iPhone Life magazine

iPod Touch

The State of the App Store

This has been a busy week or so for the App Store, so I thought I'd chime in with my observations, as a user and developer.

First, Apple took a major step forward toward enhancing the structure of the App Store, by adding Keywords.  Now, when developers submit apps, they must include 100 characters of keywords that will be part of the approval process.  Before, Digital Chocolate, a game developer, had the word "ea." as in the abbreviation of 'each', repeated several times in their descriptions.  The result was, searches for "EA" as in EA Sports, returned only Digital Chocolate apps!  EA complained, and Apple listened.



Star Walk Contest Winners!

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 I want to thank everyone for participating in the contest (and especially to ViTO for sponsoring). Our winners appear after the break with instructions for claiming your free copy. If you missed it or didn’t win, go check out the winning Star Walk celestial viewing application (it’s only 5 bucks)--now with digital compass capability. If you did win a copy, we ask that you post a short review in iTunes and on our comment section here. Read on for my mini-review, contest rules and instructions, etc.

Winners:

FateCreatr

Steve

DrJohn



iMail

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest your article on page 21 of the second issue of iPhone Life. I loved your point about making it easier to organize apps in the Home screen pages. I would also like to see Apple include a built-in zoom feature on the iPhone’s camera.


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Arctic Shuffle Is Some Slip Slidin' Fun...

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What do you get when you cross penguins with snow caps, zany physics, and 80 levels that each end with a bull’s eye? Why, you get Arctic Shuffle from Zinc Roe design. This puzzle game is fun, frustrating and rewarding all rolled up in one. The penguins are pretty cute, too!



Busy Web Product Manager Creates Time for Home Life

(Author’s note: This article is based on a conversation I had with Christian Zambrano, Project Manager of the JACI Group, Inc.)

PalringoChristian Zambrano’s work is never done! He works for a company that has a Midwest office and programming staff in India. Because of time differences, he gets urgent questions sent to him at all hours of the day. His iPhone lets him take the office with him. He can be anywhere and check his two work-related accounts and one personal e-mail account.


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SafeWallet Winners

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 The SafeWallet Contest is over, and just want to thank SBSH for sponsoring this giveaway and to all the great comments from our readers. Winners, and instructions on getting prizes are posted after the break. I personally use Spb Wallet on my touch (see my review), but that is only because they had PC syncing before SBSH (which SBSH now has also added). It's good to see that people are being serious about their sensative data and protecting it.



Radio client news: Clock Radio at a 66% off; major roundup update

I've just finished posting a major update to my radio client roundup (more precisely, in the second part).

In it, I review two radio applications containing a timer - one, Clock Radio, containing even a very nice and big clock. Incidentally, the latter is at a 66% off this weekend and is offered for $1 only. (Hurry up if you need it.)

I've also elaborated on which radio clients can be put in the bckground on jailbroken devices.

 



Great Internet-Based Apps

Amazon’s new Kindle app, Skype for iPhone, and more.

 My favorite iPhone apps continue to be those that let me conveniently access Internet content or take advantage of Internet-related services. Fortunately, most of the major players on the Internet are releasing iPhone apps, including Amazon’s Kindle, Skype, the Pandora music service, Facebook, and Google Earth. Best of all, they’re free. This column will give you a quick look at some of the best of these apps.


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Winning and Losing Virtual Fortunes on the iPhone

Reviews of Texas Hold 'Em, Virtual Pool, and Image Poket Touch

Even with the bad economy, I’ve made over $300,000 since the beginning of the year! Unfortunately, these are virtual dollars, not real ones. I’ve amassed this fortune playing Texas Hold ‘Em ($4.99) and Virtual Pool ($1.99) on my Apple iPhone.


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Great Games to Entertain a 5-Year Old

The right game can entertain your child and develop his or her mind

I can’t remember when the negotiations with our five year-old began, but they’ve been going on for a while now. They involve an ongoing discussion of what he’s allowed to play and how much time he can spend with our iPhone. I remember a quieter, simpler time when he was satisfied with looking over my shoulder while I played Koi Pond. But he’s older now, and sometimes talking with him is like trying to carry on a conversation while rafting down a roaring mountain stream.

In the past few months, we’ve watched our son play a lot of games on the iPhone, and have come to some general conclusions about the suitability of different games for a boy his age.


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