Ping!

Text Messaging is big business for the wireless carriers. This means that you either pay for a plan and stay within the limit (AT&T base plan 200 messages per month) or you go with an unlimited plan and of course pay more per month.  Ping is an iPhone/iPod touch app that allows you to text message other iPhone/iPod touch users over the internet via your 3G, EDGE or WiFi connection with no monthly fees!

Ping gives you the look and feel of a standard Text Messaging app. Setup was pretty straight forward and within minutes I was sending and receiving Pings. One of the most important aspects of an app like this is Push Notifications. Luckily Ping! has it implemented well.

Ping!

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Use your iPhone/iPod touch with your Tavo gloves

Hey, it's winter here and the average this week has been about 35°F. So needless to say I'm wearing my gloves a lot. The problem with gloves is that you usually have to take them off in order to use devices with a touch screen such as your iPhone or iPod touch. My friend Linda was showing me some gloves that she picked up that had special tips on the end of the index finger and thumb to allow you to make proper contact with a touch screen.

So needless to say I went in search for a pair of my very own. I had no luck finding any locally and didn't want to spend a lot of time fighting the crowds doing their holiday shopping. So I turned to online sources and found a pair of Tavo gloves. They arrived and I started using them immediately. 

 

How well do they work?

They do work as advertised. I was able to use my iPhone with minimal effort with the gloves on. I was even able to tap some of the smaller icons such as the Mail trash can. 

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

Monopoly

I used to play Monopoly quite a bit as a kid. I loved the board game and the fun I had with friends. I haven't played the board game in years. However, when I saw that Electronic Arts had brought this classic out as an iPhone/iPod touch game I had to give it a try. The user interface for this game is just too good to describe in words. So instead check out this video review:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNG5hH-0ENU

 

Play the computer or play up to 3 other humans

Monopoly is one of those games that allows you to combine strategy and pure luck to crush your competition. The fact that you can mix both computer (AI) players and friends/family members over Bluetooth or WiFi connections is even better. 

MONOPOLY

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Focalware

My buddy, famous wildlife photographer Moose Peterson first turned me onto this app during a DLWS Landscape Photography Workshop. If you're a landscape photographer you know how important it is to know where the sun is going to be and at what time for a given location. While there are several apps that give you basic sunrise and sunset times, Focalware goes way beyond that.

Making use of the iPhone 3GS Compass

Although Focalware will work with any iPhone and the iPod touch, if you have an iPhone 3GS it gets better. The new 2.0 version now uses the built-in 3GS compass to give you much more accurate readings for the exact position of the sun or moon at a given time and location.

Focalware

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