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Learning your ABC's

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How can you help your child learn the English alphabet?  How do you do that and keep track of their improvement?  Why don't you give Akshara (.99), by Rega Interactive a try?  In the mean time, I was given a copy of the app for evaluation by the developer and will give you a run down of the features.  For the past few weeks I've been using the app on an iPhone 3G running iOS4 and it has been working great, though there are some issues, I'll go over them further on. 



Review: Dragon Fire Una's Quest by Debug Design

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Dragon Fire is the prefect example of why buyers cringe when they see the GameSalad logo come up on their screen.  The real problem is that Dragon Fire is not a terrible game, but rather a mediocre game marred by some issues that make it not as enjoyable as it should be.  It’s also fairly representative of the offerings that come from the aforementioned game authoring tool.  If this game were given a bit more TLC it could rise above the ever increasing number of vertical shooters that are making their way into the App Store, but as it stands right now the unique premise of playing a dragon doesn’t help the rest of the game.



Pigs beware: Angry Birds Xmas edition is on its way; Angry Birds Day is officially 11th Dec 2010

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Rovio, the Finnish Developers of top iphone app, Angry Birds, have hinted in their twitter feeds that there will be an Angry Birds Christmas edition. Apparently it’s going to be a free update for those who purchased the Halloween edition but probably a round of $0.99 donations for the rest of us.

Not content to sit on their laurels, it also looks like Angry Birds is going to take on life outside the iphone in a big way (where it started).



Ecamm Printopia Review

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One of the most anticipated features in the recent iOS 4.2 release was the ability for properly programmed applications to print from an iOS device like the iPad. Known as Airprint, this new addition brought the idea of wireless printing to any printer on the network to many iPhone and iPad owners anxious to output web pages, iWork and PDF documents to paper hard copy. Unfortunately, due to the various technical and security issues around iOS and Airprint technology, Airprint is rather restricted in its current form.  Supporting only a handful of new printers that must be connected on the wireless network segment as the iOS user, expectations for Airprint were rapidly deflated.



Review: iShine Sleeve

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Here is a product that I think many who don’t like to use traditional cases (so to speak) may find very useful. Take note, as it does not matter if you are an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or even another similar device owner.

 

Enter the iShine Sleeve. There is one for the iPad and a smaller one for the iPhone / iPods. From their site, it’s made of “durable glass-cleaning microfiber.” It’s a case and cleaning cloth in one. The review sample I was sent included the iPad size and the smaller one.



New ThinkGeek Keyboard Case for iPhone brings some BlackBerry Smackdown!

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Wow...Now, if they could just shrink the iPhone screen so I can barely read it, then I might feel like I was using my BB, but this is pretty killer. Chunky, thumb-friendly, flip keyboard and a protective case all rolled into one, and for $49.95. Nice! You can grab one here, or read on for full press details...



Tunebug Shake Review... Quality Sound from Your Helmet!

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You can bike, skateboard, rollor derby--or a ton of other things requiring a helmet--with headphones, but that's dangerous! Headphones significantly dampen environmental sound that you should hear (like someone yelling "look out!"). Get quality tunes to accompany that smooth kickflip (insert related slang of preference) without shutting out important sounds around you with the Tunebug Shake...



Price Check by Amazon -- free app lets you find prices via voice, bar code, photo, or product name

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If you're shopping and wonder whether the item you're considering could be more cheaply purchased via Amazon, a new app helps you do just that. Price Check by Amazon (free) lets you search for the product you have in mind in four different ways: you can say the name of the product, use the iPhone's camera to read the bar code, take a photo of the item, or enter the name of the product. The app uses the same voice recognition technology that powers the popular Dragon NaturallySpeaking. (iPhone 4 and 3GS only)



Preview: Dino Rush by Nemoid Studio

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On November 26th you’ll be treated to a new distance running game in the form of Dino Rush, and I have to say that the game does a decent job of setting itself apart from similar games.  You play a little dinosaur that has a series of missions to complete, but it just so happens that you’re always hungry.  To keep your strength up you must consume all the fruit you can find, as well as avoid all the other nasty dinosaurs and things like quicksand and lava.  You’ll receive various power ups like a spiked helmet, fruit magnet and super-dinosaur suit that will help you in your quest (and are often imperative to your survival).



ARK iPhone case not just for a rainy day

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It's a rainy day here in Upstate New York so naturally thoughts turn to building an Ark.  A funky design firm named ARKWHAT has done just that, for the iPhone 4.  Think Motorola Startac if made by Nerf! This chunky but colorful case actually serves several purposes.  You won't lose your iPhone.  If you drop it, you probably will be okay.  There's even a drop test video on YouTube!  And while I wouldn't recommend trying it, it just might float.  But it's not waterproof so don't rely on that.



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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