I’ve elaborated on the highly useful scriptlets in several of my articles. These are special bookmarks invoked when you want to do some specific action on a Web page already loaded; for example, scrolling to the bottom or finding a specific word. They vastly enhance the functionality of all scriptlet-capable Web browsers; as of the time of writing, any Safari version, iCab Mobile 2.0, Journey Web Browser 1.3, iNetDual 1.2.0, Perfect Browser 2.7 and Full Screen Web Browser 1.1.1 – and all this without (!) jailbreaking your phone.
The dedicated articles I’ve written so far are as follows. You may want to take a look at them so that you know what this is all about.
You probably have people who are hard to buy for and could use a bit of inspiration for ideas. Try 2,100 Gift Ideas ($1.99). It offers gift ideas from hundreds of online stores. The gifts range from electronics and jewelry to things you might not even have known existed. You can choose gifts from various categories, such as Mom, Dad, Kids, Him, Her. Plus, you can sort by price so that you only see suggestions in a particular price range. You give your iPhone a shake, and it then starts serving up gift ideas.
[Edited this 12/9/09 to reflect the app's new name.]
You may well remember my article on making (unreadably) small characters larger. The scriptlet presented there works with most pages.
With some, however, it results in rows without any gaps in between. An example is dealextreme.com’s product descriptions; for example, THIS.
WorkSnug is an Augmented Reality application for the iPhone 3GS which connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work.
The company has sent people into the field to personally review hundreds of places to work. Observations include information about power provision, atmosphere, noise levels and even the quality of the coffee.
Launching first in London, with San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Madrid and two other cities expected in the early weeks of 2010.
BusinessWeek.com has published an interview with Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice-president for worldwide product marketing in which he discusses the iPhone app approval process.
Apple is under fire from some developers for the way it vets applications that can be sold on its online App Store. Facebook developerJoe Hewitt goes so far as to say he's "philosophically opposed" to the very notion of a company deciding which applications can and can't be used on its hardware. The presence of "gatekeepers" in software development "sets a horrible precedent," he says.
Read the rest of the interview.
In this article, I explain the recently-released "Safari Download Manager", which (particularly with the external iFiles application) adds a convenient way of adding a download manager to Safari – on jailbroken phones. I also provide a very thorough comparison to iCab Mobile and VanillaSurf, the two (highly recommended) third-party Web browsers that also have a download manager – without having to jailbreak your phone. Finally, I also explain how you can save and, later (even without direct Internet connection!) read Web pages in the latter two Web browsers. (You, unfortunately, can’t do the same in the new plug-in.)
I badly want Waze to be a success because the idea is just so perfect: a free navigation app that integrates user-generated traffic information. So, you're stuck in traffic someplace, you whip our your iPhone, and let the world know that they ought to take a different route if they're traveling the same road that you are. It's a wonderful example of crowdsourcing. The trick is to get lots of people to use it. And increasingly people are. But if you live someplace where there's not much coverage, the app has less value than other places where it's really caught on.
Just with the recent, full update of my Multiplayer Gaming Bible
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1. I’ve added a video of Line Racer by inXile Entertainment, a line racer game, which received Wi-Fi / BT local multiplayer support some days ago. TouchArcade discussion HERE; I especially recommend THIS mini-review .
2. As far as multiplayer game sales are concerned, Warfare Incorporated (the excellent RTS) is at a $1 sale – go get it!
Apple has recently added a new listing in the App Store called Top Grossing apps. It appears in the right margin under the listings of Paid Apps and Free Apps. Simply put, the top grossing apps are the ones that are making the most money — an indication of how much they're valued. If somebody's willing to plunk down $9.99 for Call of Duty, the current top-grossing app, it must be pretty good. If you look at the ratings for the top apps in this category, they're typically very high.