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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.

Trigger Fist update issues and fix

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Last week, I posted up on Trigger Fist. Currently my favorite shooter, maybe of all time! So simple of an idea, really--create realistic 3-D combat settings, throw in a sacred goat and a team of highly skilled unfriendlies, and voila--simulated combat bliss! But alas, a miscue in the recent update has been causing problems, especially in terms of saving progress, Game Center stats and app crashes. So I thought I better post up on the current fix.



Album Flow Free Version Available!

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Been a while since I posted up on Album Flow, but wanted to get word out there has been a release of a free version. You need to pay for premium features to customize or use playlists, appearance, etc. but the main cover flow feature that makes it mucho cool for iPad users is fully functional in the free version. Also a great alternative player for iPhone, so go grab it here...



What I played this week - Trigger Fist and Flight!

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This week, I played 2 great games that are very different, but both great fun. Trigger Fist is a combat game that you will both love and hate. Hate it because like real combat, it's so easy to get killed, but love it because it's so freaking cool!! Cool enough to warrant an iPhoneLife video demo, also included in this review. The other game I played the week, Flight, is a simple 2D-scroller recreating the fun and nostalgia of paper airplane flight.



Sonos adds New Music Services and Features!

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I enjoy streaming music services probably as much as any form of music listening experience, so it's no wonder I am a big advocate of the Sonos line of internet players and accessories (see my related reviews here). For getting your music wirelessly around the house, there are few choices that compare in terms of quality and ease of use. Doesn't hurt that you can use iPhone or iPad to control it all. Sonos recently added a new device that didn't interest me all that much (a pricey wifi sub-woofer called the SUB), but they have been making quiet and steady progress on their apps and services, so I figure a quick repost up is in order. Not only did their apps get a few helpful tweaks (use hardware buttons to control volume, etc.), Sonos has recently added both the Amazon Cloud Player, and the new Songza service to their menu of selections. Now you can play custom music lists for free via Songza, and/or enjoy your own cloud store of tunes (if they're synced to Amazon) anywhere in your house. You can get more info at their blog here...



Trigger Fist released - GET IT!!

This game in a word, ROCKS!! Just released today, Trigger Fist, an awesomely smooth shooter with lifelike combat sights and sounds, is available now on the Apple App Store for $4.99. Built with the Unity3D engine, TF is likely to become one of the hottest games you grab this year! The combat action is intense, if you survive long enough to appreciate it, that is. Review coming soon, but do yourself a favor, and grab this game NOW! 



Get Flight free this week!

Will post a review up soon, but wanted to get the word out that you can grab the iOS port of Flight for free (limited time only this week), a formerly flash-based 2D paper airplane game recently added to the app store here. Throw your paper airplane, collecting stars and power-ups which earn you upgrades and enhancements, while trying to eke out an even longer glide. The game has been redone with new visuals and enhancements, and I can vouch already it's a lot of simple fun... grab it while it's still gratis for a limited time!



Radiul Doc holder needs you - Kickstarter for 10 more days!

Simple but effective idea considering most doc stands or holders are way too bulky to carry around, so if you want to help Radiul get full KS backing (and get one of these unique mobile doc holders), go here. For as little as a $30 pledge, you get a Radiul mobile. Hurry though, as the project only has 10 days to go (deadline, Friday, August 17, 2012) to reach the $14K needed... Made in U.S.A.!!



Drawing review roundup - Set Paint Go, Grafio, Illustrator and tips for an aging iPad

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I recently reviewed a new stylus (see GoSmart review here), so figured I would swing back and repost on some of the drawing apps I used in the review. I also wanted to cover a unique "self-drawing" app created by Eric Hayes (an MIT math wiz and artist) called Set Paint Go. In this drawing roundup: Grafio, a very powerful diagramming and drawing toolset with a highly capable Lite version; Illustrator, another simple editor that can help you produce great looking graphics in like 2 seconds. I also have a few quick tips for when app crashes occur on older hardware, since I have been having some issues with an aging gadget...



mophie OUTRIDE debut!

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mophie has cases and charger combo rigs that are mind-blowingly cool, so no surprise them thinking of a way to protect and mount your iPhone on a surfboard (or insert your sporting conveyance here)! OUTRIDE, which will be available in mid-September, let's you catch all the extreme fun with less risk to your electronic buddy (so it can catch the action)! Read on for full PR release!



GoSmart Stylus Review

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The GoSmart is really not the typical stylus your grandfather used (though it might resemble a sort of drafting instrument). It is substantially more, in point of fact. An ingenious twist of simple engineering applied to the challenge of drawing or writing on the iPad screen in a natural, tactile manner. As a former weather guy, I used to spend hours hunched over first paper charts (waaay back) and then later a computer screen/drawing tablet... mostly just drawing lines (always lines of equal something or other). In the bad old days, drawing on a computer screen was an act more akin to connecting the dots using a drawing puck (on a tablet surface), and the whole experience was frustrating, jerky, often producing an erroneous result. If I would have had an iPad and a GoSmart stylus, I would have relished the task! It might have helped me forecast the weather better as well--ok, joking aside, the GoSmart is a stylus worthy of it's name...read on to learn why you will want this one.


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