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Revealed: Why Apple switched Maps app

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All Things D reported today why Apple switched to their own maps solution from the popular Google app: Google refused to enable voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. A maps app without voice-guided directions is problematic, because you have to take your eyes off the road to look at your phone. I paid $50 this summer for the Tom Tom app and found the voice directions invaluable when I was traveling.



Ultimate Shopping List for iPhone

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The world is becoming a hugely digital society, and the pen and paper technique that we all used to use is coming closer and closer to being obsolete. One thing that people still tend to do with the pen, though, is write out their schedules, shopping lists, and other little notes that act as reminders throughout the day. Well, now you can put down the pen once more, because the new app by Custom Mobile Apps Pty Ltd will allow you to organize your shopping lists right on your smartphone. The Ultimate Shopping List app puts all of your lists in an organized, easily navigational format so everyday errands can become a bit simpler.



Free iPhone 5/iOS 6 user guide ebook from Apple; Alternate maps app

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In my experience, ebook guides to iOS can be very helpful, such as the one I bought that covers all aspects of iCloud. And now for the lucky owners of the new iPhone 5, Apple has released the free ebook iPhone User Guide for iOS 6. You can download it from the iBook Store or via iTunes. You can also access this book in your browser as a pdf file.



Boom The Rock App Review

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If you are looking for a game that will have you finding it hard to let go of your iPhone, then Boom the Rock is what you want. It combines all of the best qualities in mobile games, making it a perfect candidate for your next gaming adventure. I knew, from the minute I started to play, that I was in for some fun and that I was going to be playing this game for a while. Reminiscent of some of the older style arcade games, souped up with great graphics and a creative, cartoony look, Boom the Rock is a great creation from Hooligans Entertainment. The game may not be popular yet, but I see it becoming one of the most played games this year.



The Iron Mouse App Review

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There are some pretty fantastic games available for the iPhone and the iPad, each with its own set of challenges, its own creativity, and its own unique design. One that really stood though was called The Iron Mouse. The gameplay was clever, the scenery and design were colorful, and it is always a fun play. Some games are only fun and interesting for the first few levels, but then they get boring as you get used to the gameplay. The Iron Mouse however, is super addictive and will leave you struggling to put down your device. It shares some of the best qualities of today’s most popular games, but rest assured it remains an entirely unique game.



Phoenix Bird App Review

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This app ushers in an entirely new standard for gaming apps in the future. Designed for the iPad and iPhone in particular, Phoenix Bird is a 3D masterpiece. It is unlike any app I have seen to date, and I was in love the minute I touched the icon. It has an incredibly addictive gameplay coupled with an incredible view of the world. Anytime you find yourself waiting in a waiting room or have some time to kill on the bus, playing this new game will take you on a beautifully creative and colorful adventure that will make time fly. It is absolutely incredible what developer Imagination Apps has done with such a simple concept.



Bounty Racer - FREE for limited time!!!

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Getting this out a bit late, but hey there is still time to go grab the racing blast that is Bounty Racer for FREE! If you like Crash B-coot or Super Mario Kart racing, then you will love BR from the Quadsphere. Not only combines varied and challenging courses for single players, but head-to-head action as well (see my review here) and much more. Hurry as time is running out to get it while it's free...!



Kill Devils for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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Kill Devils is a new entry to the app market as a strategy defence game. If you are a fan of defence games then  you are sure to love Kill Devils, with action packed features to keep you entertained for hours at a time. This game is truly vast, with over 270 stages in all for you to battle through and multiple races available in each of the world's 6 kingdoms. Defend your magical towers across two game modes to rid the world of Ashan of the devils that are threatening to take over. 



Join It - Jigsaw Puzzle for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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Puzzle lovers everywhere can rejoice as there is finally a truly well made jigsaw puzzle app available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad.  Join It – Jigsaw puzzle is a great app that allows players to experience the pleasure of assembling a jigsaw puzzle right on their mobile device or tablet.  You will love the fact that you can now pick up your virtual puzzle and work on it anytime you have a few extra minutes.  In the past puzzles were reserved only for working on in your home, but now you can enjoy them while on the bus, on a break at work or anywhere else you can imagine!



Best iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, iPod Touch Apps | iPhone Life Magazine

We review the Best iPhone Apps, iPad Apps, and iPod Touch Apps.  Whether you want to play a game (like Chillingham Manor), navigate with GPS, or discover new apps, you can easily get lost.  There are so many on the market and the number is increasing on a daily basis.  So where to begin?  The following examples are just a few of what is out there.

The Head Finder is one of the iPhone apps around. It is a task management or schedule management that helps you organize all the different things you have to do.  It has a very simple user interface and it seems they designed all the most common functions to be done with as little tapping and typing as possible which is a real time saver.  Several time management apps, in the past, have seemed to waste more time entering events and tasks into the app than you might save by being more organized.  With Head Finder you can have a new task entered in less than thirty seconds with their quick three tap process to create a reminder.

Another one of the best Iphone apps we've seen is The JumiCam. This app allows you to view streaming video from any web cam you want with ease.  It's easy to set up the software on your PC and then connect your phone to see what's going on at your house.  The JumiCam also works very well on either a 3G connection or WiFi. This app allows you to connect to as many different web cams as you want so you can monitor your entire house while you're away if you want.  It can really take the place of an entire security service if you wanted it to.  There are many ways to use this, from keeping an eye on a babysitter while you're out on a date to making sure your pet is safe at home while you're at work.

As the name describes, U.S. Traveller is made for travelers that call the United States their home and travel to countries outside their own. In opening the iPhone app, on the "Countries" tab, you are presented with a list of countries & their correlating flags. The added flags next to the country names are a nice touch, especially since most people can quickly find a country based on visual representation versus textual representation. You can travel from the U.S. to numerous countries - Chile, Argentina, Germany & Italy to name a few. This may not adequately prepare you for the countries you visit, but this will for sure help you. The amount of information and the ease of access it gives to people is incredibly invaluable.