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What is Your Favorite App?

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What apps do you have installed on your phone? How many, total? I don’t just mean iPhones, mind you – Android devices and WebOS gadgets and WP7 phones can have apps, too.

I have literally hundreds of apps on my iPhone. It’s impossible to choose a favorite. I have favorites in different categories… but I can’t pick an overall best of the best. There are some apps that I absolutely love, yes.

My favorite app is the one that does the job I need it to do at any given moment.

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Unicorn Disco Lets You Dance Inside Your iPhone or iPod touch

Unicorn Disco is a Dance Jukebox Visualizer that lets you build lifelike characters which will dance to the music on your iPhone or iPod touch. You can customize your little person to look the way you do – or the way you wish you did.

Give the characters a face using your camera or photo library… or choose from the app’s Face Gallery of Cuddly Animals, Icons and Creepy Monsters. Dress them up in some cool styles and pick out the perfect hairdo. Play your music or post your dance scene to Facebook with the tap of a finger.


I have to admit – there’s something a little addictive about dressing yourself up in a silly outfit and dancing around like a crazy person… not that I would know, or anything.

How Do You Edit Text on the iPhone and iPad?

Editing text on your Apple mobile device is now even simpler and better with PlainText. The app has an uncluttered and uncomplicated paper-like UI. Unlike the default Notes app, PlainText allows you to create and organize documents in folders. You can then choose to quickly sync everything with your DropBox account.

Folders keeps your documents perfectly organized while the paper-like interface keeps the focus on your text. Having your documents always available via your DropBox account is a peace of mind that money cannot buy.

App creator Jesse Grosjean has one goal: “to create simple applications that do what you need without getting in your way.” He’s hit the nail on the head with PlainText. It doesn’t get in the way. It doesn’t have fancy bells and whistles you don’t need. It simply works. At the end of the day, that’s what every app should do.

How to Beat a Game Addiction

LassePulkkinen knows how to beat his addiction to the popular Angry Birds app. His wife won a Nokia N8 from the Angry Birds competition at Nokia Dealer Night recently. Not only did she get to bring home the hot new phone, she also brought home one of THE Angry Birds.

Who needs to play with the app on a phone when you can fling the bird about your house and knock off any number of awesome things? Dude. I have got to get myself one of these toys.

CamHelium Home Office Tour

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I’m not sure why so many of you demand that I create a home office tour video. I’ve done several of them in past years. Nothing has really changed. I have a lot of crap. I’ll have the same crap next year.

Since I knew I had to give in and show off the office to keep you happy, I thought it would be fun to record the video using my iPhone and the new CamHelium app. This 99-cent app puts a helium balloon inside of your iPhone. It gives your voice that lovely balloon-y sound effect we all know and love. Tap the button to start and stop recording… and you’re done. There’s nothing fancy or tricky about the application.

Record video messages for friends, children, family and even your boss. Share your creations immediately via email, Facebook, YouTube or MMS. Sit back and enjoy the laughter that will soon follow.

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Line Art Drawing App for iPhone and iPad

Line Art has thousands upon thousands of little particles which respond to your touch. As they move around, they leave behind colorful lines. Over time, they change color as well as how they react to your touch. This keeps things interesting, and allows you to create an unlimited number of designs.

When you leave the app alone, the particles begin to move all by themselves… just as if they were alive! The app features VGA out support, is universal (working on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad), has ten different interaction modes and boasts stunning and smooth graphics.

How many millions of ways can you come up with to create works of art on your Apple device?

Microwave Gadgets Safely with an iPad

How often have you wondered what would happen if you stuffed your old phone into the microwave and turned it on? More sparks would fly than you could possibly imagine, I’m sure. The light show that would ensue likely would be of the magnitude found in the latest thriller at your local theater. Even though it may look cool, the threat of injury is too high to ever actually do something like this. That is why the new Microwave It app will become your new favorite toy.

The app allows you to (virtually) place any of ten included items into the microwave to watch them pop, sizzle and explode. Choose between aluminum foil, a CD, a large fluorescent bulb, ribbon, a halogen tube, a standard lightbulb, a marshmallow, paper clips, soap and steel wool to begin your heated journey. Expansion packs are available to allow you to toy with things such as an LED light string and a potato chip bag.

