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Nate Adcock's BEST of 2009

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

It's the beginning of the New Year, and everyone is publishing their lists of the best iPhone apps for the previous year. Below are the iPhone/iPod apps I used the most in 2009.

Games

Second on my list of favorite games is Real Racing ($4.99; firemint.com), a very life-like racing game. My short list of additional honorable mentions includes Battle Bears ($0.99; battlebears.com) and Jelly Car 2 ($0.99; walaber.com).

Productivity

Task2Gather

($0.99; task2gather.com) has great task/time management features and a collaborative task sharing capability.


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Easy Tips for Getting the Best Camera Shots

How to get the best shot with your iPhone camera

The best camera is the one that's with you. It's an old saying, probably the words of a frantic photojournalist who once had to grab his mom's box camera and shoot the blazes out of a bank robbery.


But it is a saying worth remembering, especially for iPhone camera users. It is not the best camera in the world but is a pretty good one that you often carry since it serves as your cell phone, Internet access point, weather advisor and so much more.


"You might actually be amazed at what all you can do with this little camera," says Alan A. Reiter, president of Wireless Internet & Mobile Computing. As a Washington D.C.


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The Angry Birds Get Angrier

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Personally, I'm still trying to get through the initial set of levels that Angry Birds offered.  You can read my review of the game here.  Apparently the developers weren't content with what they first offered to the public, however.  Coming soon (or possibly even out by the time I push "save" on this post) is an update to Angry Birds that includes integration with Chillingo's fledgling Crystal social network.  This, of course, will not only add the ability to be competitive about scores, but will provide the user with the much sought after notion of achievements that they've almost come to expect with most iPhone games.  More importantly to me, however, is the addition of 40 new levels to the mix.  If you didn't have enough to keep yourself busy already, prepare yourself for more.  I'm not sure that I'll ever have the pleasure of seeing those new levels, but it's nice to know that now when I think I'm almost done I won't really be almost done any more.  If you don't already already have a copy of this fine game you can grab it here (App Store Link).


Developing Internal Applications

How can companies use the iPhone and iPod touch to improve worker efficiency?

As the “App Revolution” continues to gain steam, users are beginning to expect that there’s an app for just about anything they want to do. While there are apps for virtually every niche or mainstream aspect of a user’s personal life, there’s a significant void when it comes to apps for a user’s professional life—especially as it relates to large corporate environments. Information workers continue to do more and more of their job while they’re on the go.


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Gist Develops Business Acuity 
and Information Readiness

The ability to develop clear and meaningful conversations often hinges on the first thing you say. If you can spark a relationship based on awareness, common understanding, or a philosophical viewpoint, you have a better chance of achieving your business and personal objectives.


Being “in the know” is a critical business requirement these days. The emergence of real-time social networks challenges professional workers to be “always-on” and aware of everything that’s happening in their business segment.


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Three for the SOHO


Three apps you need to run your Small Office or Home Office from the palm of your hand

With over 2,000 business apps available, how do you find the essential ones—the few that will handle most of what you need to do and integrate them into your business life in a SOHO (Small Office or Home Office)? Here’s a rundown on the three apps I use most often.

Skype

Free (subscription and user fees for certain calls); skype.com/mobile


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A Day in the Life of an iPastor

A baptist minister manages his ministry and personal life with the help of his iPhone

I have found that my iPhone is an invaluable aid in my work as a Baptist minister. This article describes a typical day in my personal and professional life.

MantisBible6:45 a.m.—My iPhone wakes me up so I can take my son to school. On the way, we open the Mantis Bible Study (Free; mantis bible.com), a great little app that allows us to read a verse of scripture on the way to school. I really like the app’s daily Bible reading tracker, which reveals progress in your Bible reading.


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iPhone...a Pilot's Best Friend

The iPhone and these apps help make preflight and post flight procedures a breeze

T34C-6An old joke asks, “How can you tell that there’s a Navy pilot in the room?” The answer is, “Don’t worry, he’ll tell you.” My name is Chris and I am a pilot in the United States Navy. T34C-6(For security reasons, I’m going to leave my last name and rank off this article.) I have flown in different combat theaters around the world, but have most recently been assigned as a Primary Flight Instructor for students learning to fly on the T-34C Turbo-Mentor. My job has been to teach the brand new guys off the street how to takeoff, land, fly aerobatics, and fly in formations.


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Print Photos and Watch TV from your iPhone!

The two hardware accessories discussed in this article are awesome stand-alone products, but each comes with an iPhone component that helps make your life easier and more enjoyable.


Lexmark Interact S605 Printer and LexPrint app


Printer $199.99; LexPrint app Free; lexmark.com

S605PrinterLexmark recently announced its new line of “All-In-One” inkjet printers, including the Interact S605. This printer features a full color, 4.3 inch LCD touch screen for controlling the printer functions.


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Tribute Movies — free app with info and trailers for nearby movies

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Tribute Movies is a new app (free) that pinpoints your location to find the nearest movie theaters. You can search for movies by title, read summaries, view movie posters and photos, browse show times, and view the trailers. Other let you search for movies by popularity and user rating, and search for theaters by name, postal code, or GPS location. You can also rate movies and post your comments and reviews. 



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