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Christopher Smith is a contributing founder/writer for Manifesto Magazine in NYC and is an indie rock reviewer for Independent Music Productions. Christopher's work has appeared in The Smoking Section, King Magazine, Parle Magazine, & IAMOnlineMag. He has two published books of poetry and runs several blogs.

4 Patriotic Apps for Celebrating Fourth of July


Independence Day is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a few choice apps that extol pride and a good dose of fun? Here are a few that may get you in a red, white, and blue mood!

OCDesk iPhone 5 Dock Creates Seamless Mobile Workstation


With all the wonders of the iPhone, it can still be a battle to keep its  battery life from dwindling on you. To address this issue, companies are creating more iOS accessories like the OCDesk ($79.99). Brought to you by BiteMyApple, an online store featuring products of successful Kickstarter campaigns, the OCDesk ('OC' stands for obsessive-compulsive) is a smart and compact dock for your iPhone 5. This is more of a concern if you're trying to keep your phone charged while working. 

Its main purpose is to work in conjunction with your iMac without being a nuisance. This is achieved through a design mindful of your desk space as well as your need to be in constant communication at your workstation. First, you attach the base of the OCDesk to your iMac or Thunderbolt display stand with a swatch of reusable, ultra-thin tape.

Introduce Serenity and Decrease Clutter With the iSkelter Classic Station


If there's one persisting issue at your workstation at home or in the office, it's clutter. Even the advent of iOS devices and their sleek and unobtrusive designs won't make a dent in the pile of pens, keys, and other things on your desk at times. But a new product brought to you by BiteMyApple.co proposes to change that, and it's called the iSkelter Classic Station.

The Classic Station is designed to be a simple, lightweight universal caddy for your iPhone and other items you normally have on you daily. Standing in at 11 inches × 4 inches × .75 inches, the station is a decent size for your desktop. It has three separate compartments: one for your phone, a pen, and one for miscellaneous other stuff like keys for example.

Pixel Press: The Video Game You Create


Pixel Press isn’t just a
 gaming app—it represents a new, innovative hybrid of gaming and design. With 12 hours left in its Kickstarter campaign and a bank balance well above its fundraising goal of $100,000, Pixel Press has quickly gained notoriety for allowing users to create a game without learning to code.

Roundthird, the creator Pixel Pressed based in
 St. Louis, Missouri, is no stranger to the world of iOS applications with games such as Radial50, but Pixel Press represents a new frontier.

 Pixel Press allows the user to draw, upload
, and play their very own video game. It is a four-step process that gives you an in-depth idea of how video games are conceptualized, but doesn’t overwhelm you with heavy technical jargon or code. It asks you to create five floors of a video game level similar to those 
found in the original Super Mario Brothers games. 

Top 4 iOS Apps to Wish Dad a Happy Father's Day


In a few days, fathers will have a chance to sit back and enjoy all the love and well-wishes from family and friends on Father’s Day.
And for those who like to use their iOS devices to wish that love, here are a handful of apps that might be of interest.

3 Free French Open Apps for Tennis Addicts


In a few days, the rust-colored clay courts of Stade Roland-Garros in Paris will be alive with excitement as the French Open begins. The French Open, the second tennis tournament of the Grand Slam quartet, is distinct due to being the largest clay-court tourney in the world and arguably the most demanding. For those tennis addicts who need to keep up with each set and volley, we’ve found three apps that will be right up your alley.

Velocity Clip – An iOS Accessory Made for Action


Velocity Clip is the creation of David Kephart and Sven Duerigen, both California natives. Kephart came up with the initial idea while snowboarding in Tahoe. Originally conceptualized as an iPhone point-of-view case, Kephart realized the potential such a product would have. He got Duerigen, a fellow outdoorsman and businessman, to come up with the eventual process and marketing plan 

The Velocity Clip’s appeal lies in two important elements. First, it is a total "three-in-one" professional camera mount that comes with attachments for helmets, the chest, as well as hard surfaces. Each piece in the package is designed for maximum freedom of movement, great point-of-view shooting, and high durability. For example, each mount has an adjustable swivel to account for every shooting angle possible. The Velocity Clip itself is made with extreme grip rubber that will hold your device firm at speeds as high as 150 mph. It can accommodate any device, from a smartphone to a compact digital camera. It also can hold devices in their respective waterproof cases.

iHeart Poetics – Bringing Poetry to Life on iDevices


While the App Store has a number of iOS applications for writing scripts, I haven't found much for the poetically inclined. I've been left to use the Notes app to jot down haikus on the go.

But a Kickstarter project by visual artist Seth Indigo Carnes aims to change that with his soon-to-be-released iOS app, iheart poetics. This application is designed to create and share interactive visual poems, which combine compelling text and vivid imagery. You have the option to begin with text, ranging from one word to a full poem you've composed. Once written, you can superimpose an image. Once complete, you can share it via email, MMS, Facebook, and Twitter. 

ReFleece Seeking Fleece Jackets and Funds for Upcycled iPad Cases


These days, the environment is on everyone’s mind. From climate change to dwindling natural resources, many companies have begun creating products in a more environmentally conscious way. One such company stepping to the forefront is ReFleece.

ReFleece is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller. They created the company with an eye for creating products with highly sustainable practices and terrific design. Among their most popular products are their sleeves and cases for the iPad and iPad Mini. These covers feature interiors made of reclaimed fleece from recycled Patagonia jackets and sweaters. The rugged, water-resistant exterior is made of recycled PET plastic.

AEGLO FLAXUS: Crowdfunding the First Wearable Stylus


If you’ve ever used a stylus with an iDevice, chances are you’ve either worried about losing it or already have lost a few. But thanks to AEGLO, those days might just be behind you. The Hong Kong based company has developed and produced the FLAXUS, touted as the world’s first wearable mobile stylus.

FLAXUS is unique for a couple of reasons. For starters, its design is a result of the need to combine functionality with style.

One of the company’s founders commented:

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