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Review: Sky Combat by Chillingo

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I love scrolling shooters, I’ve reviewed quite a few of them over time, and I often find myself commenting on how I wish the developers would go back and play 1942 to get a basic feel for how a scrolling shooter should play out.  I’m not sure where the developers of Sky Combat got their inspiration, but they certainly hit the mark.  This game has formations, it has level design, and it’s actually challenging without succumbing to the “bullet hell” gimmick.  I’m not saying it’s perfect – not even 1942 was perfect – but this is definitely one of the best scrolling shooters I’ve played on my iPod Touch.  Take note, Capcom: this is the game First Strike should have been.



I reward my kids with iRewardChart

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It's a tale of two children.  One is a rule follower and the other a rule breaker.  I love them dearly, but it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.  Thankfully, iRewardChart is a well made app that enables me to track their chores but more importantly, it encourages them to participate.  Not only can they see their progress, as they perform daily household activities, but I've begun to let them checkoff their tasks as they complete them.  The rule breaker actually likes this as she can get a visual and audible recognition and she has some control... that's her big thing.  The rule follower likes it because it's structured, reliable, and most importantly, high-tech.



Richard Solo Battery Deal

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Richard Solo has a great deal going on this week for their 1200 MAh backup battery with flashlight, for iphone and iPod.

(Please note: this deal expired on March 14th, 2011, but you can still purchase through the link below)

"To obtain the discounted price for this week’s special offer, you must enter the code word "hot" in the coupon code box (then hit APPLY) during checkout."



Pocket Manager App is Free....for now

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I have written about apps by this developer before. Intersog writes interactive educational apps for the business community. They are very extensive and well worth the $20 normal price. There are a couple of their apps available for free. I am not sure for how long they will remain free so hurry.



Pac-Man on Sale in the App Store!

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Pac-Man is on sale this weekend only in the Apple App Store! The Pacman iPhone app generally costs gamers $4.99, but right now it is available for $1.99. 

This is a tremendous port of the original game that will make any old school arcade game fan drool. Pac-Man is a classic that I am glad is being offered to younger generations through the iPhone. In general, I am a major fan of classic games being re-done on mobile iOS devices. They are a perfect fit because most are simple and elegent, and yet tested by countless gamers through the years, which ensures a dynamite product!



What I Played this Week - and Another World coming to iOS!!

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Technically not all are games this time (Space Storms), so sue me. I spent too much time again playing GOF 2, and Robokill, but had to check out Tiny Wings this week.



Video parody: Charlie and the Apple Factory

Collegehumor.com has made another Apple parody video. In their re-imagination of ''Charlie and the Apple Factory”, Steve Jobs has awarded iTickets to several lucky winners who won the opportunity to find out what makes Apple products so special. Bill Gates has a cameo in the video but I think the Collegehumor producers haven't met him recently since the likeness wasn't there....(Warning: may be mildly offensive to Apple fans who lack a sense of humor!)

 



Dropkick - 5 Stars for Simplicity!

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I’m a To-Do List junkie. I think I own everyone out there. With each new one I get, I find something I like better about it than the previous one. Today, I want to tell you about Dropkick.

Warning: You won’t like this app if you’re looking for a sophisticated organizer. Instead, I recommend Omni Focus. But for the rest of you, read on:   



Review: Last Stand Stan by GreenBean Games

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Last Stand Stan is kind of like a mix between Missile Command and Asteroids.  Like the latter game you have a 360 degree battle, but much like the former you fight from a fixed position, which in this case is the center of the screen.  Many games that employ this format have you controlling a planet or some critter on top of a planet, but in this case you control a robot named Stan, though you are still tasked with defending a planet.  I think the game has a ton of potential, but in its current incarnation there are enough drawbacks that it hasn’t reached that potential.  What you end up with, then, is an average game that’s on its way to the top.



Audiobooks For Your Kids is easy to carry, simple to use, safe for the kids, educational, and effective!

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Looking for a way to keep your kids busy while traveling or waiting in the doctor’s office? You know, something entertaining enough to keep them busy, but also quiet? Audiobooks For Your Kids for the iPhone could be the answer.

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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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