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Facebook 3.0 is here!

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The Facebook app is one of the most popular free apps, with an amazing 343,000 ratings. Version 3.0 was released late this week. So if you're into social networking, and like doing it from your iPhone, head on over to the App Store and get the latest version. It requires iPhone 3.0 and has a ton of new features, including landscape mode, the ability to post photos and videos, and much more. According to online discussion, everyone is pretty thrilled with this new version, saying it's very different from 2.5 and a huge improvement.



Digitizing receipts with JotNot

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Are you looking for a way to quickly and easily digitize your receipts for electronic storage?

JotNot for iPhone can help. Simply take a photo of the receipt, process the image with JotNot and then save it as a PDF, JPG, or PNG. It works with receipts, documents, photos, and white boards. You can then save your image, email your image or send it to Evernote.

Evernote allows you to share these digitized images with others or store them in your Evernote notebook. Evernote also makes it easy to sort notes or search for a specific note. 



London Bus and Metro Paris Subway — first augmented reality apps for the iPhone

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This is yet another great development. London Bus and Metro Paris Subway are the first apps to bring augmented reality to the iPhone. As you point your camera at the scene around you, specific information related to your location appears on the screen — superimposed over the live image. Pretty amazing. There's a video demo on YouTube that gives you an idea how it works.



Article exposes fake app reviews by PR firm

Well, I guess I shouldn't judge — you never know about these things. But an article on Mobile Crunch makes a fairly good case that a successful PR firm is faking app reviews as a way of promoting their clients' apps. The company denies it. But it does seem undeniable that some of the reviews for new apps are planted. I realized when reading this article that when I look at app reviews, I always subconsciously dismiss certain ones that sound phony. There's just something about them that doesn't sound genuine. And usually a surfeit of exclamation marks. Plus, they appear so quickly after the app is released.



The beginning of the Tablet war.

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The war has not started yet, but the armies are gathering their forces.  Apple is building a tablet based off the iphone OS and the rest of the world will be using Android. So how what will the first skirmish look like?



Business app finder from InfoWorld — the top 200

Yesterday InfoWorld launched the "no-junk business iPhone apps finder." Given the huge range in quality of apps in the Business section in the App Store, InfoWorld sought to identify those that are really solid and useful. At launch their new business apps finder listed 218 apps in 23 categories. You can read more in this short article. They exclude apps that aren't really business apps or that are of dubious value. This is a great resource. 



Staying in the green when listing on eBay

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When I first started listing on eBay over a decade ago, I found out the hard way that just because an item sold ... it didn't mean I actually made a PROFIT. Boy was I glad to find THIS handy app!



Using your iPhone for Bicycle fitting

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This is kinda neat.  I did not try ‘TestRides‘ (by Wildlab) myself, but I like the idea.   Basically, you take a picture of yourself, select key body points to provide an overall measurement set, and then calculate and display the best bike size for your body.  Sweet!  For people who do not do a lot of biking, having the wrong size bicycle is the difference between have a pleasant long ride and one wishing it would end. The app just came out, and looks a bit early in dev, but if you have never been fitted for a bike before, I think it's worth the $5 to find out.  Who knows?



Jumsoft Money — free finance app

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One of the more popular small business and personal finance programs for Mac users is Jumsoft Money. Earlier this month Jumsoft released a free version for iPhone 3.0. You can use it to keep track of your financial transactions to the create and maintain a budget.



The iPhone app for Music Lovers

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The iPhone is all about simplifying tasks. Now, with the help of the iConcertCal app, that is exactly what the iPhone does for concert goers and music lovers.

The iConcertCal app locates concerts in your area or anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter. It uses your iTunes library to learn which musicians you like and then displays when and where those artists are playing.

Once you find a concert you want to attend, you can buy tickets to the show right from your iPhone, email your friends to let them know about it, and get directions to the event.



Free AAA Roadside app — for help when you need it

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The free AAA Roadside app uses the iPhone's GPS to identify your location and lets you easily send your location info, vehicle description, specific problem and other info to AAA for roadside assistance. You also have the option to place a voice call. Once your request is submitted, you receive confirmation that it was received. The app can also provide information on nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, Hertz rental locations, AAA Approved accommodations, AAA offices, and retail locations with discounts on auto parts.



