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Review: B-Boy Beats by Tag Games

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I claim to be disinterested when it comes to the whole “follow the rhythm” genre, but if developers keep making variants like B-Boy Beats and Thumpies, people are going to start calling me “DJ Liar Liar Pants On Fire”.  I’m no good at the game, and I can’t even play it the right way, which has gotten me stuck on a level that absolutely requires me to play it the right way.  Despite that, I still find myself taking breaks from games that I’m actually supposed to be reviewing in order to play this one.  As a result, I figured I might as well take the time to review B-Boy Beats, so at least I can feel like I’m accomplishing something.



iExit — $2.99 app tells you info about upcoming exits

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How many times have you been driving down the highway and taken an exit only to find that there’s nothing in the nearby commercial district to your liking? iExit can help. Start up the app, and it uses GPS to quickly determine where you are and what direction you’re traveling. It then offers information about the upcoming exits, as well as information about your favorite places to stop that are coming up. Plus, it tells you where to turn once you get to the exit and provides maps.

 



Happy Birthday to youse, Dr. Seuss!

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In honor of the March 2nd birthday of Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), all Dr. Seuss iPhone apps will be reduced to 99 cents for that one day only.

The promotion coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America day, which was timed to fall on the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss created some of the most popular and best-loved children's books of all time. The Grinchmas! app has been reviewed by iPhone Life bloggers, but parents might want to grab the Cat in the Hat iPhone app.

If you've sat next to your child, turning the pages of any of these charming books, you can probably imagine sharing the hilarious rhymes and outrageous characters on your iPhone or iPod Touch. And maybe, eventually, that larger screen device?

"Keep your eyes out for more of Dr. Seuss's beloved, classic children's stories, games and activities for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad soon," said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media.

In addition to apps based on the books, Ocean House Media is also reducing the price of the Dr. Seuss camera apps. The Cat in the Hat edition (AKA: CatCam) is an app that lets you merge photos taken with the iPhone 3G or 3Gs into Dr. Seuss cards. You can edit the size and placement of the photo, add frames and so on. Then when you're happy with the results, email your creation to friends and family.

So, celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, send a Dr. Seuss photo-card or yourself, a friend ... or maybe of your cat!



Where to Wee — $0.99 app helps you take care of an urgent need

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This is one of those just-in-case apps that you might want to have. If you're in an unfamiliar city and have an urgent need to find a restroom, Where to Wee ($0.99) is here to help. It has a database of 60,000 restrooms worldwide, with more being added all the time. It shows the nearest washroom based on your GPS location and includes information on amenities such as handicap access and changing tables, as well as ratings for cleanliness.



Aha Radio — free app delivers web content as streaming radio while you drive

This is a novel idea. You're driving, yet you still would like to access your Facebook friends updates, Twitter tweets, podcasts, and more. Aha Radio (free) turns it all into radio stations so that you can listen to this content as you drive. Plus, it gives you reports on nearby traffic based on your location.



Review: Panzer Panic by Handy Games

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I try to hold on to this firm belief that you can’t go wrong with a tank game.  Unfortunately, as any genre gets more crowded in the App Store there’s more opportunity for bad as well as good examples of how a particular type of game should be done.  I think Panzer Panic falls somewhere squarely in between.  It’s actually kind of a nifty game, and I really like the visual style, but the control scheme is very counter-intuitive to the fact that you actually have to control all of the tanks manually.  A better balance between controls and game play is required before this game can truly shine.



Being Social with Social Fun Book!

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 I LOVE Facebook and I LOVE graphics. Now, I can have both. With Social Fun Book, I can add all kinds of fun graphics to my status updates. There are over 100 over them included on this app!

I’m a bit stingy and refuse to pay for “gifts” on Facebook. Now, with the Social Fun App, I can give “gifts” for free. I like that!



Farm Frenzy - gaming fun for those who like games

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"The fun never stops as you grow grass, feed chickens, collect eggs and take your produce to market. From there, you'll spend the money you earn on additional buildings that produce exciting new products, including delicious steaks, tasty cakes and quaint down home apparel."



Here's a way to keep up with what YOUR GOVERNMENT is doing!

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Find out what’s happening in the White House, watch a video on the latest NASA space launch, and view photos showing activities of the Department of Defense. Find out who’s writing another bill and how much it will cost, read speeches from congressmen and women, and learn what the Federal Reserve is doing to change the banking system. You can even search for a specific topic and find out what’s happening related to that particular topic.



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