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Detailing Some of the Great Apps that Make the iPad "The" iPad

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I’m sure that a lot of people can agree with me when I say I would be lost without my Apple products, including my iPad. From doing interviews and writing blogs for racing to working on apps for my company ZaAPP, it’s mostly done on my iPad while I’m waiting to catch a plane or sitting at the racetrack.



Sup! App review

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I recently got a request to review the social netwoking app 'SUP!' and I've got to say, it's one of the nicer social calendar apps I've tried.  It's got nice custom graphics and very easy navigation with five clear buttons on the bottom and then the on calendar buttons as well.  The registration for this app was very quick and easy, took less than two minutes to get up and running.  I loved the quick tutorial; it was only about 2 minutes at the most but gave me a good understanding of the app and how to use it without wasting my time describing every tiny detail of the app.  Creating an event was nice and easy with quite a few built in event types along with the custom option.



Havoc iPhone App Review

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Havoc is a simple game with top down graphics.  The concept is very simple; you choose one of three different monsters to play as your character.   Once you choose your character and level you are onto the game play.  For each level you are looking down on the monster who is walking straight down a path (Each level the path is different) and as you walk different items come towards you which you have to throw rocks at.  To throw rocks you just drag your finger from your monster toward the object which you want to hit.  You can pick up more rocks as they come across your path by simply tapping them.  Once you reach the end of the path you’ve completed the level and you get points based on how many targets you hit and accuracy.



U.S. Traveller iPhone App Review

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As the name describes, U.S. Traveler is made for travelers that call the United States their home and travel to countries outside their own. The application itself is overall very simple. In opening the app, on the “Countries” tab, you are presented with a list of countries & their correlating flags. I thought the added flags next to the country names were a nice touch, especially since most people can quickly find a country based on visual representation versus textual representation. I’ve traveled from the U.S. to numerous countries – Chile, Argentina, Germany & Italy to name a few. I cannot say that I was adequately prepared for the countries I visited, but this app for sure would have helped.



Get IN TIME: The Game, FREE, based on Justin Timberlake's new movie

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Okay, I'm a sucker for Logan's Run, both the classic Sci Fi movie, and videogames inspired by the genre.  So I am looking forward to Justin Timberlake's new flick, In Time, where time is a commodity and people live a short life and he finds a way to beat the system.  I'll probably see the movie this weekend, but fortunately, I've been preparing by playing the IN TIME - The Game app, both on my iPad and iPhone.  And now you can get the app FOR FREE!



Great news for Windows users: PhoneDisk is, finally, compatible with the system & other iTunes-less synchronization tips

In my Wednesday's article, I've quickly mentioned PhoneDisk by Macroplant as the most recommended application for (Mac) OS X computers to access the installed (AppStore or Xcode) applications' home directories on non-jailbroken devices.


Is the World Shaking or is it Just Me? Fun Coffee Apps for the Coffee Addict!

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As you may have gathered from my last post about apps, I don’t get a lot of sleep. As a result,  I’m quite the coffee addict. In fact, I like coffee almost as much as I like my iPhone! (What?  Who said that?  Can you believe this guy?) If it weren’t for coffee, I’d probably go into a deep sleep for like, ten years.

But I don’t have time to do that, iPhone Life-ers.

I gotta move, and I gotta shake! 



Review: Last Temple by Gamelab

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Last Temple is one of those matching games where you must drag your finger across three or more adjacent tiles of the same type to clear them.  It’s actually a pretty solid implementation of such game play, and the challenges are certainly quite a challenge.  However, Last Temple doesn’t really bring anything new to the genre.  I remember having lots of fun playing a similar game called Azkend, and I just don’t get the same sense of addiction from Last Temple as I did from that game.  If you love this type of game play (or are new to it) then Last Temple is a decent choice, but if this sub-genre of matching games has kind of warn on you, it might be better if you waited for Azkend 2.



Blogsy App Review Nice!!

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I have enjoyed blogging for many years.  I think most most people will agree with this statement.  Most people's first website is a blog or a static site built on the wordpress frame.  I started my adventure blogging before the ipad was developed.  I am always looking for ways to improve my sites or blog.  Today we are moving toward icloud development and more people are using the ipad and tablets.  This seems to be the trend we are in now.  Therefore, I believe developers are starting to develop more applications to fit this style.



When Should You Start Building Your Mobile Apps for iOS 5?

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With the release of iOS 5 today, there has been some debate at my organization of which OS version we should build for in future iOS apps, iOS 4 or iOS 5. Building to accommodate multiple OS versions is more time consuming which translates to greater costs, and is not always an option. In general, we lean towards the safe side and build to accommodate more users by building for an older OS. However, this also limits what new APIs we make use of in development.



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