iPhone apps

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    Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone app will disappoint most users

    Posted July 9, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    The many quirks and missing features in Microsoft's Office Mobile for iPhone make it a difficult app to recommend.
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    Hands-on with Office Mobile for iPhone

    Posted June 17, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    By now, you've no doubt heard that Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone is now available for iPhone. (Yup, you read that right: It's iPhone-only.) The question is: Should you care?
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    Stay.com app offers travel wisdom from experts, friends

    Posted July 12, 2012 - 11:55 am

    (Image Caption: Stay.com offers guides to 120 cities, but its list view emphasizes your particular destinations.) If it’s summertime, it’s vacation time. And these days, iOS users have little excuse for getting lost, or not knowing what their options are when they hit town. Among the tools for having that information at one’s fingertips is Stay.com which on Wednesday officially launched the latest version of its iPhone app.
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    Review: iBooks 2 for iOS

    Posted January 28, 2012 - 8:50 am

    If iBooks were two apps, I'd give the one for reading regular books a higher rating, and the optimized experience a still favorable-though-slightly qualified recommendation.
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    Video Time Machine for iPhone and iPad

    Posted September 3, 2011 - 7:12 am

    Video Time Machine offers about as much fun as any app I've ever encountered. The universal app from Original Victories has some small flaws, but you might not notice them until you've watched a couple of hours of old videos.
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    Find a lost iPhone: Putting tracking apps to the test

    Posted June 25, 2011 - 7:55 am

    We can't stupid-proof ourselves to prevent losing the car keys or the TV clicker, but when it comes to our iPhone, a glimmer of hope exists.
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    Five low- or no-cost iPhone image editors

    Posted May 5, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    Because it takes such amazing pictures, the iPhone 4 has become the pocket camera of choice for many users--myself included. The phone's built-in camera is easy to use and always handy. What's more, the App Store is loaded with a number of great third-party apps to help you make the most of your photos. And many of these filters will cost you very little--or nothing at all.
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    Apps with maps: 11 iPhone GPS apps compared

    Posted January 14, 2011 - 11:25 am

    The world of iOS-based GPS navigation apps has matured since we last reviewed this category, and the situation has improved. These apps are designed to mimic standalone navigation hardware, those dash-mounted or in-dash devices that guide you to a destination, navigating with the aid of visual cues and maps and often complemented with spoken directions and street names. Both standalone devices and iOS apps can integrate live traffic information for alerts and active rerouting, too.
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    The right office apps for the iPhone at work

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    If your company allows employees to use an iPhone, here are the productivity apps that you should install on the mobile devices
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    iPhone Halloween apps: Games and sound effects

    Posted October 27, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    Halloween’s coming. And just as you wouldn’t leave the house without a costume, a sack for carrying candy, and a good flashlight to help you steer clear of danger, the iPhone is rapidly becoming a must-have item for the holiday. After all, developers have filled the App Store with a number of Halloween-themed offerings, all aimed at helping you trick and treat your way through October 31.
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    Hurricane tracking apps for iPhone and iPad

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 9:35 pm

    If you've been paying a lot of attention to Danielle, Earl, and Fiona lately-- no, you won't find pics of them on TMZ.com--then a hurricane-tracking app, built specifically for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, may help feed your curiosity about storms. A variety of inexpensive apps are available for both devices. Of the handful reviewed here, one is a universal app, and two have separate--but nearly identical--versions for the iPhone and the iPad.
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    March Madness on Demand for iPhone

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    For fans of college basketball, there's no better time of year than the NCAA men's basketball tournament. It's wall-to-wall hoops action, particularly during the tournament's opening round when 32 games are crammed into two days. All those bracket-busting Cinderellas, buzzer beaters, and memorable moments--it's really a wonderful thing for sports fans.
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    iPhone Winter Olympics guides

