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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.

Go ahead and brag, with Braggables.com

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Go ahead and brag.  Whether it's because your kid is an honor student or your niece is adorable, or just because you have an iPad or iPhone.  Or maybe it's all of the above?!  If so, you are in luck because the nice folks at Braggables.com have a line of iOS accessories (named iBrag of course) that let you carry your gadgets in style and brag about your loved ones at the same time! Their items are available in a 'wet crocodile' style that many women pay a lot more for at stores like Brighton, but to be honest, as a man, I like it too, at least in black!



Siri is great... but this ain't Siri!

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Siri is great and for me, it was worth upgrading from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S to get it.  But don't be fooled by imposters.

For example, there's an app named "SIRI" that has NOTHING TO DO WITH VOICE CONTROL.  Somehow, the app was approved, on October 13th, and is doing very well in the U.S. app store, despite the fact that the description and app aren't even in English!  Indeed maybe that's the trick.  People can't tell what the app does, so they get it and end up disappointed.  I won't link to the app, because it doesn't need the extra accidental sales, but here are some screenshots that give you an idea of what the app does and how customers have duped themselves.



Protect that new iPhone 4S with a case folks will go Gaga over!

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There are a lot of case makers out there, but there's only one Lady Gaga.  And LuxMobile has licensed her images and designs for their line of cases.  No strangers to luxury licensing, LuxMobile also offers cases with Ed Hardy and other trendy designs.  Since I gifted my iPhone 4 to my wife, in anticipation of my upgrade to the iPhone 4S, I had to find a more feminine-friendly case for her, and the Lady Gaga collection presented several options.  My wife went with the more understated 'diamond pattern' Romance style, but true Gaga fans may want something more outlandish.  No 'meat' cases currently, but you never know.



I ordered the iPhone 4S, and here's why

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I was on the fence, but today I went to Best Buy and pre-ordered the iPhone 4S.  Here's why.



Me and Steve Jobs

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With the passing of my personal hero Steve Jobs, I have to take a moment to reflect upon how I got here and the role Apple and Steve Jobs played in my life.  As Yogi Berra said, when you see a fork in the road, TAKE IT!  There are many twists and turns that led each of us to the path we are on today so indulge me as I reflect on my path.  ONE MORE THING... Sign your organ donor card.  We had a few extra years of Steve Jobs thanks to the selflessness of a 20 year old.



Bring the arcade home with iCADE from ThinkGeek!

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I've been having a ball with the iCADE, $100 from ThinkGeek.com though I've also seen it at Toys R Us and Best Buy. Originally conceived as an April Fools Day joke, the idea was so attractive that they had it built as a real product... something that happens with remarkable frequency!



Dexim unleashes a monster in the form of a remote control truck!

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Apps are passé. This holiday season, kids will want are real world gadgets that can be controlled by apps! And that's exactly what Dexim delivers with their Gyro Controlled Monster Truck.



For that special chick in your life, consider chicboom from chicBuds

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Between my wife and kids, I have several 'chicks' in my life but it was the youngest ones (7 and 11) who were immediately drawn to the chicboom keychain speaker from chicBuds.com. Available in various trendy female friendly patterns, there is more than meets the eye with this little gadget. Smaller than one half of a pair of fluffy dice, the chicboom can fit in your purse or gadget bag and you're good to go.



Beep Me! Better than Calendar for quick reminders

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I love Apple and they usually get things right, but the Calendar app leaves a bit to be desired.  I often have to enter quick reminders and the built-in app can be cumbersome.  For example, if I need to check the oven in one hour, I should be able to set a reminder to do that without having to tweak dials to set a clock for an hour from now.  Why can't I just touch a button that says "+1 hour" and be done?



HyperShield is Hyper Cool in Denim!

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Sanho is one of those accessory vendors that makes the Apple ecosystem better.  They don't try to rip off Apple or other accessory vendors with cheap knockoffs.  They either build a better mousetrap by improving on an existing accessory or they invent something new that you didn't know you needed until you saw it!  You might know of them under their brand name HyperMac and their HyperJuice external batteries for MacBooks, iOS and USB devices.

 



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