Foursquare, Gowalla, Scavngr, Facebook Places, all of these have the same basic premise: sharing your location with the world. You check-in to your favorite spots and tell everyone following you about the places you visit. Along the way you earn badges and prizes, unlock hidden items and complete lengthy goals. It’s a neat system, but it’s not for everyone.

What if you don’t want all that fluff? Even more, what if you don’t exactly want the whole world to know where you are at every waking moment? How do you quickly shoot off your location to a friend or two for a meet up that isn’t publicized on the web? Enter Flares, a location-sharing app with two primary goals: simplicity and privacy.

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting LotBraining. The developer describes LotBraining as follows: Turn your iPhone into a trainer for personal development with LotBraining. The iPhone & iPod Touch app is based on more than a decade of coaching and training experience. It utilizes mental training techniques originally developed by NASA.
LotBraining’s application areas range from the use for relaxation and focusing before a crucial meeting to a comprehensive personal development training program.

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My wife and I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Kenya and Tanzania, with a stop in Amsterdam along the way. We had an amazing experience, which included going on safari in Tanzania and attending a beautiful wedding at Lake Navasha in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.

I knew before leaving Canada that we would have very limited access to the Internet during our travels. I discovered that, with some careful planning up front and a suite of thoughtfully selected apps, the iPhone can be a very useful travel companion, even when no Internet connection is available. Here are some of the apps that I used regularly during our travels. I’ve also included some essential tips for those of you who travel the world with your iPhone (or iPod Touch).

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I use Google Docs more than Office or iWork, so accessing and editing my files across platforms is very important to me. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a decent candidate for editing your documents on mobile platforms. Google unvieled their mobile editor to much hype, but unfortunately it doesn’t provide an extensive, desktop-like experience on any platform.

This review won’t solve that problem. However, Memeo Connect is one of the more elegant solutions to browsing your Google Docs. Plus, for those that don’t require editing on the Google service, the files can be imported into Pages for iOS. Memeo provides a pleasing and fairly stable platform for accessing Google Docs on the go.

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The war was supposed to be over. The human race had overcome the alien attack and were promised to live in peace. However, the peacetime was merely a ploy to lull the humans into a false sense of security, and now they need your help. This is the scenario that N.O.V.A. 2 places you in, playing as a Kal Wardin who is the only one who can save humanity and end the war again. N.O.V.A. 2 is the sequel to N.O.V.A. (Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance) a highly successful action-adventure first person shooter for iOS. Fight through intricate and complex levels, battling against aliens and trying to stay alive.

N.O.V.A. 2 brings new levels, new weapons such as Alien Lightning Gun’s, iPhone 4 Gyroscope support, and a new story line that provides hours of intense gameplay. The N.O.V.A. series brings Halo-esque gaming to your mobile phone. N.O.V.A. also features an online multiplayer mode which extends gameplay for hundreds more hours as you battle players from all over the world in several different game types. The combination of intense firefights and amazing graphics made me addicted the minute I started playing.

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting mobiEXPLORE Italy. The developer describes mobiEXPLORE Italy as follows:

Exploring various delights that Italy has to offer is now so much easier with this handy mobile app. mobiEXPLORE Italy is a free download on the App Store. For iPhone users there is an additional benefit, since most of the app’s content is offline, using mobiEXPLORE helps you keep roaming costs low.”

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The mixture of touchscreen technology with features like GPS and impressive on-board cameras makes the iPhone a virtual playground for clever developers with a novel idea.

Today we’ve compiled five crazy things you can do with your iPhone using various apps. Several of these apps seem too good to be true but they all work exactly as advertised. Intrigued? Read on!

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Earlier this week Apple debuted the iPad 2 (check out our coverage here), and it’s a beauty. Two cameras, a dual core A5 chip (translation: much faster) and a slimmer, lighter design all make this one hard to resist product! Not to mention that amazing Smart Cover.

However, critics can still point to a few potential disappointments. No Thunderbolt support, retina display or an SD card slot. Further, several techies, like the folks over at Gizmodo, aren’t that impressed by the new specs in comparison to other tablet products like the Motorola Xoom.

So our question today is, what do you think? The single best way to state your opinion of the new iPad is with your wallet so we want to know whether or not it’s good enough for you to drop five hundred bucks on come March 11th. Vote in the poll to tell us whether or not you plan on getting one, then leave a comment below explaining your answer.

Seems like March has snuck up on us this year, and with the announcement of the iPad 2 and the “year of the iPad 2″, it will be interesting to see what that means for portable games.

While we wait though, here are some excellent new titles that are worth playing!

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In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Real Piano HD Pro. The developer describes Real Piano HD Pro as a full 88-key keyboard app that brings you not only real piano sound, but also other instruments like guitar, marimba, and music box. It also brings you smoothly moving and zooming, customizable key labels, and professional tuning & transposition functionalities.

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