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Ever been doing calculations & lose your place?

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With Calc Tap, you don't need to worry about losing your place. I use calculators all the time & I'll be right in the big middle of something when someone comes in & starts talking to me. When I go back to the calculator, I can't remember if the bill, etc that I'm holding was entered yet or if I was just about to & end up starting from scratch. Never again thanks to this wonderful app!



Free CNNMoney app now available

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CNNMoney was launched recently and appears to be one of the top apps for up-to-the-minute news in the area of business and finance. It includes news, analysis, financial data, and streaming video. Features include the ability to personalize the content and how it's presented, breaking news alerts, stock ticker, customized stock quotes and tracking, and the ability to easily share articles and videos via e-mail or Twitter.



App-A-Day Project: Tumblecaps

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Another day, another application that's actually better than the last.  This time around I'll be looking at Tumblecaps, a somewhat original take on the whole match 3 genre.  I must confess that I probably have a bit of a soft spot for this game simply because I love match 3 games, but I think if you were to play all of the games up to this point you would agree that this is the most solid entry (Pegburner is a close second, but all the problems I had with unresponsive controls sets it back a bit from this one).



Phaze Racing Review

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Another cool racer, Phaze, recently made available in the App Store (developer Pazzazz), and now reviewed--has all the finely-honed graphics, speed and excitement of a pod-racer and then some.



How to Speed Up Your iPhone Syncs

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iPhone syncs were never known to be speedy, but mine were getting ridiculous. I found that they were taking 3 to 4 hours to complete. I dreaded having to sync my iPhone whenever I wanted to add new media or just to update my information. I would start my syncs before going to bed so that they would finish sometime during the night and I wouldn’t be without my phone. I noticed that the backup that iTunes performs before each sync was taking forever to complete. 



App-A-Day Project: Pegburner

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If you read my first two posts in this series, you might be wondering why I'm continuing to review these games.  Besides the fact that the developer was kind enough to provide me with the first five games for these reviews, it turns out they're actually getting better.  The next game in the series is Pegburner, and it's a simple "click the numbers in order" game.  I was actually a bit relieved, because given then name I thought it was going to be another one of those peg jumping games.



Three great games at 80% off!

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Some rebates you definitely should check out:

In addition to Galcon (a very nice title), the following (better) titles are offered 80% off in the next 1-2 days:




Firemint Real Racing

I'm gearing up, pun intended, for a full review of this awesome-looking racer from Firemint (once I finish my review of Astraware's Phaze), but wanted to get the word out on the street (last pun, I promise), even though it's been around awhile. In fact, I've been doing so much iPod racing lately, I might feature a round-up when I get some time. This one looks (from the video), like a pretty intense ride! Read on for more details...



Great sale: Galcon $1 only!

Many of you may have heard of the great strategy game Galcon.

 

Now, it only costs $1 in the AppStore. It's a steal for that price, particularly when you take into account the great multiplayer capabilities.  



Want to make VoIP calls (Skype, Fring, Nimbuzz etc.) or watch TV (Sling, netTV) over 2G / 3G too?

Then, you’ll want to read bullet 5 (Voice calls over 2G/3G) of my (last) post HERE, in the “UPDATE (Jul/10/2009)” section.


Bebot - Robot Synth

You may be familiar with the name Jordan Rudess, a well known master keyboard player and electronic musician. He’s been posting some great video demonstrations on YouTube including a relatively new iPhone/iPod Touch app call Bebot-Robot Synth ($1.99) that is an incredibly expressive synthesizer and performance controller. It’s difficult to describe in words so check it out at www.youtube.com/watch.



App-A-Day Project: GardenGrow

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Last time I talked about Tic-Tac-Bacon, an odd variant of a classic children's game.  Today's piece is on a game called GardenGrow.  According to the developer's blog, this game was inspired by his girlfriend.  Makes sense, I suppose, because I couldn't see too many guys designing a simple gardening game on their own accord.  After all, we like to kill things with big guns, right?  Anyway, I do have to give this game credit for one thing: it's better than Tic-Tac-Bacon.  Sadly, not by much.  The game starts off with a similar loading time to TTB, though I think it's a bit faster.  Once the game's ready you get a splash screen explaining that you are to use music to make the plants grow, and there's a nice big Begin button in the middle of the screen.  Press start and you're off... to a screen with grass and some colored buttons at the bottom.  It turns out that if you press those buttons, they make music!



The one and only REAL iPhone Instant Messenger roundup

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With the Push support in the iPhone OS 3, the iPhone has become an excellent platform for instant messaging.

Before the Push support, you could only keep them listening using hacks like Backgrounder on jailbroken devices or using clients that forced the entire phone remain “alive”. Neither is an optimal solution. Now, the Push support provides the platform with something that, in some respects, is even better than the current instant messaging support on competing smartphone operating systems (at least Symbian S60, Blackberry and Windows Mobile).



App-A-Day Project:: Tic-Tac-Bacon

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In my increasingly sickening quest to assimilate all games iPhone, I ran across an interesting web site: the App-A-Day Project.  The original directive of this project was that the developer was literally going to release a project each day (by 11:59 pm) to the App Store for 30 days.  As happens with most projects like this, the developer has simmered down a bit.  The new goal is to take the equivalent of a day's worth of work (4-5 hours) to complete each project, though an individual project might not necessarily be coded all in one day.  The concept intrigued me, and the developer offered promo codes to anyone wanting to cover the games, so I figured "why not?"  I will do my best to cover the games in the proper order, but given his new philosophy of spanning certain games over more than one day, there may not be a proper order to everything.  At any rate, the first game that I'm going to cover in this series is Tic-Tac-Bacon.



Update on Bento

 After using Bento for a few more weeks, I am really sold on it! It’s the best database I’ve found that works with an iPhone app and I’ve tried them all. The Bento app is simple, but it serves its purpose. The real workhorse is the desktop application.



iPhone's window to the natural world

In this blog I’m getting back to my roots, literally. The people at Antenna Theater have something very special to show you in their blend of the iPhone, natural world and the arts, and it’s called ECOcal.



ESPN ScoreCenter App is a Home Run

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This weekend I stumbled across the ESPN ScoreCenter app. And let me tell you this app is a must have for any sports nut or even a non-sports nut like myself.



Volunteer with Your iPhone

Now you can volunteer without ever leaving your chair by simply turning on your iPhone!  An organzation called The Extraordinaries is encouraging a new kind of social networking, Microvolunteering, to do good. (NPR's article on Microvolunteering) The premise is that you can volunteer your time anytime, anywhere, for just a few minutes as you available.  (no more excuses!)



VITO Releases Task2Gather 2.0 Task Management App!

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 I reviewed the 1.0 version of this great free web service on the WinMo side of our site here. Now version 2.0 brings full syncing of your tasks between the web and your gadgets (including iPhone). The service is free, but iPhone client is $2.99.



iPod touch owners may not want to upgrade to 3.0

PCMag.com is reporting the results of some speed tests of the iPod touch after upgrading to 3.0 — with the result that it actually slows some things down. The testing found that even though JavaScript speed is greatly enhanced, operations such as startup and web page loading are slower. Of course if features such as copy and paste are more important to you than speed, then you'll want to spend the $10 and upgrade anyway.



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