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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.

iLife 11 looks a lot like iOS apps

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While we typically stick to iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) products, today's announcement of iLife 11 from Apple can't be ignored.  The full screen interface for apps like iPhoto 11 look remarkably like a tab view app, with assorted buttons on a black gradient bar at the bottom of the screen.  Now that iOS devices are outselling Macs, and the halo effect (iOS customers becoming Mac customers) is in effect, the tail is wagging the dog and we can expect the Mac to adopt iOS features.  I'm guessing a touch screen interface can't be far away!



FridgePad looks cool

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The FridgePad iPad Fridge Magnet Mount is an interesting concept.  [UPDATE: At first, I was skeptical of the magnet, but the manufacturers assure us that the device has a magnet capable of holding ten times the weight of both the iPad and mount and they have a video to prove it!  We'll have to try it in person and give it our own test!]



Trident releases the Kraken iPhone case

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I am always on the lookout for the perfect case, and depending on the day's events, I might swap cases once or more during the day.  For example, this week I chaperoned for my daughter's Field Trip.  This was no visit to a quiet, cozy museum but rather an outdoor hike and 'Stream Study', in a muddy park.  And it was raining.  Fortunately, I had the Kraken case from Trident ($34.95).  While the Kraken is not billed as being waterproof, the case has rubber flaps that cover the various openings such as the dock connector and audio jack.  The camera and front glass are covered by clear durable film as well, making it dust resistant.



iPhone versions of iPad Book apps

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I've written about some cool iPad book apps before, specifically vBookz and The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross.  Both apps are great examples of why the iPad is more than just a big iPod touch.  The large screen makes it practical to view books with more than a paragraph displayed at a time.



The Big App Show takes Adam Curry from VeeJay to AppJay

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Imagine my surprise to get an email from Adam Curry, the guy I watched in the '80s introducing music videos to the world via the just-launched MTV channel.  Over the years, Adam has embraced change, becoming one of the first celebrities to launch a website and a podcast.  More recently, Curry launched The Big App Show, a free app that highlights one app a day.  Originally, The Big App Show was strictly for the iPhone but he has just added Android apps.  Adam demos the apps in a unique way, by superimposing himself, green screen style, over the live screencast, in portrait mode, suitable for viewing directly on the iPhone.

 



On The Road Again... what to read?

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My first article for Thaddeus Publishing, makers of iPhone Life, was printed in 1992 and it was entitled "On the road with my HP 95LX."  I am about to go on another road trip, for Voices That Matter iPhone Development Training in Philadelphia.  Technically, it's a train trip, and with a nearly ten hour commute each way, I want to be prepared.  My iPad is not the 3G model so I am looking for apps that let me load up on reading material for the ride.  I could get some books via iBooks, but I'm more of a magazine guy.



The vue-console takes a stand for iPad ergonomics

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If you're like me, you're always on the lookout for the right accessories for your iPhone or iPad.  I found an iPad stand that, if you'll pardon the pun, stands out from all the rest.  Most stands are designed without much thought to ergonomics.  They raise the iPad about 2 inches at most.  The user has to bend their head down to view the iPad.  The vue-console from vue-products.com  is designed to position the iPad in a more ergonomic position, suitable for reading, viewing videos and even typing without neck strain common to desktop-level stands.  The stand is made out of a lightweight material an



Voices that Matter - App Development Training from the Pros!

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I am looking forward to attending the Voices That Matter event in Philadelphia, PA October 16-17.  The organizers have even provided iPhone Life readers with a $100 off promo code!  Just enter PHGMAL5 when registering to save $100 off the $695 list price.



A Tale of Two Books: Pedlar Lady and Dracula!

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I've written before about the power of a truly interactive multimedia eBook reader, but two iPad apps have really taken the idea and run with it.  The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross is a unique children's book with a hauntingly stark design.



iWant an iWatch

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The most interesting iPod announced at the recent Apple event is the iPod nano with the square multitouch screen.  While the new shuffle resembles a previous generation, we have never had a touchscreen iPod in that form factor.  Steve Jobs even remarked that a colleague has plans to wear one on a wristband.  Running the built-in clock app, this essentially is an "iWatch".

Incipio has even announced a case+strap combination called the Linq.  More than just a wrist strap that the nano would clip on to, the Linq provides rubberized protection around the nano and looks like a winner.



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