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Apps: Utilities

Shop Savvy and other free bar code scanners help you save money

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Now that we're closing in on the holiday season, you absolutely must have a bar code scanner. These apps are tremendously popular, and for good reason. You're in a store, you find something you like, you scan the bar code with your iPhone's camera, and then you find out where you can buy it for the lowest price. Typically these apps are location aware, in case you want to buy it at a nearby store. And typically, they also have maps and directions that show you how to get to the store with the lowest price. And — they're free! Why would anyone go without one of these?



DST Bug in Europe

Engadget has recently reported that there is an iPhone DST Bug causing alarm clocks to go off an hour later than they are supposed to; even though their clocks have switched over to Standard Time.  The blog post also reports that this same problem occurred in Australia when their Daylight Savings Time ended.  So if the problem isn't fixed then we are next.

 

 

Source:

Engadget- iPhone DST bug causing alarms to fail across Europe



Pocket WavePad -- free app for recording and editing audio

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NCH Software, a leading provider of audio and telephony tools, has just released Pocket WavePad for the iPhone. (There's not yet an iPad-specific version.) It lets you record audio and edit the recordings, apply audio effects, reduce background noise, and easily email or upload the audio files that you've recorded.



PDF Reader News & Updates

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This is an update to my previous all-in-one PDF iPhone / iPad reader roundup published HERE.

I haven't elaborated on some subjects in the original article. Let's take a closer look at them.

1.) JPEG2000 images embedded in PDF files with aren't supported – they simply aren't shown.

To quickly fix this issue, before transferring the file to your iOS device, just open it in OS X's Preview and select File / Save As.

An example of this showing the page of Building iPhone OS Accessories Devices by Apress with the missing images (click the images for the full-sized version of much better quality):



Voice Commands for the iPhone

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Did you know you can ask your iPhone for the time of day? I often forget about using Voice Command on my iPhone. It's a great way to use the iPhone in a hands-free situation.  It is especially useful while driving or when you need one of your hands free to do something else.  Below is a list of commands you can use.

 

Commands for making a call:

“Call”/”dial” plus name or telephone number

Command for use with the iPod function

“Play”/”Play music”.

“Play playlist” plus playlist name.

“Play playlist gym songs”.

“Play album” plus name.



5 Top iPad (and iPhone) Utilities

These apps set the quality bar high for future utility apps

Air Video

AirVideo$2.99 (iPad and iPhone/iPod touch version), app2.me/2604; Free versions, app2.me/2605


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Best Apps: Utilities

UtilitiesUtilities improve or extend the capabilities of your device—in sometimes simple and often unique ways. In this section you'll find apps that help you tune musical instruments, convert measurements, track shipping, plan your garden, track and manage the battery and memory of your iPhone, and a lot more. There are almost 9,000 of these useful apps available, and most of them are very inexpensive.


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WiFi, WiFi Wherever You Go It's Free

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In my life as a real estate agent, I am out on the road alot. I am always looking for a nice place to stop, work, drink coffee, and get a free wifi hookup. In the past couple of years, they have become more and more available, and now I can have a database of the most current ones right on my iPod Touch thanks to jWire.



iLium’s ListPro! It’s Free

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Many of you have either used ILium’s ListPro on another software platform or are at least aware of it. Today, iLium released ListPro for the iPod Touch and iPhone. It does require iOS 4.0 or later. But the cool part is that it’s free. I downloaded it earlier today and replaced my existing list software with this. I have never used ListPro before but I am a faithful eWallet customer (for years), and I know and like the quality that goes into that.



News Tidbits

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Lot's of app and product news this week, so how bout a leetle round-up... A United Airlines game that can earn you prizes and upgrades in the real world: New Grand Theft Auto released; a credit card swiper attachment; fabulous SOTI remote apps finally adding iPhone support, and a mail editor that supports full HTML markup.



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