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Bored of plastic back? Try Titanium

Have you ever thought to yourself:  “I wish my iPhone’s back was hewn out of a solid piece of Titanium?” Well, it turns out you’re not alone, a guy named Martin Shrotz thought the same and milled a new one out of the light and sturdy metal. The result is pretty awesome, it looks stunning, but apparently does affect the 3GS’ reception somewhat…

App Review: Baby Activity Logger

Category: Medical Price: $4.99 TiP Rating: 4.5/5 stars Release Date: 2/18/2010 Version: 1.3.4 Seller: Marc Bonassera Rated: 4+ Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires OS 3.0 or later. App Store Description: Picked as an Apple Staff Favorite, and awarded Best App for New Parents by Good Housekeeping, Baby Activity Logger…

Rumor: Front-facing camera/vid chat for iPhone, iPad?

It was something I didn’t even know I wanted at first. Being able to see contacts and loved ones while talking with them, as though they were right beside us, used to seem so “space agey,” but in truth, it’s way more common abroad than here in the U.S. I’m talking video calling, people. Finally, those of us who have been waiting for this…

iPhone app testing on animals

So the title may be a little misleading, I found this vid on YouTube from a while back. There’s an app called Cat Piano which mimics the sound of your favorite feline , and what better way to test it’s accuracy then to play it to cats? Cat piano is available for $0.99 in the app store, or there’s a junior version for…

Apple yanks skin apps, but creates new “Explicit” category

I know several iPhone-toting moms who are pretty thrilled about Apple’s decision to yank 5,000 apps from the store for “overtly sexual content.” While I won’t pretend that I’m comfortable with the idea of censorship, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t recognize that these entries may have concerned some parents. And if it helps make it easier to…

An iPhone app for those who get choked up — literally

I heard the story awhile back about a guy who, when shot by a gun, literally dodged a bullet, thanks to the deflection of a smartphone in his shirt pocket. I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve since seen this plot device used in countless movies. Maybe a little less melodramatic, but no less lifesaving, is an iPhone app called “I am choking.”…

Best Buy Premier Silver customer? Get your refreshed iPhone for cheap!

This just in from PhoneDog.com: Best Buy Premier Silver rewards customers are getting quite the iPhone perk this week, via a crazy cheap discount special on “refreshed” (read: “refurbished”) devices. BB’s promotion, which started February 21 and lasts until February 27, is applicable to eligible shoppers who get a new line or are eligible upgrade…

My view on Apple’s booby ban…

I spend a lot of time looking at news relating to Apple or the iPhone, and if like me, you have been reading the last couple of days, all you can seem to find is Apple’s ban on “overtly sexual” apps, and more inevitable rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone “4G.” So let’s tackle the latter first. The iPhone 4G will have: -A touchcreen -A built in…

iPhone gives boy with disability a voice

An amazing iPhone app strikes again. This time, instead of organizing shopping lists or providing a fun time killer, this one has enabled one little boy to live a fuller life by giving him a voice. Eight-year-old Andrew has Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a developmental disorder that impacts communication and social interaction. What helps him meet the…

App Review: Meebo

Category: Social Networking Price: FREE TiP Rating: 3/5 stars Release Date: 2/17/2010 Version: 1.1 Seller: Meebo Rated: 4+ Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires OS 3.0 or later. (UPDATE: Also compatible with iPad) Link to app (clicking launches iTunes) App Store Description: Meebo is integrated, all-in-one instant messaging…

The Sausage Stylus?

When I saw this posted on PhoneDog, I thought someone must be creating a huge practical joke on the blogosophere. Oh, but not so! Pop Sci also picked up the “meat stylus” story. You read that right – On blustery, cold days, iPhone users in South Korea have figured out how to use their touchscreens despite their gloved fingers: They’ve taken to using…