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Drum Fanatics for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

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Finally! An awesome new handheld game for drum lovers!  Drum Fanatics is a new app for your iPhone, iPod or iPad that allows you to get your drum addiction in even when you are away from your drum set. Or if you’re looking to start learning the rhythm of drums but don’t have a set yet, this is a fun easy way to start!  This drum game uses your fingers in a five line music rhythm system so you can rock out to your favorite songs. 



Drawing review roundup - Set Paint Go, Grafio, Illustrator and tips for an aging iPad

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I recently reviewed a new stylus (see GoSmart review here), so figured I would swing back and repost on some of the drawing apps I used in the review. I also wanted to cover a unique "self-drawing" app created by Eric Hayes (an MIT math wiz and artist) called Set Paint Go. In this drawing roundup: Grafio, a very powerful diagramming and drawing toolset with a highly capable Lite version; Illustrator, another simple editor that can help you produce great looking graphics in like 2 seconds. I also have a few quick tips for when app crashes occur on older hardware, since I have been having some issues with an aging gadget...



Easy Words iPhone App Review

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Charlemagne said, "To have another language is to possess a second soul." Now you can have the ability to possess that second soul through an app available in the palm of your hands.  Learning a second language requires constant maintenance and practice.  The best way to learn a second (or third or fourth!) language is through repetition and continual exposure to the language.  That is the idea behind the application called Easy Words. 



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News, Rumors and Updates in Review.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories, news, rumors and updates in the world of iOS that made headlines.
 
*Jonathan Ive: “our goal isn't to make money.”
*Infinity Blade II: "SkyCages". Their biggest update yet, just released! Now on sale for $3.00! 
*Mark your calendars folks: September 12... 
*Dead Trigger: Updated for more chills and thrills! 
*Siri: Say whaaat?!? 


Learn and play today with Piano Apprentice from ION Audio

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I never had a piano lesson, even though we had a piano in the house, growing up. That piano collected dust and was more useful as a piece of furniture to display picture frames on. I always wished I had more initiative and learned to play. But today, thanks to the magic that is the Piano Apprentice from ION Audio, I actually learned how to play the melody from The Entertainer! And it just took about 30 minutes! The Piano Apprentice is a creative combination of a physical piano keyboard, and a free app with several lessons included, and tight integration between the software and hardware.


GoSmart Stylus Review

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The GoSmart is really not the typical stylus your grandfather used (though it might resemble a sort of drafting instrument). It is substantially more, in point of fact. An ingenious twist of simple engineering applied to the challenge of drawing or writing on the iPad screen in a natural, tactile manner. As a former weather guy, I used to spend hours hunched over first paper charts (waaay back) and then later a computer screen/drawing tablet... mostly just drawing lines (always lines of equal something or other). In the bad old days, drawing on a computer screen was an act more akin to connecting the dots using a drawing puck (on a tablet surface), and the whole experience was frustrating, jerky, often producing an erroneous result. If I would have had an iPad and a GoSmart stylus, I would have relished the task! It might have helped me forecast the weather better as well--ok, joking aside, the GoSmart is a stylus worthy of it's name...read on to learn why you will want this one.


Cartoon Defense: Space wars for iPhone & iPod Touch

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Beware! Upon downloading Cartoon Defence: Space Wars you will not be able to put it down! It is an incredibly addictive and fast paced game that will keep you entertained throughout its 80 increasingly difficult levels and its 3 varieties of game mode. It is your job to defend the planet cartoon from an onslaught of the Grey Tribe hordes that will nibble away at your defences.



Weekly Recap: Current iOS News In Review.

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Welcome to my weekly recap here at iPhone Life. Each week I take a look back at some of the top stories in the world of iOS that made headlines.

 

This week's newsmakers include:

 

*The Dark Knight Rises, the iOS game. 

*A new iPod touch on the horizon, plus much, much more. 

*Apple presents for the first time at the annual Black Hat security conference. 

*An oxymoron: Apple’s disappointing, yet stellar, financial quarter. 

*We already knew he was the man. Time magazine recognizes Steve Jobs as one of the top 20 most influential Americans.



Monster Cube iPhone App Review

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Puzzle games are always fun especially when they are in 3D and that’s exactly what the new Monster cube offers. Developed by Monsterjuice this latest puzzle game is fun, challenging and features some stunning 3D graphics which takes your typical match 3 or more cube puzzle to a whole new different level.  



Weekly App Review - Utility Roundup and Chrome Shakedown!

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Was able to check out 3 new handy utilities this week, and the new so-called Chrome for iOS browser, which is the Safari engine in a Chrome-like wrapper with a few added features that help if you are already drinking the Goog kool-aid. I have come to rely heavily on Safari, and IMO, Chrome mobile did not impress at all. About the only thing I liked was being able to get to my bookmarks, but it performed too chaotically to be useful. Also in this post, I cover some handy lightweight remote control apps (PC HUD and OFF) that let you monitor, stop or restart a PC or Mac from your iDevice, and a really decent calc/notepad app (CalcTape) for running accounting tallies and similar number-crunching tasks. As a bonus, I'll round up 3 of my fav free utilities at the end! Perfect end to a review roundup...



iPhone Reviews | iPhone Life Magazine

We have several iPhone reviews.  Articles like, iPhone Goes 3G,is one of many that gives you a more in depth look at Apple's products. Here are several iPhone reviews on past and current models.

"On July 11th, 2008, Apple and AT&T stores started selling the iPhone 3G, and over one million consumers bought one in the first three days, making this the hottest smart phone launch ever.  The 3G brings speed,assisted GPS, and a new low price to Apple's smart phone platform. And while the hardware has definitely been improved, it's the OS 2.0 and software suite that is truly revolutionary."

In iPhone 3G S and OS 3.0, we take a first look at the new 3G S. Resting in your hand, it looks pretty much like the 3G, but in this case, looks are deceiving. The iPhone 3G S sports a faster processor, better battery life, a 3 megapixel camera, enhanced 3D graphics, and a variety of other improvements.  Best of all, it's claimed to be twice as fast as the 3G.

We also reviewed the new OS 3.0 and software suite.  Apple added some nice features, including Cut & Paste capability, enhanced A2DPBluetooth that supports stereo headsets, an upgrade of SMS to full Multi MediaServices, improved search feature, landscape keyboard in Mail and other apps,and additional enhancements to Calendar, Contacts, iPod, and Safari.  Apple also added a new native app to the application suite.  VoiceMemo lets you capture and edit short audio recordings and e-mail or SMS them toa friend.

iPhone reviews: Apple began selling an unlocked versionof the iPhone 4S (iPhone Life Article Here). That means that you can use it with any carrier, andyou don't need to sign a contract.  Unlocked phones are a big advantage for frequent travelers. GSM is the most common standard abroad,and the whole cell phone business model is typically much different in other countries. No contracts, no subsidized phones. You simply buy a SIM card and put it in your phone. You can even buy SIM cards at kiosks in airports and on the street.