It's that time of year again — time to give the government its due. And Tax Answers, a free app from H&R Block just released this week, is here to help you. I'm astonished, actually, at what it offers. It's not simply an app with a ton of information and tips. Rather, it connects you to H&R Block tax experts who are available to answer your questions — also free. The app connects you to the Get It Right(SM) Community which is manned by 1,000 H&R Block tax professionals ready to share their expertise.
When Google's Nexus One launched a few weeks ago, BillShrink.com produced an infographic comparing the 'total cost of ownership' for a number of popular smartphones: Nexus One, iPhone, Droid and Palm Pre
My colleague Ben Stallings here at iPhone Life has just posted about how filmmaker Dan Woolley trapped under the earthquake rubble in Haiti for 65 hours used his iPhone to help in his survival.
He used the iPhone's internal alarm, and also Pocket First Aid and CPR (additional information + iTunes link).
Dan's inspirational story has been covered extensively online, on the radio and on television (NPR, MSNBC, Wired, Gizmodo, etc).
Woolley, who is from Colorado Springs and was in Haiti to film a documentary about child advocacy group, spoke with WTVJ-TV in Miami about his ordeal:
I had my iPhone with me and I had a medical app on there, so I was able to look up treatment of excessive bleeding and compound fracture," Woolley said. "So I used my shirt to tie my leg and a sock on the back of my head. And later used it for other things, like to diagnose shock:
An infographic is a "visual representation of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly" (Wikipedia).
A short while ago, GigaOM published an infographic entitled "Who is Getting Rich Off the iPhone. To view the entire rather large graphic, click here.
MSNBC and the Today Show report on the story of American filmmaker Dan Woolley, who was trapped under rubble by the Haiti earthquake and survived for nearly three days with the help of his faith, his blood-stained journal, and his iPhone and (separate) camera.
He specifically credits the iPhone's alarm clock (for keeping him from falling asleep while in shock) and an app that has been identified as Pocket First Aid and CPR, by Jive Media LLC.
MailTones at $2.99 is a bit pricey, but it's a great idea and may suit a particular need you have. It lets you assign different sounds to different e-mail senders and uses the iPhone's push notification to alert you when you receive important e-mails. This is apparently the only app that offers this function. And in their just-released update they've added a feature popular with IT managers: messages to their pagers can be forwarded to their iPhones and use a unique sound to alert them that they have a support call that needs attention. And if they're sleeping when that alert comes through?
A few weeks ago I posted an interview with the inventor of the Bandshell audio enhancement cover for the iPhone. Soon after, I tried it out and almost posted a negative review -- until I found that I'd put the iPhone in backwards. Line up the camera lens with the hole in the back of the Bandshell for best results. Duh!
I tried it out on a couple of very important negotiation calls with major business contacts, and it worked like a charm. I had no complaints from the other party (though they did say it sounded like I was on a speakerphone, which I was), and I could hear them better than when it's in my normal leather case.
So rather than holding the phone up to my ear and typing notes with one hand, or holding a notepad with my elbow while jotting notes, I slip the phone into the Bandshell before making a call from my desk.
It works as the inventor said it would -- as long as you install it correctly...
There are a lot of scary people in this world. The app, Sex Offender Search, helps point them out. Works just like the map app with a pre-loaded database of registered sex offenders. Data screen shows address, picture and convicted crime. The list feature shows the closest 100 to your input location. Knowledge is power. Know who is around you and who is near your kids. This is a must have app for all parents. Worth the $1.99 for peace of mind.
I found an awesome way to keep all my tasks and thoughts together. The app is Awesome Note. I could describe it - but the pictures below are worth 1,000 words.
I wrote a review of Evernote a couple weeks ago. That is still the best at keeping my research, recipes, etc. notes together. What makes Awesome Note even more awesome - it syncs with Evernote. It also syncs with Google docs - if you haven't jumped on the Evernote bandwagon yet.
There is a small learning curve with Awesome Note - but it is very small - the video below will help.
Worth $3.99 - a must have for moms. I give it 8/10.
Here are the pictures and a short video from YouTube to demo:
Speculation is running rampant. What will Apple present next?
I propose that Apple doesn't even know what they are about to unleash.
Consider the iPhone. Originally, it had a handful of Apple-provided apps, with no third party options (aside from Google Maps, YouTube, etc.) Users told Apple where to go, and they actually listened. And that was the best decision they could have made.
I maintain that Apple is providing a new platform that will take us places even Steve Jobs can't predict.