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Year 2011 is about to end. Another awesome year with lot of new additions into iTunes App Store, thanks to the developers. With increasing number its difficult to decide the best apps, so here is our list of top 10 favourite and the best Apps of 2011.

10. World of Goo

One of the most popular puzzle game, World of Goo oozes on iOS straight way from PC gaining enough popularity in less time. Using your fingers rather than mouse to play with Goo delivers best playing experience on iPhone.

9. Angry Birds Rio

Best iPhone game of 2010, Angry Bird’s sequel Rio failed to impress us and so doesn’t maintain its position on the top this year. Shoot birds and rescue other birds from the cages with new twists and unexpected moves, this is what Angry Birds Rio is all about.

8. Plants v. Zombies

Among the very addictive game, Plants vs. Zombies was included in last year’s top iOS games following this year too. Zombies have come to eat your brain, tactically plant the trees and keep the Zombies away from your house is Plants v. Zombies.

7. Cut the Rope: Experiments

If you have played last year’s Cut the Rope, you might get disappointed by Cut the Rope: Experiments as this game doesn’t feature any new things but just adds all new 75 level to tease your brain.

6. Tiny Wings

Tiny Wings is all about waving up and down over the mountain slides and try to make your bird fly before the day ends. The higher you fly, the more you score. Lying among the addictive games, Tiny Wings is surely there if you are bored.

5. Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower is a resource management game where you have to build a skyscraper, give jobs to its residents and keep them happy. Game play is blended with 8bit graphics along with game centre support where you can play together with your friends earning more points and virtual money.

4. Dead Space

From consoles and PC, Dead Space after gaining enough popularity hits iOS devices. This iOS game is same third-person shooter game which you play on your consoles. Trying to make every element almost same Dead Space on iOS is just like playing on your console while you go.

3. Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride is simple yet most addictive game you will like to play. All you have to do is avoid missiles and lasers and try going as far as possible by collecting points and coins, for this you are given a jetpack just touch the screen and oscillate up and down to miss the obstacles in your way.

2. Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation

Like previous titles of Modern Combat, this third title called Fallen Nation is brought up with new campaign, new features and better graphics. You won’t find any uniqueness in this third sequel since all the game play concepts are same as before but with new campaign and maps.

1. Infinity Blade II

After gaining enough popularity in 2010 with Infinity Blade, ChAIR has brought its all new sequel this year with greatly improved graphics, better gameplay and sensible story telling too. Fighting with the swords, invading the opponents and defending the attacks, Infinity Blade II delivers awesome gameplay experience making it #1 App of 2011.

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There has been a release of new product from E-FUN, a consumer electronics marketer of fun and lifestyle products. The name of product- ApenA4! It is a digital pen for iPhone and iPad users that capture your strokes and transfer then to a computer. A 30-pin USB connector that comes along with this digital pen allows you to transcribe your notes instantly to the above mentioned i-devices.

E-FUN, the manufacturer, says “APEN A4 works like a standard ink pen, which means you can write as you would normally, though when the battery runs dry (80 hours) it will just be, well, just a standard pen”.

The receiver of ApenA4 has the capability to store up to 100 pages of data that can be uploaded to a computer or iOS devices at a later time. All you need to do is just clip the receiver on a paper; special software in the digital pen automatically digitizes your handwritten notes or images. The digitized data can then be shared via email or uploaded to social networking sites immediately.

Features of ApenA4:

  • Compatible with Apple products (iPad, iPhone and iPodTouch)
  • Digitizes and records handwriting while the unit is not connected to a computer
  • Works on regular paper
  • Records up to 100 pages in the receivers’ memory
  • Photo sketcher for annotating written words or drawings on computer images
  • Allows sharing of photos on Facebook, Flickr and other social networking sites
  • Allows sharing of handwritten documents and photos via email

ApenA4 works with Windows OS (XP and later), Mac OS X 10.5 and above, and iOS 3.0 or above. When connected to a computer, APEN allows users to sketch, or write on images and perform real-time computer annotation such as eSignatures within MS Office applications and on digital photos. It is available at national retailers in Canada and the U.S.market for $129.99. To know more visit here.

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Apple has produced many world class products and iPod Touch is also one of the flagship product of the company. If you have one of this device and your iPod touch not operating as you expected or not responding, then this detailed tutorial will be a solution for your problem.

What are the symptoms can be solved with these tips? Here we go: If your device’s display is blank, unresponsive touch screen, apps closes suddenly or goes frozen. Follow the below steps to resolve your problem.

Step 1: Restart your iPod Touch

Turn off your device by pressing and holding the Wake/sleep button and a red slider is visible in the screen. Now slide the slider to turn off the iPod Touch after a few moments. Now press and hold sleep/wake button till you can see the Apple logo in the display.

unresponsive iPod Touch

If your iPod Touch is unresponsive, then you should press and hold the Home button Sleep/Wake button at the same time for minimum of 10 seconds to see Apple logo appears. Make sure that your device battery is charged properly.

