50 Best Productivity Apps For iPhone.

Of course you need more apps for your mobile devices.


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One Thing Every iPhone owner should do…

One thing every iPhone owner should do to stretch battery life.

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Hangouts and catching up

I had a wonderful opportunity to once again have an hour of great conversation with my friend and political pundit Willie Lawson last night. While it’s always stimulating conversation, I did the entire hour from my phone while often walking around the community. Mobile connectivity is great.

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Unboxing – Bassbuds

Unboxing – Bassbuds

Note that this is a compensated posting. I applied for the opportunity to receive the Bassbuds and provide a review. The compensation is the product and nothing more.

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Your Organizations Mobile Giving Interface.


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Mobile Giving Interface

What if your organization could provide a fast and efficient strategy of receiving donations? Your clients and customers who have any web-connected smartphone or tablet to gain access and the opportunity to donate to your cause or organization quickly and efficiently.

Jonathan Thaler, Founder of When I’m Mobile (www.whenimmobile.com) created just such an application interface. Currently West Side Campaign Against Hunger (www.wscah.org) is using a mobile online donating app within their non-profit

View the application by visiting www.wscah.org from any mobile phone or tablet.  If this application is something your non-profit organization would find beneficial, please contact us.   Jonathan or Paul will gladly provide additional information to get your donations rolling in from wherever people are, with or without a computer.

The mission of When I’m Mobile is to provide a rich, productive and engaging web experience for the online audience, when browsing from a mobile web device; and to extend the providing organization’s image, presentation and content beyond the main website. The challenge is to work within the current limitations of mobile web devices, while providing as much of the expected web experience from the main website as possible.

All When I’m Mobile clients get a QR (Quick Response) Code — like the ones you see above — as part of the service. Unlike most QR codes you see in the wild, When I’m Mobile QR codes always lead to highly-usable, full-featured interactive mobile web experiences.

The When I’m Mobile website detects which type of device is being used and presents the appropriate version. A simple, clean and elegant website, tailored to the capabilities of the device, is the result.

The work we do with our clients brings the character, integrity, personality and branding image of their main website to the mobile devices. Content is shared across all site versions to the extent possible.




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Study reveals lack of NFC in iPhone 5 bad for market.

I wonder what the study show in the number of iPhone 5 users who would daily make use of NFC?


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According to a new report by Juniper Research, Apple’s decision not to include near field communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5 has set the market back by two years in the US and Western Europe.
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Completely redesigned Twitterrific 5 for iPhone and iPad going live around the world.

For those of you who have an iPhone and or and iPad this might be of interest to you.


Completely redesigned Twitterrific 5 for iPhone and iPad going live around the world: ”

Here’s your iTunes link people in the the Eastern Hemisphere.

We may or may not have a thorough review coming at some undisclosed point in the not so distant future. Until then, some screenshots below.

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Food stamps recipients double under Obama; Result? Selling food stamps for an iPhone 5 is all the rage

Well after seeing this I’m just SOL. I’m unemployed and so don’t have extra money to purchase a cell phone. Secondly, I don’t qualify for Food Stamps. Oh Well!

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Food stamps recipients double under Obama; Result? Selling food stamps for an iPhone 5 is all the rage: ”

Out: #Obamaphone. In: iPhone paid for with sold food stamps. At least, according to Twitter it is. And, thanks to President Obama’s suspension of some work requirements, the number of able-bodied Americans on food stamps has doubled.

More from The Heritage Foundation:

A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) confirms that food stamp participation doubled among able-bodied adults after the Obama Administration suspended the program’s work requirements. As Heritage’s Kiki Bradley notes:

The welfare reform of 1996 requires that after three months on food stamps, recipients be engaged in some kind of work activity for at least 20 hours a week. Tucked away in the mammoth 2009 so-called ‘stimulus’ spending bill was the suspension of this requirement for able-bodied adults with no children.

The result has been that between 2008 and 2010, the number of these able-bodied adults on food stamps doubled—from 1.9 million to 3.9 million, according to CRS. (Total participation is now at roughly 47 million, or one in seven Americans.)

Yes, he did. And a result?

