Iphone apps could save a life

February 23, 2010

An American trapped in the Haitian earthquake survived for 65 hours in a lift shaft with the aid of his iPhone (The Sunday Times 31.1.10) he used apps that gave him first aid advice. Read on to learn about 3 iPhone apps that could save a life in the event of an emergency:

  1. Pocket First Aid & CPR £2.39  This is bit like an electronic book rather than an interactive guide as it is complex and rather wordy so don’t rely on it in a panic. You can however gain useful advice on how to dress wounds in an emergency.
  2. First Aid Pocket Guide 59p This aid is based upon an Australian paramedics manual. It has big clear icons on the home screen which require two taps to get to information re dozens of emergency situations. It is clearly presented in bullet-pointed texts or checklists. The downside is it only gives US emergency contact numbers.
  3.  iEmergency ICE Family Pro £1.79  ICE means In Case of Emergency – and this is a British protocol. Family Pro is the most expensive ICE app in the iEmergency series and it allows you to save extensive details on an ulimited number of family and friends. This includes ID photos, blood type, allergies and any medication being taken. Entering this data can be time consuming but details from your contacts list can speed up the process. If you lock your iPhone, key details can be saved as wallpaper which is readable by waking the handset. A free single-user version is also available.

If you are interested in learning more go to www.store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop or for more ideas visit www.which.co.uk/appstore

Tweetie iPhone App

February 21, 2010

Tweetie is a really helpful Twitter app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app has all the features that you come to expect out of a Twitter client and does it with such a clean interface. It is a truly brilliant App that really plays to the iPhone’s strengths – a must have have for a follower of Twitter.

When you start up the app you’ll need to sign in with one of your Twitter accounts. This app allows for you to register with multiple, so keep that in mind when you’re picking out which Twitter app you’re going to use. After you log in, there are four main buttons and a more button for you to delve through. Those buttons are Tweets, Replies, Messages, and Favorites.

From the developer…

“The Twitter client that redefined Twitter clients is back, and it’s even better. Rewritten from the ground up with a fast and powerful new core, Tweetie 2 offers the most polished mobile Twitter experience around.

  • Seamlessly handle multiple Twitter accounts
  • Explore all of Twitter, from your own timeline and mentions, to the favorite tweets of your followers and friends
  • Full persistence: more than just caching tweets, Tweetie 2 restores your entire UI if you quit or get a phone call
  • Fantastic new offline mode. Read, tweet, favorite, follow, save to Instapaper and more even when you don’t have a connection. Your actions will be synced as soon as you go back online
  • Full landscape support (configurable of course)
  • Live-filter your tweet stream
  • Post photos and videos, even configure your own custom image host
  • Vastly improved compose screen with recent hashtags, @people picker, URL shortening and more
  • Compose screen multiple-attachments manager
  • Drafts manager ensures you never lose a tweet (and you can even send drafts to Birdhouse)
  • Link Twitter contacts to Address Book contacts
  • Follow, unfollow, block and unblock from multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Saved searches sync with Twitter.com and the upcoming Tweetie 2 for Mac
  • Autocomplete recent searches and Go-to-user
  • Threaded Direct Messages and improved conversation navigation
  • TextExpander integration
  • Rich integration with Follow Cost, Tweet Blocker, Favstar.fm and more
  • Edit your own Twitter profile
  • Specify custom API roots on a per-account basis
  • Nearby map view
  • Translate tweets
  • Preview short URLs
  • Safari bookmarklet support for easily sharing links
  • In-app rich text email composition
  • Tons of little things, including improved avatar caching, auto-refresh, refresh-all, seamless Twitlonger support, hashtag definitions and more
  • This is just the beginning. Tweetie 2 is already built to take advantage of great new features coming from Twitter, so expect updates turning them on soon!”

Buy Tweetie on iTunes

Get Tweetie on the Apple iPhone store.

Budget for £2

Also consider the Tweetdeck App for the iPhone

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