Step 2: Recharge iPod Touch

recharge the iPod Touch

When charging the battery, if the device is very low on power, it might take 2 more minutes to come out of the blank screen.

Step 3: Close Unresponsive App

If you think that any one of the app is responsible for not responding device then from the Recent Apps bar close the app (steps shown below):

Closing apps on iPod Touch

  • In the Home screen press the Home button two times.
  • Tap on the app and hold.
  • When app starts jiggle, click the x mark to close the app, and click the Home button to stop the apps jiggling.
  • Now open the app again.

Step 4: Install Updated Software:

Sometimes old version of Software or iTunes cause the device, so updating iTunes software and device will be the remedy. Hence, check whether you are using the latest version of iTunes or not. If not, then download latest iTunes and install.

iTunes and iPod Touch

Now connect the device to iTunes and click on Summary tab to update the iPod Touch and follow the instructions to complete the procedure.

Step 5: Restore iPod Touch Software:

If all the above steps don’t work for you, then try restoring the iPod Touch by connecting it to iTunes and going to Summary tab in iTunes. There you may restore it by clicking on Restore button. Remember to take backup of the data by syncing iPod Touch to iTunes before restoring the device.

restore iPod Touch on iTunes

I hope these tips will help you to resolve the Unresponsive Touch screen of your iPod Touch.

Stay tuned on The Geeks Club for more Gadgets Tips and Tricks. Have a say in the comments field below.

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I’ve came across many people who always asked me “How do I have WhatsApp Messenger” on my iPod Touch? Most of them say they were unable to install/configure WhatsApp Messenger on their device and always asked me for solution. So this time I’ve came up with an exclusive tutorial to make WhatsApp Messenger work on your iPod Touch. Before continuing make sure you know, I’ve tried and tested this trick on iPod Touch 2G, 3G and iPod Touch 4G.

WhatsApp Messenger cannot be installed on iPod Touch since it is iPhone only compatible. A Jailbreak tweak can make WhatsApp messenger work on your iPod device.

WhatsApp Messenger can be successfully installed on iPod Touch but whenever you try to activate it using your phone number it always rejects and shows an error message “Cannot connect to WhatsApp services” to bypass this just follow the tutorial below.

Note: Your iPod Touch should be jailbreaked and able to run homebrew applications and If you have installed WhatsApp Messenger before do remove it and make sure its not installed on your device.

So let’s start with the tutorial,

Step 1: Make sure you have Cydia installed on your device along with “BigBoss Repo” (http://apt.bigboss.org/repofiles/cydia/) added to it.

Step 2: Open Cydia and search for “WhatsPad”

Step 3: Install “WhatsPad” on your device and reboot it. (Rebooting is not recommended if you are on tethered jailbreak)

Step 4: Open “Install0us” and search for “WhatsApp Messenger”

Step 5: Install “WhatsApp Messenger” from Install0us or purchase WhatsApp Messenger from iTunes Store.

Step 6: Once installed, run the app and you will need to configure/setup it. (Make sure you are in WiFi zone)

Step 7: You will be asked for country code and your mobile phone number, type the same and continue.

Step 8: If you have tried earlier you would have got an error here saying ““Cannot connect to WhatsApp services” but using WhatsPad (Cydia tweak) you have bypassed it successfully.

Step 9: Enjoy Messaging!

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Its already 12th October and iOS 5 along with iCloud will be soon publicly release. Last day Apple brought all new stable release of iTunes 10.5 which gets the iOS 5 and iCloud support.

For Indians iOS 5 will be available to update from iTunes and IPSW after 10.30pm (IST) 

Before updating to all new version make sure you have kept everything ready with you, to start with you will need to download iTunes 10.5 right for Apple’s website and Install it.

Devices supporting iOS 5

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 CDMA
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod Touch 3G
  • iPod Touch 4G
  • iPod Touch 5G
  • iPad 1
  • iPad 2

There wont be any issue of updating on iPod Touch and iPad (except jailbreaking) but iPhone owners using non-factory unlocked device will loose their UNLOCK.

Installing iOS 5 on non-jailbreaked device

If your device is not jailbreaked you can easily go for iOS 5 since you won’t be having issue of loosing the jailbreak. Just follow these steps and get iOS 5 on your device,

iTunes method

1. Connect your device to iTunes.

2. You will be prompt for ‘Software update’, download it and iTunes will automatically install it.

3. Done!

IPSW method

1. Download iOS 5 IPSW from Apple Server only and keep it in on desktop.

2. Connect your device to iTunes.

3. You will be prompt for ‘Software update’, Ignore it.

4. Backup your device using iTunes.

5. Switch of your device and without disconnecting it for iTunes press ‘Home button’ + ‘Power button’ at the same time.

6. After 10seconds release the ‘Power button’ but keep holding ‘Home button’ and you will get a message from iTunes saying, ‘Your device is in recovery mode’.

