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eWeek's 10 iPhone IT Admin Applications

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Recently, eWeek posted a handy round-up of 10 iPhone IT administration utilities. As it happens, I have to do a fair amount of sys admin work and was looking for just such a list. Only 2 of these apps are gratis (an SSH terminal app and flashlight), but most of them are under 10 bucks.



iPhone-optimized websites

As Ben notes in an earlier post, we at iPhone Life are working to make our content, um, conveniently accessible to the iPhone. (Something we oughta have done by now.) That includes a version of our website optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and a free app that will present our best content. That app will include a handy list of the top Internet websites that have been optimized for the iPhone. And the task of developing that list is mine. I've just spent an hour looking to see what's out there and was amazed. After the break you can see what I've come up with so far.



This is not an iPhone -- it's soap

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Yep, you can now buy, for $8, soap that looks like an iPhone. What will they think of next? These natural, handcrafted iPhone soaps come in a variety of your favorite scents: Macintosh Apple, Halzenut Coffee, Tropical Mango, Apple Cinnamon, Pina Colada, Mojito, and Coca Cola. Currently on sale is Red iPhone Soap for $6. Gem 'em while they last.



iFlush, top-selling flush app, now available in Version 2

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iFlush - Public Utility, which claims to be the #1 selling iPhone/iPod Touch flush application, is now available in version 2.0 in the App Store. This new version makes it easy to share your favorite flushes on the web and with friends over e-mail. "We’ve created all the plumbing you need to turn your iPhone into a toilet," said Loren West, CEO of Elimination Systems.



Help us make iPhone Life iPhone friendly!

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 As a Web developer for the iPhone Life site, one of the projects on my to-do list is to make this site iPhone-friendly.  That sounds like it would be a top priority, but what with one thing or another it's been delayed.  Probably the most influential excuse is that the mobile Safari browser does a pretty good job of navigating the site without any adaptation.  But now it's becoming a top priority, and I'm realizing, I don't know which way to go about it would make the most people happy.  So I'm asking you!



The Weather Channel — a feature-rich free app

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in an earlier post I mentioned the all-time top 20 list of free apps and paid apps that Apple has posted in honor of the anticipated one-billionth download. Among the most popular free apps is The Weather Channel, which is rich with features.



Free app lets you take photo of product, get info

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So you're in a video store wondering if you want to rent or buy a particular DVD. Simply take a photo of the cover, and SnapTell will quickly return info that includes rating, description, links to Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDb, eBay, Barnes & Noble, and more. You can quickly compare prices and find out what other people think about it.



Wattpad offers free books

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Wattpad describes itself as a "YouTube for Ebooks," and the free app in the iTunes store gives you iPhone access to one of the most popular ebook-sharing communities, with hundreds of thousands of novels, short stories, fan fiction, essays, jokes, and more. And like YouTube, there seems to be some copyright violation. But most offerings appear to be legit.



Free dictionary/thesaurus app from Dictionary.com

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The new Dictionary.com app, released this past week, is free and includes a dictionary with more than 275,000 definitions and thesaurus with 80,000 synonyms. Note that this is not simply access to the online site; rather, you get a full dictionary on your device that you can use offline. Of course that means that it takes up a chunk of memory.



Easter specials include 15% discount at Proporta

Proporta, a leading vendor of cases and other accessories for the iPhone and iPod, is offering a 15% discount on April 12, Easter Sunday. Simply enter the promotion code FEAST at the cart page to receive your discount. In addition, Vito Technology is offering an Easter egg hunt in its Star Walk app.



Counting down to the 1 billionth app download — your chance to win

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The App Store has started a countdown to the 1 billionth app download, with the figure at about 930 million as I write this and racing upward fast. From now until the 1 billionth download, Apple is offering a contest with lots of prizes. To enter, you simply download an app. Or you can enter without downloading. You can enter up to 25 times a day to increase your odds of winning.



Catch the Masters on your iPhone

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You know it's spring when you can hear the birds sing at Augusta National during the quiet Masters Golf Tournament telecasts. But how can you keep up with the action during the workday?

With the iPhone, of course. The stodgy, old-fashioned Masters is the first PGA tournament to provide live streaming video – but for iPhones only.



MLB.com At Bat 2009: Must-have APP for any Baseball Fan

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I actually wrote this post as the game I describe below unfolded!

I start the MLB app that I recently bought from the App store. It’s opening day for the Chicago White Sox, and I click on the game, and glance at my iPod touch screen. It is the top of the eighth with KC leading 2 to 1. As you can see from the screen shot, the White Sox just replaced relievers. There are no outs and the count is 1 and 2. The screen updates with every pitch.



iTunes Store switches to variable pricing, removes DRM

Today is a big day in the iTunes Store, as Apple implemented some changes initially announced a few months ago. Whereas all songs had been 99¢, now some are 69¢ while the latest tunes are now typically more expensive at $1.29. Also Apple has removed the DRM (digital rights management) scheme the limits the number of devices that can play music you purchased. You can now convert purchased music to your preferred format and put it on as many devices and computers as you like.



Google Earth for iPhone adds "Places"

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The free Google Earth for iPhone app already had information specific to particular locations, including Panoramio pictures and Wikipedia articles, giving you an idea what those locations look like and offering more info about them. Now Google Earth for iPhone includes the "Places" layer, which is similar to the desktop version but specifically tailored to the iPhone's screen.



NY Times: iPhone Gold Rush

Sorry to jump on the horn so often here, but I came across an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times Style section today. How would you like to quit your job and live off your sales through the App Store? Here are some who did:

www.nytimes.com/2009/04/05/fashion/05iphone.html

Well, we can dream, can't we...?



PhotoBlasting: Practical Applications

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PhotoBlasting is the term I use for taking a picture with your iPhone and sending it via e-mail. In my last post I wrote about blasting off a photo to slightly tweak a White Sox fan. I got an out-of-office reply, so the effect wasn't as immediate as I hoped it would be. I'll have to settle for a delayed reaction.



Free iPhone software development course from Stanford

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Stanford teaches a course on developing software for the iPhone and is making videos of the lectures and the course materials available for free. You can read more in an article on Yahoo News.



LivingSocial iPhone Apps helps you find apps you like

LivingSocial iPhone Apps is an interesting website and, as I understand it, Facebook application that lets you identify your favorite apps, organize them, share them with others — and that gives you recommendations based on your favorites. According to the website, you can link your LivingSocial iPhone Apps account to Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, HI5, and Orkut. Their software places your collection on your profile. They have, amazingly, 19 million users.



iPhone PhotoBlasting: Who Are Your Innocent Victims?

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I've got some Chicago White Sox fans in a fix. My Cubs-fan neighbor let me buy some of his long-time Wrigley Field season tickets. The neighbor wasn't interested in seeing American League teams – as if his Cubs will ever see an AL team when it really counts, in October – so he gave me my choice of interleague games.

I scooped up three to see the Cubs vs. Twins for a Sunday afternoon. My friend and his son are both big-time Sox fans, which in this city (Chicago) usually means they're major Cubs-haters.



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