Keep in mind that while the app is 100% safe to use, it is NOT a good idea to actually place any of these items into a real microwave. In other words: Don’t try this at home!

iPod touch Myself

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Yes, I had it sitting there on my desk for a few days. Had to let the thing ripen, ya know? Anyway, this morning, in front of the live virtual audience (were you there?), I opened ‘er for the first time and copped a feel.

Initial impressions? Generally good, although I’m a bit disappointed there’s no LED flash and no ability to view actual battery usage percentage… but it shoots damn nice video. I will likely give this new iPod away at some point, as I have with older models. Stay tuned for details on that in the near future.

I’ve had iPod-like capabilities with my iPhone 4. This model interested me for one specific reason – the cameras. I’m often out and about, and need to record or capture something. If I want to record something that is on my iPhone, I can’t use the camera that is on the iPhone! The iPod touch will work perfectly for this, don’t you think?

I have to say that the little Finger Tips booklet that comes with my Apple products is cool as hell. The name is great and the tips inside are usually great, as well.

It was easy to tell that this is the 64GB model. It weighs approximately 32GB more than the 32GB model, and about 48GB more than the 16GB model. Thankfully, there’s a math app floating around in iTunes somewhere. It took a lot of fingers and toes to figure that out.

The first thing I noticed when taking the new iPod touch out of its box for the first time is how slim this little baby is. I was actually surprised by the thinness, even though I had read the specs for myself. Knowing the thickness of a new gadget doesn’t really give you a feel for what it’s like in the hand… until it’s IN your hand!

I will definitely need a good case for this, and a screen protector. Fingerprints drive me completely batshit! I also like to have good protection, so let me know what cases you recommend for this newest iteration of the iPod touch.

The nice thing about already having an iPhone and more than 800 apps is that I can sync everything right to this new iPod touch. As soon as I sync it with my iTunes account, all of my apps and data will be automagically placed onto the device.

My next question for you is: what should I do now with the iPod? Is there something I’m missing? Is there more to it than this?

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The Alphabet Game

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Are you a fan of word games? Test your reflexes and hand-eye coordination with Alphabetic. There are several different challenges which will unlock badges as you meet them, and you can customize your own experience. If you can tear yourself away from this addictive little game, you can disable the timer and slow things down to help younger children learn their ABCs.

The object of the game is to locate all of the letters in the alphabet before your timer runs out. It’s not as easy as it sounds because the game has tons of cool animations that it uses to display the letters. This makes it harder and harder to find them quickly.

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Become an Acrobat with Mirror’s Edge for the iPhone

Mirror’s Edge is the newest app to come from the folks behind EA Mobile. The game transports you to a place which appears on its surface to be perfect. As we all know, nothing is ever as it seems. You’ll have to become an acrobat to combat the evil that is hiding around every corner.

In a city where information is heavily monitored, where law is brutally enforced, where most people sacrifice freedom for a comfortable life, there are still those that choose to live on the edge. In Mirror’s Edge, take control of Faith Conners, a member of an underground group known as “Runners.” These acrobatic messengers are the last source of free communication in this “perfect” city. But a deadly threat has grown from within and Faith finds that she alone is the one that can stop it. Use Faith’s incredible acrobatic moves to outmaneuver the enemy –run on walls, slide down precarious ramps, ride ziplines, and leap between rooftops.

Reviews claim that this version captures the essence of the console counterpart very well – and I have to agree. It’s rare to see this happen with a mobile game. Just as with the console version, the app has a storyline which will propel you through the levels. Since there actually are levels, there’s always room to improve. Learn the best routes through each level, explore the map to find hidden bags and figure out how to master the various controls in order to have faster completion times.

It is a bit challenging to get all of the various swipes and moves down pat. Once you are used to swiping in a certain direction to control a particular function… it’s all downhill (or uphill!) from there. This is a fast-paced and fun game, and one that I will be playing often. Can you beat my score?