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Labor Day Mobile Games Sale Is ON!!

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the United States and that means there there are some good sales going on for some great mobile games – to help you NOT labor.

Gameloft and Electronic Arts have many games in Apple’s App Store on sale for $0.99.

Atari and APPODAY are running a promotion on the Atari’s Greatest Hits game for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  You can download the complete 99-game pack for FREE between August 31 – September 1!  Better get cracking, as this offer expires TODAY!  Once you download the games to your iOS device, you can have unlimited play until you delete the Atari’s Greatest Hits games off your device. Once you do, you have to pay $9.99 for all the games, or $0.99 for a game pack.

Astraware HP TouchPad Word Games on Sale

Astraware, a long time creator of mobile games is running a promotion for their HP TouchPad webOS word games. For more details, checkout the HP App Catalog or the Astraware HP TouchPad word games website.

Thanks to RobT for the tip!

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Angry Birds Rio Updated With Beach Volley Levels

Rivio’s Angry Birds Rio has been updated to include the 30 new Beach Volley levels.

The update is available now for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  Angry Birds Rio for iPhone/iPod touch is $.99; the Angry Birds Rio HD edition for iPad is $2.99.  The upgrade with the new levels is free to all existing Angry Birds Rio customers.

Angry Birds Rio, like other versions of the Angry Birds franchise, includes Game Center achievements and new hidden fruits to find.  Once you have completed episode one, Blu and Jewel will be added to your avian arsenal. 

Rovio has also released a free edition of Angry Birds Rio which features three levels per episode.

Google Android and HP webOS users, unfortunately, still have to wait for Rovio to release the Beach Volley update.

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Year End Deals on iPods, iPads, iPhones, Smartphones

Didn’t get the cool new phone or iDevice for Christmas that you were hoping for?  Are you sitting on a pile of cash or gift cards?  Don’t worry!  There are still deals to be had on new and refurbished hardware between now and the end of the year.

Apple (Refurbished Hardware)

  • iPod Classic (Silver or Black) – $209
  • iPod touch 32GB (third generation) – $229
  • iPod touch 64GB (third generation) – $299
  • iPad Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G – $50-100 off refurbished units

AT&T Wireless (Refurbished Hardware)

  • Apple iPhone 4 16GB – $99, $36 activation fee
  • Apple iPhone 4 32GB – $199, $36 activation fee
  • Apple iPhone 3GS 8/16/32GB – $29/$49/79, $36 activation fee
  • BlackBerry Torch – $9.99, activation fee waived
  • HP Palm Pre Plus – $0.00, activation fee waived
  • HTC Aria – $0.01, activation fee waived

Keep reading for Verizon Wireless and Sprint phones.


  • BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $150 off online order
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G – $200 off online order
  • HP Palm Pixi – Free when ordered online
  • HTC Evo 4G – $150 off online order

Verizon Wireless

  • HTC Droid Incredible – $149.99, BOGO
  • BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 – $49.99, BOGO
  • BlackBerry Bold 9650 – $99.99, BOGO
  • HP Palm Pixi Plus – $0.00

Depending on the phone model and service plan, a $36 activation fee may apply.

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Palm Updates (Beta) Facebook Client

The other day I posted that new mobile Facebook clients for iOS, BlackBerry OS, and Google Android had popped up in their respective app stores.  On Friday evening, Palm posted their v1.4.5 update to the beta Facebook client which now includes support for the Facebook Paces feature.

To learn more about how to install Palm beta applications on your webOS phone, hit the “Read more” link for some helpful information on how to get started.

Since this is a beta application, it doesn’t show up in the App Catalog – version 1.4.0 shows up there, which introduced support for multiple webOS cards for Facebook.  (Think of webOS “cards” as separate browser windows or tabs.)

To install the beta version of the Palm Facebook client, you must first install two pieces of software: WebOS Quick Install on your PC, and Preware on your Palm webOS phone.

If you are unfamiliar with Homebrew apps, or installing WebOS Quick Install, then head over to where you can read all about Homebrew apps and for the download and directions for installing WebOS Quick Install (free PreCentral forums registration is required.)

Once you have WebOS Quick Install loaded on your Palm webOS phone, you are ready to install Preware, which is a fairly easy task when you use WebOS Quick Install.

After you have installed Preware and launched it on your webOS phone, you can search for Facebook and find the beta client.  You install apps in the Palm beta channel the same way you install applications in Palm’s App Catalog and you’re ready to rock-n-roll.  To check for future updates to the beta Facebook client, launch Preware on your Palm every now and again and check the Updates section of the Preware screen.

Sure, this all sounds really geeky and strange if you haven’t played with Homebrew apps on your Palm Pre or Pixi before, but it is really easy to do and opens the door to hundreds of great app that aren’t available directly from Palm.

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Admitting I Have a Problem

Another long work day has come to an end and I’m “degearing” for the night. Just a few minutes ago, I realized why my blog has the word “Fanatics” in it.

Right now, on my person, I’m carrying my Sprint Palm Pre, a 2G Apple iPhone, a 5th gen iPod, my iPad, and my new company issued Verizon BlackBerry Storm2 9550. Oh, and let’s not forget the 17-inch MacBook Pro that I needed at work today.

So, I have to ask myself, why the hell and I carrying all this gear anyway? “They” say that admitting you have a problem is the first step. I’ll have to pencil that into my calendar at some point?

I’ll have to take a break from all of this technology by drinking this can of Diet Coke.

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A History of Tablet Computing

Most smartphone fans started out life using devices referred to a “personal digital assistants”, or PDAs. Over the last 10 years, the most iconic PDA was the “PalmPilot.” Apple has reignited a second mobile computing renaissance first with the iPod, then iTunes, and most recently, the iPhone and the iPod touch. While we wait for Apple to unveil their next mobile computing platform, rumored to a new tablet computer, AppleInsider has published a very good historical accounting of mobile computing.

“A variety of vendors have tried to deliver tablet-like products over the past two decades, but none have been a standout success. This has the tech world watching with bated breath to see if Apple can apply its aura of desirability to the tablet segment in the same way that it has managed to do in desktops, notebooks, MP3 players and smartphones.”

Read the full AppleInsider article