Steve Jobs: 1955-2011 (A Personal Tribute)

Steve Jobs

The world lost a genius and great business leader today. There are many tributes to Steven Paul Jobs on this sad day; I’d like to add my own thoughts.

I knew this day would come, but I didn’t realize it would be this soon. I suppose all of us should be so lucky to have been alive and know at least one great person who did amazing things and changed the world. Right now, I cannot help but remember a headline that came out when John Lennon was killed - “The Day The Music Died.” That’s how I will always think about today that Steve Jobs has finally left this world.

There is no one like Steve Jobs, who is closer to great artists and visionaries like Leonardo Da Vinci than he is to our notion of a CEO, yet he was both. His affinity to art and how he shaped science and technology according to his vision is unique and unparalleled. How he shared with us his vision and how he made us love Apple, to the point of fanaticism is not a mere marketing gimmick or sleight of hand. His gumption and commitment to doing what he loved, even at great personal risk, is perhaps the best thing we can remember about him as the CEO of the greatest tech company in the world.

Thank you, Mr. Jobs, for everything. For the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. These are not just fancy gadgets, these are tools by which our lives were made simpler. These are means by which we could appreciate and understand this increasingly complex world. Thank you for making aluminum, glass and tiny metal chips into magical objects to help us see the world in a different light. Thank you, for changing the world.

Please vote for LawJuan in Asia’s Top 50 Apps

Hi guys!

Hope you can take the time out to vote for LawJuan here, an app that compiles and organizes Philippine laws into one awesome package.  You can read about LawJuan in the review I made for Technoodling. The latest version incorporates some notetaking/file organization features, making it easy to save, highlight and annotate laws. The app is ideal for lawyers, law students and for every juan, basically, who wants to know more about Philippine laws.

The app is a contender to on the list of Asia’s Top 50 apps and I do hope the hardworking developer, jcjuan gets all the credit he deserves.

Please spread the love by sharing this post. Thank you! :)

iOS App Review: Jelly Defense

Jelly Defense - appSIZED

Where tower defense games come in nearly all shapes and sizes, Jelly Defense is a beautiful, whimsical and unexpected contender that you can’t help but love. Few TD games can tug at the heartstrings, but certainly, these oddly cute little guys are worth fighting for.

Update: I just discovered links to Jelly Defense were redirecting to Jelly Defender. My bad! All fixed now.

There are a good many things many tower defense (TD) lack nowadays, and one of them is imagination. As one of the most popular genres on the iDevice, I’ve seen food, animals, and even people represented in tower defense games that vary from odd to plain formulaic. In a genre that spawns way too many wannabes and copycats which have a bit of polish and sometimes pizzaz, Jelly Defense steps up to offer its own brand of TD. Stay tuned for a fairly exhaustive review.

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Sale Alert! NyxQuest, Artsy Wallpapers & Backgrounds, and Worms HD

Today is a quiet day in terms of apps on sale or gone free, but luckily there are some nice new finds.

I picked up NyxQuest HD for $0.99 yesterday after weeks of waiting and wondering if I should go pick it up. This gorgeous love story wrapped up in a quest for our heroine Nyx who’s gone looking for her lover Icarus in this platformer adventure promises to be an interesting and beautiful ride. The iPhone version of NyxQuest is also $0.99 for a limited time. Grab these games while they’re still on sale!

Artsy Wallpapers & Backgrounds for the iPhone is FREE for a limited time, down from $2.99. Check out the nice drawings - the app promises 100 categories of high quality art to choose from.

Finally, popular turn-based strategy game Worms HD for the iPad is also on sale at $2.99, and is 50% off for a limited time.

If I missed something, feel free to leave a message in the comments section. Happy (app) shopping!

Sale Alert! Bug Heroes Quest, Sudoku Rush, Cleopatra: A Queen’s Destiny HD, and Sentinel 3: Homeworld

Bug Heroes Quest, spinoff of acclaimed action/RPG favorite Bug Heroes, is finally FREE! I’ve been holding out, waiting for this game to go on sale and now here it is. Best part is, it’s universal so you get 2 apps for free. Enjoy!

Brand new game Sudoku Rush is FREE and Sudoku fans looking for a twist on the usual Sudoko game might be interested in checking it out. This game is universal, too.

Historical adventure Cleopatra: A Queen’s Destiny HD looks gorgeous. It’s only $0.99 for a limited time. Note that the developers recommend that you download the app via iTunes since it’s a big file.

Finally, Sentinel 3: Homeworld of the acclaimed tower defense game Sentinel series by Origin8 is on sale for only $0.99! This app is universal so you can enjoy it on your iPhone/iPod touch and iPad. :)

Sale Alert: Super Juicy and Super Juicy HD are now FREE!

The awesome bubble popping game Super Juicy and its iPad counterpart, Super Juicy HD are now FREE!

Thanks to the latest update to the game, the bubbles are now easier to see!

You can check out the review here.

Incidentally, the developer, Greg Hjelstrom, is a very good friend of appSIZED and let me thank him again for his unwavering support of this site. Thank you and best of luck to your upcoming endeavors!

Review: Monsters Ate My Condo!

Monsters Ate My Condo is so frickin’ insane and unique on so many levels, I can’t even find the words to begin. BUY IT. It won’t solve cancer or bring world peace, but if more people play this, I know it will make the world a better place.

Adult Swim is one of the most fun, daring and amazing devs out there, and until today, I always saw Robot Unicorn Attack as their funniest, silliest yet (unicorn + Erasure = ridiculously fun) … until Monsters Ate My Condo.

Speaking of unicorn, there is a unicorn on board here, a former pop star transformed by countless surgeries and I guess… mutated into a giant (blue) unicorn. There’s also a giant green Japanese businessman, a giant yellow astrodog, and a giant red crab.

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