This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Okay, so Mirror’s Edge is one of them. I really enjoy playing this game on my iOS device. It is a touch version of the popular console and PC running and action game with a female lead. The mechanics are fun and smooth. The entire experience is really enjoyable.

Download Mirror’s Edge for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Mirror’s Edge for the iPad


“With crisp visuals and sharp gameplay, you dear Mirror’s Edge are the fairest iPad launch game of them all.” – Tracy Erickson, PocketGamer.com

“Mirror’s Edge is not just one of the top launch games for the iPad, it’s also a damn fine game, period.” – Levi Buchanan, IGN.com

Grab hold of the cutting-edge gaming power of your iPad as you bolt into action as Faith Connors – an underground “Runner” who must stop a deadly threat in a “perfect society” full of sinister surveillance and relentless pursuers.

Using the incredible split-screen interface, challenge friends on time and tactics in 2 Multiplayer modes. Outrun them with the fastest time in Race Maps, or outmaneuver them on a city hunt to uncover secret packages embedded in multiple Rival Maps.

See and feel the iPad difference as you run up walls, slide down ramps, ride zip lines, and hurdle between rooftops. Pound through a visually stunning HD cityscape flooded with realistic sounds, a pulsating soundtrack, and dynamic camera angles.

In single-player campaign mode, think fast on your feet, engage in furious hand-to-hand combat, elude your enemies, and push yourself to the very edge. Mirror’s Edge on iPad puts it all out there. Once you experience it, you won’t look back.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!


This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Here’s a goodie! We have The Sims Medieval on the list. This is the latest in the series of Sims game by EA/Maxis that allows users to simulate a family of their dream.

Download The Sims Medieval for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download for the iPad


GET MEDIEVAL WITH THE SIMS™! Your favorite lighthearted Sims universe is going old-school – back to the times of castles, kings, jesters and knights!

Create your hero and determine your Sim’s destiny in this new fantasy. From serf and squire to Lady and Lord, role-play even as a Vampire! Immerse yourself in a dramatic adventure where the possibilities are endless.

Complete quests to propel your Sims onward. Master skills and make wizardly potions like a death potion – or a love potion. Join parties across a richly detailed medieval realm, or test your skills with features like combat and fishing.

View all the feuding, feasting and frivolity with the visual glory of the Retina Display.
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Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!


This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Check out Flight Control, a popular game that made it into the selection.

Download Flight Control for iOS


Flight Control is a must-have App Store classic. It’s the incredibly simple, yet insanely addictive worldwide #1 game from Firemint that invented the “line drawing” genre. Over 4,000,000 copies sold – don’t miss out, play all six unique maps in the original and best today!
✈ Macworld awarded Flight Control an extremely rare 5 out of 5 mice: “The unique gameplay is perfectly suited to the device, and I am hopelessly addicted.”
✈ Pocket Gamer: “Flight Control is one of those essential games that you’ll continually return to and will remain on your iPhone forever”
✈ Touch Arcade: “the winning balance of easy pick-up gameplay, ramping difficulty and tickling the need to try ‘just one more time’”
Air traffic control is the world’s most stressful job, but not for you. You don’t need heading angles, flight rules or meteorological reports, you’re a natural! A prodigy! A born controller!

✔ Incredibly easy to learn! Just touch and drag the aircraft to their landing zones and avoid collisions.
✔ Insanely addictive – it only takes a minute to get started, but it’s impossible to stop!
✔ NEW MAP – Storm Airfield! A thunderstorm is wreaking havoc, striking aircraft with lightning – zapped aircraft cannot be redirected for a short time!
✔ NEW FEATURE – Rewind! Purchase rewinds to turn back time – revert disaster and earn higher scores
✔ Fly solo, or share landing duties with a friend – online via Game Center on iOS4.2, over local Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth
✔ Turn on the voice chat option to talk with the other controller when in online multiplayer mode (off by default)
✔ Aim for a new personal best or compete against other Flight Controllers in online leaderboards
✔ Earn achievements when you complete challenges, including the new ‘Thunderstruck’ achievement for the Storm Airfield
✔ Visit all 6 airfields including Beach, Original, Windy, Australian Outback, Aircraft Carrier and the new Storm Airfield each with unique characteristics and challenges!
✔ Featuring 10 aircraft types including jets, helicopters and seaplanes!
So welcome aboard, please sit back, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the mayhem – treat yourself and buy Flight Control now, or surprise a friend and Gift This App!
ⓘ For the latest inside info from Firemint, join us on our site, Facebook or Twitter! Please report bugs on our support site so we can assist you – visit http://www.firemint.com for links and details.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!


