Phone calls, music, directions and even inner peace. Who knew an iPhone could deliver so much? Meditator ($3.99), the best meditation helper in the App Store, available here, makes it easy to sit quietly and look inward anywhere you go.Set how long you'd like for a session, and how much time you need to get settled before you begin. You can even set interval timers, so that you know when a certain amount of minutes has passed. We love the versatility of this app, which lets you save three mediation configurations, so that you can start up a session with just a tap. We also love the alert sounds, which include bell, gong, and thunder sounds. The controls let you set different beginning, interval, and ending sounds, so that you don't need to use the same sound each time. Use it for silent mediation, or choose one of four natural ambient sounds (forest, ocean, river, and storm) for a peaceful backdrop.
If you want to keep an extra close eye on your investments in these days (and who wouldn't?) you're going to want Bloomberg on your iPhone. Leave it to the market news source that's become the Wall Street standard to deliver an incredibly useful and detailed financial appBloomberg offers news, stock quotes, company descriptions, market leaders and laggers, price charts, market trends, and more. You can even use it to create customized lists of stocks to track. After using it for a while, we're crazy about the ability to drill down into data, and to easily track a portfolio. A few minor ads support this free app. Check it out here at the iTunes App Store.
Election '08 Election-junkies, you're going to love having this app on your iPhone. Election '08 ($.99), available here, gives you up-to-the-minute knowledge of which candidates is currently leading in the polls in each state. Advanced features include a section on just the battleground states, a list of poll sources, and historic polling data for all of 2008. Stitcher Radio Stitcher Radio offers a new way to get current broadcasts to your iPhone, delivering free personalized news and entertainment radio streams right to you. Start by choosing a topic you're interested in and Stitcher will "stitch" together the best, up-to-the-minute shows on that topic from sources such as NPR, BBC, ESPN, and CNN. Check it out here at the App Store. PubSearch
Not a tool for finding a nearby bar, PubSearch ($.99) is a fast and efficient research tool for medical professionals and students. It lets you access the millions of research papers indexed in PubMed. By combining a simple, efficient user interface with fast access to the database, it lets you concentrate on finding the research articles you need without getting in your way. The app, available here at the App Store, includes EZProxy support, so that even when you're away from your institution's network, you can (if your institution uses EZProxy) access the full text of articles in any journal your institution subscribes to.
Sure, the iPhone includes a weather app, but the information it offers is pretty limited. If you need a little more information to plan your day, download WeatherBug . It puts live, local weather conditions from over 45,000 locations at your fingertips. View severe weather alerts, weather cameras, detailed forecasts, current radar, and satellite maps. Check WeatherBug out here at the App Store.
This handy app ($3.99) goes way beyond what any pocket dictionary can do. Not only does it translate English sentences into Spanish, it reads them back to you in that language. The same company also offers translation apps for German, French, and Italian. Additionally, a $9.99 Ultimate package gets you all four languages. Learn more about iTranslate Spanish here at the App Store.
Delivery Status Touch
Delivery Status Touch ($1.99) lets you track packages from UPS, FedEx, USPS, and even foreign services such as Canada Post, Posten Sweden, and Royal Mail. Besides that, it lets you track online orders from Amazon, Apple, Adobe, Nintendo, and Google Checkout. If you want a visual, it lets you view your package's current location on Google Maps. You don't need to enter numbers manually, as you can send information to it from your computer. Find out more here at the App Store.
21 Pro: Blackjac
It's easy to forgive the occasional advertisement when a free game looks this good. 21 Pro: Blackjack, available here at the iTunes App Store, offers hi-resolution graphics, authentic game play, and all the right details to make you feel like you're sitting at a green felt casino table. If you're new to Blackjack, this game makes it easy to learn. If you're experienced, the game's card counting will help you fine tune your skills.
Have you ever heard a song in a movie or coffee shop or store and wondered who was singing and what the title was? Let Shazam, available here at the App Store, come to the rescue. Simply hold your iPhone to the music and within seconds it will tell you the artist and track name. It will even save your history, so you can view results later on.
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