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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.



Tweetie gets an update.. Tweetie 2

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I like Tweetie.  I wrote an article for iphonelife on iphone twitter apps (it not out yet, but here is a short version) and of all the apps I tried, I used tweetie the most when I’m not using twittFilter. (twittFilter is a web app and my fave given that I wrote it).  So Gizmodo, which seem to be the site to check now a days, broke a story on tweetie 2 which seems bring a new functionality to twitter iphone apps; offline twitter access.  There are some other improvements, but its the offline that sounds interesting.  I will wait for a few more reviews and update.



Classroom on your iPhone - Learn public speaking skills with Presenter Pro

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As a newer member of Toastmasters International and someone who gives occasional presentations in my work, I found the Presenter Pro app to be extremely helpful. 



2 billion apps downloaded

Apple announced today that 2 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store. And they said that the App Store now has 85,000 apps. This is amazing, since it was just a little more than a year ago that the App Store opened. The announcement also said that there are over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide and over 125,000 developers in their iPhone Developer Program. Some 30 million people have purchased iPhones and 20 million have purchased iPod touches. The App Store is available in 77 different countries. Apple has given us a device that people like and that meets their needs in a special way.



LOVE the new WeightWatchers App!

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WeightWatchers Mobile App is everything a mobile app should be. I am currently on WeightWatchers and use the WeightWatcher’s e-tools. With this mobile app, I can now do everything I did on the Web site, on my iPhone.

When you first open the program (after you’ve registered your account), you will see a screen that shows your daily and weekly points remaining. From there, you can go to your favorites, recently added or featured recipes.



A ZX Spectrum emulator out – no, don’t get it...

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Anyone having read my Windows Mobile ZX Spectrum emulation bible knows it’s pretty easy to emulate such an inefficient platform even on slow handheld devices (unlike, say, the Commodore Amiga).



Unfortunately, the ZX Spectrum emulator “ZX Gamer 3GS” (AppStore) released some days ago can’t even reach the speed of original ZX Spectrums on the iPhone 3G S, let alone older and slower iPhone / iPod touch models.



Misc news & roundup / guide updates (09/27/2009)

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I’ve updated several of my guides / bibles / roundups to reflect the latest changes. See the bottommost “UPDATE (09/27/2009)” section in each of them. The only news item I haven’t published in another article is the one describing the new Backgrounder version.

AppStore news:

Ever wanted to watch WMV (TV) streams on your iPhone? Now you can!: making Streamer compatible with all WMV streams; NetTV [Lite] news.


Review: Bricks Of Camelot from Donut Games

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After a certain number of variations of a particular genre come out, you begin to wonder what else can be done with that style of game.  That’s the way I’ve felt about breakout clones for quite some time, especially since I don’t particularly care for the genre in the first place.  Then one came out called Bricks Of Camelot that caught my eye because of the slick visuals.  Once I found out that it was from Donut Games I had to give it a try.  Turns out that I have not been disappointed at all. In fact, for the first time I think I can say that I actually really enjoy a breakout style game.  There’s not really anything new in the mechanics of the game, but rather in the power ups and attention to detail in the environment that make this game so much fun.



MMS is here — what you need to know about it

MacWorld has a great article on MMS — what you need to know about installing, enabling, and using MMS (multimedia messaging). It explains how to send images, location data, videos, and voice memos. And the article talks a bit about performance. An article on CNet says that some users have had problems sending messages and gives a fix. And while there had been concerns whether AT&T's network could handle the additional volume, AT&T is reported to have said that things have gone fairly smoothly.



Use App Genius to find more apps that meet your needs

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App Genius, a new feature in iPhone 3.1, is a good way to find useful apps. Go to the App Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch (the latter will need to be connected to the Internet via WiFi), and click on the Genius tab at the top right. Once you’ve enabled this feature by following the onscreen prompts, it will then show your apps and for each one will recommend a similar app. Like iTunes, the Genius function works by pooling the preferences of all those using the Genius function. I have the AP News app on my device, and Genius detected that other users who have this app installed also have the Reuters app installed, so it suggested that.



Star Walk 3.0 Giveaway...Win a Free Version!!

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 We have Star Walk 3.0 codes to give away (3 to be exact), so get your comments in before Saturday, 26 September 2009 (11PM EST), for a chance to win a copy of this great astronomy program from VITO. If you already have a copy, tell your friends and family to get over here ASAP before the deadline!!! Full rules follow the break...



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