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Lions, Tigers, and Bears on the iPhone, Oh My!

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To tell you the truth, I was not very enthusiastic when one of our bloggers and contributing writers, Todd Bernhard, told me about his 100sounds program. However, I did enjoy it more than I thought playing the various sounds ranging from an air raid to a bugle to clapping to doorbell, etc. Then when Todd told me about 100animals and 100birds,

 



3G S Map Orientation from Compass

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The iPhone 3G S documentation indicates that "The icon at the bottom of the Compass screen lets you find your current location in Maps. Maps also takes advantage of the built-in compass to show which way you’re facing."

Initially I couldn't make it work as unfortunately there is no more information presented on how to make that work!

Here's the secret.



Flower Picker for any occasion

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Need flowers for a special occasion? Just want a new arrangement on your desk? Try Flower Picker!



Making a Good Impression with Presenter Pro

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We all need to make presentations -- to our bosses, to potential clients, to colleagues, to sweethearts (or hopefuls). Since we all have to tell our stories or make our cases, we might as well do the job well.

Presenter Pro from Reximedia (available now through the App Store for $4.99) promises to help us make a good impression in the eyes other people, whoever they might be. How does it do that? By reminding us of what a great presentation can be.



Accessory Apps

 

I recently stopped in the Apple store and was admiring all of the shiny new laptops, iPhones and iPods when I was approached by one of the ever present Apple staffers. My husband and I were shopping for an new iPhone case for him to use when he runs, and in the name of research, I asked the young man what the most popular accessory was for the iPhone.

I was surprised when he answered “Apps. “ When pushed, he acknowledged that cases and car chargers are also popular, but then he reiterated that Apps were the most popular accessory.



Shake It Out: Choose a random entry from any lists you create

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Shake it out is an app that chooses a random line item from lists you create. I use EVERY day for one reason or another. It's a staple that I'm so glad I found & is quick & simple to use.



Another Instrument from Smule

One of the featured apps in Apple’s iPhone 3.0 release announcement this past March was Smule’s Leaf Trombone, their second music app (see my review of Ocarina in the Spring 2009 issue of iPhone Life) that leverages both the iPhone’s touch screen and “peer to peer” capabilities of the iPhone. It’s very cool. . .



iPhone's Calendar App

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After trying most of the calendar & PIM apps out there, I ALWAYS come back to the Calendar app that CAME with the iPhone. It's the best & most reliable.



iPhone as a bike touring essential

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I've been meaning to write for a while now about Scott Mullin's blog, PowerCycle, as he bicycles solo from Florida to Alaska, and specifically about how much gear his iPhone has replaced.  Last night my wife and I hosted four bike tourists on their way to DC, also with an iPhone, so I'll take that as a sign that it's time to write!



Free app AroundMe locates the nearest whatever

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With over 5 million downloads, AroundMe must be one of the more popular apps. It's free, and it directs you to the nearest banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, parking, pharmacies, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, taxis, and theaters. Plus it gives you three-day weather and other features. It's amazingly easy to use.



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