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CES: Dexim P-Flip... SOLAR Power to the People!

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Shakespeare's Richard III cried "A horse!  A horse!  My kingdom for a horse!"  At CES, the commodity most in demand was power, followed closely by Wi-Fi, 3G, and SD cards!  Journalists and attendees "jacked in" like The Matrix, wherever possible, and many people came up to the iPhone Life booth asking if they could charge their iPhones!

NOTE TO EDITOR: Bring extra chargers to MacWorld and let visitors charge their phones at our booth!

We love the iPhone, but the lack of a removable battery means you need something external that doesn't add too much bulk.



Off-Line for a Bit

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I'm going to be off-line for a bit. 

I'm going in for MAJOR sinus reconstructive surgery tomorrow, so I won't be posting for a while. If I do sneak on, it could be quite a psychedelic post. It could be quite entertaining - so check back often - before Webmaster Ben finds it and takes it off.

Webmaster Ben, beware!!  You have been warned!!!  I am stealth!!

-Comic Touch App!!!

If I owe you a review, I promise to catch up before I head off to MacWorld....to hunt down Steve Jobs.  I have some suggestions for the next iPhone.  Steve - you have been warned....keep your eyes peeled for a tall red-head...I'm stealth......

Please keep posting - I will be reading - since I won't be able to do anything else!! If I do reply to a post and it doesn't make sense....sorry.  If it's the funniest thing you've ever read....forward it to me in about 10 days so I can read it.

Thanks for all your support.

Cheers,

T.



Math Seeq - A Brain Boosting Game

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I'm pretty smart (so I think)....Well, this game challenged me. My 9 year old had to remind me that 2 is a prime number.  

Math Seeq is a fun educational app that you can give to your kids to help them improve on their math skills or turn them into a code breaker - think (Audrey Tatou in DaVinci Code with the Fibonacci sequence). 

After selecting your game level, Math Seeq tells you what mathematical sequence you are following and gives you a hint on what the first one or two correct answers will be.  You have to find and tap the next correct number in the sequence from a bunch of numbers flying around the screen. (see the video below) The first level is pretty easy, starting out with sequential numbers; one, two, three etc.  You get to tap as many numbers in the sequence as possible during a set time period.  The first level then goes on to challenge you with all the sequences in the basic times tables; multiples of two, multiples of three and so on up through nine.

In the intermediate and expert levels, Math Seeq throws more complex sequences at you such as prime numbers, the fibonacci sequence, and things like "i squared minus i" (Huh?).  So, now you have to remember the equation and calculate the number in your head in order to find and tap it! (ask your kid, if you slept through it in high school - they are learning it in elementary school now!)

Math Seeq can challenge every age.  The grade schoolers can practice their times tables and the more complex stuff will challenge older kids and serve as a good refresher for us adults - trying to keep the brain exercised (Alzheimers!) For correct answers you get points, and you get additional time for each correct answer as well.  High scores are saved so you can keep track of your progress.  There are plenty of ways to practice your times tables out there, but here you have to hunt them down and tap them!  Math Seeq is fun to play and it's addictive!  

Sometimes the number you are looking for gets hidden behind another number and you have to wait for it to escape before you can nail it, but that just adds to the fun.




 

website:  http://www.smileycatsoftware.com/Math_Seeq.html
app store/itunes link:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/math-seeq/id328264591?mt=8

Lite is Free, Full is $1.99

Bottom Line - Worth downloading the full version for kids or adults.  I give it 8/10 iPhones. 

 

~T. Posted from BlogPress - Please excuse the formatting.



CES: Not all gadgets use batteries

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Some of the most interesting items at CES don't use electricity.  We found several accessories that enhance the electronic lifestyle, while made entirely out of non-technical materials.



CES: PocketCPR: Get an app, save a life!

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The App Store is like the weather.  Everybody complains about it but nobody does anything about it.  The store is still full of junk apps and people still buy them.  But every once in a while you come across an app that is worthwhile and in this case, could actually save lives.

PocketCPR is such an app.  While labeled for "TRAINING USE ONLY" and I'm sure some lawyers would have something to say about it, the idea is to guide you through Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in an emergency.  The app leverages the accelerometer to determine how well you are performing and give you audible and visual advice if you need to go faster or slower.



ICE App — free app in case of emergencies

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The free ICE App is one that everyone should have — and hopefully no one will need to use. The idea is simple: everyone is supposed to have an ICE contact in their phone, "ICE" standing for "in case of emergency." ICE App suggests that you put its icon in the upper right-hand corner of the main screen. The app lets you enter four categories of info: who you are, your emergency contacts, medical info, and allergies. 



Review: Thor by Freeverse

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When I first saw the screen shots for Thor I was expecting something along the lines of a standard platformer.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because the iPhone sure could use some more of those.  As it turns out, though, Thor is actually along the lines of one of those games where you have to dodge stuff while your character keeps running.  However, with actions that go beyond the typical “jump or duck” and an actual level structure, this game is something much more than its roots.  Instead of simply playing a level or two and then removing it from my device to make room for something else, I found myself going back for just “one more level” until I was suddenly at the end of the game.  The only real down side is that I want some more!



the fantastic four methods of getting revenue from apps

Today I would like to spent some time to talk about the question: "How to make money with iPhone apps?"

I know, I know we all know how to do that: Have an idea, make the app, and publish! Apple will pay you 70% of how much they sell, and that is the way. But doing iPhone app development myself I experienced that there are lots of other options you have, and just selling apps might not be the best option.

