Category Archives: iPhone

iPhone Tips and Tricks

by William Bonin 

Are you smarter than your Smartphone? These tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your iPhone.

 Camera Tips:

Is your subject too close or too far away? No more walking closer or backing up to try and capture the magic moment. When shooting video or photos, a tap on the screen will bring up a slider that you can use to zoom in or out and bring your picture into focus.

Are your pictures looking a little shaky? The iPhone doesn’t have an anti-shake feature but if you hold the shutter button down and get yourself steady, when you release the button you should have a pretty good shot.

If there’s something on your screen you want to save, do you need another camera? Not at all — just have your iPhone take a screenshot. Press and hold the Home button and then press the Sleep/Wake button. After your screen flashes, your screenshot will appear in your Camera Roll.

Now that you have all these great pictures and screenshots and want to share them with someone else, simply send multiple photos at the same time. Open a photo album on your iPhone and tap the icon on the upper right hand portion of your screen. Select the photos you’d like to send and tap Share. Read the rest of this entry

I Can’t Believe It’s Free: The Week

I don’t watch the 24-hour news channels very much, but I did tune in during the Osama Bin Laden story. I was struck by how hard it was to get the actual story on these channels. Instead, there were lots of wordy pundits, eager to put their own loud spin on events even as they were unfolding.

As I watched, I got the sense that many of these channels are catering to people who 1) have infinite amounts of time, 2) want their news outlet to confirm what they already think, and 3) enjoy picking political spats with family members at Thanksgiving. For the other 90 percent of us, there’s The Week. And it’s now available as an Android and iPhone app.

For several years I’ve subscribed The Week in print. It comes every Saturday. Spend 20 minutes with it, and you get your current events “booster shot” that helps you shine at work and at cocktail parties. The editors at The Week comb through newspaper and magazine stories from around the world and succinctly summarize the week’s most important events. More importantly, they scrutinize what the editorials have said about those stories — in both “liberal” and “conservative” publications. A regular feature called “How They See Us” even examines what publications overseas are saying about U.S. news stories. The Week always cites its sources clearly, so you can go back to the original article if you want to learn more.

The Week has a lighter side too — collections of the best political cartoons, reviews of movies and T.V. shows, and a roundup of celebrity gossip.

The app has tabs like “The Latest News,” which today features topics ranging from immigration reform to Oprah’s last guest. Another tab called “Editor’s Choice” picks the most interesting stories from a longer period of time. Here, you’ll find stories ranging from Detroit’s 47% illiteracy rate to Bristol Palin’s (possible) plastic surgery. “Cartoons” collects the funniest and most pointed work from publications across the country. Other tabs allow you to browse stories in more specific categories and even bookmark stories to read later.

My only complaint with the app is that it sometimes takes 10 or 20 seconds to load on my Android phone. But the content is worth the wait.

I Can’t Believe It’s Free: My Fitness Pal

I hate diets, so logging what I eat and how much I exercise has been my go-to strategy when I need to drop a few pounds. For several years, I’ve really liked The Daily Plate at on my computer, which works great and is free. The drawback is the lack of portability.

Last week, I decided to give an app a try, but the Calorie Tracker by app is $2.99. I’m cheap, so I decided to give My Fitness Pal a try. And I’m so glad I did.

It’s simple to use, takes just minutes a day, and I think I may like it better than my old standby Daily Plate site because it runs much faster. You start by recording your current weight, your goal weight, your general activity level, and how many pounds you’d like to lose each week. The app sets a calorie intake goal for every day. You can enter items and check your progress on the app or on a companion web site. The two sync effortlessly.

The food diary is a breeze to use and, so far, contains everything I ever eat. The app even calculates whether you’re getting your daily dose of things like protein, potassium and iron. (Confession: I’m not.)

Tip: Several months ago, I had considered and dismissed My Fitness Pal because I thought it allows you to record strength exercises only as individual exercises. I couldn’t be bothered with that, and wanted to log something like circuit training, 30 minutes or yoga, 60 minutes and be done with it. Weirdly, these activities are in “cardiovascular exercises” a list that also includes things like gardening and housecleaning (helper if you’re a desk worker like me whose general activity level is “sedentary.”

App’s Neatest Feature: After you’ve finished logging for the day, the app says “If every day were like today, you’d weigh [number of pounds] in five weeks.” That little calculation every night from your pal inspires you to stay on track the next day too.

My Fitness Pal

FREE, My Fitness Pal LLC.

Runs on Android, iPhone, Blackberry

5 out of 5 stars

10 iPhone Games That Are Loads of Fun

By Doug Kale


Price: FREE; Backflip Studios

Rating: 5 out 5 stars

Warning! This game has too much fun packed inside! You’re a strong and proud ninja that can run up the side of buildings, jump from building to building, wield a sharp sword, access ancient mystical powers to leap like a squirrel, fly like a blue bird, spin like a ninja star and so much more. Just remember to stay away from the black and blue ninja throwing stars or the black ninja running down the sides of the building. I highly recommend this one.


