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6 Must Have Photography Apps for the iPhone

By Summer Delaney, Grovo Guest Blogger It’s no secret that photo apps and platforms are the next big social media movement.  With Facebook’s acquiring of Instagram last month for $1 billion, more and more photo services are continuing to be developed to meet the demanding needs of new consumers ranging from all ages, demographics and
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Four Top Tips for Buying a New Tablet

Whether you’re upgrading from a first generation tablet computer, or are considering entering the market for the first time it’s fair to say that there’s a lot to learn. The market for tablet computers has been growing at a steady pace since the release of the first iPad and the consumer now faces a plethora
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FAA’s Free App of the Day: Letters from Nowhere (Full)

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. G5′s Letters from Nowhere is a hidden object game in which you explore more than 48 puzzle-filled locations in search of your husband. He’s only gone and mysteriously disappeared, you see. Throughout your search, you’ll have to seek
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FAA’s Free App of the Day: Ticket to Ride Pocket

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. This digital iPhone adaptation of the best-selling Ticket to Ride board game (now free for a limited time) features four different game modes: Solo, Pass-and-Play, Local, and Multi. That last one allows you to dip in and out of multiple
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FAA’s Free App of the Day: King Oddball

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out. King Oddball (TMA Review), brought to you by 10tons, is a rather strange yet addictive physics puzzler. In it, you take on the role of a miffed king and attempt to flatten targets with huge boulders that you launch
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“Murder in the living room”, a short note on Apple’s upcoming launch and its unicorn products

While the best of us are busy scrutinizing Apple’s Event invitation for cabalistic symbols and hints on the nature of iPad 3, I’m more interested in what will become of Apple TV and what can happen if Apple gets serious about its hobby. Steve Jobs’ legacy is undeniable – both in innovative products and a
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How to Prevent Your Smartphone from Getting a Virus

When smartphones first came out, it was pretty rare for them to get a virus. But hackers simply needed some time to catch up with the rapidly growing platform. Unfortunately, now they have caught up, smartphone users can be susceptible to attacks if they’re not careful. The sad news for Android users is that their
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10 iPhone and iPad Apps Businesses Can’t Go Without

Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance
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GeoRing in Review – iPhone Ringtones made easy

For those of us who prefer using songs as ringtones, we have all tried many times to create the necessary files to sync to iTunes so that they will work on the iPhone. With GeoRing however, there is no more work to be done but choosing the song and where exactly you’d like the ringtone to begin.
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The key to DIY iPhone Repair Success

The evolution and complication of devices is really starting to part the seas from those who know what they’re doing, to those who can do things, to those who think they can do it, but prove that they can’t. It can definitely be a daunting, intimidating task to repair your device, whether it is an
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GroupMe – The Reply All Button for Texts

Our phones can access the world’s information, record beautiful photos and HD video, and even keep us entertained with thousands of games, yet text messaging with groups of people to this point has been far beyond the capabilities of our humble devices. Unlike email, there is no “reply-all” button for texting, and a single message
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 in Review – An enchanting LEGO game!

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 joins a long line of LEGO themed games, available on PC and consoles for years, that you can now play on your iDevice. Those new to LEGO gaming are in for a treat. This is a very accessible game that is very careful to explain what’s going on every step
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Reiner Knizia’s Kingdoms in Review – Dragons and Castles, but is it Fun?

Kingdoms is the latest port to the iPhone of a board game by Reiner Knizia, a prolific, “german style” board game designer with over 500 published games to his name. Kingdoms is a game he designed back in 1994, and now it is playable on your iDevice! So what’s it all about?
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iPhone Development: Developing Apps for Fun and Profit – Part 2

Hi again. This is Jesse Waites here, Founder and CEO of Beacon Hill Apps. Last week we discussed choosing the right app idea to pull the trigger on [Developing Apps for Fun and Profit – Part 1]. This week, we’re going to discuss the process of finding the right app developer for your project.
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A lion in the cage, or the future of Apple computers

Apple has a great history of computer design, and these two words – computer and design, together with innovation and user experience obsession, are what made Apple and Steve Jobs what they are today. However, in Apple’s world of perfect user experience, there’s always been one major problem – the user. The stupid thing would
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iPhone Development: Developing Apps for Fun and Profit – Part 1

Hi everyone- Jesse Waites here, Founder and CEO of Beacon Hill Apps. We are based in Boston and make iOS and Android apps for individuals and corporations. As a developer with experience in dealing with clients, I was asked to write a guest post about helping regular people bring their app concepts to reality. There
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Piczle Lines in Review – Drawing pictures one line at a time

There are certainly a lot of puzzle and line-drawing games in the App Store these days. But how many puzzle line drawing games are there?  Piczle Lines is a unique combination of the two, using line drawing to complete picture puzzles. In fact the nearly unpronounceable name of the app is derived from PICture + puzZLE
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10 Useful Photography Apps

