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Spirit for iPhone and touch

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 Spirit, designed by programmer Marco Mazolli, is the kind of retro-looking game that I gravitate towards, pun intended. The crisp vector-like graphics, airy music, and retro game grid is like playing a trippy version of Tempest, Star Castle, and Tron all rolled together (some of my favs from the 80s). The only problem is that Spirit becomes too dificult in the early levels, and there is a definite lack of power-ups or extra lives to sustain you into the higher levels.



Want Some Free StuffBak Labels? Hurry and Read this First.

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Are you a StuffBak user? Are you already registered on their site? Well, if so, make sure your registered information is up to date and head over to their new facebook page. They are offering 6 free StuffBak labels, which have two years of free service attached to them, if you are one of the first 500 people to become a fan. I became a fan a few days ago and my labels came in the mail today. I was very surprised and excited. I am going to give some of them to my friends and family.

Their page says " Thanks StuffBak fans for all your kind words and sharing of your success stories ... we are humbled by the quick show of support! We're going to extend our charter fan offer to the first 500 fans, so spread the word! Labels will be sent to the registered StuffBak address, so please login to your account and make sure your contact info is up-to-date."

At the time of this post, they had 352 fans so if you are interested, you better hurry.

 

 



Contest: Comment to Win a Free Download of PhotoTropedelic!!

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Our very own day-tripper, Mr. John Painter, recently reviewed this psychedelic app called PhotoTropedelic, and we now have some giveaway codes for 3 lucky readers. Tell me how you trip out your photos in the comments section of this post and become a candidate to win an iTunes redeem code for this far out app! Contest ends on March 13, 2010, 11PM EST...Read on for full contest rules...



App Store gets Adult Supervision... too heavy handed?

"Apple has reversed their policy".  If I've heard it once, I've heard it a million times.  Actually, I google'd those words and found 994,000 results, so that's not an exaggeration!  Apple has had enough of the 'bikini' apps and has begun removing such apps from the App Store.

 

I must admit, I am a bit conflicted here.  As a father, it can be frustrating seeing 17+ apps when doing searches or browsing the App Store.  Those apps obviously sell, but that pushes other apps down in the rankings, making it harder to sell.  As a developer of family-friendly apps, this is also frustrating because it means less "exposure" (pun intended) for my apps!

 



Touch this mouse

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If you have an iPhone and Mac running OS X or Windows computer running XP, Vista or 7 then you really need to download Logitech's  Touch Mouse (free) now.  Yea I mean now.  Go do it. 

Now youll need to download the server to your computer from Logitecs website.  But boy will you be glad you did.



Funding for Developers: The AppFund for the iPad

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 On the heels of the iPad's launch comes the AppFund:

AppFund is a seed fund focused on the development of Applications for Tablet devices such as the Apple iPad. We are looking for Apps that capitalize on the dynamic and mobile nature of the iPad and similar Tablet devices. 
 
We believe that the iPad is a transformative device that is going to have wide ranging uses and applications in enterprise environments, entertainment, content, social networking, games and small business.
 
The fund will provide as little as $5k to get an idea started to up to $500k for full scale development, marketing, and deployment.
Additional details: who we are and what we're looking for.
 
 


The iPad: Good enough to displace assorted single-purpose gadgets

I never liked being called "Jack of all trades" because the assumption that follows is "Master of none."  In reality, I consider myself to be a Renaissance man, capable of performing well in multiple fields, such as programming, marketing, design, teaching, and writing.  This has served me well as an entrepreneur.  The iPad is in a similar position.  The iPad may not be the best eBook reader because it doesn't use e-Ink which aids screen legibility and battery life, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad may not accept DVDs or SD cards, which my current portable video player does, but it's pretty darn good.  The iPad might not be the best video game platform because it lacks physical buttons, but it's pretty darn good.



iPhone Life Bloggers respond...


iPad: Two Say it's Magical, One Has Reservations

ipad heroThere has been no shortage of opinions about Apple's new iPad on our iPhoneLife.com blogs. Busy mother Tracy Sebastian wants one yesterday. Conrad Blickenstorfer of PenComputing.com thinks Steve Jobs may have created a superior alternative to the Netbook for computing tasks and on-the-go entertainment. And developer and consumer Todd Bernhard says he will buy one in spite of some disappointments.

Mom wants an iPad


By Tracy Sebastian

I want an iPad!

I'm a busy mom and use my iPhone all the time.


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How will the iPad and iPhone OS 3.2 Change App Development?

Has Apple changed the world again with the release of the iPad? To app developers, the change is both subtle and enormous. It's subtle because the new OS version 3.2 is only a minor update from the previous version 3.1.2, and because there are few changes in the APIs (just some additions). On the other hand, this is an enormous change because the iPad presents an entirely new market for both existing and new applications. It is likely to spark another "app gold rush" similar to what we saw when the App Store opened and the iPhone SDK was first released two years ago. It also significantly changes the development paradigm for programmers of iPhone apps.


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Apple's Powerful New iPad!

Apple’s thin, new tablet runs apps developed for the iPhone

iPad HeroWhat’s bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple’s new “magical, revolutionary product”—the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was “way better” than either. Let’s take a look at it.



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