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iPhoneSavior.com Reports on Alleged App Store Ratings Scam

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iPhoneSavior.com has an interesting story about how iPhone photography enthusiast Patrick Timney stumbled across an alleged ratings scam in the App store, and how he investigated and gathered evidence which he then submitted to Apple who decided to pull over 1000+ apps made by the accused company from its store.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Peter Und Vlad by Dexoris (Day 5)

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There have been several games in the App Store that revolve around sheep, and some of them border on wacky.  So far, I’d say that Peter Und Vlad takes the cake, at least in terms of story.  Unfortunately, the game play is pretty standard line drawing fare, and a couple of design issues make the game not quite as fun as it could be.  Still, it’s always nice having another entry in the ever growing library of line drawing games that doesn’t somehow involve vehicles.



me, Ariel, and the designer

This anecdote is too sweet not to share it with you. And it also contains a message...

You might know, I do freelance iPhone application development. And in this particular case I was hired by a company that had sold the whole package like marketing and development to a client, who wanted to have a cookbook made. And obviously I will not disclose who is who. But the players are: me and my company contact who hired me vs. the cook and the designer. But the original contract was between the cook and my company contact, which I will call Mr C. from now on. After quite some back and forth, the design schemes arrived at my desk, containing all the images, the recipes and a description. You must know, that I assemble everything, write the code, and make the final product.



Tripod Camera has taken over my iPhone

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 Too many times have I taken a photo, only to discover that I was shaking or holding the phone at a crazy angle. Result – a really crummy photo. Not any more! The Tripod Camera app includes anti-tilt, anti-shake, and tap-to-focus (3GS only) features that make all my photos turn out beautifully. I love it!

Tripod Camera also features a full-screen shutter, so I can click anywhere on the screen to take the photo. No more hunting that teeny-tiny camera button at the bottom of the page!



Merck Manual Home Edition

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 I like this app because it’s like having a first-aid instruction book with me all the time. I particularly like the Emergencies & Injuries section. If I need to know how to wrap a sprained ankle or perform the Heimlich maneuver, it’s right there in my iPhone, complete with instructions and illustrations.



Counting with cats and dogs

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Kids will have fun learning to count by ones, twos and threes using Count Caddy. The object is to drag the cat’s yarn, the bird’s feathers and dog’s bones on the screen as you count them. Very effective because it uses three senses: sight, sound and touch. Next time you’re waiting with your child, pull out Count Caddy and teach him or her to count!

For more info, check the Tickle Taps Web site.



Comic Touch

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Comic Touch is a very fun app to add flair to pictures in your iPhone library.
(Plasc LLC, $2.99)

   




The iPhone 3G, Blackberry Storm, and Angola Connection

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So where exactly is Angola, other than somewhere on the African Continent?  To answer this question I turned to my trusty 3G and quickly downloaded  Ganesh Thambiran's app Countries Of The World Lite (free) to find out a few facts about Angola, which I discovered has a population of some 17 million people, and is roughly twice the size of Texas.  



New Audubon Guides include free sampler

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Green Mountain Digital began releasing the first in its series of Audubon field guides last month, including birds, wildflowers, trees, and mammals. You can see their offerings on this page in the App Store. The prices range from $6.99 to 19.99. If you think you might be interested in this offering, check out the free Audubon Sampler, which contains 40 examples from the 3,700 species found in these guides. 



For a good Fling call CandyCane

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What can I say, CandyCane Inc’s Fling (.99) is an awesome app! Though I have almost no time to myself, I often find when I’m stuck trying to solve a problem at work, or with my dissertation, I’ll sort of mindlessly open up Fling and start playing – after awhile I get my mind back into problem solving mode and put it away – so far I’ve made it to level 7. 



iPhone wish list: Universal Back Button

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Yesterday I bought a new phone: an HTC Droid Eris, based on Google's Android operating system.  Why not an iPhone?  Because by sharing a Verizon plan with my wife's family I can save some $40 per month and get better service than AT&T offers in my area -- the maps don't lie; although there's nothing wrong with AT&T's "coverage," they have no 3G service in vast areas of the country, so when you buy an iPhone here you don't get what you pay for.  But that's not what this blog is about...



