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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.

Trade up to an iPhone 4S with Sprint and save $100!

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If you still haven't made the jump to iPhone 4S, now might be a good time. Sprint is offering a trade-in deal and unlimited data coverage that could snare you 100 bucks in savings when you switch (from any other carrier) to the 4S! You can trade your current iPhone in either on-line or at a store. The offer won't last forever, so you might want to go for it now... Read on for full details from PR release.



What I played this week - Cubyrinth, Warpspeed 2, and Blast Angle HD

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3 small games this week (none over 100MB in size), all of which can be had on the app store in like a minute. Cubyrinth is a puzzle solver that will require your concentration and some Rubik's experience; Warpspeed 2 is a 3D racer with addictively retro sound/graphics; Blast Angle HD is a Dome Wars (or Scorched Earth on PC) redo with a sharp and vibrant look. Read on for the mini-reviews and vids...



Appy Geek gets update!

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One of my fav news reader apps (see our Appy Geek review here) got an update last week. The only thing that jumped out at me on iPad was additional footer ads that now appear (which seemed to disappear by changing screen orientation). Apparently, there are more features under the hood now for iPhone/iPod touch. Things like a new "Word Cloud" feature that I still don't quite understand, but maybe the added PR release below will help explain better than I can...



NCsoft releases My Little Hero for iOS!

Looks like one worth taking a look at soon. Anyway, only 99 pennies for a limited time, so might want to grab it now. Check out the YT demo, and/or read on for full PR brief on the newly minted My Little Hero for iOS!



What I played this week - My own game!

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Do you ever consider what iPhone or iPad would be without the App store? Seriously think about it...? iOS is great, sure, but would get boring in a hurry without the awesome apps and games. Games that developers create, slaving for weeks/months over details most of us would consider a form of insanity, to bring us the very best in mobile entertainment for a price under 5 bucks! What if, like in early computer days, we had to write our own apps?! I got a taste of what that might be like. I say a taste, because though I write scripts to do my job, neither coding nor computer graphics are activities I claim to be able to do well. To make a game for iOS, I would need a lot of help. Sketch Nation Studio certainly helped, but the result is well, laughable in my case!



Mohu Bounce Review - Boost your WiFi signal!

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My WiFi point of presence is in my basement. That's where the internet service provider installer guy had to put it. I mostly work 2 floors above that level, so getting a steady WiFi signal with all the interference in my neighborhood is somewhat a dicey proposition. My router was provided by the service company, so it's not exactly standard or easily configured (though I have tweaked on it a bit). I have been looking for a way to boost my upstairs WiFi reception for years, and didn't want to fuss with repeaters, or adding another AP. I think I may have finally found one of the easiest and cheapest ways to solve this problem. The Mohu Bounce...



Limited Time Offer - Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD available at HALF PRICE!

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One of my all-time fav games ever, Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD, is on sale for a limited time at 50% off ($4.99). This game is a smorgasbord of awesome 3D space action and adventure for iPad and iPhone! You can spend hours just trading and exploring/hopping from world to world, building your own home grown weapons, and upgrading your ship. Sometimes, for kicks I turn guns on a friendly, become a space pirate and see how long I can survive! Of course, you can also immerse yourself fully in the storyline and play along with the main game objectives. Whichever way you go, it's just good old-fashioned fun and it's now half priced! More info follows the break...



One tough customer - Seidio Surface Plus Case review

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Seidio is taking iPhone protection to the next level with a 1700mAh case/combo pack that is freaking awesome! They recently sent me a review kit to check out the Surface/Convert Plus value pack. Really an impressive amount of protection for normal citizens. If you want the Batmobile of case products, then you found it. Read on for the full review...



What I played this week - Paper Monsters and Crash Bandicoot!

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Paper Monsters is certainly one of the best platformers for iPad/iPhone I have experienced, and got it for the limited free app a day price, but it's only back up to 99 pennies today, so definitely still a steal. Everything about the game is great. Engaging levels, superior graphics, easy control, and catchy music. The overall mood is so cheerful, and uplifting, can't help but smile when you play, and the interesting backgrounds, obstacles and scenes make it that much more fun to keep playing. Grab Paper Monsters from Crescent Moon Games here, or read on for the rest of the review including a short YouTube demo video. Also, in retro gaming news, Activision dropped several of their games to the 99 cent level this weekend, so grabbed Crash Bandicoot this week too...



Monster-sized mophie Powerstation now available!

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First caught a glimpse of this, well for lack of a better description--fist-sized block of lithium-ion in a hard shell--at CES earlier this year. It can top up all your gadgets and then some with a 6000 mAh of raw power, the powerstation Pro is finally available for purchase at the spendy sum of $129.95. It not only charges fast, but can also stop a bullet (okay, I made that up). It is, however, designed to stand up to the elements including sand, dust and water. You can learn more in the included PR release and embedded YT vid after the break...



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