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CES: Award Winning myDitto Home Server at CES!

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Forget cloud-computing, configure your own. If you need secure access to your files (from anywhere in the world), you might want to check out the myDitto solution From Dane-Elec. There's an iPhone app for it as well, and I'll get to the details of that in a minute, but essentially it's a storage unit (above left) that provides secure access to your files, and all you need is an iPhone (with the myDitto app), or a USB key (from a computer).



Forget the Melatonin - Try this app!

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Melatonin is an alarm clock app for the iPhone, but unlike other alarm clocks, this one is peaceful and almost hypnotic!

An adorable yellow bird sits on a rock in a sunlight yard. When you’re ready to go to sleep, you tap the bird, and night begins to fall. The little bird says “Goodnight” and proceeds to twitter gently as the sun slowly goes down and the stars begin to twinkle. You can set how long you want sunset to last or skip this altogether.



Dragon Search — free voice recognition search app

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The appearance of Dragon Dictation, which lets you speak into your phone to enter text, caused quite a stir, especially given that it's being made available initially for free. You can read Ken Burkhalter's blog post that gives a helpful review. However, note that Dragon Search is also available, and also free. It lets you do voice searches rather than having to tap in your search terms.



ShopSavvy — Not as good as RedLaser for finding lowest price, but it's free

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We've covered the $1.99 RedLaser app a couple times already in this blog. It's a barcode reader that lets you scan the barcode of a product you want to buy and then searches for stores that have a lower price. ShopSavvy is another such app, and it's free. It currently only works with iPhone 3.1 or higher. It was first available for the Android platform, and got a lot of attention. The iPhone version was released last month. Many of the reviews say it doesn't work as well as RedLaser, but some say that it works well if you follow the tips.



Using multiple tabs in the best iPhone Web browsers – easy-to-follow tutorial videos

In my Web Browsing bible (current version HERE; I’ll very soon publish a fully rewritten and updated one), I explain why it may be very useful to open Web pages in new windows (“tabs”) on a mobile device:


AT&T Mark the Spot -- free app lets you easily notify AT&T about poor service

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AT&T Mark the Spot is a free app that lets you help AT&T pinpoint problems with their network. If you have a dropped call, failed call, no coverage, data failure, or poor voice quality, the app uses your GPS location and makes it a snap for you to send AT&T an alert. (If you have a first-generation iPhone, it uses triangulation to pinpoint your location.) Of course, the question arises: if you have no service, how can the app send an alert? There's an option for marking your location and sending the info after the fact when you do have service.



SPB Wallet on sale for 10 days!

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 "December 1st, 2009 - SPB Software announces a special holiday present for all connoisseurs of Apple products. For the 10 days, from December 1st till December 10th we are giving a significant discount for our SPB Wallet application created to safely store and manage such sensitive information as passport and account numbers, access and PIN codes, logins and passwords. Mac, iPhone and Windows versions will be available for as low as $4.95 each."



Just call me Spielberg!

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  No, I haven't produced an oscar-winning movie, but with ReelDirector, I'm on my way!



Complete tutorial with video: extend the functionality of your iPhone Web browser!

I’ve elaborated on the highly useful scriptlets in several of my articles. These are special bookmarks invoked when you want to do some specific action on a Web page already loaded; for example, scrolling to the bottom or finding a specific word. They vastly enhance the functionality of all scriptlet-capable Web browsers; as of the time of writing, any Safari version, iCab Mobile 2.0, Journey Web Browser 1.3, iNetDual 1.2.0, Perfect Browser 2.7 and Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.1 – and all this without (!) jailbreaking your phone.

The dedicated articles I’ve written so far are as follows. You may want to take a look at them so that you know what this is all about.



TUTORIAL: Download any files from inside Safari & other tips

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In this article, I explain the recently-released "Safari Download Manager", which (particularly with the external iFiles application) adds a convenient way of adding a download manager to Safari – on jailbroken phones. I also provide a very thorough comparison to iCab Mobile and VanillaSurf, the two (highly recommended) third-party Web browsers that also have a download manager – without having to jailbreak your phone. Finally, I also explain how you can save and, later (even without direct Internet connection!) read Web pages in the latter two Web browsers. (You, unfortunately, can’t do the same in the new plug-in.)


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