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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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Macworld 2010

A showcase of amazing accessories and innovative apps

While smaller in scope than in its heyday, Macworld still draws a large number of Apple enthusiasts. One of the most surprising things about the show for me was that Microsoft had a large presence, but there was none for Apple. Macworld gives iPhone and iPod touch venders an opportunity to show off their latest apps and accessories. Believe me, there was plenty of innovation on display. Here is a look at some of the more interesting iPhone and iPod touch accessories and apps I saw at the show.


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Internet Radio on Your iPhone

Thanks to the iPhone's high-speed connectivity and some great apps, you can listen to Internet radio wherever you are!

 The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I give you an overview of the best radio apps available and provide you with information on how you can gain access to several online radio stations.

Note that streaming media for an extended length of time can drain your iPhone's battery. To help minimize this, please try the tips in the sidebar titled, "Reduce Battery Drain Associated With Streaming Media."


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Stick It - a note app that works with Bump Technology

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There are getting to be so many note apps available that I’m a bit weary of looking at them. But I decided to try Stick It to see what’s unique about it. As far as I can see, the biggest difference is that, currently, Stick It is the only one that allows you to share your notes through BumpTM Technology. You can exchange  notes by  bumping your iPhone with another iPhone that has Bump installed.



Windows XP on an iPad? I declare!

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What you're seeing in the picture to the right is lots of folks' worst nightmare: Windows XP on an iPad. The real thing and fully functional. How is this possible? With a VNC client (I use VNC Viewer). The iPad is not really running Windows XP, of course; it's just running a piece of software that lets you view, control and use Macs, Linux boxes and, yes, PCs. 



Become a Rock Star–Record Your Own Music

Using the iPhone or iPod Touch to record and mix your own music

Since my very first generation iPod, I've wished for a way to integrate my favorite music player with my hobby—recording my own music. When the iPhone and its accessories exploded onto the scene, the ability to record directly on the device was finally realized. But how well does it compare to more traditional recording methods?



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Cinema for iPad — free streaming movies

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I haven't yet tried this new app, but it sounds like an interesting idea — sort of like subscribing to a movie channel via your cable service, or going to a movie at a cinema. That's because instead of being the usual Internet model of movies on demand, Cinema for iPad has a schedule and streams movies at particular times. You pay $2.99 for the app, but the movies are free. The schedule changes frequently. You tune in when there's a movie playing that you'd like to see, whether a matinee or late-night show.



iPhone Music Apps

A variety of inexpensive apps for the professional, hobyist, or student musician

Please excuse me for changing the song's lyrics but, "What a difference a year makes." Since my article in the second edition of iPhone Life, the App Store continues to grow with a wide range of offerings that could be useful to musicians of all stripes. During a recent music education and technology conference hosted by TI:ME (ti-me.org), I presented a session on mobile music making. When I saw another session being offered by music teacher, Matthew Harrington, focusing on iPhone/iPod touch music apps, I was concerned that we'd be covering the same titles. Surprisingly, we only overlapped on one app! For me, it illustrated the sheer number of apps available and the great work being done in the development community.



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