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Google voice actuated search is out. Go get it.

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Google voice actuated search is out. Finally. Its pretty good. Works just like in the promo film. A few tips though, make sure you speak clearly and slowly. Do not blur your words together.
Another tip, say ‘Maps …. Berkeley’ to get maps up. When you click on the first return, it will give you the option to take that search to google maps.  There is a search ‘maps’ option, but it does not take you to maps.  Bummer.



iFun lets you use your iPhone like a wii controller for your PC

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This is just plain sweet.  Now first off, I could not get the sync to work for me, most likely because this just came out and servers are over loaded, but I get the idea well enough.



Free App of the Week: Now Playing

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Weekly review of select 'Free' applications from the



Google Earth Now on iPhone!

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Due to what I imagined must be the enormous computing power required, I didn't think I'd see the day very soon when one of my favorite Applications, Google Earth, would see the light of day on the iPhone.


How wrong I was. The wizards at Google have done it again and the results are nothing less than spectacular!



While waiting for the Google voice app, I started playing with Jott

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I found Jott while checking into Google’s new speech recognition app and its not bad.



Bloomberg Mobile: My Everyday App

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Bloomberg Mobile is a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch bringing you financial information from the world's most trusted source for financial information. This is the only application that I use every day on my iPhone.



Top Tap Tip

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Reading almost any document, given the small screen size of a handheld device, usually requires lots of scrolling.



Gaze at the Heavens with Star Walk!

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Star Walk is a pocket planetarium for your iPhone or iPod touch. Serious astronomers may need a more sophisticated tool, but I find myself burning through countless hours exploring the cosmos now. Shoot, I might go buy a darn telescope, and finally embrace my uber-geekiness!



Three user friendly solutions for accessing your iPhone like a USB drive

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Since we carry our iPhones (and sometimes iPods) with us no matter where we go, why not carry a few documents as well?  I choose three application that are useful for using your iPhone as a remote storage device.   If there is one I missed that offers unique functionality, please let me know.



Google search results now optimized for iPhone

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This week Google took a big step toward meeting the needs of iPhone users by optimizing search results for your iPhone screen — no more scrolling from side to side. Simply go to Google's site via Safari and do a search. Not only are the results optimized, but local search results have more convenient Get Directions and click-to-call links. You'll need version 2.x of the firmware to access the optimized site.



Merriam-Webster now on iPhone!

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""IRVINE, Calif. – November, 2008 - Paragon Software Group, a leading technology developer for mobile devices and desktop PCs, launches the world-famous Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries for iPhone and iPod touch users. This dictionary line, providing one-click access to comprehensive word and phrase definitions, consists of one explanatory and two bilingual – Spanish-English and French-English dictionaries."



Contacts Browsing Tips

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The “Contacts” feature of the iPhone may be one of the most useful Apps there is. The ability to always have current information on the people and events you interact with daily is “priceless.”

Here are several tips that can make your “Contacts” experience easier and more useful.

First, if you have as many entries as I do then you have probably “lost” one somewhere along the line.

For some time after getting my iPhone I was frustrated that there was not a SEARCH or FIND function to help me locate lost entries.



iPhone 3G now most popular phone

Well, we knew it was hot. And now the official sales results show that the iPhone 3G topped the charts in the third quarter, surpassing the Motorola Razr, which had help the top position for 12 consecutive quarters. You can read more about this in a report on CNet.

The report says that Apple sold nearly 7 million iPhones in its fourth quarter, and is on track to easily surpass its goal of selling 10 million iPhones in 2008.



Review of MotionX-GPS Lite gps application. Not too useful, but looks great!

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MotionX is not like other gps loggers I have reviewed for biking or running, but I I thought I would have a look at it anyway.  Sweeeett looking app!



Turn your iPhone/iPod Touch into a network drive with free Files app

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If you want to transfer files from machine to machine on your network (without using a USB drive), there is a very simple application available in the iTunes App store called "Files lite". Look under the Productivity category to find it. It is an ingenious and free (if somewhat limited) way to turn your iPhone or Touch into a network attached storage device, as well as expand the ability to share files.



Coming: Use your iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet

Many carriers offer the ability to connect your laptop to the Internet by using your mobile phone as a sort of modem. It's often called tethering. That way you need not be in the vicinity of a wireless hotspot to go online with your laptop — you're able to connect wherever you can get a cell phone signal. This functionality is very convenient — but hasn't yet been available to the iPhone. However, an AT&T executive recently mentioned at an event that tethering was coming.



iPhone-optimized web sites now includes Best Western

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The universe of web sites custom-tailored to the small screen of the iPhone continues to grow. Some of these can be found in the Dribbr directory of web apps and iPhone-optimized web sites.



iHome iP47: A Dock That's Worth Sailing For

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 The iHome iP47 has just extended my digital centric iPhone existence. A self-described "Bluetooth Alarm Clock Radio for iPhone / iPod" is sleek and unobtrusive and puts out more than adequate quality sound.



The iPhone as a musical wind instrument?

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What will they think of next? You gotta watch this short video and this of an iPhone being played like a flute, or rather a recorder. Apparently Ocarina creates sound by letting you blow across the iPhone.



Stylus for my iPod touch -- who would have thunk!

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In our Windows Mobile publication, I wrote an article about 5 things Microsoft could learn from the iPhone. One thing was that a "touch screen is for touching". After years of fumbling with a stylus for the Pocket PC, I found the natural touch-based iPod touch user interface a relief.



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