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Everything you’ll ever need to know about multiplayer games

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NOTE: Please see Chapter 6, Updates to this article, for more info on how this guide is updated. Current version / last updated: 11/22/2009.


Vampires Everywhere!

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 This is one of those iPhone apps that looks simple on the surface, but is potentially useful beyond what you might expect. Yes, the app store is chock full of picture manipulation apps, but Peter Facinelli’s (one of the hit Twilight series movie stars) Vampire Transformer (by 211me.com) provides some clever pix editing tools, a good menu system, and adds social network sharing to the mix. It was indeed fun turning my wife into a vampiress...and a hot one, too if I do say so…

Got Vampire?!



TGI Black Friday — free app helps you find the best deals

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It's amazing to think that there's an app devoted to a specific shopping day — November 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving. In fact, there are a number of them. TGI Black Friday is a free app that gives you access to over 8,000 Black Friday deals from all the major retailers —  before they come out in newspapers. You can browse the deals, search for specific items, create a shopping list within the app of those that you want to focus on, compare prices to confirm you're getting the best deals, and more. You can view deals by store or category, and also view the most popular deals.



G Design releases iPhone Tripod Attachment

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With the holiday season upon us, you better be prepared to bust out that iPhone for the spur of the moment family photo and/or video. And here is a ingenius new product to help you take that perfect photo or video. The U+3G iPhone Holder from G Design LLC is the perfect accessory to help attach your iPhone to a tripod. Not one of those small mini tripods mind you, but the larger sizes for camcorders and high end cameras. The holder accommodates all versions of the iPhone (original, 3G, 3GS).



Blower — use your iPhone to blow out candles

Check out this 1-minute video. A guy uses his iPhone to blow out candles, via the Blower app.

 

It's kind of silly, but fun to see that it actually works. App is $0.99, but the reviews say that it doesn't work that well. 



Mall Maps — getting ready for Black Friday

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Not only is this a useful app, but there's also an interesting backstory. The person who got the idea, Shayne Faerber, is a waiter. An iPhone development company picked up the idea, and now Shayne is dreaming of riches. Mall Maps ($2.99) contains over 1,000 malls in the U.S. and uses your iPhone's GPS to find the malls nearest you. Or you can browse by city/state or Zip Code. Once you identify a mall that you want to go to, the app gives you store listings and actual floor plans. Plus, the app gives you Google Maps directions to the mall location. Seems like just the app for this shopping season.



Convert your iPhone to a numeric keypad

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With NumPad, you can use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a numeric keypad, an extended keyboard, or to annotate music. If you use a Mac with OS X 10.4 or later, NumPad does not require any additional software on your computer. The app connects easily through Screen Sharing, simply by following the directions found on the app. Windows users will need a VNC Server software like RealVNC. 



Review: Ground Effect by Glenn Corpes

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Ground Effect is a vicious dichotomy of everything that should be right about racing games and everything that is wrong about them. It boasts some of the best track design I’ve seen in a mobile racing game to date, yet this same track design makes the races aggravating and seemingly impossible to win at times. The game encourages you to think outside the box and then punishes you for doing so. Luckily the game gorgeous to look at, has a cool soundtrack, and despite its frustrations can be quite fun to play. If you understood all that you probably don’t need the remainder of this review, but for the rest of us…



iPhone/iPod dock includes TV

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What a great Christmas gift for a gadget enthusiast. The $200 Chinon AVi dock has it all. You can use it to access the content on your iPhone — music, video, photos. Plus, you can use it as a TV. From the press release: "The AVi features a 7-inch LCD monitor, AUX input, ATSC digital TV tuner with AV out, built-in telescopic radio antenna, external telescopic TV antenna, digital FM radio and alarm clock, and a full-function remote. This all-inclusive system plays both local TV channels and the contents of an iPod, including music videos, pre-recorded movies, TV shows and videos, images, as well as just music.



AppBox Pro - Little Tool Box of Goodies

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This is the coolest app that is a must have.
 
It can replace several other utility apps and even includes 18 games. 

All for $0.99.  It's from http://www.allaboutapps.net/. 

