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VITO Releases Star Walk 3.4 with Extra X-Mas Goodies and a Lower Price!

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 "A Sky Live window and a few more surprises to be discovered (watch out, Santa!) are only some of the great features of the new 3.4 version of Star Walk (free update for existing users), now also selected by Apple as one of the best apps for 2009. Also check out our Star Walk Challenge, a new, free, easy-to-use but yet challenging game to augment your adventures in the universe, from the developers of Star Walk." iTunes Links above and full press release and info on the new version follows the break...

Star Walk, my favorite sky viewing app (well almost my fav). The PC version of Celestia is pretty awesome too (and free). I digress...Go grab SW at the links above for just $2.99 until Jan 5, 2010!

 

"Open Star Walk and the new SKY LIVE window will open in front of you with data about sun rise, sunset times, daylight hours and elevation will be shown. More you can see moon phases and read rise, set time and elevation for 4 main planets: Venus, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter so you will never miss what is happening on the sky. Clicking on the arrows you can collect same information for further or past days. To check the SKY LIVE window simply click on the new upper left hand corner moon shaped button. 

You can become an expert star gazer reading up about more than 9,000 stars, looking at all the planets, constellations and messier objects. The smooth and stunning interface will help you locate them and admire them in all their beauty. You can zoom on them, pan them, click on -i- for collecting information and see where they will be next with the time machine. 

If you have a 3GS enjoy the STAR SPOTTER FUNCTION to activate the digital compass on Star Walk tilt your phone and what you are looking at in the sky will appear on the screen. You can pan the iPhone display and scroll the stars around you. 

 

Star Walk features and how to use them:

 

SKY LIVE Window: open up the new window clicking the top left hand corner moon shaped button and see moon phases, elevation and rising data for the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn.

 

PICTURE of the DAY: an exclamation marks will appear on the left hand corner click on it and a list of pictures will open in front of you. To know more about the pictures click on -i- for info on the top right hand corner.

 

HELP GUIDE: for any doubt on how to use the Digital Compass, the Time Machine, Location Selection  and to get in contact with us for any suggestions or concerns click on -?- on the top right corner.

 

VIEW from the EARTH: 

Automatic and manual selection of locations on a 3D globe.

 

DIGITAL COMPASS

If you have an iPhone 3GS tilt your phone and the ''Star Spotter'' function will be activated, a live representation of what you see in the sky will appear on your display and the sky will start following your movements right, left, up and down.

 

TIME MACHINE: click on the clock icon and date and time to watch the sky tonight or in a year time.

 

MOON PHASES: select the moon, click on -i - symbol to enlarge the image and start the clock to watch moon phases. 

 

Wikipedia LINKS: select one celestial corpse and click on the - i - icon to activate the magnifier and read main information about it. To know more click on the -w - icon at the bottom of the table ad the wikipedia page will open up..."

 

SETTINGS: with the bottom right icon you are given different options. You can change the screen with night mode, select brightness, put sounds on or off, find and select location and start you list of favorites. Here the -!- will indicate presence of new pictures.

 

 



Mom's New Brain - Evernote

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AutoRingtone PRO, on sale for $0.99, uses speech synthesis; AutoRingtone MUSICAL currently free

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Our blogger Todd Bernhard has a number of ringtone-creation apps that are pretty neat and that let you do some creative things to make customized ringtones for individual callers. His new app, AutoRingtone PRO TEXT to SPEECH RINGTONES, lets you use speech synthesis to have your iPhone announce your caller by name — or some sort of clever nickname. For example, I created a ringtone for my tennis partner, Bruce. I selected a chime from the 100 introductory sound effects, and then selected a British male synthesized voice.



Red Laser: Knowing if you're getting a good deal

I have about 90 apps on my iPhone 3GS, some of which I use every day, some of them occasionally, and some never. There are some I thought I'd use a lot, just to find that they're not as useful as I'd anticipated, and there are others that I thought were just novelties and I find myself using them all the time. Red Laser, the app that lets you scan any barcode and the iPhone then quickly pulls up pricing available on the Internet for the item,  is one of the latter.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Fluttr by indieSpring (Day 6)

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There’s something innately addictive about the type of game where your character is constantly in motion and you have to keep them safe from whatever traps their surroundings hold. These games tend to work pretty well on the iPhone, but like any other genre that trick is to come up with something that’s different than everything else the user has played. Fluttr does a pretty good job of that. Instead of a running creature you must protect a butterfly. More importantly, though, is that instead of directly controlling the character you control the environment.



Christmas Card Email App

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The Christmas Card App by Equinux is a fun app, but very limited creatively.  You are able to choose your picture to place in a ready made frame.  The picture can be adjusted and zoomed.  Text can be changed, however the note area at the bottom is very small and can't be centered.  The card comes through fine on email - but when attempting to copy or save image the greeting line is not saved.  Forwarding the email results in gibberish and HTML code splashed all over the place.  Any text written at the bottom of your email bleeds into the card.



Scene It? Movies — movie trivia game for $0.99

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I'm not a real movie buff, but if I were I think I'd plunk down $0.99 for Scene It? Movies, a movie trivia game from Screenlife Games. The game contains clips as well as movie trivia questions covering movies from the last 30 years. You can play in single- or multiplayer mode. The app also includes puzzles and mini-games. You can upload your scores to Facebook and challenge your friends. 

 



Dragon Dictation-The Killer Ap?

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At last I think I've found my killer ap for the iPhone.  It is "Dragon Dictation" from Nuance Software (http://www.nuance.com). Based on their "Dragon Naturally Speaking" for the PC software, they have ported a significant portion of the functionality to the iPhone platform.  I found the speed and accuracy of this ap to be extraordinary... especially given that it is FREE (at the moment). Search for "Dragon Dictation" at the iTunes Application store to locate this ap.



WorldMate V1.7 Released, and Go Gold for $4.99

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Now with the latest release you can edit your itinerary details, get local info on restaurants and nightlife (via Yelp.com), and book a limo from your iPhone. Get WorldMate Gold service for $4.99 and turn your iPhone into a mobile travel assistant. Go here for links and more info...



Grinch e-book available!

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 Oceanhouse Media is going all out on the Grinch stuff this Christmas, and now you can get an e-book of this children's classic for your iPhone/iPod as well. You can check out all their Grinchy offerings here



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