Oceanhouse Media was kind enough to send me a few complimentary apps to review (and my apologies Karen for the tardiness of this review). If you are not familiar with Oceanhouse Media they are "dedicated to building high-quality products that educate, uplift, enlighten and heal the planet." The company was founded by Michel Kripalani.
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.
Ed Kaczmarek, Kraft’s Director of Innovation, New Services saw another opportunity, and a consumer app called iFood Assistant was born. This app was developed internally using the iPhone SDK and Apple Development tools and utilized the best of the iPhone and Kraft expertise. The development of the app was a straightforward and quick process.
I love seeing these new sorts of gadgets. And it always makes me wonder, What will they think of next? In this case you can use your iPhone to unlock or lock your car doors, start your car, open your trunk, or press the panic button — all from your iPhone, and all from wherever you are using the Viper SmartStart app. Say you're in a movie theater and realize you forgot to lock your car. Press a button on your iPhone, and it's done. It has virtually unlimited range, and you can control multiple cars from your iPhone.
YP Mobile makes it easier to find businesses and events in the area. You can search by categories (Banks, Bars & Clubs, Discount Stores), and get maps and directions to your destination. I used it to call a Harley Davidson dealer in Osceola, Iowa to ask them about the road condition in their town. If you want to know what’s really going on— talk to the locals; with an iPhone you don’t even have to be standing next to them.
Mental Case is SO easy to use and it’s portable, which makes it an extremely effective tool for college students, homeschool families, employers or anyone who wants to learn something new.
With Mental Case, you create your own flashcards or import premade ones from FlashcardExchange.com. FlashcardExchange contains thousands of premade flashcards on topics such as phonics, states and capitals, addition, spelling rules and weather terms. There are even flashcards to practice for the SAT, GRE or specific trades such as paramedics.
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?