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I went to Florida for a week so I am catching up on things. Here are some misc thoughts from my trip and email catch-up.

My iOS Gear I took was fairly light. I brought my iPad as well as the GNS GPS receiver I just reviewed. I used my dedicated TomTom car unit but brought the GNS as backup. TomTom stayed in the rental car pretty much the whole time. (I did not want to leave the iPad in the car.)

I debated on bringing a keyboard with me for the iPad. I ended up not and I did not regret it at once. I used the iPad heavily at the airport and on the plane. During the week, I was busy enjoying the various amusement parks in Orlando and trying to get a sun tan.  I would have used it more during the week when I was at the place we stayed but there was no internet service.



Updated RedEye Mini App

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Last Year I reviewed the RedEye Mini from Thinkflood. There was also a manufacturing recall of the unit shortly after that as well but I never heard any updates directly since. I am assuming they got everything all straightened out as they have released an updated app for it.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-thinkfloods-redeye-mini

 

Part of the press release is as follows:

"ThinkFlood has released a new dedicated application for their popular RedEye mini device today.



Tilt To Live Gets Multiplayer Add-on

One of my fav games, Tilt To Live has recently added a cool new game feature that let's you and a friend team up to wreak havoc on the dots. More press details follow (or just click on the embedded video)... "iPhone’s Tilt to Live, an accelerometer-based shooter enjoyed by over half a million users, came down with a serious case of the cooperatives yesterday evening. Players can now enjoy a 2-player version of our Viva la Turret gametype with a nearby friend, via wi-fi or Bluetooth.



Big Hit Baseball: iPhone Game Strikes Out

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Big Hit Baseball, developed by Denki Games Limited, published by Square Enix Limited, and sold by Eidos Interactive sounds like a game that iPhone users needed.  This simple tap n’ swipe baseball game is reminiscent of handheld stand alone video games or arcade games of the 80s.  It seems like the perfect choice for a simple iPhone game app.



Gameloft announces surprise sale starting from Feb 24th: 30 apps for $0.99 each.

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Gameloft has just blogged about their surprise app sales (grab them while you can!) starting yesterday (Feb 24th).  Their blog post is over here.

Now, Gameloft has always produced high quality games and there’s a little rivalry going on between them and EA so this announcement is to be expected given that EA recently had a sale.

The list of Gameloft offers on sale for the iphone is pretty cool and I am sure there is something for everyone.



Girl Scouts Go High Tech by Using iPhones to Accept Credit Card Payments

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Girl Scouts have officially entered the 21st century, although pictures and marketing may still suggest otherwise :)

Girl Scouts of America has made an agreement with Intuit to utilize the company's GoPayment app in order to accept credit card purchases via iPhone from hungry cookie customers. Now, you no longer have to have cash to buy the great cookies from the girls in front of the grocery stores.



iPhone 4 Keyboard Buddy Case Review

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The Keyboard Buddy Case is an iPhone case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard that easily slides out when needed. Use it to quickly and easily type a text message or email or whatever else you need to do on the iPhone. The way it slides in and out of the phone is super cool!

The case fits snugly on your iPhone and has a nice low profile. It doesn't detract from the look of your iPhone at all. 



Atomic Tom Records Song on A NY Subway with Only iPhones!

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Have you ever heard of the band Atomic Tom? Do you enjoy music made through iPhones?

Well, if your answer is yes then I have a tremendous video for you! 

Check out this video here and then come back!

 

In this Aomic Tom iPhone Video, the band plays all instruments only using iPhones and the entire video is filmed only with iPhones. So, everything you see is reproduced by iPhones! 



Dual Sim Adaptors for Iphone 4: Using a Normal 3G Sim Card and your microsim at the same time.

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Let’s face it. For those of us early adopters of microsim cards because of Iphone 4, we know that microsim cards are not catching on in any other phone model and is likely to stay that way for a while. However, for about US$20, the Chinese have developed a dual simcard adaptor that allows you to slot in a normal-sized simcard in an external adaptor, while at the same time allowing you to keep your existing Iphone 4 microsim in the simcard tray – in layman terms, this means that the 2 simcards (Normal Sim + Microsim) are essentially paired up much like batteries connecting in series.



Apple is the Leader in Mobile App Store Revenue

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A recent report from CNET says according to the data from IHS, Apple is holding the top rank among other smartphones in app store revenue worldwide. Apple just feeling the heat in the smartphone market with a heavy competition just managed their top position this year too.



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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