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iPhone to the Rescue

5/14/2009 by Hardik Shukla, The Daily Aztec

Besides Facebook, the iPhone can also be used for homework or safety

A revolutionary phone, a widescreen iPod and a breakthrough Internet device — this is how Apple defines the new iPhone 3G. The 3G technology gives the iPhone quick access to the Internet and e-mail throughout cellular networks around the world. Now you can surf the Web, download e-mail, get directions and watch videos — even while you’re on a call. There are already 35,000 applications available for download on the iPhone, and this device sets a new benchmark for the cell phone world.

With such advanced technology at your fingertips, the day is near when iPhones will replace laptops. The Princeton Review and Modality, Inc., have launched The Princeton Review’s S.A.T. Vocab Challenge application, which is available at the online Apple Application Store. This application measures a user’s mastery of 250 words through four different types of timed challenges. The challenges test the user on each word’s antonyms, synonyms and definitions. The application also includes definition, audio pronunciations and parts of speech for each word.

Using the iPhone as an educational tool has become very common. Students majoring in journalism at the University of Missouri are required to have either an iPod Touch or iPhone so they can download course material from iTunes University, free of cost.

Blackboard Inc., creator of the Blackboard software used in educational institutions all around the world, has created a new application for the iPhone that allows students and faculty to keep up to date with Blackboard announcements and course material.

And you thought your iPhone was only for entertainment? Well, it can be your lifeguard too. A group named Life360 along with UC Berkeley senior Paula Luu has developed a new application called Panic N Poke, which allows users to send a text message to a pre-established list of contacts in case of emergency. After sending out the message, users are given the option to dial 911.

In an attempt to help people quit smoking, Lorien Abroms, P.h.D., an assistant research professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at George Washington University, has designed an application that allows users to send instant messages to and talk on the phone with counselors who are trained to help people quit smoking from the National Cancer Institute quitline.