Today's batch of press releases brings yet another app for my in-progress article on creative uses of the iPhone camera. Money Scan x2 ($0.99) is an app that helps you detect counterfeit money. What will they think of next? The description says that it works with all currencies. It appears to simply magnify and illuminate the currency, rather than itself detecting counterfeit bills.
Heart Rate - Free is a newly released app that actually measures your heart rate using the iPhone 4 camera. (The app only works with iPhone 4.) You simply put your finger over the camera lens, and the app measures the minute changes in skin color caused by the ebb and flow of blood in your finger. They say that the app isn't intended for medical use (standard disclaimer) but that it provides an accurate measure of your pulse. This is one more app for my forthcoming article on the innovative uses of the camera.
SPB Software has created a winner app in SPB TV, and now passes the 2 million user mark (also one of my top picks for 2010). Best of all, it is completely free and now built to order for iPad too! The app will likely gain popularity with ever more and more users consuming live TV on their phones and iPads! Full press details follow...
Hulu Plus has now officially launched after having been available as a limited trial. And the good news is that they've lowered their price to $7.99 per month for their streaming movies and TV. Also, there's a one-week free trial for new subscribers starting today. This service has one of the larger collections of current TV shows, with much of their content streaming in HD. There are free Hulu Plus apps for both the iPhone and iPad.
Apps that let you stream media content from your computer, cable, and online sources
My dream is to be able to view any video I want, when I want it, wherever I am. Until a fully-integrated solution is available, I rely on my iPhone and Safari to stream video from websites. I've discovered a variety of apps that let me stream video from online sources and stream video stored on my desktop computer. Most of the apps discussed in this article work via a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. If your local carrier doesn't support 3G, you'll have to rely on Wi-Fi or use the slower EDGE data connection. Unfortunately, streaming video may not work well with EDGE. It almost all cases, streaming video works best with a Wi-Fi connection.
Update 4/11: Due to demand overwhelming their servers, Skyfire has temporarily stopped all new downloads.
From the Skyfire Blog:
"The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.
Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store.
I just finished an article on apps for streaming movies and somehow missed this one. Movie Vault ($2.99 for iPhone, $4.99 for iPad) has over 1,000 classic movies available. You pay for the app but the movies are free. I'm just now watching Here Comes Mr. Jordan on my iPad, and the quality is quite good. The first movie I tried, though, crashed without playing. You can browse movies by genre or search in a variety of ways. If you like old movies, this is definitely a good option.
I've just started playing with Tour Wrist (free), and am really enjoying the panoramic views from around the world. You can move around in the 3D panorama in "immersive mode" by moving your iPhone or iPad up or down, or on an axis. Or you can toggle it to "touch mode", so that you simply move around by dragging your finer on the screen. For example, I began with a gorgeous beach scene in immersive mode. As I held my iPad out and turned around my view changed as I moved. Or if I held my iPad above my head, I was looking at the sky.
Aren’t you interested to see whats inside Pandora’s box? I thought so. Well with Pandora Radio for the iPhone, it is much easier to make that happen. Pandora Radio is an internet radio application for the device that allows the user to create their own channels specific to their likes an dislikes. Music listening becomes much easier with this application because the user does not have to sit and listen to songs they do not like.
I'm writing an article for the magazine about streaming video for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. In addition to the YouTube app, there are several more apps that serve up content from video sharing websites. Dailymotion is probably the best one, since the Dailymotion site has quite a lot of content, and the app serves it up well. The $1.99 version is ad-free.