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iPod Touch

Searching for items from within Mail, Notes, and iPod

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The new Spotlight search feature can be accessed directly from other apps.

Find apps, e-mails, songs fast with Spotlight Search

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SpotlightSpotlight Search is one the best new features in OS 3.0. Given that you can now have up to 11 pages of apps, swiping constantly to find them can be a bit irritating. Spotlight Search is the fastest way to find an app, contact, e-mail, song, video, or other piece of data. Simply open the Spotlight Search window, begin entering your search query, and a list of possible results is displayed and refined as you type. When you see what you’re looking for, tap on it to open it.

Make selecting text easier for Cut, Copy, & Paste

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Copy & PasteCopy & PasteOS 3.0 adds Cut, Copy, & Paste capability to the iPhone and iPod touch. This system-wide feature works with any app that accepts text entry. Before you can cut or copy text, you first have to select it. To do this you have to do the following:

Shake & shuffle your music

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Even the music in your favorites list can get old after a few months. If you want to skip a song you’ve heard too many times, you can always tap on the Next button in iPod’s Now Playing screen. But with OS 3.0, it’s even easier. Simply shake your iPhone or iPod touch while you are listening to music and the iPod app will skip to the next song. This feature also works with videos and audiobooks.

Note that you must be in the iPod app for this feature to work. You can’t be listening to music in the background while you’re using another app.

Tips for iPhone 3GS and OS 3.0

We announced the new iPhone 3GS and OS 3.0 in the last issue of iPhone Life. In this issue, we take a more in-depth look as some of the added features.


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Review: Dragon Portals by 10tons Ltd

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Dragon Portals is a rare breed in a couple of ways.  It's a match 3 game, but it's not quite like any that I've played before.  That other thing that was a bit odd was that it was one of the few match 3 games that actually grew on me.  Normally with match 3 games I either like them or don't, but I actually came around on this one.  In the end it even became a mild addiction for me.  I'm not sure it's worth the full asking price given all the match 3 games already available on the App Store, but if you love match 3 and are looking for something different you won't find a better place to look than Dragon Portals.


Have a Blast Playing These Recent App Store Standouts!

These games, recently added to the App Store, are a blast to play.

The titles reviewed in this article are recent App Store standouts. They all have excellent production values, appropriately deep and complex gameplay, and high replay value. Best of all, they are a blast to play!

Depth, beauty, and great gameplay

Every title in this article is well worth its price. Each demonstrates that the quality of the game is in the details, and each of these titles provides depth, beauty, and great gameplay.


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Sequel of Galcon, one of the best MP games, out for $1 only – a must buy!

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Anyone having read the iPhone Multiplayer Gaming Bible knows I’ve always considered Galcon one of the best remote (lounge-based) online multiplayer games. Now, the sequel, Galcon Labs has just been approved to the AppStore, adding some new game modes and the like.



You may also want to check out THIS dedicated TouchArcade thread and particularly THIS post there.


Hidden Game Gems

Some great games get lost in the crowded App Store.

With over 50,000 applications available and scores of new ones being added daily, it’s a small wonder that many good apps get lost in the crowd. A significant portion of iPhone and iPod touch users share my interest in games; games account for over half of App Store downloads. I thought I’d review a few of the lesser-known titles in the App Store—the hidden gems!

Dig around in the App Store

The App Store provides users with a wide variety of games but buries a lot of treasures in the process. Remember that a game doesn’t have to come from a large, well-known company to be good. Take some time to dig around in the App Store—you just might find some hidden gems!


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Creating a Best Selling App

An interview with 11-year-old app developer Owen Voorhees.

Owen VorheesWe might be able to stimulate our way back to stability, but we can only invent our way back to prosperity. We need everyone at every level to get smarter. (Thomas Friedman)


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