Due to the ever increasing variety of mobile applications developed today, choosing the right one for what you need can be difficult. With the vast range of photography apps alone, how do you know which ones are any good? Below is a list of ten useful photography apps, determined by functionality, customer reviews and price.
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Pix’n Love Rush in Review – Retro Gaming Done Right

Pix’n Love Rush is a splendidly fun retro game published by Bulkypix, who is also responsible for many other iPhone games, the most notable being the critically acclaimed Saving Private Sheep (TMA Review). Pix’n Love Rush is officially in the action/adventure genre, but I find it to be more of a stripped-down platformer. In the
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Beyond Ynth in Review – A Cool Puzzler with a Steep Learning Curve

Beyond Ynth is a new puzzler by FDG Entertainment, who is no stranger to the App Store, having published titles like Across Age , Kryzer, and Parachute Panic. It is the official successor to Ynth, which was released over a year ago by krabl.com. In Beyond Ynth, you play as Kribl, a ladybug sent by the
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Automate Your House With These iPhone Apps

There are many great apps around that are a lot of fun to use but there are also some very useful ones as well. These utility apps are able to control some of the devices around your house, meaning you can easily access everything from your iPhone: from your sound system, lights and even digital
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Facetime over WiFi or 3G – anytime, anywhere

At iFixYouri, experiments abound. That penchant for fun got me going with jailbroken WiFi and 3G network settings for Facetime that allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with a loved one anytime, anywhere regardless of your current internet situation. MyWi is an app that allows you to use your iPhone as a wireless router but
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Viper SmartStart – Start your car anywhere with an iPhone

Have you ever been jealous of folks with expensive cars who can lock, unlock and even start their rides remotely using their keys? We can’t all afford to buy the latest BMWs and while remotely activating your vehicle is far from a necessity (unless maybe you’re a getaway driver), it’s certainly an impressive application of
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Five Useful Gadgets For Your iPhone

Most people seem to have an iPhone lately; I used to quite enjoy seeing the look of jealousy on people’s faces when they saw my iPhone (although admittedly I always thought I was going to get mugged) but now everyone’s got one. So with that in mind I thought I’d have a look at some
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Silent Swords Zero in Review – The Silent Ninja is Back!

I think that my biggest complaint with the original Silent Swords game for the iPhone and iPod touch was the controls. The stealth game was fun and challenging, but the controls seriously lacked any sort of innovation or general ease of use. Luckily, that is one of the things Oniric Games’ recently released prequel, Silent Swords ZERO, addresses.
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iPhone Development 101: Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK – a Book review

When I first got started with iPhone programming, I went through the helpful Beginning iPhone Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK by Dave Mark and Jeff LaMarche. It did a great job helping me get up to speed with the iPhone, so I thought I’d write a review to let others know a bit more about
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FastFinger 2 in Review – How fast can you finger?

FastFinger 2 is a game that really does test how fast you can finger your screen (yes we are serious ladies and gents). While it is indeed a very basic iPhone/iPod Touch app, it can still be quite addictive. With such features as OpenFeint leader board integration and high score system, you can finally find
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iPhone Development 101 – The Best iPhone Development Sites for Developers

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and get started with iPhone programming yourself, one of the first things you’ll want to do is start visiting some of the best iPhone development sites out there. This is important because you’ll learn a lot, keep up with industry news, and maybe even get to know some
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Battle Blasters in Review – You can finally play dodgeball with lasers!

You’d better be ready to shoot laser beams at your enemies in this futuristic version of dodgeball.  Battle Blasters is a great pick up and play game using touch controls to move your character, launch your attacks, and even deflect your enemy’s blasts.  Read on to find out why this is one of those apps
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iPhone Development 101: How To Get Started with iPhone Programming

If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, chances are you’ve come up with a couple good app ideas. Wouldn’t it be cool to take the next step and develop your app and get it in the App Store? In this article you’ll learn just what it takes to get started – what you need
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Starball In Review – Simply Addictive

Starball is one of the most simple pick-up-and-play games I’ve ever played. Your objective is to collect stars, and avoid red balls while keeping your own ball rolling. Think: Katamari meets Labyrinth. You can also pick up little question mark circles to activate a random powerup.
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Navy Patrol: Coastal Defense in Review – Seaman Overboard!

If you love TD games, then look no further than Navy Patrol: Coastal Defense (NPCD). It is one of the best tower defenses to own for your iDevice with a handful of levels, towers, awesome upgrades, power ups, super weapons! You name it, it has it.
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Strimko in Review – Striking Sudoku’s pride

Strimko is an original game developed by Quokka Studios. It isn’t only a totally new and innovative puzzle game, but it definitely is a literal upgrade to the typical Sudoku puzzles that people spend so much of their time trying to complete. Strimko is a great time-killing application for any iPhone or iPod Touch user and
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iQuarium in Review – The portable fish tank (Fish included!)

