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Dragon Dictation-The Killer Ap?

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At last I think I've found my killer ap for the iPhone.  It is "Dragon Dictation" from Nuance Software (http://www.nuance.com). Based on their "Dragon Naturally Speaking" for the PC software, they have ported a significant portion of the functionality to the iPhone platform.  I found the speed and accuracy of this ap to be extraordinary... especially given that it is FREE (at the moment). Search for "Dragon Dictation" at the iTunes Application store to locate this ap.



WorldMate V1.7 Released, and Go Gold for $4.99

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Now with the latest release you can edit your itinerary details, get local info on restaurants and nightlife (via Yelp.com), and book a limo from your iPhone. Get WorldMate Gold service for $4.99 and turn your iPhone into a mobile travel assistant. Go here for links and more info...



Grinch e-book available!

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 Oceanhouse Media is going all out on the Grinch stuff this Christmas, and now you can get an e-book of this children's classic for your iPhone/iPod as well. You can check out all their Grinchy offerings here



iPhone fallout: the magical Magic Mouse

Honestly, I had mixed feelings when my new iMac27 came with that tiny wireless keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse. But WOW! The Magic Mouse rocks. It's awesome, terrific, wonderful and the best ever. After a week with the new iMac I cannot imagine ever using another mouse again.

What makes the Magic Mouse so great? It feels like you're using an iPhone! That's because the top of the Magic Mouse is really a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. So instead of driving a scroll wheel or that funky microball in earlier Apple mice, you scroll exactly like you do on an iPhone. There's the same wonderful precision and, just like on the iPhone, you can scroll with "momentum," i.e. whip up and down pages (or any other direction) and then stop on a dime.



SportyPal — free app uses GPS to track your workout

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I suppose apps like this have been around for a while, but I hadn't heard of them. And I think it's a really neat idea. The free SportyPal app uses your iPhone's GPS to track your workout — running, cycling, roller-blading, walking, or whatever. The app logs your position, shows it on a map, and logs your movement, distance, speed, and calories burned while working out. You can view your workout in a map view, which shows where you went. And you can view the stats as charts or in summary fashion. Plus, it offers real-time information while you're working out, such as speed/pace, distance covered, and maximum speed.



The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble

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Gritty, etherial and industrial sounding, are words which come to mind when I listen to the University of Michigan's recent iPhone performance. I love the sound and show (see video below, there are others from previous recitals and practice) which is reminiscent of early Kraftwerk, remember at the time (early 1970's) Kraftwerk's sound was considered abrasive and undisciplined.



Using multiple tabs in the best iPhone Web browsers – easy-to-follow tutorial videos

In my Web Browsing bible (current version HERE; I’ll very soon publish a fully rewritten and updated one), I explain why it may be very useful to open Web pages in new windows (“tabs”) on a mobile device:


AT&T Mark the Spot -- free app lets you easily notify AT&T about poor service

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AT&T Mark the Spot is a free app that lets you help AT&T pinpoint problems with their network. If you have a dropped call, failed call, no coverage, data failure, or poor voice quality, the app uses your GPS location and makes it a snap for you to send AT&T an alert. (If you have a first-generation iPhone, it uses triangulation to pinpoint your location.) Of course, the question arises: if you have no service, how can the app send an alert? There's an option for marking your location and sending the info after the fact when you do have service.



A stocking stuffer that's practical and fun to use!

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Are you like me and hit the wrong key way too many times when trying to email or text message on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Do you have long nails or wear gloves? If so, you'll want to check out the Pogo Stylus by Ten One Design.

The Pogo Stylus is an ultra-light aluminum stylus with a soft tip that allows electrical charges to transfer from your hand to the screen. Use it to select icons, answer calls, write email and text messages, play games, “draw” on the screen, or surf the web. It’s fun to slide around on the screen without worrying about scratches or finger smudges!



iPhoneSavior.com Reports on Alleged App Store Ratings Scam

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iPhoneSavior.com has an interesting story about how iPhone photography enthusiast Patrick Timney stumbled across an alleged ratings scam in the App store, and how he investigated and gathered evidence which he then submitted to Apple who decided to pull over 1000+ apps made by the accused company from its store.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Peter Und Vlad by Dexoris (Day 5)

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There have been several games in the App Store that revolve around sheep, and some of them border on wacky.  So far, I’d say that Peter Und Vlad takes the cake, at least in terms of story.  Unfortunately, the game play is pretty standard line drawing fare, and a couple of design issues make the game not quite as fun as it could be.  Still, it’s always nice having another entry in the ever growing library of line drawing games that doesn’t somehow involve vehicles.



me, Ariel, and the designer

This anecdote is too sweet not to share it with you. And it also contains a message...

You might know, I do freelance iPhone application development. And in this particular case I was hired by a company that had sold the whole package like marketing and development to a client, who wanted to have a cookbook made. And obviously I will not disclose who is who. But the players are: me and my company contact who hired me vs. the cook and the designer. But the original contract was between the cook and my company contact, which I will call Mr C. from now on. After quite some back and forth, the design schemes arrived at my desk, containing all the images, the recipes and a description. You must know, that I assemble everything, write the code, and make the final product.



Tripod Camera has taken over my iPhone

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 Too many times have I taken a photo, only to discover that I was shaking or holding the phone at a crazy angle. Result – a really crummy photo. Not any more! The Tripod Camera app includes anti-tilt, anti-shake, and tap-to-focus (3GS only) features that make all my photos turn out beautifully. I love it!

Tripod Camera also features a full-screen shutter, so I can click anywhere on the screen to take the photo. No more hunting that teeny-tiny camera button at the bottom of the page!



Merck Manual Home Edition

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 I like this app because it’s like having a first-aid instruction book with me all the time. I particularly like the Emergencies & Injuries section. If I need to know how to wrap a sprained ankle or perform the Heimlich maneuver, it’s right there in my iPhone, complete with instructions and illustrations.



Counting with cats and dogs

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Kids will have fun learning to count by ones, twos and threes using Count Caddy. The object is to drag the cat’s yarn, the bird’s feathers and dog’s bones on the screen as you count them. Very effective because it uses three senses: sight, sound and touch. Next time you’re waiting with your child, pull out Count Caddy and teach him or her to count!

For more info, check the Tickle Taps Web site.



Comic Touch

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Comic Touch is a very fun app to add flair to pictures in your iPhone library.
(Plasc LLC, $2.99)

   




The iPhone 3G, Blackberry Storm, and Angola Connection

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So where exactly is Angola, other than somewhere on the African Continent?  To answer this question I turned to my trusty 3G and quickly downloaded  Ganesh Thambiran's app Countries Of The World Lite (free) to find out a few facts about Angola, which I discovered has a population of some 17 million people, and is roughly twice the size of Texas.  



New Audubon Guides include free sampler

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Green Mountain Digital began releasing the first in its series of Audubon field guides last month, including birds, wildflowers, trees, and mammals. You can see their offerings on this page in the App Store. The prices range from $6.99 to 19.99. If you think you might be interested in this offering, check out the free Audubon Sampler, which contains 40 examples from the 3,700 species found in these guides. 



For a good Fling call CandyCane

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What can I say, CandyCane Inc’s Fling (.99) is an awesome app! Though I have almost no time to myself, I often find when I’m stuck trying to solve a problem at work, or with my dissertation, I’ll sort of mindlessly open up Fling and start playing – after awhile I get my mind back into problem solving mode and put it away – so far I’ve made it to level 7. 



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