This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. One of these games is Dead Space, a si-fi shooter with multiple game modes!

Download Dead Space for iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Dead Space for the iPad


“BEST MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR!” ( 2011 Meffy Awards)

Featuring hardcore gameplay and a rich audio experience, immerse yourself in events that unleash the Necromorph horde again – and set the stage for the horrifying action of Dead Space 2. Hailed by fans and critics, this stunning vision of the Dead Space franchise is truly a landmark “must-play.”

With two engrossing channels of gameplay, Survival Mode offers as much strategic dismemberment as you can stomach. Hack and shoot your way through 4 maps in both ENDLESS and “5 MINUTES TO KILL” modes. Bring in weapons, suits, and ammo from Story Mode, rack up big combos, and earn more credits!

Featuring a fully voice-acted stereo soundtrack, plus a movie-quality score and sound effects, we recommend experiencing the game with headphones for full immersion. Cutting-edge visuals, rich in effects and atmospheric lighting, reproduce the cinematic horror of the console experience.

The on-screen HUD is seamlessly integrated into the game. Navigate 6 varied environments and battle Necromorphs with simple swipe and tap controls.

Access the all-new Plasma Saw and Core Extractor, plus 3 more weapons from the Dead Space universe – and get on with the business of strategic dismemberment. Also utilize Kinesis and Stasis Modules well-known to players of the console game.

Enhance weapons and more with additional Power Nodes. Increase offensive and defensive capabilities with Weapon Output and Armor Integrity Modules. Or get the Credit Booster to scavenge more credits from dismembered Necromorphs.


“…a wholly original and terrifying experience splattered in deep gameplay, outstanding graphics, and chilling audio.” (App Store iPhone Game of the Week)

“5 STARS …a game-changer as far as 3D action games go on iOS platforms.” (Ryan Rigney, GamePro Editors’ Choice)

“4/4 MUST HAVE …all the limb-slicing action, Retina Display crispness, nail-biting audio and run-for-your’s-life thrills you could want…” (Chris Reed, Slide To Play)

** NOTE ON SURVIVAL MODE DEVICE COMPATIBILITY – DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES? Survival Mode is ONLY compatible with 3Gs devices or above. This mode will not appear in the game when played on 1st or 2nd generation devices. **

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Peggle (Game) for iOS FREE for a Limited Time!

This week, the App Store has turned five years old, and to celebrate, EA is giving away some of their popular paid games for iPhone, iPod, and iPad. First up, is Peggle, a classic hit by PopCap.

Download Peggle for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Download Peggle for the iPad


Shoot to clear all the orange pegs from 55 sparkling levels in what msnbc.com calls one of the “top 5 most addictive games of all time.” Become a Peggle Master and pit your skills against over 40 Grand Master Challenges. Rack up bonus points and hit style shots that will make you smile for weeks.

Game Features

Clear all the levels and train with the Peggle Masters in Adventure mode. Revisit your favorite levels in Quick Play. Face off with friends or your iPhone or iPod touch in Duel. Unlock Challenge mode and prove that you have become a Peggle Master.

Raise the Fevermeter in spectacular, colorful levels including snow banks, tulip fields and outer space.

Hone your skills with the help of 10 Peggle Masters and learn their magical skills.

Fine-tune your aim to bust more pegs with every shot.

Rack up more bonus points with tricky shots like Off the Wall, Double Long Shot and Eye of the Pyramid.

Build a shrine to your own awesomeness in the new Peggle Trophy Room.

Relive your Peggle glory and show your friends your most spectacular shots!

Classic Peggle background music is now available during gameplay!

-Optimized for faster, smoother play and improved frame rates.
-Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking.

Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the tip!

Get Plants Vs. Zombies FREE on the iPhone within the Next Few Hours

I know we are a Microsoft focused site, but a good deal is a good deal. The ever popular game by PopCap, Plants vs. Zombies is being given away for FREE for the next few hours at the time of this writing! So, if you are reading this, grab it now if you have an iPhone, iPod, or even an iPad. This app goes is usually sold for $2.99, but it’s free now! Grab it while you can!


