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For a good Fling call CandyCane

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What can I say, CandyCane Inc’s Fling (.99) is an awesome app! Though I have almost no time to myself, I often find when I’m stuck trying to solve a problem at work, or with my dissertation, I’ll sort of mindlessly open up Fling and start playing – after awhile I get my mind back into problem solving mode and put it away – so far I’ve made it to level 7. 



What the iPhone’s Sound Capabilities Can Do for Your Projects

Quality audio will enhance the user experience

One of the most overlooked aspects of the iPhone is its ability to playback uncompressed, CD quality audio. Apple has managed to squeeze even more quality and volume out of the tiny speakers on the newer 
iPhone3GS. Also, most people are unaware of the 3D positional sound feature incorporated into the original iPhone and what it actually does. This feature allows the developer to simulate moving sounds and have them play anywhere in three-dimensional space around the listener. For example, if a game developer needs to have a jet fly by the left side of the player, they can use the positional sound feature to place it there. Other devices can do this, but Apple makes it a lot easier for the developer.


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The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Rescue Razzle by Sunstorm Interactive (Day 4)

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The genre of puzzle game that requires you to stack or unstack objects is becoming increasingly popular in the App Store, and like any such genre new entries really need something to set them apart from the rest of the pack. From a game play perspective I’m not really sure that Rescue Razzle has anything new to offer, but the theme is cute and for some reason I do find it to be one of the more interesting games of this type that I’ve played on my iPod Touch. That being said, I think it could use a little more pizzazz to break away from the rest of the gang.



How Sirius is Alien Strike?

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Alien Strike (.99) by Red Crystal Studio is an app I thought I’d give a try since it struck me as kind of retro looking, cheap and probably not too hard to master.  Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

The idea of the game is simple enough, pilot your flying saucer through the gauntlet of hills and overhangs, avoiding or shooting the other ships, and houses while gathering some bonus points by flying into them. 



A mooooving experience is more than meets the eye

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Some might call it a pointless app, but I call it moooooving!  That’s right Erica Sadun’s app Moo (free) is an iPhone / iPod Touch version of the old school “moo box” open up the app and you see the image on the left, turn your iPhone upside down and out comes the moo.  After goofing around with this app for a bit I found I could actually make a pretty good Formula One gear shifting sound if I shook my iPhone. 



Wallace & Gromit — free digital comic

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The App Store has a series of 5 Wallace & Gromit digital comics, and they're quite popular, especially in the UK App Store. You can now download the first one in the series for free: Wallace & Gromit 1: The W Files. The subsequent comics in the series are $0.99 each. Here's the description: "When strange shapes and flashing lights are seen in the night sky, there are only two paranormal investigators that can solve the problem. Sadly they aren’t available, Wallace and Gromit might as well have a crack at it. After all, what could possibly go wrong?" Not familiar with Wallace & Gromit?



Preparing Powerful Presentations


Improve your presentation skills with Presenter Pro

There are only two things people fear more than speaking in public—a tax audit and death. Even if you’ve had extensive experience making presentations, the days or hours before you speak can be nerve-wracking. About the only thing you can do is to prepare and practice. You need to make sure that you have a dynamite presentation and run through it until you feel comfortable with the material.


Preparation and practice


Putting together an exceptional presentation isn’t a natural activity—otherwise none of us would be afraid of the prospect.


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Apps for the Citizen Journalist

Apps to help collect, analyze, and report the news.

Citizen Journalism: The concept of members of the public playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, 
analyzing and disseminating news and information.Also know as....

“street journalism.”

Why would someone who already has a day job want to compete with Katie Couric or Maureen Dowd?

Most citizen journalists will say they aren’t trying to replace those folks but want to contribute to the public’s understanding of issues and events by offering independent, accurate, and relevant information.

Whether they’re checking on City Hall or investigating corporate waste or fraud, there are hosts of new iPhone apps ready to help these new reporters find i


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BlogPress, a blogging app that does Drupal!

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My role as Web Developer for iPhone Life keeps me focused mainly on what goes on behind the scenes. The software we use, Drupal, wins awards for its functionality, not for its user-friendliness. And when I work behind the scenes, I'm not using an iPhone or iPod touch to do it. So when one of our bloggers pointed out that she couldn't post from her iPhone, that was news to me. It seems Mobile Safari doesn't yet support enough JavaScript to run our Wysiwyg editor. While we wait for Apple to improve the browser, well, there's an app for that!



Calculated learning

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If you’re concerned that a child in your life is struggling or, not enjoying math as much you hope, but you have either an iPhone or iPod Touch, you’re in luck! 

Steve Glinberg and Victoria Gritton’s KidCalc (.99) is an excellent app to help make the process of learning math more enjoyable.  There are five different activities you can choose from on the menu; flash cards, a counting puzzle, a calculator, a math puzzle and my favorite snowflake counting it’s just something that you know kids already do outside and now you can keep them practicing inside.



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