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Opthalmology missionary work gives new meaning to the term "Retina Display"


A colleague of mine asked if this was newsworthy.  I can't think of anything more important than helping those in need.  Indeed, if an iPhone can make a difference in people's lives, then that gives new meaning to "iPhone Life" as well.

Doctor Edward K. Wong, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Opthalmology at the University of California, Irvine.  He is part of a team headed to Kenya in November, 2010 that will be working with 400 children who have never had an eye exam.  The team will be using the iPhone 4's camera to examine the eyes of these orphans.  The technology is based on work by MIT.

Revenge of the Case Companies

I recently wrote about the dilemma facing third party case companies (http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2458/making-case-case-companies) now that Apple is giving away Bumpers and presumably an Apple-approved selection of third party cases since they can't meet the demand using Bumpers alone.

The iPad is taking over, survey says


Apple does things differently. Other companies find out what people want and then give it to them. Apple's Steve Jobs imagines what he thinks people will like — and need — once they see it, and then Apple creates it. So out comes the iPad, a gizmo that was largely sui generis. And now Resolve Market Research has conducted a survey to find out what people like about it and are using it for. The results are fascinating. According to their article on Mashable, manufacturers of gaming devices and ebook readers ought to be worried.

Deposit a Check from iPhone...


USAA has now added a direct iPhone check-deposit feature to it's mobile banking app that allows you to use the iPhone's internal camera to photograph and deposit a check. I know the on-line banking business these days is comparable to Fort Knox, but iPhone security (especially in the case of jailbroken phones), is not exactly considered by some to be the highest achiever in this category. What do you think...would you use your iPhone to remotely deposit checks?

App Review - Moonlight Mahjong


I only have a handfull of games on my iPhone, and this is one of my favorites.

Making the case for case companies


Oh the life of an iPhone case manufacturer.  You make an accessory for one of the most secretive technology companies around.  They don't trust you so you don't get early information, making it a mad scramble to have products available soon after the gadget is launched.  With the iPhone 4, things got messy.

On the one hand, the 'misplaced' iPhone 4 prototype gave case makers (and the rest of us) a glimpse into the potential iPhone 4 design.  It had a glass back so case makers must have been delighted that their cases would be needed for protection.

One Life - One Inbox




It was rumour for a long time, but with the release of iOS4 it became a reality -  iPhone users now get the option of Unifying their E-Mails into a single Unified Inbox meaning you can now view all your e-mail from different mail accounts through one inbox. 

This is a great feature if you spend a lot of time in mail or switching between accounts, because no longer do you need to tap your way up the e-mail tree and back down again.

App Review - ColorSplash


First there was B&W and then COLOR came along. Now you can have the best of both worlds.    

Paragon Releases Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 2.0


If you (not unlike me) have lived for more than 20 or so years, you might have fallen for buying a bunch of actual hard-bound encyclopedia books. If so, then like me, you now have a bunch of out-of-date volumes eating up shelf space. Welcome to the digital age, because Paragon has released a new concise 2010 2.0 version for iPhone iOS. Read on for more info...

Green Eggs and Ham on the App Store!


Who doesn't love Seuss, huh? And if you love Seuss, then you probably absolutely love one of his best known and popular works, Green Eggs and Ham. It is non-sensical, goofy, and wonderful fun that has transcended generations of young and old alike. Well, Oceanhouse media has finally released an interactive eBook version, along with some other Seuss titles. Check out the PR here, or grab GE&H at the links above...

App Review - Ask Dave Ramsey


If you had this information years ago, you could be a millionaire by now. it's never to late to start so what are you waiting for!

Remember the Lyrics from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "Teach your children well". With this information you can do just that.

Now when you're talking finances with someone else, you can honestly say "There's an app for that" and I have it right here on my iPhone. The app icon looks like this, and best of all... it's FREE. Don't wait any longer, download this app now, you'll be glad you did all the way to the bank.

An interesting concept - a lock on the iPad?


Here’s an interesting concept. The iPad Security Case by newPCgadgets includes a combination lock to keep out friends, classmates and co-workers! No, it won’t prevent your iPad from being stolen, but it will keep out the curious.

The form-fitting, black leather case allows easy access to all ports. A tab on back creates a “stand” for typing, which is a handy feature. There’s also a convenient penholder attached, in which you can store a pen or stylus.

Check out macally for the "naked" look



For those of you who like the “naked” iPad look, macally makes a number of snap-on shells that provide back and corner protection, while maintaining the iPad’s original appearance. All the connections and controls remain open for easy access. Made from rubber for secure grip or hardshell plastic. Colors range from crystal clear to silver or black. See the macally website for styles and colors. 

Review: Pro Zombie Soccer by Chillingo


Average zombie games may come and go, and there’s not much you can do with a traditional soccer game.  Combine the two, however, and you have pure iPhone gold.  Pro Zombie Soccer takes zombie wars to a new level with a humorous story, intense soccer kicking action, and an awesome special weapon.  The visuals are wonderful, there are a variety of different zombies to contend with, and the controls are spot on.  Not really a whole lot more you could ask for.

Apple, bring back the Field Testing mode and display decibels not bars


The iPhone used to have a Field Test mode which displayed decibels, and you could set that to replace the bars.  I used it to write this review of the Sleek booster from Wilson.

"Do not touch the antenna" - Nokia, 2005


In today's press conference, Apple made a point of reminding attendees that every smartphone has an issue when people touch the antenna.  Apple says their fault was putting a bullseye on the very spot that you shouldn't touch.  So I checked to see if Steve Jobs' claim was correct.

I Googled the following phrase and saw some interesting results:  Nokia "Do not touch" antenna

Here's a quick link so you can see for yourself:  http://tinyurl.com/25ubre9

Look under your chairs, everyone get a free iphone bumper!

Ok, well the iphone conference didnt quite go that way, but basically Steve explained that dropped calls and poor reception is a common issue with all cell phones.  He also called this antennagate mostly referring to how over blown this is.

I dont think so.

Speaking from a personal point of view I think antennagate is more about the inial reaction of Apple to the issue and less about the issue itself.  Most of the people I know that have the 4 have not been having any more trouble with dropped calls then us 3 users and a few have said it works better.  Only one person I know could get the single drop to work well enough to actually drop a call. 

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