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A no-maintenance aquarium for fun and relaxation

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I don’t usually “play” on my iPhone, but once in awhile, I find a “fun” app that gets my attention. MyReef 3D Aquarium is one of those apps.



Showtime — free app for watching streaming Showtime content

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The free Showtime app from Showtime Networks offers selected full episodes of their programming as well as video clips from their original series. The selected episodes of original series include the new season premiere episodes of "Dexter" and "Californication." Also available are episodes of "United States of Tara," "Weeds," "Nurse Jackie," "The Tudors," "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union," and "Penn & Teller." Video is added regularly. The app also offers select sneak peek clips of the next week's episodes, behind-the-scenes features, and interviews with cast members and guest stars.



Mental Case - contemporary flashcards make learning easy!

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Mental Case is SO easy to use and it’s portable, which makes it an extremely effective tool for college students, homeschool families, employers or anyone who wants to learn something new.

With Mental Case, you create your own flashcards or import premade ones from FlashcardExchange.com. FlashcardExchange contains thousands of premade flashcards on topics such as phonics, states and capitals, addition, spelling rules and weather terms. There are even flashcards to practice for the SAT, GRE or specific trades such as paramedics.



AT&T now allows Skype and other VoIP programs over cellular network

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Big change yesterday. Until now, if you wanted to use Skype or another voice-over-Internet app that lets you make free or low-cost calls via the Internet, you had to do it via Wi-Fi. You couldn't use your iPhone's data connection. Yesterday AT&T announced that their policy had changed. People had long wanted this change because, for example, they can make international calls a lot cheaper using a VoIP service. This article from MacWorld gives more information.



PhotoScatter — new free version of app that lets you upload a photo to multiple sites with a single tap

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There's a new free version of PhotoScatter, a useful app that does one thing very well: you can select or take a photo and then upload it to multiple photo-sharing sites with one click.You can select which sites to upload to: Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, PhotoBucket, Picasa, and Twitter, with more being added soon. You can optionally add a title and description before uploading. 



Retina app helps those who are colorblind, Eye Glasses app helps you see

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The creative use of the iPhone is, I find, stunning. Every day I receive press releases for apps that I just wouldn't expect. Two new apps that illustrate this are Retina and Eye Glasses. Retina ($.99) is for those who are color blind. You simply point the camera at something, such as an item of clothing in a store, and the app will show the item in the camera's preview mode and tell what color it is. Eye Glasses ($2.99) lets you use your iPhone to see tiny text or other hard-to-see details.



Flash Professional CS5 on the iphone!

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Straight from the web site! 
3 of the demo apps are free, 4 costs 99c.

 

This is not Flash10.  This is to create installed apps written in AS3. So even though its not a true browser plugin (so STILL no flash video) at least we can resuse assets and code from other projects to create iphone apps.  I would expect TONS of flash games to come to the iphone as well as Android and Palm Pre.



Going global with Vonage Mobile

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With the introduction of the (free) Vonage Mobile app for the iPhone and Vonage Mobile for iPod Touch, the world might have just gotten a lot smaller.  I've been using Vonage since August 27 2005, well before the downturn in the economy, primarily because of growing dissatisfaction with traditional landlines service, customizability and cost.  For example, prior to the switch to Vonage, my monthly phone bill was constantly betweeen $90 and $150, primarily because of in-state toll calls and my wife calling family in Hungary.  It also irked me that call forwa



The iPhone Life Project October 2009

Kelen continues to work with his iPhone, his favorite game is EA's (.99) Spore which has led to a number of interesting and exciting creations.  For example, Spore inspired his creation of his own monsters, and then back to creating visually interesting and sometimes intense images with his iPhone. 



Review: Dragon Portals by 10tons Ltd

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Dragon Portals is a rare breed in a couple of ways.  It's a match 3 game, but it's not quite like any that I've played before.  That other thing that was a bit odd was that it was one of the few match 3 games that actually grew on me.  Normally with match 3 games I either like them or don't, but I actually came around on this one.  In the end it even became a mild addiction for me.  I'm not sure it's worth the full asking price given all the match 3 games already available on the App Store, but if you love match 3 and are looking for something different you won't find a better place to look than Dragon Portals.


Multiplayer gaming news: great Kart out and major Chess Elite rebate – both at $1 only!

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While, in general, I publish / post all the news pertaining to an already-reviewed game genre or application type (multiplayer games / radio apps / Web browsers / remote desktop controllers / instant messaging apps etc.), this time I’m dedicating a separate article to the current news as I consider it pretty important and urgent, particularly because the two major rebates will quickly end.



