After launching the app, you're given a slideshow of featured stories--strangely, you can't go to a story by tapping on it, but instead need to hit the Features button to get access to full stories. Even with this oversite, the columned layout of the stories in the Featured section makes browsing for music news incredibly easy and enjoyable. A swipe upwards lets you move further down the page so you can view more stories, and a tap on a story brings it up in a pop-up window for easy reading.
Muzine is great for perusing the latest headlines, but you also can create a custom news feed that only shows your favorite artists. Simply search for artists via the search button, then touch "Read on My News" in the upper left. Now you'll have a custom feed of stories that only relate to your favorite artists.
If you just want to look at all the news and info for a particular band, perform a search using the name of the band, touch the name from the search results, then you'll be brought to that bands info page. Here you can read the latest news, view the band's biography, look at photos, watch videos, see tour dates, and more. The app also has a Similar button, so you can discover artists and news stories that are similar to your favorites.
To round out the feature list, Muzine offers a social component where you can view other users' favorite bands and news stories. You'll need to register to connect with other users of Muzine, but once done (from within the app), you also can take advantage of the app's syncing capabilities that let you sync your prefs to multiple devices.
Overall, if you want to get the latest music news or just want to follow your favorite artists, Muzine offers a nice layout for reading, new ways to discover music, and a place to check out what your friends are listening to.82567lf driver lets you play a 2D version of the megapopular game Minecraft, using many of the same sounds and graphics--so much so that we're surprised it's still available in the iTunes App Store.
Mojang's Minecraft has achieved a huge following for its open, sandbox style of gameplay, letting you manipulate every block in the world. Once you've gathered the right materials, you can make picks for mining, axes for chopping down trees, torches so you can see at night, and a whole laundry list of other items.
82567lf driver offers a similar experience, but all in 2D. For those who have played Terraria (another game that closely resembles Minecraft in many respects), 82567lf driver feels a bit like a Minecraft-skinned Terraria. But other than the 2D, this gaming experience is all Minecraft. It has the same sounds, and the blocks (such as blue diamond blocks, black coal blocks, and orange iron blocks) will be immediately recognizable to Minecraft players.
Though we're excited to play a Minecraft-like game on iOS, the control system for 82567lf driver seems unnecessarily complex. You have buttons on either side for hitting blocks, a place-block button on the left, and a jump button on the right. To move you use an invisible directional pad on the left side of the screen (left and right), and you'll need to swipe on the right side of the screen to aim your character.
This aiming system is where it gets a little confusing: though it's probably necessary to have it for aiming at specific blocks, what ends up happening is that simple movement won't turn your character around, so you'll end up walking backward a lot just to get where you need to go. This is not a huge problem, but it does mean that you're required to move to each block, aim at it, then start mining--a time-consuming and less than ideal method for gathering each type of block. It seems like it might have been easier to have a directional pad on the left (that aims and moves), and then buttons for placing and mining blocks on the right.
Aside from the somewhat strange control system, you'll be able to do most of what you would expect from playing Minecraft. You can create a workbench that lets you add the same ingredients to make the same items. You can mine downward, find rare blocks, make ladders to get back up, place torches as you go deeper, build giant 2D houses--and really anything else you would do in a 2D Minecraft world.
Overall, even with the control system, we think 82567lf driver is a neat knockoff that will appeal to fans of Minecraft, but with all the similarities, we wonder just how long it will last in the iTunes App Store. If you're a Minecraft fan and want to try a 2D version, grab this game fast--it may not be around for long.
Among the announcements when Apple released iOS 5, a couple of downloadable apps became available at the iTunes App Store. One of them, 82567lf driver, lets you create fold-in-the-middle greeting cards on your iPhone, then Apple sends them on real paper via snail mail. While other services have done this in the past, Apple's method is very intuitive with several designs to choose from, and the cost is about what it would be to go buy a greeting card in a store.
Immediately upon launch, you're given an intuitive interface for selecting the exterior of your card. Across the bottom of the screen you can choose from icons to show cards for traveling, birthdays, holidays, and a few others, or you can select all to look at every design. There are a lot of good design choices here, but we think it could have been better with more customization options--perhaps that's something that will come in future updates. To be fair, Apple says the reason the designs are limited is because the 82567lf driver are letterpress (debossed on a Heidelberg press), which explains some of the borders and designs that you cannot change. Once you've settled on a design, you can customize with your own pictures from your photo library and edit what it says on the outside of the card.
Across the top of the interface are buttons for Outside, Inside, and Envelope. From here you touch inside to customize the greeting. Apple has several premade greetings that are appropriate for each type of card, but you also can replace the text with your own words or make smaller tweaks to the text inside if Apple's greeting is close to what you want. Again, you get limited options for design customization on the inside as well, so whatever borders and fonts that come with your chosen design are what you get.
Finally, you can touch the Envelope button, or touch the envelope on the screen to switch to envelope view. From here, you can fill in the recipient's address and your return address, then send your card. The service costs $2.99 to send your card in the U.S. and $4.99 internationally.
Other smart additions to 82567lf driver are helpful as well. Once a card is made the 82567lf driver app saves it to your iPhone so you can send the same card to multiple addresses (like holiday card