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[Review] iPhone app: CheckPlease

Website: N/A
Iphone site: N/A
App store link: [1]
Cost: Free

CheckPlease is a tip calculator. Enter the total amount of the check. Then select on the scroll wheel the tip and the number of people splitting it. The tip percentage can be 0 to 99 percent. The number of people between 1 and 30. It also allows you to post to Pocket Money. I don’t use this so I don’t know how it works. The newer layout is a lot like TIP and is much better than the old layout (which is still an option).
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[Review] iPhone apps: Last.FM

Website: http://www.last.fm
iPhone site: N/A
App Store link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: 3G Network

photo.jpgThis is an internet radio app similar to Pandora [2], but with a few different approaches. It accesses your Last.FM profile [tatianamik]. You can pick radio stations based on your library, your friend’s listens, or recommendations for you. It also keeps your most recently listened to stations handy. If you simply just want similar artists it will handle that as well as artists that have been tagged. You can access your Top Artist, Albums & Tracks charts. When you are listening to radio you can look up the artist’s bio, similar artists, upcoming events & more. You can also share with someone in your contacts or among Last.FM friends. It also had the ever convenient Buy on iTunes button.

If you want to use the My Library function you probably want to be using the desktop version with your iTunes. It’s free from the website.
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[Review] iPhone apps: MySpace

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Website: www.myspace.com
iPhone site: m.myspace.com
App Store link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: Data Network

photo.jpgHonestly, I usually don’t care too much for Myspace. The glitter graphics and everything. It’s the 2000’s version of the late ’90’s Geocities. Yes, I’m showing my age here. I use Myspace because I have cousins who use it that I try to keep up with. Well with the app you get to skip the glitterific horror. You get bulletins, comments, Myspace Mail, Friend updates, Photos and Friend requests.
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[Review] iPhone apps: AirMe

Website: www.airme.com
iPhone site: N/A
App Store link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: GPS & Camera

photo.jpgThis was an app I was underwhelmed with. I seriously have considered uninstalling and deleting it. All it does is geotag the snapshot your are taking. It can post to Twitter in the latest version. It does allow you to set a Title & Tags, but not add a description. It uploads to Facebook or Flickr as well as AirMe’s own site. It also allows you to email the photo if that’s your thing.

Suggestions for improvement:
-Do something original to set yourself apart

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[Review] iPhone apps: GrandDialer

Website: N/A
iPhone site: N/A
App Store link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: Phone & Network

photo.jpgThis is the app that Google‘s GrandCentral SHOULD have put out. I’ve not seen much innovation out of GrandCentral since Google bought them. Now keep in mind that GrandCentral DOES have a mobile site at http://Grandcentral.com/mobile, but it’s built for a WAP browser. And you can’t use the main Grandcentral page because the log in is built in Flash. I have nursing recruiters that call me on my GrandCentral number. I don’t give out my cell number or home phone number at all. I give out my GrandCentral number. One of the things I hate about the main website is you CANNOT make a phone call without adding the number to a contact. And with the mobile website you CANNOT add contacts. Folks, I just want a simple type in a phone number. My phone rings. I pick up. And it connects me to the number I typed. But NOOOOO…. But thanks to GGT Enterprises I now can do it. I also can call anyone in my contacts list, but the most important point to me is the number keypad. Now it is MUCH easier to use my GrandCentral phone number.

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[Review] iPhone apps: Jott

Website: www.jott.com
iPhone site: jott.com/mobile
App Store link: [1]
Cost: Free
Uses: Microphone

photo.jpgJott is a web app that I love so the Jott application is one of the first ones I was looking for. And I must say. disappointed. Jott is a phone number you call. Tell it who you want and then speak your message. The updates have fixed some issues with updating your Jott notes on your phone. My big issue is a function design. I use Jott mainly as an interface for other applications like Remember the Milk, Sandy, etc. I can also set up Jott to email people if I am driving. Just call into the number, tell it who to email, tell it your message. Well it doesn’t go any of that. It is great however to use as a voice recorder to self. Which I don’t use much unless I am out gas spotting for my local version of http://www.GasBuddy.com . Then I’ll use it. I pass 5 gas stations on the way home from work I record the gas price using Jott app, Jott transcribes them before I get home and then I enter the prices on my computer when I get home. If you use a voice recorder to remind yourself of notes, etc. this is an ideal app. If a voice recorder doesn’t fit into your work flow skip it. Mostly I use the phone number myself.
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[Review] iPhone Apps: G-park

Website: N/A
iPhone site: N/A
App Store link: [1]
Cost: $0.99
Uses: GPS

photo.jpgSimple little application. And probably the most useful 99 cents I spent. You park your car and click the large “Park Me” Button. Step 2 is get lost according to the website. When you’re ready to go back to where you where just click the “Where Did I Park?” button. It will then give you the choice of Directions or Exact Location. Directions are good if you’ve parked a ways away (like when you’ve carpooled). Exact Location is much better when you’re just trying to find your car in a parking lot. This boots you over to Google Maps and drops a pin where your vehicle is.

I’ve almost neglected the With Details button. You can add details such as Level C via the With Details button.
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