet, cool, incredibly well-connected companion right there on the sofa next to you.” Now who doesn’t want that?

Source: App Chronicles.

Emblem: OS X-Inspired Notifications For Your Jailbroken iPad.

Emblem: OS X-Inspired Notifications For Your Jailbroken iPad

A new jailbreak tweak to hit the Cydia Store is Emblem, which can apply OS X-style notifications to a jailbroken iPad.

After downloading and installing the tweak, incoming notifications will “pop-up” on the top-right of the iPad’s screen, just like how OS X notifications appear on a Mac. Touching such a notification launches the respective application (i.e., the Messages app for iMessage notifications), and swiping the notification dismisses it.

If more than one notification appears at the same time, Emblem will first display the notifications separately, and will then combine them to create one cluster of notifications. Swiping through this notification cluster will display each individual message, which is a nice touch.

All in all, Emblem is an impressive jailbreak tweak. If the iPad notification system doesn’t cut it for you, consider downloading and installing this replacement system from the Cydia Store (via the BigBoss repository). Currently, Emblem is available for $1.99.

Source: AppAdvice

ESPN College Football.

ESPN College Football iPad app

One of the best things about using an iPad is the great apps that we can run on it. There are excellent apps for just about any purpose you can think of.

This pick is one for all of us who are fans of NCAA Football: ESPN College Football. The App Store page for it describes it as the ultimate, year-round companion for every college football fan.

Here are some of its key features:

• All new design for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
• In-progress video alerts of the biggest plays pushed right to you moments after they happen.
• Easy access to live games on WatchESPN
• Personalized My Games scoreboard featuring any college football game you care about
• Comprehensive editorial coverage featuring game previews, recaps, analysis and highlights.
• Signature ESPN analysis videos from our college football team plus exclusive clips from College GameDay, ESPNU and more
• Be the expert with College GameDay voting, video features and matchup breakdowns.
• Team by team Twitter content and discussions.
• Breaking news alerts, scoring alerts, potential upsets and video highlights and analysis alerts
• Bowl Bound section with weekly projections from Brad Edwards for every bowl game
• Team alerts for all 124 FBS schools

ESPN College Football iPad app

I’ve been using the app over the last couple of weeks, as the college football season has got into gear, and it’s a fun resource. It’s got good content during the week and superb content on Saturdays of course.

It’s got lots of good team-specific content if you want to keep a close eye on your favorite or favorites. You can browse through all the major conferences and teams in them. For each team you get news, videos, team leader stats, their full season schedule, and tweets and discussion about them.


You can set score alerts for games you’re particularly interested in – with checkboxes for things like start of game, end of quarters, score alerts and more.The Top Stories section is always full of good video highlights, headline news stories, and previews of some of the week’s biggest games.

ESPN College Football iPad app

I like the Make Your Picks feature – where you can use a single tap to pick the winner in some of the top games and then see the overall results.

ESPN College Football iPad app

The app has some banner ads at the bottom of its screens, but I really haven’t found them distracting or bothersome.

This app isn’t going to keep you away from a TV set on Saturdays, but just as ESPN advertises it, it’s a pretty fine companion app on game days and throughout the week.

Here’s an App Store link for ESPN College Football.

Source: ipadinsight.

Google Maps Web App In Fullscreen On iOS 6.


I’ve been lucky enough to have generally decent experiences with Apple’s new Maps app. I’ve had my share of quirks, but the data is definitely ‘right enough’ in my areas for me to use it as my primary mapping tool.

But, every once in a while, I still find myself wanting to check to see if a restaurant or store is really where it says it is. So I use the Google Maps web app from my home screen once in a while. The frustration with that is that the app launches from the home screen with the Safari browser chrome still attached, which takes up space that could be used for more maps. And it uses Google’s web app icon, not the old classic iOS 5 Maps app icon, which I like a lot better.

Well, web developer Ben Guild felt the same and way back in July, he designed two special installable web profiles (mobile configurations) for the iPhone and iPad that will install the Google Maps web app to your home screen with the original iOS 5 icon and launch the apps full-screen. And they’re super easy to get running, just tap a link and hit the install button on the profile.

Here’s what the icon will look like and a comparison shot of the web app running from Guild’s shortcut vs. from the standard web clip:

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To install the profiles, visit Guild’s blog here and click on the appropriate link for your device. Enter your passcode and you’ve got a fullscreen, original icon Maps app ready to go.

Source: thenextweb.

Pinky Fingers-On With The Nano SIM Adapter.

Pinky Fingers-On With The Nano SIM Adapter [Review]

This kit has almost every option covered.

Today the iPhone 5 goes on sale in The Rest Of The World, and it goes out into that world naked and empty, free of contracts and lock-ins. Yes, you can hook up with your favorite carrier and get a subsidized handset, but real men go commando.

And in this case, unless you have some forward-thinking telcos in your country, “going commando” means “cutting your own SIM.”

Which is why we’re taking a timely look at this natty Nano SIM adapter, which will let you put just about any SIM into any phone.

The kit consists of three adapters: NanoSIM-to-MicroSIM (the smallest one in the photo); NanoSIM-to-SIM; and MicroSIM-to-SIM. You can even stack the smallest one into the biggest one to emulate the medium-sized one. There’s a joke about Goldilocks in there somewhere.

It’s worth noting here that the full-sized SIM isn’t the one you think it is. The standard thumbnail-sized card we have all used and hated for years is in fact a mini SIM. The full-sized one is as big as a credit card, and was used in some phones that I actually owned. That a credit-card sized slice of plastic could fit into a phone will give you an idea of how big those handsets were.

I’ll skip the usual The Good and The Bad sections for this review. Suffice it to say that these cards work just fine, and that they’re dirt cheap, at just €2 for a set, or around $2.60. They come from Germany, though, so you’ll likely be paying quite a bit more than that for the shipping.

Instead, I’ll point out a rather excellent extra feature of this kit: you can use it as a template to cut your iPhone 4/S SIM, or any other SIM, down to fit in the iPhone 5.

I’m a veteran of SIM chopping, having skirted O2 Germany’s stupid rules that would only sell pre-paid iPad SIMs to residents by buying a regular SIM, an X-Acto and a metal ruler, plus sundry other SIM-slicing exploits.

Pinky Fingers-On With The Nano SIM Adapter [Review]


The trick is to make the cuts so that you trim off excess plastic, while leaving the metal contacts in the right spot for the iPhone’s internal contacts to touch them.

Previously, I have used another, correct-sized SIM to act as a guide. This can be hit-and-miss though. Way better is a SIM cutter. Next best is – you guessed it – an adapter.

Using this adapter you can draw the cutting lines on your old fat SIM just by putting one on top of the other. The only trick here is to make sure you get the card the right way up.

Then you’re on your own. You’ll need to transfer the various carrier settings over to the new phone for it to work, or you may be lucky enough to have it just work. Either way, you can always go back to your old phone using your adapter.

The Verdict

For the price, you really can’t beat this kit. For piece of mind alone it’s worth the money, and once you have it, it can sit in your wallet alongside your SIM-removal tool and wait for the time you need it. Build-quality is kind of moot in this case – it’s not like an adapter is going to take much of a beating – but this adapter is built just fine.

Source: Cult of Mac.