7. Now go to your device menu in iTunes and press ‘SHIFT’ key and click on ‘Update’. It will ask you to browse the location of IPSW.

8. Select your device IPSW which you have kept on desktop and hit open.

9. iTunes will automatically do all the require tasks and install iOS 5 on your device.

10. Once it is done, you’ll be asked to set up your device.

If you want you can choose ‘Set up as new device’ but this will completely erase everything from your device. OR choose ‘Set up from Backup’ and select the recent backup that you took before updating.

11. Done! enjoy iOS 5

Installing iOS 5 on a jailbreaked device

NOTE: Continuing with the update, you will loose your existing jailbreak on your device and will have wait till the jailbreak supporting iOS 5 is out.

1. Follow the IPSW method of updating a non jailbreaked device upto step no. 10.

2. Choose ‘Set up as new device’. I highly recommend this because it wont create any mess with your previously cracked apps.

3. You’ll loose everything (photos and apps) as music, videos and purchases are syncable from your iTunes library.

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Though iPhone 4S was the star of the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event, its new iPod Touch that also grabbed attention. Sporting stunning memory ranging from 8 GB to 32 GB, this device can carry all your music and your favorite books wherever you go!

Along with usual black colored iPod, there will be white version of this new generation iPod that will be available soon. The product is expected to get released in market on 12th October 2011. 

ipod touch 5g

Apple iPod Touch 5G Price

Apple iPod Touch 5G with 8 GB capacity can cost you around $199. The bigger one with 16 GB capacity will be around $299 and 32 GB will carry a price tag of $399.

The Geeks Club will soon come up with review of this portable music library. So stay tuned!

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While there is hype of iPhone 5 everywhere have people forgot that its already September which is almost coming to an end. Let me remind you September is month of iPod’s where every iPod gets a refresh either major or a minor like this year. Right now fourth generation iPod’s are floating in the market and this year will bring the fifth generation into spot light.

It was earlier rumored that Apple will be coming up with 3G capable iPod Touch, yes iPod Touch was supposed to be supporting 3G Data service same as of iPad 2 3G version. But no such evidence of iPod Touch 5G from the leaked sources.

iPod Touch 5G will not be getting any major update like last year. iPod Touch 4G was complete make over of iPod Touch 3G which even included camera. iPod Touch 5G will not be getting any major update like this, however being iPod Touch 4G owner I expected a better camera for iPod Touch 5G.

A recent report says iPod Touch 5G will not be getting any hardware updates that means no camera improvements and no 3G data service. After enormous success of iPhone 4’s white color, Apple moved over manufacturing iPod Touch with the same color and now iPod Touch 5G will be available in white color too. Along with this the ambient sensor has been tweaked for better brightness adjustments and the screen will get a smooth oleophobic coating.

iPod Touch is already priced at a huge price and adding 3G date service to it will increase its price which will be close to low end or cheaper iPhone aka iPhone 4S. Also iPod Touch’s are not much demanded as compared to iPhone, so taking its price close to iPhone will be complete stupidness instead Apple iPhone 4S can be better option.

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‘Facebook’ app for iOS has always been welcomed by users, in my experience till today I have never seen any iDevice without the free Facebook app. Recently Facebook introduced new app which supported every phone called as ‘Facebook for every phone’ well, the essence of iOS was missing from long time as the PC version (website) of Facebook undergoes couple of changes every time. Never the late, Facebook for iOS is update with lots of (you can say monstrous) updates.

Have a quick look on the app update,

Made it easier to share with who you want

  • Added the ability to tag friends and places in posts
  • Added the ability to share external links from a web view
  • Added new design for Profile and Group Walls
  • Improved the sharing tool to add privacy controls on posts and match your settings on the web site
Improvements and bug fixes
  • Improved Notifications speed
  • Fixed a number of Chat bugs
  • Made it easier to select filters in News Feed
  • Fixed a bug with the Notifications bar disappearing
  • Fixed a number of Photos bugs
  • Improved performance and stability overall
This app brought handy feature for Facebook even on iDevices, the ability to tag friends, places, control privacy which could be only done from PC can be also done from your iPhone or iPod Touch. I am impressed with the bug fixes rather than the updates as Facebook app for iOS had hell lots of bugs, this update brought a new, a lighter experience of Facebook for iPhone.

Here’s how to get this update

  • If you are existing user of Facebook app, just head to App store and you will be notified with an update for Facebook, do that and you are done!
  • You can also connect your device to iTunes using Dock Cable and update it from there.
  • If you use the cracked version, just head to Install0us app and check your update list.

