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eBook readers: Kindle app or Barnes & Noble?

I am a ferocious reader and I absolutely love books. That said, hacking down billions of trees just to make paper seems increasingly irresponsible, and a gradual migration to eBooks is probably inevitable. I've had the Kindle app on my iPhone ever since it came out, and have downloaded and read dozens of books on it. Unfortunately, the shorter battery life of the 3GS compared to my original iPhone means I am using the iPhone less often as a book reader (especially on long flights), but I haven't given up on the concept just yet. So if you like reading books on your iPhone, what's the best way? As is, while I like Amazon and the Kindle app, Barnes & Noble remains a formidable force in the book market and so I decided to check out the Barnes & Noble eReader as well.


KidCalc - an excellent math review tool for young children

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KidCalc is an effective math-teaching and review tool for young children. Version 1.8 has five playing activities: Counting Puzzle, Flash Cards, Calculator, Math Puzzle, and Count Snowflakes.

The Calculator is just what it says – a calculator for kids.

In the Counting Puzzle, your child counts by 1s, 2s up to hundreds; also prime and binary numbers. After choosing the numbers in the correct sequence, the child is rewarded with a secret picture.



Can the iPhone reduce OUI's?

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With New Years rapidly approaching, and thoughts about drinking on the holidays, I figured I’d give Timebom LLC's  iAlcohol Lite app (free) a try.  There is also a full ($1.99) version.  Knowing when you’re blood alcohol level is below your state’s limit (in Maine it's .05%) seems like it might help reduce OUI’s.  



ShopSavvy — Not as good as RedLaser for finding lowest price, but it's free

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We've covered the $1.99 RedLaser app a couple times already in this blog. It's a barcode reader that lets you scan the barcode of a product you want to buy and then searches for stores that have a lower price. ShopSavvy is another such app, and it's free. It currently only works with iPhone 3.1 or higher. It was first available for the Android platform, and got a lot of attention. The iPhone version was released last month. Many of the reviews say it doesn't work as well as RedLaser, but some say that it works well if you follow the tips.



Don't go to the Arches without this app!

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 I wish I'd had the Arches National Park Geology Tour app when my husband and I visited Arches National Park a few years ago. Everything you need is here: information about the formation of the park, audio narration and photos of the Park's geological formations, as well as a map showing you where to find each of these formations.

Most important - It all works without Internet access so you can use it in the Park.



Relaxing with Asian Painting

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There are any number of ways one can relax, and tap into their creativity with the iPhone, one of the recent apps I’ve found for this purpose is APPFour’s Asian Painting (.99) which is interesting in that it allows a person without years of Asian calligraphy experience to create the likeness of it. 

 



iSpy - Web Cams

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iSpy - Web Cams is a very cool app that can be used for fun and/or education. See live web cam shots from around the globe - even control some of the cameras!!

The sun is slowly setting right now somewhere on Earth. Watch it as it slowly dips below the horizon line. Then switch views and gaze upon the sun reemerging on the opposite side of our great planet.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: A Quick Two-Fer (Day 7)

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As Christmas day approaches I find that I have a lot of Christmas games to talk about and not much time to discuss them in. Here’s a quick look at a couple of holiday themed games that I’ve really enjoyed palying. You won’t find any ratings at the end of these reviews, but suffice it to say that I recommend both of them.



Bing on the iphone! With screenshots

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Bing is now on the iphone.  Now live in the app store. Its a nice looking app, very well designed.



Park'n Find — $0.99 app remembers where you parked

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There's not much need for this in Fairfield, Iowa, but if I were a city guy I'd depend heavily on this app. Am I the sort of person who'd forget where he parked his car? Not really, but I'm the sort of guy who worries that he will forget where he parked his car. An app like this lets you relax and forget. Park'n Find uses GPS to mark where your car is parked. It then guides you back to your parking location using a satellite image that automatically pans and zooms to show where your car is parked relative to where you are. You can optionally attach photos, voice memos, and notes.



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