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Apps: Utilities

iOS contact management (duplicate removal, import/export etc.) tips and tricks

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Today, I've helped a friend restore some contacts onto his iPhone. As the experience I gathered may be useful to you as well, I let you know.

First, on my Mac, while I had the contacts in the Windows version of Microsoft Outlook 2010 under Parallels Desktop, I had iTunes solely under my Mac OS X and didn't want to install it under Parallels to keep the Parallels image size down. (Which is of paramount importance when you use Time Machine to back up the contents of your computer, including the disk images of your Parallels virtual machines and want to save as much storage as possible.) After all, there are only two cases when it's indeed worth having iTunes in your virtual machine if you, otherwise, use the OS X version to synchronize your iOS devices:


VM Player - movie and music player for iPhone and iPad

VM Player - movie and music player for iPhone and iPad

VM Player is the best multimedia player for iPhone/iPad, which has simple and easy-to-use interface and supports a big range of different file formats, video and audio codecs. This Movie and Music player has such useful and even unique features like:
 - Audio-Video sync tuning;
 - Volume boost;
 - Finger sensible rewind;
 - Audio/Video/Subtitle stream selection;
 - TV Out;
 - Slideshow-thumbnails;
 - Opening and downloading files from Network via SMB (Windows shares) and FTP;
 - Folders-playlists;


Best Utility Apps

Best of the Best


#1 Alarm Clock Pro


($.99, app2.me/4099: 


Free version, app2.me/4100)

Alarm Clock ProTurn your device into a beautiful digital clock with gorgeous themes and an alarm clock that sings your favorite tunes.



2. Barcode Scanner


($.99, app2.me/2901)



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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?



All Purpose LED Light 2.0 - helpful in any situation

All Purpose LED Light 2.0 - helpful in any situation

New York, New York - AppAnnex LLC is proudly announcing All Purpose LED Light 2.0, the most utilitarian and versatile LED Light in the whole App Store. The application combines several utility applications utilizing the power of the iPhone4 LED into one convenient package for a single price.
 


iRad -- app actually uses the camera to measure radiation

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I hope I don't ever have a need for this app. iRad ($5.99) uses an algorithm to detect gamma and X rays passing through the camera chip. It takes up to an hour to get an accurate measurement. The app uses your location to post the measurements taken by you and others on a map — basically a way of crowdsourcing radioactive hotspots around the world. You need to occlude the camera while your device is taking the measurement, but for the iPhone 4 that's as simple as placing your phone on a flat, opaque table. It's amazing what people come up with.



If you’re happy and you know it: Queen Mary researchers launch new iPhone app

If you’re happy and you know it: Queen Mary researchers launch new iPhone app

If you’re happy and you know it: Queen Mary researchers launch new iPhone app

Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London have launched a new iPhone app which tells people how happy people are around them, and what they are happy about.


App Review - System Status

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Do you want to look at your iDevice's memory usage and be able to tell if your system is running error free? How about checking how long your iDevice has been turned on and used by you during the day? With Techet's System Status -- device activity monitor app, you can. This is the ultimate iDevice system information utility -- which tracks, monitors and even assists in finding the most efficient way to run your iDevice. It does this by showing you an event log and allows you to monitor a wide range of task running in the background of your system.



What I played this week - Here a clock, there a clock!

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Clock apps are popping up all over, and though I didn't have much time this week (pun intended) to play my 2 current fav games in the app world--namely Jet Car Stunts, and Pinball Magic (alas, I completed all the tracks in Paper Racer)--I did have time to check out 2 new clock apps and a cool flying game. Globaclock is an interesting way to keep world time zones straight, and Talking Jelly Clock is just, well weird. Breitling Reno Air Races is mucho 3-D racing fun...!



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