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eWallet

eWalletPassword managers allow you to securely store all of your passwords, account numbers, registration codes, and pretty much any other important or private information on your iPhone. There’s a number of these apps available in the App Store, but eWallet stands out because it provides 256-bit AES data encryption—the highest available. Additionally, Ilium Software, the developer of this app, provides customer support that is among the best in the business. Finally, the interface is intuitive and easy to use. You can even sync eWallet with your desktop computer, which makes it unique among this crowded field.

Air Sharing

Air SharingIf a device is to be taken seriously as a business tool, it has to be able to let you review your important business documents on the go. Air Sharing lets you do this by turning your iPhone into a network drive on any wireless network. Once connected, you can transfer virtually any files to your iPhone and view them offline. The “Pro” version of this app is also available; it gives you additional PDF support and allows you to e-mail items from any computer to your 
iPhone where you can view them with Air Sharing.

Air Sharing: view important docs on iPhone
 

 

Sports Tap

From one simple interface, you can find all of the latest sports news, scores, standings, and more, from 14 different professional and college sports leagues. The Local Tap feature covers sports teams in your area.

Shape Writer Lite

Shape Writer Lite: This app adds an alternate text entry method to your device. You use Shape Writer’s keyboard to enter text, but instead of tapping on letters, you draw a line on the screen connecting the letters you want to enter. An algorithm inside the app interprets the shape of the line and its location on the screen, and turns it into a word. It is unfortunate that you can only use Shape Writer to enter text into its notepad. However, with OS 3.0 you can cut text from Shape Writer and paste it into other iPhone apps.

Pandora

Enter the name of your favorite band and the app will create a “radio station” that plays music from the band you selected or from bands that play similar music. And the best part? You never have to listen to a yappy disc jockey again.

Evernote

One of my favorites, Evernote is available for the iPhone as well as Mac and PC desktops. You can write and save notes on any computer, sync them, and access them anywhere. You can even integrate photos into the notes.

AP Mobile News Network

The Associated Press is where your local newspaper gets most of its news. You can use this free app to read all the latest AP news stories as well as view videos and color photos.

Review: Champion Archer from Pocket Monkey Games

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Pocket Monkey Games is home grown gaming at its finest. The artwork may not be the best, and the game play might be lacking in some spots, but there are two things you always know about a game produced by this company. The first is that the game was made with love – these guys have a great passion for the products they turn out. The second is that they are continually improving their products. Now that the sappy stuff is out of the way, I will say that Champion Archer is a good game that has a promising future. There are just a few things that need to be tidied up to turn this from a good game to a great game.


geoDefense

geoDefenseEditors ChoiceThis puzzle action game combines the strategic ebb and flow found in chess with colorful, explosive graphics that reminded me of the classic arcade game, Stargate. Critical Thought’s David Whatley has done an outstanding job combining the game’s devilishly addictive puzzle qualities with 30 levels of fast-action fun. This is one of those games that will keep you up at night until the first rays of the sun appear in the eastern sky—or until your battery dies!

 

Bejeweled 2

Bejelwed2EditorsChoiceBejeweled 2 on the iPhone and iPod touch is by far the best version of the game PopCap has ever produced. The subtle graphics include an occasional reflective sheen, the smooth glide of the gems, and bolts of crackling electricity obliterating matching gems. The high-fidelity stereo sound of gems being collected and destroyed has to be heard to be believed. Bejeweled is one of the most addictive puzzle games I’ve ever played.

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