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Free apps for making calls via your iPod Touch

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If you're an iPod Touch user, you need not be incommunicado. If you're in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can use your device to make calls, including calls to landline and cell phones. In this review in the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg tests three apps — all FREE — that let you make calls without needing $70/month phone service like your iPhone brethren.



Cute Math is Not Only Cute, It's Effective!

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I love all these new educational apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Many of us have been in situations where we wish we had something for our children to do while waiting. These educational apps serve just that purpose.



Blogging on an iPhone

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Are any of you blogging with your iPhone? Just before he left on his honeymoon, iPhoneLife.com Webmaster Ben Stallings got me set up with BlogWriter - which I'm using for this post.

Besides the convenience of blogging on the train in, using the iPhone's keypad will keep my blog entries shorter. For that alone we will all be grateful.


App Treasures: New Independent Label Formed

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I was recently contacted by Noel from Snappy Touch to let me know about a new software label being formed by several prominent independent developers.  Now I could ramble on in my own words about it, but thankfully he was kind enough to provide me with a press release, so here goes:



How to build a solar iPhone charger

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I like the idea of a solar charger. Not only is it better for the environment, but there may be occasions when a power outlet isn't available. Jerome Kelty liked the idea too, so he made one. And he shows you how to do it on the Instructables website. He says it only takes about an hour. So how much would it really benefit the environment?



Apple may let you share your apps with friends

An interesting article in Business Week says that Apple is developing tools for developers that would let you share your app with friends. They'd have to pay for it, of course. But instead of going to the App Store, your friends may be able to use Bluetooth and the new peer-to-peer function of iPhone 3.0 to get it directly from you. And you'd get a commission. It's a great idea. Why not broaden the ways people can get apps, while still retaining control?



Your AT&T Wireless account at your fingertips

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This free utility puts your AT&T Wireless account right at your fingertips. I installed this app thinking it was probably just a quick & easy way to pay my bill without having to log in on my home PC.



Win a Free Copy of Peggle!

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Recently I reviewed a great game called Peggle from PopCap. I happen to have a couple of free copies for 2 lucky winners that comment on this post (or the original review post). The $10 gift codes can also include an additional PopCap game of your choosing!



Wall Street Journal answers common questions about iPhone 3

The Wall Street Journal does an excellent job of giving you an overview of the imminent iPhone 3.0 software. This isn't rumor. They clearly answer common questions related to upgrading, using the phone as a wireless modem (aka tethering), Bluetooth options, and more. The article says that first-generation iPhone users will be able to upgrade, but that not all of the functionality will work. The upgrade will again be $10 for iPod Touch users.



Summer - A Good Time for Review

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Getting a child to review the multiplication tables over the summer is not an easy task. But, a game that your child can do while waiting for appointments or while you shop might make it easier. 24x7digital has developed an app called TimesTables (v. 1.1) for the iPhone or iPod Touch. The challenge is to see how many multiplication problems your child can get right in the fastest amount of time. 



Yahoo app adds voice search

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The Yahoo! app for the iPhone is in the News category in iTunes, which is a bit odd, since the app does so many things. Most recently the company added voice search to its app, so that you can speak your queries. (Voice search has been available in Google Mobile App for some time.) In addition to offering search, Yahoo's app offers news, e-mail (Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, or AOL), status updates from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, RSS feeds, Yahoo Calendar, Address Book, and Messenger — and much more.



Review: Treasures Of Montezuma

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The reality is that match 3 games - the genre made famous by the game Bejeweled - are currently a dime a dozen in the App Store.  So what does a developer need to do to make their take on the match 3 game stand out from the crowd?  I'd say that taking lessons from Treasures Of Montezuma would be a great start.  I have several of the hotly anticipated iDevice titles that have come out over the past couple of months sitting on my device, yet I find myself continually drawn to playing TOM instead.  To me that speaks to both the addictive nature of the genre and the creativity the designers employed to make TOM a match 3 experience unlike most others on the iDevice.



50 iPhone apps for serious athletes

A physical therapy blog has posted an article titled  “50 Awesome iPhone Apps for Serious Athletes.” The list is divided into 25 free apps and 25 paid apps.



Summer iPhone Life waiting for Apple Announcements

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This year the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will be held in San Fransico from June 8-12. 



Game Review of Peggle for iPhone and touch

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There are few games that can display an eye-rolling status message of “busting rad moves” during the loadup phase of the game and survive to tell about it, but Peggle might be able to get away with it. If one’s tongue stays firmly in one’s cheek while they play, that is. The graphics are cheerily cartoonish, and the gameplay is engaging and fun to match.



Recipes the whole family will enjoy

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Finally, a recipe app that has it all. Recipes even the kids will eat, great quality photos, easy to follow directions, recipe box to save your favorites, & even a grocery list.



iPhone needed on 19th hole

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Sitting in the grill room after a nice round of golf (won my match 5 & 3) I heard some guys giving the young lady tending bar a hard time. She didn't know how to make a Long Island Iced Tea, it seems. “If I had an iPhone I could find out,” she said.

I did, but it was in the car and I wasn't going to leave my cold beer to solve this trivial question. As soon as I had it in my hand, though, I was Safaring around for the answer: a Long Island Iced Tea is made of whatever you have behind the bar, apparently - heavy on the vodka, tequila and rum. Not my idea of the perfect post-round refreshment.

If she'd had an iPhone, though, she could have called their bluff, and watched as they drowned their sorrows - charging them big bucks all the while.



Old Fashioned Entertainment Updated!

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Fireflies is an enjoyable app for both kids and adults alike. To get the maximum effect, I recommend you play with Fireflies in the dark. Reminiscent of childhoods past, you’ll soon be immersed in the sound of crickets chirping their nighttime serenades as you gently reach out to capture the fireflies, flickering in and out between the cattails. This is relaxing entertainment. Your kids will love it, too!



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