Yep. While that Twitter user was joking, guess what is actually happening? Twitchy reported back in April about rampant food stamp fraud. Now that fraud includes the selling of food stamps to purchase … the latest iPhone. No, really.

Asked and Twitter answers.

She’s offended. But buying an iPhone with tax-payer funded food stamps is totally fine. Other Twitter users notice a lot of iPhone use while using food stamps. Did they also cash them in to get that phone? Or are people who can afford iPhones and the expensive monthly data plans qualifying for food stamps?

President Obama, creating or saving more Peggy the Moochers.

Bingo. Let’s fix it come November.

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10 Alternative Maps for iOS 6 and Your iPhone 5

This topic has been at the forefront of the newly released iPhone 5. While I don’t have a cell phone this overall handwringing and discussion seems to scream of being a first world problem. Is Map software/apps, really a deal breaker in your consideration for the purchase of a mobile phone? Is Map software/apps the sole consideration in your decision of the purchase of a new phone?

If so, maybe you need to take a step back and look at your reasons for the purchase of such a device.

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10 Alternative Maps for iOS 6 and Your iPhone 5

The new iOS 6 release has removed Google Maps and Apple has replaced it with their new Maps app. However it has drawn criticism for it’s inaccuracy, lack of details, lack of public transportation help, and for some satellite shots are totally obscured by clouds. There’s even a new website created to poke fun at the new Mapps app.

So what are the alternative maps solutions to make maps useful again? Fortunately, the app ecosystem can provide plenty of alternatives, but if you’re missing Google Maps, there are other ways to get it back as well.

1. Bookmark Google Maps and Add it to Your Home Screen

Open mobile Safari and navigate to maps.google.com. When the page loads, it prompts you to add the site as a bookmark on your home screen. Presto, you have Google Maps back and it’s easily accessible. Sure, its the web version, but it will give you back some of the functionality and detail that you missed before such as public transportation guides.UK train ios6 map

2. Add Nokia Maps to Your Home Screen

Much the same as above, except it’s from maps.nokia.com. Routing, directions for walking, and public transportation guides are available here too.

3. Waze

If you’re a driver you can download Waze. Waze provides turn by turn directions, voice guided navigation, traffic reports, speed cameras and gas prices. Plus the app is free. One of the more popular apps around at the moment.

4. Garmin StreetPilot on Demand

It’s Garmin and they’ve been in the navigation business for a long time. This map also provides turn by turn voice navigation, shows you speed limits and you can even create entire trip plans. It also shows 3D buildings, navigation for walking and public transportation guides. Some of the features require you to purchase a subscription.

5. Motion X GPS Drive

You can pre load maps for offline use with this app, a very useful feature if you intend on going somewhere where data connectivity is poor. It shows local speed limits, predictive traffic routing, visual lane assistance as well as pedestrian navigation. Turn by turn navigation requires a monthly subscription.

6. vTransit

For anyone who is travelling by public transportation, this app wil help you plan your journey whether it is by bus, train or ferry. It fills in one of the missing features in this first  iOS 6 release which is the lack of public transportation routing.

7. MapQuest

A free app that provides voice guided, turn by turn navigation. It also provides gas prices and live traffic cameras so that you can take a peek at the traffic further ahead if you’re stuck in a jam.

8. Lumatic City Maps

This is another app for public transportation and walking. It covers 27 major metropolitan areas in the USA and provides details of scheduled departure times. Best to check if this app covers your city first.

9. Maps+

This app uses Google Maps and allows you to create location based alarms and record your GPS tracks. It also one of the few apps that provides directions for cyclists.

10. Co-Rider

A mapping app built specifically for the cyclists, the routing is tailored for bikes and will guide cyclists down bike paths, avoiding unsuitable roads. This app uses OpenStreetMap data.

If you have a favorite alternative mapping app, let us know in the comments or on Facebook / Twitter.

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Hoi Wan is a mobilist who blogs about smartphone trends and analytics. Hoi has lived and worked in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong and USA and holds a BA in Sport and Recreation and an MBA. You can see his profile on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.

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Apple now requires user permission in iOS 6 before apps can access private data

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Apple and others, like Google, LinkedIn, and Path, now know that privacy is synonymous with users’ information, and the iDevice-maker is finally attempting to rights its wrongs by requiring …

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