Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thinner & lighter iPad 5 !

When Apple announced iPad 4 (mini) in their Apple's October 2012 event, everyone was surprised; because we were expecting something thinner and lighter, but not smaller ! 

However, according to the rumors the coming iPad 5 will be a full-size iPad that gets closer to the lean design of the iPad mini like the narrow side bezels, and wide screen. The production of the fifth generation might start in July, 2013. This new 9.7-inch display iPad will be 25% to 33% lighter and thinner then iPad 4.

Monthly shipments of the "iPad 5" are expected to ramp up to 2 million to 3 million units by September, said Digitimes, citing sources in the supply chain. 

Can't wait to mark my calender, what about you guys ?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Will you kill me please !

Sometimes you get stuck with people you can't even stand to look at. So what do you guys do ? What can you say or do in order to get yourself out of this situation !

My story begins whenever I am being busy working on something and concentrating, and you can say that I am fully concentrating on what I do when you see my face ! It's fully completely different "don't ask how :-p" So, whenever someone comes in to interrupt, my face suddenly becomes somehow like the below sketch, and gets stuck like this for a while :-D

But even though my face is like this and stays like this for more than 5 minutes "specially after being interrupted," surprisingly people are still standing there and talking to me while I am trying hard not to be distracted or lose my thoughts.

And seriously the major "Heart attack - JAL6AA" that could happen to me is when someone who talks non-stop comes to my office and start talking, telling the story of their entire day, starting from the time they woke up in the morning, until they stepped into my office ! Of course I am too shy to say stop or kick them out of my office, so I just keep shaking my head and saying yes, no, I have no idea, and my famous word "Wa Haaat !"

So tell me guys, have you ever been in that situation before ? If yes, what did you do to get yourself out of it ? And what kind of funny situations happened to you related to this subject ?

Sunday, May 19, 2013

[Review] Drawsomething App 2

I know I have been away for a while, but it's only because I was not keeping well. However, today I am bringing to you one of the amazing apps "for art lovers, including me." 

As most of you know the very famous app "Drawsomething",which was released earlier last year and I have wrote the story behind its success here. Well, today Zynga created something new, more like a buzz to art lovers to remind us how cool this app is. This app is a new release from Zynga, currently available for iOS devices only, and soon to be released for Android as well "can't wait to try it on Galaxy Note 10.1." Moreover, Draw Something 2 is available as both free and paid downloads for iOS.

In this app and for the first time, players can save their drawings in their own gallery and like other drawings that can also be saved in their gallerias for later views. You have the option whether to keep your profile as public or private one. And it's more like instagram where you can follow people and be followed by others. Moreover, this game has a full spectrum of new tools and colors, allowing players to tap into the full limits of their creativity. Not to mention the new textures and patterns like zebra, plaid and camouflage; and new tools, like an 8bit pixel pen, sparkle pen, stamps, highlighter, crayon and more, with addition to more colors.

After downloading the app all you have to do is to launch it in order to enjoy the great experience.

And then, like the previous app you can connect either with your facebook profile or with your email.

In order to start a game, all you have to do is to go to the "pencil" icon in the middle and select the game you want to start. It's your choice to start this game by selecting a random one, or type in your friend's username. And the fun part, is that you can draw a free draw and simply add it to your gallery. Not to mention that you can hide or keep a drawing in your own gallery.

One great feature as well, there is a daily guess and a daily draw. The more you continuously play it, the more coins/stars you will get.

Your achievements that you get whenever you earn more coins, stars, buy tools or like drawings and reach higher levels.

Finally, you can edit your profile exactly like how you do in instagram.

I believe few things are missing, and they have to work on considering these two options in their next update. First, is to give us a chance to upload profile pictures from our phone gallery and not only from your game gallery. Second, is to add more colors and tools in the store. Third, is to create a website that can show galleries online such like instagram. And finally, is to add the tag option whenever you reply to the comments, so they can get notifications with your reply.

Overall, I say this game is awesome and way much better than drawsomething first app. And that you all have to try it out.

