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Wikipanion — Free app for accessing Wikipedia

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One of my main uses of my iPhone is accessing information on the Internet. When I'm out with friends they've sort of gotten in the habit of expecting me to look up information whenever a question comes up in conversation. Anything from wanting to know the lowest-paid team in baseball (the Marlins) to knowing whether pomegranate is a citrus fruit (it's a fruit-bearing shrub).



Best app for news: AP Mobile News Network (and it's FREE!)

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Of the few applications I've tried for reading the latest news, my favorite is AP Mobile News Network. And, with over 700 user reviews on iTunes, it must be among the most popular. Best of all, it's FREE. The latest version has added advertising, but it's not intrusive.



9 tips for using Google Mobile

The new voice feature of Google Mobile is pretty cool, but so far it seems like it's recognizing my queries only about 10 percent of the time. I found that if I make the query very simple -- like one word -- it seems to work better. Yet I got a result when I said "Weather in Fairfield, Iowa." When I saw the blog item by Matt Cutts on tips for using Google Mobile, I got excited, thinking he'd have tips for improving accuracy. But mostly he deals with other things.



It's Official: Everybody Loves the iPhone

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According to a recent J.D. Powers study, the iPhone tops the smartphone list with the highest overall customer satisfaction among business users.

The Apple iPhone was scored at 778 on a 1,000 point scale and received high marks in the categories for physical design, ease of use and handset features. Following behind the iPhone by 25 points is BlackBerry, which has been the celebrated smartphone amongst business users for years now.



Google voice actuated search is out. Go get it.

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Google voice actuated search is out. Finally. Its pretty good. Works just like in the promo film. A few tips though, make sure you speak clearly and slowly. Do not blur your words together.
Another tip, say ‘Maps …. Berkeley’ to get maps up. When you click on the first return, it will give you the option to take that search to google maps.  There is a search ‘maps’ option, but it does not take you to maps.  Bummer.



iFun lets you use your iPhone like a wii controller for your PC

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This is just plain sweet.  Now first off, I could not get the sync to work for me, most likely because this just came out and servers are over loaded, but I get the idea well enough.



Free App of the Week: Now Playing

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Weekly review of select 'Free' applications from the



Google Earth Now on iPhone!

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Due to what I imagined must be the enormous computing power required, I didn't think I'd see the day very soon when one of my favorite Applications, Google Earth, would see the light of day on the iPhone.


How wrong I was. The wizards at Google have done it again and the results are nothing less than spectacular!



While waiting for the Google voice app, I started playing with Jott

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I found Jott while checking into Google’s new speech recognition app and its not bad.



Bloomberg Mobile: My Everyday App

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Bloomberg Mobile is a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch bringing you financial information from the world's most trusted source for financial information. This is the only application that I use every day on my iPhone.



Top Tap Tip

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Reading almost any document, given the small screen size of a handheld device, usually requires lots of scrolling.



Gaze at the Heavens with Star Walk!

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Star Walk is a pocket planetarium for your iPhone or iPod touch. Serious astronomers may need a more sophisticated tool, but I find myself burning through countless hours exploring the cosmos now. Shoot, I might go buy a darn telescope, and finally embrace my uber-geekiness!



Three user friendly solutions for accessing your iPhone like a USB drive

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Since we carry our iPhones (and sometimes iPods) with us no matter where we go, why not carry a few documents as well?  I choose three application that are useful for using your iPhone as a remote storage device.   If there is one I missed that offers unique functionality, please let me know.



Google search results now optimized for iPhone

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This week Google took a big step toward meeting the needs of iPhone users by optimizing search results for your iPhone screen — no more scrolling from side to side. Simply go to Google's site via Safari and do a search. Not only are the results optimized, but local search results have more convenient Get Directions and click-to-call links. You'll need version 2.x of the firmware to access the optimized site.



Merriam-Webster now on iPhone!

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""IRVINE, Calif. – November, 2008 - Paragon Software Group, a leading technology developer for mobile devices and desktop PCs, launches the world-famous Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries for iPhone and iPod touch users. This dictionary line, providing one-click access to comprehensive word and phrase definitions, consists of one explanatory and two bilingual – Spanish-English and French-English dictionaries."



Contacts Browsing Tips

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The “Contacts” feature of the iPhone may be one of the most useful Apps there is. The ability to always have current information on the people and events you interact with daily is “priceless.”

Here are several tips that can make your “Contacts” experience easier and more useful.

First, if you have as many entries as I do then you have probably “lost” one somewhere along the line.

For some time after getting my iPhone I was frustrated that there was not a SEARCH or FIND function to help me locate lost entries.



iPhone 3G now most popular phone

Well, we knew it was hot. And now the official sales results show that the iPhone 3G topped the charts in the third quarter, surpassing the Motorola Razr, which had help the top position for 12 consecutive quarters. You can read more about this in a report on CNet.

The report says that Apple sold nearly 7 million iPhones in its fourth quarter, and is on track to easily surpass its goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.



Review of MotionX-GPS Lite gps application. Not too useful, but looks great!

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MotionX is not like other gps loggers I have reviewed for biking or running, but I I thought I would have a look at it anyway.  Sweeeett looking app!



Turn your iPhone/iPod Touch into a network drive with free Files app

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If you want to transfer files from machine to machine on your network (without using a USB drive), there is a very simple application available in the iTunes App store called "Files lite". Look under the Productivity category to find it. It is an ingenious and free (if somewhat limited) way to turn your iPhone or Touch into a network attached storage device, as well as expand the ability to share files.



Coming: Use your iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet

Many carriers offer the ability to connect your laptop to the Internet by using your mobile phone as a sort of modem. It's often called tethering. That way you need not be in the vicinity of a wireless hotspot to go online with your laptop — you're able to connect wherever you can get a cell phone signal. This functionality is very convenient — but hasn't yet been available to the iPhone. However, an AT&T executive recently mentioned at an event that tethering was coming.



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