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.
As I reported a few months back, I noticed an uptick on dropped calls and overall poorer performance when I upgraded from 2.x to 3.0. Basically it felt like the phone reverted to the same performance levels before the 2.1 upgrade. So I hoped it was a simple visioning error and the 3.0.1 would take care of it. No such luck. Seems people with 3.0.1 are having the same issues as those with 3.0. So now I guess we have to wait till 3.1 for a fix. What really bothers me is that people with the 3Gs that came from the 3G have experienced the same problem in reduced performance. I guess buying the new 3Gs is not going to help.
iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.
If you don’t actively follow the later changes to the articles I create (if you are interested in a specific game genre or a given utility type – instant messengers, Web browsers, multimedia streaming apps etc. –, you should as I’m continuously posting updates and news items on the latest releases), you may miss my newest article on Reign of Swords Episode II. You’ll find it at the end (in the “(UPDATE 08/23 12:14 CET)” section) of the multiplayer gaming bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible.
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I’ve been a huge fan of the iPhone user interface for a long time – and a big believer in how effective and impressive it is in providing a user experience that is so compelling that users end up getting tons more out of their device and out of the many applications for it than they do on any other mobile platform.
Recent months have hammered this point home to me more than ever – as I’ve watched my daughter get to know the iPhone, and rapidly become a very adept user of it. At the age of 6. In fact, she became so adept so quickly that when I upgraded to the iPhone 3GS in June, my wife took over my 3G, and my daughter (Zoe) took my original V1 iPhone, with the phone service turned off.
Here are just a few of the things she does with it and is very comfortable doing:
- Takes screencaps
- Takes pictures and sends pictures via email to her parents and grandparents
- Use a Gmail account to send and receive email from family - and manage switching to her own account when the mail app opens to her mom's
- Browses the web, and uses Google's native app and via the browser to search for things and research things
- Sends text messages to her cousin
- Browses the App Store, researches apps, and presents her dad with ones that need to be acquired
- Creates, chooses, and selects different wallpapers for the lock screen
- Creates paintings with the amazing Brushes app, and other similar ones
- Plays and enjoys many games - from Disney fairies to catapulting penguins and many others
- Reads and enjoys ebooks, from classics to animated stories and new creations specially for the iPhone
- Uses Nabbit and Shazam to identify songs on the radio
- Moves apps around between home screens
- Searches for things via Spotlight
Zoe rarely has many questions or needs much help in any of her iPhone activities. Her iPhone has 5-6 screens worth of apps that she happily navigates through and gets great usage out of.
I’ve used PDAs, converged mobile devices, and smartphones for many years – but I cannot think of a single other device that could’ve offered anywhere near this level of experience to a six year old. I’m continually amazed and pleased with how much fun Zoe gets out of the iPhone, and how effective a learning tool it is for her as well. I really can’t imagine another mobile device that could offer so much to her.
How about all of you? Do your kids use your iPhone? Have their own, or an iPod Touch? Are there other mobile devices that your kids are getting great mileage out of?
Everybody's getting into app development these days. What if you're a trash collector and you have a great idea for an app that lets people get help for their problems? Rob Shoesmith was that trash collector (though called a "bin man" in the U.K., where he lives). He took his idea to the MEDL Mobile's App Incubator, and it was one of 8 out of 12,000 proposed apps that were selected for development. You can see an entertaining video of Rob on his website.
Please see the just-added “UPDATE (08/22 19:52 CET)” section (at the bottom; use Ctrl-F to quickly find it if you want) in my iPhone/iPod Touch Multiplayer Gaming Bible at http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/87/iphoneipod-touch-multiplayer-gaming-bible .
Also note that, lately, I’ve added several other updates to the same roundup before this one.
Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.
I'm sure my lovely little iPhone wouldn't do this to me, but apparently some of them have, well, exploded. CNet reported a few days ago that the European Commission is looking into reports of exploding iPhones. The account in the New York Times says that one person so far has been slightly injured when his iPhone overheated and shattered, sending debris into his eye. So far it seems like the incidence is rare, so you likely don't have anything to worry about. But do be cautious if you're iPhone or iPod touch feels real hot.
First of all, if you have an iPhone 3G, you don’t need to read further – games are just too slow. The situation is somewhat better on the second-generation iPod Touch because of the faster CPU.