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Going global with Vonage Mobile

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With the introduction of the (free) Vonage Mobile app for the iPhone and Vonage Mobile for iPod Touch, the world might have just gotten a lot smaller.  I've been using Vonage since August 27 2005, well before the downturn in the economy, primarily because of growing dissatisfaction with traditional landlines service, customizability and cost.  For example, prior to the switch to Vonage, my monthly phone bill was constantly betweeen $90 and $150, primarily because of in-state toll calls and my wife calling family in Hungary.  It also irked me that call forwa



A Busy Baby Boomer's Life

A day in the life of a very busy baby boomer—and the apps that help her get things done.

Weather  Channel MaxiNewsAlbert Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. He answered, “I don’t know. Why should I fill my head with things like that when I could look them up in any reference book in two minutes?” Like Einstein, I’d rather not keep everything in my head either. Unlike Einstein, I don’t have to look it up in a book—I’ve got an iPhone in my pocket! 


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IM on the iPhone

The features you should look for in an instant messaging app

 


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Misc news & roundup / guide updates (09/27/2009)

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I’ve updated several of my guides / bibles / roundups to reflect the latest changes. See the bottommost “UPDATE (09/27/2009)” section in each of them. The only news item I haven’t published in another article is the one describing the new Backgrounder version.

AppStore news:

Ever wanted to watch WMV (TV) streams on your iPhone? Now you can!: making Streamer compatible with all WMV streams; NetTV [Lite] news.


Sports Tap

From one simple interface, you can find all of the latest sports news, scores, standings, and more, from 14 different professional and college sports leagues. The Local Tap feature covers sports teams in your area.

Shape Writer Lite

Shape Writer Lite: This app adds an alternate text entry method to your device. You use Shape Writer’s keyboard to enter text, but instead of tapping on letters, you draw a line on the screen connecting the letters you want to enter. An algorithm inside the app interprets the shape of the line and its location on the screen, and turns it into a word. It is unfortunate that you can only use Shape Writer to enter text into its notepad. However, with OS 3.0 you can cut text from Shape Writer and paste it into other iPhone apps.

Pandora

Enter the name of your favorite band and the app will create a “radio station” that plays music from the band you selected or from bands that play similar music. And the best part? You never have to listen to a yappy disc jockey again.

Evernote

One of my favorites, Evernote is available for the iPhone as well as Mac and PC desktops. You can write and save notes on any computer, sync them, and access them anywhere. You can even integrate photos into the notes.

State Farm Pocket Agent

State Farm Pocket AgentState Farm’s free app makes it easy for their auto insurance customers to file a claim directly from their iPhone. No phone call is involved and you don’t have to talk to an adjuster. Just open the app, tap on “Submit an Auto Claim,” and a checklist will guide you through the process. Once you enter your policy number, the rest of the policy information is entered automatically. All you have to do is fill out the accident details: who was driving, which car, where the accident took place, and what damage occurred. You can even take pictures of the damage and submit them—all from your iPhone.

iOwn

iOwniOwnWith storms comes property damage, and with property damage come insurance claims. Imagine all your possessions gone and the hassle of making insurance claims on your home, automobiles, and more. When you place a claim, you need to give details about your possessions. iOwn makes that easy and accurate. It lets you store information about all of your possessions, including serial numbers, monetary values, and photos. It allows you to organize this information in a variety of ways. For example, you can list it by room, storage location, items, and more.

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