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Best Apps: Reference

ReferenceReference apps can be highly specific—like a ship captain's medical guide, or broad—like the Encyclopedia Britannica. In this section you'll find political reference manuals, medical and legal materials, compilation of great quotations, joke databases, and much more. Whether you're a professional, a student, or just a curious person, there's an app for just about any reference material you can think of.


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Civil War Students and History Buffs - Check this out!

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Civil War America’s Epic Struggle is for students, casual historians and serious history buffs. It presents an overview, the causes, major battles (alphabetically and chronologically) and timelines, as well as information about railroads, medical care, economics, and other topics related to the Civil War.



Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010 Review

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Looking for a great back to school primer for the kids, or a would-be college grad? Give them the gift of knowledge on iPhone, or iPod touch with Paragon's Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2010. The "concise" part is something they might appreciate, that is until they have to dredge through real books for their term papers. Nothing makes you seem smarter though than really well-remembered cliff notes (except maybe actually knowing the full topic). Read on for my short review of this mini-tome of encyclopedic information.



iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

 

iBooks 1.1 out with PDF support – mini-review & full (!) comparison & feature chart

You may already have noticed that iBooks 1.1 has been released some 4-5 hours ago for iOS4-based iPhones and iPod touches (and, of course, the iPad).

 

Well, to make a long story short, I’ve expected more. FAR more. Unfortunately, the PDF support in iBooks 1.1 doesn’t really live up to my expectations – some of the third-party PDF readers (e.g., GoodReader, iAnnotator etc.) are way more powerful.

 

There are only three areas where I can only recommend iBooks 1.1:

 

  • Night-time reading: third-party apps that do support “decreasing” the backlight just make whites darker (that is, decrease the contrast of the page).


Paragon Releases Merriam-Webster Dictionaries with iPad support

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One of my first reviews here at iPhoneLife... For years, the Paragon folks have been making mobile reference material for a variety of OS flavors. Now they have added iPad support to several of their dictionaries. I know it's exciting news--you never know when you might need one... Read on for the full press release...

America’s Most Trusted Merriam-Webster’s Dictionaries Now Offer New Learning Experience to First-Generation iPad Users



School's Out for Summer!

Students jump with joy and parents slump with trepidation, but the iPhone can help parents endure the summer break.

Long hot days, graduations, BBQ’s, vacations, bug bites, bored kids, and amusement park crowds…all a part of our love-hate relationship with the summer season. For Moms (and Dads or any caregiver), summer means that the kids are "free" from the day-to-day structure of schooling, sports, after-school lessons, etc. While a great time to be a child, it is also a potentially stressful time for parents. It starts off with graduation, then vacations, camps, and inevitably ends with back-to-school shopping. Here are a few apps to make getting through the summer heat a breeze.



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Britannica - It is concise

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The definition of concise is: expressing or covering much in few words; brief in form but comprehensive in scope. 



Tonos Español free in honor of Cinco de Mayo — create Spanish language ringtones

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Fellow blogger Todd Berhard has created a number of apps that let you make customized, text-to-speech ringtones for specific callers. And today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, he has made TONOS Español totally free. It lets you create Spanish language ringtones using with male and female voices. You can also combine 200 sound effects to 'get your attention' before your custom message is spoken.



iPad and Fine Arts

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I've been enjoying the Art Authority for iPad ($9.99) from Open Door Networks for some time now, initially just exploring the the various artists, periods and styles and then exploring it as a coffee table book of sorts.  Though at a recent dinner party where there was some lively discussion about the iPad versus Kindle with a side by side comparison (no comparison) most everyone agreed that the iPad with Art Authority isn't a coffee table book, it has a different purpose. 



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