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SimCity – iPhone App Review

I probably let too much time pass before writing this review since when I set out to do it – this app was in my concept iPhone apps list. Come to find out, it had been in development for… a while to say the least.

I remember sitting at my parents old 386x PC in the morning playing the original Maxis SimCity Classic, setting the speed to high just to get enough cash to buy that airport before I had to leave for school. That original feeling hasn’t really changed (neither has the veil of complexity that is their city development intelligence).


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Five Entertaining Features Added to an Already Feature Packed

On behalf of the JealousBrother team, we want to thank everyone who has supported our website. We hope you all had a wonderful 2008 and we wish each and everyone of you the best in 2009. There’s a lot going on in our world today and there will certainly be a lot of things to discuss and debate on JealousBrother. We’ve been busy working on the site and wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to. Thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you on the site.

-Ryan Kazinec

Recently Added Features:

  • You now have a JealousBrother EGO!
    That’s right, the more you participate the bigger your Ego gets. Just don’t get too cocky.
  • It’s now easy to Invite your friends to JealousBrother
    We’ve added a friend invite box to your profile. Just enter your friends email and we’ll let them know you think they should check things out.
  • The People page has been redesigned
    The people page has an whole new look that recognizes the users with the biggest Egos and also highlights the ten newest comments added to rivalries.
  • There’s now an Upcoming tab on the main page
    Now you can view the newest rivalries that are on there way to the top. Just click on the Upcoming tab.
  • You can now label and describe your photos
    Soon you’ll be able to leave comments on photos as well.

5 Things you might not know about

  1. You can start your own rivalries—In any category, about anything you’d like.
  2. You can add music, videos, comment images, and more to your profile by inserting html code into the “About Me” and “ShoutBox” sections of your profile.
  3. You can send private messages to your friends as well as public shouts on their profile.
  4. Don’t like what someone has to say? You can vote their comments up or down.
  5. The search bar at the top of the website will find both people and rivalries that match your search terms.

People Have Been Talking

Here’s what they had to say:

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Is Job Security Becoming More Significant Than Compensation and Benefits?

It is often said that life can change in the blink of an eye. What isn’t said is why, when, and how many times life can change. When I stop and think back a few months, a few years, or even a couple of decades one thing always holds true, I have constantly changed, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. More recently my focus has been directed towards the US economy and what it’s downward spiral means to my wife and I. Looking back as recent as six months ago our perspective on employment was significantly different than it is today. The wounded and vulnerable status of the United States economy has forced employers and employees alike to take desperate measures and begin operating on a defensive front.

The current and probable future state of the U.S. economy isn’t good for either the employer or the employee. Most people are familiar with the real estate terms buyers and sellers markets and to create a simple analogy the U.S. job market has transformed from a workers market to an employer’s market. Just six months ago the average American worker would probably consider experience, education, and skills as a weapon for landing the bigger, better, deal (job). In what seems like a blink of an eye the average American worker is now coveting that same resume’ to increase job security instead of utilizing it for greener pastures to graze.

It’s getting to the point to where anyone who has a job is grateful to be employed as we should be; there are a lot of families up against the ropes due to layoffs and there are even more families out there that are one unfortunate event from being there themselves. Along with the altered perception employees have regarding their jobs comes some obvious side effects. First, employers will see significant increases in job retention rates meaning people are a lot less likely to move from job to job (the employees who aren’t laid off). I would also venture to guess that there will be a large drop in employee complaints about work policies, schedules, environment, etc… in an effort to increase job security. Let’s be realistic, you’re going to have to be willing to put up with a lot more B.S. on the job now because there are herds of people who are willing to fill your position without complaining about it. This may sound like a golden situation for employers but it’s not. They may have more loyalty from their workers with less complaining but there are significantly fewer jobs to fill and a lot less money in consumers’ pockets which will continue to kill company profits.
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12 iPhone Apps That Would Dominate (pt. 2)

We had been talking about a list of concept iPhone apps that would be pretty killer to have. We broke the post down into a couple pages since it was kinda’ long. Without further adieu, here are the next 4 concept apps on the list.
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12 iPhone Apps That Would Dominate

Like most iPhone junkies, I cannot stop checking the App Store for updates. I’ve played out all the cool games like Fieldrunners, Blackjack, Bejeweled, Line Rider, Strategic Assault, Lux Touch, and Flashlight. I’ve settled on my core programs like Pandora, Bloomberg, iTrans NYC, BeejiveIM, RTM, AirSharing, and others.

I just can’t want to find the next great App. I understand the App Store is still in its infancy, apps are difficult to monetize, and people are scrambling to get their product out the door even if it’s buggy as hell. But I don’t care – the bottom line is that I’m impatient and so I’ve put together my own fantasy world list of apps that I would like to see. The criteria isn’t extremely objective; some of my apps may seem obvious and for the others I’ll offer up a bit of explanation.

I present to you … THE LIST:
(in no particular order)

    Page 1: 

  1. Blinksale
  2. Cigar Aficionado
  3. Any Good Wine App
  4. Meeting Place
  5. Page 2:

  6. Google Analytics
  7. Google AdWords
  8. Google AdSense
  9. Local Event Schedules
  10. Page 3: (coming soon)

  11. HSBC
  12. Meetup
  13. Barrons News
  14. Sim City

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Registering a Trademark from Start to Finish

Starting a website/business comes with some baggage that can be quite difficult to carry, especially for individuals who have little to no experience with the many legal elements of starting a business. Due to a limited budget I was forced to tackle some pretty daunting tasks on my own. One of the more difficult tasks was protecting our business through the registration of a trademark. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be an intimidating entity. They possess the power to approve or deny your trademark registration which, if denied, could end up costing you more than just large sums of money. Through research, attention to detail, and the drive to reach your goal, registering your own trademark isn’t a pipe dream; it can be done.

Of course utilizing an attorney for your trademark registration is always the safest choice if you have the thousands of dollars to cover the cost. However, I’m willing to bet there are a lot of startups out there that simply can’t afford the added burden to their pocket book. If you’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t afford an attorney this article was written for you and will hopefully provide you with an overview of the entire process of registering a trademark.

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Even with the absence of an attorney you still need to be prepared to pay $350.00 – $1,500.00 for the USPTO filing fees. There is a reason the cost can vary so much; it depends on how many classes you need to register. At the time this article was written the fee/charge per class was $325.00 (Please follow the second link below to find the current fee schedule). A class or more specifically classification is used to identify the goods or services that correspond to your trademark/business. Some businesses offer goods or services that can’t be adequately covered by just one class, this is when the costs can really add up. It should also be noted that a trademark can also be considered a service mark depending on the type of business for which the mark is being registered. Read the rest of this entry »