Price: $1.99; No Monkeys

Rating 4 out 5 stars

Alphabetic is a simple game that’s highly addictive. Do you think you can spot the letters of the alphabet from A to Z very quickly? Read the rest of this entry

Mom’s Little Helpers: 2 Essential iPhone Apps

By Torrey Kim

As a busy parent, you may occasionally leave the diaper bag on the counter, or the kids’ backpacks in the car during school drop-off—but it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ve usually got your mobile phone on you. That’s why it’s great to know exactly which apps can help you stay productive and organized while juggling kids, jobs, errands, and everything else on your plate. Following are 2 iPhone apps that you’re sure to embrace. Dinner Spinner

Price: FREE; All Recipes, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been accused of being a “drive through dinner mom,” and I don’t deny that I have lived up to that moniker many times over…but the ease of the Dinner Spinner app has allowed me to find quick and easy recipes to make at home. You’ll click on what type of meal you’re making (dessert, main dish, etc.), the ingredients you have, and how much time you want to spend cooking, and the app will show you the matching recipes. I had some chicken and wanted to make a main dish in 20 minutes or less, and Dinner Spinner actually came up with 20 matching recipes…and I must say, the resulting Romano Chicken was delicious!


Price: FREE; CardStar, Inc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Do you ever feel like you’re carrying around a key ring big enough to break into Alcatraz, thanks to all of the reward cards hanging from it? You’ll discover a simple alternative with the CardStar app, which I actually heard about from the cashier at my grocery store, who raved about how cool it was. The app allows you to store your reward card numbers and have cashiers scan your bar codes directly from your iPhone screen. Plus, some of the retailers offer you money-saving deals directly through the application.

Find out more of Torrey’s picks for iPhone apps that busy parents will love. And there are picks for Android parents too! Coming to newsstands in April.

4 Tips & Tricks for iPhone

Do you find that some days the battery life doesn’t seem nearly as good as the day before? You may have left an application running in the background. To make sure an application is not running after you are done with it, press the Home button and then lock your iPhone. All active apps will stop running.

Ever find yourself wanting to use a ‘real’ computer but you don’t have an internet connection? With Internet Tethering, you can use your iPhone as your modem.  You will have to call AT&T or visit their website to enable Internet Tethering on your account so it’s best to set this up sooner rather than later. Be sure to check how many gigabytes of data are included in your broadband package—you might find yourself with an overage charge sooner than you would expect! Read the rest of this entry

Ace Gaming Apps With These 7 Strategies

Our expert tips will have you whacking aliens and rescuing princesses in record time

By John McMahon

Gaming apps have become incredibly popular for the iPhone. In fact, more games have been published for the iPhone than Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 combined! Some of the most popular genres are strategy, role-playing, and tower defense, all of which I have significant weak spots for myself. The problem is that strategy games usually require so much… well, strategizing. The genre is well-known for copious amounts of skills, upgrades, and abilities. Don’t let your games outsmart you; read the 7 tips below to save yourself sore thumbs and hair loss. Read the rest of this entry

Show Your Love with the New Love Shake App

LOVE SHAKE, is a fun way to show your love for someone. The concept is simple. You take an image or load an existing one, resize and position it inside the heart’s hole, select a sweet message, shake the phone and you’ll have an image you can save and/or share with your friends.

Here’s a link to check out this new iPhone app:

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Android Phone App Numbers

Report from Bill Dumas:

At the recent Mobile World Congress event, Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, confirmed that the Android Market app numbers have now topped the 150,000 mark. On top of that he claimed that are over 350,000  device activations every day.

Those are some very impressive numbers. However, Android still has a long way to go to catch up to the iPhone apps count which recently surpassed 350,000 on the App Store.

Plus, it seems 350,000 is some sort of magic number. According to executives at Intuit, their company has seen over 350,000 downloads of their tax return SnapTax app in less than three weeks after the app went live on the iPhone and Android smartphones.

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iPhone 4 Owners Having Problems with Facebook

A slew of complaints have recently been posted on the Facebook app reviews section of the iTunes store. It seems iPhone 4 users are complaining that their screens are freezing when trying to use the Facebook app. Several people have had to reinstall the app several times and the problem keeps happening over and over again. Another complaint is that iPhone 4 users that have been able to open up their Facebook app are having trouble uploading videos and photos and editing their profiles.

Even though it’s a free app, people are becoming frustrated and are hoping all of the bugs get fixed quickly. If you’ve experience the same problems or different ones using Facebook on the iPhone 4, you can let out your frustration here as well. Here’s hoping it all gets fixed real soon!

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