Here's a common scenario: You wake up in the night, wonder if the alarm clock will go off soon, fumble for your glasses, and then look at your clock. Of course, all of this makes it less likely you'll go back to sleep. Which is what makes this alarm clock special. Wake Up Now? ($0.99) lets you simply like there with your eyes closed and ask your iPhone if it's time to get up. Your iPhone will tell you what time it is. You actually don't even need to ask anything in particular. You can just grunt, and it will announce the time. You can set how loud of sound it will take for it to say the time.
One of the main things I use my iPhone for is to access the news. I'm addicted to keeping up with the latest news in the same way I'm addicted to e-mail. The makers of iGovernment ($1.99), which is one of the leading apps for keeping up with news from the U.S. Federal Government. The free iGovernment Lite offers a selection of content from iGovernment. It includes news, blogs, photos, and video from the House, Senate, White House, Department of Defense, State Department, NASA, and more.
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.
I'd never thought about this before, but this New Yorker article makes it real clear that the iPad, which Steve Jobs described as "far better," is yet another iteration in Apple's approach to marketing: build in and they will pay. This contrasts, the article says, to companies like Flip that offer products that are low priced and good enough. And the article says, that both of these approaches ignore the amorphous middle of the market — and that companies that are going for these high-end and low-end segments are capturing and increasing share of the market overall. The iPhone, the article says, makes almost as much money as all Nokia's phones combined.
This interesting article in TidBITs talks about Amazon's plans for its Kindle app for the iPad and links to this page on Amazon which gives some info. And best of all, the article points out that the Kindle Store has quite a few books available at no cost so that you can test the software. And it gives this link that shows all Kindle books costing $0.
Is this practical, or simply cool? This guy uses RedEye mini to control every aspect of his 1969 GTO convertible: putting the top down, opening the windows, opening the doors, starting it up, revving the engine, and more.
I spent a number of years using Windows Mobile devices, and they always had an SD card slot for storage of files or programs. It was a simple and easy way to dramatically increase the amount of storage. But there's no card slot in the iPhone. Not to fear: AirStash is an SD card reader that uses Wi-Fi to let you access the files on the card via your iPhone or iPad.
Photo Wall (free) is a new app that lets you quickly and simply create collages from your photos. Plus, the app has handy features that let you post your collages on Facebook and e-mail them. You can also shake your iPhone and it will randomly arrange the photos in your collage. Other features include the ability to make high-res images, adding transparency, scaling,rotating, and more.
A helpful article in the New York Times tells you a number of things you can do to conserve your battery and go for a longer time between charges. For example, if you're not using Wi-Fi, turn it off. That's because as long as it's turned on, it continues to look for a Wi-Fi hotspot, using up valuable juice.
About a week ago Apple cracked down on "cookie-cuttter apps" from people who've used services to create an app in as little as three hours. Fortunately, Apple's concern was mainly focused on apps that were essentially business cards or simple RSS feeds, whereas there's no problem with apps that are more original. My friend John Kremer has posted a useful article about app-creation services. The article is oriented toward publishers, but the info is relevant to anyone who might have an idea for an app.