25 Apps to Give Your iPhone An Upgrade



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This slide show doesn't include the news app that was mentioned in the magazine article (i.e. in print). I don't have the magazine here at work and I wanted to remember what that was. Does anyone have that (or an on-topic opinion of what might be a better iOS news app?).




Hey - nevermind. I just did a search somewhere else and I'm pretty sure it was Circa...


Chuck Ewe

Has anyone tried this app?

In the itunes store it gets pilloried.

It appears to be a talktone knock off poorly done. Seems TalkTone does all of that for free, and is approved by Google. I've used it when on trips to Ireland, Scotland & England with no problems, and no charges.

I did step up and pay the premium to end the ads. Not because the ads were annoying, but to support the developer.

Has anyone tried and compared this to TalkTune?

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
― Charles M. Schulz


Chuck Ewe


When I want to discuss politics, or hear other's opinions on politics, I go where politics are the purpose of the blog or website.

Normally, I'd let your comment slide, but to be honest, I'm sick & tired of the ill-formed spewing their hatred & ignorance. Don't like the economy, blame Skippy's VP Dick Cheney who said "The Debt Doesn't Matter, Reagan Proved That." It was one of many things Cheney got flat out wrong. But he was never one to let facts get in the way of his talking points. Remember, we'd be greeted as liberators. The war would be a few months, and pay for itself in no time. We know that was wrong.

As is debt doesn't matter, Reagan proved it.

During Regan's term the nominal national debt rose from $900 billion to $2.8 trillion. an average national budget deficit per year of $237.5 billion, as compared to an average national budget deficit per year of $56.9 billion during Carter's tenure. The federal deficit as percentage of GDP rose from 2.65% of GDP in 1980, Carter's final budget year, to 3.04% of GDP in 1988, Reagan's final budget year.

This led to the U.S. moving from the world's largest international creditor to the world's largest debtor nation.

see wikipedia on Reganomics

Clinton brought back a surplus, increased the wealth of the majority, without a single vote from the Republicans PRE Teabaggers. How? He increased revenue while decreasing spending.

Skippy & Cheney grabbed our visa cards, spent and spent, reduced revenue, then after it was all over, they place the blame on President Obama's efforts to put of the fire they started.

That said, and I won't respond further since I don't want this to become a political website. We're apple people, can't we have one place where we can all agree on a subject and discuss ways to improve a product we like without become tribal?

I'll close with this:

Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Betrand Russell



So why would I want to buy an App that does nothing more than the stock Apple App? With Obama in office I can't spend money just to buy a App that isn't any better. Why replace Reminders with an App that is no better? Does it do Alerts by location like Reminders? Evernote over notes, sure if you want a note app to do more I see that.....iGvoice, really....Siri sends texts and calls for me just fine. I want nothing google on my iPhone.
AND Note: There is nothing wrong with the Apple Map App, I've been using it since the upgrade, I travel a lot and it has never failed me yet. Not to mention the Google Map App cannot look up your contacts to import them for directions.



"I want nothing Google on my phone." Then don't download Google apps. I prefer iOS to Android, but Google makes some awesome apps that the rest of us won't write off just because of some stupid rivalry. And yes, there is plenty wrong with Apple Maps. I tested 10 locations on it, and it got six of them wrong. When I'm relying on technology for something like directions, I want it to be actually be reliable.



While I agree with greenapple that some of these apps really don't enhance the use of the iPhone, it's pretty tacky for him to bring in political opinions to a app review article.


Chuck Ewe


We have enough issues dividing us in all phases of our lives. My Apple products are for work and for hobbies.

Who wants to get into areas of divisive opinions when engaged in their hobby, which is used for escape from the ugliness we're bombarded with every day?

And when looking to learn about people's experiences with a product or service, who wants to hear their world view on anything? I don't. There a way too many other sites for that.

So I stop reading a post that is in the wrong place, and discount anything that person has to say.

"Use well the days." -- J. R. R. Tolkien


Simon Jester

How is it tacky? It's quite true - more and more of us, have less and less, due Obama being in office and his destruction of the economy. You may not like it, doesn't make it tacky though.


Chuck Ewe

Okay Simon, here's the problem.

You have an opinion, ill informed but you are certainly entitled to it. I, however, don't have to hear your opinion and don't really care what it is on matters you don't have any objective knowledge of.

When I want to engage in OPINIONS on politics, I go visit a political website. Trade insults and ideas with people who want to engage it that kind of social interaction.

For many of us, our Apple products are our hobbies, our escape from all the news shows and talking heads, and blah blah blah. . . . You want to espouse your political views, go there.

Besides, you appear to have a very shallow, if that, understanding of economics. You are entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to your own set of "facts" that are really opinions.

So I'll leave with this, and should you respond, I will not engage further, not because you'll have stumped me, or you're to clever and pithy but because this is an inappropriate site for it.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
-- Bertrand Russell, "Christian Ethics"



Seriously, you guys are tools. I was going to make a counter argument to your BS, but what's the point. This is an article on apps for your iPhone. Does every comment section on the internet have to be embarrassing?

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