Articles and Reviews by Michael Alexander



Touch Karma

Buy Touch Karma (Parenting) on the App Store

Touch Karma (Parenting) is for moms and dads who like to keep a record of who has been naughty and who has been nice.


Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,


VoiceCalc Says What it Means

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Talking calculators, like what you get with  VoiceCalc, aren’t new—I remember owning one in the mid-80s—but this is the first voice calculator app that I’ve looked at for the iPhone and iPod touch.


Michael Alexander rated this app 3.5/5 | Category: ,


App Sales and Giveaways: Devs Get Together to Promote Apps, Make Some Noise

Almost from the ribbon-cutting ceremony, it’s been tough for developers to grab the attention of App Store shoppers. Maybe it’s coincidence, or the start of a trend, but two groups of devs announced this week they are collaborating on their own versions of a department store, blue-light special in hopes of generating attention, and obviously, more dough.


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iPhone Inches Up the Corporate Ladder

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ChangeWave, a market research company, just released a study that tucks Apple right behind Palm and  RIM as leaders in the corporate smartphone market. Although, Palm and RIM lost a few percentage points in the past quarter, and Apple picked up a few points, the iPhone has a long ways to go to rival RIM's BlackBerry in the enterprise.


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Some iPhone Devs aren’t Hooking Up with the App Store

Several developers, particularly those who use PhoneGap — a tool software devs use to access the iPhone’s hardware — have been kicking sand in Apple’s face over the use of private, or third-party Application Programming Interfaces (API).


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Mortgage Calculators to Help You Buy Low and Sell High

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Mortgage and loan calculators – A real estate agent told me recently that she’s seen a small uptick in house sales in my little town. Along with most Americans who own, or plan to buy, homes, my wife and I are always worrying how the current economy will affect us.


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WiFi Directory is a Cool Way to Find Hotspots

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WiFi Directory — You can never have too much Wi-Fi, which is what makes WiFi Directory (Wireless Hotspots Finder) as appealing to me as a medium-rare steak is to my dog Henry, who will eat anything other than dog food.


Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Control Your Computer with Mouse / Trackpad apps for iPhone or iPod touch

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Remote Mice and Trackpads – The last time I went to my local coffee shop to slurp a large Sumatra, with a splash of free Wi-Fi, I realized I had forgotten my wireless mouse. I’m not fond of using trackpads, especially the one on my Dell, so I broke out my iPhone and went to work with that instead.


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JMDictate – Professional Dictation is a Good Listener for Frequent Audio Recording

Buy Dictate + Connect (Dictamus) on the App Store

JMDictate-Professional Dictation, from JOTOMI, is an industrial-strength app for people who are constantly recording notes, memos and other bright ideas and then need to store or share them by email or file transfer.


Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category: ,


Ipong Has a Noble Purpose but it Fails in Accomplishing its Goal

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Ipong! Game, from TouchTen.com, was created by a group of Indonesian teenagers with a noble purpose: To sell at least 14,285 copies of their game so they can donate up to $10.000 of  proceeds to charity.


Michael Alexander rated this app 2.0/5 | Category:


AAA Discounts Features Roadside Help and Saves You Money Too

Buy AAA Mobile on the App Store

If you’re not a member of AAA, you should be. It surprises me just how pervasive and ubiquitous are the companies that provide discounts to AAA members. Check out AAA Discounts, a free iPhone app, and you’ll see what I mean.


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Wallet Pro Excels as a Password Manager

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Wallet Pro aims to solve one of the biggest concerns I have about using my iPhone: As much as I would like to have Web logins, credit card numbers and similarly crucial information on hand, I worry what might happen should I lose my iPhone.


Michael Alexander rated this app 4.5/5 | Category: ,


ocrNow! Lite Sees Characters, but Only if They're Large

I downloaded ocrNow! Lite developed by WordCraft International Limited, with a good amount of skepticism. It’s an app that is designed to convert hardcopy text into a PDF or text doc, using the iPhone’s camera for optical character recognition.


Michael Alexander rated this app 3.0/5 | Category: ,


Fast Web Free Gets Rid of the Frills and Speeds Browsing Action

Think of Fast Web Free as a no-frills Web browser that gets the essential info you want in a way that’s optimized for your iPhone or iPod touch.


Michael Alexander rated this app 4.0/5 | Category:


SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch Puts Your TV in Hand

Buy SlingPlayer for iPhone on the App Store

The long-awaited SlingPlayer Mobile for Sling Media’s SOLO, PRO and PRO-HD TV set-top boxes finally made its grand appearance in the App Store on Wednesday.
If you aren’t an owner of one of Sling Media’s set-top boxes, here’s what they do: Plug in your Sling Media black box into your cable or satellite box and you can “sling” your TV programming to your desktop or laptop from anywhere there’s an Internet connection.


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