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How to Find Good Apps and Organize Them

There are now over 100,000 apps in the App Store; How do you find the ones that are really useful?

In this issue’s column, I want to point you to some apps and Web sites that will help find the ones tht are really useful. Plus, I’ll look at a great free service that helps you organize your apps by letting you add labels on your home screens.

App Genius

App GeniusApp GeniusThe App Store has a number of features that help you identify good apps, including prominent listings of new apps, hot apps, and staff favorites.


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iTunes 9 Tips and Tricks

How to use the new features of iTunes 9

Apple continues to improve its legendary iPhone and iPod touch interface with the release of iTunes 9. This newest version of iTunes tweaks some old favorites, like the Genius feature, and brings us some new favorites, like Home Sharing. This article will help you better understand some of the new features available to iTunes 9.0 users.


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Tips for iPhone 3GS and OS 3.0

hidden features that make the iPhone and iPod touch more powerful!

The iPhone and iPod touch are very easy to use and the basics are well covered in the user manuals that come with the devices. If you’ve misplaced your manual, you can download a PDF version from Apple’s support Web page (apple.com/support).

You’ll master the basics pretty quickly. Once you do, you’ll begin to discover that the iPhone and iPod touch have some powerful but less obvious features that can make the devices easier to use. This article contains tips that will let you access some of that hidden power.


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A stocking stuffer that's practical and fun to use!

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Are you like me and hit the wrong key way too many times when trying to email or text message on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Do you have long nails or wear gloves? If so, you'll want to check out the Pogo Stylus by Ten One Design.

The Pogo Stylus is an ultra-light aluminum stylus with a soft tip that allows electrical charges to transfer from your hand to the screen. Use it to select icons, answer calls, write email and text messages, play games, “draw” on the screen, or surf the web. It’s fun to slide around on the screen without worrying about scratches or finger smudges!



iPhoneSavior.com Reports on Alleged App Store Ratings Scam

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iPhoneSavior.com has an interesting story about how iPhone photography enthusiast Patrick Timney stumbled across an alleged ratings scam in the App store, and how he investigated and gathered evidence which he then submitted to Apple who decided to pull over 1000+ apps made by the accused company from its store.



The 12 Reviews Of Christmas: Peter Und Vlad by Dexoris (Day 5)

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There have been several games in the App Store that revolve around sheep, and some of them border on wacky.  So far, I’d say that Peter Und Vlad takes the cake, at least in terms of story.  Unfortunately, the game play is pretty standard line drawing fare, and a couple of design issues make the game not quite as fun as it could be.  Still, it’s always nice having another entry in the ever growing library of line drawing games that doesn’t somehow involve vehicles.



Merck Manual Home Edition

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 I like this app because it’s like having a first-aid instruction book with me all the time. I particularly like the Emergencies & Injuries section. If I need to know how to wrap a sprained ankle or perform the Heimlich maneuver, it’s right there in my iPhone, complete with instructions and illustrations.



Counting with cats and dogs

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Kids will have fun learning to count by ones, twos and threes using Count Caddy. The object is to drag the cat’s yarn, the bird’s feathers and dog’s bones on the screen as you count them. Very effective because it uses three senses: sight, sound and touch. Next time you’re waiting with your child, pull out Count Caddy and teach him or her to count!

For more info, check the Tickle Taps Web site.



The iPhone 3G, Blackberry Storm, and Angola Connection

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So where exactly is Angola, other than somewhere on the African Continent?  To answer this question I turned to my trusty 3G and quickly downloaded  Ganesh Thambiran's app Countries Of The World Lite (free) to find out a few facts about Angola, which I discovered has a population of some 17 million people, and is roughly twice the size of Texas.  



For a good Fling call CandyCane

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What can I say, CandyCane Inc’s Fling (.99) is an awesome app! Though I have almost no time to myself, I often find when I’m stuck trying to solve a problem at work, or with my dissertation, I’ll sort of mindlessly open up Fling and start playing – after awhile I get my mind back into problem solving mode and put it away – so far I’ve made it to level 7. 



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