Recent App Reviews
I have always loved fancy watches like Rolex and Omega. I can remember days of walking through the mall just staring at the watch display in the jewelry store (back when I actually got to visit my own stores). The problem was, while it was always free to look, taking home one of those fancy watches always cost thousands of dollars. And I have never found myself at a point where that would make sense. Maybe someday. But in the meantime, my lust for watches can now be fed, through the magic of the iPhone and Emerald Chronometer.
In the Chicago Tribune giveaway daily, Redeye, Chicago-based iPhone App developers speak about their successes. Lars Bergstrom, for instance, is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, but came away with $100,000 or so for coming up with the WiFi Finder app.
Recently, eWeek posted a handy round-up of 10 iPhone IT administration utilities. As it happens, I have to do a fair amount of sys admin work and was looking for just such a list. Only 2 of these apps are gratis (an SSH terminal app and flashlight), but most of them are under 10 bucks.
More than just for playing tunes
I’m not only a musician and teacher; I’ve been a PDA enthusiast for many years. It all started in the mid 90s, when I got my first handheld, Apple’s short-lived Newton. I moved on to the Palm Pilot and a great piece of software called ittyMIDI, which allowed me to play back MIDI files, change tempo, set volume levels, and mute individual tracks. When my Palm Pilot died, I moved on to a Windows Mobile Pocket PC, which had more multimedia capabilities and a variety of third-party programs that turned the Pocket PC into a musician’s helper.
iFlush - Public Utility, which claims to be the #1 selling iPhone/iPod Touch flush application, is now available in version 2.0 in the App Store. This new version makes it easy to share your favorite flushes on the web and with friends over e-mail. "We’ve created all the plumbing you need to turn your iPhone into a toilet," said Loren West, CEO of Elimination Systems.
So you're in a video store wondering if you want to rent or buy a particular DVD. Simply take a photo of the cover, and SnapTell will quickly return info that includes rating, description, links to Google, YouTube, Wikipedia, IMDb, eBay, Barnes & Noble, and more. You can quickly compare prices and find out what other people think about it.
Wattpad describes itself as a "YouTube for Ebooks," and the free app in the iTunes store gives you iPhone access to one of the most popular ebook-sharing communities, with hundreds of thousands of novels, short stories, fan fiction, essays, jokes, and more. And like YouTube, there seems to be some copyright violation. But most offerings appear to be legit.
The new Dictionary.com app, released this past week, is free and includes a dictionary with more than 275,000 definitions and thesaurus with 80,000 synonyms. Note that this is not simply access to the online site; rather, you get a full dictionary on your device that you can use offline. Of course that means that it takes up a chunk of memory.
Proporta, a leading vendor of cases and other accessories for the iPhone and iPod, is offering a 15% discount on April 12, Easter Sunday. Simply enter the promotion code FEAST at the cart page to receive your discount. In addition, Vito Technology is offering an Easter egg hunt in its Star Walk app.