Custom Ping Pong Paddle Editor Launches on Android

Custom Ping Pong Paddle Editor Launches on Android

Dec 6, 2014

I hate to brag, but in my hood, I am known as a bit of a table tennis shark. People get fooled by the gentle smile and boyish charm, and then, I shake ’em with the firm back hand.

Yessir.

For the true ping pong fans, Uberpong‘s new personalization app, Custom Ping Pong Paddle Editor will be welcome.

The app is simple: one can upload an image to it, use the app’s software to scale the image, and submit it to the developer (with the required fees). 14 days later, the custom paddle is shipped to its creator.

Beautiful.

Uberpong Chief David Lowe talks about responding to the community. “The possibilities are endless and with the holiday season fast approaching and people looking for creative gift ideas, we are making it even easier for customers to create their paddles,” he says. “The ability to upload your photos from your favorite social networks is a big plus and we are again responding to the demand from our community. The app extends Uberpong’s reach into the mobile space and is the next product in the Uberpong Universe.”

This foray into advanced functionality via mobile app is indeed exciting. The app is available for free, and more information can be gleaned from the Uberpong website.

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[Source: Uberpong Press Release]

My Fairy Pony Review

My Fairy Pony Review

Aug 22, 2013

Yes, there was a time I knew what to do and, and how to act. I grew up with only brothers, so I’m well inculcated with the Guy Code. Nothing fazed me, I was self assured.

Then I got married, and had daughters. My life had never been the same.

Girls… The pretty angels that have you wrapped around their fingers even while contentedly telling the work how soft their dad’s tummy is.

But being a dad of girls grows on you, so much so that guys like me can get to gender-specific like games like like My Fairy Pony.pony1

It’s all about customization. “Blank” ponies have palettes that allow for interesting combinations. Manes, coat and even eyelash accoutrements could be tweaked extensively. Pink pony with green eyes and a multicolored mop that can be named Minaj? This game can hello make it happen.

The rest of the game is mostly about watching the animals roam independently and exploring. There are chests of goodies that appear, and tapping them opens them to reveal the contents, which are usually either a carrot or a customization attribute. Another tap on the object then “formally” claims it. Multiple animals can be active at the same time, and there is an animal switcher at the bottom right that allows the animals to be toggled through.

All in all, when it comes to the visual aspects of this game, it is a little kid’s dream. There is an ever-present whimsical feel to the game that is reflected in the 3-D graphics and the bright colors. The fantasy pony land is a cross between friendly forest and cozy country land, and the combination is kryptonite for young people. The animations worked well within the context of the game, but I did feel they could be smoother.

The game’s biggest strength — its simplicity — might be a drawback of sorts, in that the mindless fun might come across as a lack of sophistication that might leave older players a tad unfulfilled. Still, it’s an engaging title that, at the very least, can lead to a lot of binding time.

And yes, my pony really has green eyes. So there.

HTC Introduces Official Bootloader Unlocking Tool for Phones Released After September 2011

HTC Introduces Official Bootloader Unlocking Tool for Phones Released After September 2011

Dec 30, 2011

HTC has made a great move toward ensuring user freedom on all their devices, by announcing that they will release tools to unlock the bootloaders on all of their devices going forward. Officially, their tools will work with devices released after September 2011; devices released prior to this may get tools in the future.

What does this mean, exactly? Simply put, it means that users can install their own custom ROMs without any restrictions from HTC, though carriers can still hold the rights to not allow the bootloaders to be unlocked. However, for HTC users, this means that they will be able to install the core software of their choice on their phones. It’s a great move for user freedom, and should benefit HTC as power users may be more motivated to use their phones because of this. As well, it’s not like enterprising hackers wouldn’t be able to find a way to unlock them anyway.