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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.



Free Game of the Day — free app brings you a free game each day

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Free Game of the Day is a free app that highlights a free game each day. You download the game app from within the Free Game of the Day app. This is because many of the apps that they make available are ones that you'd normally have to pay for. It's an interesting marketing model: they convince developers to make their game available for a day for free. This brings attention to their game, and downloads soar, boosting their ranking. In the case of the Stair Dismount game, it went from 5,000 daily downloads to 32,000.



Pulitzer Winner's App Denied

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A guy wins a Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, then finds out his iPhone app is turned down by Apple -- because "it contains content that ridicules public figures," according to the email award-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore received from the Apple iPhone Developer Program last December. The surprising rejection is getting wide play from news outlets such as The Washington Post.



HoloToy gives you 3D on your iPhone and iPad

HoloToy ($0.99) offers a surprisingly effective 3D experience on the iPhone and iPad.



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