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This is a cool idea. Anttenna (free) uses GPS to let you find classified listings nearby. It's built on top of Twitter and creates a mobile marketplace for exchanging goods using bite-sized Twitter-style postings they call Anttweeting. You can also chat with people who have items for sale. As always, a service like this depends on lots of people using it, but they seem to be off to a solid start. It's using state-of-the-art social networking to facilitate local exchange.
Keynote on the iPad might encourage you to take your show on the road and present without a traditional computer. In preparation for a talk I’m giving at the local Apple Users Group, I have been experimenting with Keynote and the M1 Micro Projector Plus from AAXA ($299 to $339 at www.aaxatech.com).
The second game I reviewed on my iPod Touch was Sneezies (published by Clickgamer, developed by Retrodreamer, review here). Back then I didn't have a ton of games, so anything I got I kept on my device. The problem was, while I didn't play Sneezies for hours at a time, it was still way too tempting for me to launch the game and play it for a while instead of playing some game that I was supposed to be reviewing or beta testing. I finally had to remove the game from my iPod so I could move on with my life and become productive again. For a long time I was good. And then it happened.
In our current print issue, I shared some examples of the unique and not un-cool ways you can use your iPhone or iPod to master your own music recordings. One of my musician buddies recently pointed me to the PRS Guitarbud, and now IK Multimedia is releasing the iRig. An audio plug adapter that turns your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch into an amp and effects system...read on for more press release info...
iRig Plug Interface Adapter
Well, maybe I exaggerate in the subject of this post. But an article in TidBITs is an excellent source if you're at all interested in reading books on your iPad.
If you like solitaire, you'll want to check out Mondo Solitaire. The app includes more than 100 different solitaire games, as well as 200 different combinations of playing.
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Appreciates focus on parenting and moms
Just a word thanking you for the work your group has done on the use of tech and specifically iPhone for parents (iphonelife.com/blogs/tracy-sebastian). It’s very solid, fun, and readable stuff... and it’s helped my wife and I better utilize the iPhone as a parenting tool... I check back often for updates!
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.
I've been waiting 25 years for the iPad!
In 1985, our company launched a print magazine about the new 9-pound HP 110 Portable PC— the first clamshell DOS laptop. The HP 110 was designed by the HP division that invented the calculator. Hewlett-Packard applied its considerable knowledge of small computing devices and created the HP Portable.
Top selling app developers discuss marketing strategies that didn't work
In the last issue we examined samples of some of the winning strategies used by some of the most successful app developers out there. Positive marketing strategies and tips are even more crucial in the vast app ocean. This will become even more important with the influx of new apps developed for the iPad. For an app to be successful, you need to get the word out and have it stand out from the crowd. Since Apple doesn't help developers with marketing specifics, it is even more crucial to learn what works and what doesn't work in a hurry.
In this second part of the series, we are going to examine what marketing strategies didn't work for these developers and should be avoided.