Option 2) You make an app, and give it away for free, but you include adds from a third party (like Admob or similar services) and for each download or each time your app is used you get a share.



Strawberries - Not Just for Dessert!!!

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SWEET
News (literally).  The California Strawberry Commission has a new app.  Did you know that there is more vitamin C in a serving of strawberries than an orange?  This super-cool app has mouth-watering recipes.  I'm getting hungry.....

Strawberry Recipe App Features:
- Over 50 recipes, categorized by dish type
- Share recipes on Twitter, Facebook and email
- Access nutrition information
- View recipe photos, ingredients and preparation information
- Connect with California Strawberry Commission on Facebook, Twitter and the web



Zinio — free app for reading magazines

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Zinio is a leader in electronic versions of major national magazines, with their editions including our very own iPhone Life magazine (4 issues for $10). Zinio does a good job of digitally replicating the experience of reading a print magazine. And now they have a Zinio Magazine Reader out for the iPhone. You need to be a Zinio subscriber, or you can purchase single issues or subscription via the app.



InPictures

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This is a nice app to keep kids busy and using their brain. It's also fun for a group to pass around and guess. (I'm usually right!!!)

You are give a small piece of a picture and you get 4 items to choose from.

I recommend this app for any age. $0.99

 



Dots Gloves - Use your iPhone in the Cold!!

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Winter is here. Do you want to use your iPhone - but don't want to take off your gloves? Or did you drop and lose your stylus (again) because you can't grip it with gloves on?

We mothers no longer have to suffer through freezing cold soccer, football or laccrosse games and not be able to access our precious life line - the iPhone. (yes, it gets cold in California - sometimes it dips below 50!!!)



Finally (IMHO) a Great Alarm Clock Ap

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We travel around the world a lot, and with time zone shifts and exhaustive days a good alarm clock is a critical accessory to have.  Due to baggage space restrictions, we have had to carry as many "Swiss Army knife" (multi-function) devices as possible.  The iPhone has become our electronic Swiss Army knife, providing a traveler's delight of functionality from Alarm Clock to fight tracking to tide charting.



Use Your Ringtones for Alarm Clock Sounds

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I've seen a number of posts around lamenting that various iPhone Alarm Clock applications can only  play canned sounds or iPod tunes, but not Ringtones for an alarm sound (Although I've got to admit I can't imagine why anyone would want to think their phone was ringing at 6:00AM!?).

Actually, if your Alarm Ap supports iPod tune playing for alarm sounds, then, as they say, "You're in fat city".

To use a Ringtone for a



Video Tutorial - How to Make a Video Background for Your iPhone and iPod

 

 Proceed at your own risk. And as always, common sense rules; be sure to back-up your device first!

 Part 1

Part 2:



My iPhones my dogs

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My family just adopted a rescue dog from Friends of Homeless Animals, a Mini Schnauzer named Martha.



Vue

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This was an amazing product.  The system starts at $299.  Extra cameras are $99.

http://vuezone.com/

The Vue Personal Video Network

See what you're missing.

Vue is the easiest and simplest way to remotely view your family, your home, your business...virtually anything, from anywhere, at anytime. Vue lets you create your own personal video network and delivers live video wirelessly for you to see and share from any web browser* or flash-enabled mobile device – no software to load. It's really that simple!

Vue FrameMesh technology – video unplugged.

Vue utilizes innovative patented FrameMesh™ technology to enable wireless live video transmission from battery operated miniature cameras. FrameMesh is an ultra low-power technology that allows a camera to operate for up to a year on a single battery with normal use. With no wires to restrict you, cameras can be positioned and repositioned easily in seconds using our patented peel & stick magnetic mounts.

 

 

Incredibly Simple Setup

Just minutes from the box to live video.

Vue is designed for zero-configuration setup. There is no software to load. No hard drive storage requirement. No long string of characters to type. We've simplified the setup to remove the need for technical expertise.

Here's all you need...everything else is in the box:

  • A high-speed internet connection (DSL or cable)
  • An available LAN port on your router
  • A browser (IE7, Firefox, Safari) or flash-enabled mobile device

Stick. Click. View.

Stick the patented peel & stick magnetic mounts to the wall anywhere within 300 feet of the gateway* and position the camera on the mount. Click a single button to sync your cameras, then click on your personal my.VueZone.com page to register. View by dragging an active camera to the My Vue area on your Watch Page.
That's it!

 

 



Mophie - TV Juice Pack - Coming Soon

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http://www.mophie.com/Juice-Pack-3G-3GS-p/1106_jptv-a0-ip3gs-blk.htm



Phubby

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This was a super cool find at CES. The Phubby is an alternative way to keep your iPhone with you when you don't have pockets - during work-outs or doing housework in your jammies!!  I would go for the Phubby Sport.  You can still use the touch-screen through the special fabric. 

 

 

Regular Phubby - (can't operate through fabric)

 

 

http://www.phubby.com/demo/tabid/59/Default.aspx



CES: Stylin with Trexta Cases, and Covers at CES!

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The smartest thing I did at the show this year was to bring the wife. While I tried to check out some of the more hard-core technology, not only did she do booth duty, but she also scouted fashionable and smart products for me to check out later. Trexta was one of her finds, so gotta give her the credit. These hand-crafted and high quality cases and covers are exceptional in terms of both materials (real leather and wood), and price.



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