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Hasbro integrates iPhone into NERF LAZER TAG guns for augmented reality HUD goodness

Posted by Andrey Malskiy Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Toys

Hasbro iOS lazer tag

Remember NERF guns? My cousin and I used to drive my parents insane running around the house in a battle for supremacy, taking out a few planters in the process. Now Hasbro is changing its NERF game a bit for the new generation of children everywhere.

The new line of NERF LAZER TAG will have an iPhone / iPod touch dock built in, and the device will serve as a heads up display. How sick is that? I know I had imagination and all growing up, but this to a child is the equivalent of being James Bond. I’m not gonna lie, I wouldn’t mind owning a pair of these guns for myself. But the main benefits of adding an iPod or iPhone to the gun, beyond the cool factor, is that your shooting range increase to 250 feet, and the iOS device stores all your scores and power ups using the NERF app. Apart from the multiplayer benefits, when another player is not available you can play in a single player mode. The guns, which you’ll probably end up using more than your children, will hit stores on August 1 and will sell for $40 each, or $70 for a set of two.

Read More | Engadget

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Bleeding Edge TV 404: Crayola ColorStudio HD review

In this episode we review the Crayola ColorStudio HD. The ColorStudio HD is a battery-powered Crayola stylus that you use alongside the ColorStudio HD iPad app. The device works with the app, making the iPad into an animated coloring book. As you see in the video, once you get the battery into the ColorStudio HD stylus and turn off Finger mode in the app, it's easy to choose the type of coloring utensil you want to use. You get music, sound effects, and animation on the pages

You can get the ColorStudio HD, which we've fetured in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, for $29.99 on Amazon.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out! As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like.


Baby Brain Aids New Parents

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Healthcare & Fitness, $4.99

Baby BrainAfter using keeping track of her newborn daughter’s sleep and feeding patterns on paper, Jackie Ashton decided to come up with an app. Baby Brain, which launches this month, has a timer for feedings and sleeping periods as well as diaper change and bottle tracking. The application can be shared with significant others, friends and physicians. If you are or know of a new parent, this is a perfect gift for only $4.99.

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Digital Chocolate Mini Golf 99 Holes Theme Park

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Video Games

Mini GolfTime to tee off. Fans of the original will be pleased that Digital Chocolate has released Mini Golf 99 Holes Theme Park for iPhone and iPod touch. There are 99 holes with 5 different courses and 5 players to choose from. Best of all, there is endless replay for the low price of $5.99 at the App Store. A free version is also available with a limited amount of levels.

Read More | My Digital Life

BlackBerry App World

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds, Internet

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It would appear that App World will soon be arriving. Although it is not open yet, you can register now to know when it will be available. Purchasing must be made through PayPal, so you had best sign up for that, too. The requirements are that your smartphone must have an operating system of 4.2 or higher and have a trackball or SurePress touchscreen. RIM is also calling for applications so if you come up with one, let them know.

 

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eSnowglobe iPhone Application

eSnowglobeGet rid of some of that last minute shopping rage with the iPhone application eSnowglobe. With 1,700 animated snowflakes that move at 60 fps, you can tilt to make it move or turn it upside down to create a mini-blizzard. With three different backgrounds and 2 modes, you can even pack a snowball to launch inside your phone. Pick a photo for background, change the colors and add sound effects or music to complete your globe. The eSnowglobe can be found at the App store for a mere $2.00.

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Hottrix Sues Coors Over iBeer Application

Score one for the little guy. Hottrix has filed a $12.5 million lawsuit against Coors. The indie company says that the brewery copied its iPhone application iBeer. Both apps display a glass of beer that empties when the user tilts the handset about 90º. While iBeer cost $3.00 at launch, Coors’ iPint was free. Hottrix argues that it had a video on YouTube in July 2007, before the App Store was launched. In an act of kindness, Apple removed the freebie in the U.S., however it is still available in other countries.

 

Read More | Wired

Earthcomber Helps You Find Fun Things to Do, Via Cell Phone

Posted by Lolita Beckwith Categories: Cell Phones, Internet, Software

EarthcomberDo you have a web-enabled cell phone, Blackberry, touch-screen Palm or Windows Mobile device? Then you may wish to check out Earthcomber, an app for your phone that helps you find just about anything around town. Seeking a movie for your date tonite? Someplace to eat afterwards? Somewhere to take her dancing later? A WiFi hotspot to blog about your new girlfriend? Earthcomber can help you find all of that, and much more. The best part? It has a comprehensive database….and it’s free! Just go to the website, sign up, download and you’re good to go.

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