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MailTones — different sound alerts for different e-mail senders

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MailTones at $2.99 is a bit pricey, but it's a great idea and may suit a particular need you have. It lets you assign different sounds to different e-mail senders and uses the iPhone's push notification to alert you when you receive important e-mails. This is apparently the only app that offers this function. And in their just-released update they've added a feature popular with IT managers: messages to their pagers can be forwarded to their iPhones and use a unique sound to alert them that they have a support call that needs attention. And if they're sleeping when that alert comes through?



Serious Topic - Sex Offender Tracker

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There are a lot of scary people in this world. The app, Sex Offender Search, helps point them out. Works just like the map app with a pre-loaded database of registered sex offenders. Data screen shows address, picture and convicted crime. The list feature shows the closest 100 to your input location. Knowledge is power. Know who is around you and who is near your kids. This is a must have app for all parents. Worth the $1.99 for peace of mind.



Awesome Note

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I found an awesome way to keep all my tasks and thoughts together.  The app is Awesome Note.  I could describe it - but the pictures below are worth 1,000 words. 

I wrote a review of Evernote a couple weeks ago.  That is still the best at keeping my research, recipes, etc. notes together.  What makes Awesome Note even more awesome - it syncs with Evernote.  It also syncs with Google docs - if you haven't jumped on the Evernote bandwagon yet. 

There is a small learning curve with Awesome Note - but it is very small - the video below will help. 

Bottom Line: 
Worth $3.99 - a must have for moms. I give it 8/10.

www.bridworks.com

Here are the pictures and a short video from YouTube to demo:

 



Nature Images — free collection of nature wallpapers now available

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New today in the App Store is Nature Images, a free collection of 108 closeup nature photos for use as wallpapers for your iPhone or iPod touch. The press release says that these images have long been available on other platforms and are among the most popular wallpapers in the world. Once you select an image is selected, you tap a button to save it to your photo album. Then, as you likely know, you can use the Photos application to set it as a wallpaper (the app includes simple instructions).



Review: Ragdoll Legends by Chillingo

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To me MoreGames is shaping up to be the Blizzard of the iPhone community.  Sure the rate of development on the iPhone is much more intense than on the PC, but unlike some developers MoreGames isn’t pushing it.  They’re taking their time to create solid, carefully crafted tales in video game format.  And then there’s Ragdoll Legends.  I’m not saying they didn’t take their time with it, I’m just questioning “why?”  I’ll admit that I have a bit of a negative bias towards the whole “ragdoll” genre anyway, but I figured MoreGames could turn me around.  Instead, the combat feels like a sloppy mess, the characters are too “Big Trouble In Little China”, and I’m getting my rear end handed to me on Easy mode.  Not my idea of fun…



Experimenter - good news and bad news

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I was pretty excited about this app at first, but as I continued to explore it, I have reservations about recommending it.

First, the good news: Experimenter contains 14 experiments that are fun, extremely interesting and easy to do. Your older teens could do them on their own. The directions are included as well as videos showing the actual experiments in action. A brief explanation of how the experiments work is also included.



SPB Quads Review and Code Giveaway

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 SPB Quads is one of those pattern matching games that will eat up mucho amounts of your time. You can read my review after the break, but SPB has also been nice enough to sponsor 3 FREE codes for our readers, so if you want to try out a new twist on an old theme, comment here on the review for a chance to win. I have played my share of these kinds of games over the years, so was prepared to try and stop the madness at a set amount of time (lot's of reviews are piling up). I still ended up losing 2 hours of my life. It's a simple yet addictive formula. Read on for the review and contest giveaway rules.



Lookout Hollywood, here comes iVideoCamera!

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Updates have rolled in and Laan Consulting's iVideoCamera (.99) which works with 2G & 3G now sports two recording options; the standard 160 x 213 and new 320 x 426 size!



Cook Jamaican Recipes Review

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 I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination, but a good recipe app is a no-brainer for even me to add to my iPod touch (you never know, I may start). I really enjoy southwest and Mexican cuisine (as my wife is from Mexico, and a good cook), but I can't boil water without ruining it, so if I were to attempt cooking anything in my house, it would best if it were microwaveable. But if you, on the other hand, have culinary skills and have an interest in Jamaican food, you might want to check out Cook Jamaican Recipes.

Cook Jamaican Recipes categorizes and combines the best dishes, drinks and great Jamaican flavors together in an easy to navigate application for your iPhone or touch. Selections from the main screen will provide recipe infomation, pix of finished dishes, and even an encyclopedia of essential ingredients.

The recipes include a full description of the ingrediants and steps to create each dish. Personally I would like to see hot links added between ingredients listed in the recipes, and the table of Essentials where applicable (to save you from switching back and forth). CJR also allows you to e-mail recipes to your friends...

If you enjoy cooking, Cook Jamaican Recipes is a good app to add to your iPhone, but could use a few tweaks. Some of the recipes lacked pictures, and the steps could be a bit more explanatory for a cooking novice like me. There were a few typos, and things that could stand to be cleaned up, but I tested the 1.0 version of the app, and already they have updated to 1.2. The price is currently $1.99, and I think the developers might consider knocking that down to $.99 cents for awhile, until more features are added. A few enhancements I would consider making are added Wiki or web-search links, background and historical information on dish origins, even pix/links of traditional methods of preparing the dishes as well would make it  more interesting. Get the flavor of Jamaica, learn about it's history and culture as you prepare your dish, in other words. I will look forward to those features in an upcoming release, but for now, you can still use this app to wow your friends with some authentic Gizzada at your next party, so go check it out...App Store link below.

 



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