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Track Your Monthly Expenses with Pageonce Bills!

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The big companies have accountants and endless assistants to take care of their finances, so why not you? Sign up with Pageonce Bills financial-tracking services and turn your iPhone into a personal bill reminder! I need to stipulate that you have to enter real personal financial information into the Pageonce on-line system, which I am assured is well-protected (but you should read and understand the user agreements on the site first). Pageonce provided a test account so that I could write a review...



iOS Tip #3: The writing is on the wallpaper

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Wallpaper, or custom backgrounds, can be a nice way to personalize your phone and it is surprising it took so long for this ability to reach the iPhone.  Perhaps it is even more surprising that custom wallpapers are not available on the iPhone 3G, even with iOS 4.0, but I guess Apple has to draw the line somewhere.  In a reply to a customer email, Steve Jobs himself said it was a performance issue.



App and Product News...

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Too many app releases and product news updates to post individual posts, so I'll combine the tidbits together in this post.



Case Reviews: BudgetGadgets iPad Cases

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A company in Shenzhen, China, called BudgetGadgets contacted me with a request to try out some of their iPad cases. They specialize in gadgets, so I said sure, let’s see what they have to offer. They sent me two iPad cases to try out.

One of the cases in made of Silicone. The quality of this case is not bad. It fit wells, seems secure, and has a nice feel in the hand. The iPad slipped in smoothly.



Upgraders beware as iOS 4.0 can be pretty demanding

As a developer, I had the chance to work with iOS 4.0 for some time before the general public, so here are some thoughts:

First, just because something is newer doesn’t mean it’s better, as anyone who watches American Pickers knows.

If you have an iPhone 3G, you cannot use many of the new features in iOS 4, such as multitasking and even wallpapers.  Obviously you cannot use FaceTime and iMovie as the iPhone 3G doesn’t have a video camera or front mounted phone, so you get very few benefits by upgrading your operating system.



Ozone HD for the iPad Review

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Geardome's Ozone HD asks in its description, "Can a game be a piece of art?"  In the case of Ozone HD, the answer is yes.  While the art may be abstract and inspired from previous arcade puzzle classics such as Marble Madness, there are enough unique attributes and approaches to the play field that make Ozone HD a memorable gaming experience.



iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

 

iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).

 

Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.

 

There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:

 

  • Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).


Blue Mikey Correction and recording with Yeti on an iPad!

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A bit of news for the would be iPad recording artist and an article correction/update to our recent issue. The amazing Yeti USB mic from Blue Microphones can be used with the iPad (using a connection kit). The Yeti is an excellent recording mic, but combined with the iPad and Blue FiRe app, you can have the makings of a lightweight recording rig. I also need to print a correction to my recent article on recording with Blue FiRe. I said that BF only recorded in mono, but in fact supports both mono and stereo. Read on for more press info about the Yeti + iPad hookup..

Connecting iPad and Yeti...



Tilt To Live is FREE this weekend only!!!

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OMG, this is AWESOME! Tilt To Live is FREE this weekend. You can get the details here at the game site, or head over to freeappaday.com, and be on the lookout for it to pop, because it would be a shame to miss this highly addictive and fun game (see my review here)!



123 World HD - a winning combination of education and fun!

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What I really love about the iPad is that it’s not only fun, it’s educational, too. Why not take advantage of this feature by not only entertaining your children, but educating them as well. 123 World Geography HD can help you do just that.



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