    Posted February 14, 2010 - 11:27 pm

    Should you find yourself in Vancouver at any point during the next 16 days, an iPhone or iPod touch would be an ideal device to have in your pocket. After all, if you're attending something as massive as the Winter Olympics, you'll need the tools to navigate a strange city, find places to eat, and track down sights worth seeing. More important, you'll also want to get to your ticketed events and maybe even know the results of other events happening throughout the area.
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    Valentine's Day apps for iPhone

    Posted February 9, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches. If you prepare carefully, love can also be on your iPhone. I looked at a trio of Valentine's Day-themed apps. My advice? Stick with roses and chocolates.
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    Halloween games for the iPhone

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    There's more to Halloween than just picking out a costume and making spooky noises--there's also the not-insignificant matter of fun and games. Continuing our look at some of the Halloween-themed iPhone apps filling up the App Store's virtual shelves, we turn our attention to a handful of games with a decidedly sinister spin.
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    iPhone and iPod touch remote controls

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Getting up from your couch to "change the channel" on your Mac-based media center is so 1970s. If you're going to the trouble to mutate a Mac into something that delivers music and video via your AV gear--or even enjoy a movie on a 27-inch iMac across the room--you'll also want to replicate the experience of watching real TV as much as possible. That means having a remote control that lets you manage the works without a lot of fuss and bother.
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    Socially conscious shopping apps

    Posted October 18, 2009 - 9:59 pm

    The primary challenge of being a socially-conscious consumer is finding products that fulfill your needs without sullying your conscience. A secondary challenge is remembering which products are on the "good" list and which ones are banned. A fresh crop of iPhone applications hopes to remove the cognitive challenges via reference guides that let you make ethical--and often green--choices in what you buy.
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    Must-have apps for iPhone photographers

    Posted October 17, 2009 - 9:40 pm

    You just need the right apps to bring out the best in your photos.
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    iPhone Halloween apps

    Posted October 16, 2009 - 5:03 pm

    Perhaps one of the scarier things you can imagine as October 31 nears is an iPhone (or iPod touch) devoid of spooky, Halloween-themed apps. Fortunately, we've braved the fearsome corners of the App Store to identify which apps will help you celebrate All Hallow's Eve, and which are just scarily lame.
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    CNN's New iPhone App Puts Rivals to Shame

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    On Tuesday morning, CNN introduced an iPhone app that puts to shame similar products. Featuring live newscasts, video-on-demand, and a familiar iPhone interface, the CNN iPhone app also takes a step ahead of other news apps by charging $2 for the download.
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    First look: Madden NFL 10 for the iPhone

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 4:18 pm

    Madden NFL 10 iPhone features real teams, real players, and every NFL stadium. If you want to see Drew Brees battle the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, this is your game. If you want to draw your own plays, master the nickel defense, and make a strategic quarterback change, you only need to make a few taps and you're ready to go.
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    Six iPhone apps you can live without (but won't want to)

    Posted May 19, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    Last week I wrote about some funny BlackBerry applications, which aren't exactly useful, but aren't a complete a waste of time either. I thought fair is fair, and iPhone deserves the same treatment.

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    Twitterrific 2 for iPhone

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Twitterrific 2.0 for iPhone has been approved by Apple and will likely be released on the App Store Friday. It will be a free upgrade for all existing users. I've been testing this version for a few weeks; here's a hands-on first look.
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    Yahoo Messenger for iPhone

    Posted May 5, 2009 - 9:31 pm

    Yahoo Messenger is one of the more popular chat clients, boasting millions upon millions of users. Connecting and communicating with those multitudes gets a wee bit easier with the free Yahoo Messenger mobile app for the iPhone and iPod touch. A pleasant interface and the promise of future enhancements by Yahoo makes this an ideal mobile app for Yahoo Messenger users.
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    iPhone trivia apps

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:19 am

    One of the great things about rounding up a group of like-applications is that after a while it often becomes obvious which is the best among those apps -- it's the one you keep returning to, to "test" some more
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