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Review: Cylinder - A Nice Spin On Match 3 Games

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Do you love match 3 games?  Are you tired of the same old flat interface and bored with the worn mechanic of swaping two items to make a match?  Cylinder is the game for you, then.  It takes the concept of match 3 games to the third dimension and makes it as addictive as Bejeweled - the game that really started the genre - was.  This is one match 3 game you really should take for a spin.



Digitizing receipts with JotNot

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Are you looking for a way to quickly and easily digitize your receipts for electronic storage?

JotNot for iPhone can help. Simply take a photo of the receipt, process the image with JotNot and then save it as a PDF, JPG, or PNG. It works with receipts, documents, photos, and white boards. You can then save your image, email your image or send it to Evernote.

Evernote allows you to share these digitized images with others or store them in your Evernote notebook. Evernote also makes it easy to sort notes or search for a specific note. 



The beginning of the Tablet war.

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The war has not started yet, but the armies are gathering their forces.  Apple is building a tablet based off the iphone OS and the rest of the world will be using Android. So how what will the first skirmish look like?



Staying in the green when listing on eBay

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When I first started listing on eBay over a decade ago, I found out the hard way that just because an item sold ... it didn't mean I actually made a PROFIT. Boy was I glad to find THIS handy app!



Using your iPhone for Bicycle fitting

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This is kinda neat.  I did not try ‘TestRides‘ (by Wildlab) myself, but I like the idea.   Basically, you take a picture of yourself, select key body points to provide an overall measurement set, and then calculate and display the best bike size for your body.  Sweet!  For people who do not do a lot of biking, having the wrong size bicycle is the difference between have a pleasant long ride and one wishing it would end. The app just came out, and looks a bit early in dev, but if you have never been fitted for a bike before, I think it's worth the $5 to find out.  Who knows?



The iPhone app for Music Lovers

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The iPhone is all about simplifying tasks. Now, with the help of the iConcertCal app, that is exactly what the iPhone does for concert goers and music lovers.

The iConcertCal app locates concerts in your area or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter. It uses your iTunes library to learn which musicians you like and then displays when and where those artists are playing.

Once you find a concert you want to attend, you can buy tickets to the show right from your iPhone, email your friends to let them know about it, and get directions to the event.



Four Tips to Reduce Dropped Calls for the iphone 3G… again

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As I reported a few months back, I noticed an uptick on dropped calls and overall poorer performance when I upgraded from 2.x to 3.0. Basically it felt like the phone reverted to the same performance levels before the 2.1 upgrade.  So I hoped it was a simple visioning error and the 3.0.1 would take care of it.  No such luck.  Seems people with 3.0.1 are having the same issues as those with 3.0.  So now I guess we have to wait till 3.1 for a fix.  What really bothers me is that people with the 3Gs that came from the 3G have experienced the same problem in reduced performance. I guess buying the new 3Gs is not going to help.



Finding Health Care with iTriage

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iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and  where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.


How Great Is The iPhone UI? Here's What a Six Year Old Can Do With It

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I’ve been a huge fan of the iPhone user interface for a long time – and a big believer in how effective and impressive it is in providing a user experience that is so compelling that users end up getting tons more out of their device and out of the many applications for it than they do on any other mobile platform.

Recent months have hammered this point home to me more than ever – as I’ve watched my daughter get to know the iPhone, and rapidly become a very adept user of it.  At the age of 6.  In fact, she became so adept so quickly that when I upgraded to the iPhone 3GS in June, my wife took over my 3G, and my daughter (Zoe) took my original V1 iPhone, with the phone service turned off.

 Here are just a few of the things she does with it and is very comfortable doing:

  • Takes screencaps
  • Takes pictures and sends pictures via email to her parents and grandparents
  • Use a Gmail account to send and receive email from family - and manage switching to her own account when the mail app opens to her mom's
  • Browses the web, and uses Google's native app and via the browser to search for things and research things
  • Sends text messages to her cousin
  • Browses the App Store, researches apps, and presents her dad with ones that need to be acquired
  • Creates, chooses, and selects different wallpapers for the lock screen
  • Creates paintings with the amazing Brushes app, and other similar ones
  • Plays and enjoys many games - from Disney fairies to catapulting penguins and many others
  • Reads and enjoys ebooks, from classics to animated stories and new creations specially for the iPhone
  • Uses Nabbit and Shazam to identify songs on the radio
  • Moves apps around between home screens
  • Searches for things via Spotlight

Zoe rarely has many questions or needs much help in any of her iPhone activities.  Her iPhone has 5-6 screens worth of apps that she happily navigates through and gets great usage out of.

I’ve used PDAs, converged mobile devices, and smartphones for many years – but I cannot think of a single other device that could’ve offered anywhere near this level of experience to a six year old.  I’m continually amazed and pleased with how much fun Zoe gets out of the iPhone, and how effective a learning tool it is for her as well.  I really can’t imagine another mobile device that could offer so much to her.

How about all of you?  Do your kids use your iPhone?  Have their own, or an iPod Touch?  Are there other mobile devices that your kids are getting great mileage out of?



Turbo Subs Winners!

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 Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.

Winners:

tomhollet

yukonxidel

cogdrummer



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