 

          



GQ Magazine on the iPhone

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GQ Magazine can now be purchased on iTunes.  The app is easy to use and surprisingly easy to read. The application contains all the articles and pictures of the magazine. The app allows the user to click on any links mentioned in the article and it takes the user to the website from with in the GQ app. In order to read the magazine, the user must be able to connect to the internet.  Click here to purchase from the app store. Please share with us your thoughts on "the future of magazines/newspapers" on the Iphone/ Ipod format.

 



"ONLY on the iPhone"

Apple has a great head start on other platforms, with their App Store.  And it may be an insurmountable lead.  But there is still work to do.

Apple needs to create a new class of apps, specifically "ONLY on the iPhone".

As Microsoft, Google, and others target the key developers, it's time for Apple to say these our ours and you can't have them.  (Here's what Microsoft thinks about apps and how the important ones will be on every platform... http://gizmodo.com/5407068/microsofts-ray-ozzie-apps-dont-make-your-phone-special?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo)

 

Imagine if Apple offered key developers (at Apple's discretion) one or more of the following:



Grocery Apps

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UPDATE: I switched back to GroceryIQ.  They have added barcode scanning!!!!

Grocery IQ (Coupons.com; $0.99)
 
 

 

Everyone has to grocery shop at some point – unless you are lucky enough to have the perfect husband to do it for you (I do!!!) - or you can threaten your teenager!!!



Review: Tumble Jumble by Clickgamer

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Tetris proved to be quite an addictive game and was clearly well loved, as evidenced by the myriad of clones that followed over the years. I will unashamedly admit that I too was a junkie, but the one thing that Tetris lacked was a real purpose. Of course nowadays the developer would probably just throw in a bunch of achievements and “voila”, you have a purpose. That doesn’t really count. Thankfully, Tumble Jumble has come along to remedy the situation. It’s clear that the developers hold some respect for Tetris in their hearts, but they also seem to realize that such a game can be made with a purpose. And a couple of amusing characters, to boot!



The Ultimate Universal Charger/Cable setup

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 For years I have looked for a "minimalist" portable and universal charger and cable system to support our phones, cameras, GPS units and other electronic devices while traveling.

Tired of hauling around a bag of chargers and different cables to match the varying connection ports on each device, I finally initiated an exhaustive Internet search accompanied by lots of contact emails to clarify specs, etc.

All of this effort has paid off, however, in the form of a single charger that works in vehicle 12V sockets as well as international power mains (with appropriate adapter plugs) from 90-240 VAC, AND a single cable with interchangable Tips at the device end.



MobileNoter is now out! Sync oneNote with the iphone

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If you have microsoft oneNote, and the iphone, you HAVE to get this app.  I have been beta testing it for awhile now and its one of those, you cannot live without application.. again, if you have oneNote.



Spyglass — use your iPhone like binoculars, with augmented reality compass and GPS

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Spyglass ($0.99) is yet another creative use of your iPhone's camera. You can view your environment via the iPhone camera and digitally zoom in in up to 5x. In addition, the app uses augmented reality to superimpose compass and GPS information as well as horizon tilt right over the live camera feed. You can also enable the maps feature and have the same information superimposed on a map.You'll need an iPhone 3Gs plus an Internet connection to use the maps feature.



Pocket Tunes Contest Extended!

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We are extending our Pocket Tunes giveaway for another week, so post a comment here before Saturday, 21 Nov 2009 about your own favorite streaming apps, and you might be selected as a winner! Pocket Tunes is one of the best ways to experience the joy of internet radio streams. You can check out my review here, and Werner's excellent write-up here. One winner has already been chosen, and more will be selected next week.



How to replace your iPhone 2G LCD

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Nothing lasts forever, a couple weeks back, just after my wife had a bout with the flu my sons iPhone 2G (the one I rebuilt) screen went out, pitch black.



Stain Brain — free app helps you get the stain out

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Here's a freebie that's completely practical. Stain Brain identifies over 85 common stains and tells you what to do about them. The step-by-step removal procedures come to you courtesy of the experts at Tide. And they ought to know. The app lets you rate the effectiveness of the solutions and even lets you share your own tips for removing difficult stains. You can browse the top-20 stains, find stains by category, ask questions, communicate with other community members, and, naturally, navigate to product pages to find additional information and store locations.



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