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Awards Hero: Oscars Edition — all about the 2010 nominees, and winners from the past

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The new Awards Hero: Oscars Edition app ($0.99) lets you pick the winners and share your picks on Twitter. The app also offers trailers and information about the 2010 nominees, as well as a database of information about all the nominees and winners dating back to the beginning in 1927.



Games 2010 — $0.99 app for following the Olympics

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A few days ago I posted about the free Winter 2010 app for following the Olympics. Another option available is Games 2010, a $0.99 app that gives you up-to-the-minute news from over 30 news sources, ranging from the New York Times and ESPN to the BBC and the Associated Press. In addition, the app includes a range of other content, including pictures, videos, medal standings, latest results, TV schedules, event schedules, and interviews.



Review: The Warlock Of Firetop Mountain by Big Blue Bubble

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I recently reviewed An Assassin In Orlandes, and at the beginning of the review I gave my condensed version of the history of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” game.  I probably should have saved that for this review, since the Fighting Fantasy games were really the forerunners of the modern movement of combining interactive reading and role playing in books.  Much like the Gamebook Adventures from Tin Man Games, Big Blue Bubble has done an excellent job in recreating this genre for the electronic world.  The stories aren’t quite as interesting as the first Gamebook Adventures, but the reading segments are smaller which allows for more frequent fighting, so it really becomes a matter of what you are more interested in pursuing: prose or parlay.



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.



Add sizzle to your writing with Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus

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  The first thesaurus developed by writers for writers. The Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus contains 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, as well as nearly 200 word banks, which are collections of nouns to add detail to your writing. I love these!



Do you know which amendment gave us income taxes?

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Here’s an app everyone should have on their iPhone: American Dreams. Don’t depend on talk show hosts or newscasters to tell you what our government officials and documents say. Read them and hear them for yourself right on your iPhone.

Find out what the Constitution really says about our freedoms. Learn which amendment gave women the right to vote and which one gave us all the “right” to pay income taxes. 



Now I, too, can have indoor plants!

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 I love plants, but I do NOT have a green thumb. As a matter of fact, most plants die within two days of arriving at my house. Not a pretty sight.



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.



Meanwhile, on Verizon: free Skype calls coming next month

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Skype on the iPhone is old news, but the most frequent complaint about the iPhone app is that it doesn't work over AT&T's 3G network -- you have to be in WiFi range to make or receive a Skype call.  Meanwhile, those of us with other smartphones haven't even had that capability, hitting our heads against shaky, unfriendly voice-over-IP (VOIP) implementations such as Sipdroid.  But today's announcement of a partnership between Verizon and Skype promises to bring Skype to



Attend Webinars through the iPhone

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I attended a WebEx session early one morning a few weeks ago, and couldn't get my laptop booted up in time. A webinar at 7 am seemed too early even to the computer. No problem, though. I hopped on through my iPhone, with the WebEx Meeting Center app (free, at the App Store).

When you launch the app (a green and blue globe icon labelled "Meet") you can click the Join Now button if you've got an email invitation with a meeting number, or if you have a host account you can sign in and manage a meeting through your iPhone.

Then WebEx called my phone and when I answered, I was in. The presenter was a woman in Amsterdam, another participant was in Stockholm, and I was in Chicago. It was snowing in all three cities, we complained.

I was able to see the webcam feeds of the other participants (up to six webcams can be shown at once on the WebEx screen), but they weren't able to see me. Although the native phone function works while the WebEx app is running, I can't take a snapshot or video at the same time.

So I logged on through my laptop -- which had finally booted up. Here's a screenshot from my iPhone of the three of us on screen as I began a presentation.

It was fairly easy to scroll around to the content being displayed, and when the slides were designed with few words and good-sized images, I could see the presentation quite well on the iPhone.

Is this the next big thing in e-Learning? Will students just tune into the lectures with their iPhones? It's possible...



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