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Want a challenge? Try Lexic

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As I've mentioned before, I'm not really a game person, but I do like word games if they keep my interest. The game has to be easy to win at first in order to get my attention, but then become more challenging as I improve in order to keep me playing. Lexic (v. 2.0) was able to do that.



How Much Better is the 3GS than the Original iPhone?

For 25 years our company, Thaddeus Computing, has published magazines for mobile computer users. During much of that time, Conrad Blickenstorfer was a friendly competitor with his excellent, forward-thinking publication, Pen Computing. Conrad and Pen Computing have remained a strong web presence. In Conrad's latest post he has some interesting remarks about his new iPhone 3GS and how it compares with the original iPhone. He likes his 3GS but the change-over was not all positive.



Sending Ransom Notes to my friends!

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I admit it. I've been avoiding schoolwork and spending too much time on iPhone apps. How can I concentrate on school work when I keep getting apps to review like Ransom Letters (v. 1.5). I love decorating my photos and sending them to my friends; and with Ransom Letters, I can add fun messages written like a ransom note. 



Getting Things Done on the iPhone: reQall

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reQall

Qtech, Inc.

 iPhone 3.0                  Free

Macintosh                   Not Available

PC                              Not Available

Web                           Yes 



Review: Cash Cow from Chillingo

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In the overly crowded match X genre on the App Store, it's not very often that a new game comes along that makes you go "wow".  Cash Cow is one of those games.  The audio and visual are enough to put this at the top of the haystack, but throw in some fresh game play and a little farm building subplot and there's no question that Cash Cow is a winner.  The only real question is will you be able to wrestle the game away from your kids to play it yourself?



App Classics website points you to the best apps

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I've posted about quite a few resources that you can use to help you find the best apps to meet your needs, but haven't yet covered App Classics. It's right up there with the leaders if you're trying to find the all-time most popular high-quality apps. The developers of the site say that they rate apps using a formula that analyzes iTunes rating information to identify and grade truly classic apps. On the front page of the site you'll see the top app classics across all categories. Or you can use a drop-down menu to view apps by category.



Tubey Lite tonight!

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Tubey Lite (free) is fun, but you be the judge click here to view my quick video. Now whether you want to purchase the full version Tubey ($2.99) you’ll need to weigh, but it will get rid of those watermarks.I think that this app might have some real utility for High School sports enthusiasts wanting to get images out from the latest tournament, or for Real Estate professionals wanting to get their top listings out there and shown off in a really creative and accessible way.



Connecting iPhone/iPod to a TV

A great question came in the other day on how to connect an iPhone to a TV, even though the reader had followed the Tips & Tricks on page 72 of the Fall issue, he still wasn't quite certain of the settings on the iPhone & iPod I know the feeling, we've all been there before, so I put together a quick video on the process for any other readers who might be wondering how to do thi



Augusta Maine goes wireless for free!

That's right, Augusta Maine's downtown area has just gone wireless. In fact I'm typing this on my iPhone on my way into work this morning, just a quick stop at Java Joe's. While wireless in a municipality is nothing new, the free part is, it's a very nice thing indeed and may just help the sagging economy.  Here's the link to the Kennebec Journal article. http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/news/local/6927668.html



Review: Stick-Fu from Clickgamer

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I’m not sure what started the whole stick figure craze, but I do know that some of the most prolific stick figure videos I’ve seen have come from the Xiao Xiao collection, a series of kung fu stick figure Flash movies made in 2002. I believe a couple of them were interactive, but to me the interactive ones didn’t really keep the feel of the series. Now Clickgamer has released Stick-Fu to the iPhone, and I think we finally have our interactive spiritual successor to the Xiao Xiao series. While a couple of things keep this from being the cream of the crop, it’s none the less a fun romp that does that concept of stick figure gaming much justice.



