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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 - 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...



Pushing Weight Review - Track your Pump!

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I have exercised consistently for more than 20 years, especially with weights. One thing I've learned is that if you want to get results and keep them, you need to adopt and stick to a structured plan. A personal trainer is really the best way to get on the right track and stay there, but not everyone has access to that kind of resource (never had one, myself). A motivated and knowledgeable training partner is nearly as good, if not better in some cases. With a plan and a partner, now all you need is a way to journal and track your workouts. If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, Pushing Weight makes it pretty simple to plan and keep track of your pump!



Seidio releases Surface and Convert Plus cases!

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Looking for an iPhone 4/4S case that can protect and charge?! This year at CES, I was able to catch a preview of these new cases from Seidio, which are now available. The Surface and Convert cases offer sleek and stylish protection in high-tech layers (complete with Gotham style belt-clip), and the ability to "Plus" up your power levels to the tune of 1700mAh (several hours of added juice). Read on for the full PR on these great new cases!



What I played this week - Fibble and SugarSync!

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Fibble HD is a 3D physics/puzzle game that is a beauty to behold on the iPad, but before I give my review, I have to do a mini-review of the awesomely redesigned SugarSync (which is not a game--sorry about that). The old version of SS (a cloud file syncing app--reviewed here), was not well suited to iPad, but the coders have fixed that in their recent upgrade! So before I tell you how great Fibble is, I want to tell you how great SugarSync has become...


Retina graphics aplenty - Can Knockdown 2 gets update!

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You may have noticed in your App Store Update bin, mucho apps getting the retina graphics treatment. If you are running any of the latest top of the line games, I imagine you'll be updating them soon as game designers rush to match up their app capability with the newest iPad display. Can Knockdown 2 is a recent addition to that category. I am somewhat surprised to note however that the bundled size of the app is only 1MB larger than the previous version? You can see the obvious difference in the imagery above (older version on top). Read on for the full PR on CK2 (see our original review here)...



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