iPhone Life magazine

Apps: Utilities

REVIEW: GREAT, free Web browser Opera Mini out – it rocks! (With demo videos)

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I've been waiting with publishing the long-promised update of my iPhone Web browsing bible since attending MWC in Barcelona two months ago where I saw Opera Mini, one of the best Web browsers on almost all alternative platforms, in action. I wanted to make sure Opera Mini is also included in the heavily updated roundup.

The waiting has turned out to be worth it – earlier today, Opera Mini has been approved for AppStore and it also made a debut in it (in both the US and international ones). I started testing it right away.

Below are my first thoughts.



Pages shines on iPad

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Well after having my iPad for a solid day now, and the hype is wearing off, let me tell you, it is definitely not just a big iPod Touch or iPhone.

Where to start?



Alarm app lets you ask your iPhone if it's time to get up

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Here's a common scenario: You wake up in the night, wonder if the alarm clock will go off soon, fumble for your glasses, and then look at your clock. Of course, all of this makes it less likely you'll go back to sleep. Which is what makes this alarm clock special. Wake Up Now? ($0.99) lets you simply like there with your eyes closed and ask your iPhone if it's time to get up. Your iPhone will tell you what time it is. You actually don't even need to ask anything in particular. You can just grunt, and it will announce the time. You can set how loud of sound it will take for it to say the time.



FileApp Pro: Get It While It's Free!

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 I came across this app today when I when I was in Itunes. It's a file and document manager for the iPod Touch and iPhone. This seems to be a very feature rich app. It was released March 8th and is free for two weeks. The only feature I got to test at the moment was that I was able to connect via Wi-Fi (FTP) to my PC and transfer documents over to my Touch, which I think is pretty cool. It supports many file types. This is the first such app I have used like this so I can't wait to see what else it can do. While it's still free, download yourself a copy and try it out. You can check out the full specs on iTunes or at www.digidna.net. This is their Pro version of the software which is why there will be a price on it soon.

 

 



App Genie, which offers dozens of tools in one app, now has a free version

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I like the idea of App Genie — a single app filled with over 30 functions. It's like having many apps in one. It includes an amazing of useful tools: converters, translator, barcode scanner, country facts, nutritional information, speedometer, and many more. The newly released free version, App Genie Lite, lets you select three of the tools to use for free. 



Touch this mouse

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If you have an iPhone and Mac running OS X or Windows computer running XP, Vista or 7 then you really need to download Logitech's  Touch Mouse (free) now.  Yea I mean now.  Go do it. 

Now youll need to download the server to your computer from Logitecs website.  But boy will you be glad you did.



Quick Review: AppBox Pro

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AppBox Pro is one of the apps that I mentioned previously I had purchased that I really like. I do not use it on a daily basis and I am still playing around with some of it, but as you will see below, there are a lot of handy utilities built in. This is like a mini toolbox of programs which reminds me of some of the add-ons that I had in my pocket pc days. The best part is that this app only costs $0.99.



A Day in the Life of an iPastor

A baptist minister manages his ministry and personal life with the help of his iPhone

I have found that my iPhone is an invaluable aid in my work as a Baptist minister. This article describes a typical day in my personal and professional life.

MantisBible6:45 a.m.—My iPhone wakes me up so I can take my son to school. On the way, we open the Mantis Bible Study (Free; mantis bible.com), a great little app that allows us to read a verse of scripture on the way to school. I really like the app’s daily Bible reading tracker, which reveals progress in your Bible reading.


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iPhone...a Pilot's Best Friend

The iPhone and these apps help make preflight and post flight procedures a breeze

T34C-6An old joke asks, “How can you tell that there’s a Navy pilot in the room?” The answer is, “Don’t worry, he’ll tell you.” My name is Chris and I am a pilot in the United States Navy. T34C-6(For security reasons, I’m going to leave my last name and rank off this article.) I have flown in different combat theaters around the world, but have most recently been assigned as a Primary Flight Instructor for students learning to fly on the T-34C Turbo-Mentor. My job has been to teach the brand new guys off the street how to takeoff, land, fly aerobatics, and fly in formations.


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Mother's Little Helper

Apps that make a busy mom’s life a lot easier

In the 1966 song by the Rolling Stones, busy mothers need “a little yellow pill” to get them through the day. In 2010, the iPhone is a far more life supporting way to make a busy mom’s life a lot easier.

And if the factory-installed apps alone don’t do the job, there are over 100,000 applications available to make just about any task easier. Whether it’s a trip to the neighborhood grocery store or a vacation in Paris, the iPhone can help make the life of an on-the-go mom a lot less harried.


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