Everyone I know thinks that since I write about technology and review a lot of stuff, that I have a boatload of gadgets sitting around that I was given for free. That isn’t true, as almost everything a geek reviewer might want to keep actually has to go back and the stuff that you end up with tends to be the piles of cheap little crap not worth the cost of mailing back for the maker. One geek blogger has figured out a way to get some swag by camping out for the iPhone 5.
Rob Shoesmith is either the smartest man alive or the most foolish. I can't quite decide. Why? Because Shoesmith is already in line for the not-even-announced iPhone 5. Stuuuupid, right? Well, he's also received $64,000 worth of goods in sponsorships for doing so.
The 29-year-old marketing executive for Medl Mobile, a company that makes iPhone apps, has camped outside the Covent Garden Apple Store in London and is using his blog to document the experience of lining up ridiculously early. Astutely, he asked companies to help him out (in exchange, he'd promote their products on his blog) and the companies have come out in troves (I guess they're the real dumb ones?)! According to the Metro News, he's been given "everything from scented candles and aftershave to use of a $32,600 Chevrolet car, $1300 worth of outdoor gear and food from top restaurants."
NOTE: August 1, 2011 - Rob Shoesmith has not started Queuing at this time.
Rob has a blog that has been gaining a lot of publicity lately. He is relying on companies to donate products and services to him. In return for the donations companies make, he writes up a blog post on every product or service to help promote them. Companies have donated everything from a tent and chair to iPhone cases. Restaurants will be delivering top notch food to his tent and someone even allowed him to use their car to transport all of his gear. This has turned into a huge marketing campaign and has gotten attention from countries around the world.
Tagged apps: Problem Halved
Fruit Blast is a brand new take on the shooter genre, it was once overwhelmed by shooting guns and has now turned into Pea-Shooters. In this Whimsical world you are fighting against a crazy monkey on the loose and you have to stop him before its too late! The objective is simple, shoot at the flying fruit to collect seeds which in turn will help you earn better weapons and new levels.
Tagged apps: Fruit Blast
It appears some iOS faithful geek has jumped the gun a tad and is already camping out so he can be one of the first to snag the iPhone 5, which seems somewhat premature to me anyway as there could still be one hell of a long wait until the iPhone 5 surfaces.
But all is not as it seems apparently as according to an article over on Metro, former bin man, 29-year old Rob Shoesmith, is camping outside Apple’s flagship store in London to get the iPhone 5 as soon as it arrives and has managed to snag 40,000 quid’s worth of free stuff as part of a publicity stunt while the guy camps out.
Tagged apps: Problem Halved
[Translated from German]The fact that Apple fetishists snake stand to get the latest iPhone and iPad as one of the first zuzulegen is no novelty. A bit is new but the fact that the London Apple Store Garden in Coventry now have the first campers pitched his camp to be the first in the country an iPhone 5 to get hold of, without anyone knows when and if the thing ever comes . This guy calls himself Rob Shoesmith and uses this strange action, of course, in order to make advertising for his company Medl Mobile. Finer side effect: In the meantime he has already received "handouts" to the value of 40,000 pounds (€ 45 311), including a brand new Chevy for 20,000 pounds, but also a red fire bucket and various sweets. It is worth almost. And what if it will come only one iPhone 4GS?
Learn to Draw teaches you how to draw via text and audio instructions while you trace blue lines in order to learn. In fact, it promises that if you “listen to the instructions, follow the steps in blue, you’ll be drawing digital masterpieces in no time!” Sounds easy enough. Each lesson is broken into five or so steps which are simple enough not to overwhelm you with too much information. They only take a few minutes to complete and you can replay any step until it clicks and you get it right.
I started out making my first sketch of a female profile from the Drawing from Life lesson, mainly because it looked like the easiest of the four. The audio instructor spoke clearly and broke everything down into the basic shapes of the head, hair, and facial features. I grabbed my nearest index finger and began tracing away at the blue lines and quickly learned that my finger isn’t a direct substitute for a pencil. It takes a moment to master the technique of tracing with your finger, but once I learned to be patient things were fine. You can use the iPad’s pinch and pull technique to zoom in or out giving you greater precision in the areas that require more detail.
Tagged apps: Learn to Draw Digital Sketchbook by Walter Foster
Boxhead: The Zombie Wars is the fifth game in famed web-developer Sean T. Cooper’s Boxhead series. If you’re unfamiliar with Sean Cooper and his history, you can find out more about him at his website.
Before we start I should note that I’m reviewing the updated 4.0 version of Boxhead: The Zombie Wars which features improved graphics, three new maps, and several new enemies. This is the version currently available for iOS in iTunes.
Rob’s iPhone 5 experiment is quickly becoming something of a regular feature here at TechCritic, which is no surprise given his latest achievement: today, Rob featured both in the Coventry Telegraph newspaper, and also on their website. And that’s no small feat.
Those who follow MEDL Mobile developments may recognise an application called Problem Halved, which featured in the Coventry Telegraph last year, as a direct result of Rob’s substantial success marketing it. The story was also aided by the considerable human interest element: Rob’s progression to a full-time, paid role, with MEDL Mobile, allowing him to leave his bin-man days behind him.
Tagged apps: Problem Halved
The latest release from mobile development studio, MEDL Mobile, Jersey GTL is an auto-scrolling 2D platformer, that’ll see you hurtling your Guido down the boardwalk, dodging undesirables in between pit-stops at the nearest gym, tanning salon or laundrette (There’s the GTL for you!) and collecting kisses from girls. It’s all very tongue in cheek, but it works rather well.
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