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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.



Best Weather Apps

Best of the Best



#1 Weather+


($.99, app2.me/4110)

Weather+Get current weather conditions and a 5-day forecast of all worldwide weather stations. The weather conditions are portrayed with beautiful full screen video loops.



2. Hurricane Tracker


($2.99, app2.me/4111; iPad version: app2.me/4112)


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Best Utility Apps

Best of the Best


#1 Alarm Clock Pro


($.99, app2.me/4099: 


Free version, app2.me/4100)

Alarm Clock ProTurn your device into a beautiful digital clock with gorgeous themes and an alarm clock that sings your favorite tunes.



2. Barcode Scanner


($.99, app2.me/2901)



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Best Travel Apps

Best of the Best

#1 FlightTrack


($4.99, app2.me/4092; Pro version: $9.99, app2.me/288)

FlightTrackTrack flights with beautiful, zoomable maps or get real-time departure info, delays, and gate numbers at a glance. Features full international coverage.



2. Google Earth


(Free, app2.me/2666)


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Best Sports Apps

Best of the Best

#1 ESPN ScoreCenter


(Free, app2.me/2679 iPad version app2.me/4084) 


ESPN ScoreCenterDon't miss another goal, pitch, basket, try, or touchdown. ESPN ScoreCenter brings you scores, news, and 
standings from hundreds of sports leagues around the world.


2. NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet


($2.99, app2.me/4085; iPad version: $4.99, app2.me/4086) 



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Top (off the beaten path) Social Apps




I think it might be good to define "social" as it relates to the internet. To me, social means there are built-in ways to have a conversation, ways to find similar people with similar interests, and ways to rank or review. If you think about Facebook, you can have a conversation, search for similar people by keyword, and click that famous "Like" button or link. Obviously, this is social. Yet, how about something like the app Foodspotting? Some social features have just been added to help widen its appeal. Now you can follow reviewers, rank food, and have your own page with your reviews. And you can log in with Facebook—all pretty social by my definition. So, I decided to find some off-the-beaten-path social apps for you to explore.


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Best Social Networking Apps



#1 Facebook


(Free, app2.me/260) 


FacebookIt's hard to ignore Facebook's social media dominance. This app gives you access to all of Facebook's main features, and it keeps you fully connected. "Addicted" would be an appropriate description for some of us.



2. Twitter


(Free, app2.me/102)



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Best Reference Apps

Best of the Best

#1 WolframAlphaIconWolframAlpha

($1.99, app2.me/2445)

Do you need to compare unemploymentates between New York and Houston? How about tide information in Hawaii? Access expert knowledge from wherever you are with this super-handy and efficient app.

2. Qwiki

(iPad only: Free, apps2.me/4069)


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