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Quick Review: AppBox Pro

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AppBox Pro is one of the apps that I mentioned previously I had purchased that I really like. I do not use it on a daily basis and I am still playing around with some of it, but as you will see below, there are a lot of handy utilities built in. This is like a mini toolbox of programs which reminds me of some of the add-ons that I had in my pocket pc days. The best part is that this app only costs $0.99.



Attend Webinars through the iPhone

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I attended a WebEx session early one morning a few weeks ago, and couldn't get my laptop booted up in time. A webinar at 7 am seemed too early even to the computer. No problem, though. I hopped on through my iPhone, with the WebEx Meeting Center app (free, at the App Store).

When you launch the app (a green and blue globe icon labelled "Meet") you can click the Join Now button if you've got an email invitation with a meeting number, or if you have a host account you can sign in and manage a meeting through your iPhone.

Then WebEx called my phone and when I answered, I was in. The presenter was a woman in Amsterdam, another participant was in Stockholm, and I was in Chicago. It was snowing in all three cities, we complained.

I was able to see the webcam feeds of the other participants (up to six webcams can be shown at once on the WebEx screen), but they weren't able to see me. Although the native phone function works while the WebEx app is running, I can't take a snapshot or video at the same time.

So I logged on through my laptop -- which had finally booted up. Here's a screenshot from my iPhone of the three of us on screen as I began a presentation.

It was fairly easy to scroll around to the content being displayed, and when the slides were designed with few words and good-sized images, I could see the presentation quite well on the iPhone.

Is this the next big thing in e-Learning? Will students just tune into the lectures with their iPhones? It's possible...



Stand Out in a Sea of 100,000 Apps

Excerpts from book co-authored by Joachim Bondo; Intro by Clay Andres

Got an idea for an iPhone app? Chances are that you'll already find a number of apps very similar to it in the App Store. Things have changed since the App Store was launched two years ago. Not only are there more and better apps, there are many more experienced and creative developers.


How do you make your app stand out from over 100,000 apps? Most iPhone users have no idea what beautiful code looks like, but any user can take pleasure in a useful and well-designed app. User interface design is the single most important factor that differentiates the most successful apps from those that struggle.


How do you put a professional polish on your app? Ask someone who has developed a successful app.


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Cindy Downes: My Standouts!

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

DragonDictationChoosing the Best Apps for 2009 is a difficult task for me. In nearly every category, I find several that stand out from the crowd. I finally decided to choose the ones that I use the most. Here they are:


Business

Dragon Dictation

Free; dragonmobileapps.com


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Enroll at iTunes U

Free audio and video content for students of all ages

iTunesUiPhoneIf you're in school or have a child in school, you know that educational costs are going through the roof. In this economic environment, you want to reduce those costs and get the most out of your educational experience. And even though we may not be in a formal educational program, man y of us are still interested in learning more about a variety of subjects.


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Three for the SOHO


Three apps you need to run your Small Office or Home Office from the palm of your hand

With over 2,000 business apps available, how do you find the essential ones—the few that will handle most of what you need to do and integrate them into your business life in a SOHO (Small Office or Home Office)? Here’s a rundown on the three apps I use most often.

Skype

Free (subscription and user fees for certain calls); skype.com/mobile


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Get your questions Answered Online!

Check out Yahoo Groups, Apple Discussions, EverythingiCafe, Planet iPhones, and MacRumors

No matter how long you’ve had your iPhone or how much you’ve used your iPod touch, you can still run into stumbling blocks and have questions the User Guide can’t answer. And even though the iPhone’s user interface is simple, getting started with the device can be a daunting experience for new users, especially if they are not particularly tech-savvy in the first place.


In this column, I’ll point you to some Web sites and discussions groups where you can get answers to your questions.


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Mother's Little Helper

Apps that make a busy mom’s life a lot easier

In the 1966 song by the Rolling Stones, busy mothers need “a little yellow pill” to get them through the day. In 2010, the iPhone is a far more life supporting way to make a busy mom’s life a lot easier.

And if the factory-installed apps alone don’t do the job, there are over 100,000 applications available to make just about any task easier. Whether it’s a trip to the neighborhood grocery store or a vacation in Paris, the iPhone can help make the life of an on-the-go mom a lot less harried.


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Apps that Help You Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your Neighborhood


Mobile apps to help whereever you are

iemergencyWhen I was young, all I needed to know was "never accept candy from strangers." Today, that seems to be the least of our worries. Fortunately, the tools we have available to protect ourselves and the ones we love are more powerful…and more mobile than ever before.



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Getting Things Done

Stay on top of your to-do list with these apps

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007, he referred to it as an iPod, a phone, and an Internet mobile communicator in one device, but the launch of the App Store expanded that three-in-one concept. Now you can use the iPhone to track the news, sports, and weather; quickly locate restaurants, movies, public bathrooms, even your friends; play games, listen to music, or watch videos. In addition, a number of apps enhance its capabilities as a productivity tool.


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