Four Tips to Reduce Dropped Calls for the iphone 3G… again

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As I reported a few months back, I noticed an uptick on dropped calls and overall poorer performance when I upgraded from 2.x to 3.0. Basically it felt like the phone reverted to the same performance levels before the 2.1 upgrade.  So I hoped it was a simple visioning error and the 3.0.1 would take care of it.  No such luck.  Seems people with 3.0.1 are having the same issues as those with 3.0.  So now I guess we have to wait till 3.1 for a fix.  What really bothers me is that people with the 3Gs that came from the 3G have experienced the same problem in reduced performance. I guess buying the new 3Gs is not going to help.



Finding Health Care with iTriage

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iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and  where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.


Reign of Swords Episode II multiplayer & other tips posted

If you don’t actively follow the later changes to the articles I create (if you are interested in a specific game genre or a given utility type – instant messengers, Web browsers, multimedia streaming apps etc. –, you should as I’m continuously posting updates and news items on the latest releases), you may miss my newest article on Reign of Swords Episode II. You’ll find it at the end (in the “(UPDATE 08/23 12:14 CET)” section) of the multiplayer gaming bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible.

You’ll find it VERY useful as



How Great Is The iPhone UI? Here's What a Six Year Old Can Do With It

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I’ve been a huge fan of the iPhone user interface for a long time – and a big believer in how effective and impressive it is in providing a user experience that is so compelling that users end up getting tons more out of their device and out of the many applications for it than they do on any other mobile platform.

Recent months have hammered this point home to me more than ever – as I’ve watched my daughter get to know the iPhone, and rapidly become a very adept user of it.  At the age of 6.  In fact, she became so adept so quickly that when I upgraded to the iPhone 3GS in June, my wife took over my 3G, and my daughter (Zoe) took my original V1 iPhone, with the phone service turned off.

 Here are just a few of the things she does with it and is very comfortable doing:

  • Takes screencaps
  • Takes pictures and sends pictures via email to her parents and grandparents
  • Use a Gmail account to send and receive email from family - and manage switching to her own account when the mail app opens to her mom's
  • Browses the web, and uses Google's native app and via the browser to search for things and research things
  • Sends text messages to her cousin
  • Browses the App Store, researches apps, and presents her dad with ones that need to be acquired
  • Creates, chooses, and selects different wallpapers for the lock screen
  • Creates paintings with the amazing Brushes app, and other similar ones
  • Plays and enjoys many games - from Disney fairies to catapulting penguins and many others
  • Reads and enjoys ebooks, from classics to animated stories and new creations specially for the iPhone
  • Uses Nabbit and Shazam to identify songs on the radio
  • Moves apps around between home screens
  • Searches for things via Spotlight

Zoe rarely has many questions or needs much help in any of her iPhone activities.  Her iPhone has 5-6 screens worth of apps that she happily navigates through and gets great usage out of.

I’ve used PDAs, converged mobile devices, and smartphones for many years – but I cannot think of a single other device that could’ve offered anywhere near this level of experience to a six year old.  I’m continually amazed and pleased with how much fun Zoe gets out of the iPhone, and how effective a learning tool it is for her as well.  I really can’t imagine another mobile device that could offer so much to her.

How about all of you?  Do your kids use your iPhone?  Have their own, or an iPod Touch?  Are there other mobile devices that your kids are getting great mileage out of?



Apps from a trash collector, waiter, and magician

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Everybody's getting into app development these days. What if you're a trash collector and you have a great idea for an app that lets people get help for their problems? Rob Shoesmith was that trash collector (though called a "bin man" in the U.K., where he lives). He took his idea to the MEDL Mobile's App Incubator, and it was one of 8 out of 12,000 proposed apps that were selected for development. You can see an entertaining video of Rob on his website.



Online Deathmatch 3rd Person Shooter iMech released + video


Please see the just-added “UPDATE (08/22 19:52 CET)” section (at the bottom; use Ctrl-F to quickly find it if you want) in my iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible .  

Also note that, lately, I’ve added several other updates to the same roundup before this one.



Turbo Subs Winners!

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 Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.

Winners:

tomhollet

yukonxidel

cogdrummer



Exploding iPhones?

I'm sure my lovely little iPhone wouldn't do this to me, but apparently some of them have, well, exploded. CNet reported a few days ago that the European Commission is looking into reports of exploding iPhones. The account in the New York Times says that one person so far has been slightly injured when his iPhone overheated and shattered, sending debris into his eye. So far it seems like the incidence is rare, so you likely don't have anything to worry about. But do be cautious if you're iPhone or iPod touch feels real hot.



Emulating the PlayStation on the iPhone 3G S


First of all, if you have an iPhone 3G, you don’t need to read further – games are just too slow. The situation is somewhat better on the second-generation iPod Touch because of the faster CPU.



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