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Editor's Choice

Yahoo’s App gives you news, voice searches, and more

YahooNewsEditor's ChoiceThe Yahoo app is found in the App Store’s News category, most likely because the first two screens in the app display the latest news. However, the app offers much more for the iPhone and iPod touch user.

ESPN ScoreCenter

EspnScoreCenterEditor's ChoiceA must-have for any sports fan, ESPN’s ScoreCenter brings you up-to-the-minute scores from over 500 sport leagues around the world. The soccer portion of the app is fairly comprehensive, allowing you to follow the major soccer leagues including MLS, the English Premier League, Championship League, La Liga, Bundesliga, and Series A. You can follow soccer around the world, or focus in on your favorite country or team.

SoccerCard SKS

SoccerCard SKSEditor's ChoiceSoccerCard SKS lets you create an unlimited number of personalized virtual soccer cards of you and/or your favorite players. The interface is pretty slick and very easy to use, and each card is formatted to look like an actual trading card. The “front” displays the player’s photo and basic info. You can use the iPhone’s camera to take a player’s photo, or you can upload a photo from your library.

Real Soccer 2009

RealSoccer 2009Editors ChoiceReal Soccer is the only game in this review, and I can’t believe it only costs 99 cents. Its graphics are top-notch, game play is incredible, and the details and customization are unreal. One person can play this game, but it also has multiplayer functionality. You can choose which team you want to be on (USA, Manchester United, and dozens of others).

GimmeSomeTune

GimmeSomeTuneEditor's ChoiceGimmeSomeTune runs in the background when iTunes is open. It automatically fetches missing cover art and lyrics and adds them to your library of music. You simply start playing a song, and the software does the fetching. You can also have the application display a song’s lyrics in a separate window. If the program can’t find the lyrics, it lets you quickly do a Google search for them.

Turning the iPhone into a Mobile Office

Mobile Office Suite and Documents To Go let you view, edit, and create documents wherever you are

I’m a naval architect and salvage engineer, and my job requires that I have the ability to view, edit, and create Word and Excel documents on the go. Recently, two highly trusted and experienced mobile software development companies recently launched Office-compatible applications for the iPhone. Both of these developers—Quickoffice and DataViz—have provided mobile Office software suites for years on a variety of mobile platforms. I have used their products in the past and was very excited when I heard they were working on iPhone versions. After purchasing and using both suites, I found that both products are better than I expected. However, each has slightly different ways of functioning, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.


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Facebook

FacebookEditor's ChoiceIn recent years MySpace’s dominance has been replaced by other social networking sites. The one finding the biggest place in people’s hearts and computers is Facebook. In fact, when I bought a 1st generation iPod touch, Facebook was one of the first apps I downloaded. It remains on my first screen to this day.

Quickoffice 
Mobile Office Suite

QuickOfficeQuickoffice lets you edit or create Microsoft Word and Excel documents on the iPhone. To edit a document, transfer it to your device via e-mail or a wireless network. You can then open it from within the app and add, delete, and format content. I was a little disappointed that the app does not support more document formats such as WordPerfect, Google docs, etc. However, it’s great to be able to work with Word and Excel. In one stroke, this app has turned the iPhone into a serious contender for the business market.

Pocket First Aid

PocketFirstAidEditors ChoiceThe app’s name says it all. Pocket First Aid provides you with instructions on how to provide first aid for almost any medical emergency. Whether you have to deal with choking, chest pains, or 
allergic reactions, this app provides you with instructions on what you’ll need to do if you or somebody near you experiences a medical emergency. This is an app you hope you never have to use—and one you don’t want to be caught without.

Pocket First Aid: important app you never want to use

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