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What I played this week - Dark Meadow and Dead Space!

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It was a joyous Halloween week of gory shooter games, which still has not ended! Dead Space, released earlier this year, is a gore-fest of terror-inducing abominations that spring up on you from just about everywhere--easily the top spot of the genre. I've had the game for awhile, but just finally getting around to really playing it (I have a long queue, so sue me). Also in this edition is a tasty game called Dark Meadow: a scary shooter, and a puzzle-solving adventure game all wrapped in one. Read on for my mini-reviews of both games. Eric Pankoke has previously posted up on both... 


New iFrogz cases announced and iPad covers on sale!

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iFrogz has some of the most attractive cover and case designs on the market. Still have iPad 1? You can get any of their whole line for 12 bucks, which is a steal. For iPhone, they have a new line of cases custom made for the latest 4 and 4S devices...read on to learn why I love the iFrogz covers for iPad, and for more info on their new line of products.


Don't Get Dizzy

 

360 Panorama ($.99) http://occipital.com/360/app 

Capturing panoramas are now easier than ever! Just open the app, tap the screen and pan your phone in any direction. Your panorama gets stitched together as you go. When you're done, you can instantly save your panorama or share via email, Twitter, or Facebook. 

In real estate, we used to pay hundreds of dollars to have this done for virtual tours and we would have to wait days to get it back. Now it can be done and on a website before we leave the house.



CoPilot Live Premium USA iPhone App Review

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Everyone is looking for the best GPS app and CoPilot Live may have just taken that title.  It’s a very user-friendly app that not only has audio capabilities, but also provides additional features to make the experience safer.  It really does become your copilot without having to look at your phone or GPS while driving. 



Glitches, glitches: Siri outage, Sprint data speed, iPhone 4S battery life

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So things are just a little rocky at the moment, but I guess that's to be expected. And the issues aren't that serious. Yesterday Siri was down again for some users. Siri's interpretation of your commands and questions happens not on your iPhone 4S but on Apple's servers. If there's a problem on Apple's end, Siri becomes uncommunicative. CNET and TiPb were among the sites that reported the outages. Some users found that resetting their phone helped.



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaways! 11/4

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works:



Sup! App review

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I recently got a request to review the social netwoking app 'SUP!' and I've got to say, it's one of the nicer social calendar apps I've tried.  It's got nice custom graphics and very easy navigation with five clear buttons on the bottom and then the on calendar buttons as well.  The registration for this app was very quick and easy, took less than two minutes to get up and running.  I loved the quick tutorial; it was only about 2 minutes at the most but gave me a good understanding of the app and how to use it without wasting my time describing every tiny detail of the app.  Creating an event was nice and easy with quite a few built in event types along with the custom option.



Review: Blobster by Chillingo

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If you’ve been an iPhone gamer for any decent length of time and managed to go without playing a game from Chillingo (or Clickgamer), I’m both impressed and a bit scared.  For the rest of us, we know by now that they have a pretty good knack for choosing fun, light hearted puzzle / platform / physics / whatever style games, and Blobster is no exception.  I’m not sure that there’s anything here that’s really new, but it’s all put together in a way that is both entertaining and fresh.  As long as Chillingo keeps publishing games like this, you can expect me to be along for the ride.



Rumor: Complete overhaul of iPad and iPhone in 2012

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Following a report in Digitimes, blogs repeated the rumor late yesterday that the iPad and iPhone will have a complete overhaul in 2012. The anonymous source: the guys in Asia who supply the parts. You can read a useful discussion on AppleInsider. According to the rumors, there are two iPads in development: one that comes in March that's a modest update, and one later that would be the iPad 3.



Game Review: Dark Meadow

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I watched the promo videos for this game and decided it was something I really needed to try.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  At once this game is both intriguing and frustrating.  I feel like I’m spending too much time traipsing over the same hallways over and over again, yet every time I find a journal entry or news clipping I really want to know more about what’s going on.  I think this game is as much a product of its environment as anything, because I really don’t believe it would be nearly as much fun to explore if it didn’t look so good, yet it’s easy to lose a half hour or forty-five minutes wandering the hallways of Dark Meadow in the blink of an eye.



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

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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