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The App Podcast, Appolicious help you find great apps

I just came across a couple useful websites for learning about apps that might interest you. The App Podcast offers nearly daily video demos of apps, and sometimes as many as four or five a day. You can watch the demos online or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and watch them on your iPhone or iPod touch. Developers pay to have their apps reviewed, so it's not a typical review site. But it's hard to beat a video demo for getting a quick idea regarding whether you'll like the app.



Apple denies exploding iPhones

Earlier I posted a link to a news report about some iPhones exploding in Europe. "Explode" was a bit of media exaggeration, since what happened was that the glass shattered. But no one got hurt, and there was only a small number of instances. Now the BBC is reporting that Apple investigated the issue and that in every case if found that some kind of force had been applied to the screen, though some people involved deny that.



Connect the iPhone to MS OneNote using MobileNoter

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I’ve been waiting for this!!  Yes, as a hard core Microsoft OneNote user (remember, I’m all about tablets) I have been wishing there was a way to view my OneNote files on the iphone.  Although still in Alpha, and believe me, as a tester it’s in Alpha, we finally have it.  But wait! there’s more.. The aim is to allow the user to edit text too.  This is fantastic.  If you remember my post about wishing I could sync google docs with the iphone so that I could edit text on the go, the only solution I could find was Evernote.



How well do you listen?

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Do you have a good ear for music? Do you enjoy playing Simple Simon or other memory games?

ListenListen is Simple Simon without the visuals – it depends totally on your ear. Tap the icon and listen to the sound. Then, match the sound to the icon with an identical sound within the allotted time frame. As you match the sounds, the icon dims. It’s really fun!

The game includes five sound choices: Cartoon sounds, musical instruments (drums really), piano notes (my favorite), horn notes, and bass notes.



Be a Virtual Vandal with iVandal

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Most people are not going to have the experience of actually defacing public property (not that I am encouraging doing so). Seems the iPhone is always providing new and unusual ways of expanding our life experiences, and it’s certainly better to throw virtual rocks than real ones. iVandal is a tagger starter kit for defacing your iPhone photo collection, but I wish I could use it to highlight screenshots instead.



INCASE releases new Monochrome Slider Cases for iPhone 3GS / iPhone 3G

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INCASE has just released its new Monochrome Slider Case series for Fall 2009. Adding to INCASE's white and black Slider Case family, now a customer can find these sleek and durable cases made of lightweight plastic in 5 new monochromatic colors. The Monochrome Slider Case exterior are not only two-tone in look, but also have a dual textured feel to them. The hardshell case has a soft touch finish that feels comfortable in your hand while protecting your iPhone from impacts and scratches.

 



Never Miss Your Favorite Band Again!

For those of you who love live music, the iConcertCal app is for you.  I can't count how many times my husband and I have been out on Saturday night and he'd say "Let's go find somewhere that's playing music." and then we look at each other blankly.  This little app is well-worth the $2.99 price tag so that we never have to struggle with that question again.



iPhone Life Comes to Twitter

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iPhone Life magazine has begun to post on a regular basis on Twitter. You'll find tips, tricks, news items, links to our blogs and other great information relating to the iPhone and iPod touch.



Review: Cylinder - A Nice Spin On Match 3 Games

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Do you love match 3 games?  Are you tired of the same old flat interface and bored with the worn mechanic of swaping two items to make a match?  Cylinder is the game for you, then.  It takes the concept of match 3 games to the third dimension and makes it as addictive as Bejeweled - the game that really started the genre - was.  This is one match 3 game you really should take for a spin.



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.



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