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Getting Things Done on the iPhone

         When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.



Touch Magic: A Little Touch Of Magic

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For me personally, Clickgamer hasn’t had the best track record with games on the iPhone. You can check out my review of Enigma to see what I consider a low point for them, but other titles such as IO, Tankz and Hacker Evolution didn’t really work for me, either. On the other hand, they’ve managed to have a few slam dunks, such as Dragon Panic, Gears Of Gravity and most recently Zombie Vs. Sheep. Thankfully, Touch Magic does a pretty good job of fitting into the later category. I think it’s missing one key feature, which I’ll get to in a bit, but what’s there is a nice take on puzzle games that I’ve not experienced before, and I quite enjoy it.



Win a Free Turbo Subs iTunes code…and my mini-review

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Eric wrote a complete and excellent review on his blog, so I decided to simply add my own succinct endorsement, and host a giveaway for this cool time management game. I have to say when I first saw the game start up, I was a little skeptical. I wouldn't want to run a real sub shop, but playing at it is admittedly pretty fun. Read on for blog contest rules and my added impressions of the game. 



Misc news

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1.) Multiplayer games (see my all-in-one roundup & bible):

a. A brand new Scorched earth / Worms clone, KIL.A.TON, has just been released. It has lounge-based multiplayer (albeit, at the time of writing, it’s still empty, which may change in the future). A decent alternative to, for example, Star Hogs by IUGO and Iron Sight by Polarbit; particularly if you take into account that, in KIL.A.TON, you can have up to six players (while in Star Hogs “only” up to four, and, in Iron Sight, only two) . See THIS for more info.


Turbo Subs: Makin' Sandwiches At High Speed

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If you’re familiar with Cake Mania, your first impression of Turbo Subs is going to be “isn’t this Cake Mania in a sub shop?”  In some ways it feels like it, though as far as I’m concerned that’s merely a testament of how well the Cake Mania format of game play works.  Turbo Subs has its own atmosphere, its own set of challenges, and its own rewards.  Best of all, it’s just as fun as Cake Mania.  Game play can get quite frantic, but in the end it’s all worth it and the game is a delight to play.



Task2Gather for iPhone now supports Push!

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"August 10th 2009, VITO Technology is proud to present new Task2Gather 3.0 for iPhone. The new version supports Push notifications on iPhone and iPod with 3.0 OS. Get live alerts from work or your family to be always on top of everything. Besides this great piece of news we'd like to announce that Task2Gather project turns ONE year old since it was released for the public!"



CopterKid: New Face On An Old Favorite

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You've probably played the game before, though the protagonist is usually a helicopter or spaceship and more often than not you're confined to some subterranean tunnel system.  Copter Kids definitely breaks the mold from the perspective of atmosphere, but there's not much else to set it apart from the pack.  A silly back story, cute visuals and decent music are not fully utilized on what's mostly "just another clone".



TechCrunch Reviews WorldMate 1.5...a Traveller "must-have"!

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TechCrunch and the folks at WorldMate recently sponsored a giveaway (sorry this is too late for our readers to get it on the action), and in the posted blog review, TC called it the "Swiss army knife" of travel apps. Anyhoo, I'll see if we can get a contest going here in the near future for the Gold version.



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



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