Winter is fading away, and spring is quickly approaching… just like that horde of zombies!
Dig into one of the most popular games ever on iPhone and iPad. Discover the joys of pelting zombies with peas and mulchifying zombies all around your house. Best of all, it’s free!
“Truly ingenious” – New York Times “Titles this good don’t come around often” – Destructoid “Editor’s Choice – 9/10” – IGN
Plants vs. Zombies™ was spawned from the fertile minds that created Bejeweled®, Peggle®, Zuma® and Bookworm®.
Get ready to soil your plants as a mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home. Use your arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants — peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more — to mulchify 26 types of zombies before they break down your door.
Game Features:
50 FUN-DEAD LEVELS Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool, on the rooftop and more! Replay levels in the all-new Quick Play arena.
NOT YOUR GARDEN-VARIETY GHOULS Battle zombie pole-vaulters, snorkelers, bucketheads and more. Each has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all.
SMASHING FUN Try to survive all 9 unique levels as you battle zombies hiding in vases. It’s smashing fun!
SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ZOMBIE Be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds. Zombies love brains so much they’ll jump, run, dance, swim and even eat plants to get into your house.
FIGHT LONGER, GET STRONGER Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy a pet snail, power-ups and more.
GROW WITH YOUR GAME Earn 44 awesome achievements and show off your zombie-zapping prowess.
COIN PACKS Need coins for great new stuff? Buy up to 600,000 coins right from the Main Menu.
MORE COOL FEATURES – Full Retina display support—zombies have never looked prettier. – Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking. – Loads of performance enhancements and bug fixes.
*Original Mac/PC downloadable game.
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More Apps from PopCap: BEJEWELED®  – Match sparkling gems in the world’s #1 puzzle game. PEGGLE® – Clear the orange pegs in this epic blend of luck and skill. BOOKWORM® – Feed your appetite for fun in THE brain-tickling word puzzle game. CHUZZLE® – Slide and match cute, cuddly — and surprisingly explosive — furballs. BEJEWELED® BLITZ – Enjoy one minute of endless gem-matching awesomeness.
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Download from the App Store

We Review The 180S TecTouch Gloves Hands On…Literally!

Do your hands ever get cold while texting outside in the dead of winter without gloves? Stupid question right? Of course! you’d be freezing your opposable digits off! Well then consider this video here a gift. Austin Allen brings an honest review of the 180S TecTouch Gloves which will hopefully keep your hands warm and your lols and omgs zipping across cyber space.

iWatchz Q Series Review for iPod Nano


Do you love Apple as much as I do? If so, you may have an Apple product as your phone, computer, and/or tablet. Now, you can have an Apple product as a watch! It is simple; all you have to have is an iPod Nano, and a watchband. The watchband can be purchased at any Apple retail store, online, or at any best buy. The one that I use in my every day life is the iWatchz Q series. This can be bought for $25. For the full review, watch the Youtube video above!

The iWatchz Q Series Watch Bands come in many colors so that everyone can have one!

My Thoughts on Steve Jobs

Since Steve Jobs died Wednesday, October 5, I had gotten to do some thinking about how Steve has affected all of our lives in one way or another. Everyday, no matter where we go, we carry a little piece of him with us. Whether it be an iPhone, iPod, iPad, or even Mac laptops, some part of the mind of Steve Jobs lies within. As of the writing of this article, I’m sitting on the floor of the communications building on campus with my iPad waiting for my next class to begin while looking at the words I have just written. What exactly do they mean to me?

Steve Jobs was a man of passion. He wouldn’t settle for second rate. He took what was best and made it even better. If only during his early pioneering years he had settled for mediocre quality, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today in terms of modern day computing.

Steve’s eye for quality and detail was second to none. I would almost even dare say he was anal about it. I had heard stories over the years about him reducing Apple engineers to tears because the products they were working on didn’t meet his standard of excellence. He wanted to take good and make it better. And essentially, this is what has broken Apple out of the pack and has placed it as the most successful and profitable company in the world to date. But Apple didn’t just come out of the box working like it is now.

