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Edifier Tick Tock Dock sounds as good as it looks

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I'm a sucker for classic, old-school styling married with modern technology. The juxtaposition of old and new just satisfies something in me. So I was really excited when I saw the Edifier Tick Tock Dock.



What I Played this Week - Bounty Racer, Kingdom Rush, Stitcher and Pearltrees!

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What I played this week includes a mix of apps for both work and play, and warn you this will be a lengthy column, as also have a bit of game news to share at the end. So, let's jump in--play before work, as the saying goes: Bounty Racer (beta) is an exquisite crash cart-esque 3D racing menagerie (should be released next week). Second, Kingdom Rush for iPhone is engaging, if tiny, Tower Defense fun with rousing vocals and clashing swords to keep you alert through endless enemy waves. Pearltrees is a "web curation" app (web-content mind mapping/sharing) with an interesting way to find/share online content. Stitcher is to news radio and podcasts what Slacker or Pandora are to music.  Lot's to look at, so let the WIPTW madness commence forthwith!



Don't break anything - they don't make replaceable parts!

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I love my XtremeMac InCharge battery case for my iPhone 4 and gave it great reviews; but today, I am disappointed with the manufacturer. I dropped my iPhone, hitting the top of the case of the street which broke the small part on top that covers the on/off switch for the iPhone (the opening on right). This piece was used to control the phone's on/off switch.



iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 7-6

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, and Twitter. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



Finally, the Spike from SoloMatrix is a real BlackBerry-style keyboard for iPhone, and no Bluetooth or batteries required

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In what may be the final nail in the coffin for RIM and their BlackBerry product line, SoloMatrix has developed a compact, non-Bluetooth, non-battery powered keyboard that does its job and gets the heck out of the way when you don't need it. The Spike is a combination case and reversible keyboard. Surprisingly, starting at just $20, the Spike is priced similarly to traditional cases that don't have the added keyboard functionality.



Malware found in App Store, since removed by Apple

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An app in the App Store named "Find and Call" was discovered this morning to be malware. The news quickly spread around the blogosphere, and the app was promptly removed by Apple for its unauthorized use of the iPhone's address book. Once installed, the app would surreptitiously upload all of your contact information to a remote server. It would then send a text message to everyone in your address book suggesting they also download the app and giving a link. The message would appear to be from your number, so that the recipients wouldn't suspect anything.



Moonbase for iPhone & iPod Touch

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Simulation games have built up their reputation by using the indomitable freemium method, which allows users to play without paying a cent or optionally play by buying hundreds of dollars worth of in-game currency and upgrades.  Although some prefer not to invest in these casual time-wasters, the fact that they’re utterly fun is downright indisputable. Moonbase (free), the first title from South African-based development firm Maxxor, employs this powerful business model, and it’s undoubtedly got hours of fun packed in for any gamer.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 7-2

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Thanks to everyone who entered the iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway. We have selected the winners of this Giveaway. We gave away 12 apps!



What I played this week - Real life storm dodge and Wawa Land platforming fun!

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This week, I played just one new game--a platformer called Wawa land... well, if you don't count driving in a real life superstorm! I had wanted to also check out Kindom Rush for iPhone (Eric reviewing the iPad version), but have not had the opportunity to reliably get back online to grab it. A monster storm tore through our area smashing houses, and slapping down trees and power lines like kiddy toys, leaving us with a few more important things to worry about! We happened to be driving home from a concert (with a side-trip to the local Taco Bell drive thru--long story) when the storm hit. I would have certainly rather been in Wawa Land than a wind-tunnel filled with water, lightning and debris.



Cuboid: 3D Puzzle Game App Review

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The Cuboid app is an addicting 3D puzzle game available on your mobile device.  The game is played on a beautiful 3D scene with the object being to move your ‘cuboid’ from the first tile through to the goal as quickly as possible, and in as few moves as possible.  Depending on the amount of moves and the amount of time it takes you, you’ll get a score.  While it sounds simple enough, the game gets much more complex because of all the different items in the game which will either help you speed through the level or try to slow you down.



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