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Outbreaks Near Me - free app to help track H1N1 ("swine flu")

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Outbreaks Near Me

With HealthMap's Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap's latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood, including news about H1N1 influenza ("swine flu"). Search and browse outbreak reports on the interactive map, and set up the app to alert you with a notice automatically whenever an outbreak is occurring in your area. If you spy an outbreak, be the first to report it using the app's unique outbreak reporting feature. You will get credit as a disease detective and your find will be featured on the website.



iConcertCal Review

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Seems everyone is talking about this new concert venue application, here on the blog anyway. iConcertCal is probably the easiest way I have ever found to find out about music appearances in your area. You can let it filter based on your loaded music, or you can simply go search through the available list of events. The location based services provide excellent coverage of large and small acts in your area. 



Animoto: It's a love thing

I fell in love with the girl before I found out that she could cook, dance, and play tennis, plus loves movies and my friend J.R.R. Tolkien. Well, okay, a lot of that is a fantasy, but something LIKE that happened with Animoto and it’s new iPhone app, because I followed up a tech alert on USA Today that mentioned Animoto, and wow, it was a dream come true, even before they launched the app.

But first you would have to have my dream, which was for an easy way to take a bunch of my poems, or any poet’s poems, and add multi-image effects (and maybe music) to them to create a sort of MTV version of poetry.



OutColor is out of this world

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There are a large and growing number of apps for the iPhone targeted towards art and photography, OutColor is one of them. OutColor ($1.99) by Vizros Software is an app which allows you to do some fairly sophisticated masking of images you have on your iPhone. For the casual iPhone user masking allows you to overlay different images, colors, etc on-top of a base image, as you erase layers on top of the base image you allow what’s beneath to come through, the effects can be amazing.   Users of software like Photoshop, or Sumo Paint, etc are probably quite familiar with masking, but if you’re new to digital art th


Connect the iPhone to MS OneNote using MobileNoter

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I’ve been waiting for this!!  Yes, as a hard core Microsoft OneNote user (remember, I’m all about tablets) I have been wishing there was a way to view my OneNote files on the iphone.  Although still in Alpha, and believe me, as a tester it’s in Alpha, we finally have it.  But wait! there’s more.. The aim is to allow the user to edit text too.  This is fantastic.  If you remember my post about wishing I could sync google docs with the iphone so that I could edit text on the go, the only solution I could find was Evernote.



How well do you listen?

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Do you have a good ear for music? Do you enjoy playing Simple Simon or other memory games?

ListenListen is Simple Simon without the visuals – it depends totally on your ear. Tap the icon and listen to the sound. Then, match the sound to the icon with an identical sound within the allotted time frame. As you match the sounds, the icon dims. It’s really fun!

The game includes five sound choices: Cartoon sounds, musical instruments (drums really), piano notes (my favorite), horn notes, and bass notes.



Be a Virtual Vandal with iVandal

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Most people are not going to have the experience of actually defacing public property (not that I am encouraging doing so). Seems the iPhone is always providing new and unusual ways of expanding our life experiences, and it’s certainly better to throw virtual rocks than real ones. iVandal is a tagger starter kit for defacing your iPhone photo collection, but I wish I could use it to highlight screenshots instead.



Never Miss Your Favorite Band Again!

For those of you who love live music, the iConcertCal app is for you.  I can't count how many times my husband and I have been out on Saturday night and he'd say "Let's go find somewhere that's playing music." and then we look at each other blankly.  This little app is well-worth the $2.99 price tag so that we never have to struggle with that question again.



Review: Cylinder - A Nice Spin On Match 3 Games

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Do you love match 3 games?  Are you tired of the same old flat interface and bored with the worn mechanic of swaping two items to make a match?  Cylinder is the game for you, then.  It takes the concept of match 3 games to the third dimension and makes it as addictive as Bejeweled - the game that really started the genre - was.  This is one match 3 game you really should take for a spin.



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