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Fly Kiwi, Fly! - A Simply Delightful Distraction

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In today's App Store, it's easy to find a plethora of games featuring zombies; just as it's easy to find fart apps, overpriced flashlights, and a myriad of other uninspired creations. However, this is only one side of the story - there are also many wonderful apps to be found hidden among the rubbish. Today I'll be touching briefly on "Fly Kiwi, Fly!," which is one of the most enjoyable games I've played on the iPhone platform.



The Game Trail — free app helps you find games by showing videos of them

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I first wrote about The Game Trail (free) last fall. It's now been updated, and has hit a number of milestones, including 100,000 active users and 500,000 videos served. It has video reviews/previews of thousands of games so that you can quickly find the ones you like. It's a good way of discovering games that get overlooked. 



Cinema for iPad — free streaming movies

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I haven't yet tried this new app, but it sounds like an interesting idea — sort of like subscribing to a movie channel via your cable service, or going to a movie at a cinema. That's because instead of being the usual Internet model of movies on demand, Cinema for iPad has a schedule and streams movies at particular times. You pay $2.99 for the app, but the movies are free. The schedule changes frequently. You tune in when there's a movie playing that you'd like to see, whether a matinee or late-night show.



School's Out for Summer!

Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.

Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.



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Must.Eat.Birds. - A Little-Known Gem of the App Store

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In our current economy, 99 cents don't go as far as they used to. In fact, you'd be lucky to find a name-brand chocolate bar for under a dollar these days, and you can pretty much forget about quality entertainment for such a price. Because of this sad state of affairs, I think it's especially important to note the 99-cent iPhone apps that really shine - especially the lesser-known ones. One such app is Must.Eat.Birds., created by European developer Mediatonic.



AirStash

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I've had my AirStash ($99) for several days now after the delay of nearly a month due to some streaming difficulty in the first model, I've got to say I'm happy but hmmmm.  Let me explain.



What Hulu could be on the iPad

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While Hulu diddles around taking its time to build an app for the iPad, ABC is is already doing it building their brand on this platform, staking out a claim to this new medium and boy are they doing a great job!



Become a Mix Master with Algoriddim!

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I have been meaning to check some of these apps out, but just haven't had time. Algoriddim has a range of tools to turn your Mac into a DJ studio (and a remote control app for iPhone). In our latest issue we featured a story on using iPod or iPhone to assist in your recording endeavors. In that article, I highlighted a music producer who used his iPhone completely for recording an album. If you're interested in mixing your own tunes, check out our latest issue, and read on to learn more about Algoriddim's apps:



Free Audi app available!

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Gotta love free, eh? The A1 Beat Driver game is actually fairly well done. Similar to IMP (reviewed here), you navigate around a track, avoiding hazards and picking up markers.  The music includes fresh tracks from the likes of the Rakes, and Torpedo. The graphics are well executed, and the overall quality is what you would expect of an Audi product. You can grab it here in iTunes, or read on for more press release...

 



Never too old to learn

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Since getting my iPad I've been wanting to find out what my parents think about the device, so this past weekend I headed down to the coast with my son and iPad to relax and visit with my parents, and find out if they would like to try using an iPad.



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