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The Science of Picking the Perfect App

It is a funny thing that has happened to me.  I have become greedy about the real estate on my iPhone.  Not just any app will do.  If an app is lucky enough to get a shot on my iPhone, it has to be special.  I have certain criteria that must be met before I will even think about cluttering my screen with yet another app.  



Top 10 hidden features in iPhone 3.0

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PCWorld has a helpful article titled "iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features." These features include: tapping and holding a URL in Safari to open it in a new tab, special characters in messaging, more ways to access the search function, adjusting the song scrolling speed, and having an unlimited number of apps installed.



Under $50: Good Noise Reduction Headphones

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 I travel quite a bit, and love to listen to my iTunes music and audio programs. Trying to listen on planes and other noisy environments with standard earphones takes away much of the pleasure. I’ve been tempted by the ads for the $300 noise reduction headphones, but that seems awfully steep.



Wanted: Foldable, Portable iPhone Keyboard

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 Attention product developers at MacNally, Belkin, etc. For the love of all that is holy can someone please develop a foldable, portable external keyboard for both the iPhone and iPod touch. Am I the only one who has been dying for one of these to be out on the market? I know that MacNally had created a bluetooth external keyboard last year that never made it to the market due to the fact that it required a Bluetooth connection which was not available until this past week when the iPhone 3.0 was released.



iPhone 3.0 users are successfully enabling tethering — and MMS

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If there's a gotcha in this, please don't blame me. I'm too chicken to try it myself. But, the fact is, iPhone 3.0 users have figured out that it's very simple to enable tethering (that is, using your iPhone to enable your laptop to connect to the Internet wherever you can get a signal). CrunchGear tells two methods of doing it, one simply entailing pointing your iPhone's Safari at a particular website.



Another revolutionary multiplatform utility by me: add "find in page" support to most mobile web browsers!!!

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I’ve long been complaining about the lack of any “find in page” functionality in most mobile Web browsers.



Bento - The Database App for Every Day Use

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If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, portable database, the Bento app wins hands down. You can catalog your DVDs, plan a party, create a recipe file, keep track of upcoming events, photograph and inventory your home, and maintain a vehicle maintenance log. You can create invoices, file documents for easy retrieval, and keep track of expenses.



Give iPhone or Touch the Power of E-mail Groups

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When I’m using my PC at work, I’m able to quickly open Outlook and call up an e-mail group, for instance to send out a tech-support bulletin to our field sites, or maybe report a bug to our development team. At home, I use mostly Gmail, and also have a few helpful contact groups configured (like for our bloggers), but I have yet to find a way to sync the grouping to my iPod touch.



Bug on my Desktop, Bug on my iPhone. WeatherBug, that is!

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As a resident of Texas & someone who is generally interested in watching the weather, I was very happy to see WeatherBug for the iPhone. There are 2 versions available: WeatherBug (FREE) & WeatherBug Elite (.99c). Both are very good apps. I 1st had the free version, then upgraded to the Elite version so I could have ALL of the features.



AT&T announces immediate upgrade offer for 3G S if you're eligible July, August, or September

If you're eager to get the new iPhone 3G S but found out that you don't qualify for the lowest-priced upgrade for another month or three, I have good news for you. AT&T has announced that if you're eligible for an upgrade in July, August, or September, you no longer need to wait. You can get your new phone right away — at the lowest upgrade price.



iPhone 3.0 gives easier access to Wi-Fi hotspots

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Last year AT&T opened up their national network of Wi-Fi hotspots so that iPhone users could have free access — Starbucks, McDonalds, airports, etc. But accessing these now-free hotspots was cumbersome, involving entering your phone number, receiving a text message, then clicking a link in that message.



iPhone/iPod Touch Plays MIDI

Welcome to my new blog here at iPhoneLife.com. It’s about all things iPhone and Music. After writing an article for this past spring’s print edition of the magazine, I realized that things are moving so quickly in iPhone app development that dealing with the long lead time print requires would mean missing out on cool new entries. So time to start blogging!



Grabbing the new iPod Update!

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 Well, thanks to Steve Green, instead of reviewing some software right now, I'm waiting for the new 3.0 upgrade to complete on my iPod touch. The download is 257.8MB so if you don't have a broadband connection, it might take a while. I simply synced my ipod, and in the Summary tab it indicated that version 3.0 was available. Click the Update button, and it should run without much interaction (beyond the usual iTunes verifications, of course).



How to use the 40 best new features of iPhone 3.0

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The website iSmashPhone has an awesome article titled "How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0." It not only lists these features, some which I hadn't heard about before, but often also tells you use to use them, complete with screen shots. The features include: e-mailing up to 5 photos at a time, shake to undo or redo, shake to shuffle, copy/paste, autofill username/password, Spotlight search, move an app across pages, mail search, and notes search.



iPhone 3.0 Update: Just Hours Away Now

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The highly anticipated iPhone 3.0 update is just a few hours away according to sources. The expected times are 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern time and will be available via iTunes.

The update is free for all iPhone users. All iPod Touch users will be charged an upgrade fee of $9.99. A worthy update to the platform, the 3.0 update will contain a host of new features and fixes and is the centerpiece to the new iPhone 3G S being released this Friday.



Apple sells out launch day iPhone 3G S pre-order units

The new iPhone 3G S, which will be on sale Friday, is already in high demand. According to InformationWeek, Apple and ATT&T have already sold out their allotment of pre-order units for the June 19 launch. Those who ordered after June 13 may have to wait one or two weeks to receive their iPhone.



How to get best pricing on your upgrade to the iPhone 3G S

TidBITS has a great article on the eligibility criteria for getting the lowest subsidized price for the new iPhone 3G S. While no one knows all of the criteria, the article explains that it's not simply how long you've had your phone. Another factor, for example, is your account history — and how promptly you pay your bill. Also, the article points out that their system sometimes makes mistakes, and that the only way you can be sure you're getting the lowest possible price is to call AT&T.



Can't download all those cute PPS attachments at work?

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Do you get a lot of personal email & go through them at work because ... well ... you're there all day? That's fine, but when people send you attachments & especially in the case of PPS files, may or may not contain adult content or high volume, you end up skipping those for the sake of your job.



Tripwolf — free app and travel guides

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Tripwolf is a free app just released last week that gives you travel guides for over 500,000 destinations worldwide, combining info from professional travel guide publishers and user-contributed information. The app limits you to having three destinations on your iPhone at one time. And while the guides for major cities have a considerable amount of information, lesser destinations, such as Kansas City, Missouri, or Des Moines, Iowa, only have a basic info page and a listing of accommodations. You can access the guides online, or you can download them for offline access later.



Interleague action, iPhone-style

How to keep track of both Chicago teams - while at Wrigley Field? Not on the hand-operated scoreboard. The MLB app iPhone Life publisher Hal Goldstein blogged about earlier in the season might let me know how the White Sox are doing 90 miles north playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It depends on the connectivity at Wrigley. More later.

UPDATE: The White Sox tie up their game on a home run by the pitcher, I see on MLB Gameday. The Wrigley scoreboard shows nothing until after the inning is over. Meanwhile, the Cubs threaten to tie or take the less themselves.


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