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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.



Spirit for iPhone and touch

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 Spirit, designed by programmer Marco Mazolli, is the kind of retro-looking game that I gravitate towards, pun intended. The crisp vector-like graphics, airy music, and retro game grid is like playing a trippy version of Tempest, Star Castle, and Tron all rolled together (some of my favs from the 80s). The only problem is that Spirit becomes too dificult in the early levels, and there is a definite lack of power-ups or extra lives to sustain you into the higher levels.



LogMeIn - I'm using my home computer - but I'm not home!!!

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UPDATED 03/19/10
Right now, I'm across town using my home computer from my iPhone.  The LogMeIn app ROCKS!!!

There is a bit of a learning curve, but worth $29.99, if you need access to your home computer from the nether-world.

I will post details once I'm better skilled.


**UPDATE** March 19, 2009

I'm still learning.  This is great on the iPhone - but it will be SPECTACULAR on the iPad!!!

Here are a couple YouTube videos by aramistech.com that will explain it for the iPhone in detail.



Kim Komando writes about 5 must-have apps for iPhone photography

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Kim Komando posted a great article today titled 5 must-have apps for digital photos. They range from the free Photoshop.com Mobile for editing your photos to the $4.99 Focalware, for finding the best time of day to shoot outdoors. 



Documents To Go Upgrade Available

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For all you users out there using the regular version of Documents To Go like me, there has been an update to it.The new additions include an in app upgrade via purchase to their premium version, the ability to freeze rows and columns, PDF view rotation, and the now viewing of RTF and TIFF files. You can also set up a gmail account for apparent attachment viewing from there (I do not have a gmail account so I can't comment on that).



Use Find In Page to find text in Mobile Safari

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 Our uber-smart man Werner posted up a great tutorial on how to do this last year using a simple cut/paste operation of some javascript code, but if you want a more iPhone-integrated page search--one that is a real app (without having to trick up a bookmark)--for 99 cents you can grab "Find In Page" in the app store. The dev (blog link below) is trying to get the word out, and it looks like a valuable addition, at least until a future iPhone version adds the feature.



App Genie, which offers dozens of tools in one app, now has a free version

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I like the idea of App Genie — a single app filled with over 30 functions. It's like having many apps in one. It includes an amazing of useful tools: converters, translator, barcode scanner, country facts, nutritional information, speedometer, and many more. The newly released free version, App Genie Lite, lets you select three of the tools to use for free. 



Yikes, my feet are glowing!

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While recovering from my recent heart surgery (quadruple bypass...I'm doing fine), I was laying on the couch and looking at my ... feet. I have to wear socks with rubber thingies on them so I can grip the floor. While admiring my socks, the sun started moving across my free. For a second, it looked like my socks were glowing. Since my iPhone was next to me (where it's been for several days), I took the picture. All I did after was to crop and put a border around it using Best Camera. So...here's what I do when I'm laying on the couch. :)



Everyday Looper — you've got to see this to believe it!

Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.



Streaming Democracy

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What do you do if you’re a person who likes to keep up with news but the source of the broadcasts is Windows Media Player?

This is all too common a situation for people like me who like to follow what is happening in their state Legislature, in my case Maine. Take my situation; working in health care, I like to keep up with what is happing, particularly with Bills being debated in Health and Human Services and Appropriations.  Many states which broadcast their Legislatures use WMP which creates an unintended barrier for iPhone users since the iPhone won’t stream .wma or .wmv files.  Or can it?

I want to share with our readers a couple of work arounds, the first described in my colleague Werner’s blog. I’ve been using Streamer (Free) myself because it has video and it is indeed very good, albeit with more bells and whistles than I need. The video is a bit jerkey too.

The other option is FStream (Free) and can have you up and running those pesky .asx streams. The set up is  fairlyeasy, though be prepared to do a little digging to get the correct URL, if you have Safari, you'll need to go to View then down to View Source and look for the media player and file.  If you have Firefox you’ll be able to right click (press Control then click) on the Media Player, open Properties and you’ll see the URL.  

Of course if the web administrators just posted that URL under the player for everyone who doesn’t use WMP - that would open up Democracy a bit more.

I would encourage you to do your part and point out to web administrators for state or local governments that their broadcasts would reach more citizens if the URLs for audio and video broadcasts were posted. Now it is entirely possible, there’s a simpler way to do all this, if so give a shout and post your workflow. I love to hear from readers!



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