Fun with iPhone – iPhone App Selection

If you’re new to the iPhone scene, you might
want to jump right into the fun stuff without reading the whole manual.

With the analytical techie sitting on my left shoulder screeching, “NOOO!” I’m going to tell you how to get to the fun stuff because the fun stuff is what makes the iPhone worth getting. (The phone service ain’t so bad but with all this more fun stuff to do, you won’t want to chitchat so much anymore.) I’m willing to bet you’ve probably already figured out how to turn it off and on, so I’ll just skip ahead to the fun.

These are my most frequently used apps –  all of them are FREE!

Most of these applications will work on iPod Touch as long as you can hook up to wireless Internet. NOTE: Oftentimes, you cannot hook up to wireless Internet (as I found out at my gym), so if you want to use these apps, all the time, best to get an iPhone. Additionally, some of these apps require a microphone, which are very inexpensive, for the iPod Touch. The iPhone has built-in microphone (which you use for phone calls)

Amazon Mobile Read reviews, buy stuff, compare prices on Amazon. Kindle Who needs to buy $199 Kindle, when you can buy Kindle Books from Amazon this way. Just read books on your iPhone. Books are so 18th century!
Epicurious Free. Awesome recipe consolidator for the recipe collector. Also helpful: Woman’s Day Cooking Assistant includes a cook time calculator, prep guide and spice dictionary.
DizzyBeeFree Fun Crazy Game.

Jott Voice recognition notes. Try it, you’ll see. So much better than Voice Notes, or the old Keyboard Notes Bug. Free (however it does require a paid Online account). You could also try Evernote: Anything you need to jot down fast, be it in text, a photo, or a voice note, Evernote will keep it, index it, and sync it to the online subscription service.

Dragon Dictation Dictate voice messages and have them translated while you watch. Need to add microphone to iPod Touch for this to work.

Forsquare Super cool way to let friends know where you are by “checking in.” Also a good way to find reviews for wherever you are. Uses GPS in your mobile device. Avail for Android, Blackberry, Palm and others.

Paper Toss Very low tech game. You get to throw a piece of paper in the trash. Hours on mindless fun. One of my favorites!

BMW M Power Meter Very cool way to watch speed, distance and other car measurements – for BMW owners and BMW wannabe owners 😉
Fring – All the Instant Messenger Products in one cool program, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AOL Chat, MSN.
Tap Tap Revenge Probably the best free game available now. Guitar hero for your fingertips.
AOL Radio This is the game changing app and the paradigm shifter in mobile. Free streaming radio, including internet radio stations (all Pearl Jam, all the time, anyone? Anyone?). Just wait until they have TV. AOL is cool again.
Yelp. Nice implementation of the restaurant, doctor, gym, coffee shop, bar, favorite IT Company (:-)) (and other companies as well) reviews site.
Loopt. Ping your friends and see where they are. Loopt Pulse, a newer feature, helps you find and plan events in your area.
Weather Bug. More accurate weather, weather web cams, and radar maps than the apple’s built in app, Weather.
SportsTap. Also free. Sports scores from all sports. (You could get MLB.com At Bat for $5 program lets you track games in progress, which is no big deal. The big deal is that you can actually watch video clips of key plays before the games are over. But SportsTap is freer and better.)

Baby Scratch. Who doesn’t need to scratch records hiphop style while waiting for public transportation? The least expensive DJ equipment available for $0.00! If scratchin’s not your thing but music still is, check out Karajan Beginner – Free, fun music lessons, tuning ear to music.

We plan on doing many of these “best of apps” blogs. What are you favorites and why? Which apps are you regretful you purchased. Leave a comment with your favorite app and of course, feel free to put a link to your blog or website.

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Teddy Pendergrass and Other African American Men Die Too Young

You may not have heard about this due to the necessary media focus on Haiti at the time, but legend/singer/Grammy winner Teddy Pendergrass passed away at 59 from colon cancer on January 13th. Remember “If You Don’t Know Me By Now?” That song, among others,  still unearths sentimental feelings in a hard-shelled friend of mine. I can’t stop thinking of Love TKO!

After an accident in 1982, Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down. In 1985, he founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, whose sole mission is “to create a coordinated outreach organization that encourages and assists individuals with spinal chord injuries (SCI) to achieve their maximum potential in areas of education, employment, housing, productivity and overall independence.”
What a mission, what a voice, what a man.
His death got me to thinking about other men that the world has lost way before their time, in recent years, who have one small something in common : Teddy Pendergrass (59) Luther Vandross (54), Bernie Mac (50), Isaac Hayes (65), Edwin Starr (61), Barry White (60), Gregory Hines (57), Michael Jackson (50). This led me to research on the average lifespan of American Black Males. Surprisingly, the lifespan is 8 years shorter than that of their white counterparts. This article explains many reasons why this is the case, and as it turns out, the reasons usually lead back to the cause of racial disparity in America.

It might be a stretch to link Pendergrass’ cause of death (colon cancer) to race–or racism, this gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about equality in America. Perhaps his colon cancer was caused by an element of the poverty-prone lifestyle he endured in his childhood with his single mother. Perhaps the cancer could be directly related to the incident that caused the paralysis (it is surprising how many medical problems occur after spinal trauma, and it is likely that link can be made). If the accident was at all drug- or alcohol-related, statistically that can be represented by poverty (which links back to race in America).

A stretch, maybe. But consider this discredited hypothesis trying to explain the disparity between American White and American Black males: In 2007, according to Dr. Oz (yes, the Oprah doctor), African Americans are more prone to heart-related conditions, because Africans that survived the Midlle Passage were able to do so because of their blood’s ability to sustain high levels of salt content.

This theory has been repeatedly discredited and found amongst my research. As stated in the article, “Although predisposition to salt retention may have advantaged some individual slaves, other factors — such as new selective pressures in North America and mating with non-Africans — would have increased genetic variability, not constricted today’s African American population to one common hypertension gene. As studied today, no contemporary West African population suffers from rampant hypertension.”

The author in this quoted story, Osagie K. Obasogie, states quite well, “Rather, in a world with finite resources, it’s regrettable that we continue to invest millions of research dollars — and valuable public air time –looking for genes to explain racial disparities in health, when so many causes lie simply in how we treat one another.”

A sterling example of an amazing African-American male who’s taken care of his body and preached about taking care of one’s health is 77 year-old Dick Gregory, as seen in this wonderful talk about taking better care of ourselves. Love his description about the liver – removing the “r” – and live, by taking care of this organ!
Stevie Wonder – aged 59 – if you’re reading this – please get your blood pressure screened regularly and take care of that body!

I’ll end by sharing a wonderful tribute to many of these and many other crooners.

I’m sure I’ve missed lots of folk. These are just some of the men that came to mind and have saddened me. Please feel free to share your memories here.