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StoryPages for iPhone

New app helps business use storyboarding to more effectively communicate ideas.

StoryPagesIn the age of the Internet, I've learned to love communications: charts, spreadsheets, data, and pictures. They all play a role in helping me carry out consulting projects without leaving the comfort of my home in Keystone, Colorado. This is one reason I explored the business possibilities of StoryPages ($2.99; app2.me/2388).


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Attorneys Choose the iPhone in Growing Numbers


Lawyers take advantage of these general and specialized apps

 For years, mobile communication in the American law firm has been based primarily on the BlackBerry, but the tide may slowly be turning to the iPhone. The much-buzzed-about Apple device has gathered legions of devoted fans, including attorneys who appreciate the phone's Web browsing capabilities and ever-expanding catalog of apps. And with online communities of iPhone-centric lawyers forming around blogs like iPhone J.D. and The Mac Lawyer, it's easy for novice iPhone users to learn how to use their new devices in a professional capacity. 


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An Actor's iPhone


Michael Bunin of My Boys uses his iPhone to stay in touch, update his Facebook fan page, and pass the time between scenes.

MichaelBuninAs a "Professional Mom," I know how the iPhone makes life easier for me, but I wondered if it makes life easier for others. I visited my friend, Michael Bunin, on the Paramount Studios set of the TV hit comedy, My Boys. They are currently shooting the fourth season of the show on TBS. Michael has been a professional actor and stand-up comedian since the 90's and has appeared on CSI, Scrubs, iCarly and in The Soloist with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.


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Solar Walk now available for iPad!

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Another of my favs to hopefully become a big hit now on iPad...press release/links follow: Alexandria, VA., -- May 6, 2010 -- Vito Technology today announced its Solar Walk App for iPad is available on the App Store. A comprehensive addition to Star Walk, Solar Walk shows a 3D model of the Solar System with detailed info about each planet. It gives users a beautiful, educational, and interactive walk around the Solar system on their iPads.



Slug Wars To Shell and Back Released for iPad!

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I reviewed Slug Wars for iPhone and iPod some time ago. The game is fun on multiple levels, but now you can go head-to-head on your iPad with To Shell and Back (get it on iTunes here) with up to 4 of your slug lord buddies! To Shell and Back (gotta love that name) completely reworks Slug Wars with all new units, towers, gameplay and a unique storyline created especially for iPad.



Sleek booster helps callers hear you now, even with AT&T

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AT&T.  Nothing inspires more conversation among iPhone owners than those few letters.  AT&T has benefitted from their exclusive contract, but their coverage has been an easy target for competitors and late night comics.  What is an iPhone road warrior to do?

I had the chance to try the Sleek from Wilson Electronics, Inc.  ($130 MSRP).  True to the name, the Sleek is smaller than Wilson’s previous models and more portable than hardwired models.  I had always been hesitant to try any device that needed to be permanently wired into my car or that worked exclusively with one phone.



Whistle Phone, how it sounds

This is just a quick video demonstration of the Whistle Phone app for iPad.



Education To Go

Interview with developers Jason Krogh and Steven Glinberg

Though I've had an iPod since they first came out, it wasn't until Apple announced iTunes U back in 2007 that I remember becoming very intrigued with the use of the iPod for educational purposes. I'd just finished my Masters degree and had been accepted into a Doctor of Arts program at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. I mentioned to one of the faculty that some lectures were now available through iTunes. He listened and was impressed. With that little bit of acknowledgement and a desire to be exposed to more ideas, I became a regular listener to a variety of lectures posted on iTunes U.


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Walt Disney World and an iPhone

How my new iPhone 3GS made our vacation at "The Happiest Place on Earth" even happier.

For the past couple of years, my family has taken a week-long vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) in Orlando, Florida. We go in late January because the crowds are small, the prices are reasonable, and the weather is comfortable (70's, sunny, low humidity). This Christmas, Santa tucked a pair of black 16GB iPhone 3GSs under the tree for me and my wife. Talk about making the nice list! I'll freely (and my wife will begrudgingly) admit that we've been coveting the iPhone since they hit the market. Call it what you will— honeymoon period, new device infatuation, seriously crushing on my iPhone, etc., but it seemed this handy device and the many applications available for it had, in the few short weeks after Christmas, made our lives a bit better than life before our iPhones.


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Top Award Sites and App Lists Help you find the Best Apps

Find the top apps fast on these sites

Early on, when the number of iPhone apps was in the thousands, the App Store was a good way for users to find apps and for developers to bring their apps to the attention of users. Now that there are over 200,000 apps, the App Store isn't that helpful.

When you do a search on a topic in the iTunes store, you might get hundreds of results. They are displayed in no particular order and there is no way to sort them according to most popular, best-selling, free vs. paid, etc. The 20 broad categories also aren't that useful, since there are so many apps that don't obviously fit any particular category. Fortunately, the Internet can help. In this article, I'll point you to some useful lists of the best apps.



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