RedLaser ($1.99) is currently one of the top-selling apps, and for good reason: It's a great aid to shopping. The concept is very simple — the app uses your iPhone's camera to scan a barcode, and then the app does an online product search to find the lowest price among hundreds of thousands of retailers. Maybe you're in a mall and you scan an item and find that a different store in the same mall has it for a lower price. Features include the ability to limit your search to lower prices in nearby stores, e-mail a results list, e-mail a barcode, and a favorites feature for keeping a wish list of products.
When I travel, I need a way to move documents back and forth from my computer to my clients. Finally, I've found an application that meets that need — ReaddleDocs.
With ReaddleDocs, I can:
• Transfer files with or without WiFi (I can use my 3G network)
• Read TXT, PDF, Word, Excel, HTML, and Powerpoint documents
• Password protect my documents
With NumPad, you can use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a numeric keypad, an extended keyboard, or to annotate music. If you use a Mac with OS X 10.4 or later, NumPad does not require any additional software on your computer. The app connects easily through Screen Sharing, simply by following the directions found on the app. Windows users will need a VNC Server software like RealVNC.
This is the coolest app that is a must have.
It can replace several other utility apps and even includes 18 games.
All for $0.99. It's from http://www.allaboutapps.net/.
UPDATE: I switched back to GroceryIQ. They have added barcode scanning!!!!
Grocery IQ (Coupons.com; $0.99)
Everyone has to grocery shop at some point – unless you are lucky enough to have the perfect husband to do it for you (I do!!!) - or you can threaten your teenager!!!
For me, moving my iPhone photos to my laptop involved e-mailing myself the photo, then saving it to my desktop. Not hard to do, but now I can do it much easier using PhotoToMac.
If your battery is getting low and you're afraid to use your iPhone because you might run out of juice, this handy app could help. Battery Gauge ($0.99) not only tells you your current battery level, but also predicts how much time is left on your battery for each type of usage: Talk Time, Internet, Audio Playback, Video Playback, and Standby Time. Very useful.
I continue to be astonished by all the different ways the iPhone is being used, including as an extension of your senses. I've already written about the Eye Glasses app ($2.99), which lets you use your iPhone to magnify small print. And you can also use your iPhone as a hearing aid. SoundAMP ($9.99) is an app that uses your iPhone to amplify ambient sound. Your iPhone picks up the sound via the built-in microphone or via a microphone on an external headset. And in both cases you listen to the amplified sound via earbuds or the headset.
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.
There have been quite a few major updates, announcements, releases lately, since my publishing my previous news catch-up article
slightly more than a month ago. Let me show you some of the most important ones.
(NOTE: I’ve already published some of these pieces of news in my all-in-one roundups and “bibles”. That is, if you do follow them (you should if you really want to know what’s happening on the iPhone scene), you already know of them. If you don’t but, in the future, would like to get notified of new releases / versions of a given application / game genre, don’t forget to subscribe to the given articles. It’s very easy.)