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Google Latitude for iPhone

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This is sort of a good news, bad news situation. First the good news: Google Latitude is now available for the iPhone. The bad news: Apple wouldn't allow it to be made available as an app, so it's instead available as a web app. You can read the MacWorld report about it on Yahoo Tech.  Google Latitude, as you may know, lets you view a map and see if your friends are nearby and makes it easy to send a message to them. To use the web app, point your iPhone's Safari at google.com/latitude.



SafeWallet Winners

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 The SafeWallet Contest is over, and just want to thank SBSH for sponsoring this giveaway and to all the great comments from our readers. Winners, and instructions on getting prizes are posted after the break. I personally use Spb Wallet on my touch (see my review), but that is only because they had PC syncing before SBSH (which SBSH now has also added). It's good to see that people are being serious about their sensative data and protecting it.



Radio client news: Clock Radio at a 66% off; major roundup update

I've just finished posting a major update to my radio client roundup (more precisely, in the second part).

In it, I review two radio applications containing a timer - one, Clock Radio, containing even a very nice and big clock. Incidentally, the latter is at a 66% off this weekend and is offered for $1 only. (Hurry up if you need it.)

I've also elaborated on which radio clients can be put in the bckground on jailbroken devices.

 



Barnes & Noble offers free reader, 700,000 eBooks (500,000 free)

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Barnes & Noble released a free eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod touch late last week and announced that they intend to offer over 700,000 books in their new eBook store, including 500,000 free ones in collaboration with Google Books. Like Amazon, their price for new offerings is $9.95. You can read more about their new eBook store in a report in the New York Times.



Last day to win SafeWallet!

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This is the last day of our SafeWallet contest, so get your posts in to win this excellent product. Read more to get the rules and specifics...

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..

 



Review of Firemint’s Real Racing…in a word AWESOME!

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The only drawback that I could find to Firemint’s Real Racing is the iPod’s small screen. The game graphics and special effects are so good that I was wishing I could play it on a much larger screen. The sights, sounds and detailed racing scenery are all exquisite. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read more to find out why you will want to grab this fabulously intense racing game with on-line leagues, YouTube video syncing, WiFi head-to-head action and more.

 



Shop the latest sales at Sears without ever leaving home

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Shop smart & fast with the Sears2go app on your iPhone ... and get the current temperature at your nearest store.



Virtual Fortune Update: Wiped Out!

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I wrote about winning (and losing) virtual fortunes in the summer issue of iPhoneLife magazine - available now at newsstands and bookstores. I'd won a measly quarter-million or so at the time. By the time the article was published, I was up to $1.5 million in poker winnings alone.

Now, thanks to iTunes, that million+ is gone, all gone. A few days ago I fired up iTunes and hooked up my iPhone to buy a new app and it told me there were apps it wasn't aware of. I said OK at the next dialog box and watched in horror as app after app was removed. They were gone before I could stop it.



Web browser, IM and radio tuner news

1. Web browsers:

a. Version 1.6 of iCab Mobile out with a lot of goodies. A definitive must if you need absolutely the most useful iPhone Web browser.

b. I’ve reviewed the current version of Bolt. (Not to be mistaken to Bitstream’s much better non-iPhone multiplatform Java title also carrying the same name.) Nothing to write home about.

2. IM: the Push-enabled, free Yahoo Messenger client is out

3. Tuners: Tuner2 is out, with some minimal changes (but, unfortunately, not radical ones, which means I still don’t recommend it as heartily as FStream, ooTunes or, in cases, Pocket Tunes Radio).



iMoe iPhone with SkinIt!

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A friend who uses one of the most expensive apps I've seen (iBird: $30) sent me a photo of his new iPhone 3Gs. He had to protect his investment, of course, so he ordered a new skin from SkinIt.

On this site you select your device (in addition to phones, they offer skins for laptops and more) and then pick the image you want. There are many pre-designed images for $14.95, but my friend Mike created his custom skin by uploading a photo.

With the SkinIt customizer you can resize and reposition your image, front and back. The company claims it offers the strongest skin on the market.



Free app lets you access over 21,000 free music albums

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Jamendo, a free application released earlier this summer gives you streaming access to more than 21,000 free music albums and over 200,000 tracks. Jamendo is the top site in the world for free and legal music downloads, with all music made available under the Creative Commons licenses. This video gives a good overview of the application. The service offers five categories of music: Electro, Instrumental, Jazz, Lounge, and Pop.



4 Upcoming Developer Events

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There are 4 upcoming developer events, two at the end of this month in Silicon Valley, one in Denver in September, and one in Boston in October. Each has a different flavor to it. Two are from highly respected publishing companies, another specializes in technical conferences, and the other is a non-profit annual get-together. Here are the conferences in chronological order:



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.



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