FastMac battery: Keep your iPhone going and going….

Though the iPhone 3G may not have the worst battery life amongst 3G handsets, improving battery performance would be a major plus for all users. With the iPhone’s immense popularity and relatively short battery life, numerous companies are offering their version of an external battery pack. Currently, I am using Brando’s 1000mAh power station. With short comings of it’s own, I am always on the look out for new products.

Though I have yet to try one, FastMac has released the iV Extended portable charger for the iPhone 2G/3G. Looks like a battery with full-on features:

  • a full size USB port to charge other devices such as your Bluetooth headset, digital camera or even another iPhone
  • comes with a built in flash to help with pictures in low lighting
  • 3100mAh TruePower Battery
  • Up to 24 Hours of Talk Time
  • Up to 72 Hours of Audio Playback
  • Up to 21 Hours of Video Playback
  • Up to 30 Days of Standby Time
  • Dock Connector for iPhone & Universal Dock

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App Price Drops – Nov 8th, 2008

Tyro Tuner

$2.99 —> Free


TyroTuner is a microphone-based utility that tunes the standard six-string guitar. Select what string you want to tune, and then play the guitar string…the needle will tell you whether you need to tune up or down. TyroTuner is a microphone-based utility that tunes the standard six-string guitar. Select what string you want to tune, and then play the guitar string…the needle will tell you whether you need to tune up or down.

Naughty Nuts Camera Self-Timer

$3.99 —> $1.99

Naughty Nuts Camera Self-Timer

From the developer of the popular Beijing2008 Helper, Ghosto! and Dialing theme series, we are happy to launch this Camera Timer on the App Store, which has been quite delayed since Aug. We are now offering special price at USD1.99 during the introductory promotion.


$3.99 —> $2.99


Worder is a very addictive game of skill and knowledge. Each game may go for several hours. The game involves guessing all the words that can be made from combinations of 9 letters. All the letters also make up one 9 letter word. Worder currently contains a database of approximately 32000 words.

Smart Sokoban Pro

$3.99 —> $0.99

Smart Sokoban Pro

ON SALE NOW and not for long !
Play one of Apples Staff Picks !
The classical, addictive puzzle game is a completely new experience on the iPhone.


$2.99 —> $0.99


*** LIMITED TIME OFFER – Idioms for $0.99 only. While the new version with Quiz mode and Live samples is pending approval by Apple you can buy Idioms with $2 discount and get the new version for free.
Idiom – a phrase that cannot be fully understood from the separate meanings of the individual words which form it, but instead must be learned as a whole unit of meaning.

Fieldrunners: one of the best tower defense games on the iphone?

The Tower Defense genre has been picking up steam in the last several years. Desktop Tower Defense, an internet flash game released in 2007, was played almost 16 million times after only four months of release. A simple search on google will yield countless websites devoted to the genre. It was only a matter of time before developers started pumping out such games on the iPhone.

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Please Fix the iPhone: If it IS broke, fix it?

Since the original 2G iPhone was released, users have hoped and prayed for what seemed like obvious features. Copy and Paste, MMS support, Flash content in Safari. Of course, these three notables are just part of a long list of what people really want on their iPhone. Want to see what this list includes? Well, y’er in luck! Thanks to FullSix’s iPhone website, you can see this list AND add your very own. The innovative and well designed website allows all iPhone users to give a voice on what’s missing on the phone. Once you add to the “Wish List”, others can vote on it as well. The more votes, the higher it climbs on the wish list rankings. Currently, the missing MMS feature is ranked #1, with copy and paste and flash support closely behind.  There is also a “Fixed” section, where you will find wishes that are finally implemented on the iPhone.

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Landscape Vs Portrait Vs Writing Pad

One of the most requested features on the iPhone is the ability to type emails in landscape view. Somehow, this feature still hasn’t made it’s way into the 2.1 firmware. The stock keyboard on the iPhone can certainly do the job, but if your fingers aren’t those of a 10 year old, chances are you will either be relying often on the auto correct feature or the backspace key.

In this post, I will be doing a non-scientific mini test and compare typing times in both landscape (done via the $0.99 app Wide Email) and portrait views. To add to the mix, I will include the innovative app called “Writing Pad”. For those who haven’t used this free app yet, instead of “typing” the keys one by one, you slide your fingers along the keyboard and trace the letters of your word. Your word then types itself out automatically and you keep sliding along. It is quite amazing.

I will be typing out the following paragraph, which happens to be a true story by the way. I will also be using the auto correct/complete feature (in stock email and wide email) to assist in the typing.

Years ago, this flight attendant was serving some coffee by hand. Somehow she misses the cup and down goes the coffee, right into the guy’s crotch. Being fairly new and inexperienced, she runs back into the galley, grabs a few towels and sprints back into the cabin. Without much time wasted, she reaches the passenger and starts rubbing the towels against his nether regions. Perhaps thinking she had done good with the clean up, she looks up at the guy and then she realizes she had been rubbing the wrong passenger all along. Now that’s what I call service in hospitality! The moral of this story? One man’s pain is another man’s gain!

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Laptops On-The-Go : A look at PDANet

There are many reasons for jailbreaking your iPhone, be it video recording, run apps in the background, or customize the theme of the springboard (the list goes on and on). Personally, if I had to choose just ONE reason to jailbreak, it would be the ability to tether my laptop. Tethering will allow my laptop to go online wirelessly through the high speed network of the iPhone. Just imagine the possibilities. Surf the web on your netbook/laptop even when there are no wireless networks nearby or if the networks are password protected.

This brings me to PdaNet,a free and simple app that will make your iPhone act like a wireless router. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that it uses an ad-hoc wi-fi network that allows the iPhone to connect to a PC or MAC. No need to enter any IP numbers or deal with any SOCKS proxy connections.

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m•Box Mail in Review: Calling all Hotmail users!

I know not everyone uses Hotmail, but one of the complaints early on by iPhone users was that the native Mail app didn’t support Hotmail of the box (unlike Yahoo and Gmail). Well, you can’t blame the iPhone since Hotmail Live does not support the standard IMAP, POP3, or Exchange protocols. You can use IzyMail as a webmail gateway, thereby giving you POP/IMAP settings to enter into the native mail app to retrieve your mail. The downfall here is that your emails pass through a third party server and not to mention a monthly fee for the service. To get around this dilemma, I dug out my rarely used gmail account, forwarded my Continue reading…