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Mopar app acts as electronic owners manual for Dodge vehicles

Dodge is launching a group of free apps for Android, iPhone, or BlackBerry smartphone platforms. Boasting a feature set similar to that of the Hyundai Equus' iPad app, the Mopar apps act as a digital owners' manual, as well as offering access to owner services.

After downloading the app for their smartphone platform of choice, users will be given access to all of the vehicle operation, warranty, and maintenance information that one would normally find in a paper manual, as well as video demonstrations of features. The smartphone's data connection also allows access to 24-hour roadside assistance, customer care, … Read more

Fire dept. has an iPhone app for citizen CPR (podcast)

"Biology gives us about 10 minutes to survive if our heart stops beating," said Richard Price, chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. "We have a goal or arriving within seven minutes which is pretty close to that 10 minutes...We need to suspend time and that's what CPR does."

The district, which is located about 35 miles east of San Francisco, is updating an app called "Fire Department," which will now be used to alert CPR-trained citizens in the event of a nearby cardiac emergency. The idea, according to Price, … Read more

Survey: Developers dig the iPad, Android tablets

The growing wave of tablets is spurring mobile app developers to put the devices at the top of their priority lists, according to a new survey.

An IDC and Appcelerator survey of app developers (PDF) found that interest in Android tablets shot up 12 points over the past three months with 74 percent "very interested" in developing for the Google OS-based devices.

But the iPad is still king, with 87 percent of those polled "very interested" in developing for Apple's tablet. Interest in Research In Motion's upcoming BlackBerry Playbook nearly doubled to 28 percent. … Read more

The tax app

Links from Tuesday's episode of Loaded:

Verizon is going to sell the iPhone with a $30 per month unlimited data plan

Barnes & Noble may be discontinuing the 3G Nook

Facebook mandates that all games use Facebook Credits

Mobile Gmail users can now print from their mobile devices

The IRS launches an app that lets you track your tax refund, get daily tax tips, and follow the IRS on Twitter

A new site challenges you to do nothing for two minutes.

Can the Kindle help you lose weight?

Amazon has spent a lot of time marketing the Kindle's bookish attributes, so you probably wouldn't immediately associate it with being an exercise tool. But along with an increasing number of games that continue to hit the Kindle Store, other types of interactive e-ink titles, including Anywhere Abs, "a workout partner on Kindle," are showing up.

Nickel Buddy, the developer of the tool, says Anywhere Abs will "guide you step by step through an exercise routine to strengthen your core. The exercises don't require any special equipment and can be performed anywhere there is … Read more

Apple creates App Store Twitter account

Though the App Store has several methods for keeping track of the newest and most noteworthy Apps, Apple has decided that a dedicated Twitter account would further promote some of its favorite applications for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

The @AppStore account has just been verified by Twitter as officially as the first post, "Welcome to App Store on Twitter! Follow us to discover new apps, get exclusive offers, and share with friends. #appstore" was retweeted by the verified @iTunesTV account (and several other accounts).

The second tweet from @AppStore promotes the Nike Training Club App, "Motivation. … Read more

Store gift cards and get discounts with JunoWallet

If you're feeling a bit like George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode "The Wallet," chances are you have a few too many scraps and cards stuffed into your carryall. Luckily, we live in the digital age, where much of the information you need to keep on your person can be stored in your mobile phone. For example, for those of us who cart around a cadre of gift cards from various establishments, JunoWallet provides an app for that, and it's available for both iOS and Android devices.

You can read the full review of the iPhone … Read more

Store cards, get gifts

If you're feeling a bit like George Costanza in the Seinfeld episode "The Wallet," chances are you have a few too many scraps and cards stuffed into your carryall. Luckily, we live in the digital age, where much of the information you need to keep on your person can be stored in your mobile phone. For example, for those of us who cart around a cadre of gift cards from various establishments, JunoWallet provides an app for that.

On the surface, JunoWallet is a pretty simple iOS app that serves to securely store the numbers and pins … Read more

Songbird to fly onto Android devices

Fans of the free music discovery and management program Songbird will soon be able to enjoy that experience on the go--if they have an Android device, that is. The developer recently announced a beta app for the mobile operating system; those who are eager to give the software a spin can download the APK (link) for the next four weeks and submit feedback to Songbird. For people who prefer a more polished experience, the full release is expected to be out near the end of February.

So what can you expect from Songbird for Android? Well, the developer blog isn'… Read more

WikiLeaks, the movie

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

Research In Motion announces a program called BlackBerry Balance that shuts corporate administrators out of your personal life on your BlackBerry

McDonalds launches a touch-and-go payment scanning system in the U.K.

Duke Nukem Forever has not been delayed for all time. The game sequel gets a launch date after over a decade of delays.

A JFK historian launches an interactive biography on the iPad

Studio executives have optioned the movie rights to a biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A woman hangs up on Apple when the company calls to offer her a $10,000 iTunes gift cardRead more