From The Editor

Whether you’re heading back to high school, off to college, or continuing your education in the school of life, you’ll enjoy the knowledge found in this issue of iPhone Life.

Thinking about buying a digital camera, camcorder, or standalone GPS receiver? Before you do, check out “iPhone 3GS: Killer of Killer Devices.” This lesson covers some of the more interesting things you can do with the 3GS, and why you don’t need to spend money on other “killer devices.” Following that is a short primer on how to take advantage of the new video capabilities of the 3GS to shoot, trim, and send videos to family and friends. You’ll also learn how to publish these on social networking sites.

As the old saying goes, “The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.” This is especially true with the App Store. With upwards of 70,000 titles available, it’s hard to know which apps are the good ones. We have plenty in this issue for those of you majoring in Apps. You’ll learn about the 10 apps you should be using (but probably aren’t), apps that turn your iPhone into a mobile office, and apps for Twitter and other social networking sites. You’ll find three games-related articles, information about free entertainment apps, and more. We also highlight free Web apps that help you find the information you need and discuss an app that makes Web browsing a breeze.

A wise man once said, “Wisdom is the daughter of experience.” Because we learn a lot about the potential of the iPhone from how others use it, we include a number of articles from average (and not-so-average) iPhone users. You’ll learn how to make motorcycle trips easier, vacations more enjoyable, and shopping more fun. You’ll discover how the iPhone helps a special needs child and her parents. And you’ll get some practical advice about apps that will help you survive minor and major disasters.

The final sections of the magazine contain more advanced, business-oriented topics, including iPhone deployment in the enterprise, utilities for IT administrators, IT solutions for healthcare, strategies for naming, pricing, and marketing apps, and more.

In closing, we’d like to welcome a new member of our “faculty.” Due to an internal reorganization, we had some copyediting problems with our spring ’09 issue. These were pointed out to us by a number of readers, including Gary Abel, a soon-to-be-retired intermediate school teacher from Connecticut. We were impressed with Gary’s skills and commitment to the language, and offered him the position of Copyeditor. Welcome aboard, Gary, and thanks! Your efforts have greatly improved the quality of iPhone Life.

Good morning, class!
Fall 2009
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