The now gigantic company we know today as Apple started out as Apple Computer in the form of a circuit board called the Apple I by three broke college dropouts in a garage in Cupertino, California in 1976. In 1977, the company received outside funding and began work on the successor to the Apple I, the Apple II. And as they say, the rest is history. But in that history are a lot of bumps in the road. Bumps that included Jobs resigning from his own company due to power struggles before being brought back after the acquisition of another company, NeXT, in which he founded. Fast forward through time, new and revolutionary devices (including some released years before their time) have been released unto the world changing how we do things forever all because of the vision of one man.

Through Steve’s vision, iDevices are now in the hands of people on the go, MacBooks are on the laps of eager college students, and iMacs on the desks of those turning the music and designing industry on its ear. We are now connected no matter where we go.

Sure you can call the man mean, tyrannical,or a perfectionist because of his methodology, but that is your opinion. I stated my opinion based on what Steve has accomplished, not on what pundits and fanboys are saying while some sling post-mortem mud. But even while he was alive, Jobs rose above the noise. Although he is no longer is here with us, his legacy will continue where he left off.

All in all, Steve Jobs had wanted to put a ding in the universe. I say he certainly has.

iPhone 4S Pricing…wait…a FREE iPhone?!!?

Well, Apple made the announcements about its next generation iPhone, namely, the iPhone 4S. It has some pretty nifty features. But what about the price? Well, whether not the new pricing is a treat is up for you to decide. Here they are:

The iPhone 4S

  • The iPhone 4S will cost starting at $199
  • 16GB devices will cost $199, 32GB devices will cost $299, and the, newly announced, 64GB devices will cost $399.
The iPods
  • The new iPods Nanos, which has a few new features, will cost $129 for the 8GB device and $149 for the 16GB device.
  • The iPod touches will be priced like the iPhones, with $199 for the 8GB model, $299 for the 32GB model, and $399 for the 64GB model.
iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS
  • Apple will continue to sell previous generations of its iPhone product line.
  • The iPhone 4 will now cost only $99 with contract
  • Amazingly, the iPhone 3GS will be absolutely free with no contract!
  • Remember that both of these devices can be upgraded to the latest iOS version, namely, iOS5.
That’s it for the pricing! Stay tuned in to Techtronica for more tech news from Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc!

HeyTell [App Review]

Monday, I was helping my Youth Pastor with some work around our church when his iPhone 4 made this alert noise and was soon after followed by a message. I asked him why there were random voices coming from his iPhone and he said it came from the HeyTell App. I had been looking for an app similar to this one but could only find ones with less capability. After examining the speed and capability of the App on my YP’s iPhone to my friend’s iPad I was set on purchasing one from the App Store. So, I bought the App and I’ve carried on many conversations with people from 5 ft away, and all the way from Georgia to Texas.


Now let’s get onto the review:

HeyTell is built with many concepts for user enjoyment based communication so the Pros-Cons rating is about 50-1. The app is pretty much your mobile device “walkie talkie” so there is no more of a need to go out and by 2 way radios anymore. One of the greatest things I have encountered while using the app is its speed. My friend and I were connected to the same Wifi modem and within 2 seconds of him sending the message it was already being played on my iPhone. Another note about the time in between sending and receiving the message depends on whether or not you are using your carrier’s internet or a wifi connection. One of the thing’s I’ve personally noticed is that the speed is much greater when you are connected to wifi instead of your carrier’s internet (even when you aren’t both connected to the same wifi connection).

Quality is another excellent feature in this innovative product. Earlier, I compared the app with “walkie talkies” (2 way radios) and here is another great feature to once compare this with. Quality in your 2 way radios usually ranges from Okay-Awful. I have only experienced one type of quality with this app and that is excellent. Security wise you have 3 options which is along the lines of open, secure and closed. With open anyone can talk directly to you without a friend request. Secure (what I mostly recommend) prompts users to add you as a friend before any contact can be made.

As with most voice apps there are also “add-ons” which can do anything from say what you type to another person or change your voice. These apps price range on average are about from Free-$3.00. One of these add-ons allows you to “HeyTell” with up to 25 people in one group. This is great for small event staff that have quick internet access and can get messages to each other quickly.

Overall this is a great app for any quick message you would like to get to your friends, family, colleagues or whatever the case may be. I believe that HeyTell has went beyond and above with this communication app and I rate them a 9.5 of 10 for an overall rating.

