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Remote

RemoteCategory: Entertainment apple.com

Apple’s Remote app turns your iPhone into a universal controller for iTunes on your computer. With this app, which works through your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can control your tunes from anywhere in the house. Use it to shuffle, skip, play, edit, and pause songs in your iTunes library. It also works nicely with the Apple TV digital media receiver. 


 

Have2P

Category: Utilities yellowpages.com

Have2PWhen you gotta go, you gotta go, right? And when you gotta go, you gotta know where the nearest restroom is. Have2P uses the iPhone’s GPS locator to find and display the locations of the nearest restrooms in your area. It also lets you know if it’s a public or customer-only restroom, if it offers changing tables, and how clean it is (thumbs up or down). Have2P displays the restroom locations on a pretty map with your current location clearly marked, making it easy to find a restroom.

Lose It

Lose ItCategory: Healthcare & Fitness fitnow.com

I turn to the Lose It app to help me monitor my diet and track my workouts. All you have to do is enter the foods you’re eating and your physical activity and Lose It will tell you if you are within your daily caloric budget. Yet another great reason to use an iPhone! 

 

ATM Hunter

Category: Finance mastercard.com

ATM HunterATM Hunter helps you find where your bank’s ATMs are hiding. Enter your location or what you want to do (make a deposit, withdraw cash, etc.) and this app will whip up a list of the nearest ATMs that can fulfill your banking needs. It’s especially useful where you’re in an unfamiliar part of the city.

 


 

Taxi Magic

Taxi MagicCategory: Travel; ridecharge.com

Never get caught trying to hail a cab in the rain again! Taxi Magic offers one-click taxi booking in over 25 major cities across the U.S. It will even give you live updates on where your cab is and its estimated time of arrival.

Barnes & Noble offers free reader, 700,000 eBooks (500,000 free)

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Barnes & Noble released a free eBook reader for the iPhone and iPod touch late last week and announced that they intend to offer over 700,000 books in their new eBook store, including 500,000 free ones in collaboration with Google Books. Like Amazon, their price for new offerings is $9.95. You can read more about their new eBook store in a report in the New York Times.



Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com app for iphone/ipod touchThis one is a dictionary app with spelling and definitions for more than 275,000 words and a thesaurus with 80,000 synonyms. No Internet connection is required for the dictionary and thesaurus content, all of which is installed on your iPhone or iPod touch. However, all that content occupies a big chunk of memory. After I installed it on my iPhone, my free memory was reduced by about 240 MB. The app includes audio pronunciations, similarly spelled words, and Word of the Day. Note that you do need to be connected to the Internet to use these last three features.

AccuWeather.com

AccuWeather AppReleased earlier this year, AccuWeather also has a solid range of features. It automatically determines your location and offers an array of weather forecasts and other information. Features include animated radar and satellite info, 5-day local forecasts, hour-by-hour forecasts, weather videos, health weather indices (air quality, a flu index, etc.), graphs that show the probability of severe weather over the next eight hours, and weather alarms.

AccuWeather gives you an array of weather forecasts and other info.

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel free appThis one is also on the top 20 list of free apps. The Weather Channel is rich with features, including location-based conditions and forecasts, in-motion radar maps, traffic cams (for selected areas), weather alerts, video forecasts, and the ability to customize the features and store your favorite locations.

The Weather Channel app gives you forecasts, weather alerts, in-motion radar maps, and more.

Pandora Radio

Pandora Internet RadioThis iPhone app makes it easy to access the hugely popular Pandora Internet radio site. Once installed, open the app and create a Pandora account. (If you’ve already created an account on your desktop computer, you can log into it via your iPhone.) Then, simply tell Pandora your favorite song, recording artist, or composer. Pandora scans its database for similar music, based on a wide variety of attributes identified by the Music Genome Project (pandora.com/corporate/mgp). It uses this information to create a personalized “station” based on your favorite song.

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