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Blackjack 21: A winning hand for the iPhone!

Blackjack 21 screenshot thumbnailGreat looks, great game play

If you like blackjack, you'll love Blackjack 21.

Last FM: Version 2.0.0

LastFM Radio AppLast FM works very similar to Pandora Radio by allowing you to create a custom radio station based on the music style of your favorite band. When you start the app you are given the option of creating your own custom library or going with Last FM’s recommendations. To create a custom library you have to sign up for a free account on their Web site.

Pandora Radio: Version 2.0

PandoraProbably the most popular free radio application on the App Store, Pandora allows you to create personalized radio stations based on your favorite musical group or genre.

AOL Radio: Version 1.2.1.16

AOL RadioAOL Radio was one of the original Internet radio apps offered at the launch of the App Store. AOL Radio leverages the iPhone’s “Core Location” framework to detect a user’s location and automatically display broadcast radio stations nearest to the user. AOL Radio LocalesIt’s the only Internet radio app that does this, but I find this feature annoying because every time I launch the app, it shows me the same two country stations, both of which are not really near to where I live and commute. Still, the app is easy to use, offers every music type as well as live talk radio and news and always resumed on the station where I left it. AOL Radio’s interface is similar to the iPod menu structure, making it easy for new users to find radio stations, add them to your favorites menu, check the recent station list to see where you last left off, and more. You can use AOL Radio without creating an online account. Audio quality was good and buffering times were very fast. The program pauses when you receive a phone call and launches again when the call ends. When the call ends, you must navigate to the station to start the music again.


AOL Radio’s user interface (left) is similar to the iPod UI. The app uses the iPhone’s ability to
detect the user’s location to display a list of nearby broadcast radio stations (right).

Spore and the meaning of life

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My son and I have been fans of Spore since it came out for the Mac, and really since Spore Origins came out for the iPhone last summer.  I don’t know how many hours we’ve put in navigating its primordial tidal pools and evolving our spores, but the time we’ve spent together playing this game has been substantial.  I think that our time together, learning when to help others and when to defend ourselves is an added bonus.



AppReview — free app and website covers over 17,000 apps

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The two big problems with the App Store are sifting through the over 30,000 apps to find the ones that suit you, and for the developers, getting your app noticed. AppReview helps.



My digital life

Digital humanities and the iPhone

In my first blog for iPhone Life I’d like to briefly introduce myself and my interests, as well as encourage people to share what they may know about happenings with iPhones in the humanities and social sciences.



One billionth app is "Bump," downloaded by a 13-year-old

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Congratulations to Connor Mulcahey for downloading the one-billionth app. Enjoy your booty. And congratulations to the company, Bump Technologies, which created the free app, called Bump. The app lets you share your contact info with other users of the app via any Internet connection. And how do you initiate the transfer? By bumping phones with the other iPhone or iPod Touch user, of course.



Music Makes A Good Game Better

I have been gaming since the early 80s, and one thing that hasn't changed in all those years is the impact music has on a game.  I couldn't begin to tell you the high score I got on Tetris for the Gameboy, but I'm certain I could hum a few bars of the music.  And who could froget the instrumentals that played in the background of Super Mario Brothers?  I've played some games that have been less than stellar, but I still remember the experience because of the music.  So why would a developer NOT want to have music in their game?



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