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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.

Pocket-lint GarageBand experiment - May the Force be with you!!

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I had to share this with the iPhoneLife group, since several of our blog team (including myself) are musicians. Seems some of the team over at Pocket-lint.com decided to attempt to recreate the music score (or part of it) from Star Wars, specifically the cantina scene track using only GarageBand on their devices in jam mode. Listening to the final result, I couldn't help but smile and think that this is exactly what Steve Jobs was going for... Of course, the rendition they created might be considered a loose interpretation, but hey, it's a jam after all! Even an experienced musician knows that the spirit of the thing is the point, not necessarily the execution. You can check it out at the link above, and get the full back story (which is also a handy startup for GB noobs). I included an embed of the final rendition below. In case anyone wants to know, Han shot first, and good for him! 



What I played this week - Action Block Buster, nulis and Motorcity!

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I haven't done a "What I Played" column in a while, mainly due to lack of time to play much of anything. As the saying goes about all work and no play--so decided it was time to take a break and grab some new games! This week I downloaded Action Block Buster, a multi-spacial brick breaking experience; nulis, a physics game which defies description; and an exceptional rail shooter freebie from Disney called Motorcity. Read on for the full WIPTW ("What I played this week") roundup of these new games.



ProCode Review

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Some apps are especially useful to those of us of the geekier persuasion, particularly the conversion utilities. Many are revealed via Google search: simple javascript snippets on various web-sites scattered across the internet, or via any of a host of free app store utilities. In my geekier pursuits, I might rarely have to convert a HEX - RGB value for instance (to apply a particular color, etc.), or potentially do some binary math to calculate a proper subnet address. Actually pretty lightweight geek stuff, but hardcore coder types need to get at base conversions when programming in machine code. ProCode is written as a bare bones calculator focused for just that purpose. Oh, it will also help you calculate 2+2 (which I probably need more than the binary conversions anyway).



iHome announces new AirPlay speaker - iW2

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We reviewed the iW1 last year here on the blogs and in print, and pretty much agreed it was a great product for wireless music streaming via AirPlay (see my review here), though maybe a little wonky to configure in my case. One aspect that I liked is that the iW1 is truly wireless; sporting a rechargeable internal battery that not only allows the device to be carried around the house, but still provides a charge to your devices when connected. The lower priced and eminent iW2 (due out April 1, 2012) will not have this feature, but otherwise will include the streaming excellence of the iW1. You can read on about the updated model (which is a bit smaller than the iW1) in the included PR release.



NextWorth - Cash in that old iPad!

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We have featured NextWorth in the past on our site, but it might be a good time to remind our readers getting ready to buy a new iPad that your old gear does not have to languish in the bottom of a desk drawer. You can get something back, and why not? You could use an old iPad as a paperweight, Frisbee, or jousting shoulder guard, but really, why not trade it in? You can get a quick, and easy online quote for it at NextWorth. Also while you're at it, you might look up all that other tech stuff you were going to put in a garage sale box marked "$5" 



Album Flow brings Cover Flow to iPad!

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Cover flow, being one of the most attractive electronic music selector schemes to come along since the diner booth jukebox, was left off of the iPad. I have tried a ton of ways to browse mobile music over the years. Cover Flow is the best, at least in terms of coolness factor and more importantly providing the illusion that I own physical recordings. Back in the day when you bought a record, you could take it to a friend's house, play it on their stereo, let them keep it for a week. You could open the jacket and read about the band, study the song lyrics, and catch a brief glimpse of that other world where all the cool people live. You had to imagine what it would be like to hang out with them though--no MTV, YouTube or reality shows. Cover flow brought back a part of the nostalgia of the experience. Album Flow brings cover flow to iPad.



HEX - Stylish way to show off iPod nano!

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This is truly the cool way to give iPod nano as a gift--spend a bit more and turn it into a watch! HEX has an assortment of great watchbands to accessorize your nano, as well as cases and covers for your other gear. You can check out their stuff on the web-site link above, or read on for a closer look at the Vision Classic leather watchband.



Canonical introduces a phone that is your computer!

I have mixed emotions about this, and it's certainly not the first mobile one-stop shop I have seen advertised. Could this finally be the ultimate intermarriage of phone and desktop that everyone seems to crave? Will Apple address this need with the iPad 3 or the next iPhone? Will we finally have world peace? Will the Redskins ever win another Super Bowl? We can't be sure of any of the above, but with mobile advances squeezing processor, memory and graphics firepower into smaller form factors, it was only a matter of time. The question is, do we really want or need a single device for everything? I say we don't... Canonical evidently has other ideas, at least for corporate users.



APPY Geek - Now available for iPad!

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One of my personal all-time favorite news reader apps has finally made it to iPad, and I am a little late in getting the word out (sorry, APPY Geek). It is, in my opinion, a great (and free) news reader sporting a dock-like interface, a slick tag browser, and decent library of news sources! I use it when I can on my wife's TouchPad, and now (finally) can use it on my iPad regularly. You looking to stay updated on the latest tech news, then this is a pretty darn good way to do it, in my opinion!



App Review - TWIG Touch Dictionary!

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Among the first apps I reviewed when I started blogging at iPhoneLife way back in 2008 (ages ago, I know) was a dictionary app--Webster's Collegiate (here for the review) from Paragon--and the basic concept then for finding word information was much like the TWIG Touch Dictionary for iPad now. You would start by typing a word into a search box, which would ultimately result in informative word results appearing. The similarities end there however, as to contrast that early app version of Webster's (while effective) with TWIG would be like comparing a Fiat to a Ferrari. The TWIG Touch Dictionary is truly an app worthy of iPad. It's clever use of a mind map-based interface and touch manipulation is stunning, both in terms of innovative design and elegance.



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