To download the paid app for iOS devices, click here
To download the free app for iOS devices, click here

Monday, May 13, 2013

صباح الزمن الجميل وكرتون الطيبين

Yesterday I saw one photo of an old cartoon, and all the good memories started to hit me back. I couldn't stop thinking about it all day long, and I have started sketching old cartoons and inshallah will continue doing so. After I have sketched some cartoons I posted the same in my Instagram account with a title that says "do you remember me?". The point of this post is to remind all the 80's / 90's people with those precious memories :). So I will be updating this post whenever I am sketching an old cartoon for the fun sake :)

Here is what I have sketched so far.
This is the famous Calimero :D and luckily I had the time to vectorize my sketch :p

 And this is Mimi :)

The very adorable "Flona"

And the one and only, Captain Tsubasa "Majid" 

Stay tuned for more sketches ;)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

For manga animators and anime lovers, this is your chance !

Yesterday in Instagram I have seen an add about manga animators required in Kuwait for a big project. I was super excited when I saw this ad, finally Kuwait is going to participate in something great which is going to be purely Arabic "Kuwaiti". 

I couldn't wait, and I have immediately contacted the person in charge, in order to get more information to share it with you. Now, this project is a Kuwaiti Anime series of 30 episodes mainly about football in Kuwait, and they want this to be like the Japanese anime version of Captain Tubasa (Majed), but with a different touch of our talented youth. Both professional and beginner animators are welcome to participate and submit their sketches.

If anyone is interested in participating, please contact Abdullah either by email, or by calling him on his mobile mentioned in the ad below.

Best of luck for all ! And I hope this project sees the light very soon :)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

iOS update 6.1.4 for iPhone 5

Last Thursday Apple released the new update iOS 6.1.4 in foreign countries, and today it was released in the Middle East. This new update brings an updated audio profile for the speakerphone, which comes as a surprise to both end users and developers alike.

This update is only available for iPhone 5 users, so if you have any other iOS device don't bother looking for the update :p

It is said that iOS 7 is expected to be released in fall, so it will be normal to see another update or two before releasing it. But, I honestly don't expect any great features in the upcoming updates. I am sure Apple is keeping all the great features until September, where they will be releasing the new iOS 7.

Shop and Ship and Paypal

I know, I know it is also old news. But I am so excited to know that Aramex "Shop and Ship" is accepting Paypal payments. I didn't actually knew it before, but when I saw that announcement I got super excited :D

The feature is available in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

Shop and Ship now in Istanbul !

I think Aramex should start paying me, I don't know why I find myself writing about it every time they are doing/launching something new :p

Anyways, this might be a little bit old news because the mailbox address was added to your profile since last week April 30, 2013.

Great news, isn't? Anyone who knows a good online shopping website in Istanbul let me know. I guess my mom is going to kill me by the end of this month LOL :D

Have a great day ahead :)

Transform tool got stuck in illustrator ! Quick Tip

I always find it difficult to get an answer for anything when it comes to illustrator, Photoshop or any digital software. In fact, it is always difficult when it comes to finding the answers of your own questions! I am not sure if this is bad luck or bad karma lol :p

However, I know most of you might know how to do that since you have all became experts :D but this tip is for people who might actually need it :)

So let's say by mistake you have deactivated your transform tool "Bounding Box" in illustrator. Oops, what to do now? Don't worry I have been playing around and searching around on how to get your transform tool being active again.

This is how an inactive transform tool would look like. Whenever it's deactivated you will not be able to control transforming your photo the way you want.

And this is how an active transform tool would look like

The trick is to just go to View > Show Bounding Box or just simply press on Shift + Cntrl + B
Hope this might be useful to someone someday :)
Cheers !


Friday, May 3, 2013

Instagram update 3.5 brings photo tag !

Yesterday Instagram has released v 3.5 of their mobile app for iOS and Android, and along with that they have introduced a new feature to the service. Now, you will be able to tag your friends in your photos and see all the pictures you have been tagged with in your profile.

As you can see in the previous photo there is a new tab added into your profile for the photos you have been tagged with. When you select it, you will be able to see all of your photos. Photos of you will be currently available to you only. After May 16, all of your photos will be available to everyone who can see your profile.

This is how a photo you were tagged in would look like. And yes I am a Spinach Pie lover :D

In case if you were wondering how you can tag your friends, its easy. All you have to do is just to follow the normal steps of posting a new photo, and then before sharing just add as many people as you want.

Other than this, there are also some minor changes across the app. The new version get a reworked UI and darker color theme, new font for the instagram logo on top, the notification pop-ups within the app is different, blue highlights for the tabs when you have a pending notification, some reworked settings menu, and high-quality image processing option for uploading photos.

After all, this is such a great update as it has so many features but still missing some like tagging yourself on your friend's photos. Yet I guess this is a great features for stalkers, isn't ? :p