Nova Ball now available for Android devices http://android.garysims.co.uk

My third (and final for this batch) app is now live in the Android Market: Nova Ball (Note: This link only works from within your Android device).

Nova Ball is a space/sci-fi accelerometer game. In the game you control the ball by holding your device parallel to the floor and tilting.

The game has three modes: arcade, mayhem and missions. In arcade mode you need to see how fast you clear each level. Mayhem is all about survival; stop the stars reaching critical mass. In mission mode you have to clear each level to progress to the next.

Arcade: This mode is all about speed. Collect the stars to clear the level. The race is against the clock!

Mayhem: Stop the stars reaching critical mass when the star coverage reaches 75% then critical mass will be reached. Not good! On the first level you need to survive for 75 seconds and then with each level you need last
5 seconds longer, e.g. 80 seconds for the 2nd level, 85 for the 3rd and so on.

Mission: Clear each level to progress further and further. There are 50 fun levels to play through.

You can find out more here: http://android.garysims.co.uk

Note: This app isn't free… It is my first Android app which users have to pay for… But it only costs £0.50 which is about $0.78 which is about a third of the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks and loads less than a trip to the cinema…

Your coffee lasts about 15 minutes, a film about 90 minutes… Nova Ball will give you hours of entertainment for a fraction of the cost!

So go on buy it today… You won't regret it!

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Second Android app published: BibleBase Daily Bread. See http://android.garysims.co.uk

I am on a roll…. I have uploaded a second app to the Android Market: BibleBase Daily Bread

This app is a Bible reading schedule based on a 3 year cycle.

The Old Testament is roughly three times longer than the New Testament, but as the Bible contains 'progressive revelation' it is best to spend equal amounts of time in each Testament. So, in the three year cycle you will read the whole of the Old Testament once, but you will read the New Testament three times.

The reading schedule also has a special order. The books have been linked together in a way which, it is hoped, will reveal the progress and the distinctive message of the Bible.

You can find out more here: http://android.garysims.co.uk

PS. If you are having trouble finding this app in the Android Market, you can download it directly here: Daily Bread.apk

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Thunder Clap my first Android app has published and is available in the Android Market

My first Android app has published and is available in the Android Market!

Thunder Clap

A simple to use utility to calculate the distance to a storm based on the time elapsed between the lightning and the thunder. When you see the lightning: hit the 'Lightning' button, then when you hear the thunder: hit the 'Thunder' button. The distance to the storm will be shown.

Thunder Clap works on all Android devices using Android 1.6 or higher (including 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2).

You can download it FREE from the Android Market (Note: This link only works from within your Android device).

You can read more about it here: http://android.garysims.co.uk

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Thunder Clap HD: Big moment for me… I just submitted by first iPad app to Apple for approval

I don't have an iPad but using Apple's simulator I have created an iPad version of my Thunder Clap app for the iPhone / iPod Touch… Here is the description:

Following the success of Thunder Clap on the iPhone and iPod Touch, here is Thunder Clap HD built specifically for the iPad.

Thunder Clap HD is simple to use utility to calculate the distance to a storm based on the time elapsed between the lightning and the thunder. When you see the lightning: hit the 'Lightning' button, then when you hear the thunder: hit the 'Thunder' button. The distance to the storm will be shown.

The iPad version has some new extras including higher resolution graphics, full rotation support (it does matter how you are holding your iPad) and an Information Center with some notes about the nature of Thunder and Lighting and a bit about Benjamin Franklin.

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A dog went to a telegram office…

A dog went to a telegram office, took out a blank form and wrote: "Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof. Woof." The clerk examined the paper and politely told the dog, "There are only nine words here. You could send another 'Woof' for the same price." The dog replied, "But that would make no sense at all!"
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7 or 11: Just submitted my next iPhone app to Apple.

I have just submitted my next iPhone game to Apple for approval… Here is the blurb:

INTRO
Welcome to 7 or 11 where maths meets physics. Using an advanced 2D physics engine, 7 or 11 is a fun game with balloons, cacti and prime numbers!

The idea behind the game is simple, tap on the falling balloons to make running totals of either 7 or 11. If the total goes over 11 you go bust and the game ends! So be quick but be careful.

The game has two modes, Easy and Hard. In easy mode you have plenty of time just make sure the balloons don't fill the screen. In hard mode use the "Blow" button to make sure the balloons don't hit the cacti.

EASY
The idea of the game is to form a running total of either 7 or 11. So the trick is to not just click on any balloon, wait and see what appears and then go for some combinations to make 7 or 11.

Popular combinations include:

  •    6 + 1 = 7
  •    5 + 6 = 11
  •    5 + 2 = 7
  •    9 + 2 = 11
  •    8 + 3 = 11
  •    3 + 4 = 7
  •    and so on…

Don't forget longer combinations like 2 + 3 + 6 for 11 or even 2 + 3 + 3 + 2 + 1 giving 11!

HARD
This level is a bit more frantic as well as trying to make 7 or 11 from the falling balloons, you also need to keep the balloons from touching the cacti. When you see a balloon getting near a cactus, hit the "Blow" button and a puff of wind will blow them up into the air again!

OpenFeint
7 or 11 is OpenFeint enabled. OpenFeint is an easy and free way to get more out of 7 or 11. Think XBOX Live meets Facebook for the iPhone with thousands of games and millions of players. (Say that three times fast.)

With OpenFeint you can compare your scores to the OpenFeint community. Think you are good? See how you stack up?

Also you can use Facebook or Twitter to connect with your friends and see how well they are doing at 7 or 11. We all love a little friendly competition right?

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I installed iOS 4.1 on my iPod Touch and guess what the battery went flat again over night. Aggghhh!

I was looking forward to the release of iOS 4.1 as it promised bugs
fixes for iPhone 3G users which also means iPod Touch users. So I
installed it last night and didn’t change any of my settings… But
guess what: This morning the battery is completely flat. So now I will
need to start looking again for some odd setting which either Apple
have changed when I upgraded or some other setting which is now
causing the battery to drain… Remember: The battery is being drained
when the device is in standby, asleep. Ho hum.

But on the plus side Apple has relaxed their restriction on third
party development tools for iDevices:
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/09/09statement.html

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