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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...



FREE - WordCrasher App

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The free version of WordCrasher, entitled "WordCrasher FREE", was released this morning (16th February). 

 

The paid version ($0.99 US) includes all 10 levels of Marathon Mode, the Flood Panic mode, more achievements, and tracks your vocabulary and enters it into an online scoreboard. 

See my original post for a review of Word Crasher.

 

 



The KaChing Button iPhone Application Gives Away up to $1000 each day in Sweepstakes

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The KaChing Button iPhone Application Gives Away up to $1000 each day in Sweepstakes



Attention Developers - In App Contests & Sweepstakes Finally Allowed - The KaChing Button First App to have In App Contest

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Folks, just received this from Social Media guru, fellow app developer and Digital Future CEO Joel Comm that Apple has now made it possible for developers to include in app contests and sweepstakes.

Comm remarked "Up until now, Apple has not allowed contests and sweepstakes in apps.  However, they have made a change that the majority of devs don’t know about.  And it is going to have an explosive affect on the app store. Contests and sweepstakes are now allowed. That means we will soon seen an entirely new genre of apps... And there will be MANY of them.  Mark my words. However, no one has really broken this story yet.  And we’ve got the app that ties in with it... It’s the first of it’s kind." 



In Case of an Emergency, Please use ICE

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 As an emergency medicine physician, I know how much seconds count. It is extremely important to have the correct information when the patient can not give us key information. The idea behind In Case of Emergency is that it allows 1st responders a way to quickly access important information. Currently, the app store has several iphone apps that do this same function. The app called SMART ICE by EMS options LLC is a very good app. It contains all the information that one would need in the emergency setting and more. The app runs smooth and has several key features that I think are excellent. The top are:

1-) being able to prerecord information for the EMS

2-) Wall paper setting with information for EMS

3-) Quick EMS call from app



Control an army of slugs...? You can do that!

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 Slug Wars from Republic of Fun is a goofy strategy/tower defense game that is addictive and fun. [Click here if you got here from newsletter, and looking for Cat in the Hat]. The premise is pretty simple: Spawn slug forces to take the opposing side of the battlefield, while stopping the enemy from doing the same. There are 3 slug battle lanes, and various slug fighter types (infantry slug, tank slug, kamikaze, etc.). Each has it’s own special fighting ability, and an utterly mindless need to advance and tear opposing slugs to ribbons.



At Macworld: Yapper- Create Your Own Apps

Today I got to speak with Chirantan (Chintu) Parikh, CEO ( or Yapper Chief as he calls himself) of SachManya LLC. His company has developed a way that allows you to create your own mobile apps for your company or website.  Simply by going to their site, you follow 4 steps, fill in your information, and your app is done. 



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