Billabong Surf Trip for iPad – A User Review

Summer’s nearly over, and most of us have said farewell to the beach for the year. Fortunately, though, you still have an outlet for your surfing skills – Billabong Surf Trip for iPad, the new surfing action game from Chillingo. You can ride tubes, hang ten, and survive wipe-outs.

Billabong Surf Trip - iPad Games

Billabong Surf Trip – iPad Games

While initially setting up Billabong Surf Trip, you choose a surfer and customize their appearance, and then you are introduced to your mentors – the Billabong Team, which consists of four pro surfers. Each level of the game takes place in a well-known international surfing hot-spot.

At the beginning of a level, you’ll see facts about the location displayed at the bottom of your screen, and one of the Billabong pro team will explain what you have to do to get through that level. The game graphics are rendered pretty well, and the ocean’s movement, the rise and fall and swells, are quite realistic. The animation of the surfers is pretty good, though they seem a bit indistinguishable.

When each ride is over, you’ll hear the cheers of enthusiastic spectators on the beach – although they’re pretty easily impressed; it doesn’t take much to raise a cheer. The realism is good enough that sometimes you feel like you’re watching a surfing video rather than playing a game. There are often underwater views, and whenever someone catches a wave you see their pop up in slow motion, then the viewpoint spins around to a different angle. As a result the game seems as much like entertainment as a competition.

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad

In the game, you’ll find eighteen true-to-life tricks of surfing that can be achieved by a combination of movement patterns. They’re not that difficult; the trickiest part is the timing. To get through each level, you have to complete all the maneuvers within a certain time. You can raise your score by performing extra tricks, earning really high points – these can be exchanged for new swimsuits or boards. You can switch to Surf Spots mode if you want to just enjoy the waves for awhile without being clocked, or to Free Play if you want to spend some time practicing tricks.

Billabong Surf Trip for iPad3 has all the qualities of a great sports game: it’s challenging, compelling and well-made. What really sets it apart, though, is that it also manages to truly capture the feel of surf culture – from the Zen feeling of waiting out at sea for the perfect wave, to the sublime, rock soundtrack. Overall, Billabong Surf Trip proves to be an enjoyable, realistic surfing experience.

Worldcard HD – Comprehensive App to Manage Your Business Contacts

Worldcard HD is a powerful contact manager for your iPad. It is the iPad version of its predecessor WorldCard Mobile – an award winning application for iPhone which helps the users to scan business cards and add the details to the contacts. WorldCard HD is specifically designed for business professionals, social entrepreneurs, sales or marketing professionals.

Worldcard HD

Worldcard HD

WorldCard HD allows you to add a business card just by taking a snap of the business card or from the camera roll or by importing from iPad contacts. WorldCard HD uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to read the business cards. The OCR simply recognizes the text in the business cards and transfers to your iPad. All the details in the business cards like name, organization name, designation, contact number, fax will be automatically saved to your iPad. You can also add your contacts from iPhone 4S/4/3GS Photo Stream. Continue reading Worldcard HD – Comprehensive App to Manage Your Business Contacts

Windows Defender – Anti Spyware from Microsoft

Windows Defender has features of spyware scanning capabilities, somewhat like other free spyware-scanning products that are available in the market. It includes several real-time security agents which can monitor various common areas of Windows regarding changes which are caused by the spyware. It has the ability to effectively and easily remove the installed ActiveX applications. It has also got an integrated support for the Microsoft Spy Net network, which allows the users to report directly to Microsoft, if they consider anything to be a spyware, and which device drivers and applications they consider to be allowed for installation on their very system. The functionality has increased, in Windows 8 operating system, to provide virus protection as well, as if providing similar functions as Microsoft Security Essentials does.

Windows defender

Windows defender

Windows Defender is like first defense line against unwanted software and spyware. It is easier to use in Windows 7 and Windows 8, with more scanning options, simple notifications, and providing less impact on the performance of your computer. Continue reading Windows Defender – Anti Spyware from Microsoft

A User Review of GrabBox

There are a number of apps that allow you to share screenshots by uploading them, but GrabBox has some features that sets it apart from the rest. One of these is its online service, Dropbox. The main advantage of this is that, unlike some similar programs, the images that you share using GrabBox won’t disappear when the developer makes changes to the software, but will remain available at the same URL.

GrabBox - Preview and rename Screenshot

GrabBox – Preview and rename Screenshot

Dropbox benefits the developer, by eliminating bandwidth costs, thus helping to sustain the service. It also benefits the user, as you can easily rename files, you always have local copies, and you can easily browse uploaded files even if you’re not online. GrabBox is also unique in that it only facilitates sharing of screenshots. It’s simple to set up – on launching, your Dropbox folder is automatically detected, then you can use the ‘Copy Public Link’ command on files in that folder.

After that, whenever you snap a screenshot with the built-in tools for screenshots in OSX, that screenshot will automatically be moved into a new subfolder in your Dropbox folder. The screenshot’s Dropbox URL will automatically be copied to your clipboard, and can be pasted into a chat session, tweet, or email. Continue reading A User Review of GrabBox