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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.

G1 shootout...and uh, unboxing!


This week I had the priviledge of reviewing the T-Mobile G1. The new phone that runs Google's Android operating system. I'm working up an article focused on product comparisons with the iPhone (and by extension, the touch), but wanted to post a few early screenshots and thoughts. I must say, I regret to have to send it back (it's an eval unit)... The iPhone wins the opening round no doubt, but version 2 of the flexible G1 might be a different story.

Gaze at the Heavens with Star Walk!


Star Walk is a pocket planetarium for your iPhone or iPod touch. Serious astronomers may need a more sophisticated tool, but I find myself burning through countless hours exploring the cosmos now. Shoot, I might go buy a darn telescope, and finally embrace my uber-geekiness!

Merriam-Webster now on iPhone!


""IRVINE, Calif. – November, 2008 - Paragon Software Group, a leading technology developer for mobile devices and desktop PCs, launches the world-famous Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries for iPhone and iPod touch users. This dictionary line, providing one-click access to comprehensive word and phrase definitions, consists of one explanatory and two bilingual – Spanish-English and French-English dictionaries."

Turn your iPhone/iPod Touch into a network drive with free Files app


If you want to transfer files from machine to machine on your network (without using a USB drive), there is a very simple application available in the iTunes App store called "Files lite". Look under the Productivity category to find it. It is an ingenious and free (if somewhat limited) way to turn your iPhone or Touch into a network attached storage device, as well as expand the ability to share files.

Shout out to iTunes Customer Support!--and a warning about product versions...

I recently posted about buying a game where I screwed up in the purchasing process, and initially bought the standard iPod version before I figured it out, and had to go back and buy the game again for my iPod Touch. I reported this to the iTunes Store customer service (by using the "report a problem" link from the e-mailed receipt), and the rep decided to cut me a break and reverse the charge (thanks Matt). That's some righteously decent customer service I'd say. Really, he didn't have to do it, because of course... All sales are considered final there.

Warning!!--Spore Origins very addictive!


So, my 3rd Apple iPod, the Touch, which I've had for about a month now is quite living up to the hype so far. It is operating in a most excellent manner, and monopolizing all my free time. I get the feeling that my other gadgets are starting to get p**sed. Recently, I made a big mistake and bought a game from the app store called Spore Origins. If you value your time, you will not get this game!! That's right..nice and slowww...just walk away! No, don't look back!

Handmark Adds Astraware Sudoku to the App Store!


'KANSAS CITY, MO – Oct. 15, 2008 – Handmark® today announced the availability of Astraware Sudoku for iPhone™ and iPod® touch on the Apple App Store. Astraware Sudoku uses the power of the innovative Multi-Touch user interface to offer an experience optimized for iPhone and iPod touch users with gameplay suitable for all levels and abilities."

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