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The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Sherlock Holmes The Game Is Afoot (Day 11)

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Sherlock Holmes has always been one of the greatest literary detectives.  With the new Robert Downey Jr. movie fresh in everyone’s minds, it stands to reason that some developers wouldn’t mind capitalizing on the publicity to give their software that extra push.  A few Sherlock Holmes products have hit the App Store recently, one even based on the feature film.  Thankfully, this one is not.  Instead, Sherlock Holmes: The Game Is Afoot is actually an interesting combination of hidden object game, spot the difference game and ebook reader.  As individual elements they’re nothing special, but blended together they make for a pretty decent fare.



Sometimes Bears just wanna hug...but not this time!

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I have been searching for that one game--probably all of my earthly existence--if you know what I mean (if you don't, then nevermind). The one that makes it all truly worthwhile-the meaning of life/death and all that. The slogging through endless tunnels, killing mindless enemies. That one game that brings everything you've experienced up to that point sharply into focus. A gaming epiphany... Friends, I have found that game, and it is Battle Bears. I wish I had the time tonight to describe the sheer joy of this magnum opus of quirky FPS from SkyVu Pictures.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Sheep Abduction by Sticky Studios (Day 10)

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I realize that Christmas is over now, but I really wanted to finish this series.  Technically I only need two more entries since I did two reviews one day, but we'll try to get all 12 in before the end of the year.  Today's review is for a game that actually came out in February, but it's been on my plate to review this whole time and really deserves the spotlight.  Besides, the way I figure it, there's always a multitude of new iDevice users, so this is bound to be useful for someone, even all this time later.



Demo compares quality of video software for the original and 3G iPhones

In an earlier post I mentioned two $0.99 apps that let you record video if you have an original iPhone or iPhone 3G.  



Facebook for iPhone 3.0

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Want Facebook on your iPhone? There's an app for that. And it's free. Here's the official Facebook page where you'll find a download link.

 

 



LinkedIn for iPhone 3.0

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Yesterday, LinkedIn, the business-oriented social networking site, announced that it had released an update to their popular App (iTunes download). Read the full blog post.

 



Dragon Search — free voice recognition search app

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The appearance of Dragon Dictation, which lets you speak into your phone to enter text, caused quite a stir, especially given that it's being made available initially for free. You can read Ken Burkhalter's blog post that gives a helpful review. However, note that Dragon Search is also available, and also free. It lets you do voice searches rather than having to tap in your search terms.



Free Little Runner

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Just your price, for a limited time Red Rocket Games Little Runner is free!



Virtual fortunes update

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Looking back on the year, I can't help but tote up my winnings (and losses) while playing poker on the iPhone. The good news is that I'm richer than I was earlier this year. The bad news is that those are still virtual dollars.

In the summer 2009 issue of iPhone Life magagazine, my article bragged about being $300,000 ahead in Texas Hold'Em. I'd never played the game before I started playing on my iPhone, so I thought that wasn't bad.

Then an iTunes upgrade wiped out all my data, and I had to start at the Garage again, with no bankroll. I felt like a lot of people this year that way.

But I'm happy to report that my game has rebounded, and before the holidays I went over the $9,000,000 mark. Christmas morning I topped $10 million with a $1.25 million dollar payday in Dubai.

Given the number of games I've played, the improvement might be expected. But I've still averaged over $15,000 in winnings per game, even with the entry fees subtracted.

But before I get too self-congratulatory, I guess I should try playing against real people sometime, with real money...

 

 



A nostalgic look at classical music

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As a classical music fan, I am really enjoying this app. It's fun, educational and brings back fond memories.

With Classical Music, I can listen to one-minute excerpts of classical music from a variety of composers, learn more about each piece, as well as each of the composers. Afterwards, I can take a quiz to see if I recognize the songs and composers from listening to excerpts.



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