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DailyApps » Web http://dailyapps.net An app a day, keeps the boredom away... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:35:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.22 The Sims 3: Springfield Town (Simpsons) http://dailyapps.net/the-sims-3-springfield-town-simpsons/ http://dailyapps.net/the-sims-3-springfield-town-simpsons/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:57:11 +0000 http://dailyapps.net/?p=2050 Hello readers! Today, I have treat for you, now if you love the Sims 3 and the Simpsons as much as the Dailyapps team do, you will be pleased to know that someone has gone all out to create a full Simpsons Springfield world in accurate detail, down to the last house, with nearly all […]

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Hello readers! Today, I have treat for you, now if you love the Sims 3 and the Simpsons as much as the Dailyapps team do, you will be pleased to know that someone has gone all out to create a full Simpsons Springfield world in accurate detail, down to the last house, with nearly all of the series iconic locations donned. The download link is in the description of the video, enjoy!

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Kingdom http://dailyapps.net/kingdom/ http://dailyapps.net/kingdom/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:58:48 +0000 http://dailyapps.net/?p=1995 Kingdom[ is a independent minimalist strategy game created for browser play by Noio, which can be played on windows computer devices.  Does this relatively small game hold its own against the big name strategy games? You can also play the game here! http://www.noio.nl/assets/2013-10-15-kingdom/kingdom.swf Firstly, let me just state this, there are very few games these […]

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Kingdom[ is a independent minimalist strategy game created for browser play by Noio, which can be played on windows computer devices.  Does this relatively small game hold its own against the big name strategy games?

You can also play the game here! http://www.noio.nl/assets/2013-10-15-kingdom/kingdom.swf

Firstly, let me just state this, there are very few games these days that we here at dailyapps can call gems, with various games coming out yearly on mobile, computer and console alike, it may require months of play to really find a game that has the right credentials to gain the title of gem. This was not the case for Kingdom.

Kingdom is a very good game, and its creator Noio knows exactly what he wants to achieve with it. The game begins with introducing you to its bit graphic scheme, where you control your very own king. This is done by using the directional button left and right to go in those respected direction. After you take your king on his journey onward, you soon come across a small desolate village, with a couple of wanderers spare. This is your soon to be kingdom, after being given a little tour of how to play the game and what each NPC character does, including allies and enemies alike. You are free to develop your kingdom as you please., with the only extra button to movement being the down key, to upgrade.

This freedom in such a small game is just one of the subtle factors the make the game so addictive, you are literally aloud to approach this strategy game however you want in order to survive. Whether this be fortify your defences by upgrading you castle, or recruiting more archers to fend back the noodlers – the games enemies that will kill your men and take your coins. The game simply leaves this up to you.

Oh, and did I mention, this is one beautiful game! For a relatively unknown developer, this project really does have some stunning look, perhaps most impressive is that of the in game water, very few games manage to capture that reflective feel water can produce, whereas kingdom does it effortlessly. The NPC also have plenty of character about them for something created with very few pixels. It would also not be fair to not notice how fitting the audio for this game is. Both dark and dashing together or apart, the sound elegantly grace this game for what it is, a masterpiece.

Finally, I want to mention to things, one, the game is free to play right now, so go play it! Two, a mobile version is soon to be with us, which you can expect a review from the dailyapps team for, and three, this game is a true gem.

 

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TeuxDeux : A Fresh Minimal Approach to ToDo Lists http://dailyapps.net/teuxdeux-a-fresh-minimal-approach-to-todo-lists/ http://dailyapps.net/teuxdeux-a-fresh-minimal-approach-to-todo-lists/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2009 02:34:02 +0000 http://dailyapps.net/?p=1400 I’m a big fan of GTD (Getting Things Done!) and keeping my life as organized and structured as possible. I Currently use a simple WhiteBoard at home with Sharpie Pens to jot down everything that I need to know. I use this method simply because the GTD apps like Remember the Milk, Things for Mac are […]

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I’m a big fan of GTD (Getting Things Done!) and keeping my life as organized and structured as possible. I Currently use a simple WhiteBoard at home with Sharpie Pens to jot down everything that I need to know. I use this method simply because the GTD apps like Remember the Milk, Things for Mac are an overkill for a guy like me, and to date didn’t really find a simple web based ToDo list.

Yesterday while browsing through my RSS Subscriptions I chanced upon TeuxDeux thanks to John Gruber(Daring Fireball) who described it as Clever, simple, date-based online to-do app. I immediately signed up and I’ve been hooked to it ever since.

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As you can see from the Screenshot the interface of TeuxDeux is very clean, minimal and simple. Its the kind of UI that most of us normal users need, rather than the complex UI’s of other GTD apps.

The best thing that I like about TeuxDeux is the fact that it kinda resembles your personal diary, in which you jot down stuff you need to do.

How Does it Work?

To add a task, you just need to type into the textbox. It’ll be automatically be added to the todo list. To remove a task hover over the task and click the cross button. And the best thing, if you don’t complete a task today it will automatically be added to tomorrow’s tasks. Tasks can be drag dropped from different days, which makes it flexible.

The Days that are already past are in light faded Gray, while Today is in Red, and the future dates in the deep black. A simple but clever presentation idea.

Here’s a demo video that shows how TeuxDeux works :

So if you are finding it difficult to keep your life in order, and need to remember things to do, you must try out TeuxDeux.