[review pros=”Great app for any quick messages.” cons=”None” score=95]

VPN Express Gives Your Fingers A Workout

Who doesn’t hate having to use “https” or some other way of getting around a website blocker? Well, I can now say I have found the perfect solution. VPN (on Apple’s App Store) will escort you around any blocker. Once you have obtained internet access you can use VPN. By using it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch you can set it up instantly if you know anything about what you are doing.

Out of 10 stars I would probably give it an 8. Why an 8? Simply because it takes some traveling (not literally, but going back and forth to settings and VPN) to get it set up to work. Once you have it set up though, it is fairly easy to use. Just go Settings>VPN>On and once it has connected you are good to go!




[review pros=”Once you have it set up, it is easy to use.” cons=”it takes some traveling back and forth to settings and VPN to get it set up to work” score=80]

iPhone App Spotlight: X Invasion 2



The other day, I was bored. So I pulled out my iPod touch, and was browsing through the Arcade Games section of the App Store. I looked at a few… didn’t see anything good. I downloaded a turkey shooting game, and a hedgehog launching game… they were o.k. Then I found a game called “X Invasion 2”. The screenshots looked pretty cool. So I downloaded it. That was probably the best decision I’ve ever made in the app store.

X Invastion 2 is — I want to say THE best, but thats might not be not true – iPhone game that I’ve ever played. Its easy to pickup on how to play, and yet is challenging. There’s a campaign mode, where you complete missions such as destroy 5 UFO’s, land in a runaway, defend your base in the middle of the night, and lots more. And there’s an Arcade mode, just trying to knock down as many planes as you can before you get shot down. Or crash.

If you’ve ever played a realistic flight simulator (or flown a real airplane) you’ll recognize that the controls aren’t… well, realistic. But they still fit the game, and make it easier to focus on aiming and shooting.

Another pro to this game; its free! (At least it is at the time of me writing this…) So If I were you, I’d waltz over to the App Store and download this game right now!



Jailbreaking your iPod touch


A screenshot of my jailbroken iPod touch, with the
Glasklart theme applied.

Notice: I cannot be held responsible to any damage that occurs to your iPod touch/iPhone whilst following this tutorial.

If you were like me, then you’ve probably seen here and there, people talking about how they jailbroke their iPhone, and how awesome it is, and how much cooler it looks, etc… Then you asked how it works, and heard it involved hacking. A red light immediately goes off, and you back away… But I’m here to tell you: Jailbreaking is legal, (see this article) and I’m here to show you how to do it!

Step 1:

 Turn off your iPhone, and click the Prepare to Jailbreak (DFU) button. Follow the instructions. Then click Jailbreak

Step 3:
After less than a minute, the program should be finished. Click Quit

Step 4:
You should see some white words scrolling on a black background. Just wait a minute or so for them to finish. Then your iPhone should boot normally. Enter your password, if you have one.

Step 5:
Almost finished! Go to the very last app page on your homescreen, and tap the Loader. It should have a white Icon. In the app, tap the Cydia button. If it asks if you want to remove the Loader, tap Yes. Once it finishes, it may or may not restart your iPhone. If it doesn’t, just press the Home button.

Alright, you’re iPhone is jailbroken! You can go to Cydia and download apps that are for jailbroken iPhones only. I did this on my iPod touch, 3rd Generation, Version 4.1.

iPhone App Spotlight: Lemonade Tycoon


Lemonade Tycoon is one of the best games I’ve found for the iPod touch/iPhone. Surprisingly, its free!

You start out with a humble lemonade stand, in the suburbs, and by the end of the game have a $10,000 lemonade castle. But its the section in between that really makes this game worth it.

At the start of each day, you are presented with the current weather, and temperature. You can adjust the price per cup of your lemonade, buy the necessary supplies for the day, and tweak the recipe to maximize customer satisfaction. If you put in too many lemons, it will be too sour. Too little, it will be too watery. Same with the sugar.

Like I said, you start in the suburbs. As your popularity grows, you’ll make enough money per day to rent other places to sell your lemonade, like the Park, Downtown, The Beach, and more. You’ll also be able to buy upgrades, like a neon sign, which boots your visibility.

Once you unlock the Ball Park, and have the $10,000 lemonade castle, the game doesn’t have much more for you. But overall, this game is a great time killer, and is definitely worth downloading.