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Documents To Go Upgrade Available

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For all you users out there using the regular version of Documents To Go like me, there has been an update to it.The new additions include an in app upgrade via purchase to their premium version, the ability to freeze rows and columns, PDF view rotation, and the now viewing of RTF and TIFF files. You can also set up a gmail account for apparent attachment viewing from there (I do not have a gmail account so I can't comment on that).



Use Find In Page to find text in Mobile Safari

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 Our uber-smart man Werner posted up a great tutorial on how to do this last year using a simple cut/paste operation of some javascript code, but if you want a more iPhone-integrated page search--one that is a real app (without having to trick up a bookmark)--for 99 cents you can grab "Find In Page" in the app store. The dev (blog link below) is trying to get the word out, and it looks like a valuable addition, at least until a future iPhone version adds the feature.



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. 



Yikes, my feet are glowing!

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While recovering from my recent heart surgery (quadruple bypass...I'm doing fine), I was laying on the couch and looking at my ... feet. I have to wear socks with rubber thingies on them so I can grip the floor. While admiring my socks, the sun started moving across my free. For a second, it looked like my socks were glowing. Since my iPhone was next to me (where it's been for several days), I took the picture. All I did after was to crop and put a border around it using Best Camera. So...here's what I do when I'm laying on the couch. :)



Everyday Looper — you've got to see this to believe it!

Everyday Looper is an app that lets you record bits of audio and then loops it so that you can record on top of it.



Streaming Democracy

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What do you do if you’re a person who likes to keep up with news but the source of the broadcasts is Windows Media Player?

This is all too common a situation for people like me who like to follow what is happening in their state Legislature, in my case Maine. Take my situation; working in health care, I like to keep up with what is happing, particularly with Bills being debated in Health and Human Services and Appropriations.  Many states which broadcast their Legislatures use WMP which creates an unintended barrier for iPhone users since the iPhone won’t stream .wma or .wmv files.  Or can it?

I want to share with our readers a couple of work arounds, the first described in my colleague Werner’s blog. I’ve been using Streamer (Free) myself because it has video and it is indeed very good, albeit with more bells and whistles than I need. The video is a bit jerkey too.

The other option is FStream (Free) and can have you up and running those pesky .asx streams. The set up is  fairlyeasy, though be prepared to do a little digging to get the correct URL, if you have Safari, you'll need to go to View then down to View Source and look for the media player and file.  If you have Firefox you’ll be able to right click (press Control then click) on the Media Player, open Properties and you’ll see the URL.  

Of course if the web administrators just posted that URL under the player for everyone who doesn’t use WMP - that would open up Democracy a bit more.

I would encourage you to do your part and point out to web administrators for state or local governments that their broadcasts would reach more citizens if the URLs for audio and video broadcasts were posted. Now it is entirely possible, there’s a simpler way to do all this, if so give a shout and post your workflow. I love to hear from readers!



Contest: Comment to Win a Free Download of PhotoTropedelic!!

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Our very own day-tripper, Mr. John Painter, recently reviewed this psychedelic app called PhotoTropedelic, and we now have some giveaway codes for 3 lucky readers. Tell me how you trip out your photos in the comments section of this post and become a candidate to win an iTunes redeem code for this far out app! Contest ends on March 13, 2010, 11PM EST...Read on for full contest rules...



Portable Spelling Teacher!

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First Words Deluxe offers kid-friendly illustrations and entertaining sound effects that capture the interest of young children as they learn to recognize letters and spell more than 100 words.



Review: Sonos ZonePlayer S5 Setup

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 In my last S5 review, I posted up a basic unbox video, and general features about the Sonos ZonePlayer. I've been a bit tied up at work lately, but finally got round to posting up on the setup of this compact, but amazing, streaming audio system. The setup was both easy and frustrating. The easy part is following the simple instructions, but the hard part was getting everything to work. I learned an important lesson about the importance of reading the manual. Read on for the details, and more of my mediocre videos... :(



Pocket Bracket — leading app for fans of March Madness basketball

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If you're a fan of the NCAA basketball tournament, you'll want to take a look at this app. PocketBracket ($1.99) lets youcreate brackets, organize pools, and follow the NCAA men's basketball tournament with game and score updates. In addition, you can compete among thousands of users on the PocketBracket Network as well as your friends and coworkers. PocketBracket comes preloaded with 2009 tournament data so you can test-drive the application before the 2010 tournament. You can create sample brackets and begin organizing your pools.



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