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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.

Sonic Spinball released on App Store!!

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SEGA has ported some great 16-bit titles from back in the day (see my Sonic and Shining Force reviews). Now you can play Sonic Spinball on iPhone, iPad or touch--a gorge fest of pinball-oriented levels from the Sonic series. The game features 4 levels, 3 bonus stages, and a hidden bonus round. When normal pinball just won't cut it, give Sonic a ...I just can't say it...



Tune faster with PolyTune!

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If you play a gig in cold or changing weather, then you know what a pain tuning can be, especially when warming up. PolyTune saves mucho time, especially when you are in a hurry to get set up and start playing. Most chromatic tuners do a string at a time, but PolyTune uses the iPhone/iPad/iPod mic to tell it the frequency for all strings (from a single strum). It won't solve your tuning woes completely, but help you get them tweaked faster. Grab it here on the App store for 99 cents (limited time offer until midnight, Dec 19, 2010)!



iSkin iSamples soon to be iLife reader iGifts!

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Looks like we will be having another giveaway soon, as iSkin sent some samples for review (heads up to Phyllis). They probably forget that I'm the iPod guy here at iPhoneLife, but that's ok--more freebies for our readers. This latest batch includes the solo FX the solo vu, and the duet skin/clip combo. Read on for more iSkin action shots and details (including my 4G iPod in an iPhone 4 skin..which is not even funny).



TASCAM Releases iPad Portastudio Recording App!

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What cracks me up about this is that I have a real one of these old TASCAM 4-track recorders, and it still works great. I don't use it much since I got the BB-1000CD (portable recording straight to SD card and also burns CDs). You can grab the new TASCAM app in the app store here ($9.99). Check out my home recording article here (from our summer issue) for more home recording tips and tricks.



TK-421 Case-Keyboard Review - Perfect Accessory Gift!

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An external keyboard is a good way to flaunt the power of iPhone Bluetooth, but to be effective, it has to be compact enough to be carried around. Maybe you would like a keyboard that doubles as a case--hmmm, what would that be like? Oh yeah, and flips out like one of those trippy flip phones with a thumbpad too! Woah...! The TK-421 from ThinkGeek.com is just what you have been looking for...



Books-A-Million adds new ebook reader App!

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I love BAM bookstores, mainly because of the excellent discount racks where I often find great books for as low as a dollar. They also offer some really good in-store discounts. BAM has a large on-line ebook collection of course, but up until recently, you needed a Nook device to download books. Now they have a free iPhone reader that will let you read ePub books, PDF docs, and works with Adobe DRM content!



Baloonia pipe game in App store!

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Haven't gotten round to reviewing it, but Baloonia seems to be getting good comments on the App store. Looking for a pipe puzzler to help pass time this holiday, this might be the game you were looking for. You can grab it here for the practically universal price of 99 cents...



Give the gift of Wikipedia - WikiReader!!

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See my post here to learn why you need a WikiReader (especially if you tech blog). Though it's not directly iPhone related, it is a perfect gadget gift for the geek in your life. You can grab this device now for $99, but if you stay tuned to the WikiReader blog here, you may catch a future giveaway.



Kung Fu Panda Holiday book app on App Store!

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iStoryTime has released another book app for kids. Just in time for the holidays, you can grab the new Kung Fu Panda book app here. It includes images and audio clips from the original movie, auto page-turning, and a challenge to find the hidden lantern on every page. Read on for the full details...

"Los Angeles, California - Kung Fu Panda Holiday Storybook App, based on DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda Holiday, is packed with original movie images and audio clips featuring the movie's vocal talents; including Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.



Free Plasma Globe downloaded over 1 million times!

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Infinite Dreams, makers of the excellent K-Rally (which I still play)--a Pocket PC and Symbian classic (see a sneak peek of the upcoming K-Rally 3-D iPhone version here)--the iP version looks awesome. If you are interested to see what a dev dude can cook up in like a day, check out the free (with ads) version of Plasma Globe. It's not earth-shattering, but it is free, and been downloaded only a million times... Kind of a trippy, psychedelic version of Asteroids!



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