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A Developer's View on In-App Purchases for Free Apps

 Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.

In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps.  Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately.  Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.

On one hand, more choices are a good thing.  But I have some concerns.



Rockband for iPhone & iPod Touch is Available in the AppStore

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Fanboys and girls are understandable excited that EA has released Rockband for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The base game costs $9.95 and is 158 megs. Each song is reported to be between 10 and 20 megs each. People with smaller capacity devices may have to delete some content.



Chiming in on StoryChime

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I think Siena Entertainment has hit one out of the park with StoryChime's The Queen Bee (.99) a 21st Century take on the Brothers Grimm 1884 Fairy Tail.

Let me walk you through why. According to the company press release, Story Chimes was created by two young fathers who were looking for a way to educationally entertain their kids while promoting a contemporary way to make reading fun.” Well if my son is any indication, they certainly have found a way to make reading fun.



iPhone OS 3.1.2 A2DP / AVRCP (stereo Bluetooth) iPhone 3G / 3GS test results

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You may well remember that, immediately after the release of OS 3.0 and the 3G S, I’ve published quite a few tests on stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) headphones compatibility with both the iPhone 3G and the 3G S (see THIS for my latest report).

Now that version 3.1.2 is out and I had some time to research how it can be safely jailbroken, I’ve re-run the tests, particularly in order to find out how voice control over Bluetooth works.



Sending Ransom Notes to my friends!

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I admit it. I've been avoiding schoolwork and spending too much time on iPhone apps. How can I concentrate on school work when I keep getting apps to review like Ransom Letters (v. 1.5). I love decorating my photos and sending them to my friends; and with Ransom Letters, I can add fun messages written like a ransom note. 



Review: Cash Cow from Chillingo

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In the overly crowded match X genre on the App Store, it's not very often that a new game comes along that makes you go "wow".  Cash Cow is one of those games.  The audio and visual are enough to put this at the top of the haystack, but throw in some fresh game play and a little farm building subplot and there's no question that Cash Cow is a winner.  The only real question is will you be able to wrestle the game away from your kids to play it yourself?



Tubey Lite tonight!

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Tubey Lite (free) is fun, but you be the judge click here to view my quick video. Now whether you want to purchase the full version Tubey ($2.99) you’ll need to weigh, but it will get rid of those watermarks.I think that this app might have some real utility for High School sports enthusiasts wanting to get images out from the latest tournament, or for Real Estate professionals wanting to get their top listings out there and shown off in a really creative and accessible way.



Connecting iPhone/iPod to a TV

A great question came in the other day on how to connect an iPhone to a TV, even though the reader had followed the Tips & Tricks on page 72 of the Fall issue, he still wasn't quite certain of the settings on the iPhone & iPod I know the feeling, we've all been there before, so I put together a quick video on the process for any other readers who might be wondering how to do thi



Review: Stick-Fu from Clickgamer

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I’m not sure what started the whole stick figure craze, but I do know that some of the most prolific stick figure videos I’ve seen have come from the Xiao Xiao collection, a series of kung fu stick figure Flash movies made in 2002. I believe a couple of them were interactive, but to me the interactive ones didn’t really keep the feel of the series. Now Clickgamer has released Stick-Fu to the iPhone, and I think we finally have our interactive spiritual successor to the Xiao Xiao series. While a couple of things keep this from being the cream of the crop, it’s none the less a fun romp that does that concept of stick figure gaming much justice.



Born to be Wild... About My iPhone!

The iPhone and third-party apps come in handy when you hit the road—on a motorcycle.

Traveling across America on a motorcycle is a fantastic way to see the country. My boyfriend and I have been doing this for twenty-seven years, and it’s been lots of fun. But, in the early years, it was sometimes a hassle. We were out of touch with family and friends until we found a pay phone, or mailed them postcards. I had to carry a disposable camera to capture photos of the places we visited, and then mail it home to have the pictures developed. And when I finally got one of the first cell phones, it and its charger were too big to carry with us. (Two people on a motorcycle, even a big one, leave little room for luxuries.)


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