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Review: URBANEARS Plattan Headphones

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I just finished trying out another set of headphones. The Plattan is a medium sized headphone from URBANEARS. This stylish headset comes packaged in a cardboard box which is accompanied by two cable extensions. These extensions allow compatibility with many devices.

There are a lot of features designed into this unit.

The set folds down for portability.



Review: Hysteria Project 2 by BulkyPix

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After a false start on part one (I loaded it up one time and just watched a slight intro without actually playing the game), I couldn’t put it down the first time I actually tried to play.  In fact, I liked it so much that I played it again before playing part two.  Needless to say I was pretty stoked about venturing into the second installment of this psychological horror mystery, hoping the answers to all my questions would be revealed.  Well, I’m still hoping…  At least it was an enjoyable second leg of the journey.



How to reset or reboot your iDevice (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) when it hangs

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Recently, I've had quite a few friends asking me what to do when their iPhone crashes or locks up in a way that prevents the iPhone from responding to the normal iPhone restart procedure. This happens occasionally with jailbroken iDevices whenever there are cydia app conflicts with the firmware.



Spirits for 99 cents - 2 days only sale!

Spirits for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch – Trailer from Spaces of Play on Vimeo. Like the ethereal and problem-solving, yet peaceful themes in games like Spirits (iPad version also available), so giving a shout out about their 2 day sale (7/8 April 2011)! Looking for a game that doesn't involve tearing an opponent's head off, smashing, crashing, or other destructive variations of gameplay? Spirits is the game for you...and it's on-sale this Thursday and Friday, so go grab it!! More PR info follows...



iPhone Case Review: Marware, Pong, and Otterbox

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While everyone's attention is (justifiably) on the iPad 2 and it's apps and accessories these days, manufactures continue to make excellent cases for the iPhone. It's my job to make sure these cases don't go unnoticed. Here are a few new cases I've tested recently:



The Week U.S. -- free news app

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The Week is a weekly print news magazine as well as a popular news destination online that offers a digest of news and commentary from magazines, newspapers, and websites. The publisher says that the magazine is the "fastest growing news and opinion magazine in America." Now there's a free iPhone app, The Week U.S., that gives you access to their content. I love news apps, especially when they're free.



UPDATE:iPhone Life Contest, and the winners are...

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Our iPad engraving contest has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated. Without further ado, here are the winners of an Incipio iPad 2 Case:

 



Sneak Preview: Samurai Girl – Gaming Giant CJ E&M Calls for Beta Testers

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Calling all beta-testers! CJ E&M, the gaming behemoth behind Netmarble is preparing to launch Samurai Girl for iOS. In line with the company’s usual attention to detail and its end-user focused philosophy, CJ E&M is calling for beta-testers for this epic new game experience.



Don't wait, get FastERTX and be prepared

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Hate waiting?  Especially at the Emergency Room? There's a FREE app (FastERTX) for that, courtesy of iPhone Life's own Medical blogger, Harvey Castro, M.D.!  The app serves the Dallas / Fort Worth area, but it's a great idea that should be available everywhere.

FastERTX is currently in top 100 medical apps and helps DFW patients find the local HCA hospital, wait time, call hospital, website to hospital, list and map views plus driving directions, using your gps location.



At Macworld: Thiphone Thigh Mount for Your iPhone

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I've seen lots of iPhone and iPod touch mounts here at Macworld but this is one of the more unusual.  It's a mount that you place on your thigh called a Thiphone (accent mark over the i).  It has a suction cup for your device While it may seem a bit odd at first, it really has many uses. If you commute and want a stable place for your iPhone, just stick it on and go.  It's really handy for frequent flyers, the disabled, and private pilots who need to have their iPhone near them at all times.  They cost $24.95 and can be  bought through their website www.thiphone.com



Bing -- free app from Microsoft lets you search via speech recognition

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I've been looking at the wide range of speech recognition apps for an article I'm working on for the magazine. Bing (free) is one that I haven't yet mentioned. As you likely know, Bing is Microsoft's powerful search engine. Microsoft calls it a “decision engine” that you can use to find information, restaurants and other businesses, images, show times, travel deals, flight information, weather forecasts, and walking or driving directions.



Geminus Genius Case for iPad 2 on its way soon.

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Back in January, I reviewed the Genius Case for iPad. Geminus is currently in the process of bringing this design to the iPad 2.

The link to my review is below which also has the webpage for Geminus.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-geminus-genius-case 

 

 



Charge up from the Sun with the ECO Power Pak!

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Of all the charging accessories one might choose, there is a certain satisfaction in a charger that is also environment-friendly. A solar charger not only helps conserve our natural resources, but also empowers you to have a charging source with you in the field. The ECO Solar/USB Power Pak can charge iPhone, iPod and other gadgets, and in case the local star is uncooperative, the ECO includes USB input as well.


Get your puzzle fix with Puzzle Man!

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Can't vouch for how realistic this is in comparison to assembling a real puzzle, but I like the concept, and never shy from giving indie devs a bit of press. Developed by a programmer from Barcelona, Puzzle Man (now spelled correctly) varies from easy 24 piece jobs up to 300+ challenges. If you are into puzzles (which I am admittedly not), check it out for just 99 cents here in the app store...



Dictionary.com -- free dictionary and thesaurus app offers speech recognition

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The free Dictionary.com app has nearly 1 million words and definitions, and it can be used offline. Like the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (also free), it now also lets you simply speak the word that you want to look up. It's powered by Nuance's highly accurate speech recognition technology. To use the speech feature, you'll need to have an Internet connection.



Haunted Manor HD Review

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Big Fish Games is rapidly becoming the Infocom of the object hunting puzzle adventure iOS gaming arena. Their latest interactive story, Haunted Manor HD, places gamers in a typical Victorian-style haunted house scenario, learning clues about the ghosts occupying the house as the various hunt and peck puzzles are solved. How does Haunted Manor compare to other Big Fish titles? Read on to find out.

Haunted Manor HD follows the simple story of Stan Riddle who is inexplicably trapped in an elegant, spooky mansion filled with a cornucopia of objects. Consisting of over 90 tasks spanning 18 different locations throughout the mansion, players eventually re-assemble pieces of a broken mirror to reach the story's resolution.



Ancient Rome app by Britannica Kids

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Ancient Rome, created by Encyclopedia Britannica Kids, is an app that both parents and kids will enjoy. It’s educational AND fun!

The app is divided into segments that you choose from a wheel at the bottom of the screen:



Not Just Another News Aggregator

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I have downloaded and used multiple news readers in my journey for a perfect match. Many of them are very pleasing on the eye, and do consolidate news well, but they just didn't seem to complete me, if you know what I mean. Zite (free) is a new app that is very close in appearance to Flipboard, but the similarity stops there. Zite will let you customize your news AND learn what you like as you read, so that it delivers more stories that you are interested in, the longer you use it. 



Otterbox Releases New Snap Series Cases

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Otterbox recently released a new series case for a variety of devices. You can find more details on their press link below. I'm looking forward to trying this out on the iPad and giving you my feedback.

http://www.otterbox.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-otterbox_us-Site/default/Press-ReleaseDetail?id=bcabgiaagKGVMaaacSkHwrLC58 

 

 



If I was a Kid, I would want This!

This is a revolutionary new product, courtesy ThinkGeek.

 

 



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