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Editor's Choice

Light up your life with accessories from MoonSkin and Dexim

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I was recently spelunking... yes that's a word, even though my wife thought I made it up.  We were exploring an underground cave called Howe Caverns, in Upstate New York.  The caverns are 200 feet underground and lit artificially, but there are still areas of darkness.  Thankfully, I had my iPhone enclosed in a glow-in-the-dark case from MoonSkins!  Any case can protect your iPhone, but the MoonSkins offer added value by glowing in the dark.  Now you might not be spelunking every day, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to find your phone on the nightstand, without having to turn on the lights?

 



VIPorbit bring business class contact management to the iPhone

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Remember "ACT!" the database program?  Back in the late 1980's and 1990's, DOS and Windows users (like me) relied on it for contact management long before Salesforce.com ever existed.  Well, you can thank Mike Muhney, one of the creators of ACT, for that powerful software.  Now, Muhney brings a similar set of features to the iPhone world, where such capabilities are even more valuable, in an app called VIPorbit.



Geminus Genius Case 2 Review

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I was a big fan of the original Geminus Genius Case when it was released for the first generation iPad. However, with the release of Apple's iPad 2, case requirements have changed. The addition of the iPad2 front facing and rear cameras combined with the iPad 2's thinner design need to be accounted for in a more modern case design. Fortunately, Geminus has not only re-engineered their Genius Case for the iPad 2's dimensions and features, the company has also added some really smart enhancements that keeps this case on the top of my iPad 2 accessory recommendations list.



Photo Double Fun solves a number of camera concerns!

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There are a lot of apps that let you take a picture using the iPhone's built-in camera... but I recently discovered Photo Double Fun which lets you use BOTH the front and rear cameras, simultaneously, to take photos as well as videos!  Why is this so cool?  Suppose you want to document that you were at a specific location, seeing something in person.    The Photo Double Fun app combines the two images into one, and if you use their free version, it adds a watermark and you can only store a couple of photos at a time, without upgrading.



Accessories for Special Needs

These accessories optimize the iPad for special needs users

Whether you're a parent (like myself), caregiver, educator, therapist, etc. you're probably aware that the iPad is revolutionizing the special needs community. This article looks at some of the accessories that can enhance the utility of the iPad.


The individual situation of a person with special needs will dictate the type of accessories they'll need. For example, a young boy with mild autism may only need a carrying case and shoulder strap, but an individual with severe cerebral palsy and limited hand-finger movement may require a switching device to interact with their iPad.

Protect the iPad

Regardless of an individual's needs, the first thing you need to do is protect the iPad.


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Amazing Camera Apps

Add barcode readers, augmented reality, fax, language translation, heart rate monitor, and more to your iPhone or 4th gen iPod touch

The range of creative and practical apps that use the camera in unusual ways is astonishing. Who would have thought that you could use it as a heart rate monitor or a business card reader? There's even an app for those who are colorblind, to show them the colors present in any object you photograph.

Apple made a brilliant decision when it let developers create apps that access the camera input and use it in non-traditional ways. In this month's column, I offer a roundup of some of these apps.


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Zombie Escape

zombieEscapeThis fast paced game lets you control an army trying to keep the zombies at bay while it guides clueless 
civilians to choppers so they can be flown to safety.

You start out with campaign mode, which takes you through 28 days of mashing the undead in several locations throughout the city. When you make it through the 28 days in one location, you can play that same location in survival mode.

Preparing Powerful Presentations


Improve your presentation skills with Presenter Pro

There are only two things people fear more than speaking in public—a tax audit and death. Even if you’ve had extensive experience making presentations, the days or hours before you speak can be nerve-wracking. About the only thing you can do is to prepare and practice. You need to make sure that you have a dynamite presentation and run through it until you feel comfortable with the material.


Preparation and practice


Putting together an exceptional presentation isn’t a natural activity—otherwise none of us would be afraid of the prospect.


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Kindle for iPhone; Shortcovers

 /files/2009Fall/Thumbs/SafariAutocompletion.jpgShortcoversI am an avid reader and love to open a good book when I’ve got a few minutes to spare. But with limited storage, it was hard to carry around much of a library. That changed when I discovered Kindle and Shortcovers; two iPhone apps that let me download eBooks directly to my iPhone and read them whenever I want. Some free books are available for both apps, but most will cost you $5-$10. I currently have eight eBooks on my iPhone and they are not taking up space in my saddlebag!

Slacker and Pandora Radio apps let you be the DJ

SlackerRadioEditor's ChoiceSlacker (slacker.com) is a free service that lets you specify the music which interests you and create a personal station that streams that type of music. Like Pandora Radio (summer ’09 issue, page 62), Slacker Radio makes it easy for you to create your station. You can begin by simply naming your favorite song or artist.

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