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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.

VIP Orbit: Groups, circles and orbits, oh my!

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I wrote about VIP Orbit a while ago, but they've made some enhancements that leverage the real estate of the iPad, and address some of the cosmetic concerns I raised in my initial review. As Hannibal used to say on the A Team, I love it when a plan comes together. Well, Mike Muhney, the creator of both VIP Orbit and of the highly popular ACT database program must love how the world has migrated to both circles in the case of Google and the cloud in the case of Apple and others.



Like word games? Like quotes? You'll love Quote Unquote!

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Words with Friends may be the gold standard for word games, but Quote Unquote offers a unique alternative. You are presented with a famous (or not so famous quote, but from a famous person) and you have to extract parts of words from the quote to solve crossword style puzzles.



iHangy Lets You Keep Your iPhone Close to Your Chest

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I've written about the iDangle before, and while it has some advantages, there's a new kid in town called the iHangy that might appeal to the ladies.





Index Card pays homage to paper index cards, while making them obsolete

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My daughter had to do a school project which required index cards, and I had to scrounge around for some. The reason I didn't have the old school cards is that I've been using the appropriately named Index Card app. It does the work of an entire stack of cards, but you can virtually rearrange and edit them as desired. Plus it looks great on my new iPad with Retina display, thanks to the realistic cork, linen and other backgrounds.



Quick review of my quick new iPad

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So the new iPad (which I will probably still call the iPad 3) has arrived, and I've migrated my contents and settings from my iPad 2 to it.


While some of my existing cases are too wedded to the iPad 2 form factor, my REV360 from Hub Innovations is fitting the bill nicely.



Kingston Wi-Drive tries to help you save money on the new iPad

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Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow SD card expansion and even the camera connection kit is limited in utility. If you haven't decided which model of the new iPad to buy, or if you wish the iPad or or iPhone you already own had more storage, you might want to consider the Wi-Drive from Kingston.



Widge is a fun and protective wedge shaped case for your iPad

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I have been using a new iPad case from x-doria.com called the Widge. It's a protective hard foam case in the shape of a wedge. It looks a bit like an oversized doorstop, but the shape gives you two different angles for viewing and typing, but it also provides a couple of ways to grip the Widge.





Protect that new iPad

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If you're like me, you ordered the new iPad as soon as Apple's servers allowed, and you are waiting patiently (or perhaps impatiently) for it to arrive. Now is the time to think about protection. In fact, I sold my old iPad at SellYourMac.com and got full price because it was in such good shape. I keep my iPads and iPhones in cases pretty much full time and they look brand new. Now keep in mind, the new iPad is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, and has a bigger opening for the camera, so there's a chance your old case might not work.


Apple TV, lost in the shuffle but a bargain at $69 refurbed

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Today's big news was the new iPad, but Apple kicked things off with an upgrade to the Apple TV.  It was a minor update, supporting 1080p, rather than the "cracking" that Steve Jobs alluded to in the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  If you're not concerned about the new higher resolution, the previous generation is available at a bargain basement $69 price if you don't mind a refurb and if you can get through to the Apple Store!  I've bought refurbished Apple products (including an Apple TV) and aside from the packaging, you get a like new product at a great deal.  In fact, while placing my order for a new iPad, I added a $99 refurbished iPad nano which will find a home on my wrist.



Let there be LTE... your mileage may vary

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The new iPad offers 4G LTE, which offers great promise.  But before you spend the extra $130 (plus monthly fees) for the LTE model, take a long look at the Verizon and AT&T coverage maps.  When I did, it was clear to me that Verizon was the way to go, even though I have my family's cellphones on AT&T.  AT&T simply doesn't have the 4G LTE coverage I need in my home and surrounding area.  The benefit to having both providers is I should always be able to get online, either with my iPhone or new iPad!

Here are the links to AT&T and Verizon.  Make sure you are looking at 4G LTE.



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