OS 3.1 Warning: Voice Memos became severely restricted!

You may have noticed Voice Memos recorder, which has been added in OS 3.0, under both OS versions 3.0 and 3.0.1 allowed for unlimited audio recording.

And it was just great at that: it was indeed unlimited and the battery life impact of its operation was negligible. (Just for the record: I've run a test lasting for 1 hours and 30 minutes [the phone suspended almost all the time; the resulting file size is 52 Mbytes]; the battery level (on my 3G S) decreased from 98% to 90% during this. I've repeated the test on the 3G. In 1:10, the battery level decreased from 100% to 96%. That is, the battery life is excellent on both the 3G and the 3G S.)


Awesome barcode scanner!

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RedLaser is an Awesome barcode scanner! So far, I've used it for groceries, books and makeup. It is super fast and super easy to use. You simply aim your iPhone at the barcode on the item and RedLaser does all the rest. In seconds, it displays a list of prices and links to a variety of online stores where you can immediately purchase the product directly from your iPhone. 



Great iPhone Web browser hack: make (unreadably) small text much larger!

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Back in January, I’ve very thoroughly elaborated on the problems of Safari with some pages like THIS and THIS partly caused by the lack of any kind of character size increasing (and, with the Thinkpad thread, the lack of correctly reflowing / breaking long words / URL’s).

Thanks to apple.com forum user ‘ihadmeavision2’, I’ve found a for



Sequel of Galcon, one of the best MP games, out for $1 only – a must buy!

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Anyone having read the iPhone Multiplayer Gaming Bible knows I’ve always considered Galcon one of the best remote (lounge-based) online multiplayer games. Now, the sequel, Galcon Labs has just been approved to the AppStore, adding some new game modes and the like.



You may also want to check out THIS dedicated TouchArcade thread and particularly THIS post there.


Everything you will ever want to know about the remote desktop controllers on the iPhone - Part II

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Continued from HERE.

 


Automatic discovery of remote desktops on the same LAN?: the Jaadu apps and Mocha VNC support automatic discovery of local desktop computers. Note that in order for this to work, you must run Jaadu VNC Connect or Jaadu RDP Connect on the same desktop. They will keep broadcasting a message to the local network that there is a VNC / RDP server listening on these devices. Note that these broadcast messages are sent out even when the VNC server is shut down or stopped - or the RDP service disabled; that is, these three remote controller clients will find these desktops even then.



Finding apps — helpful websites from MacWorld and Apple

I was just looking at MacWorld's AppGuide and was quite impressed. It's a database of most of the apps in the App Store. The site has reviewed a large number of apps, and for each of Apple’s 20 categories MacWorld lists the apps that it has given the top rating. An interesting facet of the site is that for each of Apple’s app categories, the site breaks that down into 20 subcategories (though at first it gets confusing, since it's easy to think that you looking at the main menu rather than a list of subcategories). The site lets you sort the apps in any category according to rating, user rating, price (low to high), and more. You can also view the apps that are on sale.


Review: Eyegore's Eye Blast from Clickgamer

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You may think you’ve played this game before. Worse yet, you might believe you’re good at this game. You’d be wrong. While taking a cue from games such as Snood and Bust-A-Move, Eyegore’s Eye Blast is probably the most creative variant of this game I’ve played in a long time, or possibly ever. The game is challenging, frustrating and fun, all at the same time. And once I learned the secret to controlling your destiny even more, the game rose to a whole new level of cool.



Fall issue of iPhone Life now available — free!

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The new issue of iPhone Life came out last week, and you can read an exact digital replica in your web browser — for free. Just go to this page, enter your e-mail address, and click on the link in the e-mail that you'll receive. And if you like what you see, consider subscribing to the print version. This issue features the new iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.0. And of course it has a couple articles by me, including one that tells you about some neat iTunes add-ons that let you clean up your iTunes information and automatically add cover art and lyrics. Plus an article about free apps from major websites such as Yahoo, Amazon, and CNN.



CNN Mobile — costs $1.99, and has ads!

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I really like the AP News and New York Times apps and now am going to give the CNN Mobile app a whirl. But unlike most other news apps, ya gotta pay $1.99 for this one. The Associated Press has an interesting article about this novel step by CNN. And the odd thing is, even though this is a paid app, it still has some advertising. Some of the reviews on iTunes trash it for this reason, but others say they're not obtrusive.



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