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Friday, June 29, 2012

This week I helped "coach" at a training session on the iPhone at the Austin Computer Learning Center. ACLC runs mainly on volunteer work, but has had sponsorship from IBM in the past. Many people who teach the classes are retired IBMers. The classes are open to people who are 55 and older and are priced very reasonably. They try to have a coach for every two people in the class. The teacher is up front, but there is always someone next to you to help if you get stuck.  For more information including what classes they offer and handouts from those classes that you can download and print yourself look at:

So, this class was on the iPhone and I learned about several apps that are worth sharing. There are tons of lists of apps online for various subjects and interests, but I think it is still the best to have an app recommended by someone, so here are a few:

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The reason that this is worth downloading for free is that it can actually talk to you and gives you directions! It also shows you, with the click of a button,  where gas, and many other things can be found. When I looked around the area where I live I noticed that some things were out of date, but it was pretty amazing!

This is a free app that keeps track of how many steps you walk and many other things. There is a paid version that keeps track of history also.

This is a panorama photo app! It can take 360 degree photos and stitch them together to be one picture that anyone who looks at it can drag to see the whole panorama!

This app reads regular bar codes. It gives you the price of the item online as well as in locations near you. It includes reviews if you sign up for an account. I used it to look up the bar code on a book I was reading. The book was found right away and then I was able to read reviews of the book.

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