Top 10 iPhone Word Games

If you like word puzzles and word games, these are the ten iPhone apps you must have for hours of word-guessing, letter-twisting fun.

1. Words with Friends

If you are not already playing Words with Friends, get the free version now, click on “random opponent” and give it a try. The game play is similar to Scrabble, but the tile distribution and layout of the bonus spaces on the board make it much easier. You play against another live player, taking your turn, and then waiting for your opponent to respond. Games can take days, but addicts of the game ease their waiting time by playing multiple games at once. The game comes in two flavors, a free one (ad supported) and a paid for one.

2. Scrabble

1scrabble-main_full If you cannot stand waiting for your next turn on Words with Friends, you can play against the machine with the app of the original classic. You can set the game to play against you at three difficulty levels. Beware, however, that there is no free version of this app.

3. IAssociate

A uniquely handcrafted word game, iAssociate has several free sample boards under the title “Associate This.” The full game, however, comes with several boards, which you unlock with your progress and scoring on the previous boards. Each board has a theme and starts with one word. From that word, you guess related (or “associated”) words and phrases, which then branch out in all directions, creating a web all over the screen. Zooming in and out is easy, but typos are not corrected or overlooked. If you have trouble typing on the iPhone, this game can be frustrating.

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Top-10 Most Useful Apps for iPhone 4

The app market for iPhone is overflowing with hundreds of thousands of options for you to try and make your way through. Fortunately, many of the best and most helpful don’t cost you a penny. Here are 10 must-haves listed for your convenience.

10. EverNote

evernote Whether you’re busy or forgetful or just enjoy being organized, you can’t go wrong with EverNote: an electronic notebook that works its magic through your PC and your phone. Here you can write things down, save photos, leave voice recordings, and find the information when you need it, all stored in an easily accessible manner. [photo credit – turbomilk]

9. Trapster

Links with Google Maps and uses the GPS in your phone to inform you whenever a speed camera’s looming. And what’s more, because it’s all user-generated information, it’s updated frequently, and as a result will be more reliable than your satnav.

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FB Chat App Review – Chit Chat for FB

fb Technological market domination changes quickly. Before Facebook “FB”, we had MySpace. But before MySpace there were instant messaging programs – chat apps. MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ dominated the chat app market until users decided that instant messaging was really rather too instant and that wall posts were the new standard for communication – where we could sit and admire our witty and thought-provoking correspondence long into the night.

In April 2008, FB married the two forms of communication together to produce FB Chat which had the Google ‘more bones than meat’ approach. Simply put, FB chat gave us functionality over presentation, but essentially provided yet another communication option. If Facebook private messaging was FB’s version of Gmail, then FB chat was definitely Facebook’s version of in-browser Google Talk.

So, what do you do if you want the convenience of FB Chat, but like a traditional chat app?

Cue Chit Chat for FB. The fb chat app download was a pretty quick and mess-free install (ideal for a technophobe like me!) Within a couple of minutes the FB chat app, Chit Chat, was up and running.

fb chat From a design perspective, I felt immediately at ease with the professional and simplistic chat window. It has a clean, sparse layout. Some might find the look a little basic but it has the fundamentals you need to get talking to your FB friends. The status bar at the top of the window is a useful addition to update your status without having to log into FB on Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.

For those who remember MSN Messenger, whereby you had the option of countless fonts, emoticons and even sound files will immediately feel at home with this FB Chat app.

There are a host of modifications available in the Tools tab, among which I found the ability to alter notification tones to any audio file particularly useful. Moreover, the chat app also features the ability to let people know what you’re listening to using the Music Status Alerts, which sync with Winamp and Windows Media Player. Of course, it was also handy to be able to turn these notifications off when I was feeling anti-social, but there certainly is scope for customisation.

Whilst the design might seem Spartan, the conversation window provides many more options including support of limitless fonts and emoticons. Also, for those who remember trying to decipher tiny and hard-to-read fonts on previous instant messaging programs, Chit Chat for Facebook allows you to edit the way your friends’ fonts appear in your conversations.

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The conversation window is tabbed, so you can flick between FB conversations without having to minimize windows and if you’ve logged in after a few too many beverages to talk to your ex, you won’t be able to stop her from reading your lovely drunken messages, but you can at least save your conversation so you’ll understand why you’re still single in the morning! Equally, you can clear the FB chat history if your cyber love letters were really that cringe worthy.

Chit Chat for FB is a program for people who want to chat to their friends real-time but for whom FB Chat isn’t quite comprehensive enough. It’s more customisable, just as easy to use but more importantly, can be used a standalone instant messenger so you don’t even need to load your internet explorer.

You can download Chit Chat for FB here.

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How to install JSON support for PHP in CentOS

Without putting much of thoughts and discussion. I would like to write down the commands that you can run on terminal window. It will enable JSON support for PHP in CentOS.

  1. yum update “*php*”
  2. yum install php-pear
  3. yum install gcc
  4. pecl install json
  5. cd /etc/php.d/
  6. echo “extension=json.so” >> json.ini
  7. service httpd restart

Thanks to arckid & phpfreaks.

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[Awesome App] Create calendar from your facebook photos!

mast-calendar.jpg iTasveer, one of my favorite online photo printing service has recently launched a wonderful facebook application called Mast Calendar. This application lets you create a personalized calendar with your photographs and lets you put nearly 20+ b’day events. Once you’ve chosen the photographs and events – you can either download a high resolution calendar for use on computer or get it printed & delivered it to your house. What I liked was the price – It’s only Rs. 99 and for this reasonable price you get a high quality personalized calendar.

The facebook application has been built on their proprietary platform, they call it DoodlePad. Using this application, you can choose the photographs and place them at desired locations on pre-designed calendars.

Over all, its a cool application that people can play around with and make use of it as well. Although, I had to spend quite a bit of time in choosing the events as there was no search option while choosing the events – so, if you have like 1000 plus friends then you’ll surely find tough time in choosing the events. I hope that iTasveer team will add the search functionality soon.

Other than that, I won’t mind an app from iTasveer that’ll help me create widgets of the photographs uploaded by me. If an application like Mast Calendar takes not more than 7 days to be built (as claimed by them) then a small application that allows me to play around with photos and make small widgets with it should not take time and I would surely like to do that too.

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