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Seego.com — new directory of iPhone-optimized websites

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Apps are all the rage, and I almost never use Safari when going online. But with the arrival of Seego.com, I will likely be using Safari more. Seego is a directory of 2,200 websites that have been optimized for the iPhone. Unlike regular sites, which take a long time to load, which don't always work in the iPhone's Safari, and which typically entail a lot of pinching, zooming, and scrolling, websites that have been optimized are typically fast and perfectly tailored to the smaller screen of the iPhone. Simply point Safari at seego.com.



Budtrap — a gizmo whose time has come

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I don't typically go in for accessories but this one I'm getting. And it's about time we had something like this. I like to use my iPhone to listen to podcasts but that means I'm always carrying two objects: my phone and my earbuds. And the earbuds always get tangled. Enter Budtrap. It slides onto your earphone jack and secures your earbuds. You simply do a quick wrap of the cord around your phone and then clip the loose end in Budtrap.



Your own Personal App

Hi,

I am the new guy here, and I am not going to blog about a cool new gadget or a fancy new apps. Be assured the other bloggers do very well keeping you informed. No, I am going to address something different: "your own personal app!"

My observation is that the status symbol of the iPhone itself  becomes more and more replaced by having your own app on iTunes. I do freelance app development, and a year or two ago most apps were developed for companies - strictly business. But I encounter more and more people who just want to have their own app. Like a new stamp in a collection, people love seeing their own application-icon on the screen of their iPhones.



Firefighter apps

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In case you've been wondering where I disappeared to, 2 things happened. 1) I installed The Sims  on my iPhone which led me to install it on my PC & that was it ... I was gone. Living in the Matrix ... until I joined the Fire Department. Now all of my time is spent there ... on calls, in training, at the Fire Academy, etc. Somewhere in between calls & training, I managed to find a few good apps made just for fire fighters &/or EMTs & turned my 1st app page into the the bat page ... kinda like the bat phone, but with apps. I'm always looking for apps, but these are the ones I have at the moment.



Review: Horror Racing by Chillingo

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I’ve been looking for a racer that I could enjoy for quite some time, but I’m not really into the more realistic fare like Real Racing. That’s why I was excited when I first heard about Horror Racing. Now that I’ve had a chance to spend some time with the game, I’d like to plagiarize the immortal words of James Cromwell and say “that’ll do, Chillingo, that’ll do”.



Win a Real GTI by playing Real Racing!

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 This is SO FRIGGIN AWESOME, I wanna cry!! You can check out my review of Firemint's Real Racing here, but the new free Real Racing GTI lite version has been downloaded over 2 million times! Volkswagon released the 2010 GTI, also sponsoring the App store release of the lite version of the game, and they are giving away a real GTI to 5 more lucky winners! Read on for the full details of the contest...

 



Today's rumor: Apple may launch "world phone"

I suppose I ought to be careful about spreading rumors, but this is such a great idea that if indeed Apple isn't planning to do this, it should. The rumor is that next year not only will Verizon be offering an iPhone but that the phone will be able to work on both CDMA and GSM networks. Plus, it would have all the necessary 3G bands, such that you could take the phone virtually anyplace in the world and have both cellular and high-speed data capability. You can read more on CNet. The rumor also is saying that this new phone will have a 2.8-inch screen, compared to the current 3.6-inch screen.



Power of the Blog

If the pen is mighter than the sword.......what does that make the blog?



MoGo Talk Review - A Bluetooth Headset with a Disappearing Trick

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LG makes a phone called the Envy, but the LG phone that I've always envied is the Decoy.  The LG Decoy has a snap-on Bluetooth earpiece that always goes with the phone.  It's a novel concept that we iPhone users couldn't take advantage of.  Now, there's a headset for that!

 



Review: Kamikaze Race by Orb Games

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Kamikaze Race is one of those “guilty pleasure” games. You know, the kind where what have to do is something that (hopefully) you wouldn’t do in real life. In this case you’re weaving in and out of traffic, trying to go as fast as you possibly can. It’s a simple game that can actually become a bit addictive. In the end, however, it suffers the most from being almost too simple.



