Even out of the box the iPhone and iPad are great fun. But with over 1 million apps available there is much to explore. Here are a few ideas for fun things to do with your new device. All available at the App Store.
App Name: Sky Guide: View Stars Night and Day
Simply open this app and hold it up to the sky. Amazingly, it will display a map of the stars. One clear night I aimed it at a bright spot in the sky that turned out to be Jupiter. Pretty cool. Sky Guide will also identify constellations, stars and satellites. Price: $1.99
2. Explore Music
App Name: Pandora
Pandora allows you to create a stream of music customized to your taste. Enter a musician, song or genre and it will play a selection that matches your pick. Give a song a “thumbs up” and it will select more of the same. A “thumbs down” tells Pandora to avoid similar songs or artists. Price: Free.
3. Lifelong Learning
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Live TED conferences feature talks by cutting edge thinkers on a vast range of topics including science, the arts and education. This app features video of the best TED talks. Never longer than 18 minutes, the talks are crisp, informative and riveting. Popular talks include Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability, Diana Nyad on never giving up, and Bob Mankoff on the Anatomy of a New Yorker Cartoon. Price: Free.
4. Listen to the Radio:
5. Take Your Pulse
App Name: Instant Heart Rate (iPhone only)
By pressing your finger to your iPhone’s camera and flash, this amazing app detects is able to fairly accurately detect your heart rate. Even if you don’t regularly take your pulse, this is worth downloading just to see it in action. Price: Free.
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