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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.



Free 200-page PDF iPhone & iPod buyers' guide

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The iLounge website has just announced their 2010 iPod + iPhone Buyers' Guide, a 200-page PDF that you can download for free. It has great iPhone content, including the 100 best iPhone and iPod touch games, 100 essential iPhone and iPod touch apps, accessory guides, best-of-year awards, iPhone and iPod history and glossary, and much more.



Misc news: Web browsers, IM, radio apps, multiplayer games, emulators etc.

There have been quite a few major updates, announcements, releases lately, since my publishing my previous news catch-up article slightly more than a month ago. Let me show you some of the most important ones.
(NOTE: I’ve already published some of these pieces of news in my all-in-one roundups and “bibles”. That is, if you do follow them (you should if you really want to know what’s happening on the iPhone scene), you already know of them. If you don’t but, in the future, would like to get notified of new releases / versions of a given application / game genre, don’t forget to subscribe to the given articles. It’s very easy.)


New SafeWallet Versions Released

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 "For the past several weeks we've been working around the clock to bring great new features to SafeWallet! Since our last newsletter announcement we've already had two new SafeWallet updates. The first was version 1.2 about two weeks ago, and today's release, version 1.2.1. For your convenience we've included here a list of the main new features introduced with these last two updates." Read on for the details...



VITO Celebrates App Store Anniversary with Star Walk Freebies!

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 VITO Technology is celebrating the one year anniversary tomorrow (Nov 6, 2009) of their award winning Star Walk application. Sorry I got this out late, but evidently you still have a little time to get in on the contest, and possibly some goodies. Prizes will include T-shirts, redeem codes (for Star Walk), and some iTunes $5 gift cards, so get over to their blog and answer the quiz questions for a chance to win!



Review: Zombie Dash by Clickgamer

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I’d say zombie games on the App Store were a dime a dozen, but that’s obviously not true since Apple won’t let you charge less than 99 cents a game. However, there are certainly a sizeable number of games in the App Store that feature zombies in some way, shape or form. So what does one do to make a zombie game that stands out from the crowd? One way would be to create a game like Zombie Dash. You won’t find any heavy artillery or mass destruction here. Instead, you must use your wits and some creative finger work to stay away from the zombies as long as possible. Thank goodness you can fuel up on mossburgers…



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