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Lighting my hotel room with reviveLITE

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I took the reviveLITE with me to Stillwater when I stayed overnight for my graduation. The reviveLITE is a nightlight and iPhone or iPod charger in one. I like the idea of having a nightlight with me when I’m traveling, and the fact that it charges my iPhone at the same time makes it even better – less cords to bring. (You can turn the nightlight off if you want.)

 

The biggest problem you may have is finding a suitable outlet in the hotel room. Some rooms do not make them very convenient. But, if you do find the right outlet, this is the gadget to have. I definitely recommend it for travelers. 



Best iPhone Apps and Accessories for 2009!

Being a tech news Junkie, and fond of the superior Ziff Davis line of publications, especially eWeek, I recently noted their list of top 20 iPhone Apps, which were ok, in my opinion--but then some were aimed at System Admin geeks like me. Anyhoo, after monitoring our own blogs and noting the excellent products being reviewed here, I thought we might do our own little end of year round-up. So, I will start it off with some of my favs after the break below (which will include at least one hardware item), and then hopefully a few more bloggers can pile on with posts of their own.



iLend

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Do you wonder where that book is you enjoyed so much last month? How about your favorite drill? Maybe you lent it out and can’t remember who you lent it to. You need iLend.  

This simple little app easily keeps track of whom you lent what, whether it’s a book, tool, article of clothing, or any other object.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Bloody Xmas (Day 9)

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Games starring Santa seem to have taken a turn towards the violent this year, and Bloody Xmas is no exception to that rule.  I'm never thrilled to see Santa spill some blood (though at least you wouldn't be able to see it against his suit), but I'm willing to try and look past it if there's a decent game to be played underneath.  Unfortunately, Bloody Xmas just didn't do it for me.  There are other games with a similar theme that I found much more enjoyable, and that didn't go quite so overboard in the gore.



i.TV Bounces Back, but is the App Store a Stove Pipe?

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 i.TV is one of my favorite apps... The reason is that I hardly ever watch TV. You see, because I'm a cable remote dummy, it takes me forever to find shows/channels. It's great to be able to quickly pull up an easy to navigate listing, even tune in previews and rent movies right from my iPod touch. The app had some recent challenges with stability evidently, and it's top rating suffered as a result (was even pulled from the store at one point). It then took a double-wammy due to a problem with Apple's download services (erroneously sending an old version).



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Angry Birds by Clickgamer (Day 8)

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Angry Birds is one of those genre benders that combines the physics fun of a game like Topple with the concept of the castle siege.  I’m pretty sure this is the only one you’ll run across that focuses on the war between birds and pigs, however.  I’m never quite sure going into a game like this what to expect, but I’m happy to report that Angry Birds is amusing, challenging and above all quite fun.



Pocket Tunes 5.4.4 Now Available with Skins!

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 Pocket Tunes Radio 5.4.4 is now available here on the App Store (just grabbed it myself).  This new release includes many improvements, with support for skins, including a fun Christmas skin. There are now several skins available for purchase, and examples can be seen here. You can browse all the skins by tapping on the Pocket Tunes logo from the Now Playing tab in Pocket Tunes Radio.



KidCalc - an excellent math review tool for young children

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KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.

The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.

In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.



Can the iPhone reduce OUI's?

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With New Years rapidly approaching, and thoughts about drinking on the holidays, I figured I’d give Timebom LLC's  iAlcohol Lite app (free) a try.  There is also a full ($1.99) version.  Knowing when you’re blood alcohol level is below your state’s limit (in Maine it's .05%) seems like it might help reduce OUI’s.  



Learn Some iPhone Development At Tarrant Community College

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Normally I just write about games, but I thought this was kind of interesting.  If you happen to live in Fort Worth, Texas and have been thinking about continuing your education, now just might be the time.  Tarrant Community College is now offering a class in beginning iPhone development.  You can get some details here, though sadly the link to the course description itself is virtually useless. As of this posting there are still 17 seats available, so head on over and see if this is the right opportunity for you.  I wish they had cool classes like this when I went to college.



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