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Finally, Google updated its official Google+ application, adding support for the iPad and iPod touch on 8th August, Monday. The version of Google+ app for iPad is 1.0.2.1966. Google+ makes sharing the right things with the right people. That’s the simple and prior concept of Google+. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the peoples from anywhere to anywhere. The stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.

Google+ app for iPad

About Google+ App with iPad support:

Google+ app for iPad is simply the upgraded version of Google+ iPhone app. The app for iPad looks similar to iPhone. The app, which is now available for the iPad is just a next  version of the iPod Touch and iPhones. This time iPad support has been added to this app. Along with the ability to download onto an iPad or iPod Touch, other additions in the update include Huddle settings which allows users to select the group of people they wish to message whilst using Huddle depending on what circle they belong to. More additions are aggregated circle and notifications. Performance and stability are improved. This app is totally Free. Current version of this application is 1.0.1.1809. Size of this application is 5.5 MB. Supportable language is ‘English’ & the seller of this application is Google Mobile.

Features of Google+ App for iPad:

  • Instant Upload feature lets you to push Notifications. In this, users can take photos and the image gets pushed up to a private album, and the album will appear on Google+ and Picasa simultaneously.
  • Circles let you share the right things with just the right people. Everything users share on Circles will be shared only with the most appropriate circle of social contacts.
  • Stream is where you can get updates from your circles or see what people are saying about things nearby. Stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they’re checking in.
  • Huddle is super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles. Huddle is just like a text based conference system where in a set of people can be added and conversation can be started. You can also call it as a group chat facility.
Google+ app for iPad

Requirements of Google+ App for iPad:

This Google+ app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. The app does not work with the beta version of iOS 5, which is issued for developers. The latest version this app runs on across all iOS devices is iOS 4.3.5.

Getting Google+ App for iPad:

To download the free Google+ app for iPad by Google, first you need to download iTunes 10.4. After downloading it, you can easily download The Google+ app for iPhone. First download  iTunes 10.4. After successfully installation of iTunes 10.4, finally you can download the Google+ app for iPad. Download Google+ app for iPad from iTunes Store. Now you are ready to enjoy Google+ on your iPad.

Kindly Note, This Google+ app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. So you can use this same app for your iPhone or iPod touch also. 

Get Google+ App for Android phone from here &  stay connected to The Geeks Club.

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Apple’s rise to a successful firm is all because of music … remember the iPod? When this device stepped into the market, there was no one to stop it from reaching the peak of success. This led the music lovers to develop their application that suites peoples (also their own) need of music. And all these apps are loaded at Apples app store. Following are the cool music apps we recommend for your music need try it out.

1. Shazam

This one is the popular App for iOS. Developers came up with the simple concept: identify the song currently playing (in your car radio, in the party or somewhere else) and let you know complete detail of that song. Shazam’s database contains audio fingerprints for more than 5 million songs. So whenever you want to know detail of song playing nearby you, activate the Shazam application on your iPhone.

Shazam-IPHONE-app

Shazam App listens your song for small time, after processing it sends a text message to your phone letting you know the detail of the song. The latest version brings you friend feature that lets you share tagged music from your friends.

Price: Free

2. MTV Music Meter

MTV Music Meter App lets you know about the current popular artists in a chart through response from various social media, blogs and news sites. Also create your own charts by searching over millions of artists.

Mtv-music-meter

Simply click on any artist on the chart for tracks, photos, tweets referencing that band, news and a bio. The app is a clean-looking, slick way to discover music.

Price: Free

3. Local concerts

Installing this app to your iPhone will never let you miss any concert in your local area. The app updates you about the schedules on concerts related to your favorite artists that are to be conducted. And the best part is that it can personalize the list with the artist from your iTunes library.

local-concert

All you have to do is scroll through a displayed list that will then show you upcoming shows at that location and also includes the links to purchase the ticket for the show.

Price: Free

4. Pandora Radio

This is one of the best internet radio app filled with many cool features. Users can listen to previews (which may lasts for 30 seconds) of bookmarked tracks directly within the app and you do not need to jump to the iTunes library, if you like the song this app provides you the link to purchase it from iTunes library.

Pandora-radio-app

Creating personalized radio stations was never so easy until the aid of this app, offers biographical information for the currently playing artist right from the Now Playing screen and many more features that will keep your day busy.

Price: Free

5. Adaptunes

This app includes a unique feature of automatic speed and motion-based volume control. Your music sounds louder when you move fast, including various profiles that suite your travel (driving, motorcycling, biking, skiing, and exercising).

Adaptunes-app

Adaptunes works insanely cool, just you need to do is load up the playlist, podcast or any album and let the music take control of you. Developers have also plans of future features like integrating social networking services, playlists that automatically adjusts to your preferences etc.

Price: $0.99.