Free iPhone Developer’s Course from Stanford

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Not a direct market for this series, but certainly intrigued, I downloaded the entire 23-volume set of Stanford’s Monday and Wednesday classes aimed at providing students with the tools they need to get going as iPhone developers. There are many courses an aspiring dev can take and most are quite costly. Standford’s video series aims to alleviate one of the most immediate concerns: money.

Stanford iTunes U – iPhone Application Programming

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Updates to QuickOffice – Upgrading to a truly Productive Office App

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In my formal review of QuickOffice 1.0, I questioned whether a software suite that missed too many features was worth 20$. QuickOffice 1.2.0 fixes many of the problems by adding features that should have been present in the first release and adding a couple of undocumented requests. 

I can safely raise my own evaluation of QuickOffice to a Grab, but QuickOffice is still perhaps not up to the standards needed by people who use mobile Office products on a regular basis. Most of the upgrades, especially predictive text input, auto-capitalisation and double-space for a full stop (period) balance the app suite, but are overshadowed slightly by some strange behaviour in the text editing window. For instance, if you want to go up to the furthest left space and input text, you will be apt to click the ‘back’ button rather than successfully move the cursor to the top. The zoom tool works well, but navigating to any extremity of the screen is still a chore. 

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Quickoffice® Mobile Office Suite (Word, Excel & WiFi)

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Pocket Informant in Review – Efficient Productivity App?

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I’ll first get into what got me looking for an app like Pocket Informant. At first I was thrilled to enter my appointments into the inbuilt Apple Calendar, and it worked alright, till my PC decided to quit syncing my calendar and contacts (old PC took far too long to back up my iPhone). A couple iPhone crashes later, and re-entering all my events and contacts twice over, I was scrambling to find apps that would back up my calendar, to dos, notes, and contact info online.

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9-Toolbox in Review – Convenience at its best

9toolbox1Rather than calling 9-Toolbox “an” app, I would consider this a collection of apps; grouped together into one icon on the Home Screen of my iDevice, and allowing me to access nine different applications, all with different functionalities.

I kind of like this idea a lot; I really hate to have to search through many pages on my Home Screen to look for that particular app (although this will change with iPhone OS 3.0, but in the meantime it’s a pain). I now know that I only need to look for this particular app, and I can have access to “eight” useful utilities.

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BillTracker in Review – Useful Little App

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With the power of mobile phones increasing by the day, a lot of manual note taking or task tracking has been shifted from traditional paper-based notepads to the mobile phone. The biggest reason, I think, is because any modern person cannot leave home without their mobile phone; combining the phone with other daily tracking functions is the next logical step. This is where BillTracker comes in.

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Updated: QuickOffice Mobile Office Suite in Review – A Mostly Productive Productivity Suite

Join the long list of people waiting for a proper Microsoft Office editing suite. Take a number. Have a seat. And maybe a coffee. Several good options have made appearance at the App Store but none are quite ready to be dubbed true Office Editors.

QuickOffice, a suite a suite comprised of Word and Excel editors, takes charge of a few great features of the iDevice and makes Office editing possible along with file sharing and creation. To attest the fact, this review has entirely been written on my iPod touch.

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Tap Forms – Personal Database in Review: A Paranoid’s Nightmare

tapforms1When I first took a look at Tap Forms, I honestly didn’t know what to think. Questions rolled around my mind. What is this? Is it a game? No? Do I need it? How do I use it? What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything? 42?

Once I got over this, I delved deep into the App. What I found was a versatile database program. It is a God-send for those, like me, who have a difficult time keep track of life and all the tiny bits of information that comes along with it. This one App takes the place of the multitude of scrap paper I have all over the place.

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Pssst: Private Surfer in Review – This Message Will Self-Destruct

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I am not saying that you are or are not a spy. Or a shady dealer. Or a Paranoid-Linux user. And, I am not saying that I am or am not one of those mentioned, however I do take certain precautions with my surfing privacy which is something we should all think about.

Private Surfer is not a full stop protection agent, merely a private mode browsing module for Safari. Unfortunately, Apple did not included this mode into our lovely iPhone, so developer Justin D’Arcangelo felt the need to make a Private Browsing mode himself. If you have sensitive information that you don’t want to be sussed out by your mates who steal your iPhone – you know, like fantasy football scores and teams, your betting circles, your secret searches on how to get rid of your roomie – Private Surfer is a great way to protect your information.

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Things in Review – What the iPhone needed built in all along

things1I remember when I first got my iPhone (it was a first generation that I had to unlock to use outside of the US), I was very amazed by the syncing capabilities. The data on the phone was exactly the same as on the computer, I could copy all my bookmarks, e-mail account settings and my entire phonebook without any problems such as duplication or the phone simply not syncing (I used to use Sony Ericssons). However I was, and still am, intrigued as to why the phone cannot sync tasks or to-dos. The reason is very simple; Leopard has it and since it could sync everything over from the computer, why not tasks and to-dos??

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