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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a secure, very easy to configure and use, remote desktop app (and I am happy to report it works well with Linux), check out TeamViewer. If you don't mind the app reminding you to upgrade it--and the lack of a few features--it is completely free. You can grab everything you need here (DLs available for Mac, PC, and Linux), and the app store link above. The config for Ubuntu geeks is pretty simple (download the debian package, run the desktop app, and perform similar actions on iPhone to connect).
One of my fav games, Tilt To Live has recently added a cool new game feature that let's you and a friend team up to wreak havoc on the dots. More press details follow (or just click on the embedded video)... "iPhone’s Tilt to Live, an accelerometer-based shooter enjoyed by over half a million users, came down with a serious case of the cooperatives yesterday evening. Players can now enjoy a 2-player version of our Viva la Turret gametype with a nearby friend, via wi-fi or Bluetooth.
Most of the minimally alotted gaming time (am trying to stay on a budget) again spent playing Galaxy on Fire 2 and Robokill (from the last "What I Played" post), but also found some time to try (in vain) to keep big rig trucks from hitting each other (Highway King--review
If you are looking for a seriously tough case for your iPhone, check out the Ballistic HC series. They recently passed MIL-STD 810G specifications (the only iPhone 4 case design to do so). They also have HC cases for BBerry, and HTC devices as well (couldn't find one for iPod touch sadly). This case was one of my top picks in our last Buyer's Guide. Read on for the full press release details on the Mil Spec testing...
Time to give an indie programmer a bit of press. Yusuf Tor has created a fun little game called Space Orbiter, which can help you learn and observe the effects of gravity and velocity (and the spacey music loop is not bad either). Though it's not a high-end 3-D game (only 19MB in size), I think it would be mucho fun for the kiddies, and hey...it's only 99 cents! The concept is pretty simple. You position your orbiter, set a speed vector, and hope that your settings result in the longest trip round and through the planets.
Anyone who says this ain't freaking cool, isn't...well, I don't know--cool, I guess. This is pretty darn chilly, and would almost make me buy an iPad. The iPod touch screen controls are about to drive me bananas. Anyway, one of our iPad freaks maybe can get some of these JOYSTICK-IT thingies from ThinkGeek, and tell us if they live up to the awesomeness (at least in the image)...anyway, read on for more PR info...
I tend toward the action/shooter genre of game probably more than any other type, but once in a while it is fun to do nothing more than steer big rig trucks around the screen. Ah, the mindless, harried nature of the time killer game, be it tower defense or whatever, is not unheard of on my iPod. Highway King adds a drawing element to this kind of game, but if you can't trace out basic shapes on the screen of your iPhone or touch, you might have some frustration (like I did).
Previewed some great cases this year at CES, especially at the OtterBox booth. The latest Reflex case samples are still not available, but the OtterBox guys sent me a Defender for iPod touch 4. The Defender case is an exceptionally well designed case/cover combo that protects nearly every surface on the touch.
If you are looking for a great Valentine's day deal, SEGA is offering up some great titles for 99 cents (ChuChu Rocket, Super Monkey Ball 2, Phantasy Star, etc.), and the Sonic series for as low as $2.99. You can check out the full list here at their blog. You can click on the linked image on this post to go right to SEGA games in the App store (or simply do a search for SEGA in iTunes).