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Review: Magellan Roadmate GPS for iPhone

A little late to the game, but a welcome addition to the iPhone is the Magellan Roadmate 2010 North America GPS app. Some of the features of the Magellan include spoken street names, highway lane assistance to let you know which lane to be in before a turn comes up, a pedestrian mode for taking it with you while walking, and iPod controls for changing your music without exiting the app, just to name a few.

​A little late to the game, but a welcome addition to the iPhone is the Magellan Roadmate 2010 North America GPS app. Some of the features of the Magellan include spoken street names, highway lane assistance to let you know which lane to be in before a turn comes up, a pedestrian mode for taking it with you while walking, and iPod controls for changing your music without exiting the app, just to name a few.

Easy to Navigate

It's quick and easy to get going. Press MENU, Click ADDRESS, and then enter your specific address.  Then keyboard entry is excellent and quickly predicts what you are trying to enter and provides a selection to choose from.

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Review: LineUp - Line 'Em Up & Knock 'Em Off - Addictive

A new game that has taken over my iPhone free time is LineUp by Labpixes. I'm addicted to it at the moment. 

It's a simple game in theory, knock off three or more squares of the same color to stop the blocks reaching the top. You have 100 clicks to do this and if your score reaches 1000 you'll get 100 more clicks/taps but if you run out of taps before reaching that 1000 score then sorry but game over. That's where thought comes into the game. Rather than just mindless clicking, allowing the color blocks to build up accumulates more points but as the game progresses the blocks also move faster and faster raising the skill level. 

Playing Tip;
beware clicking aimlessly at the screen because even if you're not racking up points with each tap you're depleting your tap tally score or not. Also, the diamond shape that appears on the screen, use it wisely and sparingly. Think of it as your 'get out of jail card'. This symbol deletes one row up and across but doesn't add to your score. So if used unwisely could loose you valuable scoring blocks. Remember without three blocks together of the same color you can't knock them off.

LineUp is free and unlike some free games is a full version game. 


LineUp Pro

The pro version of this game offers the ability to pause the game if a call or text comes in which I really like and for me is worth the cost alone. You can also choose from four block designs and the advertising at the top of the game has been removed. So no major upgrades between the free and paid versions but for a game that’s given me so much fun I didn’t think twice when deciding to spend the 99¢ to purchase LineUp Pro. 

LineUp & LineUp Pro by LabPixes

LineUp - Free

LineUp Pro - 99¢

By Annette Quirke Benkie

Review: Scramble, WordPopper, & WordSearch - Free Word Games for the iPhone

For all you word puzzle fans out there I've put together a small selection of free word games available for the iPhone and iPod Touch that are fun for those of every level.


How are you at making sense out of nothing? Well that’s what Scramble is all about. Sixteen letters against the clock. I have to admit at first I couldn’t make head nor tails of this game but once I discovered its quirky way of working I was hooked. Sixteen letters scrambled together and a race against the clock to find as many words as you can in two minutes.  You can set the board up with 25 letters and your clock for three minutes if you wish also.

 At the end of the game you’re given a list of all the possible words  you could of found and where they were hidden. Don’t be misled by this list as this is only a guideline. These words can be strange to say the least some not even being of the English language.

You have the ability to save your profile and play online as well as save your score to Facebook to showoff to all your friends what a wordsmith you are.

Ways of Earning Extra Points;

A great way of earning extra points is if you can an ‘S’ to a word you found, i.e. Rose & Roses.

Turn your screen on it’s side. It’s amazing how some words become clear when the letters are viewed from another angle.

It’s a nice little game that whiles away the time. If you like word games then I’d definitely give it a go.

Scramble 2 is now also available for download. Both games play the same and I haven’t noticed any obvious differences between the two.

Scramble by Zynga

Cost: Free



To play all you have to do is to tap on a combination of letters to make words. When you make a word you’ll hear a bell ring to confirm that word. To clear that word and start the next you must press the green tick mark or all the letters will run in together . If you make a mistake there’s a reject button so that you can start over. Most letters are worth 5 points with rarer letters like V, Q and Z scoring up to 10 or even 15.


You can also play against other players online and if you want to pause the game at any stage you can do so by simply tapping the name bar which is a handy feature.

 Simple game but fun for those who like words.

WordPopper from Raizlabs

Cost: Free

Full Version: $2.99


WordSearch Unlimited

I think most of us have played the paper version of this game at one stage of our lives. Well now it’s now gone digital. The premise is still the same, find the list of words at the bottom of the page in the jumble of letters, once they are all found. Game over.

Game options to choose from include word lists that range from Food & Drink, World Countries and Boys and Girls Names to control of screen appearance by choice of font style and background image.

Other than that the game is straight forward and simple. There is also a full version with more options to choose from.

WordSearch Unlimited by

Cost: Free


So hopefully one of these games piques your interest and gives you an excuse to while away some time. So go ahead and give your brain a workout and see how you do. What have you got to loose with Free as a price tag?

By: Annette Quirke Benkie []
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Review: iGo My Way 2009 - iPhone GPS Navigation

The GPS feature in the iPhone is one of the most exciting features. When you are lost you can pull up Google Maps and figure out where you are. You can use some of the cool 'around me' apps to find POI (points of interest) such as coffee shops, parking, banks, etc. It's really quite wonderful. Due to a licensing issue, you can't use the built-in Google Maps for turn-by-turn, so you have to look at third party solutions. 

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Review: Pebbles - Addictive Puzzle Game

Pebbles, from Objective Development Software, is a puzzle with easy and extremely difficult levels.  This game is highly addictive (for those addictive personality types) and for people who love puzzles that will keep you entertained for hours.

The objective is to empty the playing field by throwing a pebble from the border onto the board so that it touches a pebble of the same color, thus making it, and all pebbles of the same color surrounding it, disappear.  The shelf above the board will show you the color pebble that will replace the one you throw.  You must plan your moves to help you succeed at clearing the playing field.  Each time you clear the field you start over with the addition of another pebble, each level continues to 30 pebbles.

Once you complete these levels, you increase the number of pebble colors.  So in the first level, you only have 2 different color pebbles, the more difficult levels begin around 6 different stone colors.  You must plan your moves carefully and in advance to clear the boards.  A nice feature is that you do not have to save your game.  If you get interrupted during game play, you can answer the call, type the email, go to any app by pressing the home button, or just turn off the phone and the game will resume exactly where you left off.

Pebbles has great little sound effects for throwing the pebbles and telling you when you can not throw a pebble. If you enjoy a challenge and have a strategic puzzle solving mind I highly recommend this game.  There is a free mac version available on Objective Development's website, which is decent at showing you what the game is about, however it is not as good as the iphone version as you have no strategic planning of future moves.
If you have any question about whether you will enjoy this game or not, take a look at the quicktime demo on their website.


By Corey A. Serrins (The MacCore)

Pebbles by Objective Development

Full Version $2.99