iPhone Life magazine

Vary your routine - with Routine Timer

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My wife likes to run early in the morning, but her running routine alternates ten minutes of running with a one-minute walk-break. If you're out there in the darkness of pre-dawn, how do you figure out when to go from one to the other?

With your iPhone, of course! 

Nancy wasn't happy with the simple timer included as one of the base apps, though it's served me well as a one-time alarm. So she searched the App Store and found Routine Timer (Practiphone LLC, $2.99 limited time price they say).

With this app, she starts with a walk of five minutes, just to get the blood going. When it's time to run, she's got a metal gong sounding.



Lose weight with your iPhone - I did!

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In the spring 2009 issue of iPhone Life, I wrote about how to "Lose Weight with the iPhone." The photo that illustrated the piece showed my 11-pound weight loss in two months. I was standing at 199 at the time - down from 210 at Christmas.

I also wrote that the Edibles app said that I'd have to get down to 170 before I could consider myself "healthy." Well, on August 3rd I tipped the same scale at 169.8 pounds! I followed my own advice and did what my iPhone told me I was allowed to do.



Virtual Fortune Update: Wiped Out!

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I wrote about winning (and losing) virtual fortunes in the summer issue of iPhoneLife magazine - available now at newsstands and bookstores. I'd won a measly quarter-million or so at the time. By the time the article was published, I was up to $1.5 million in poker winnings alone.

Now, thanks to iTunes, that million+ is gone, all gone. A few days ago I fired up iTunes and hooked up my iPhone to buy a new app and it told me there were apps it wasn't aware of. I said OK at the next dialog box and watched in horror as app after app was removed. They were gone before I could stop it.



iMoe iPhone with SkinIt!

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A friend who uses one of the most expensive apps I've seen (iBird: $30) sent me a photo of his new iPhone 3Gs. He had to protect his investment, of course, so he ordered a new skin from SkinIt.

On this site you select your device (in addition to phones, they offer skins for laptops and more) and then pick the image you want. There are many pre-designed images for $14.95, but my friend Mike created his custom skin by uploading a photo.

With the SkinIt customizer you can resize and reposition your image, front and back. The company claims it offers the strongest skin on the market.



Making a Good Impression with Presenter Pro

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We all need to make presentations -- to our bosses, to potential clients, to colleagues, to sweethearts (or hopefuls). Since we all have to tell our stories or make our cases, we might as well do the job well.

Presenter Pro from Reximedia (available now through the App Store for $4.99) promises to help us make a good impression in the eyes other people, whoever they might be. How does it do that? By reminding us of what a great presentation can be.



Interleague action, iPhone-style

How to keep track of both Chicago teams - while at Wrigley Field? Not on the hand-operated scoreboard. The MLB app iPhone Life publisher Hal Goldstein blogged about earlier in the season might let me know how the White Sox are doing 90 miles north playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It depends on the connectivity at Wrigley. More later.

UPDATE: The White Sox tie up their game on a home run by the pitcher, I see on MLB Gameday. The Wrigley scoreboard shows nothing until after the inning is over. Meanwhile, the Cubs threaten to tie or take the less themselves.


Blogging on an iPhone

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Are any of you blogging with your iPhone? Just before he left on his honeymoon, iPhoneLife.com Webmaster Ben Stallings got me set up with BlogWriter - which I'm using for this post.

Besides the convenience of blogging on the train in, using the iPhone's keypad will keep my blog entries shorter. For that alone we will all be grateful.


iPhone needed on 19th hole

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Sitting in the grill room after a nice round of golf (won my match 5 & 3) I heard some guys giving the young lady tending bar a hard time. She didn't know how to make a Long Island Iced Tea, it seems. “If I had an iPhone I could find out,” she said.

I did, but it was in the car and I wasn't going to leave my cold beer to solve this trivial question. As soon as I had it in my hand, though, I was Safaring around for the answer: a Long Island Iced Tea is made of whatever you have behind the bar, apparently - heavy on the vodka, tequila and rum. Not my idea of the perfect post-round refreshment.

If she'd had an iPhone, though, she could have called their bluff, and watched as they drowned their sorrows - charging them big bucks all the while.



New Yorker cover painted with iPhone

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The New Yorker is known for cartoons and great covers -- some of which are saved for years. The cover for the next issue was created like none other before: it was painted on an iPhone. Artist Jorge Colombo drew the street scene, with an iconic hot dog vendor as his focal point, while standing at a street corner, swiping his iPhone's screen.



iPhone App Developers Profiled

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In the Chicago Tribune giveaway daily, Redeye, Chicago-based iPhone App developers speak about their successes. Lars Bergstrom, for instance, is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, but came away with $100,000 or so for coming up with the WiFi Finder app.



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