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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…

App Review: Plants vs. Zombies

Category: Games Price: $2.99 TiP Rating: 5/5 stars Release Date: 2/15/2010 Version: 1.0 Seller: PopCap Games Inc. Rated: 9+ Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires OS 2.2.1 or later. App Store Description: Get ready to soil your plants in this brand-new version of the hit PopCap game! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to…

VID: App Review — Virtuoso Piano Free 2

Playing piano on the iPhone – cool tool or impossible feat? And what about playing chords on a small touchscreen? Find out how that works here, as Alex takes a fast look at the free version of Virtuoso Piano Free 2. . BONUS: Check out what Virtuoso Piano maestros can do with the app by clicking below….

Why didn’t the iPad land on Verizon? Will the iPhone?

It’s been a few weeks now since the iPad event, and now that we’ve all had some time to digest the announcements and turn the details over in our minds, let’s consider what has happened, the choices that have been made and whether this bodes well (or not) for the future of that other mobile device we know and love – the iPhone. A lot of experts thought…

Dear Santa, on the next iPhone I would like…

I know it’s a little early (Christmas has only just been), but I’m sure Santa Jobs is checking his post already. If he spots my wish list, he may well put his army of iElves to work redesigning the iPhone to suit me in time for June. I’ve been reading a lot recently from techy people who want changes to the OS more than anything, but I’m ever so slightly…

VID: TiPs & Tricks — Safari tips

Daniel dives into the iPhone’s Safari browser and shows off a few simple tips, including how to make homescreen bookmarks (that look like dedicated apps), saving online images to your built-in photo gallery and opening webpages in a new…

App Review: Sonic The Hedgehog

Category: Games Price: $5.99 TiP Rating: 3.5/5 stars Release Date: Updated 11/23/09 Version: 1.1 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested) Languages: English, French, German, & Italian Seller: Sega America Rated: 4+ Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later. Link to app (clicking launches iTunes) App Store…