TeuxDeux (A Swissmiss and FictiveKin Product) | Photo Credit : tracitodd

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Need for Speed : Google Pwns OpenDNS with its own DNS http://dailyapps.net/need-for-speed-google-pwns-opendns-with-its-own-dns/ http://dailyapps.net/need-for-speed-google-pwns-opendns-with-its-own-dns/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2009 02:20:14 +0000 http://dailyapps.net/?p=1361 Google seems to be getting everywhere. They are there in just about every corner of our online life, and now they have taken a step further by launching Google Public DNS. Google Public DNS aims at making the web faster for you, by using a high speed, public DNS server. Here’s what DNS does in […]

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Google seems to be getting everywhere. They are there in just about every corner of our online life, and now they have taken a step further by launching Google Public DNS. Google Public DNS aims at making the web faster for you, by using a high speed, public DNS server. Here’s what DNS does in simple words :

Say you type in the Wikipedia.org in your browser window. The DNS then converts the URL you typed into machine readable IP address and returns it to you. Only after the actual IP of the website is determined does the webpage begin loading for you.

OpenDNS has long since been considered the pioneer in the making the web faster by giving users a free, fast public DNS server with servers spread around the globe to reduce latency.

I’ve been using OpenDNS for the past two years for my needs, and needless to say the experience has been quite good. Not to forget the increase in speed while browsing the web. But today with the release of Google’s own DNS solution I was curious to see if it could beat the already fast service that OpenDNS provides.

So I ran my own tests sitting here in India, using this script by Manu over at TechSutra.

#!/bin/sh��
for i in "lifehacker.com" "facebook.com" "dailyapps.net"  "reddit.com" "google.com" "bbc.co.uk" "microsoft.com" "yahoo.com" "ebay.com"
do
  for j in "4.2.2.2" "8.8.4.4" "208.67.222.222"
  do
    echo $j $i `dig @$j $i | grep Query | awk -F ":" '{print $2}'`
  done
done

And here are my results :

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As you can see Google DNS consistently was atleast two times faster than OpenDNS and even more faster than Level 3. Those of you in the U.S I believe shouldn’t see much performance difference between Google and Level 3.

For me personally, Google was always in the range 90-110ms while OpenDNS was in the 200-210ms range. A Significant performance boost I must say.

Is Performance a tradeoff for Privacy?

Hmm it depends on how you look at it. Surely Google has a lot of information about you, and a DNS server will only allow them to gather more data about you. They could in theory gather information about all the websites you visit. Sounds like Big Brother ain’t it, except that Google makes it explicitly clear that ‘Collected data includes IP address (up to 48 hours, to detect malicious behavior against the service), ISP information and geographic information (2 weeks each). The data is not correlated with your Google account in any way’

For more on what they log while using their DNS service, read the Google Public DNS Privacy Policy.

So as things stand at the moment you don’t have to worry about Privacy Issues. But OpenDNS founder David Ulevitch seems to have other concerns :

‘Google claims that this service is better because it has no ads or redirection. But you have to remember they are also the largest advertising and redirection company on the Internet.

To think that Google’s DNS service is for the benefit of the Internet would be naive. They know there is value in controlling more of your Internet experience and I would expect them to explore that fully. And of course, we always have protected user privacy and have never sold our DNS data.’

At the end of the day, its pure competition. Google has been entering a lot of verticals lately, in their quest to make the web a better place for everyone. They’ve a long way to go, before they can achieve their goals.

What does this mean for OpenDNS? Well guys, you’ve had the free run for the past three years, now you got to make OpenDNS even more faster. Competition is always a wake up call.

So are you willing to give Google DNS a shot? Google has a handy guide for you to get started.

Google Public DNS (via Google Code Blog) | Photo Credit : jpctalbot

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Is Square the Next Big Thing? http://dailyapps.net/is-square-the-next-big-thing/ http://dailyapps.net/is-square-the-next-big-thing/#comments Wed, 02 Dec 2009 01:01:39 +0000 http://dailyapps.net/?p=1352 Back in September this year when Twitter founder and inventor Jack Dorsey left the company, to a work on a new project, everyone was skeptical at best when he said ‘I came back to St. Louis to find the next thing, and I found it.’ Obviously we are aware of the Genius of a person […]

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Back in September this year when Twitter founder and inventor Jack Dorsey left the company, to a work on a new project, everyone was skeptical at best when he said ‘I came back to St. Louis to find the next thing, and I found it.’ Obviously we are aware of the Genius of a person that Jack is, so expectations are quite high.

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Well today he’s revealed this next big thing to world as Square. The idea ‘ let people quickly and easily accept physical credit card payments from their mobile phone. A small device attaches to the phone via the headset/microphone jack. The device gets the power it needs to send data to the phone from the swipe of the card, and sends the information over the microphone connection.

Even before launch Square is now valued at $40 Million with already $10 Million in Venture Capital Backing. By the looks of it, Square is a bold entry into this huge market of physical payments. ‘What PayPal was to eBay, Square is to the real world,‘ said one person close to the company.

The Big credit card companies Visa, Mastercard and American Express are already on board with Square to take credit card payments. Square has already won the attention of the blogosphere, and we will have to wait and watch to see if Square becomes the next big thing.

Enough of the talk, lets have a look at what Square looks like’

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square-receipt

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I am already quite excited at the numerous possibilities once Square is launched to the general public. Imagine Street vendors being able to accept Credit Card payments without the usual hassle of get merchant accounts, and of course the curse of Paypal fees.

At the moment from the available information Square works on the iPhone platform and Verizon Droid. I am sure Jack and team are looking to extend to the high end Nokia’s and Blackberry devices as well.

If Square takes off, it’ll be a big boost to the credit card companies IMHO. Square is in my heart the next big thing in the world of ecommerce. Paypal sit up and take note. You have a new competitor in town’.

More Info at Official Website | Twitter Account

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