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AutoRingtone PRO, on sale for $0.99, uses speech synthesis; AutoRingtone MUSICAL currently free

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Our blogger Todd Bernhard has a number of ringtone-creation apps that are pretty neat and that let you do some creative things to make customized ringtones for individual callers. His new app, AutoRingtone PRO TEXT to SPEECH RINGTONES, lets you use speech synthesis to have your iPhone announce your caller by name — or some sort of clever nickname. For example, I created a ringtone for my tennis partner, Bruce. I selected a chime from the 100 introductory sound effects, and then selected a British male synthesized voice.



Red Laser: Knowing if you're getting a good deal

I have about 90 apps on my iPhone 3GS, some of which I use every day, some of them occasionally, and some never. There are some I thought I'd use a lot, just to find that they're not as useful as I'd anticipated, and there are others that I thought were just novelties and I find myself using them all the time. Red Laser, the app that lets you scan any barcode and the iPhone then quickly pulls up pricing available on the Internet for the item,  is one of the latter.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Fluttr by indieSpring (Day 6)

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There’s something innately addictive about the type of game where your character is constantly in motion and you have to keep them safe from whatever traps their surroundings hold. These games tend to work pretty well on the iPhone, but like any other genre that trick is to come up with something that’s different than everything else the user has played. Fluttr does a pretty good job of that. Instead of a running creature you must protect a butterfly. More importantly, though, is that instead of directly controlling the character you control the environment.



Christmas Card Email App

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The Christmas Card App by Equinux is a fun app, but very limited creatively.  You are able to choose your picture to place in a ready made frame.  The picture can be adjusted and zoomed.  Text can be changed, however the note area at the bottom is very small and can't be centered.  The card comes through fine on email - but when attempting to copy or save image the greeting line is not saved.  Forwarding the email results in gibberish and HTML code splashed all over the place.  Any text written at the bottom of your email bleeds into the card.



Scene It? Movies — movie trivia game for $0.99

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I'm not a real movie buff, but if I were I think I'd plunk down $0.99 for Scene It? Movies, a movie trivia game from Screenlife Games. The game contains clips as well as movie trivia questions covering movies from the last 30 years. You can play in single- or multiplayer mode. The app also includes puzzles and mini-games. You can upload your scores to Facebook and challenge your friends. 

 



Buy your Wife an iPhone!!

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  To all married men, Only 14 Shopping Days left to buy your wife a new iPhone for Xmas or upgrade her old one, especially if it's the old 2G. She deserves it!! It will make life easier for her, and as a result you, too.

Women want things to make their lives easier - but don't ever buy a vacuum as a Xmas present. An iPhone is perfect!!

Be the stud she married - get her an iPhone!!! Any questions? Just ask!!!!
 

Tracy
T@sf4moms.com
www.strategyguideformoms.com



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!



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