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New software recently released on Apple's App Store could help iPhone users legally obtain doctor-prescribed marijuana, read electronic copies of books on the go, or easily record telephone conversations.

Cannabis

Released by AJNAG (Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja), this $2.99 application aims to help those who have been legally prescribed marijuana obtain the controlled substance.

"There's nothing worse than being a qualified patient with a physicians recommendation to consume cannabis commonly referred to as marijuana," the official Web site reads. "You never know where to find cannabis resources near you. Sure, you could search the web but thats as tedious as flipping through the phone book or browsing through the advertisements in the latest cannabis publication."

The application gives directions not only to places where users can purchase marijuana, but also to doctors, attorneys, organizations and other patient services.

The application displays a map with pinpoints for nearby locations. The data includes the Web address and phone number, and each location can be added to a list of favorites.



The developer says new features are coming in the future, including medicine menus and video tours. They also say they will donate 50 cents for every purchase of the "Cannabis" app to a non-profit marijuana reform fund. The developer says the fund will be set up once the application sells 1,000 copies.

"The non-profit will unite with the many cannabis organizations and raise money for grassroots media campaigning," the developer says. "Our goal is to put the power of cannabis change in your pocket while you enjoy the most sticky and potent iPhone application available!"

Recorder 10

Developer Retronyms launched an update this week for its $0.99 Recorder application, this time adding the ability to record phone conversations.

The iPhone does not allow developers to record phone calls, so Recorder accomplishes this task in a roundabout way. The software works through an external service connected to the telephone network, which limits the recording ability to outgoing calls originating in the U.S.

It also carries a per-minute charge. Users can buy one hour of recording for $1.99, or 8 hours for $12.99. And Zach Saul, co-founder of developer Retronyms, said users will be able to make the most out of their minutes.

"A lot of phone companies bill by in 1-minute or six second increments," Zach Saul told AppleInsider, "but we do our billing in 1 second increments, which means you only pay for the time you actually use."



As before, users can also use the application to make voice memos. Recordings can be synced with a computer via WiFi or e-mail.

An average recording takes up 940 KB per minute, so a 16 GB iPhone would hold 290 hours of audio.

Barnes & Nobile eReader

Delving into the world of e-books -- and taking on Amazon's Kindle head-to-head -- Barnes & Noble hopes to make a splash with its free iPhone app.

The service will sell e-book titles at $9.99, like Amazon.com. Barnes & Noble's e-bookstore offers more than 700,000 titles, and claims it is the largest currently available. The company expects their store to offer more than a million books within the year.

The application comes with a number of free public domain books, including Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility."



Today marks the first phase of our digital strategy, which is rooted in the belief that readers should have access to the books in their digital library from any device, from anywhere, at any time, said William J. Lynch, President of barnesandnoble.com. As Americas #1 bookstore and newsstand, our goal at Barnes & Noble is to build a service that revolves around the customer, enabling them to have access to hundreds of thousands of titles and read on their smartphone, PC, and many other existing and future devices. We want to make eBooks simple, accessible, affordable and convenient for everyone.

Announced this week, the eReader app is just one part of the book seller's strategy with digital publications. The retail outlet also revealed plans to partner with Plastic Logic's e-reader, due out in 2010.
post #2 of 22
That's what I'm talking about. Who cares about e-reader, I buy my own books.

Cannabis, man. Cannabis! Now, I need to find a really good doctor for my prescription.
post #3 of 22
Anyone else notice what carrier that iPhone from the screenshots is operating on? Haha, funny stuff.
post #4 of 22
the B&N ebook store is really FictionWise. B&N bought them out. After the Kindle fiasco of last week i want to try this out. The kindle store also made it very hard to find free books
post #5 of 22
with the "Find My Dealer" App!
post #6 of 22
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Anyone else notice what carrier that iPhone from the screenshots is operating on? Haha, funny stuff.

I noticed that also. Seems like a risky move on the part of AI to include that in the screenshot. What are they trying to promote? The software or the Jailbreak?
post #7 of 22
Google Voice does this for free and works well. I love the ability to record someone's crappy street directions or their phone number or address if I don't have a pen.
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post #8 of 22
This reader is really good. They also have a lot of free books provided by Google Books (tho the formating can be less than perfect; apparently it's all OCR'd scans; but it's free).
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post #9 of 22
i noticed the carrier logo as well. and its odd how the first screenshot is a screenshot of a screenshot from the app store!
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I noticed that also. Seems like a risky move on the part of AI to include that in the screenshot. What are they trying to promote? The software or the Jailbreak?

T-Mobile is a european carrier (Germany I believe) that came to the U.S.A. This is likely a screenshot from a phone in Germany.

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I noticed that also. Seems like a risky move on the part of AI to include that in the screenshot. What are they trying to promote? The software or the Jailbreak?

T-Mobile is a european carrier (Germany I believe) that came to the U.S.A. Perhaps this iPhone originated in Germany? Who knows, even if it is Jail Broken Apple can't really do anything about it except keep breaking iTunes compatibility.
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i noticed the carrier logo as well. and its odd how the first screenshot is a screenshot of a screenshot from the app store!

Probably because AI doesn't want to give the impression that they have any need to buy an app for use in finding reefer.
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T-Mobile is a european carrier (Germany I believe) that came to the U.S.A. This is likely a screenshot from a phone in Germany.

(Sorry, browser messed up & posted prematurely)

Note the little "bell" in the upper-right hand corner of the screen with a line through it. That's "Notifier," a jailbreak app that displays notification info on the iPhone's statusbar. Here it's indicating that the phone is in silent mode.

The phone is jailbroken, and that T-Mobile logo is also a hack found on Cydia. I am 99% sure that is an unlocked phone.

Not that it matters, really; just ironic.
post #14 of 22
Cannabis, really? Call recording, really? both of these things are illegal in much of the country. What's next? Porn? The only thing that could make the app store even better is for Apple to reject more apps. The app store ogre must be on vacation.
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Cannabis, really? Call recording, really? both of these things are illegal in much of the country.

There's nothing wrong with an app for cannabis patients. A lot of people have a "marijuana is bad but I'm not sure why" issue. Let's get educated, people. Hark on big tobacco companies for putting chemicals in cigarettes if you want to use your energy wisely.

As far as the recording legality - well I guess most companies will have to stop recording/monitoring calls for "customer service" or "employee training" or "quality assurance." We should have the right to record our calls for legal reasons and protection. An example: my friend had a stalker after her and she would have been helped in court tremendously if she had a way to record her calls. Also, it would help with the "that's not what I said" issue.
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Phone call recording --- Google Voice does this for free and works well. I love the ability to record someone's crappy street directions or their phone number or address if I don't have a pen.

Voice recording for free?!? I did a search for "Google Voice" in the app store but nothing came up, only the "Google Mobile App." Where is it?
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Cannabis, really? Call recording, really? both of these things are illegal in much of the country.

My nokia 3500 dumbphone can record calls.
post #18 of 22
It is medical cannabis, not marijuana. There is a difference, and the word marijuana has a racist origin.

See:
http://blogs.salon.com/0002762/stori...naIllegal.html
post #19 of 22
I love it. A cannabis store app! Hopefully society will start to wake up from their idiocy over cannabis. Criminalizing a harmless, natural plant makes no sense whatsoever.
post #20 of 22
What's next. Location based services for finding your local E dealer and what Club his lurking in? Maybe tie the 2 together and get half off at the door.

Ok, now I'm finished joking.
post #21 of 22
That's good.
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My nokia 3500 dumbphone can record calls.

Are you trolling here?
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