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Sciphone Wallpapers -- free app offers over 9,000 wallpapers for iPhone and iPod touch

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Sciphone Wallpapers (free) offers over 9,000 wallpapers in a wide variety of categories. AND their listing in the App Store promises that an HD version for iPhone 4 will be available soon. The categories include 3D, Abstract, Animals, Cars, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Fine Art, Food, Funny, Music, Nature, Simple, Space, Technology, Textures, Travel, and many more. New wallpapers are added daily.



Two Twilight-themed apps for tweens, in time for Eclipse

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If you have tweens in your household, particularly girls, then you already know about the Twilight saga, and they've probably already seen Eclipse, which just came out.  So you should download The Twilight Saga - Eclipse Movie Game FREE right now.  It's free, hence the title, and is a well-done visually appealing quiz app based on the movie.



quanp a free alternative to MobileMe, backed by Ricoh

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I like MobileMe, especially for the FindMyiPhone feature (which I've used a few times) but it could use some competition, especially in terms of price.  Ironically, before I became a full-time iPhone app developer, I worked for a software firm in the printing industry.  We partnered with Ricoh and in that capacity, I beta tested their quanp service.  Similar to MobileMe's iDisk feature, you can upload and share photos and files such as PowerPoint and PDF documents.



iGameDock Free Today!!!

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Will soon be posting up a review on this multi-game app from Dreamsky called iGameDock (grab it here in iTunes), but just noted that it is currently free in the App store (courtesy of FreeAppAday.com app). The cool thing is that it features 3 games, and when they update it, the games change...Go grab a copy now!



Seasonality Go -- great weather app is highly customizable

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There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface. 



Sketchbook Pro for the iPad Product Review

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Thanks to the size and resolution of the iPad, graphic artists finally have a device that is both easy to use and extremely versatile when it comes to creative visual expression.  Since the iPad's launch, several drawing applications have been released but few of them have the ease of use and intuitive, non-obtrusive user interface that Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro has to offer.



ZOMM Wireless Leash and Bluetooth Speaker keeps your hands free and phone from getting lost

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Of all the gadgets I get to test, I was anticipating the ZOMM (http://www.ZOMM.com) more than any other.  I have attended press briefings at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for a couple of decades, and the past two years, ZOMM was demonstrating their prototype but now it is finally shipping!



Track Your Monthly Expenses with Pageonce Bills!

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The big companies have accountants and endless assistants to take care of their finances, so why not you? Sign up with Pageonce Bills financial-tracking services and turn your iPhone into a personal bill reminder! I need to stipulate that you have to enter real personal financial information into the Pageonce on-line system, which I am assured is well-protected (but you should read and understand the user agreements on the site first). Pageonce provided a test account so that I could write a review...



Review: Paradise Quest by I-Play

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I’m pretty sure it’s been at least a couple of days since I’ve reviewed a match 3 game, so I figured it was time to go down that road again.  This journey takes us to Paradise Quest, a match 3 game by I-Play about restoring an island to its former state of paradise.  I have to admit that at first it felt like “just another match 3 game”, but either I really love the genre or the game does grow on you after a while.  Add to that the whole concept of building up and island and there’s something worth exploring here.  There’s even multiplayer if you’re so inclined, which is quite unusual for this style of game play.  Overall there’s plenty to do in an environment that gets more enchanting each time I visit.



iOS Tip #3: The writing is on the wallpaper

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Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone.  Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere.  In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.



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