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Viper SmartStart — use your iPhone to unlock, start your car

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I love seeing these new sorts of gadgets. And it always makes me wonder, What will they think of next? In this case you can use your iPhone to unlock or lock your car doors, start your car, open your trunk, or press the panic button — all from your iPhone, and all from wherever you are using the Viper SmartStart app. Say you're in a movie theater and realize you forgot to lock your car. Press a button on your iPhone, and it's done. It has virtually unlimited range, and you can control multiple cars from your iPhone.



No more faxes for me

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I've been looking for this app, especially after I unloaded my land line telephone. No more faxes for me! I simply scan my documents using Scanner Pro and my iPhone, adjust if needed, and then e-mail, store on my iDisk or print.

I can scan one or more pages of any size and then combine them into a multi-page PDF document to share. Allows for vertical or landscape layout. Editing features include correcting for color, brightness and/or contrast. I can reorder the pages within the document and even set a password for security. 



Do you remember the photo booths on the boardwalk?

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MyPhotoBooth (v 2.0) brings back memories! Remember the days of the photo booth on the boardwalk, when you and a friend would sit in the booth all scrunched up together on a single stool, say cheese, and in a few short minutes, out would pop four photos on a strip? Now, you can create your own photo strip using your iPhone! 
 
This one offers more flexibility and it's faster. The strips can be vertical or four squares in a larger square.


Photoshop.com Mobile — free app for editing photos on your iPhone

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Last Thursday Apple released the free Photoshop.com Mobile app, and it already has about 2,400 ratings and 675 reviews. The app lets you do basic editing such as crop, rotate, and flip photos. You can adjust exposure, saturation, and tint. Special effects include Vibrant, Pop, Border, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, and more. Most of the reviews are enthusiastic. The negative ones are disappointed that it doesn't have more of the features of the desktop version. Some people are never satisfied. You can also create a Photoshop.com account and store up to 2GB of photos for free.

 



Vooks

Has anyone read a Vook lately? A revolutionary new way to read a book online or on your iPhone, combining text and video in a magazine format. Check them out at vook.com.



Personal Formulator

FormulatorPersonal Formulator is a simple financial calculator that allows you to quickly figure out discounts, tips, car loan payments, and more. We were visiting a friend and went to a car dealership to look at a Smartcar he wanted to buy. He needed help figuring out the total cost for two loans that had different interest rates. I taught music, not math, but had his answer quickly using Personal Formulator.

 

 


 

 


 

 
 

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ICE

ICEICE (In Case of Emergency) lets you store all your pertinent medical and contact info on your iPhone and easily access it. The app also allows you to take a screen shot of an information summary and places it in your photo library. You can then e-mail it to a healthcare professional if necessary, or use the photo as the wallpaper on your iPhone. If, heaven forbid, someone found you unconsciousness and turned on your iPhone, they’d have your medical summary in front of them.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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WSJ

WSJMy boyfriend likes to read the Wall Street Journal and has a subscription. While we are on the road, he can read the paper using the WSJ app. It lets you read full articles, get market reports, and even e-mail articles to friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Kindle for iPhone; Shortcovers

 /files/2009Fall/Thumbs/SafariAutocompletion.jpgShortcoversI am an avid reader and love to open a good book when I’ve got a few minutes to spare. But with limited storage, it was hard to carry around much of a library. That changed when I discovered Kindle and Shortcovers; two iPhone apps that let me download eBooks directly to my iPhone and read them whenever I want. Some free books are available for both apps, but most will cost you $5-$10. I currently have eight eBooks on my iPhone and they are not taking up space in my saddlebag!

Bank of America – Mobile Banking

Bank of America Mobile BankingPaying bills can be a bother, especially when you are away from home for an extended period of time. We use Bank of America which has a mobile banking app for the iPhone that’s easy to use, and simplifies online banking. We no longer have to find a computer at a library somewhere along the way—just a few taps on my iPhone and the bills are paid. Your bank may also have a mobile app or Web site you can use for paying bills. It’s well worth investigating.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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