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What I played this week - Action Block Buster, nulis and Motorcity!

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I haven't done a "What I Played" column in a while, mainly due to lack of time to play much of anything. As the saying goes about all work and no play--so decided it was time to take a break and grab some new games! This week I downloaded Action Block Buster, a multi-spacial brick breaking experience; nulis, a physics game which defies description; and an exceptional rail shooter freebie from Disney called Motorcity. Read on for the full WIPTW ("What I played this week") roundup of these new games.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3/23

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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.



Index Card pays homage to paper index cards, while making them obsolete

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My daughter had to do a school project which required index cards, and I had to scrounge around for some. The reason I didn't have the old school cards is that I've been using the appropriately named Index Card app. It does the work of an entire stack of cards, but you can virtually rearrange and edit them as desired. Plus it looks great on my new iPad with Retina display, thanks to the realistic cork, linen and other backgrounds.



Apple sells over 1 million iPhoto apps; additional possible issues with new iPad

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The website Macgasm recently pointed out that the new iPhoto app for iOS has been purchased over 1 million times in 10 days — and that the $5 million in revenue is likely more than RIM took in on sales of its PlayBook. This is one more bit of evidence highlighting the amazing popularity of the iPad and iPhone.



CookieCoo Dancing Star: Education, Entertainment, Blessed Distraction

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CookieCoo Dancing Star from ThinkCube is one of those little blessings parents have come to count on in a digital age. To count on and feel good about.  Because not only have the developers mastered what it takes to keep children occupied for more than fifteen seconds, it’s not just empty entertainment.



New iPad warmer, but not an issue say reports

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The new iPad definitely gets warmer than the iPad 2, but is it a problem? A couple recent rounds of measurements say no. RepairLabs ran some tests to pinpoint the source of the additional heat and reported yesterday that the A5X chip in the new iPad runs about 17 degrees Fahrentheit hotter than the chip in the previous iPad. But what does this mean in practice? According to CNET, the new iPad is warmer, but it's not really a problem.



Want the new iPad? Sell Your Old iPad

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Looking to sell your old iPad and be able to upgrade and buy the new iPad? Apple can help you there.

Apple will buy back your old iPad through the their Reuse and Recycling Program. This program will allow you to exchange your old gadgetry (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Macbooks, and many others) for Apple gift cards. This will not only help you save money to put towards the new iPad, but it also allows you to be green by reducing the number of Apple products ending up in a land fill.



Apple sells 3 million iPads over launch weekend, in-depth reviews, heat issues

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Apple reported late yesterday that they had sold 3 million iPads the first weekend — a record for the iPad, and nearly equal to the 4 million iPhone's sold last October with the launch of the iPhone 4S. By way of comparison, Apple sold 300,000 iPads on the first day of sales of the original iPad back in 2010. According to CNET, the figure of 3 million doesn't include preorders.



WINNERS: iPhone Life's Weekly Weekend Giveaway 3-19

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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 19 apps!

And the winners are... (drumroll please):  Brian Lund, Steve Wilson, Quincy Stamper, Michelle Mongeon, Bruce Baier, John Albers, Linda Smale, Brett Thompson, and Mary McMahon!

Didn't win this week? No worries! Next week we have 2 exciting apps to give away:



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.