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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.

Don't wait, get FastERTX and be prepared

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Hate waiting?  Especially at the Emergency Room? There's a FREE app (FastERTX) for that, courtesy of iPhone Life's own Medical blogger, Harvey Castro, M.D.!  The app serves the Dallas / Fort Worth area, but it's a great idea that should be available everywhere.

FastERTX is currently in top 100 medical apps and helps DFW patients find the local HCA hospital, wait time, call hospital, website to hospital, list and map views plus driving directions, using your gps location.



April Fools' Worthy App: Dude, Your Car!

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This app (Dude, your car!) is so cruel, I'm not sure I should be telling you about it, but it is April Fools' Day so if you really want to pull a prank on someone, at least the damage is only make believe.  Quite simply, you take a photo of someone's car, select one or more type of damage (dent, cracked windshield, fire, etc.), make any adjustments and it overlays the destruction on their car!  The rest is up to you... just don't blame me when you tell someone 'Dude, your car!'



If you love your iPhone so much...

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Freedom is ringing out all over the world, and now it's come to our devices.  Have you ever heard 'If you love your iPhone so much, why don't you marry it?' Well now you can, with http://www.MarryYouriPhone.com.  Sure, it might seem unorthodox but it's a new world.  And who else makes for a more faithful companion?  Sure, you might sleep in because of a Daylight Savings Time glitch, but at least the news sites will report that your spouse was indeed wrong.  That's a great way to win an argument.



Turn your iPhone into a Digital SLR camera... sortof

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We usually write about products you can buy, but the iPhone4 Photography Kit is a concept that's on the drawing board, waiting for your support at Kickstarter.com.  The kit is a slider case in three parts, plus an optional neckstrap.  The left and right parts slide together and are sealed by a locking ring.  The end result looks like a digital SLR with the ring resembling the camera lens.  Actual photos are still taken with the iPhone 4's built-in camera.  White and black are planned with potentially five additional colors if the project takes off.



AT&T-mobile: AT&T gobbles up the other U.S. GSM carrier

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Did you hear that sound?  If you felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of ringtones rang out, well...  AT&T just gobbled up T-Mobile, for $39 billion.  This consolidation, announced just before the industry's CTIA Wireless show, brings together the 2nd and 4th largest cellular carriers in the U.S., to create a new #1 provider.  Both vendors use GSM technology which should make it easier to integrate the two firms and their customers.



Smart Cover = Dumb Case?

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In addition to the iPad 2, Apple's Smart Cover has been widely anticipated.  There is a lot to like about this accessory.  As the Smart Cover is opened, the iPad wakes up... and goes to sleep as the Smart Cover closes.  The Smart Cover peels back to form a stand, either for watching movies or typing.  And most significantly, it attaches via magnets... check out the tear-down from iFixit.  But this may be the iPad's version of AntennaGate.



Flynn Lives in TRON Legacy & beyond

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As a kid in the '80's, I grew up playing Kevin Flynn's videogames such as Space Paranoids and of course, TRON.  So naturally I believe that Flynn Lives... how could someone so brilliant just disappear?  Now there's a documentary, TRON: Legacy, that suggests he may have evolved into something different... something extraordinary.  I don't know what to make of it, but you should check it out for yourself.  If movies aren't your thing, there's an app for that.



A white iPhone 4 to go with your white iPad 2!

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The white iPhone 4 has been as elusive as that famous white whale, but there are rumors that it may be available soon.  But if you can't wait, or more likely, you've already given up on the white one and bought a black iPhone 4, you have some options.

I just got back from a cruise and I used a $25 Trident Cyclops case to protect my iPhone from sand and water.  While Trident doesn't claim that the case is waterproof, it's dust (and probably splash) resistant.  Indeed my phone survived a week in Mexico at exotic locations like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and the kids pool on the Disney Wonder!



I reward my kids with iRewardChart

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It's a tale of two children.  One is a rule follower and the other a rule breaker.  I love them dearly, but it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.  Thankfully, iRewardChart is a well made app that enables me to track their chores but more importantly, it encourages them to participate.  Not only can they see their progress, as they perform daily household activities, but I've begun to let them checkoff their tasks as they complete them.  The rule breaker actually likes this as she can get a visual and audible recognition and she has some control... that's her big thing.  The rule follower likes it because it's structured, reliable, and most importantly, high-tech.



PRICE CORRECTION: Mophie Juice Pack Air

Nobody's perfect but we try! A typo crept into our March/April 2011 print issue, page 26 and the wonderful Mophie Juice Pack Air had the wrong price listed. The correct price is $79.95.



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