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School's Out for Summer!

Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.

Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.



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Britannica - It is concise

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The definition of concise is: expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope. 



Tonos Español free in honor of Cinco de Mayo — create Spanish language ringtones

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Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.



iPad and Fine Arts

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I've been enjoying the Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) from Open Door Networks for some time now, initially just exploring the the various artists, periods and styles and then exploring it as a coffee table book of sorts.  Though at a recent dinner party where there was some lively discussion about the iPad versus Kindle with a side by side comparison (no comparison) most everyone agreed that the iPad with Art Authority isn't a coffee table book, it has a different purpose. 



A must-have for nature lovers!

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Have you ever heard a mink talk? Do you know what kind of gait a Blue Heron has? Can you identify Grizzly Bear tracks?



Encyclopedia Britannica now available for the iPhone

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It's amazing how far things have come. Raise your hand if you remember when encyclopedia salesmen used to go door to door, selling you a shelf of books for hundreds of dollars. Now you can have the Encyclopedia Britannica in the palm or your hand for $25. The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 has over 25,000 entries covering art, history, geography, politics, technology, science, sports, pop culture, and other subjects. It also has over 800 images and maps. And if you shake your iPhone, it brings up a random article.



Who has a DVD Collection?? The iCollect Movie App keep Track!!

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I have about 400 DVDs.  How do I keep track of them all?  I used to use my brain.  I still know every DVD that we have, but the other 5 members of the household have no clue what's on the shelf.  To solve that issue, I downloaded iCollect Movies from Hooked In Motion, LLC.  ($2.99)

Basically, grab your DVDs (or BluRays), Barcode Scan them, and Viola, you have a beautiful list of your collection. 



Add sizzle to your writing with Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

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  The first thesaurus developed by writers for writers. The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus contains 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, as well as nearly 200 word banks, which are collections of nouns to add detail to your writing. I love these!



Do you know which amendment gave us income taxes?

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Here’s an app everyone should have on their iPhone: American Dreams. Don’t depend on talk show hosts or newscasters to tell you what our government officials and documents say. Read them and hear them for yourself right on your iPhone.

Find out what the Constitution really says about our freedoms. Learn which amendment gave women the right to vote and which one gave us all the “right” to pay income taxes. 



At Macworld: SkyGazer iPhone App

I got a chance to look at and talk to the developer of the StarGazer and StarVoyager iPhone apps at Macworld today.  These are amazing apps for those who are interested in the nighttime sky.  The company took the essentials of their desktop astronomy applications and adapted them for the iPhone. 



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