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Review: The Passenger by Loading Home

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I love adventure games, as it was probably the first genre I got hooked on when I started playing computer games.  As the genre goes it’s always nice to see an original IP pop up in the App Store, so I was pretty excited when I ran across The Passenger.  After playing and finishing it, however, I’m not quite sure how I feel about it.  There are certainly some nice points to the game, but ultimately it felt too basic and more disappointedly, way too short.  I’d still be more than happy to see a sequel, but the game will need a lot more meat to produce I viable franchise.



FLEX kit for iPad 2

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A couple years ago, I reviewed the Ektopad F1 for iPad. Since then they have developed other iPad cases. They are currently working on a Flex Kit. The press release info is below. Check it out.

“For the past year our protective covers have been used by schools and kids around the country.  Feedback from parents and educators lead us to integrate additional features and attachments to prevent the drops and to allow the iPad to be comfortable to hold and maneuver.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 1/20

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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.



Tiny Heroes FREE!

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Go grab some Tiny Heroes today, because it may only remain free for a short time. It is a highly-rated tower defense game for iPhone, and you are the obstacle: the dungeon itself. Can you stop the Tiny Heroes from reaching the loot? If you want to do it free, better get over to the app store now!



Inspire Pro: A Wonderful Oil Painting App for the iPad

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Inspire Pro is a painting app whose goal is to simulate painting with wet oil paint on a canvas. The app has five kinds of brushes and can simulate a dry brush which allows for a realistic paint blending effect.

 

 



Free Windows desktop and MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPad

I haven't tried this, but the video says that you can take advantage of a free app and service that lets you have Windows and Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPad. Seems too good to be true. But maybe give it a try.



Review: Ninja Ponk by Alien Worm

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Ninja Ponk, formerly Ninja Pong (which, if you ask me, was a better name), is a quirky game that has you bouncing ninjas across gaps in various landscapes with the help of a breakout-style paddle.  As with many of the games I’ve enjoyed lately, the mechanics are dead simple, but to do well in the game requires a lot of focus and some pretty good coordination.  This game will probably serve more as something to fill time than as something you spend hours at a time on, but oh, what great filler it is!



Fix Your Group Photos As You Take Them

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If you're like me, you take photo after photo of your kids or family, and they never come out just right. In one of the photos, Mom has her eyes closed. In the next one, she looks great, but Jeff looks like he swallowed a lemon. If you could only take the best from all the photos and put them on one, that would be perfect!

Well, now there's an app for that. GroupShot has just hit the App Store.

It's as easy as taking photos within the app or going to your photo library and picking the partially acceptable photos to bring into the app.



GreatShield's Bubble-Free Screen Protector

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My experience with electronics tells me that when I get a new piece, I need to make sure there is a screen protector on it from day one.  Trouble is, Apple does not sell screen protectors for the iPad at their retail outlets.  That put me on a search for the best screen protector, but my search just brought up more questions. What’s the difference between those sold on EBay for 99 cents, and those sold through Wal-Mart for 19.99?  My experience with the lower quality protectors is a lot of bubbles on the main part of the screen.



Take the arcade with you, with mobile iCade offerings from ION at CES

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I've been playing with the original iCade for a few months (see original article here), and it's been great fun, but it sure ain't portable.




Well, the folks at ION have come through. At CES, they showed off their new iCade Jr., which brings arcade-style joystick and buttons from the larger model to the iPhone and iPod touch.


 



Everything iPad - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

What's bigger than an iPhone, smaller than a MacBook, and the most anticipated Apple product since the original iPhone? On January 27, at a special invitation only event at the San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Steve Jobs announced Apple's new "magical, revolutionary product" -- the iPad. Meant to fill the gap between the laptop and phone, Jobs said it was "way better" than either. Let's take a look at it.

Thin, lightweight, and powerful

The iPad shares many hardware features with the iPhone, including an accelerometer, an orientation sensor to switch from portrait to landscape mode, solid-state memory, and the same 30-pin doc connector. Connectivity is also virtually the same, with wireless 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR included on all models.

iPad runs iPhone apps!

The iPad will run a version of iPhone OS, and the new device can run virtually any app developed for the iPhone or iPod touch. Aps developed for the iPhone can run on the iPad in native resolution but is large enough to touch type on.

The larger screen not only makes familiar iPhone apps like Calendar, Mail, and Safari look stunning, it also provides screen real estate for more complex elements in the UI. For example, Calendar display a split-sreen view that describes the day's appointments on the left and shows you a color map of used time slots on the right. The split-screen view in Contacts displays you contacts list on the left and the full information for the contact you've selected on the right.

An ebook reader and more

Although not build into the iPad, Apple will offer a free app called iBooks, which will allow you to download and read books from it's new virtual bookstore. The new iBooks store will be accessed from and as easy to use as iTunes.

The ultimate media device?

The iPad is not the world's first tablet PC or the first eBook reader. Toshiba, Lenovo, Acer, and others sell Windows-based tablets, and Amazon has had considerable success with it's Kindle. But Apple thinks the iPad will reinvent the category by offering a vastly superior multi-touch interface an easy access to a wide-variety of apps and media via iTunes. Aple hopes to make the iPad the ultimate media device by leveraging it's existing assets which include over 100 million paying iTunes customers, established relationships with music and video content providers, and over 100,000 iPhone OS app developers.