The iPhone's introduction and success in Japan is ushering in a new era of mobile services
In the last ten years, Japan has led the world in mobile services. Beginning in 1999, NTT DoCoMo introduced a content service called i-Mode. They followed this in 2001 with a Java application service called i-appli. In addition, Japan was ahead of other nations in the development and introduction of digital money and TV streaming services.
RedLaser is an Awesome barcode scanner! So far, I've used it for groceries, books and makeup. It is super fast and super easy to use. You simply aim your iPhone at the barcode on the item and RedLaser does all the rest. In seconds, it displays a list of prices and links to a variety of online stores where you can immediately purchase the product directly from your iPhone.
People have some pretty amazing photos stored on their iPhone, and some of them are very personal—to be shared with a loved one only, or with no one at all! In addition, some people keep sensitive work-related photos on their device. The iPhone is a very portable device, easy to lose or leave lying on a table at your mom’s house. Private Pics provides a password protected area on your iPhone to store sensitive or very personal photos. (Also check out Find My iPhone, a new OS 3.0 feature that will help you locate your device if you ever lose it.)
Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or doing a living room makeover, one of the most important decisions you make will be the selection of the right color of paint. As luck would have it, you’re visiting a friend’s house and you see the perfect color. Unfortunately, he doesn’t remember its name or where he got it. What do you do?
Even the best of us have had laundry accidents. Whether it’s a red towel in with the whites or a wool sweater shrunk to mini-me proportions in the dryer—we’ve all “been there, done that.” Laundry Pal is like a decoder ring for clothing tags. Located on all clothing are tags with fabric care symbols that tell you how to wash and dry the item. Laundry Pal tells you what the symbols mean and how to properly handle the article. If you’re ever on the fence about whether that new cardigan should be washed with the rest of your delicates, consult your Laundry Pal!
In the movie Clueless, Alicia Silverstone portrayed Cher Horowitz, a hip, high-tech woman with so many clothes packed in her closet she had to catalogue them on a computer. Now we have an iPhone app that lets you do that and more. Install TouchCloset, create an account, and add items to your online wardrobe inventory. Then you can effortlessly put together outfits and send ideas to your friends for their feedback.
I already thought the Whole Foods Web site was pretty cool, but it just got a lot cooler with the release of this iPhone app. If you have special dietary requirements (low fat, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) you can enter those into the app, and it will display a list of recipes that meet your needs. It will also whip up recipes based on the ingredients you have on hand! In addition, if you’re really struggling for some ideas, you can peruse their extensive directory of favorite recipes—all delicious and ridiculously healthy!
A day in the life of a very busy baby boomer—and the apps that help her get things done.
Albert Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. He answered, “I don’t know. Why should I fill my head with things like that when I could look them up in any reference book in two minutes?” Like Einstein, I’d rather not keep everything in my head either. Unlike Einstein, I don’t have to look it up in a book—I’ve got an iPhone in my pocket!
Stay organized, take notes, improve your Spanish, and more
Whether you’re in college, high school, or elementary school, you want to get the most out of your education. Fortunately, this is one of the areas in which the iPhone excels. A variety of apps are available to help you stay organized, brush up on math, study chemistry, learn Spanish, and much more. Best of all, most of them are free or very inexpensive. In this article, I’ll review some of the apps that can really help you make the grade!
These iPhone apps and accessories will help you survive major or minor natural disasters
Owners of the iPhone appreciate its easy-to-use interface, functional Web browser, and the variety of apps available through iTunes, but one family from Carbondale, Illinois has a more important reason to love it. Earlier this year, Christine, Alan, Jordan and Claire Rankin had to endure some very harsh, Midwestern weather, which included high-speed winds, torrential rain, and baseball-sized hail. It damaged their home, and left the Rankin’s without power for over a week. I spoke with Christine afterwards, and she shared with me how the iPhone helped them get through this natural disaster.