796 Still Hot for the iPhone! Heather Dale iPhone Life 1528-5456 2009-06-17 Summer 2009 1 3 68 People iPhone

Tinsel town may be all about Twitter these days, but the iPhone and celebrity users are still hot. Actress Katherine Heigl isn’t shy about using her iPhone for both business and pleasure, and manages to keep it fashionably protected by swapping between hip green and chic powder blue cases. Foxy Megan Fox is another early adopter who rarely hides her phone away in a purse and always has it adorned in a colorful case.

Ashton Kutcher may be the current pitch man for Nikon, but he’s often spotted at restaurants, events, and awards shows capturing the moment with his sleek black iPhone 3G.

There is one celebrity you won’t see with an iPhone. In an interview with Vogue, the ambitious philanthropist Melinda Gates (i.e., Mrs. Bill Gates) talked about two popular Apple products. She said: “There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household. But iPods and iPhones are two things we don’t get for our kids.”

Gates goes on to admit that the iPhone does have a tendency to grab her attention: “Every now and then I look at my friends and say, ‘Ooh, I wouldn’t mind having that iPhone.’”

I’m sure if Melinda took a walk on the wild Apple side, she wouldn’t have any regrets… That is, until her husband found out about her new sexy tech toy.

Handy iPhone gear

I came across this accessory and was instantly sold on it.

Griffin’s Clarifi Case

image$31; griffintechnology.com

The Clarifi case features a built-in close-up lens cover that improves the iPhone’s camera resolution. Not only does it make your pictures look clearer, it also enhances colors. Clarifi allows you to take print-worthy photos or images suitable for Facebook profiles! The case itself is durable and nice looking.

Five of my favorite free apps:

Taxi Magic

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By Heather Dale

imageCategory: Travel; ridecharge.com

Never get caught trying to hail a cab in the rain again! Taxi Magic offers one-click taxi booking in over 25 major cities across the U.S. It will even give you live updates on where your cab is and its estimated time of arrival.

ATM Hunter

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By Heather Dale

Category: Finance mastercard.com

imageATM Hunter helps you find where your bank’s ATMs are hiding. Enter your location or what you want to do (make a deposit, withdraw cash, etc.) and this app will whip up a list of the nearest ATMs that can fulfill your banking needs. It’s especially useful where you’re in an unfamiliar part of the city.

 


 

Lose It

By Heather Dale

imageCategory: Healthcare & Fitness fitnow.com

I turn to the Lose It app to help me monitor my diet and track my workouts. All you have to do is enter the foods you’re eating and your physical activity and Lose It will tell you if you are within your daily caloric budget. Yet another great reason to use an iPhone! 

 

Have2P

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By Heather Dale

Category: Utilities yellowpages.com

imageWhen you gotta go, you gotta go, right? And when you gotta go, you gotta know where the nearest restroom is. Have2P uses the iPhone’s GPS locator to find and display the locations of the nearest restrooms in your area. It also lets you know if it’s a public or customer-only restroom, if it offers changing tables, and how clean it is (thumbs up or down). Have2P displays the restroom locations on a pretty map with your current location clearly marked, making it easy to find a restroom.

Remote

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By Heather Dale

imageCategory: Entertainment apple.com

Apple’s Remote app turns your iPhone into a universal controller for iTunes on your computer. With this app, which works through your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can control your tunes from anywhere in the house. Use it to shuffle, skip, play, edit, and pause songs in your iTunes library. It also works nicely with the Apple TV digital media receiver.