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Rē not for me, not yet. Still prefer a dedicated Universal Remote Control.

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While attending CES, I blogged about the trend of using an iPhone or iPod touch as a universal remote.  Since then, I have had a chance to play with the  from NewKinetix.

I really wanted to like the Rē.  I am the gadget guy, who always has the latest of everything.  I have owned numerous high-end universal remote controls, from Philips, Sony, Logitech (Harmony) and Monster Cable.  I am not opposed to spending $100 or more for a device that can connect all of my audio and video equipment and displace multiple remotes.



Free SPB TV released for iPhone!

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Reviewed this app awhile back on the Windows Mobile side of our site, and now SPB has versions for Android, Symbian, and iPhone! What surprised me is they are offering it for free for iPhone (it's $14.95 for WinMo). It worked pretty well then, but have not tried any other versions or checked the channel availability lately (which was somewhat limited). You can get it on the App store here, or read on for press release details.



App Sale from Electronic Arts

I wouldn't normally blog about price changes, but EA has dropped the prices on a ton of apps, that have mass appeal, so here's the scoop... I will be picking up Simpsons Arcade myself.  Enjoy!

 

 



Dollar Movie Revolution on your iPhone!

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If you haven't heard, movie cinemas have begun increasing their prices to view 3D movies! Some theaters have begun raising their prices on all movies viewed in their cinema. What happened to the good old days of living vicariously through Hollywood actors without spending a whole week's check? Well, due to the state of our economy, affordable living has become a spark that most households are eagerly looking for. Welcome the redbox iPhone app! Great for affordable date nights, family time, and just wanting to see the latest release without spending $5 to watch it once.



GameFinder — free app helps you find games you like

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GameFinder (free) is a new app that helps you find games in a variety of ways. According to the press release, you can check out games that were recently reviewed on Slide To Play, a website that focuses on reviewing games and that has developed the app. You can also explore games by genre, or browse through lists such as STP Games of the Month, zombie-themed games, Match-3 puzzles, first-person shooters, games under a dollar, and more.



Angry Robots Welcome!

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Have you ever wanted to be a giant robot in your life? Do you need some stress relief?Then I think I have a solution for you, and a fun one at that. I saw in a forum last week that someone had made a post about a new game called “Robot Rampage.” It’s basically a side scrolling game where you are a giant robot and your job is to destroy the city, block by block. I had read that the cost was half price at .99, so I bought it. I can’t stop playing this game. As the robot, you can step on things, punch things, and you have a laser that comes out of your eye. Pretty cool hah? 

Well you’re going to need it because the humans are ticked that you are making the city into a big parking lot. To get to the next block, you need to destroy the buildings in your way. Not a big deal because you can punch, stomp and fire. The problem comes when you also have to deal with tanks, helicopters, foot soldiers, jet bombers, and nuclear missiles on your journey. One of the other cool features is that you can also listen to your own music library if you want. I do not think you will be disappointed. The developers did a great job creating this game. I am not sure if anything else lies ahead in further levels, but bring it on.

 

 



E! Online — free app for following the Oscars AND for submitting your own video

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If you're following the buzz on the Oscars, which is coming up this Sunday, E! Online (free) is a great choice. The app was just updated with a new carousel navigation menu above the news section that highlights the Academy Award season coverage with special video content and a new "Live from the Red Carpet" section. The app offers extensive coverage from the event, as well as leading up to it and in the days that follow. Also new to this version is E! Talk Box, which gives you the ability to record your own video commentary (you'll need the iPhone 3GS) on hot topics and celebrity headlines and submit it directly to E!



Nagyon Szuper!!!

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Very cool indeed, is what I think of Amir Markish’s Radio Hungary ($1.99) which has a very user friendly interface allowing you to search Hungarian Radio stations being broadcast online.  Save your favorites and play.



The Game Trail — free app helps you find games that you like

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I'm not a gamer, but if I were I think this app would be quite useful. The Game Trail (free) is simply a handy new app that provides game trailers and video reviews. You can view featured games, top 250,or new games, as well as search.



App Store gets Adult Supervision... too heavy handed?

"Apple has reversed their policy".  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times.  Actually, I google'd those words and found 994,000 results, so that's not an exaggeration!  Apple has had enough of the 'bikini' apps and has begun removing such apps from the App Store.

 

I must admit, I am a bit conflicted here.  As a father, it can be frustrating seeing 17+ apps when doing searches or browsing the App Store.  Those apps obviously sell, but that pushes other apps down in the rankings, making it harder to sell.  As a developer of family-friendly apps, this is also frustrating because it means less "exposure" (pun intended) for my apps!

 



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