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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.

News Tidbits

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Lot's of app and product news this week, so how bout a leetle round-up... A United Airlines game that can earn you prizes and upgrades in the real world: New Grand Theft Auto released; a credit card swiper attachment; fabulous SOTI remote apps finally adding iPhone support, and a mail editor that supports full HTML markup.



Top Gun 2 Review

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Top Gun 2 sports slick graphic upgrades and loses the "Danger Zone" warning grid of the original game. The guitar riffs in the background tune (from the original soundtrack), are shredded bliss for a shoot-em-up game like this. I just let it loop for awhile just to soak in the 80's nostalgia! The in-game music was not as good as the original, but still contains enough varied and flavorful high-octane guitar shredding to suit my taste. The flight physics are still not really much different than the first game (you just tilt the plane around the screen avoiding gunfire and missiles coming at you).



Gaming and App news Tidbits...

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Lot's of new and updated apps and games to post up news items for so figured I would do a round-up again. The short list includes the seriously great LASW (see my review of iPhone version here) coming to iPad, Dodonpachi Resurrection 2-D Shooter, Grand Theft Auto also coming to iPad, a free version of a mail app called ibisMail, and an app from iStoryTime for easing your youngster into school!



iCrystal Dock... The Coolest Dock in Town!

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Decent audio dock components (ones that don't cost a fortune, but produce a good sound) for iPod (only iPod...correction posted) are pretty common now, but finding one that looks totally cool doing it is always a bonus. This year, I checked out quite a few audio-related components for iPhone, and iPod (starting  back in January at CES). The iCrystal is one of my favorites in this category of dock for iPod. It plays music, it charges, and it looks totally awesome in the process...



More Back-To-School Deals from SEGA!

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More BTS goodness cometh! Sega is offering up a ton of discounts on their classic games until Sep 1, 2010 (see my games review of Shining Force, and Sonic 2)! You can check out thier blog here for the full list of game titles and discounts, but long story short...SEGA fans can get their hands on Sonic, Ecco, Golden Axe, and more for up to 67% off the normal price (several titles now only $0.99)!



Get Free Back-To-School Study Guides from Kaplan!

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I just recently made the switch to iBooks (from Stanza) on my 2G iPod touch. Not a permanent switch, but at least to give iBooks a go. There is a great selection of free material available, and finding it is a cinch. Kaplan has teamed up with Apple to make a bunch of study and reference ebooks available gratis for the back-to-school season. Go here on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch (which links directly into iBooks library) to get these free titles... Promotion dates and more info below...



iPhone and iPod touch Zoho Docs Viewer App Now Available!

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I have not tried Zoho Docs personally, but have heard good things. Currently am pretty tied into Google services, but will have to give Zoho a try. If you are a Zoho user, you now have another reason to love it! An iPhone/iPod touch viewer app you can use to get to your docs while on the go! Read on for the full press release details (iTunes link here).



Top Gun 2 Released!

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 Now available on iTunes, the sequel to the initial Top Gun title with updated aircraft, attacks and graphics! There is a discount for early birds right now, so go get it here while it lasts. And TG original game users get an upgrade on TG adding a new AB feature (had to correct this from the original post)! A few more screens have been released, so read on for the full PR effect, shots, full DL link info, etc..



Shining Force Another SEGA Blast from the Past!

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I never really got into the whole D&D thing, being too cool for that level of geek immersion (ahem, I might've been a ranger character of moderate EXPs once), but RPGs (role playing game) on computers are old as, well, I am. I have played some of the originals, believe me. The early games were mostly stupid by today's standards, but we loved them anyway. My friend's Dad had an old machine , on which we would play a text-only RPG game for hours (imagine that). The computer spit out a description of the scenery and game action at each move, while we would map out the mazes and dungeons on paper. Pretty arcane, but still loads of fun.



Top Gun 2 app coming soon...!

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Don't have the details on this new Top Gun 2 game coming out, except some screens. I have the current Top Gun title (which broke when I performed the iOS 4 upgrade). Not really a flying challenge, but more of an avoidance game--still, TG has cool backing music, 3-D effects and decent action (not to mention the same snarky macho crewmen from the flick). TG was fixed in a recent update, and you can also now add an afterburner control, which is pretty darn cool. Hopefully the new game will be more of a fighter sim, but either way, I'm excited (I don't get out much)!



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