Review: Penguin Break by GameFlow Entertainment

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Truthfully, I just sort of glanced over Penguin Break when it appeared in the New Releases list on the web site that I monitor daily. However, when the developer requested that a staff member of iPhone Life take a look at the game I figured “why not? It can’t hurt anything, right?” I’m actually glad I decided to take the developer up on his offer. Penguin Break takes the “ancient” concept that was introduced to me via that game Jawbreaker on one of my Pocket PC devices, throws in some cute penguins and a couple of neat power up twists, and actually manages to make a simple yet engaging game out of the whole thing. The big question is “who will break first, the penguins or you?”



TUTORIAL: listen to Commodore 64 (SID) music on your iPhone!

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So far, I didn’t want to write a full article on listening to the music clips (SID files) of the legendary Commodore 64 home computer (dedicated Wiki page HERE). Now that the latest, just-released (brand new) version of the dedicated player, Sid Player Pro has greatly (!!!) reduced the power consumption and become pretty much usable on previous-generation iDevices (iPhone 2G/3G and iPod Touch G1/G2) as well, I find it necessary to, at last, dedicate a full article to the question.

There are several ways of listening to C64 music on the iPhone. Your choice should depend on the following factors:


SoundAMP — use your iPhone as a hearing aid

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I continue to be astonished by all the different ways the iPhone is being used, including as an extension of your senses. I've already written about the Eye Glasses app ($2.99), which lets you use your iPhone to magnify small print. And you can also use your iPhone as a hearing aid. SoundAMP ($9.99) is an app that uses your iPhone to amplify ambient sound. Your iPhone picks up the sound via the built-in microphone or via a microphone on an external headset. And in both cases you listen to the amplified sound via earbuds or the headset.



An Instructional App for Clarinetists

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Clarinet in Reach was created by Anthony McGill, the principal Clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The app includes fingering charts and a dictionary of musical terms, as well as audio and video files, all related to the clarinet. 



iTunes App Store undergoing subtle but significant changes... with some difficulty

 If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.

  1. New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
  2. Updates are not included in the New Releases

This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.

The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems.  It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page.  That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.



Orb lets you stream content from your computer to your iPhone

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Orb sounds pretty neat, though I haven't yet tried it. They just released their software for the Mac yesterday, having been available for Windows for some time. According to their press release, the free Orb application and service enable the streaming of any media type from computers running Windows or the Mac OS, to any other internet-connected device including laptops, mobile phones, and even TVs connected to a game console. You're able to access all your music, photos, and video anywhere, anytime, without first having to download content to your iPhone or iPod touch.



Multiplayer gaming news

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1. Cocoto Kart Online (one of the best kart racers) has received a pretty considerable upgrade:



2. BOMBERMAN TOUCH 2 –Volcano Party by Hudson received a very minor upgrade:



What does this mean? Nothing related to actual gameplay: in the main menu, the “Option” menu item has been moved upwards and an ad surface has been inserted below it:




Major breakthrough: decent (!) radio stream recording added to Pocket Tunes + sale!

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(NOTE: I dedicate a full, separate article to the new version to gain as much attention as possible as 1. It has really groundbreaking features 2. the sale will end soon. Note that you may still want to read my all-in-one roundup Everything you'll ever need to know about listening to radio on the iPhone.)


TUTORIAL: quickly finding in which directory a given application resides on your iPhone

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There can be several cases when you want to access the home (installation) directories of some of your installed (non-Cydia) applications. This can be pretty hard as the directory containing them /private/var/mobile/Applications, has cryptic subdirectory names.

There may be several reasons for doing so:

- You can have direct access to the configuration files of a given app (for example, the data files of your third-party Web browser for quick manual editing to quickly import / export favorites when needed) (Note: as far as the best Web browser, iCab Mobile is concerned, it has mass favorite export/import capabilities via a wireless connection)


Streaming Media News

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I'm currently working on a review of streaming solutions, and recently noted some interesting news items that relate. Orb, the excellent PC-based streaming media service is bringing their fabulous software to OS X. Go here to read more and get Orb for Mac OS X 10.5 or later. Pocket Tunes (which I will review here soon), an Internet Radio app for iPhone and iPod, has also recently added a very useful feature to it's player that enables record and time-shifting of streams.



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