This video demo of the free PayPal app is great fun, using a couple of guys sort of in the same vein as the "I'm a Mac" commercials. A version just released lets you Bump to exchange money. You hold your iPhones, bump fists to exchange contact information, and then send money with a tap.
With MileBug, I can keep track of my mileage on my iPhone instead of buying those paper mileage logs every year.
On the heels of the iPad's launch comes the AppFund:
AppFund is a seed fund focused on the development of Applications for Tablet devices such as the Apple iPad. We are looking for Apps that capitalize on the dynamic and mobile nature of the iPad and similar Tablet devices.
We believe that the iPad is a transformative device that is going to have wide ranging uses and applications in enterprise environments, entertainment, content, social networking, games and small business.
The fund will provide as little as $5k to get an idea started to up to $500k for full scale development, marketing, and deployment.
It's that time of year again — time to give the government its due. And Tax Answers, a free app from H&R Block just released this week, is here to help you. I'm astonished, actually, at what it offers. It's not simply an app with a ton of information and tips. Rather, it connects you to H&R Block tax experts who are available to answer your questions — also free. The app connects you to the Get It Right(SM) Community which is manned by 1,000 H&R Block tax professionals ready to share their expertise.
If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.
- New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
- Updates are not included in the New Releases
This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.
The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems. It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page. That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.
Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.
In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps. Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately. Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.
On one hand, more choices are a good thing. But I have some concerns.
Paying bills can be a bother, especially when you are away from home for an extended period of time. We use Bank of America which has a mobile banking app for the iPhone that’s easy to use, and simplifies online banking. We no longer have to find a computer at a library somewhere along the way—just a few taps on my iPhone and the bills are paid. Your bank may also have a mobile app or Web site you can use for paying bills. It’s well worth investigating.
How my world changed when I got an iPhone
I’m a refugee from the land of the dinosaur phone, where you hit a button three times to get a “C” and four times to get an “S.” You can imagine how my world changed when I got the iPhone. My first discovery was that the onscreen keyboard makes it a lot easier to compose and send e-mail or texts. I love that I can access my three e-mail accounts wherever I am. I no longer have to wait until I get to the office to be on top of the action.
Password managers allow you to securely store all of your passwords, account numbers, registration codes, and pretty much any other important or private information on your iPhone. There’s a number of these apps available in the App Store, but eWallet stands out because it provides 256-bit AES data encryption—the highest available. Additionally, Ilium Software, the developer of this app, provides customer support that is among the best in the business. Finally, the interface is intuitive and easy to use. You can even sync eWallet with your desktop computer, which makes it unique among this crowded field.
One of the more popular small business and personal finance programs for Mac users is Jumsoft Money. Earlier this month Jumsoft released a free version for iPhone 3.0. You can use it to keep track of your financial transactions to the create and maintain a budget.