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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.

What I played this week - Ichi and more gaming news

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This week, I review Ichi; advanced pong/puzzle game rising fast in app store popularity, and as about as simple as a game can get and still provide devilishly mind-twisting fun. Also, some important news: for those who have heard me ranting but not yet sampled the Galaxy on Fire 2 space adventure (SD version)--99 cents for a very limited time (expires June 15th, 2012) so do not tarry too overlong to snag it. In other iOS gaming news, Bank Job side-runner freebie has been released, and a new 3D racer called Bounty Racer coming this summer. I hope to review both in an upcoming WIPTW column, time permitting. Read on for the Ichi review and full game news releases...



New Wordflex Touch Dictionary version released!

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True I'm a blogger, but still consider myself a serious writer of sorts, and as such must recommend the Wordflex Touch Dictionary (formerly called TWIG, see our review here) for anyone else in the pursuit of putting fingers to keyboard or iPad screen. I do a fair amount of technical writing, and I'm always rooting around for a good synonym... WordFlex helps me immensely, and it just looks plain awesome while doing it! The latest update (besides changing the name) adds improved navigation features, Retina graphics and much more. The price is hefty at $24.99, but the beauty and capability of this app make it well worth the expense. Bullet list of features after the break...



Viper SmartStart 3.0 brings the Cloud to your car!

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At the Mobile Apps Showdown at CES earlier this year, the award-winning Viper SmartStart product was one of the coolest apps demonstrated, in my opinion, and it certainly garnered oohs and aahs from other press there. It didn't win the MAW, but it was in the select top 10 apps, and for good reason. There is no other mobile aftermarket car-gadget integration product that comes close to this level of capability--start your car from your iPhone, check the temperature remotely, and have it warmed up and ready when you arrive! In the latest version 3.0, Viper is adding even more awesomeness with cloud services. Now your car tells you when it wants to warm up, over the internet...Wow! Read on for full PR info...



What I played this week - Draw the Line, InstaJam, Trailers, Ichi and Kitaru news!

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Welcome to my somewhat weekly app review column (aka WIPTW), where I mostly review games and "play-oriented" apps and news. This week, have 3 apps to review (and another to preview), so won't waste any time with my usual blabbering. Draw the Line is a cute puzzler with physics aspects. Ichi is still under embargo, but can say it's another interesting puzzle game soon to be released. InstaJam is a basic drum machine app, and iTunes Movie Trailers though not a game, is an iTunes award-winning freebie vid player handy for finding all the latest movie previews. Last but certainly not least, I offer up a quick QA with some of the Aoineka folks about their coming Kitaru game, and you don't want to miss this iPhonelife exclusive about what could shape up to be one of the best iOS 3D gaming experiences ever!



OtterBox presents new battle-ready Armor series case!

Here is a case that Hannibal would have lovingly embraced, and why not? You could potentially use it (with iPhone encased) as a small personal shield for say your sword hand, what with that steel latch fused to the bottom there. Ok, that might be a bit much, but it will protect your iPhone better than anything short of stuffing it into a bank vault. When out conquering Romans, you can't afford to have your iPhone get smashed on a rock, or crushed under a falling elephant, which will likely ruin your day! OtterBox has a serious Armor case coming for the serious conqueror (insert Police, Fire, Soldier, EMT, Construction worker, etc.)... All "proofs" apply (dust, drop, crush, water)--coming soon!



Lay down some serious beats with triqtraq!

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Looking for an easier way to mix beats, and create original DJ-quality sound textures on your iPhone? The triqtraq app turns it into a beat and sound sequencing machine that makes it about as easy as it gets. For a limited time you can grab at $1.99 on the app store here. Read on for the full press kit, or watch the embedded video for the demo... It is nothing less than amazing!



What I Played This Week - Chromian Wars, Zombirds, and more game news...

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Lot's of news to post up on, and I played at least one new game this week. Shoot the Zombirds created by Infinite Dreams (Jelly Defense, Can Knockdown), is target practice in Halloween-land (if there was such a place), a second variation to Shoot the Birds. Also posting a rewind review on Chromian Wars 1.2 as they updated their app after our initial feedback. Both games are worth a look. For the news: a new expansion pack coming for the top 3-D space shooter, Galaxy on Fire 2 (probably my most played game any week); a new turn-based strategy game called LostStar Tactics (from the creators of Staunch Defense); and speaking of exciting new TD, just out, Defender Chronicles II! Whew, that's alot, so let's dig in, shall we...



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...



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