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Lucky Day is good karma

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A new twist on the old ‘Magic 8” ball is Lucky Day! ($1.99) from Silver Lining Ideas, Inc.  This app is as straight forward as they come, turn it on and you're greeted by Ka Ching the Panda who invites you to shake your iPhone and make a wish.  Will your wish come true?  Well that's between you and Ka Ching. Really there's nothing more to this app.  Or is there?



Cook Jamaican Recipes Review

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 I am not a cook by any stretch of the imagination, but a good recipe app is a no-brainer for even me to add to my iPod touch (you never know, I may start). I really enjoy southwest and Mexican cuisine (as my wife is from Mexico, and a good cook), but I can't boil water without ruining it, so if I were to attempt cooking anything in my house, it would best if it were microwaveable. But if you, on the other hand, have culinary skills and have an interest in Jamaican food, you might want to check out Cook Jamaican Recipes.

Cook Jamaican Recipes categorizes and combines the best dishes, drinks and great Jamaican flavors together in an easy to navigate application for your iPhone or touch. Selections from the main screen will provide recipe infomation, pix of finished dishes, and even an encyclopedia of essential ingredients.

The recipes include a full description of the ingrediants and steps to create each dish. Personally I would like to see hot links added between ingredients listed in the recipes, and the table of Essentials where applicable (to save you from switching back and forth). CJR also allows you to e-mail recipes to your friends...

If you enjoy cooking, Cook Jamaican Recipes is a good app to add to your iPhone, but could use a few tweaks. Some of the recipes lacked pictures, and the steps could be a bit more explanatory for a cooking novice like me. There were a few typos, and things that could stand to be cleaned up, but I tested the 1.0 version of the app, and already they have updated to 1.2. The price is currently $1.99, and I think the developers might consider knocking that down to $.99 cents for awhile, until more features are added. A few enhancements I would consider making are added Wiki or web-search links, background and historical information on dish origins, even pix/links of traditional methods of preparing the dishes as well would make it  more interesting. Get the flavor of Jamaica, learn about it's history and culture as you prepare your dish, in other words. I will look forward to those features in an upcoming release, but for now, you can still use this app to wow your friends with some authentic Gizzada at your next party, so go check it out...App Store link below.

 



Strawberries - Not Just for Dessert!!!

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SWEET
News (literally).  The California Strawberry Commission has a new app.  Did you know that there is more vitamin C in a serving of strawberries than an orange?  This super-cool app has mouth-watering recipes.  I'm getting hungry.....

Strawberry Recipe App Features:
- Over 50 recipes, categorized by dish type
- Share recipes on Twitter, Facebook and email
- Access nutrition information
- View recipe photos, ingredients and preparation information
- Connect with California Strawberry Commission on Facebook, Twitter and the web



My iPhones my dogs

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My family just adopted a rescue dog from Friends of Homeless Animals, a Mini Schnauzer named Martha.



Can the iPhone reduce OUI's?

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With New Years rapidly approaching, and thoughts about drinking on the holidays, I figured I’d give Timebom LLC's  iAlcohol Lite app (free) a try.  There is also a full ($1.99) version.  Knowing when you’re blood alcohol level is below your state’s limit (in Maine it's .05%) seems like it might help reduce OUI’s.  



AutoRingtone PRO, on sale for $0.99, uses speech synthesis; AutoRingtone MUSICAL currently free

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Our blogger Todd Bernhard has a number of ringtone-creation apps that are pretty neat and that let you do some creative things to make customized ringtones for individual callers. His new app, AutoRingtone PRO TEXT to SPEECH RINGTONES, lets you use speech synthesis to have your iPhone announce your caller by name — or some sort of clever nickname. For example, I created a ringtone for my tennis partner, Bruce. I selected a chime from the 100 introductory sound effects, and then selected a British male synthesized voice.



"Must-Haves" for Chicks


The iPhone’s style and the power of its apps make “iPhone Chick” something you’ll feel proud to be called!

 The iPhone has an irresistible quality to it that creates an instant bond between users. Suddenly, you have something in common with the person next to you in that long line at the bank. Yet, it’s the state-of-the-art power it provides that makes it a must-have for us chicks. I used to think it was a bit trendy—and that opinion kept me on the wrong side of the iPhone equation for much too long. My skepticism cost me time and money in my personal life and as a business owner.


The look and feel of the iPhone are the first things that catch your attention, but it’s the apps that allow you to experience its unparalleled capabilities. Let’s take a look at six fabulous examples.



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It Comes Together

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 I have been using three devices in my office for some time; iPhone, iHome Center, Wilson signal booster. After a little frustration I realized that with a little office re-arranging I could have all three of my devices live / behave well together. In the past I was using a mix of any two of the above. Sounds simple- it was simple. Why had I not thought about it before... my mental disassociation of electronic communications (bits and bytes) with the "real world" of physical things. A mental blind spot. Now I am running full bars with full volume on a full set of great podcasts. I am full up happy.

 



2,001 Gift Ideas — in case you don't know what to get

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You probably have people who are hard to buy for and could use a bit of inspiration for ideas. Try 2,100 Gift Ideas ($1.99). It offers gift ideas from hundreds of online stores. The gifts range from electronics and jewelry to things you might not even have known existed. You can choose gifts from various categories, such as Mom, Dad, Kids, Him, Her. Plus, you can sort by price so that you only see suggestions in a particular price range. You give your iPhone a shake, and it then starts serving up gift ideas.

[Edited this 12/9/09 to reflect the app's new name.]



Hey Santa — free app for Christmas gift ideas

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If you're hitting the stores on Black Friday but are in need of gift ideas, you might try the free Hey Santa app, which has over 2,000 gift suggestions based on your budget and the recipient's taste and age. There are 15 different combined settings for gift suggestions. Also check out Christmas Gifts List ($0.99), which no only helps you manage your list but also has a built-in budgeting feature.



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