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iPod Touch

Using Voice Memos

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Voice MemosThis new app lets you create and save short voice recordings using the iPhone’s built-in microphone, the iPhone headset with mic, or third-party headsets certified to work with the iPhone. Simply open the Voice Memos app, tap on the round red record button, and start talking. When you’re finished hit the square black button in the lower right.

Here are some additional tips:

Swipe a note to delete it

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In previous versions of the OS, you had to open a note and tap on the trashcan icon to delete it. You can now swipe across an item in your Notes list (from left to right, or right to left) to display a Delete button.

How many third-party apps do you have installed?

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Find out how many 3rd party apps are on your iPhoneIt’s easy to lose track of how many third-party apps you’ve installed on your iPhone. With OS 3.0, you can find out quickly. Go to Settings >General >About and look at the list. It will tell you the network you are connected to and the number of songs, videos, and photos you have on your device. The fifth item in the list tells you how many third-party apps you have installed.

Searching for items from within Mail, Notes, and iPod

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The new Spotlight search feature can be accessed directly from other apps.

Find apps, e-mails, songs fast with Spotlight Search

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SpotlightSpotlight Search is one the best new features in OS 3.0. Given that you can now have up to 11 pages of apps, swiping constantly to find them can be a bit irritating. Spotlight Search is the fastest way to find an app, contact, e-mail, song, video, or other piece of data. Simply open the Spotlight Search window, begin entering your search query, and a list of possible results is displayed and refined as you type. When you see what you’re looking for, tap on it to open it.

Make selecting text easier for Cut, Copy, & Paste

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Copy & PasteCopy & PasteOS 3.0 adds Cut, Copy, & Paste capability to the iPhone and iPod touch. This system-wide feature works with any app that accepts text entry. Before you can cut or copy text, you first have to select it. To do this you have to do the following:

Shake & shuffle your music

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Even the music in your favorites list can get old after a few months. If you want to skip a song you’ve heard too many times, you can always tap on the Next button in iPod’s Now Playing screen. But with OS 3.0, it’s even easier. Simply shake your iPhone or iPod touch while you are listening to music and the iPod app will skip to the next song. This feature also works with videos and audiobooks.

Note that you must be in the iPod app for this feature to work. You can’t be listening to music in the background while you’re using another app.

Tips for iPhone 3GS and OS 3.0

We announced the new iPhone 3GS and OS 3.0 in the last issue of iPhone Life. In this issue, we take a more in-depth look as some of the added features.


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Review: Dragon Portals by 10tons Ltd

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Dragon Portals is a rare breed in a couple of ways.  It's a match 3 game, but it's not quite like any that I've played before.  That other thing that was a bit odd was that it was one of the few match 3 games that actually grew on me.  Normally with match 3 games I either like them or don't, but I actually came around on this one.  In the end it even became a mild addiction for me.  I'm not sure it's worth the full asking price given all the match 3 games already available on the App Store, but if you love match 3 and are looking for something different you won't find a better place to look than Dragon Portals.


Have a Blast Playing These Recent App Store Standouts!

These games, recently added to the App Store, are a blast to play.

The titles reviewed in this article are recent App Store standouts. They all have excellent production values, appropriately deep and complex gameplay, and high replay value. Best of all, they are a blast to play!

Depth, beauty, and great gameplay

Every title in this article is well worth its price. Each demonstrates that the quality of the game is in the details, and each of these titles provides depth, beauty, and great gameplay.


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