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Flower Picker for any occasion

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Need flowers for a special occasion? Just want a new arrangement on your desk? Try Flower Picker!



Gaming news: Archon out; heavy Knights Onrush rebate!

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As usual, there have been several great game releases lately. Of them, let me elaborate on Archon and Knights Onrush.

1. As far as Archon is concerned, first and foremost, I recommend reading THESE first impressions.

I’ve really enjoyed playing on my C64 in the eighties and was pleasantly surprised to see the quality of the iPhone version.

The pros, compared to the original C64 version:



Great game Sentinel 2, finally, out! + Strategy Guide

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Probably the best Tower Defense game out there is Sentinel by Origin8, which is offered for $1 only and is an excellent buy. (See my Strategy Guide HERE.)

The sequel to Sentinel is considerably better than the first version. Most importantly, it has four always-available, additional weapons freely available (depending on your "energy" level, which depends on how many still not destroyed gates you have and whether you’ve bought new "Energy" droids):


Making a Good Impression with Presenter Pro

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We all need to make presentations -- to our bosses, to potential clients, to colleagues, to sweethearts (or hopefuls). Since we all have to tell our stories or make our cases, we might as well do the job well.

Presenter Pro from Reximedia (available now through the App Store for $4.99) promises to help us make a good impression in the eyes other people, whoever they might be. How does it do that? By reminding us of what a great presentation can be.



One Phone Charger per Person - will Apple play along?

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The European Union just made a deal with mobile phone manufacturers to have only one, standard charger for future phones, and they hope to expand the standard to cameras and laptops.  Can I get an amen?



Accessory Apps

 

I recently stopped in the Apple store and was admiring all of the shiny new laptops, iPhones and iPods when I was approached by one of the ever present Apple staffers. My husband and I were shopping for an new iPhone case for him to use when he runs, and in the name of research, I asked the young man what the most popular accessory was for the iPhone.

I was surprised when he answered “Apps. “ When pushed, he acknowledged that cases and car chargers are also popular, but then he reiterated that Apps were the most popular accessory.



Web browser roundup updated

I’ve just added a new section to my iPhone Web browser roundup, elaborating on the latest changes and news. I also present three new Web browsers coming with Internet radio stream players.

Speaking of Internet radio apps, I’m working on a brand new review of them – along with a full roundup of iPhone messenger applications, paying special attention to their new, Push functionality.

 



Shake It Out: Choose a random entry from any lists you create

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Shake it out is an app that chooses a random line item from lists you create. I use EVERY day for one reason or another. It's a staple that I'm so glad I found & is quick & simple to use.



Anyone on AT&T with iPhone 3G, stereo BT headphones and another A2DP phone (or a 3GS)?

AT&T may have royally messed up the Bluetooth A2DP support in their firmware - after all, they've removed BT tethering; during this, they may have also (without their knowing about it – after all, evaluating A2DP quality needs some practice, which they may not have at all) messed up A2DP in some way.



Bring the Power of the iPhone browser to Your PC!

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We all love the iPhone’s pinch-capable browsing and slick gesture-based navigation. It’s clean animated experience is a wonder to behold, and not uncommon to it’s big brother, the iMac.



Sun Java Store to make Apple's look like a "rounding error"?

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 Recently reported in an article by eWeek, Java's creator, James Gosling claims that the coming Sun Java Store will make the Apple App Store look like a "rounding error". Tough talk considering the overwhelming success of Apple's excellent software download and purchasing center.



Another Instrument from Smule

One of the featured apps in Apple’s iPhone 3.0 release announcement this past March was Smule’s Leaf Trombone, their second music app (see my review of Ocarina in the Spring 2009 issue of iPhone Life) that leverages both the iPhone’s touch screen and “peer to peer” capabilities of the iPhone. It’s very cool. . .



Tests show iPhone 3GS even faster than Apple says

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Real-world tests are being done on the claims of speed in the new iPhone — and it's passing these tests with flying colors. In addition, as this article on Medialets shows, even the previous 3G iPhone shows dramatic improvement with the new iPhone 3.0 software.



WARNING: major stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) problems! Think twice and TEST a lot before buying any headphones for your iPhone 3G

UPDATE (06/26/2009): In the meantime, another, major problem has been found out: the encoding lag. See the just-added UPDATE section in the original article.
 

Originally written: Unfortunately, there are two major problems with the stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support of iPhone OS 3.

1.) Many of you have already posted the previous/next remote controls not working. This, unfortunately, is a fundamental problem with the AVRCP implementation of OS3. Hope they’ll fix it in a next update.

2.) I’ve found a very hard-to-track and really annoying problem.



Video Blog Tips n' Tricks 101

Though not quite my regular Blog topic area of the humanities, from an educational point of view I thought a quick video Blog to help people learn some of the basic tips and tricks of the iPhone might be fun and informative. So enjoy the show. 



iPhone's Calendar App

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After trying most of the calendar & PIM apps out there, I ALWAYS come back to the Calendar app that CAME with the iPhone. It's the best & most reliable.



Selling your old iPhone; Also, repair options for 3GS

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In addition to our own Used Handhelds and Gazelle, another place you can sell your used phone is NextWorth. According to a company representative, they're currently offering as much as $255 for used 3G iPhones. After the trade-in value is determined, you can opt to have a check sent via mail or paid via PayPal, or receive a Target or Amazon gift card in the amount of the trade-in value.



Very helpful article on new "Find My iPhone" feature in iPhone 3.0

TidBITS has a great how-to article on the new feature in iPhone 3.0, called Find My iPhone, that lets you locate your iPhone. This feature requires a MobileMe account, which costs $99 per year (and which I recommend), but there's no other cost. (MobileMe constantly syncs your computer and your iPhone in the background automatically.



iPhone as a bike touring essential

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I've been meaning to write for a while now about Scott Mullin's blog, PowerCycle, as he bicycles solo from Florida to Alaska, and specifically about how much gear his iPhone has replaced.  Last night my wife and I hosted four bike tourists on their way to DC, also with an iPhone, so I'll take that as a sign that it's time to write!



A full compliance & test report of stereo Bluetooth sound (A2DP) in iPhone OS 3

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I’ve finished (thoroughly) testing my six A2DP headphones with the new Bluetooth stereo support of iPhone OS 3.0 (OS3 for short), along with their traditional mobile phone headset functionality.


(the stereo headphones, all paired with my iPhone)


(in-call view: as can be seen, you can dynamically switch from the Bluetooth headset to the iPhone.



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