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Apple denies exploding iPhones

Earlier I posted a link to a news report about some iPhones exploding in Europe. "Explode" was a bit of media exaggeration, since what happened was that the glass shattered. But no one got hurt, and there was only a small number of instances. Now the BBC is reporting that Apple investigated the issue and that in every case if found that some kind of force had been applied to the screen, though some people involved deny that.



Finding Health Care with iTriage

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iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and  where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.


How Great Is The iPhone UI? Here's What a Six Year Old Can Do With It

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I’ve been a huge fan of the iPhone user interface for a long time – and a big believer in how effective and impressive it is in providing a user experience that is so compelling that users end up getting tons more out of their device and out of the many applications for it than they do on any other mobile platform.

Recent months have hammered this point home to me more than ever – as I’ve watched my daughter get to know the iPhone, and rapidly become a very adept user of it.  At the age of 6.  In fact, she became so adept so quickly that when I upgraded to the iPhone 3GS in June, my wife took over my 3G, and my daughter (Zoe) took my original V1 iPhone, with the phone service turned off.

 Here are just a few of the things she does with it and is very comfortable doing:

  • Takes screencaps
  • Takes pictures and sends pictures via email to her parents and grandparents
  • Use a Gmail account to send and receive email from family - and manage switching to her own account when the mail app opens to her mom's
  • Browses the web, and uses Google's native app and via the browser to search for things and research things
  • Sends text messages to her cousin
  • Browses the App Store, researches apps, and presents her dad with ones that need to be acquired
  • Creates, chooses, and selects different wallpapers for the lock screen
  • Creates paintings with the amazing Brushes app, and other similar ones
  • Plays and enjoys many games - from Disney fairies to catapulting penguins and many others
  • Reads and enjoys ebooks, from classics to animated stories and new creations specially for the iPhone
  • Uses Nabbit and Shazam to identify songs on the radio
  • Moves apps around between home screens
  • Searches for things via Spotlight

Zoe rarely has many questions or needs much help in any of her iPhone activities.  Her iPhone has 5-6 screens worth of apps that she happily navigates through and gets great usage out of.

I’ve used PDAs, converged mobile devices, and smartphones for many years – but I cannot think of a single other device that could’ve offered anywhere near this level of experience to a six year old.  I’m continually amazed and pleased with how much fun Zoe gets out of the iPhone, and how effective a learning tool it is for her as well.  I really can’t imagine another mobile device that could offer so much to her.

How about all of you?  Do your kids use your iPhone?  Have their own, or an iPod Touch?  Are there other mobile devices that your kids are getting great mileage out of?



Turbo Subs Winners!

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 Essentially everyone who has so far commented is a winner in the Turbo Subs giveaway, and in fact I have an extra code, so if you still want a chance to win, I will extend it for 24 hours for the final code (simply comment on this post). The current winners (see below) can claim their codes by following the instructions after the break.

Winners:

tomhollet

yukonxidel

cogdrummer



Exploding iPhones?

I'm sure my lovely little iPhone wouldn't do this to me, but apparently some of them have, well, exploded. CNet reported a few days ago that the European Commission is looking into reports of exploding iPhones. The account in the New York Times says that one person so far has been slightly injured when his iPhone overheated and shattered, sending debris into his eye. So far it seems like the incidence is rare, so you likely don't have anything to worry about. But do be cautious if you're iPhone or iPod touch feels real hot.



Use FreeAppAlert to find Free iPhone Apps!

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  Very handy way to discover apps that have gone wild and most importantly FREE, check out the web-site freeappalert from either your iPhone/iPod touch or PC. The site also has the usual tracking services (RSS, Twitter, Facebook, etc) and subscription via e-mail alerts. You never know when you might find that rare free gem that you were prepared to pay 99 cents for...



Last Day to Win a Free Copy of Turbo Subs!!

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Tomorrow, Friday the 21st is the last day in our Turbo Subs giveaway, so don't wait to add your comments here (or to the previous-related posts) to win an iTunes code. Check out Eric's excellent review here, or read on for full contest rules/info. Winners will be announced this coming weekend.



Getting Things Done on the iPhone

         When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at MacWorld on January 9, 2007 he called it “an iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator” – three devices in one. The subsequent evolution of the iPhone into a computing platform with the launch of the app store a year and a half later meant the functions an iPhone could perform were limited only by developer’s imagination. There are many excellent apps that enable you to track the news, sports, the weather, or find restaurants, movies, your friends (and even public bathrooms), play games or listen to music. And there are many not so excellent apps; I am talking about you, iFart.



Touch Magic: A Little Touch Of Magic

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For me personally, Clickgamer hasn’t had the best track record with games on the iPhone. You can check out my review of Enigma to see what I consider a low point for them, but other titles such as IO, Tankz and Hacker Evolution didn’t really work for me, either. On the other hand, they’ve managed to have a few slam dunks, such as Dragon Panic, Gears Of Gravity and most recently Zombie Vs. Sheep. Thankfully, Touch Magic does a pretty good job of fitting into the later category. I think it’s missing one key feature, which I’ll get to in a bit, but what’s there is a nice take on puzzle games that I’ve not experienced before, and I quite enjoy it.



Win a Free Turbo Subs iTunes code…and my mini-review

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Eric wrote a complete and excellent review on his blog, so I decided to simply add my own succinct endorsement, and host a giveaway for this cool time management game. I have to say when I first saw the game start up, I was a little skeptical. I wouldn't want to run a real sub shop, but playing at it is admittedly pretty fun. Read on for blog contest rules and my added impressions of the game. 



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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