iPhone Life magazine Named as Winner, 2009 Folio Eddie Awards

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 FOLIO: magazine today announced the winners in the 2009 Eddie Awards, which recognize excellence in magazine editorial and design. The Summer 2009 issue of iPhone Life was named a Silver winner in the category:Full Issue -- Consumer, Technology/Computing. The awards are presented



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Rescue Razzle by Sunstorm Interactive (Day 4)

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The genre of puzzle game that requires you to stack or unstack objects is becoming increasingly popular in the App Store, and like any such genre new entries really need something to set them apart from the rest of the pack. From a game play perspective I’m not really sure that Rescue Razzle has anything new to offer, but the theme is cute and for some reason I do find it to be one of the more interesting games of this type that I’ve played on my iPod Touch. That being said, I think it could use a little more pizzazz to break away from the rest of the gang.



How Sirius is Alien Strike?

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Alien Strike (.99) by Red Crystal Studio is an app I thought I’d give a try since it struck me as kind of retro looking, cheap and probably not too hard to master.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

The idea of the game is simple enough, pilot your flying saucer through the gauntlet of hills and overhangs, avoiding or shooting the other ships, and houses while gathering some bonus points by flying into them. 



A mooooving experience is more than meets the eye

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Some might call it a pointless app, but I call it moooooving!  That’s right Erica Sadun’s app Moo (free) is an iPhone / iPod Touch version of the old school “moo box” open up the app and you see the image on the left, turn your iPhone upside down and out comes the moo.  After goofing around with this app for a bit I found I could actually make a pretty good Formula One gear shifting sound if I shook my iPhone. 



Wallace & Gromit — free digital comic

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The App Store has a series of 5 Wallace & Gromit digital comics, and they're quite popular, especially in the UK App Store. You can now download the first one in the series for free: Wallace & Gromit 1: The W Files. The subsequent comics in the series are $0.99 each. Here's the description: "When strange shapes and flashing lights are seen in the night sky, there are only two paranormal investigators that can solve the problem. Sadly they aren’t available, Wallace and Gromit might as well have a crack at it. After all, what could possibly go wrong?" Not familiar with Wallace & Gromit?



iPhone 3G vs Blackberry Storm

At home I'm married to my iPhone, but at work I depend on my Blackberry Storm. As a lot of people might relate to, the Storm was a company decision which I have to live with. To an extent I like the Storm, it's a rugged phone with very good reception here in Maine - Verizon is a good carrier.



BlogPress, a blogging app that does Drupal!

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My role as Web Developer for iPhone Life keeps me focused mainly on what goes on behind the scenes. The software we use, Drupal, wins awards for its functionality, not for its user-friendliness. And when I work behind the scenes, I'm not using an iPhone or iPod touch to do it. So when one of our bloggers pointed out that she couldn't post from her iPhone, that was news to me. It seems Mobile Safari doesn't yet support enough JavaScript to run our Wysiwyg editor. While we wait for Apple to improve the browser, well, there's an app for that!



Calculated learning

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If you’re concerned that a child in your life is struggling or, not enjoying math as much you hope, but you have either an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’re in luck! 

Steve Glinberg and Victoria Gritton’s KidCalc (.99) is an excellent app to help make the process of learning math more enjoyable.  There are five different activities you can choose from on the menu; flash cards, a counting puzzle, a calculator, a math puzzle and my favorite snowflake counting it’s just something that you know kids already do outside and now you can keep them practicing inside.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Grinchmas by Oceanhouse Media (Day 3)

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Dr. Seuss created a wide variety of bizarre and interesting creatures before he passed away.  Even if you’re not overly familiar with his works, however, chances are you’ve heard of these two: The Cat In The Hat and the Grinch.  Well, the name of the game is Grinchmas, so if you haven’t already you can probably rule out the star as being the Cat.  Grinchmas is one of three Grinch themed licensed products from Oceanhouse Media, and the only one that’s a game.  As such, I almost would have expected something a bit more than an object throwing game.  At least the voices are cool…



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