Have you always wanted a fish to care for and own that awesome looking aquarium for it to live in? Well, now you can with iQuarium! Developed by Infinite Dreams, iQuarium is hands down one of the best looking apps for the iDevice, especially on the 3GS. Not only does it look great, but how cool
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AppVault Pro in Review – When AppBox Pro just isn’t enough

You all might be aware of AppBox Pro - it has been one of the top paid apps on iTunes for a while now. I’ve always loved this all-in-one utilities app. It saved so much space by condensing all those individual apps into one convenient package. But what if I told you there was something better?
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Dark Nebula – Episode One In Review: Just Roll with it

Dark Nebula has been a pretty widely-anticipated game ever since the gameplay trailer hit the ‘net. Just by watching the video, you could tell that it’s a fast-paced arcade romp which boasts awesome visuals. Well, let me tell you straight up: this game does not disappoint. From the second I started playing until the minute I
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Silent Swords in Review – Don’t let this one sneak by

Stealth game. To some, those two words mean a world of suspense, where every move contributes to your destiny. Will you get caught, or will you persevere? To others, those words mean slow, boring action, coupled with endless trial and error. Fortunately, I fall into the first group, so when Silent Swords hit the App
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Apps to Replace your iDevice’s Preinstalled Applications

I know who you are. You are one of two people. Person number one has an unjailbroken iPhone and really despises the included Stock and Weather apps. He wishes to jailbreak his sacred device, but cherishes it too much to place the warranty at risk. So, how does he deal with apps that he never
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Orbital In Review – 1-thumb addiction

If you like physics-based games, bitforge’s first App Store offering Orbital, should be right up your alley. With awesome Geometry Wars-like graphics, this unique game has a simple concept that’s easy to understand, but much harder than it looks.
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MyFantasyTeams Professional Edition in Review – Fantasy Sports Lovers Rejoice!

MyFantasyTeams will definitely not please the WAFS, aka Women Against Fantasy Sports, but it will sure look like candy in the eyes of fantasy sports lovers. For those with a Yahoo! fantasy sports team, you’re in luck. Now you can track your beloved team(s) on your iPhone and iPod Touch wherever you are throughout the
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Alive 4-Ever In Review – Dual-Shooter for the Roleplayer in us

Dual-stick shooters seem to be all the rage as of late, and not without reason — they are simple, and are insanely fun. Well, developer Meridian decided to try their hand at the recently popular genre, and not without fail. The result — Alive 4-Ever.
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Breaking News: iPod Touch “P” to be Introduced at Sept. 9th Event

In a startling discovery in my email inbox barely one hour ago, Steve Jobs personally reached out to LonePlacebo detailing the real truth behind the rumors swarming around the much-anticipated September 9th “Rock and Roll” event in San Francisco. Why he singled out LonePlacebo among hundreds of thousands of other well-known news station is beyond
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SimplyTweet in Review – Simply Amazing

SimplyTweet from developer MotionObj is simply fantastic. Loaded with so many features, it is a worthy replacement to using Twitter on your computer. It boasts a simple user interface which happens to be its greatest selling point and it is very hard not to stick with this app considering the myriad capabilities it offers. The
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Jailbreak your iPod Touch with redsn0w – A step by step guide

It took me some time to finally decide to jailbreak my iPod Touch and I am very satisfied with the result. Now, it is in my best interest (not really) to show you how I did it. If you are a member of the group of stubborn folks who refuses to place their “precious” in
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That’s What She Said – The iPhone/iPod Touch App

One of the most useless and funnest apps I’ve ever encountered is TWSS aka “That’s what she said.” For those unfamiliar with the dirty phrase, here is a formal definition courtesy of Urban Dictionary: 1. Used to add sexual innuendo to a conversation. 2. When a male wants to share with his friends that he
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Eight Must Have Apps for Back-to-School

It’s the end of August and summer is coming to an end (sob). Soon, students across the United States and other parts of the world will be sucked back into the thing they dread most: school. But do not despair. With your iPod Touch (or iPhone) in hand, you can download the following applications that
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Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D in Review – Hit Like Albert Pujols In No Time

Baseball Slugger Home Run Race 3D is the only place where hitting 50 consecutive home runs will not lead to suspicions of performance enhancing drugs. But what it does lead to is a finely crafted game by developer Com2uS Corp. Whether or not you are a baseball fan really does not matter. This game can
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Racer in Review – Simple Racing Fun

There is certainly an abundance of $0.99 games at the App Store, with Racer (developed by Tatem Games) being one of them. Most of these are high score type games, which emphasize the pick-up-and-play aspect of mobile gaming. Does Racer manage to stand out from the pack, or does it fall into the same hackneyed
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Pinball Fantasies in Review – Dreaming of mi Amiga

Back in 1992, Digital Illusions released their second pinball game Pinball Fantasies, on the Commodore Amiga. For many this is still the best pinball game ever created and has been eagerly anticipated ever since Cowboy Rodeo released it’s prequel, Pinball Dreams, on the iPhone a few months back.
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How to set an Alphanumeric Passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch

Ever wondered if using only digits as your password was enough to keep prying eyes from your highly sensitive data on your iDevice? If so, you’re in luck, since in this tutorial, I will show you how to set a passcode for your iPhone/iPod Touch using a combination of both letters and digits (if you
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