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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.

Hey Apple, thanks and sorry about the whining!

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Well, I posted up this bit of foolishness grousing about my undelivered iPad mini, and probably by pure coincidence get the email shown above just a few hours later from the Apple Store, of course... Sheesh! Now I have to eat a big hearty helping of crow, and send Apple an apology. I said I would, and so I am. Thanks Apple Store, and I am sincerely sorry I doubted your original delivery estimate (Nov 2, 2012), and cast any dispersions on your distribution methods during what is probably a challenging new product delivery period. If all goes as planned, I should be receiving my unit tomorrow, so crow suitably and dutifully eaten! Not bad, actually...kind of like chicken, but a bit on the gamey side... ;)



Hey Apple, where's my new iPad mini!!

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...mini cover wook wonewy...

This is probably the first Apple device since the iPod touch that I wanted to buy right away. Usually I wait until the hype dies down, someone else wants to trade up, and/or demand wanes. No waiting in any long lines, no standing in the rain or cold. Mostly, I am not an early adopter and selective about the Apple products I want. No iPhone, ever (never owned one)... Shocked? I have my reasons, but mainly didn't need it, partly because I could simply borrow my son's. I'm an iPod guy (love em, end of story). When the first iPad came out, didn't get one of those until another writer traded his in for a newer model. It was kind of a novelty to be honest, though I have certainly learned to appreciate it. I figured Apple would eventually come out with the product I really wanted. A bigger version of the iPod touch! I finally got what I wanted, except not yet... went online and purchased it the first day available; black 16GB WiFi only version. So far, the only thing to make it is the silly cover (got it today)...so I want to know where is my mini? Yo Apple, where is my bigger iPod touch?? Sure would like to hear from other would-be mini owners wondering the same thing... Read on for more tech-whining about my non-arriving mini...



Get mophie juice pack powerstation in White from the Apple store!

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The geeked-out Apple product connoisseur wants the whole world to be one clean, white, round-cornered and gleaming world! He or she especially wants a phone like that, a tablet like that, and a device accessory like that--even better if it all comes from the mothership. Some part of us simply demands that we have, yes, even a battery pack that completes the smooth, eye-pleasing ensemble, am I right? Ok, that's laying it on a bit thick, but you can't argue it's an attractive look, even if I am being cheeky... You can now grab your mophie juice pack powerstation in the Apple store here (powerstation), here (dual charging duo) or here (cheaper mini) in Zen-like white that matches all those other cool iThings you have!



GoSmart Stylus released in 27 European countries via Amazon U.K.!

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One of my fav iPad accessories, and one I use on a daily basis is now released in several EU countries, and also available here in the U.S for $24.95. See my full GoSmart review here, or read on for the full PR scoop on this elegantly designed stylus... This is a perfect stocking stuffer for the artsy or geeky iPad user in your life...



Battle Fleet at $1.99!

Looking for a naval strategy game that gives you granular control of the individual weapons on a fleet of battleships? Today is your lucky day! Battle Fleet, formerly at $4.99 and highly rated in the iTunes store, has been reduced to $1.99 for a limited time. Features include multiple gameplay modes, awesome weapon upgrades, vintage battles and much more... Check it out in the App store, but don't wait. The sale is only good for this weekend.



Cloud Shootout 2 - More apps and services reviewed!

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This review started out about Download Expert--a simple iOS browser app that let's you grab files from a web site or online service like Dropbox. You want your music, movies, and other files on your iPhone, install Download Expert...blah, blah. Then I started messing with the Dropbox app to troubleshoot some issues, and next thing I know, I'm trying a completely new service called OfficeDrop that has it's own awesome iOS app and web service for syncing files. Sheesh! Round and round on the cloud wheel we go (see my previous shootout here). Though the shootout was more about document editing, I covered a few cloud storage services there. You can learn more about these services and apps in this, yet another cloud storage review, and pseudo-shootout...Part 2, you might say...



Trigger Fist update at only 99 cents - GO GET IT!

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This is arguably one of my all-time favorite games, and one that I play literally every (I do not exaggerate) chance I get. If you like combat shooters, you have to get this game, load it up on your devices (all of them), and immerse yourself in the magical combat bliss that is Trigger Fist!! You will not get bored, and you will not want to stop playing. Every sacred goat you snare and protect with your life; every hard-won upgrade and unlock; every perfectly laid ambush you and your team execute will keep you coming back again and again! Do yourself a big favor, and get it NOW, just updated for latest iPhone and iPod touch versions, for ONLY 99 cents... for a limited time I'm sure.



Buy 6 great eBooks at any price you can afford!

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Where are you going to find 8 great Sci-Fi reads for $12.50...or potentially even less? Not iTunes, I assure you. What if you wanted 6 of these great reads for just $1 (yes, for all 6 of them), because maybe you are a little short on cash this month, and gotta have your SF fix (who doesn't)? That will work too. The Humble eBook Bundle is letting you set your price for the next 10 days on 6 magnificent ebook reads (available in multiple reader formats including iOS-capable ePub). That's not all, you can even adjust who gets what percentage of your contribution (Author, Charity, or Tip). Works include titles from Cory Doctorow (one of my favs), Mercedes Lackey, and John Scalzi among other SF masters. The project has garnered 40K+ purchases, with an average purchase price of $12.50, for which you can currently snag the full 8-book bundle. If you want to take a bigger discount, you get to select 6--Old Man's War from Scalzi, and Signal to Noise are bonus selections for meeting the average. Enough confusing babble from me... Go grab them there eBooks or learn more about this amazing deal at the link provided above before it expires!



MyShelf Review - Note syncing bliss without the privacy issues!

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I really gave Evernote a huge try. Pumped loads of web info, article research, photos and screenshots in there.  Even had my camera SD card configured to post images to my account (check out my review here on how to do this). The love affair ended really not because of any one thing, but a lot of nuisances. General sluggishness and sync issues that crept in. Bigger problems like somehow losing extensive posts or article content I had spent hours crafting, and more obnoxious things like crashing and hanging up. If you looking for an app that can give you simple note/interest gathering capability with little in the way of distractions, you might want to try out MyShelf as an alternative. It won't knock EN off it's lofty perch, but it does let you share note and interest data across your devices.



Browse and download anything to iPhone with Download Expert!

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While reviewing Download Expert, I noted a rather annoying bug (at least for an English-reading person like myself). The app's browser was returning search queries in Cyrillic script, due to redirection to Google's .ua domain. I was mad, because I really wanted to review this ingenuous universal file downloading app, with it's cool 3-D cube browser! I asked the devs to fix it, after which I would try it again when it was available (quick tip--grab previously installed apps from iCloud), and not only did the folks at Synaptic Wave deliver, they dropped the price to $1.99! So I'll be posting up a full review later, but wanted to get the news out that the app is fixed, and very reasonably priced--also now with Dropbox support. If you want to download videos, images, files of all kinds to your iOS device, this is the app you need... Grab it at the link above! YouTube vid follows the break...



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