Three New Medical Apps from the University of Utah

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Researchers at the University of Utah have released three iPhone apps designed to "help scientists, students, doctors and patients study the human body, evaluate medical problems and analyze other three-dimensional images"

    *  ImageVis3D Mobile lets iPhone users easily display, rotate and otherwise manipulate 3-D images of medical CT and MRI scans, and a wide range of scientific images, from insects to molecules to engines. This free app is based on computer software from the university's Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute.



Viper SmartStart — use your iPhone to unlock, start your car

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I love seeing these new sorts of gadgets. And it always makes me wonder, What will they think of next? In this case you can use your iPhone to unlock or lock your car doors, start your car, open your trunk, or press the panic button — all from your iPhone, and all from wherever you are using the Viper SmartStart app. Say you're in a movie theater and realize you forgot to lock your car. Press a button on your iPhone, and it's done. It has virtually unlimited range, and you can control multiple cars from your iPhone.



No more faxes for me

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I've been looking for this app, especially after I unloaded my land line telephone. No more faxes for me! I simply scan my documents using Scanner Pro and my iPhone, adjust if needed, and then e-mail, store on my iDisk or print.

I can scan one or more pages of any size and then combine them into a multi-page PDF document to share. Allows for vertical or landscape layout. Editing features include correcting for color, brightness and/or contrast. I can reorder the pages within the document and even set a password for security. 



Do you remember the photo booths on the boardwalk?

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MyPhotoBooth (v 2.0) brings back memories! Remember the days of the photo booth on the boardwalk, when you and a friend would sit in the booth all scrunched up together on a single stool, say cheese, and in a few short minutes, out would pop four photos on a strip? Now, you can create your own photo strip using your iPhone! 
 
This one offers more flexibility and it's faster. The strips can be vertical or four squares in a larger square.


Photoshop.com Mobile — free app for editing photos on your iPhone

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Last Thursday Apple released the free Photoshop.com Mobile app, and it already has about 2,400 ratings and 675 reviews. The app lets you do basic editing such as crop, rotate, and flip photos. You can adjust exposure, saturation, and tint. Special effects include Vibrant, Pop, Border, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, and more. Most of the reviews are enthusiastic. The negative ones are disappointed that it doesn't have more of the features of the desktop version. Some people are never satisfied. You can also create a Photoshop.com account and store up to 2GB of photos for free.

 



Apple leaves U.S. Chamber of Commerce over Climate Change stance

Forbes reports that Apple joined Nike, PG&E and others major corporations resigning from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been lobbying against climate change legislation.

Catherine A. Novelli, vice president of worldwide government affairs at Apple wrote in a letter Monday to Thomas J. Donohue, the business group's president and chief executive. In it she said:



Vooks

Has anyone read a Vook lately? A revolutionary new way to read a book online or on your iPhone, combining text and video in a magazine format. Check them out at vook.com.



The Danger of Living in the Cloud: Microsoft loses user's data

Over the weekend T-Mobile made it official: Sidekick mobile phone users have irretrievably lost their data stored on Microsoft servers. It seems that Hitachti was hired to do a SAN upgrade and, stunningly, Microsoft did not back up their servers.


2012 — free game may harbinger future of iPhone games

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Or so says a great article on CNet. The free game 2012 is a tie-in to the movie and is fairly simple. But, according to the article, it uses a feature that may never have been tried before. The object of the game is to get to Tibet (digitally, of course). You do so by answering some tough trivia questions. And here's the innovation: you can use "lifelines" like in the TV game show by using your iPhone to call friends for help — directly from within the game.



News: no tethering yet, iPhone 3.1.2 arrives, iPhone tops in customer satisfaction

MacWorld recently posted several news items of interest. One is the disappointing news that AT&T has indicated it's not ready to introduce tethering — the ability to use your phone as a modem for you laptop. So it's more waiting. Hopefully we'll see it in the next few months. Despite that, MacWorld is reporting that the iPhone tops the list in customer satisfaction surveys. I can believe it — I love mine.



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