A Season of iPhone Wonders

This autumn has seen a flurry of new iPhone and iPod touch apps and Apple-related news. Here’s a summary of my iPhone-related tweets.

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iPhone Tip: The Trouble with Doubles (When Syncing Contacts)

You sync Contacts with the Exchange Server at work, but also with your Contacts folder on your PC — which may be already synced to Exchange. This results in duplicates of every contact. It can also happen with MobileMe if you sync with MobileMe from your iPhone and also use iTunes to sync with your Mac or PC — especially if you set up MobileMe first. Here’s how to fix your troubles with doubles.

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It’s Only Tunes and Videos (But I Like It)

Today’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” press event held by Apple held no real surprises other than the triumphant return of Steve Jobs to the stage. Rumors and insider reports had already clued us into the album-package feature of the iTunes Store, better apps management in iTunes 9, and the video camera for the iPod nano.

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Expecting to Fly – iPhone before the Start of the Apple WWDC

What certainly will fly — off the shelves — will be a lower-priced iPhone, rumored to be announced next week. What would truly stand the iPhone even more apart from the Palm Pre, Blackberry models, and Google Android smartphones would be video recording and videoconferencing.

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In Search of the Lost Chord: The Musician’s iPhone and iPod touch

The iPhone or iPod touch is a potent platform for producing music that is capable of entertaining a stadium full of fans.

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App Stores on the New Frontier

Apple has been criticized for kicking apps out of the App Store. Critics had pointed to Android as a free system, but just recently, Google also kicked apps out of its store. Expect the new Blackberry App World to be similarly policed.

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Pocket Tips

Tony’s Tips for iPhone Users Manual, for $2.99 in the App Store, provides helpful tips for using your iPhone with iTunes and MobileMe. It’s better than a manual in your iPhone — a reference that is always up-to-date, easy to search, and organized for quick reading.

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