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App-A-Day Project: Ultimate Dungeon

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Due to real life setting in, the developer has put the App-A-Day project on temporary hiatus.  I think this is a good thing, as it will hopefully give him time to reconsider where he's really going with this.  Maybe you'll agree with me after reading my review of his latest effort, Ultimate Dungeon.



The seven best games

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Okay, I agree — it's clearly a matter of opinion and taste what constitutes the best games out of the 6,000 in the App Store. Still, reviewer Mike B at Koku Games is pretty confident that the seven he's identified are among the best. His three-minute video review gives you a nice glimpse of the range of iPhone games — and a sense for which ones you might like to try.



Sudoku by EA Games

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There are many Sudoku apps out there, but this one is my favorite.



Everything you'll ever need to know about listening to radio on the iPhone - Part I

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The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I explain everything you’ll ever need to know about all this. You’ll learn how radio stations can be listened to on even non-jailbroken iPhones, without any hacks to play stations in the background; I also present a very thorough comparison of currently available third-party radio software.

First and foremost, let’s take a closer look at the built-in, out-of-the-box radio support.

1. Built-in capabilities: QuickTime

All versions of the iPhone (and, of course, the iPod Touch – from now on, I refer to all these as “iPhone”), under OS3, already have support for playing back some (not all!) possible radio stream types.



New SafeWallet Contest this week!!

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Our friends over at SBSH have kindly offered to sponsor another giveaway of the latest released version 1.1 of the excellent SafeWallet which now sports the ability to sync your data with a PC. So, you know the drill... Comment here on this post (in a non spam-like manner) on the virtues of the method that you employ to secure your data, and you just might win a copy of this excellent product! We are giving away 3 copies, so get your comments in before Friday, 24 July 2009--11PM EST..



Another IM and Web browser roundup update: e.g., Push version of fring

I’ve just finished updating the One and only REAL iPhone Instant Messenger roundup and the  iPhone Web browser roundup, elaborating on the latest changes and news.

 



Making kids smarter, one Smart Kid at a time

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Smart Kid - English basics lite (free) by Viralint is great!  Upon opening it up you can choose to get learn a bit about it, go into settings, where you can set up some parameters, or start right in with sentence completion, choosing from a difficulty level of1 to 6.



App-A-Day Project: Spot The Bug

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Now from the name you're probably thinking this is some boring programmer's game or an insect variation of "Where's Waldo?".  In actuality it's an interesting take on the match 3 genre.  Unfortunately, like most of the games in this series to date, it suffers from inadequate controls and hasty implementation.  Here we go again...



SBSH SafeWallet for iPhone updated - Introducing PC Companion with full syncing capabilities!

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 “July 13, 2009 - SBSH announced an exciting update for its SafeWallet for iPhone to version 1.1! Introducing new PC Companion, iPhone 3.0 support, custom templates creation and editing and much more!”



Concert Vault: free app for listening to whole concerts

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Out of the over 50,000 apps in the App Store, MacWorld magazine picked Concert Vault as the best app of 2009. This free app lets you enter in your favorite band or artist, and then you can listen via streaming audio to an actual concert that was recorded sometime in the past — U2, early Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin. The collection spans the 1960s through today. Obviously not every band or artist will be represented, and the current ones less so. But hopefully you'll find something you'll like from among the thousands of concerts.



Infant app's for child development

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I’ve recently had the opportunity to review Mantaray Creative Labs iBaby Buddy ($1.99) and like what I see with one caveat.  From the get go it should be obvious that you take risks handing over a several hundred dollar iPhone to an infant, I could easily imagine the lady at the Apple Genius bar asking if my iPhone got wet and my saying, “Does my baby teething on it count?”  But with that caveat, and a parents desire to give their children the best learning opportunities they can, I think this is a use of the iPhone worth following.



Updates: new instant messaging and web browser applications

I’ve just finished updating the One and only REAL iPhone Instant Messenger roundup and the  iPhone Web browser roundup, elaborating on the latest changes and news.



Mmmm ... I can smell the cookies baking!

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From Almond Biscotti to White Chocolate Drop Cookies, Bake-Guru has enough cookie recipes to keep your sweet tooth happy.



New eBook on secrets of app marketing

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You know by now the huge challenge developers face getting their new app noticed. If you're not among the top 100, forget it. And even being in the top hundred can still mean earning just a few dollars a day. And as you might guess, there's now a market for services and how-to's that teach developers how to market their apps. One of the newest offerings is a 29-page eBook, "Secrets Of iPhone App Marketing: How To Get Your App Noticed & Increase Your Sales," which takes developers step-by-step through the process of successfully marketing their apps. It's not cheap, at $49.



David (Palm) and Goliath (Apple): Goliath Wins!

Palm's strategy for mimicking some of Apple's iPhone features has been a boon to the heralded Pre, which just launched about a month ago. Capacitive touch screen, pinch zooming, and similar specs have made the Pre a serious competitor to the iPhone in many respects. So much so, that I was expecting Apple to sue Palm before the Pre's launch to block them from selling it over Apple's patents.



App-A-Day Project: Trounce

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Ready for some demon squishing fun? I was too, but what could have been a simple yet intriguing premise somehow managed to get mired in the details. Trounce is a good foundation for a nice pick-up-and-play game, but until it can move past its App-A-Day roots it really feels like little more than a prototype.



Tethering coming September, will cost $55/month!

Appmodo claims to have spoken to a "reputable" AT&T employee, who told them that both MMS and tethering are coming in September. MMS will be no extra charge, but Appmodo says that tethering is going to be $55/month on top of your current data plan. Ouch. Let's hope Appmodo is right about the timing — but wrong about the price.



Apple celebrates first anniversary of App Store by picking their favorite apps

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Happy birthday to the App Store, which celebrated its first birthday last week. And in honor of the occasion, Apple has selected 30 of their favorite apps and 30 of their favorite games. You can find their listing in iTunes. A number of my personal favorites are there, and I think I just might try some of the others listed. Click here to see the page in the App Store. 



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