Stephen Cooper, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, decided to take a CD spindle and an ioBridge, a smart board that requires very little skill and will set up an online interface page for you. Ninety minutes later he came up with a way to feed his pup Cooper remotely from his iPhone. Stephen explains on his site how you can make a similar gadget. We guess that his dog was happy once he got the hang of it, but we bet he would rather have had the 90 minutes with his best friend.
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There are a few tower defense games available in the App Store, but we think we’ve come across the best in TapDefense. Aside from being a free game, it’s really well done. The gameplay progresses in difficulty just as you’d expect it to, and developer LL Group even worked in the iPhone accelerometer into the gameplay - not something you find in your typical tower defense game. One of the towers available is an earthquake tower, and when enemies approach it, you shake your iPhone or iPod touch in order to destroy them. Very nice. In all, you’ve got 42 levels, six tower types, and seven different enemies to combat. And like we said, it’s free.
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Some people are really obsessed with their iPhones. Tuan Nguyen, Ken Thomas and a few buds got together to create this unique coffee table in the shape of the Apple phone. The iLounge members made the furniture out of corrugated wood and glue. They also made built-in coasters out of the icons. We like the design and figure we can put it alongside our Pacman Living Room Set in the room with the Super Mario Wall Decals.
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Just a quick not to let you guys know that we think the new Tap Tap Dance iPhone game is fantastic. Tapulous has put out a couple versions of Tap Tap Revenge already, so we didn’t think this one would be that big a deal - we figured same game with different music. Plus, we aren’t big fans of dance music anyway. However, this game just works. We love the background visuals (of which there are quite a few), the music actually adds a lot to the game (it features tracks by artists like Daft Punk and the Chemical Brothers.) We also like the whole progression system, where you need to meet certain requirements to unlock some of the more advanced tracks and challenges. Overall, very fun. We recommend it. You can pick up Tap Tap Dance in the App Store.
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While you can order a meal from Pizza Hut on Facebook, Papa John also seems to have the right idea. The chain announced that it has received more than a million dollars in mobile Web sales in the last six months. This equals out to over $1 billion in overall online sales. The site features their menu, special offers, locator and account registration. They also have an iPhone friendly menu. We can’t wait until the trend catches on and we can order our Moo Goo Gai Pan while on the way home.
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How often have you used your iPhone or iPod as a nightlight? Probably not that often, but the reviveLITE combines an automatically controlled low light with a charging station without worrying about tripping over a cord. Energy Star efficient, the frosted LED device comes with foam inserts to secure your iGadget. Choose between white and black at a price of $39.99. At least you will know where you left your phone the night before, eh?
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Now remember, this is a rumor, but our friends over at the Boy Genuis Report are saying that they are hearing rumblings that the iPhone will be hitting Wal-Mart soon, and the price is going to be $99 a pop. Now, we’ve heard these Wal-Mart and iPhone rumors before, and we are almost certain that the iPhone will be hitting your local Wally World soon. However, the word here is that you’ll be able to pick up a 4GB iPhone, something that hasn’t been around for quite a while, for a Benjamin. Yeah, you lost out on the storage space, but seriously, this is Wal-Mart, and it’s a $99 iPhone. Expect updates on this one as soon as we hear more.
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You may have already heard of ChaCha. It’s like Ask for cell phones. We bring it up because it is a perfect tool for the holidays. You simply inquire about the best deal on a product and dial 242242 (ChaCha, of course) or 1-800-2ChaCha and they will send you back a text message in a few minutes. Although the service is free, your provider may not be. By the way, if you have a computer with 1GB RAM and win every night when you watch Jeopardy, you can apply to be a guide and actually get paid for it.
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Big Canvas Inc. has debuted their latest Apple iPhone application that they have dubbed OilCanvas. Users can make their own artwork and save it on their library. You choose a base picture, select a brush and paint with your finger to create your own masterpiece. You can also share with friends in your PhotoShare network. OilCanvas is free to the first 50,000 downloaders ($1.99 after that) at the App Store. Big Canvas previously released PhotoShare, SmallCanvas and PhotoArtist.
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Okay, we’re mobile warriors here at Gear Live, and the battery life is the only negative for me when it comes to my iPhone 3G. The Mophie Juice Pack 3G aims to fix that problem, and so we took it to task. Now, mind you, not everyone uses up their battery as quick as I do - I have two email accounts that are on push data, and I also push calendars and contacts as well. That’s a lot of constant connectivity going on. If I’m not careful, my iPhone 3G battery will be dead within 9 hours on a typical day.
Gallery: Mophie Juice Pack review
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